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Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« on: January 25, 2017, 12:48:28 PM »
Henry Rollins I think once said that there are no such things as guilty pleasures. WELL BULLSHIT MISTER ROLLINS I say. With music especially, I'm sorry, but there are songs and groups that you know in your head to be kind of pants (sorry to PANTS!) but who are nevertheless super hooky or singalongable or otherwise have that... something that makes you say "oh man, I have to listen to this band RIGHT NOW".

I will say that I think there ought to be a distinction made between things that are recorded for giggles and with the direct attempt to be ironic and uber-cool. I will grant you that the very first song on my little list here almost breaks that but it's so corny in its own right that I think it still passes. I'm not really looking for the musical version of Sharknado here, I'd prefer to see actual, good faith attempts at music that are kind of awful but singable: the sorts of songs you'd turn off immediately once they come on, but if you can't get to the media player of your choice in time you will soon sing along with.

A couple of mine:

Save Ferris: Come On Eileen

Yep, right from the middle of the ska era. Yep, I totally owned this album. And yep, I sure as hell listened to it so much that I can probably sing along with the entire thing even now.



Black Hole Sun... by Steve and Eydie?

Off the Lounge A Palooza album. Soooooo corny, it comes all the way back around the corny continuum and back into cool and then continues back along into corny once again. "Neath the black the sky looks DEAD".



Mel Torme: The Goodbye Look

Look. Mel is probably my favorite jazz singer, like, ever. Sinatra is bigger and brassier and just generally filled with more "cool", it's true (and also he gets extra points for the "hey guys, if I say "let's fly" instead of "let's sex" then even old people will listen to my music), but Mel is just so... unintentionally silly so much of the time you can't help but love the guy. This song is a cover of a Steely Dan song, backed by a big band, and features lots and lots of scatting. Yes, it is all of those things and it is awesome.



I will spare you all Lou Bega (even though, truth be told, I kind of love swing and the swing revival).
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2017, 12:59:38 PM »
Mine would be everything by Harry Belafonte.

Also this one:

It's a love song. With quirky poetic lyrics that transcend cheese. "Avec pas d'casque" (With no helmet) is the band's name. The title translates to "Love goes through clothing".
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 01:06:55 PM »
Yeah, I feel like Harry Belafonte or for that matter Barry Manilow deserves automatic inclusion in any list like this.
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2017, 01:57:06 PM »
In that video, Is that Dexy and his Midnite Runners in that tow truck that comes to rescue Save Ferris?

Every time I hear the name Save Ferris I think of this song:



I happen to have the Loungeapalooza album that the Black Hole Sun cover comes from, and it is great.  If you can get your hands on it, do so.  There is an awesome cover of Girl from Ipanema by Picatatza 5; Ben Folds doing a lounged up version of She Don't Use Jelly; A great cover of 10cc's I'm not in Love; Glen Campell & Michelle Shocked doing Wichita Lineman fer gods sakes.  And my very fave from that album:



Just 'cause I love his voice.
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2017, 05:26:53 PM »
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 05:43:02 PM »
The name of the damn band is Pizzicato Five, sir. After the Italian word for "pluck the string like you slappin' the bass". And then the number five. Also they are as awesome as you would think a 90s loungey Japanese pop band would be.



Also, this is less "corny ass" and more "weird" but IT IS MY THREAD DAMMIT also it is kind of corny

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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2017, 10:47:20 PM »
In that video, Is that Dexy and his Midnite Runners in that tow truck that comes to rescue Save Ferris?

It does look like Kevin Rowland. Google is not my friend on whether it is or not.
But it is definitely implied that it is, "Dexy's Auto Wrecking and Repair" is on the tow truck.

Save Ferris' version is good, but it's no "Dexy's Midnight Runners"  ;) with their sexy overalls.  ;D



Ok my corny ass song that I love is "Take on me" by A-Ha
Great song. Great film clip.



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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2017, 10:55:26 PM »
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2017, 12:46:56 AM »
Awww, no, Birthday?! I love The Sugarcubes. I had a band that covered that song once playing before The Nuge in his band Damn Yankees at a county fair! No lie. The 90s were weird...

Anyway. I heard a million teenage voices at Hot Topics cry out at once...

It's worth it for the deplorable art direction, bad hair, and guitarist wearing headphones for no discernible reason...
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2017, 02:03:32 AM »
Henry Rollins I think once said that there are no such things as guilty pleasures. WELL BULLSHIT MISTER ROLLINS I say. With music especially, I'm sorry, but there are songs and groups that you know in your head to be kind of pants (sorry to PANTS!) but who are nevertheless super hooky or singalongable or otherwise have that... something that makes you say "oh man, I have to listen to this band RIGHT NOW".

I will say that I think there ought to be a distinction made between things that are recorded for giggles and with the direct attempt to be ironic and uber-cool. I will grant you that the very first song on my little list here almost breaks that but it's so corny in its own right that I think it still passes. I'm not really looking for the musical version of Sharknado here, I'd prefer to see actual, good faith attempts at music that are kind of awful but singable: the sorts of songs you'd turn off immediately once they come on, but if you can't get to the media player of your choice in time you will soon sing along with.

A couple of mine:

Save Ferris: Come On Eileen

Yep, right from the middle of the ska era. Yep, I totally owned this album. And yep, I sure as hell listened to it so much that I can probably sing along with the entire thing even now.



Black Hole Sun... by Steve and Eydie?

Off the Lounge A Palooza album. Soooooo corny, it comes all the way back around the corny continuum and back into cool and then continues back along into corny once again. "Neath the black the sky looks DEAD".



Mel Torme: The Goodbye Look

Look. Mel is probably my favorite jazz singer, like, ever. Sinatra is bigger and brassier and just generally filled with more "cool", it's true (and also he gets extra points for the "hey guys, if I say "let's fly" instead of "let's sex" then even old people will listen to my music), but Mel is just so... unintentionally silly so much of the time you can't help but love the guy. This song is a cover of a Steely Dan song, backed by a big band, and features lots and lots of scatting. Yes, it is all of those things and it is awesome.



I will spare you all Lou Bega (even though, truth be told, I kind of love swing and the swing revival).
Ok you're an asshole I just want that clear up front that twice now you have exposed me to entirely novel musical genres and ffs I like them you ASSHOLE.

OKOKOK.

I need to be awake for this shit so your thread of evil is bookmwared for fomeoot.

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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2017, 06:34:37 AM »
Sugarcube stuff

I SAID OUCH
THIS REALLY HURTS.
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2017, 01:40:27 PM »
I liked this more than I should.

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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2017, 04:35:32 PM »
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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2017, 04:57:13 PM »
OK, I love that SKA version of Come On Eileen.

And I love this nuclear-age Olive Oyl.

Amend and resubmit.

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Re: Post Corny Ass Songs You Like Here
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2017, 05:36:16 PM »
How to Save a Life - the fray

I like this song too. Scrubs used this song during an episode to make me have feelings.