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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Feedback Sunday (#7)

Okay here's one for ya . . .

What happens if you play a Britney Spears song backwards?

Apparently you either get something that actually sounds good or you'll inadvertently stumble upon a mysterious garbled message that vaguely resembles a recipe for a superb Jack Daniel's Double-Whammy Pecan Pie. (You think it tastes good tonight, just wait until you wake up three days later in some strange guy's front yard with your pants around your ankles and a bunch of feathers super-glued to your face.)

I was thinking about a theme for this week's feedback frenzy and I think what I've come up with should, at a minimum, be an entertaining exercise. We're gonna turn over a little white rectangular rock and expose something that most of you would rather keep hidden from the public forever.

I want to know what your iPod Secret Song is . . . that song that you are moderately ashamed of so you tucked it back behind all the good stuff, but you just love to take it out and give it a quick listen when nobody is around. Everyone has one and I want to hear all about it and why you like it enough to shoot 5 megabytes on it. I am looking forward to some incredibly lame justifications here, people.

So, let's get those click-wheels a clickin' and start spilling the dirt on your love affair with that obscure Backstreet Boys limited edition remix or the Spanish-language version of Meatloaf's monster comeback-hit "I Would Do Anything For Love".

This should be fun . . .

Ben O.


Blogger Sadie Lou said...

It's my husband's iPod but he let me have a couple songs on it. My Secret Song is...
*drum roll*

Christina Agularia's Come On Over
*bows head in shame*

8:15 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Sadie, I'm not familiar with that one. Can you sing a few lines for us?

Ben O.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...


"Come on over, come on over baby
Come on over, Come on over baby."

hippity-hoppity dance music that makes me want to get up and bust a move

"Hey boy don't ya know I got somethin' goin' on
~I know~You know~I just want us to go~The fun~We'll have~you'll never be alone~so boy won't you come~We will party 'till the dawn~"

Aren't those the lamest lyrics you've ever heard in your life? It's a great backbeat though...
fun dance music.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

Well, since you insist...
I have Air Supply's "Making Love out of Nothing at All" on mine. I know - cheesy or what?!
Why, you ask? Cos I still think it's one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard and it inspires me. My favourite line? ... and I can make all the stadiums rock...
I'm gonna stop now before I embarrass myself even further.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Hey Terri - how was Paris?

I haven't gotten my iPod yet, but as soon as I do it will have Air Supply - "Lost in Love" on it. I know it is the dorkiest song ever, but there is something about middle-aged Australians harmonizing that just does it for me.

I love the picture of Winged Glory. I think we took the exact same picture standing in the exact same place.

Sadie - (I am terrified of not commenting on your comment after reading your Blog Snob post). I love the singing job. Mp3 next time.

Ben O.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

Dear Benji:

I have to say in utter shame and discomfort, that I love "Look Away" by Chicago.

It's pure cheese but I done lak it.

Undr(blushing like a school girl)

PS and a little Air supply to add insult to injury.

7:18 PM  
Blogger arkie said...

I don't think any of my music choices are lame. But some people might disagree with my love of Abba and Barry Manilow.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Hey Ben, glad u like the pic. Something about her just entranced me this time so I figured I'd use her as my muse & inspiration for a while.
Yay Air Supply! Yay Chicago! Yay ABBA!

12:58 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Undr - I was into Chicago back in the day . . . then one time when I was listening to their Greatest Hits disc, I suddenly realized that every song sounded exactly the same. It was a pretty good song, but they were all that same song. I moved on. (btw - I actually went by Benjie until one day in 3rd grade when I stood up and announced to the entire class that I would no longer be using that version of my name. Thanks for the memories)

Arkie - sorry to inform you that you are one out of two. Barry is considerably lame (feel free to try and justify otherwise), but ABBA rocks. I love the color-coordinated Swedes. Bring on the "Dancing Queen".

8:26 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

I hate to admit that I was once a fan of Chicago as well. I even had a crush on Peter Citera. Gag.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Tee said...

I don't have an Ipod but I own the cassette single of Hanson's "Mmm Bop" and I listen to it whenever I need to cheer up. ROFL.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Stationery Queen said...

I don't have an iPod! But I do like some horrible music. I proudly say, though, that I own Air Supply's Greatest Hits CD. I will not hang my head in shame.

Thanks for visiting my blog! Come by any time! :-)

9:05 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Ah the cassette single - 25 years from now they will be on display in the Smithsonian. I have an Enya cassette single. I am actually not ashamed of listening to her, though. I recommend it in fact.

Sadie - Peter Cetera was to Chicago as Michael Bolton was to the entire catalog of english language music. Gotta love the guy, though . . . it takes a lot to bring down a group like Chicago. "25 or 6 to 4" - great song.

What was it about him? Let me guess . . . the hair, right?

Ben O.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Stationary - You posted your comment while I was writing mine . . . I have never seen that.

I embarassingly admit to listening to Air Supply from time to time.

I have a pretty varied range of tastes . . . Metallica to George Jones to Echo and the Bunnymen to John Coltrane.

Right now I am listening to Whitesnake's "The Deeper the Love". 80's Hairband guitarists are some of the best players around.

Keep the comments coming - this is fun.

Ben O.

(word verification - KZXIR . . . sounds like a radio station call tag. "The place on your dial that only plays those embarrasing little iPod secret songs:.

9:16 AM  
Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

Awww I don't have an Ipod...I can't play..


10:36 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Hmmm...what was it? The hair? Yeah, I guess. Didn't he have an earring too? There's something sexy about a relatively straightlaced looking guy sporting an earring. I don't know any other Chicago--I was born in '76.
Hey, I have another guilty pleasure song

Pour Some Sugar On Me by...or crap! How did i just blank on the band name? Help me here...

11:03 AM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Steph - admittedly I don't have mine yet either (soon I hope), but I know tons of people who do and to a one they all have that song . . . that guilty lil' pleasure. You have to have a song you listen to on another media type that makes you blush when you mention it.

Sadie - Def Leppard. Got it on right now if honor of you.

Ben O.

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know if MOM's are allowed to own iPods, but if I did, it would have (without any embarrassment at all) several Elvis classics, a couple by Barbra, especially "You don't send me flowers", "What a wonderful world" by Louis Armstrong, and a funky instrumental called "Horse" that reminds me of the old half-time shows, friday nite football. I would also include several of my favorites from Sister O.
Luv ya, MOM

1:43 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Hi Mom, O!

Def Leopard! That's it. How could I forget? I remember dancing to Love Bites at my eighth grade graduation dance.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Sadie Lou . . Just wanted you to know that Ben O. actually had a pretty cool MOM in her younger days. I took him and younger Brother O. to see Def Leopard when they came to town because the boys were too young to drive. Saw a few others too that we won't mention here. MOM

4:45 PM  
Blogger Spinning Girl said...

MmmBop (Hanson)
Blue (Eiffel 65)
Closer (NIN)
Jump Around (House of Pain)
Vincent (Josh Groban)

that's the short list. Half my iPod is hidden stuff.

6:44 PM  
Blogger arkie said...

Aww, Ben...
I can't smile without you...
so I guess I'm off to the Copa, (Co) Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa, (Co) Copacabana (Copacabana)
Music and passion were always the fashion

OK, I admit it. The songs are lame, but I still love them.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Mom rocks doesn't she?

(btw - it's Leppard people)

Yep - my wonderful mother has seen INXS, Guns & Roses, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, and probably some others that I am forgetting at the moment.

Copa is his best song - I need to get that one.

Closer is a magnifecent song.

Ben O.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Ben O's Mom rocks! I saw two concerts with my parents: INXS and John Cougar Melloncamp. They saw Dave Matthews Band with my younger sisters. I think parents that are really into music have an influence on their kids.
My kids are growing up listening to Weezer, Cake, Van Morrison, John Mayer, Norah Jones, White Stripes, basically just a very ecclectic variety of music. Hopefully they will experiment with music and come into their own tastes: Then I'll be going to concerts of their choice.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

It's funny that while I was reading the post that I immediately thought Air Supply but wasn't going to admit it. Who knew there were so many secret Air Supply listeners in the world!? Of course, I don't actually own an iPod *sigh* and I'm not even a Mom. But I will defend Arkie and her love of Barry Manilow as I'm right there with her. I also have ABBA's Greatest Hits (and Air Supply's and Barry's), but to me the most shameful is Marc Anthony.

9:06 AM  
Blogger NYPinTA said...

No iPod, but I did own A-ha on tape. And occasionaly, for no reason I can discern, I get a hankering to hear Duran Duran's "Say A Prayer". Go figure.

12:40 PM  
Blogger John said...

Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" sounds a lot like Led Zepplin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" and some other song I can't remember right now.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Nonny said...

You guys are going on and on about Air Supply, what about REO Speedwagon. "Keep on Lovin you" would be my guilty pleasure if I could afford an Ipod.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I'm loving this! I missed out on seeing Duran Duran in my youth in SA, so went to watch them here in Dublin last year. What a blast - they looked and sounded exactly the same!
Her name is Rio...

1:21 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

This has been a fun exercise . . . I was going to write another post last night, but reconsidered when I realized this one hadn't quite petered out yet.

REO Speedwagon is a definite iPod secret band. As is Air Supply . . .

But - I consider Duran Duran, ABBA and the like legitimate artists.

Why is that? Some dudes can rock and we are ashamed of them, but some other dudes rock along side them and we celebrate them.

Sadie you sort of hit on this . . . does anyone else out there find themselves actually liking the music their parents used to play when they were kids? I remember dreading my parents 8 tracks full of Country and Western and The Ventures and Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly and Elvis. Now I am all over those bands. I absolutely love 70's and 80's classic country.

Fun Stuff - Ben O.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

I listened to my parent's music until I developed my own sense of what I liked. Their music definately influenced what turns me on today. Their bands were:
Steve Miller Band
The Rolling Stones
Van Morrison
John Cougar
Tom Petty

I think the music i was into in highschool reflected my roots:
The Cranberries
Counting Crowes
Dave Matthews
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Now it's hard to tell where my tastes begin and where my parent's end. We all like the same stuff.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Sadie - your parents sound pretty cool . . . their list is my list.

Mom O. (and Dad O.) were always playing stuff like Charlie Pride, Kenny Rogers and Engelbert Humperdink . . . which worked out really well when I went through my High School Heavy Metal phase. I distinctly remember being driven to school listening to "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" by Iron Maiden and "In My Dreams" by Dokken. My Mom probably has reduced hearing because of all the headbanger stuff we put her through.

Those were the days.

Ben O.

6:13 PM  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

I left a comment and it has vanished. Maybe the blog Gods are horrified by my choice of secret song that they won't allow me to comment about it.

I have to shamefully admit that I am a secret Modern Talking fan - "Brother Louis" just seems to always play in my head. I even have it loaded on my laptop. A close second is "Wrap your arms around me" (sung by the blonde girl ex ABBA) - Wonder if anyone else out there even remembers that song.

2:58 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

"Wrap your arms around me" by Agnetha is beautiful and timeless, Buddess... but I have to draw the line at Modern Talking :-)
Sadie, your parents had good taste - that stuff would be on my list to.
My parents listened to stuff like Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, ABBA and the Beatles, all of which I still enjoy. Also, my mom is probably responsible for my enjoyment of a lot of Classical music too.

5:24 AM  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

I don't have an iPod yet, but am saving up for one. I have iTunes on my Mac though and I have a few songs I love that are groaners, including Chicago's "Your the Inspiration" and Peter Cetera's theme song from that Karate Kid flick (can't remember the name), and Toto's "Africa".

Ben O., thanks for stopping by my site and leaving a comment. I assume you found me through Sadie Lou?

9:13 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Yeah, my parents are pretty cool. We suggest bands to each other all the time. We usually get hooked by each other's tastes. I got my dad into Coldplay and he got me back into Talking Heads and david Bowie. My mom turned me on to Ryan Adams (no not BRYAN adams).
I still enjoy a lot of "old" rock. My hubby and I still listen to Areosmith.
My all time favorite band is the Black Crowes. I just had my baby when they played a show with Tom Pettey a half hour from where I live. I cried huge alligator tears.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Another band whose songs ALL sounds the same: The Smithereens. I didn't realise it until I went to their concert (free ticket, blind date, all bad) and I kept thinking the opening notes were the latest song, but wasn't. Ever since then I can't listen to them.

Guilty pleasure Classical Music wise? Pachelbel's Canon in D just because EVERYBODY knows it and it's played to death...of course, that's because it is infinitely listenable.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Nonny said...

It's so funny you mention about parent's music. I just bought a Steely Dan Greastest Hits because it reminds me of my youth. My mother was way into them as well as The Who, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Queen and The Police. Anytime I hear this music I get an overwhelming sense of nostalgia for the 70s :)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

My parents were totally into Fleetwood Mac too. I have their greatest hits. I don't like any of their new music though. They got all political and lame. I hate when good bands do that.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Okay - I am going to post a new post today . . . I promise.

This has been a blast - I love music and I love hearing people talk about what they love in music.

Terri & Buddess - I must admit to not being familiar with those songs. I know who Agnetha is, but I have never heard that song.

Coyote - I thought I was the only person out there without one (was at least, I got a nano a few days ago - WAY COOL) I love "Africa" by Toto. Did you know that the album that song is from won the grammy award for Album of the Year the year it was out?

Sadie - I am not a huge Aerosmith fan (other than "Walk This Way" & "Sweet Emotion"), but I love The Black Crowes. They had a really good thing going.

Kathleen - I agree, I love "Too Much Passion", but every other song is a waste as far as I am concerned. Pachelbel is pretty good too. So listenable, but it does always make me think of weddings.

Nonny - I still am not comfortable with the fact that I actually like Steely Dan. It is something about them, but I can't not turn them off when they come on the radio. I don't have any songs other than "Hey Nineteen". Queen rocks - I have many of their CDs and I would recommend them to anyone. Fleetwood Mac is another of those bands that sort of slips through the cracks of acceptibility. I checked their greatest hits CD out from the library and I loved every song on it, though. Must be something there.

Final thought - Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritville" needs to be tucked in there somewhere. It is worth a few megabytes in my opinion.

Ben O.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Ben O.: Nope, didn't know that. Have you seen the video? It's kinda strange...

12:52 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

wow - videos . . . I vaguely remember a station that played them all day. That was years ago, though.


I can't quite remember that one. I have that album and it has some great songs on it. Toto have (had) a cool "rock band meets jazz orchestra" sort of sound. The dudes in the band look like Norm from the New Yankee Workshop.

Here is an interesting lil' factoid about them - One of the guys in the band was dating (or maybe just obsessed with) Roseanna Arquette and that is where the name of the song Roseanna comes from. I actually like tha song as well.

Ben O.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

One last thing before you make a new post!
Who sings that song that goes,
"If you like pina coladas
and getting caught in the rain."
I would have that song on my ipod.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Hey Sadie - I think that dude's name is Rupert Holmes. The song is actually called "Escape (the Pina Colada Song"


Enjoy - Ben O.

2:47 PM  
Blogger James O'Connor said...

Da da da dada dada (repeat) ICE ICE BABY!

6:25 PM  

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