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Late to the party.

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that I’m liable to become a fan of any type of music, and of nearly any artist that I hear.

There are rap songs that I detest, and there are others that I know all of the words to (and which I sought to do so).

There are country songs that make me roll my eyes and change the station, and some that are embarrassingly prone to causing car-singing mishaps.

After dogging the hell out of Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, I promptly began to like it and listen to it over and over while writing a paper one night.  This was, of course, after getting past the stupid breathing techniques so that I could actually listen to it all the way through.

I hadn’t given Lady Gaga the time of day until recently, when my car’s CD player promptly decided to fuck itself and die, forcing me to listen to morning radio on the way to school.  My commute is over an hour every morning, so I engage in a lot of channel-surfing.  As a result, I’ve heard a lot of new stuff that I really like.

For example, Owl City has a song out called, “Fireflies,” and it makes me want to look up all of his other music and listen to it until I’m deaf.  The versions of the actual video that I can find have disabled embedding, so here’s the link to the “official” video on YouTube.  Sure, it’s kind of emo, but it’s different from a lot of other things that are on the radio now, which is what caused me to stop and listen to it for a minute, which then caused me to seek it out online, which will result in my downloading the songs onto my iPod.  (See?  Radio’s not dead.)

Anyway, back to Lady Gaga.

She’s weird.  I think we can all agree on that.

There are songs of hers that are just incessantly BAD, or ridiculously stupid, or whatever.

She has two songs that I absolutely cannot get out of my head:  Paparazzi, and Bad Romance.

The latter, I haven’t actually heard on the radio, yet – I was just doing a YouTube run-around and happened upon it:

Weird, huh? BUT SO CATCHY.

Also, those shoes she’s wearing during the bridge (where she’s chanting and wearing the gold outfit) – I would totally buy a pair if they were black matte, and were affordable. Just as an aside.

The former only comes in a video version that includes an intro with making out and Swedish and subtitles and stuff, but if you can get past that, the rest of the video is kind of entertaining (go to 3:00-ish to skip the intro, if you just want to listen to the song):

Another earworm that’s driving me nuts.

So what about y’all?  Do you have any songs that you’re probably ashamed to admit to liking, but that you just can’t get out of your head?  Spill!

8 comments to Late to the party.

  • Lady Gaga strikes me as this generation’s female David Bowie.

    I can’t honestly say I “like” Miley Cyrus “Party in the USA” but it’s catchy, I know the words and I can’t get it out of my head. That’s embarrassing. Now pardon me while I go nod my head like “yeah.”

  • Tracie

    Michael, I was going to say the same song! Once I hear it – it’s in there.

    As for Lady Gaga, I heard she’s nominated for a Grammy, for songwriting, for “Poker Face.”

    Oh boy.

  • The wife and I both have soft spots for Pitbull’s Calle Ocho, even though it’s utterly insipid. Catchy is an understatement, though.

    My current embarrassment is “Loba” by Shakira. (The English version, “She-Wolf,” is horrid, but the hook is an irresistable earworm; in Spanish you can at least pretend it’s sophisticated.)

  • I gotta start coming to B’s blog to update my playlists more often!

  • Joe

    New Thing, by Them Crooked Vultures. Rock on.

  • jesse

    doo doo da do do
    da doo da doo


  • As Mom is going to soon find out, I’ve recently acquired a taste for the Gorillaz. The “embarassing” part is because two of the songs I happen to like (“Feel Good, Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood”) have rapping in them. Granted, not the “shooting hos and snorting crack” variety, but given my family’s overall hatred of anything with rapping in it…

  • ravenshrike

    The proper version of I Kissed a Girl