Not So Guilty Pleasures 2011

Anyone who knows me can attest that if it’s on the radio – more often than not I know it – and probably like it. So after writing up my overall favorites for the year, I decided I should list off the songs that I will probably get shit for the next time a dollar of mine goes into a jukebox

LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem”

I am not ashamed to say it. This group is as catchy as they come. From “I’m in Miami, Trick” to “Shots”. It just seems to be banger after banger for this duo from Los Angeles. These dudes love to party (who doesn’t?). I am a fan of their schtick and when I saw them earlier this year, they easily put on one of the most entertaining live shows I’ve seen.

Wallpaper – “#STUPiDFACEDD”

One of my more annoying traits this year was adding the hashtag to almost anything. Especially, if it wasn’t used on twitter. It peaked with me verbally saying the hashtag in casual conversations. So, it was almost a no brainer for me to be into this song from Oakland-based electro-pop act Wallpaper. I have got to give it up to dude too. He’s come a long way since I drunkenly watched a set of his at ToHo a couple of years ago. Lyrically, he is quite clever and he probably had one of the most entertaining videos of 2011.

Katy Perry – “Last Friday Night (TGIF)”

After releasing one of the most annoying songs ever, “Fireworks”, Ms Perry rebounded quite nicely with this infectious pop gem. Her ability to continue to poke fun at herself never ceases to amuse me. Sonically, she is doing nothing groundbreaking. Just Katy doing what Katy does best. It also features a saxophone solo that surely would make Foreigner proud.

Britney Spears – “Hold it Against Me”

Well, it was only a matter of time. Blame Max Martin and Dr. Luke for bringing the dubstep (or should I now say popstep) craze to the mainstream. Talk all the trash you want, the song is energetic and infectious. And while I do sometimes yearn for the shaved head, umbrella wielding, Britney of yesteryear – it’s kind of nice to see her make a comeback. Especially, since I already lost that bet that she’d join the 27 club. Should’ve had my money on Amy (too soon?).

Kreayshawn – “Gucci Gucci”

You couldn’t escape it. It was everywhere. I was rooting for it all to end up being a fabulously executed prank, although it looks like Oakland’s Kreayshawn is just another dumb broad who won the life lottery. Either way, I couldn’t help but be fascinated by her. Inadvertently, she has created a commentary that parodies herself, as well as the majority of the Urban Outfitter populous.

Ke$ha – “Fuck Him (He’s A DJ)”

If Madonna and the Beastie Boys drank a bottle of whiskey and then had ridiculous amounts of group sex – using only a bottle of glitter as lube – Ke$ha would be the outcome.

C’mon. Did you really expect this to end any other way? I am the dude that dropped too much money on tickets to her show and danced my face off among a bunch of horrified soccer moms and scantily clad teenagers. She inspired the whiskey soaked, glitter bomb shit-show that was my favorite Halloween costume, yet. I allow this to  end up on the list because this song is the only original song to end up on her remix album,I Am the Dance Commander + I Command You To Dance, that came out this past March. No fucks given. I back this girl – hard. Bottoms up!

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