Guilty pleasures

Posted by: on May 8, 2010 | 8 Comments

OK everyone, get your minds of the gutter (GR – that means you). I am not talking about  chocolate oils or rabbits or lingerie. I’m talking about things you like that you don’t want anyone to know that you like.

Last week I was taking a walk around my parents community in Florida. Had the iPod on, the earphones in, listening to my dance music playlist which is really good walking/exercising music. At times, I’m pretty sure I was singing loud enough for people to hear me if anyone was around. If any of my friends should ever hear a couple of the songs I have on my “dance music” playlist, they would be like “you are not listening to that song, are you?” Although I really like some of those songs I’m not sure I really want anyone else to know.

OK, so here are some examples of my guilty pleasures:

  1. The movie Red Dawn – Russia and Cuba invade the USA, high school kids fight back. Starring Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey, Lea Thomson. No idea why but whenever it’s on, I find myself watching. It’s hypnotic.
  2. The song Everbody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung.  Not only sang by Wang Chung but they turn their name into a verb:  “Everybody have fun tonight, everybody Wang Chung tonight.” Special meaning for me as that song was popular when I was working in Soho for an animation/special effects company and my friend Frank (hi Frank!) got me the disc as a secret Santa present. Funny song, good memory.
  3. The Partridge Family.  This one is not mine but Linda’s. Personally, I never liked it, never understood the whole David Cassiday thing, never got off on Susan Dey like other guys. As I write this, my wife is singing some Partridge Family song and all I can say is yuck!

So now I have shared some of my guilty pleasures with you. Do you have the guts to share any with me and risk public humiliation?


  1. lizzie
    May 8, 2010

    Barry Manilow??

  2. Nathan Slovin
    May 10, 2010

    The safe answer would be Bandon Dunes, but in keeping with the spirit of your post two of my current guilty pleasures would be the Bee Gees (on my play-list for over 30 years) and “Bring it on” still brings tears to my eyes like it is the first time…

  3. Jennifer
    May 10, 2010

    I think it’s safe to say that Road House with Patrick Swayze is a guilty pleasure in my house. Both Jim and I can be found watching it if someone is broadcasting it on cable.

    • irasez
      May 10, 2010

      Jen – agreed 100%. Love Sam Elliott in that one.

      • Jim
        May 11, 2010

        Yet, the splendor of Sam Elliott cannot undo the tragedy that is Kelly Lynch. She completely ruins any scene she is in.

        Oh, and Ira…

        “AVENGE ME!”

  4. Jeff Wieland
    May 12, 2010

    Two movies:
    Valley Girls – 80’s california (“fer sure”) high school angst. Has very young Nicolas Gage & great 80’s alternative music soundtrack
    Replacements – Kneau Reaves at his mono-syllabic best. If you listen & watch carefully, you may detect some display of emotion in his acting.

  5. Ina
    May 13, 2010

    Guilty Pleasure – Chocolate covered animal crackers…… a little sweetness & crunch!

  6. Ricardo
    May 13, 2010

    1. Glee
    2. Dirty Dancing
    3. Sleeping with the Enemy
    4. Activia Yogurt
    5. Crossing My Legs European Style