Real Talk: Everyone has a Guilty Pleasure Album

September 20, 2017

One question that gets tossed around during our 107 Second interviews is "what's your guilty pleasure album?" Manchester Orchestra came in earlier this week and frontman Andy Hull said he doesn't believe in guilty pleasure albums, while lead guitarist, Charles McDowell replied, Toxic by Britney Spears (He also talked about Hanson a lot, it made me uncomfortable). :-)

I decided to throw our own question in our faces and this is what the squad had to say:

Manley: I didn't really rate the new The 1975 album, but their self-titled one I'll ride for forever! The City, Chocolate, ROBBERS <screams like a 14-year-old that just got....well....just got 1975 tickets>  and that's why I have to consider it my guilty pleasure.

Gregr: No such thing as guilty pleasure unless it’s breaking the law. Dave Grohl said something about it once and it always stuck with me: if you like it, it’s just a pleasure. The guilt part is dumb. So unless you stole the record from a record store like a big turd, there’s no need to feel bad.

Cody: Pretty sure I still know 90% of the words to U+Me=US... not even kidding that and the follow-up single "The Hardest Part of Breaking up!" - But as of late, my two guilty pleasure albums have to be Astoria by Marianas Trench and Stories For A Monday by The Summer Set. If the people who purposefully avoid me on the street only knew!

BrandenQuincy Jones – The Dude (1981) I was a jazz nerd in high school and Quincy Jones is a local jazz legend. I picked up this record used from Sonic Boom in Ballard for, like, $3 or something and it’s my go-to when I’m at home doing dishes or kicking back. I challenge you to try not to shake your butt while cleaning your house listening to “Razzamatazz.” You’ll fail every time.

Leslie: It’s gotta be Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. “SexyBack,” “Summer Love,” “What Goes Around”… all JAMS. They were jams in 2006, they are still jams now, and they’ll continue to be jams even when the robots take over.

AlyssaI don't really have a guilty pleasure album, but my ultimate guilty pleasure song is "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey. The song is featured on the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack (1984). It started out as a joke with my old roommate...every time one of us would turn the heat on in the apt, we would yell, the heat is on!  One day my roommate came home with the vinyl of the damn song and now I find myself throwing it on the record player when I'm cooking dinner. It's such a cheesy song, but I enjoy dancing around to it while wearing oven mitts. Yeah. My dog runs away from me, it's a good time!

Do you have a guilty pleasure album? Or do you agree with Gregr and think that if you enjoy it then it's just a pleasure?

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