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Started by FeudalClink on 14-Nov-2017 19:28:36
Too cool for school

Songs that when they came out you wouldn't have admitted you liked even during torture but happily sing along to now without shame and even manage to point out that they are 'better than the modern rubbish today'.

I give you 'the Reflex' by Duran Duran

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halfnelson - 14 Nov 2017 19:31:26 (#1 of 48)

2 Become 1 by the Spice Girls.

popstar7 - 14 Nov 2017 19:36:02 (#2 of 48)

Honestly, none. A Julie Burchill single of the week NME review of, coincidentally, The Reflex set me straight at an early age. So for all her many sins she did a decent job in not making me a music snob.

mingmong - 14 Nov 2017 19:39:44 (#3 of 48)

Sultans of Swing - a middle-aged South London classic

FeudalClink - 14 Nov 2017 19:41:24 (#4 of 48)

Actually, Dire Straits is a good call - the one about the fair is brill

TommyDGNR8 - 14 Nov 2017 19:42:24 (#5 of 48)

I was a Duranie so would never have admitted my liking for Wild Frontier era Adam & the Ants.

But fuck, with a record collection ranging contemporarily from the Rollers through Abba, Sheena Easton and Black Lace to S Club Seven, I've never been mistaken for a cool dude. Even when wearing my spandex and leather.

SGM1A1 - 14 Nov 2017 19:44:49 (#6 of 48)

The Partridge Family - Walking In The Rain

My favourite version of one of my favourite songs

popstar7 - 14 Nov 2017 19:45:33 (#7 of 48)

But if I have to confess a near indefensible case it would be Wet Wet Wet. I liked them. Even up to the second album.

halfnelson - 14 Nov 2017 19:45:57 (#8 of 48)

Leave Right Now by Will Young. Didn't like it on release, but now I find it really moving.

FeudalClink - 14 Nov 2017 19:47:15 (#9 of 48)

I've got 12 inch singles by Divine. Kept quiet at the time. They are great though.

popstar7 - 14 Nov 2017 19:47:44 (#10 of 48)

But you have to have liked it at the time, nelson.

SGM1A1 - 14 Nov 2017 19:49:17 (#11 of 48)

Most of the tracks on Tighten Up Volume 2 . As far as I was concerned only skinheads liked reggae then.

FeudalClink - 14 Nov 2017 19:49:27 (#12 of 48)

Nothing will ever make me like the Spice Girls but S Club 7 will bet me up and moving woodenly at a wedding

FeudalClink - 14 Nov 2017 19:51:03 (#13 of 48)

Actually, some of the ska I didn't really like in the late seventies is really good when you actually listen to it - thinking the Selector. I think I may have just grown up musically.

mingmong - 14 Nov 2017 19:56:55 (#14 of 48)

A converse to this thread would be bands that you pretended to like while at school, in order to appear cool.

I remember pretending to like a band called the Fixx, purely on the basis that nobody else had heard of them. I relistened to some of their stuff the other day, and it really was utterly mediocre at best.

Shadrack22 - 14 Nov 2017 20:15:05 (#15 of 48)

Did they have a single called Red Skies?

HerrWalrus - 14 Nov 2017 21:01:45 (#16 of 48)

The Carpenters.

invicta - 14 Nov 2017 21:21:39 (#17 of 48)

"A Different Corner" by George Michael.

I still can't stand Wham!, and "Careless Whisper" remains godawful to this day - and it was ubiquitous for a decade, which was intolerable - so admitting to liking one of his songs was verboten at the time. That one, though: I bet Stevie Wonder wishes he'd written it. Every bit as good as "Lately" (which is another song I love which you couldn't admit to liking at the time).

Tadagee - 14 Nov 2017 21:28:19 (#18 of 48)

I think Nick Hayward's 'Whistle down the Wind' is a fantastic song.

Ditto Britney's '...baby one more time'

And indeed 5ive's 'Keep on Movin'.

There's probably others.

bossab2 - 14 Nov 2017 21:33:11 (#19 of 48)

I recall the snooty nosed comment of one of my contemporaries to this day

MFP ( Music For Pleasure ) he referred to as

Music for Peasants

FeudalClink - 14 Nov 2017 21:34:00 (#20 of 48)

Also - Madonna - Like a Prayer

Huge song on so many levels - for girls and the otherwise inclined if you'd asked me at the time

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