i don't know what it is about a guilty pleasure that makes it that much sweeter than the regular kind. you're supposed to feel bad that you enjoy it, but a lot of times i just don't. the most interesting part of the guilty pleasure is that the guilt is so relative. i mean, one person's guilty
pleasure is, to someone else, simply pleasure. i think i have that right.
lately, one of my biggest guilty pleasures is a duet called 'golden ring' by george jones and tammy wynette. in fact, there are a handful of countrypolitan hits running on a loop on my computer at the moment. the term, countrypolitan
is, itself, open to debate. all music guide
comes close. they list patsy cline as one of its forebearers and then talk about how it evolved into something quite different.
that tiny evolutionary country music moment in the sixties, which the music guide glosses over with just a couple of words, is a big, big deal for me. everything after that moment became the land of the guilty pleasure.
you see, i don't feel guilty at all for loving patsy cline; however, if i were in a crowded room and somebody asked who knows all the words to tammy wynette's 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E'?
, i would look around to see if i knew anyone and only then raise my hand very, very slowly.
countrypolitan is my guilty pleasure and, yes, i think coal miner's daughter
is a really good movie.
if you're still unfamiliar with what i'm talking about, i'll try to explain. you know how there is a particular genus of country music that it is supposedly OK to like? folks like hank williams and patsy cline and johnny cash-- people whose names are written in the hipster bible. well, countrypolitan is nothing like that. countrypolitan is rhinestones. countrypolitan is slick over-production. countrypolitan is the kind of music that terry bradshaw probably had playing in his car as he was driving to do his screen test for cannonball run
it is a mostly harmless guilty pleasure though. you probably won't have to start worrying about me until i use my rent money to buy the tribute rifle
commemorating the music of george jones
: hellboy, ciao, manhattan
: stereolab 'orgiastic'
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