You probably won't hear much from me until Monday -- got a New Yorker coming for a weekend visit and it's probably going to take every ounce of energy I've got over the next few days to defend Birmingham from rampant accusations of uncoolness.
But anyway, here's the Ten:
1. Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Plenty More"
2. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"
3. Pet Shop Boys, "Go West" (Kevin Saunderson tribe mix)
4. Miles Davis, "So What"
5. The Police, "King of Pain"
6. Pet Shop Boys, "To the Battleship"
7. U2, "Red Hill Mining Town"
8. A Tribe Called Quest, "Skypager"
9. Starship, "Sara"
10. Public Enemy, "Reggie Jax"
Boy, talk about uncoolness. OK, I know I probably owe an explanation for #9 on the list, which may be an even more embarrassing track than "We Built This City" (which I also have, shamefully). All I can say is it's another symptom of my '80s nostalgia obsession. No, I'm not currently seeking counseling. Maybe I should.
But this gives me an idea for a meme: I know I'm not alone in having some dirty secrets on my iPod that don't always see the light of day in a Random Ten, so here's your chance to get everything off your chest in an amnesty-like environment. The meme: What are the ten most embarrassing musicians/groups/acts you have in your music collection, and how many songs by each one do you have? I figure this would be better than "ten most embarrassing songs," since a lot of you would probably just put the entire track listing for, say, Milli Vanilli's Girl, You Know It's True up there. (Don't lie. Yes, you would.) To get started, here's mine, starting with the most embarrassing:
1. Lou Bega (1)
OK, after my family went on a month-long trip to Europe the summer after I graduated from college, I made a CD of all the music that had been popular in Europe while we were over there. I still have it. It still brings back fond memories. Sue me.
2. Chris de Burgh (1)
"The Lady in Red." No, no, don't worry, I'll show myself out.
3. Nu Shooz (1)
4. Starship (2)
5. Rick Astley (2)
Let me just say this: You'd be surprised just how fun it is to walk into a hole-in-the-wall bar in Soho and find out that it's '80s night and "Together Forever" is blasting from the speakers. I'm not saying it's right, just that it's . . . not wrong, necessarily.
6. Wham! (1)
7. Swing Out Sister (1)
8. Toto (1)
9. Barry Manilow (1)
Yes, "Copacabana," remixed. It's another college nostalgia thing.
10. Wang Chung (2)
Now that I've laid this out for all the world to see, I expect at least a couple of you to do the same. I know I'm not any bigger a monster than anyone else. Well, than most people. Some people. At least one of you. Maybe.