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On the Matter of Liking Songs I Should Hate

In a recent thread we were discussing possible posts that might distract us from the inevitable disappointing games that were going to happen in the post-Rubio portion of this season. In the same thread that produced the idea that led to Dogpile's post the other night, I suggested a post about "Songs you inexplicably love in a genre you hate." I'm going to fire that one up, but I'm going to cheat a little.

I can't stand Top 40 radio. It makes my teeth itch. Ever since I was a teenager the intentionally inoffensive, saccharine sounds of a pop song have made me growl and grit my teeth. Madonna. Prince. Gloria Estefan. Sheila E. Kylie Minogue. They all made me want to punch things--just in the hope that punching things would eliminate that garbage from existence. It didn't get better in the 1990s. The Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls seemed bad enough, but then we were forced to witness the Britney Spears thing. I don't listen to Top 40 radio, so it was amazing to me that I knew these humans existed. They oozed into every facet of pop culture until even people like me were forced to acknowledge their existence.

So it seemed there was no chance I'd ever like a song that came from that insipid cess pit. I was wrong. Somehow Lady Gaga's Poker Face got under my skin. I'd say that there's no explanation for that, but that's where the cheating from the top of this post comes from. The reason I like the song is directly attributable to my having experienced the song through the Molly Lewis cover a few dozen times before I ever heard the original.

Molly Lewis is adorable. I don't have kids, but if I had a daughter I'd want her to be like this.

If I hadn't seen this first I'd never have even heard the original. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So there it is. I've laid my soul bare. I like this freakishly stupid song. Do you have a similar experience? Not a "guilty pleasure," per se, but a "conflicted pleasure."

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