Music you like but don't want your friends to know you like it

bykfixer

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Anything Barry Manilow.

I love that guys music but don't tell me beer buddies. Or worse....


the Bee Gees.(pre-Saturday night fever)


And Boy George šŸ˜±.
 
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I always liked Barry Manilow, the King of Schmaltz. A couple of my favs are Somewhere in the Night and I write the Songs (which he didn't write, actually - it was written by one of the Beach Boys). Good stuff.

Dare I mention disco? Don't laugh. I've since grown out of it.

Mostly. :sssh:
 

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I haven't heard that Midler/Manilow collaboration before. That was good. It sounds like a perfect tune for a New Year's gala.

Before he was big, Manilow was involved in making jingles for some famous products and services. He rolled those tunes into his "Very Strange Medley". You might be surprised at some of them, including an insurance company jingle that's still in use.
 
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As a young person I was the lead worker in a music store owned by a very accomplished guitarist. He vastly expanded the variety of music available to me during that era of post 8-track tapes. It was cassettes and albums; sold a lot of Led Zepelin but also The Commodores (owner called them The Commodes {a piece of furniture that looks like a chair but has a container in the seat that people who are sick or old can use as a toilet}) Rap was rearing its head (Sugar Hill Gang). Foreigner was ascendant.

But when the conversation with friend/customers would get a bit sniffy, I would extol the virtues of ABBA.
 

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Duran Duran

If I admitted liking them in High School, my punk skater buddies would have kicked my ***
 

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This thread reminds me of why I never got into music, although in this case the issue was my siblings, not friends. I got tired of being made fun of for any music I happened to like, so I just stopped bothering. Besides, back then there weren't many options besides listening to the radio, at least for new music. We had a stereo, but my parents bought records they liked, although they hardly listened to them. Because of this, to this day when I'm in car with someone I ask them to just turn off any music they might have on. Just not into it. Movies are better for entertainment anyway.
 

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freinds? never heard of this. must be something i dont have. but far as my stray cats they know ima metal head who is deep into ladygaga
 

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Stray cats?



some more cat videos....



 
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Well, there is music that I like, but most of my friends don't. They either begin to vomit, or they frown, or they begin to consider me either a Satanist or a sectarian




it's funny to watch how the punks take small steps away from the singer

and from another angle
 

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Music you like but don't want your friends to know you like it

Disco era tunes -- About a quarter of that period's music gets my foot tapping and my mind flashing back to that time. There was the typical fare on the radio, the top-100 stuff. But then there was the whole second-tier stuff ... often better-quality and finer musically. (ie, The Bee Gees, in the early days, much of which is truly great material, but which wasn't nearly so commercially 'catchy' as their "hit" stuff.)

Of course, a good amount of that period's dance/disco stuff was garbage, even with the typical beat and the horns, harmonies, etc., that were catchy. Filtering through the chaff to get to the wheat is part of the fun, for me. All the more so, given that 40+ years (and the march of media) has rendered much of that era's good music to the back shelves of most sources, if available at all.


Of course, there's all sorts of really good music out there, genres that I don't mind that people know I like. (Indeed, much of it, many people today haven't heard a lot of the stuff I tend to like most, so introducing it to them brings a lot of satisfaction once they appreciate how wonderful much of it is.)

Singer/Songwriter music -- Much of it, back in the day, I didn't like. But, overall I think it was very fine. A great period, musically, from the mid-to-late 1960s through the late 1970s.


Vocalists -- I love a good voice. Done right, matched with the right tune, it can be mesmerizing. Particularly if it's a bit deeper (ie, contralto instead of soprano) and has great range. Love me a great contralto, for whatever reason. Peggy Lee, Doris Day, Sarah Vaughan, Anne Murray, Nina Simone, Bobbie, Gentry, Gladys Knight, Patti Page, Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Rita Coolidge, Karen Carpenter, ... along with many contemporary contraltos such as Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Alicia Keys, Madeleine Peyroux, Sara Gazarek, Jules Day.
 
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