I’m trying something new this time. I’m linking to the song at the beginning of the post. That way, you can have a little listen and hopefully hear what I’m writing about as you read. So…
You can listen to “Love Shack” by The B-52s here.
I started writing a post today about guilty pleasures. I was writing about how what we generally think of as guilty pleasures are perfectly acceptable things to like and associating guilt with them is ridiculous. What we should do is collectively reevaluate guilty pleasures. We should actually feel guilty when we listen to Chris Brown or Morrissey. People who do bad things but make music that we like. I was going to write about a Morrissey song, but I don’t feel comfortable supporting his music on my little platform, despite how good I think some of his songs are.
Instead, I’m going in the other direction. I’m sure there are lots of people that would feel that “Love Shack” is a guilty pleasure. I think “Love Shack” is an incredible song. It’s camp and goofy. The singer, Fred Schneider has a cartoon voice. There’s call and response lyrics and everyone knows the words. The surf guitar riff is iconic. There’s something powerful about it in the way it makes me want to dance that can’t quite figure out. There’s something about the punchiness of the snare sound that sounds like the drummer is all in on this track. “Love Shack” one of my all time favourite songs and I feel zero guilt for that.