Thursday, July 31, 2003

Guilty Pleasures

I FREAKING love Air Supply! I cannot hide it, I cannot deny it. They had hits! I don’t care what yall say, that little man with the afro was singin’! I am not embarrassed that I love Air Supply. I am just embarrassed that I love them this much. The amount of joy is almost uncontainable right now as I listen to “All Out of Love”. As I am swooning to my recent purchase of their greatest hits (“Air Supply: The Definitive Collection”), I can’t help but think about my other guilty pleasures. And honestly, I really don’t feel all that guilty. I mean really, how long was I a New Kids fan? Please, I still am. There is not much room for embarrassment considering that fact. With all of the ridicule I endured during my formative years for my odd and eclectic taste, I have grown a pretty tough skin.

Some people have a hard time admitting their guilty pleasures. Someone I know recently confessed their admiration for Sugar Ray. “I can’t help it. Their songs come on and something inside…I can’t explain it. I know all of the words. I still haven’t brought myself to buy one of their CD’s. ” I let him know that it was quite okay and if he ever found himself not able to hold back from buying one of their CD’s to go to Wal-Mart in the wee hours of the night and buy one.

Now this is a guilty pleasure:

What the $(@#W&$(&@%)&@)%@)%&@)&%)@&%@)$*@(*#@(#@ ????
Fine for no reason. No reason at all.


Nu America will be releasing two singles off of Thicke’s already classic CD “A Beautiful World”. “Brand New Jones” will be released in the UK (because we sure ‘nuff can’t handle it here), while “Stupid Things” will be released here in the states. Check for a sneak pic of the video for “Brand New Jones”. If he does not get a Grammy nod, I swear we will call for a picketing of NARAS by BGLU’s everywhere. In further news, Thicke has shown us that he cares for those of us fighting lust by cutting his hair. Not that he is any less fine, he is just less threatening this way. Let’s be honest: Thicke is so fine that you feel like you need to repent for just merely looking at him. See below:

See? A kindler, gentler looking Thicke . Thank you Mr. Thicke. Thanks for caring unlike Johnny Depp who we are still furious with. Yes, that is his girlfriend. Yes, she is black. And yes, we are happy.

Screeeeeeeeeech halt. This just in:
You can now see the video for “Brand New Jones” on Search for Thicke. Don't be like me and try to watch it at work. Duh.

If you are a true BGLU you already know about Oxygen’s animated series “Hey Monie”. Oxygen has joined with BET to bring us the animated series on a weekly basis! Originally on Oxygen’s now defunct “X Chromosome” show, “Hey Monie” is basically BGLU life in animated form. All of us have a ghetto fabulous friend like Yvette and I’m sure a lot of us have had that one white guy in our lives like Chad who is annoying as heck but thinks we are the best thing since sliced bread. “Hey Monie” airs on Tuesday nights 8 pm EST.

Attention All Potential Downloading Jailbirds
As we all know, the man is coming down hard on downloaders. You might be up late one night, minding your own business looking for a white label house mix of Sade’s “Never Thought I’d See The Day” and find yourself served with a subpaoena later on that week. It’s not fair, man. There are just some things that you cannot get anymore. For instance, Tia found this old clip of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Dale, and the little kid that was on Remember the Titans singing “Cry for You” by Jodeci on the Mickey Mouse Club. You can’t get that anywhere! Let the people be.

There are plenty of places to download music legally nowadays for free. Here are a few of our favorites: has “The Leak” where you can hear full albums before their release date. is a good source as well as for videos often has full albums that you can listen to (not download) so you can be sure that the one track you heard on the radio is not the only hot track on the CD.
If you have Real Player, sign up for their mailing list and they will alert you when they have CD listening parties. This is how I found about Kenna, which is $8.99 at Tower right now so don't sleep. Currently, you can listen to the new Bad Boys II Soundtrack, Stacie Orrico, Thalia, Jane’s Addiction and Ben Harper.

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