Our old pal Gino has been running a version of "Battle of the Bands" on his blog, getting his vast North American audience to vote on the relative merits of bands (sample battles have included Scorpions vs. Gorky Park and the B52s vs. Devo - he's now taking votes on Flogging Mollys vs. the Dropkick Murphys here - go vote).
Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I'm just going to steal his idea and give a just a little twist. We got some excellent suggestions for the Barack Obama soundtrack thread that I posted earlier. So I want to do two things here.
First, I want your votes on who you prefer between two 80s Britpop dance numbers. Then, I want your suggestions for other "guilty pleasure" songs that we might put up for debate right here, on the big stage. By "guilty pleasures" I mean songs that might have been (or still be) considered uncool, but that are actually pretty good. If it has a cheesy (or vintage) video to go with it, even better. It's a wide canvas and of course there's a lot of room for debate on the topic. By way of illustration, I'll give you my eternal example of a "guilty pleasure" band.
The Sweet. If you're old enough, you'll remember these guys, a British pop band that had some rock power and wrote dumb but enjoyable songs that were hits throughout the 70s. They were responsible for such dubious but fun ditties as "Little Willy," "Fox On the Run" and, quintessentially, "Ballroom Blitz." Thirty years on, these guys are still dumb fun.
So here are the first contestants:
ABC: "Poison Arrow"
Scritti Politti: "Perfect Way"
And remember, this is a Chicago-style election. Vote early, vote often. Next contest will feature "University Marxist" bands.