God, I could write a million of these. Where to begin?
I could tell you that I love Bon Jovi so much I own the box set (it’s called ‘100 Million Fans Can’t Be Wrong’ – so modest). I could ‘fess up to my deeply unhip fondness for buffoonish American Pie-era pop-punk.
I could describe the night I stayed up late “reappraising” the 90s on Spotify and started off with Echobelly, took a drastic left turn at The Beautiful South, careered headlong into The New Radicals, and – whoops – woke up the next morning with Shania Twain’s ‘Come On Over’, played in full, on my desktop.
I could let slip the times I’ve cleared dancefloors at parties and club nights by “dropping” Simply Red’s ‘Stars’. I could admit that I once heard a Nickelback song on my car radio and didn’t immediately swerve off the road and smash the stereo to shards with a clawhammer.
You get the idea. My tastes are not fashionable.
And yet, the truth is, I’m just not that embarrassed about all that stuff. Not really.
The idea of this blog series is to reveal shadowy corners of your music collection that genuinely fill you with shame. Songs you don’t want anyone to know you like. Songs you listen to furtively. Songs you un-scrobble, lest your secret get out.
Which brings me to… The Black Eyed Peas. Yes, I know they’re awful. The Wall Street Journal called them “the most corporate band in America”.
Will.i.am took that as a compliment. “I consider us a brand,” said the frontman, doing little to alter the popular perception of his band as a reprehensible dragoon of monumental choads.
But this series is about tracks you enjoy even when you know you shouldn’t. And ‘I Gotta Feeling’ is such a song.
Look, it’s not like I’d listen to it on my own. But when it comes on in a pub or club (assuming it’s full of normal people as opposed to hipsters) it’s one of those songs that make a room come alive – voom! – like the flame igniting in a boiler.
It’s dumb, and fun, and has a neat tempo gearshift at the 1.30 mark that’s like catnip to the drunk and rowdy.
At that particular point in the song, I freely admit that I have been known to – oh Christ, I’m just so sorry – mouth the words “Mazel tov!” and raise my glass.
I’m not proud of this.
But, you know, there’s a reason the video’s been watched nearly 100 million times on YouTube.
It’s uplifting, and has the power to make you think, ‘Yeah maybe this will be a great night’, even when you’re actually planning a dismal evening in eating Walkers Sensations and watching The Secret Life Of Waves on BBC 4.
So there you go. My name is Luke Lewis and I have occasionally enjoyed ‘I Gotta Feeling’ by the Black Eyed Peas. Now you know my secret. Happy now?