Back in the late 90’s there was an infomercial that would air on the weekends selling The Kelly Family CDs (I’m at least 85% certain VHS tapes were being sold too). If I had possessed a credit card I totally would have bought the package. But I didn’t so I just watched every weekend like it was some weirdly specific MTV program until it stopped airing. I wish I could find the infomercial online, but alas: it was the 90’s.
Looking back I have no idea what to make of it. Not that long later I became a Hanson fan, so maybe I just have a thing for blond, singing families with strange fashion choices?
Anyway, while I would go on to throw money at Hanson, it wouldn’t be until three or four years ago I actually bought my first Kelly Family album, Homerun. It’s even signed! By Joey and…someone else. It was used. Whatever. Beggars can’t be choosers.
Even though I can look back at those old Kelly Family videos and feel puzzlement at what I could have possibly been thinking…I still kind of like them. To be fair, their last couple albums are more modern with better clothes.
I think I planned on defending my strange and eclectic musical tastes but now I find I have no words to use in my defense.
So Payal suckered me into doing this one post a week thing. Therefore I have decided my first post would be about Katy Perry. Yes. Katy Perry.
When she first hit the scene I refused to like her music. You see, I was a hipster before they were called hipsters. Back when the terms “snobbish prick”, “elitist jerk”, and other names far worse were more in use. I heard the song “I Kissed a Girl” and was so enraged that the youth of the land and radio DJs were acting as if Jill Sobule had not all ready did such a song way back in 1995.
And then Bruno Mars did his little skit on SNL where he was a Pandora intern and sang a little bit of “Firework” and I had to admit I kind of liked the melody. But I figured it was Bruno’s doing: couldn’t be Katy. Not long after her “T.G.I.F.” video came out and I had to watch it because of Hanson and it was cute, I’ll grant you. But then…but then one night while bored and I was browsing Amazon Prime and saw her documentary A Part of Me was available and decided to take a chance.
I discovered, much to my shock, that I liked about nine out of every ten songs I was hearing. Her work ethic was what really impressed me, which makes me sound really old and like a doofus but c’est vrai. My other musical guilty pleasures, the previously mentioned Hanson, are pretty notorious for always being late. And I do mean always, no matter if it is a simple internet chat or a concert they are seemingly incapable of being on time. And here was Miss Perry unwilling to push back her show five to ten minutes because then she would have to cancel the meet-and-greet. I don’t know; call me a sap but that won me over.
Anyway, it took a few months but on Black Friday I finally got around to buying Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection and I have been playing the sugar* out of that album.
I don’t exactly hide the fact that I am a big time Hanson fan. I fell in love with the band when they released the single “Where’s The Love” back in 1997. No, I was not a “Mmmbop” fan and remain to this day pretty indifferent to it, but I digress.
I’ve been a fan for thirteen years, five studio albums, one Christmas album, two live albums…well you get the point. But it wasn’t until September 14th that I would see them perform in person. Was I excited? Ha! Understatement of the year. Continue reading Finally Caught Hanson Live→