Guilty Pleasures of 2011: Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend"

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Over the next couple weeks, we'll be trotting out our 2011 music lists in print and on the blog, but I've been thinking a lot about guilty pleasures this year. Songs that get stuck in your head whether you like it or not. Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" fell into that category, though it's really just a right turn from that godawful "Young Folks" song. Same melody, same soggy cracker. I won't even get into my conspiracy theory about that.

Now, Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" has all the components of a catchy song, but the video really seals the deal. The 1:30 mark, especially. And the fact that she's dressed like a Wet Seal exploded is even more intriguing. As far as "club hits" go, this is tops, and she's already inspired the cast of Saturday Night Live to recreate her video. She also inspired me to recreate her video, last night, at around 2 a.m., in my apartment. Thank god no one was filming, though.

I bow to you, Robyn. Check back for more guilty pleasures of 2011.


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Audra Schroeder
Audra Schroeder

Well, I guess we disagree on what guilty pleasures are. Nowhere in the post do I shame anyone for listening to Robyn.

Audra Schroeder
Audra Schroeder

I agree with the fact that this is a great song, illustrated in the fact that it made me dance around my apartment like a giddy teenager. Guilty pleasure is a personal feeling, which was the point of the post. But I've never hooked for crack in the men's bathroom, so I guess I haven't fully experienced life.  

LBC
LBC

hmm.. a really well written, well sung pop song with smart lyrics. i feel so ashamed!

i know should be listening to something more indie with no bass player that the blogs have approved-

the only thing i feel guilty about is visiting this site but there's no pleasure

Derek VonTrabferknabler
Derek VonTrabferknabler

With all due respect, screw you. This is a good song. "Guilty pleasure" is a label you put on crap like Culture Beat's "Mr. Vain" or Crush's "Jellyhead".

Willcdowdy
Willcdowdy

i hate the term "guilty pleasures" when it comes to music. you either like it, or you don't. there is no in-between. if the pet shop boys make me want to dance and sing to their music, then i like it... why feel guilty. a "guilty pleasure" is hooking in mens bathrooms for crack, not liking a song by Robyn.

Jesse Hopkins
Jesse Hopkins

Nothing guilty about it, Robyn is incredible.

Derek VonTrabferknabler
Derek VonTrabferknabler

The word "guilty" in the post title implies that there is a reason to feel guilty about listening to the song. Words matter, especially when you're a writer.

Derek VonTrabferknabler
Derek VonTrabferknabler

That's the fucking point. It's your own personal issues. The problem is that you're attaching some sort of stigma to a fantastic artist and a fantastic song, insinuating that we should feel ashamed or hide the fact that we listen to Robyn. Fact of the matter is, this is a bad post for a bad series.

Catherine
Catherine

Mr. Vain is actually a totally rad song.

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