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schecki / October 5, 2004 5:59 PM

Early Bon Jovi. (Go ahead, laugh, it's ok.)

christiana / October 5, 2004 7:14 PM

Hamburger Helper. The Nick & Jessica show. Not showering on the weekends. IKEA. The Drudge Report. Posting fake personal ads on craigslist.

Oh, I could go on.

Shylo / October 5, 2004 9:55 PM

Certain boxed wines, Wonka bars, and trying to figure out what sex act a Chocolate Tuxedo could possibly be.

Lyle from Lisle / October 5, 2004 11:02 PM

TV commercial music, not original but bastardized. Like Applebee's reworking of The Newbeats' "(I Like) Bread and Butter." And the best pop-punk song of the century, "A Focus and a Dell" -- can't deny the hook!

It's been a long time (like never) since I could forgive Zep for selling "Rock and Roll." Yet when I feel (right or wrong) that the artist might actually require a checkbook/401(k) booster -- Iggy Pop's "Lust For [A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again]" or Devo's "Swiff It!" -- I refrain from judgement.

Oh, who am I kidding -- I judge you all to be big jerks for selling out the songs what made me. Everyone except those impish garage punks who penned "A Focus and a Dell."


Michael / October 5, 2004 11:05 PM

Doritos, masturbation, gummi bears, drinking till I black out, the sci-fi channel, still smokin' weed, the mocha valencia at Starbucks...(to be cont.)

paul / October 6, 2004 1:20 AM

Besides the usual illegal or immoral stuff, I occasionaly find myself in front of a bucket of KFC, trying to finish it off.

jennifer / October 6, 2004 8:53 AM

WB shows, Boone's Farm, 40s of Old Style, Coldplay, Britney Spears, eating sour cream straight from the tub, making out with relative strangers in the corner of bars.

Roni / October 6, 2004 9:03 AM

My whole life is a guilty pleasure: 80s hair bands, eating ice cream from the tub while watching CNN, Googling old friends, Soap Opera Digest while in the check-out lane, Hairstyle mags, Eddie & JoBo, McDonalds Chicken Sandwich with a small parfait, IHOPs Swedish pancakes...I could go on and on.

Maggie / October 6, 2004 9:35 AM

Barry Manilow and tater tots.

Waleeta / October 6, 2004 9:39 AM

Watching the "Golden Girls" every day on Lifetime.

shut up.

Ken / October 6, 2004 10:02 AM


anne / October 6, 2004 10:31 AM

America's Next Top Model, Justin Timberlake, "Blue Crush" and magic shell.

Michael / October 6, 2004 10:49 AM

Taco Bell and early Pet Shop Boys albums.

robin.. / October 6, 2004 11:01 AM

entertaining revenge fantasies and carrying grudges. secretly, i love to loathe.

Shylo / October 6, 2004 11:03 AM

Isn't that a Donna Summer song? "Love to Loathe You, Baby"?

steve_sleeve / October 6, 2004 11:05 AM

"Long Time Gone" by the Dixie Chicks

(it has a REALLY GOOD melody, dammit)

Andrew / October 6, 2004 11:34 AM

Billy Joel and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Dunkin Donuts coffee. Polish and mondo fries from Toré & Luke's.

Carly / October 6, 2004 11:47 AM

Bad pop music, Cheetos, shopping with my credit card, breakfast at 3 am, and John Barleycorn.

Sarah / October 6, 2004 11:56 AM

Dexy's Midnight Runners, playing with my food, Access Hollywood, Camper shoes, reese's peanut butter cups

Steve / October 6, 2004 11:58 AM

Hasn't digital cable/satellite TV pretty much obliterated the concept of the guilty pleasure?

If not, then....
-- All three CSI shows
-- Krispy Kream donuts
-- Rebel Yell, Billy Idol style

John / October 6, 2004 12:04 PM

German Schlager music. "Erst ein Cappuccino, dann ein bisschen Vino, und dann du."

anne / October 6, 2004 12:10 PM

Krispy Kreme, Steve. Some day I'm just going to order a cup of glaze to go. mmmm. Add one more to my list.

Thurston / October 6, 2004 12:14 PM

President's Choice shells and cheese, the kind where you squeeze the pre-made sauce out of a tin foil bag; the Chemical Brothers' Exit Planet Dust LP and Loops of Fury EP; watching dogs get haircuts in the picture window at the PetCo on Clybourne and Cortland.

steven / October 6, 2004 12:34 PM

US magazine, j springer, chips ahoy, cheesy asteroid/volcano/alien/destruction of all earth for-the-love-of-god movies, hot dog/fries combos.

oh alright...and titanic.

i know, that last one's a doozy.

Andy / October 6, 2004 12:40 PM

Iron Maiden CDs, Football Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (browsing the ESPN power rankings and's Tuesday Morning Quarterback) and Godzilla movies

dre / October 6, 2004 12:44 PM

law & order, ben & jerry's, shopping malls, easy cheese.

salty / October 6, 2004 1:03 PM

Eating chilled sweetened condensed milk, scooped up with a finger straight outta the can; catching the Brown Line in the opposite direction I'm going just to ride 'round the Loop; drinking an entire bottle of Liebfraumilch; watching Degrassi, or any of the other pre-teen Canadian soaps on Noggin; watching people leave a room on C-SPAN; going to "grand openings" at chain stores/restaurants; ordering free travel info for places I'm not heading to

Michael / October 6, 2004 1:09 PM

(cont.)...White Castle jalapeno cheeseburgers, Cherry Garcia, classic monster & slasher movies, grape soda and cigarettes.

Colin / October 6, 2004 1:48 PM

Under Siege 2/Fire Down Below, Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers, reading Onion/Nerve personals without a profile, Taco Bell, Lipton Noodles and Sauce, Flamin Hot Cheetos, McDonalds Breakfast...

Minnie / October 6, 2004 1:50 PM

Reality television: Apprentice, Extreme Makeover.
Scripted television: Law and Order SVU, that new show Lost, Sex and the City re-broadcast on TBS (I know, pointless--yet compelling). French Fries.
Tabloids. daily celeb gossip updates.
craigslist missed connections.
George Michael's Faith album.

dan / October 6, 2004 2:17 PM

Taco Bell steak Tacos
that 70's show
Real World marathons
anything on VH1
salsa and Fritos
Leine's Blackberry Weiss Beer
the first coupla Tori Amos albums

Sarah / October 6, 2004 2:23 PM

Neil Diamond

kelly / October 6, 2004 2:35 PM

the band Chicago, dance and cheerleading competetions on ESPN (god! it's just so spirited! and in unison!), fancy cooking magazines, expensive yarn, Frostys, chocolate chip cookies from Subway.

paul / October 6, 2004 2:39 PM

Alright, I wasn't completely forecoming with my first post, I'll come clean and admit -

Stargate SG-1

There, I said it.

jim / October 6, 2004 2:40 PM

here are some that i can think of...

1) really poppy - pop music. really overtly over the top pop. including harmonies and such.
2) coca cola slurpees. anytime anywhere.
3) starburst jellybeans with pretzels. yum.
4) cheesy romantic comedy hong kong movies. candy lo really cracks me up.
5) shin ramen. the best ramen ever!
6) cheese metal. harmonics immediately followed by a dive bomb really makes me happy. heeheehee. i'm getting giddy just thinking about it.

daruma / October 6, 2004 2:56 PM

ice cream, Surreal Life, R. Kelly, Midnight Love on BET, cinnamon braid coffee cake from Jewel

Craig / October 6, 2004 3:02 PM

Community access cable or local radio.

Anything amateurish (read as: shitty)-- from middle-school plays on shaky camcorders to high-school radio broadcasts with the most embarassing playlists and awkward banter in the world.

miss ellen / October 6, 2004 3:12 PM

- jay-z
- justin timberlake
- my so called life (thank you, noggin @ 3 am ---oh, and TIVO to catch it for me)
- toxic hell
- sliders
- reading about paris hilton getting boo'd off stage
- cheetos
- page six

Cinnamon / October 6, 2004 3:27 PM

I refuse to feel guilty for pleasure. However there are a few thing I enjoy that some people just don't understand. Guns n Fuckin Roses, man! Playing with my eyelashes, even though I get freaked if anything comes near my eyes, fake cheese nachos at ball games, home decorating shows on HGTV, Eminem (some of it anyway), and having my cat sleep under the covers with his head on my shoulder.

peggy / October 6, 2004 3:28 PM

reading blogs while at work.
oh, and 'the surreal life' with flavor flav and bridgette. they are hilarious.

margot / October 6, 2004 3:35 PM

- Cheese fries from Weiner's Circle (actually, anything involving processed cheese)
- Reading US Weekly from cover to cover
- Reading cookbooks from cover to cover
- Exhustive internet research on anything that strikes me (primarily home improvement projects and start-up business ventures)
- The Champagne of Beers

katie / October 6, 2004 3:39 PM

Definitely Real World marathons, chicken wings, Neil Diamond, drinking wine and/or eating ice cream in place of dinner, reading really angsty teenager blogs, being obsessed with fashion magazines and makeover shows. technically I don't know how "guilty" I feel about any of these things, but they're pleasures nonetheless.

pat / October 6, 2004 3:58 PM

wholly inexcusable, but hey, it is a guilty pleasure: Elton John's "I'm still standing".

Mike / October 6, 2004 4:05 PM

Char Dogs (no relish), the Bay City Rollers, Cosmopolitans (the drink, not the personality), "Blue Mondays" by New Order, air guitar, my t-shirt that says "I'm Hungary for Turkey" and has maps of the two countries on it.

Anthony / October 6, 2004 4:59 PM

Chipotle, expensive shoes, fancy dinners, cheeseburgers and fries, booze (especially good tequila), metromix, minor metrosexuality, occasionally MTV, Death Cab for Cutie, all other television, and Intelligentsia coffee twice a day and sometimes an almond croissant (though there is ZERO guilt there)

Lisa / October 6, 2004 5:10 PM

American Idol, cheese fries, the song "Freakaleek" (forgive me if the spelling is off!), Cosmopolitan (the magazine), Taco Bell, dancing around my room alone to Billy Idol's "Dancing With Myself".

Kris / October 6, 2004 5:20 PM

"What I Like About You" on the WB. MTV "Undressed" marathons. George Strait. The two-pound bag of Milky Way Minis in my refrigerator.

amyc / October 6, 2004 5:52 PM

Why must pleasure and guilt be intertwined at all? That's so...Catholic.

Fie, I say! I will not feel guilty for liking Molly Ringwald, US Weekly, baked mac-n-cheese, stadium nachos, and Adam Ant!

Alex / October 6, 2004 8:23 PM

Engelbert Humperdink, Ashlee Simpson (at least she has a soul), picking the sock link out of in between my son's toes, Sour Apple Sour Punch Straws, the movie "Shining Through", Vanilla Coke, PIMP MY RIDE!

Veronica / October 6, 2004 9:11 PM

Sausage. It's the meatiest meat out there. I know it's gross and I never want to see it being made and I always feel a small amount of shame eating it in front of vegetarians, but man. Do I love me some sausage.

caitcat / October 6, 2004 9:14 PM

finding and watching anything with james spader in it
quoting Wet Hot American Summer ad nauseum
running to the corner store for a 99 cent bag of cheetos
reading my horoscope

caitcat / October 6, 2004 9:15 PM

oh, and BACON!

Gordon McAlpin / October 6, 2004 9:22 PM

Wet Hot American Summer shouldn't be a guilty pleasure! (Or quoting it!) That movie is awesome!

As for me: Cocktail. It's got some good lines ("Beer is for breakfast"), but man, what a crap movie.

And Christine McVie songs by Fleetwood Mac.

And bacon for me, too.

Gordon McAlpin / October 6, 2004 9:25 PM

Er, Christine McVie songs WITH Fleetwood Mac.

Brenda / October 6, 2004 11:08 PM

Fear Factor, the Go-Go's, gummy cola, and wearable items that are shiny and/or furry.

LD / October 7, 2004 1:24 AM

mixing powdered sugar with water and spreading it on a graham cracker, the food network, Freeks & Geeks, cold stone creamery, Vanessa Williams' "save the best for last", thursday night kareoke at carol's pub, watching Friends at 6 and 10pm every night

davin / October 7, 2004 8:50 AM

LD. You have got to try mixing melted butter with powdered sugar and spreading that on graham crackers. it will rock your world.

Lucy / October 7, 2004 9:06 AM

bacon, pancakes, s'mores, the ridiculous amount of $ spent at the record store, my silkscreen poster collection, us weekly, vogue, comic books, ummm . . .I need to stop now 'cause my boos is headed my way and reading gp at work is def. one of them

emily / October 7, 2004 10:26 AM

McDonald's french fries, Arbor Mist wines and not showering.

kate / October 7, 2004 10:46 AM

staying in bed all day
peanut m&m's for breakfast
calling in sick and going shopping
white russians
aquiring make-up i'll never use
being drunk and high and watching the sun come up

god, my guilty pleasures make me sound exactly like the type of person i usually despise and pity. maybe that should tell me something....

..oh wait, i forgot one: denial

Kay / October 7, 2004 10:49 AM

Actually loving, loving, loving, the "business is beautiful" jingle/song for SPRINT Business commercials.


Jessica / October 7, 2004 10:56 AM

Family Circle magazine (where else will you get the recipes to make all your culinary guilty pleasures?), watching entire seasons of cable TV shows on DVD in 6 hour marathons, consuming microwave popcorn by the bag-full, non-stop flights, and--- these days--bridal magazines (oh the searing guilt of a feminist! oh wait-- see Family Circle above) and bacon.

Anthony / October 7, 2004 11:03 AM

oh, and I fogot... Night Ranger.

Lacey / October 7, 2004 11:17 AM

Reading this list makes me see that I not only agree with most of you, I realize that almost all of my pleasures are "guilty." I need not recount my embarassing tastes.

Mia / October 7, 2004 1:11 PM

Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, Erasure, Saved by the Bell, Campbell's condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup and magazine subscriptions. I am a proud nerd.

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