When my son was fifteen or so, teenagers actually used to compile and listen to these now obsolete things called cassettes. How quaint! A few years later on, the rage amongst the young was to burn compilations of their favourite songs onto CDs for their friends. I expect they do something similar with their ipods today, or whatever is the current method of sharing music. I'm certain of one thing, they will definitely be sharing tracks. Since the birth of recorded sound every new generation has adopted the popular tunes of each era as its personal soundtrack. When I was young, your mate suggested you came over to his house after school to listen to the new Bowie album. If he was a good mate he might even let you borrow it.
Anyway, I say, why should the youth have all the fun!
I was lying in bed recently and I started humming some of my favourite tunes. Then, I started to think about my favourite cheesy songs. Let me explain, a cheesy song in my definition isn't a bad song, although it might have been toe-curlingly awful if it hadn't been for that little bit of fairy dust that came along and made it great.
So, for this blog only: here is my all time best cheesy/fantasy compilation album!
Since that's a bit of a mouthful (as cheese can occasionally be!) I'll simply call it:
The Cheese Feast (with extra cheese topping!)
My album tracks would be as follows and run in this exact order:
Harper Valley PTA - Jeannie C Riley
Bang Bang - Nancy Sinatra
Sex Machine - James Brown
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
Return to Sender - Elvis
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Fever - Peggy Lee
Something Stupid - Nancy and Frank Sinatra
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp - O C Smith
That's Amore - Dean Martin
If I were a Carpenter - Johnny Cash and June Carter
King of the Road - Roger Miller
The Shoop Shoop Song - Cher
These Boots are Made for Walking - Nancy Sinatra
From Russia with Love - Matt Monro
The Onion Song - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Wouldn't this be a truly awesome album?
A veritable festival of cheese!
After all, let's face it, a little bit of cheese is always palatable. But for me this album would totally fit the bill, because sometimes when the mood takes me, and when it comes to cheese - nothing else will do!
Eat! Enjoy! (no crackers needed!)