Paul Combs recently created a collection of songs he was embarrassed to admit that he loved. He confessed to liking Eddie Murphy’s “Party All the Time,” so I will give him credit for a true attempt.
But he did not sink nearly low enough. Because I have even less shame and worse musical taste than Paul, I’m upping the musical ante.
These are bad. Deliciously, delightfully, delectably bad, bad, bad!
And I love every. single. one. of. them!
A reminder that I was deep in the alt 80s scene. I wasn’t goth — my make-up and hair were normal. But…
Music and fashion have been intertwined since the dawn of time, but the 80s amped that relationship way up! While I appreciate a young, cocky Billy Idol in shredded leather circa 1981, that doesn’t really correlate with my sapiosexual tendencies.
I mean, who doesn’t appreciate black leather on occasion? But a well-tailored suit or trench coat is much more likely to be my kryptonite. And do not get me started on a shawl-collared cardigan (sadly not included in today’s mixtape). I dated a guy who tried one on and I could not stop blushing.
Exhibit 149 for why I am…
When I first started writing about music (on Facebook as musical birthday dedications to my friends), my inspiration virtually always came from someone.
My writing has evolved so that now I never know when inspiration will strike! I’ve learned to embrace that and rarely question myself regarding my silly writing. It’s quite freeing and makes the experience even more organic.
I suppose crafting a mixtape with a specific person in mind comes most naturally. But it simultaneously creates a bit of anxiety.
When tossing out a random mixtape into the Medium-verse, there’s really no pressure. If someone happens upon it…
Frequently, alt 80s itself is ample inspiration for me.
Today’s mixtape doesn’t have a grand story. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. It may lack a random Bonnie origin tale but it doesn’t shortchange you in great music!
You’ll find loads of 80s and 90s dudes for your listening pleasure. I’ve included obscure live performances and iconic bands but I’ve leaned more heavily into overlooked bands and singers.
And never fear, rambling Bonnie anecdotes and nonsensical analogies rear their heads, too. Let’s dive in, friends!
This is the sort of thing I pride myself on. If I’m going to…
Dear Ms. Somers,
I was one of the millions who watched your Oprah appearance in January of 2009. I was just old enough (in my mid-30s) to have a mild interest in the show but just young enough to dismiss the bulk of it.
Most of us knew you as the endearing buxom ditz of Three’s Company and savvy shill for the Thighmaster.
But you became water-cooler fodder in late January of 2009 with your very public and very blunt admission of vaginal injections and daily intake of 60 supplements.
The reactions by the audience and medical community were varied…
I realize that the ridiculous meter for me is always set pretty high. But I blew up the meter with today’s mixtape.
You may or may not like all/any of the picks today, but I can promise you won’t be bored! And that no one else on earth would put these songs together like this.
It’s an established fact that I love a great cover (and a great remix)! In my latest creation, I’ve got an array of covers featuring brilliant collisions between alt 80s, pop, and/or classical music.
The typical musical trappings are amped up to WAY beyond 10…
It’s not uncommon for me to bring up my music blogging fairly quickly when matching with someone on various dating apps. I’ll ask about their favorite music to learn more about them and, if appropriate, send them one of my mixtapes that incorporates the kind of music they’re into.
It seems statistically impossible that so many guys here (i.e., my current home along the Mississippi coast) would respond with the Grateful Dead.
Number of guys in Austin who mentioned the Grateful Dead as their favorite band: zero. Number of guys in southern Mississippi/Louisiana (I’m so close to the Louisiana border…
“I can’t compliment people like a normal person,” I warned. “You look like a character out of a Wes Anderson movie and I want to put you in my pocket.”
Yes, I really said that. It’s quite shocking I’m perpetually single, no?
He politely smiled and said he’d heard worse. That he usually got compared to Seth Rogan, which was quite frustrating since he identified as Paul Rudd.
Needless to say, I was smitten pretty much immediately. Plus, he was wearing glasses.
I just sighed typing that.
Anyway, #bonnieluck is an established real phenomenon. Though originally from the area, he…
This doesn’t happen often. When I sit down to crank out my newest mixtape, I typically have a song or mood to guide me. Every once in a while, though, I sit down with nothing in mind.
I never panic. My mixtapes always show up. My job is merely to keep an open mind and let them present themselves to me.
I’ve been accused of walking really fast. In fact, one of my ex-beaus got so mad at me for walking too fast in London that he verbally attacked me at the Victoria & Albert Museum. …
What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given that cost less than $10?
I haven’t asked anyone that question in ages, but for a long time, it was one of my go-to questions for someone I was getting to know better. In fact, I think I need to resurrect it.
I’m not talking about some craft your kid made or something from your significant other. Those answers are too generic and expected. Rather, I mean an unanticipated gift from someone random in your life.
For years, I always answered the same way. …