Clearly I don’t embarrass easily

We all thank Marko for asking, but I’m not in a position to list the five most embarrassing albums on my iPod, for the following reasons:

  1. I don’t have an iPod. I have a Sony MP3 Walkman and a couple of iTunes installs, the bigger of which is on my work box.
  2. No actual albums were uploaded to the Walkman; it’s all singles.
  3. That large iTunes install (4,563 tracks) is mostly singles. Apart from classical sets, there are only six complete albums:
    • Ory Chalk, Queen of Hearts
    • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
    • Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick
    • Local H, Twelve Angry Months
    • Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells
    • She & Him, Volume One

I don’t find any of those particularly embarrassing. Then again, this comes from someone who owns four Enya albums.

Aside: I did an experiment last week during the commute: two days with Enya on the stereo (Watermark and Shepherd Moons), followed by two days with Nine Inch Nails (both discs of Ghosts I-IV). If my driving was at all affected by what was playing, I didn’t notice.

(Suggested by Mark Alger, who has even more Enya than I do. Then again, I still have all those Debbie Deborah Gibson albums.)


  1. unimpressed »

    2 June 2009 · 7:57 am

    I have two of the six complete albums you listed (3 and 5); I have no classical and no Enya whatsoever. I also have a large iTunes install. There are 8237 tracks. Most of mine are the full album, though. Some tracks I like, some I don’t. I often just start it up on random and listen to whatever comes up, like it or not.

  2. Baby M »

    2 June 2009 · 8:49 am

    I have Thick as a Brick on LP and Tubular Bells on CD and in iTunes.

    I don’t have any Enya–I have lots and lots of Clannad, a group made up of Enya’s cousins. Enya’s the black sheep of the family in comparison to Clannad.

    Most embarrassing things on iTunes? There’s a few guilty pleasures in there:
    – “Frontier Psychiatrist” by the Avalanches
    – the samba version of “Smoke on the Water” by Senior Coconut and His Orchestra
    – “No Anchovies Please”
    – Paris Hilton’s “hit” single
    – a musical tribute to the AMC Pacer
    – “Dragostea din tei” (the “Numa-Numa” song)
    – the Vietnamese-language techno-dance cover version of “Dragostea din tei,”
    – and last, but certainly not least, the rap theme from the German cop show “Alarm fuer Cobra 11.”

  3. McGehee »

    2 June 2009 · 8:52 am

    My official position is that the only people to be embarrassed by what’s in my MP3 collection are the people who don’t like what I’m listening to.

  4. David »

    2 June 2009 · 11:41 am

    Apart from the “your sperm’s in the gutter” line, I wouldn’t qualify Thick As A Brick as an embarrassing song. I have an album’s worth of Carpenters amid the angry rock on my device.

  5. Lisa Paul »

    2 June 2009 · 12:04 pm

    Wait?! Enya CDs have been sold to people who are NOT aestheticians, physical therapists and dentists? ‘Cause those are the only place I’ve heard her. And there she is ubiquitous.

  6. CGHill »

    2 June 2009 · 2:43 pm

    I have eight Carpenters tracks, counting the entire “Yesterday Once More” medley from Now & Then as one.

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