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Guilty Pleasures – Three Times a Lady

I’ve had so many people tell me about their love affairs with satellite radio.  However, working from home, I can’t justify the expense for my cars.   Maybe I’m old-school in my radio habits, but I like hearing music that went through the filtering process – practice, get discovered, get signed, get picked up by a station, hope people hear and like your music.  Sure there’s a lot of good artists we  never hear, but it does weed out some really bad songs.   Of course, that doesn’t explain how a group called “Cobra Starship” could make it big these days.  That should have been filtered.

Come to think of it, “Starship” should’ve been filtered out back in the 80s.  When they came out, people were crying because they were descendants of Jefferson Airplane and they were singing songs like “We Built This City” and “Sarah”.   At the time, I pointed out the improper assumption that Jefferson Airplane was something special and then proceeded to get a verbal beatdown.

Well, it turns out that Cobra Starship just did a cover of the one of the greatest love songs of all time, and this week’s Guilty Pleasure – The Commodores’ 1978 hit, “Three Times a Lady”.  They were a funk band known for instrumentals and the hits “Brick House” and “The Bump”.   Then they were joined by the one of the ugliest men in music.

from Wikipedia

No, not Billy Ocean.  This guy –

Lionel Richie (from

Lionel’s joining led to slow-grooved megahit ballads like “Easy”, “Sail On”, “Still”, and “Three Times”.   Sure, the lyrics to this song are pure sappiness.  But isn’t that what ballads are supposed to be?  Check out these lyrics –

‘Cause trying not to love you, only goes so far

Trying not to need you, is tearing me apart

Can’t see the silver lining, from down here on the floor

And I just keep on trying, but I don’t know what for

‘Cause trying not to love you

Only makes me love you more

Only makes me love you more

These are from some random Nickelback song.  Their M.O. is to take the cheesiest lyrics and have a gravelly-voiced manly singer belt it out with heavy rock in the background.  Compensating are we?

At least Lionel was secure in his own manliness to take the most sugary-sweet lyrics possible and pour a gallon of pure syrup all over them.  And for that, we (and a whole generation of people born in 1979) are eternally grateful.

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9 comments on “Guilty Pleasures – Three Times a Lady

  1. IamSimplyTia
    December 2, 2011

    They surely don’t make music like they used to anymore. “Easy Like sunday Morning” is one of my favorite songs ever. I could just listen to that on repeat for hours.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 2, 2011

      That’s one of my favorite songs, too. Love the guitar solo. It was really a toss-up which Commodores song I was going to highlight. Have a great weekend!

  2. trixfred30
    December 2, 2011

    I just put my earphones in to listen to some music at work and started playing Neil Diamond. But the plug wasnt in and everyone could here it. Thank god I skipped the Backstreet Boys which I nearly played.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 2, 2011

      I think your Gravatar says it all “D’oh!”….Thanks for stopping by. I say go for it on the BSB!

  3. gojulesgo
    December 2, 2011

    You have some amazing picks for this feature. My husband was suggesting songs last night for my guest post, and I kept having to say, “He already used that one!” LOL!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 2, 2011

      Thanks! Now can you imagine having these things floating around in your head for years? (Yeah, I’m sure YOU could)

  4. coloradp
    December 4, 2011

    Hey – did you spend part of your weekend “Dancin’ on the Ceiling?” cheers!!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      December 4, 2011

      Yes. All night long…. We gonna party, kalamu, fiesta, forever…. Crap, now look what you’ve done

  5. Frank Bishop
    December 6, 2011

    My guilty pleasure is that I secretly wish I could grow a mustache as manly and full as Mr. Richie.

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