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Some bands are just perpetually uncool to like. We've all been caught singing a song by a band/artist that we really shouldn't be a fan of, only to brush it off as just a "guilty pleasure." But is it so wrong to not feel guilty about it? Here are some bands that are considered to be uncool by many, but are actually kinda awesome.
ABBA A Swedish export more popular than IKEA or Volvo, ABBA was always the band no one wanted to admit they liked. The Swedish band wasn’t just glitz, glamour, and disco, but was actually a solid pop act that took their musical talents seriously. Besides, ironically or not, who can resist singing along to “Dancing Queen”?
Hall & OatesIt wasn't cool to like Hall & Oates for a long time, and it's not even certain if it's safe to admit they're kinda cool now. Their blue-eyed soul and rock and R&B fusion made them stand out among their contemporaries, and the duo ended up facing the wrath of music snobs and critics (redundant?) alike. A dive into their discography, however, and you'll find a breadth of talent and slick production.
Electric Light Orchestra Yes, their name is borderline lame. Yes, there’s that whole spaceship thing. But ELO is awesome. Often dubbed the band the Beatles would’ve been if they’d stayed together, ELO is chock full of some of the most creative minds in the rock genre. Whether you’re rocking out or tripping out, ELO is a must in any music collection.
Boston Boston gets lumped into the generic “classic rock” genre, but the band stands out as a little bit more than that. The first band to make engineering cool, Boston’s breezy melodies masked some crazy intricate production (mostly done in the basement of leader Tom Scholz's home, which makes it even more impressive) and musical wizardry. Case in point: the epic “Foreplay/Long Time.”
Bee Gees Honestly, now – who here isn’t at least a closet Bee Gees lover? Though the image mostly associated with them involves gold suits with man-cleavage v-necks, chest hair, John Travolta, and chipmunk voices, the Bee Gees were a legitimately talented band of bros. The trio was at its best when songwriting and producing, and strutting their stuff in dilapidated buildings.
What is it about annoying, disgusting or downright disturbing men that we tend to love? In the real world -- day to day activities such as going to work, feeding our children, loving our husbands/wives -- we wouldn’t like the characters that Hollywood has us so in love with. By tacking on a couple funny lines and few private moments, these men have successfully pulled on our heart strings for more then just a couple seasons.
Michael Scott on The Office
This man would and sometimes should be sued for sexual harassment. Sure, his character is loveable at times but if we had a boss who said ‘That’s what she said,’ and made jokes about weight, we would be in an uproar. It's not just that he's so offensive, sometimes he's just too annoying to overlook!
Kenny Powers on East Bound and Down
He’s racist, xenophobic, and he left his girlfriend at a gas station! Yet he has made it to his 4th season and if they hadn't already announced the series was ending soon, it could conceivably keep going even longer.
Dexter on Dexter
Sure, he kills bad guys. But he doesn’t just kill them. He dismembers them to appease his own homicidal appetite. If Dexter was put in a real life court, there wouldn’t be a single sympathetic member in the jury.
Walter White on Breaking Bad
He makes and sells meth. All other reasons aside, he makes and sells meth.
Don Draper on Mad Men
Aside from being the best ad man in NYC, he cheats on his wife with almost every female that comes into his office. He lies to the people closest to him, he only looks out for himself. Still, his seasons keep coming.
As the lackluster later seasons of The Office finally begin to fade from our collective memories, apparently it's time to take another beloved British sitcom and attempt to adapt it to retrofit it for NBC. The series in question is last fall's Cuckoo, a big hit starring Andy Samberg, pre-Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Here, instead of white collar drudgery, the subject at hand is unwelcome son-in-laws. Unwelcome American hippie world traveler son-in-laws, to be more precise. Samberg, playing Cuckoo, said hippie, returns home as the surprise spouse of a smart, middle-class English girl on a semester abroad. The young woman's father, played in the British series by Greg Davies, begins to feel like a fish out of water in his own home when his daughter, wife, and even grumpy teenage son all start to like the lazy, shallow mooch.
As the gags build, it's a recognizable brand of entitlement masquerading as enlightenment that the creators Robin French and Kieron Quirke have accurately pegged and mined for laughs. If this will ever successfully be adapted, a new type of conservative family, over-achieving daughter, and layabout son-in-law will have to be created. Usually, American adaptations flounder when they become intent on directly replicating their European origins with different accents, but hopefully, because the story calls for some major detail changes, the new showrunners can take this very funny premise and do something uniquely American with it. And no, ruining good sitcoms from other countries is not unique to America — look no further than the British adaptation of That 70's Show.
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Country superstar Taylor Swift has been named the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter/Artist of the Year for the sixth time. The Love Story hitmaker, who first won the title in 2007, was unveiled as the 2013 honouree on Tuesday (08Oct13), marking her fifth consecutive win since 2009.
Her latest accolade places her ahead of five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson, while, at 23, she remains the youngest artist to ever receive the honour, which recognises Nashville-based stars for their U.S. chart hits.
In the year from July, 2012 to June, 2013, Swift achieved chart success with 14 songs, including We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble and Red.
Her awards will go on display at the new Taylor Swift Education Center, which is set to open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on Saturday (12Oct13).
The singer previously aided the construction of the building with a $4 million (£2.67 million) donation - the largest single cheque made in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 46-year history.
Helena Bonham-Carter and partner Tim Burton put on a united front at a concert performance in London on Monday (07Oct13) following claims he is cheating on her. Gossips were sent into a spin last week (03Oct13) when a grainy photograph emerged purportedly showing the filmmaker and a mystery blonde sharing a kiss during a night out in New York.
A representative for Bonham-Carter, who has been with the Edward Scissorhands director for 12 years and is the mother of his two children, slammed reports of infidelity as "nonsense".
On Monday (07Oct13) the couple proved it was very much still together by holding hands during the curtain call of a performance of Danny Elfman's music from Burton's animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The British actress had performed a song during the concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
British actress Patsy Kensit has revealed how she underwent an emergency hysterectomy this summer (13) after doctors discovered two massive tumours. The Lethal Weapon 2 star broke down in tears after medics told her in June (13) that she would need surgery to remove her womb, just two years after she had a tumour removed from her ovary in 2011.
In an excerpt from her new autobiography Absolute Beginner, printed in Britain's Sunday Mirror, Kensit tells how she was convinced she would die, writing, "I honestly thought, this is it. I was convinced my luck had run out. I tried to prepare myself for the worst... I put my head in my hands and started sobbing. 'God, why is this happening again?' I said out loud."
Kensit also described her relief after receiving the results of her biopsy, recalling, "One morning a letter arrived. I took a deep breath, braced myself and ripped it open.
"I scanned the text quickly, then sat on my hall stairs and cried with relief - the tumours weren't cancerous and I'd been given the all-clear. I was just so relieved and so grateful I didn't have cancer... I haven't once regretted having a hysterectomy - but I did have a little period of mourning for that part of myself. It was almost like saying goodbye to my youth, and it was a very definite marker that I was moving into a new and very different phase of my life."
The 45 year old, whose mum Margie lost her 20-year cancer fight when Kensit was just 24, insists she will undergo further surgery if she is found to carry faulty genes: "I plan to get tested to find out if I've inherited one of the high-risk cancer genes from my mum. If I have, I won't think twice about having a double mastectomy. My goal is to live to a grand old age so my sons won't be without me."
The star is mum to son James, 20, with Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr, and 14-year-old Lennon, whose dad is Oasis rocker Liam Gallagher.
Actress Vivica A. Fox has named and shamed Eric Roberts as Hollywood's worst kisser after opening up about her lip-locking experience with the star. The Kill Bill star got intimate with Julia Roberts' brother on the set of new film So This is Christmas and admits he wasn't her favourite leading man.
Asked to list her best and worst movie kisses during an appearance on America's The Arsenio Hall Show on Thursday (04Oct13), Fox said, "Eric Roberts wasn't the best kisser... (It was), like, piranha style. It was, like, open with the teeth and when we finished my lipstick was, like, all over his teeth.
"When you kiss someone (in a film), you get to pretend... I pretend you're my man, so kiss me... Don't bite me... and have fresh breath!"
Fox revealed her favourite leading men have been Will Smith and Morris Chestnut, adding, "My love life onscreen has been better than my love life personally. They've given me nothing but the best... I've had the best of chocolate."
Billy Ray Cyrus teamed up with Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst for an unlikely duet on U.S. TV on Thursday night (03Oct13). Durst joined the country star for a rendition of his song Lately on The Arsenio Hall Show.
The Film Society paid tribute to actress Cate Blanchett on Wednesday (02Oct13) for her contribution to movie culture. Blanchett, who is tipped for an Oscar in 2014 for her role in Blue Jasmine, accepted the special honour at a Gala Tribute event at the Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Centre as part of the New York Film Festival.
Actor Ralph Fiennes is due to accept a similar honour on 9 October (13).
The Film Society said in a statement that Blanchett and Fiennes were among actors "who have made significant artistic contributions to film culture in the past and will continue to do so in the future".
A stagehands' strike forced bosses at New York's Carnegie Hall to cancel their season opening night concert for the first time in 122 years on Wednesday (02Oct13). The gala was set to feature a performance from the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin and featuring Grammy Award-winning bassist and cellist Esperanza Spalding.
However, the stagehands' union called a strike after officials at the historic venue refused to grant them contracts to work in its new educational wing, which concert hall executives insist is outside the union's jurisdiction.
A venue spokeswoman writes, "We're committed to... reaching an equitable agreement as quickly as possible, as we continue to transform our building to better meet our expanding public service mission."