Guilty Pleasures (01)

Everyone has them.
Guilty pleasures.
In regard to music, I have many.

One that most readers here (as well as friends around the globe) will probably roast me for repeatedly is “The Net“, released by Little River Band in 1983. I am not going to quote reviews that absolutely trashed (and “trashed” is putting it more than mildly) this album when John Farnham joined the band, only because some reviews were so hideously scathing that they’d probably set my computer on fire once allowed on my screen.

Today I often wonder why that album has been such a mainstay in my collection. It really does have some excruciatingly corny aspects – but it still ends up in rotation here again and again.
So, in short, I don’t care.

I have always been interested (and I have always enjoyed) rigidly (!) streamlined pop tunes, arranged down to the last (extremely calculating) note. I guess it’s a musician’s kind of thing. “The Net” has a boatload full of those kinds of tunes. Every single note has been intentionally placed.
Every single one.

If you decide to check it out, don’t hit me.
I’m only the messenger.
Really.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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