What is your guilty pleasure album? Which record do you hide from your friends? You don’t have to care what they think, but I get why you do that.
This is a guilty pleasure album for me and has been ever since the movie came out. None of my friends saw the movie and my girlfriend at the time hated it, so I had to keep my love of the movie and the soundtrack to myself.
Back in 2009, I digitized my CD collection and sold them all; I only kept a few CDs in my car. I had Appetite For Destruction, an Allman Brothers greatest hits album, AC/DC Live, a couple of country music mixes, and the soundtrack to Josie and The Pussycats. I love this freaking record.
I know that I have just admitted to being biased, but the music on this soundtrack is ridiculously good. Babyface executive produced this album, Adam Duritz from Counting Crows and Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne (an Emmy and Grammy winner) wrote a bunch of the songs, and Kay Hanley from Letters To Cleo voiced Josie. That is a lot of damn talent.
This music on Josie and The Pussycats is fun power pop punk music. It is sing-a-long music. It has a timelessness to it that makes it hard to peg exactly what era of music they were emulating and that is part of the beauty of this record.
If you are looking for super deep lyrics with loads of meaning, you are in the wrong place. This album is for fans of simple guitar-driven pop tunes. It is kind of like a female-led low calorie version of Green Day. It is fun and light-hearted, but slows down a little for a nice power ballad.
I probably won’t ever bring this record out when I have company at the house, but I will totally jam it while I am home alone and dancing in my underwear.
My favorite track: You’re A Star