CHEESE

Corpsey

call me big papa
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This article is about how Jamacians like Michael Bolton and Shania Twain mixed in with their Chronixx and Popcaan, and why it is that they don't feel these things are "guilty pleasures"; indeed, its suggested that there is no such THING as a "guilty pleasure" for a Jamaican music fan.

Not a bad jumping off point for a discussion, eh? Perhaps there has already been a guilty pleasures thread but I would like to talk more broadly about cheesiness in music (and in the arts generally, if we must).

I feel like Dissensians aren't adverse to cheese and in fact prefer it to "depth", but that we aren't all Taylor Swift fans ala ILX. Still, the concept of a "hegenomy of taste" or whatever definitely applies to Dissensus, and there is an unwritten code defining what is and isn't acceptable.

I am also looking forward to an argument erupting when luka says Burial is cheesier than Right Said Fred.

What IS cheesiiness?
 

droid

Beast of Burden
I think that article is massively over-egging the pudding.

Jamaica has a long tradition of latching onto cheesy pop hits. 'Lady in red' and 'All kinds of everything' are just two that were big in the 80's... the likes of Whitney Houston were huge as well - you can hear them covered on soundtapes. It would, in fact be stranger if these things didn't occasionally seep through.

Dancehall is also renowned for taking what it wants from whatever source as long as it works. Its intrinsic to the genre.

Reggae is still dominant though. Flick through the airwaves in Jamaica and you will find endless reggae and dancehall and the vast majority of music events are reggae and dancehall. The occasional Air Supply concert does not make a phenomenon. You may as well ask why rap fans like Sting.
 

droid

Beast of Burden
But in answer to the question, cheese is music/entertainment that expresses sentiments or pushes emotional buttons in the least sophisticated possible manner.
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I'm glad you brought up rap fans liking Sting, cos I forgot to mention how rappers famously love Phil Collins, and also Maroon 5 and Coldplay. I dunno if these are cheesy artists or just middlebrow/MOR. I guess there are two discussions here - 1. Music that is somehow intrinsically cheesy and 2. Music which is terminally uncool.
 

luka

Well-known member
My next door neighbours are Jamaican and they kill me with the ballads. I can't cope
No reggae ever. Only the most sentimental saccharine American balladeers
 

luka

Well-known member
It's a little bit better than the last lot with thier serbian turbo folk I guess but I'm still on the verge of a nervous breakdown
 

luka

Well-known member
Jamaicans moved out yesterday I'll let you know if the music gets better or worse with the new lot.
 

Elijah

Butterz
People always overstate this really. Not sure why people are surprised some Jamaicans like ballads.

Kinda jokes I never saw this article, but...
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muser

Well-known member
I think the concept of something being a "guilty pleasure" isn't really that common anywhere apart from certain circles of middle-class white people.
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Yeah, no ones ever flicked Eastenders off when someone comes into the room because they didnt want to be caught watching it.
 

rubberdingyrapids

Well-known member
middle class people just have a lot of guilt in general. so it is natural that this extends to their book collections, music, films, etc. i.e. what one must be 'seen' to be reading/listening to vs what one actually enjoys.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
I'm a bit confused about what constitutes 'CHEESE' here.

I'm middle class, but never felt guilt about things I like.

I'm a No. 1 Belinda Carlisle fan. Is that CHEESE? I don't think it is.

Lots of 90s handbag house tracks I love. They must be considered CHEESE, I guess. But it would be ridiculous to feel bad about liking that stuff.

Loads of 2-step is 'CHEESE' if anything is, some of the best of it in fact. Todd Edwards is CHEESIEST OF CHEESE (even if you subtract God, maybe even more so). (Mind you, God is not as 'CHEESY' as Jesus.)

DEFINE CHEESE.
 
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