Thursday, September 30, 2010

Smells Like the '90s


Watched some show on VH1, last night, that featured hit songs from the 90's. They say smell is the strongest sense tied to memory, but I gotta say listening to clips of those songs brought me back to my time in Lubbock quicker than South West Airlines could.

I'm going to take you through a journey starting from 1990 to 1993. The next blog post will include 1994-1999. These songs are the ones that brought back the most memories for me as Dale and I watched this show late into the night. Some of the memories are of how much I hated certain songs. If you liked a song I hated, well...my taste is better than yours so you suck.
Just kidding. As you can see, I will admit to liking some big-fat stink bombs. Especially in the early '90s when I was but a child. Here is what I looked like.I just had a growth spurt and was taller than most boys in my class. Nice biker shorts and fake Keds.

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Ok, here we go:

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Alice in Chains - "Man in the Box" (1990) I really, really wanted to see Alice in Chains in concert. I loved Layne Staley’s voice and the crunchy guitar provided by Jerry Cantrell. My brother and I shared a common fondness for A.I.C. He was more into Metallica and I was more accepting of Pearl Jam but we could both agree on A.I.C.


Sinéad O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U" (1990, #1 US) I didn’t understand her bald head but I thought it was awesome that Prince wrote this song for her. I would stand in my kitchen (because it had the best acoustics) when nobody was home but me and sing this song as loud and as best I could. Yes, I did use a broom as a microphone.


Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (1991, #6 US) The first time I heard this, I was standing in Charlotte Brown’s living room. It was late at night and we were hanging out with the older kids. This song came on MTV and I literally felt my heart start to beat faster. I stopped paying attention to that boy standing in front of me and turned to watch the video. I could not understand a thing Kirk Cobain sang and I loved it. I felt like kicking a hole in the wall every time I heard that song.

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Pearl Jam - "Jeremy" (1991) Um, just about every girl I knew owned a copy of Pearl Jam’s Ten. I remember listening to it at Miss Bee’s house, singing along to “Even Flow”, “Alive”,and “Black.”


Prince & The New Power Generation - "Gett Off" (1991, #27 US)
I knew the lyrics were nasty and suggestive but could not quite figure out why.


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Gerardo - "Rico Suave" (1991, #7 US)

I was a little girl hanging out at my friends house watching the jukebox network (remember that?) This video was requested ALL THE TIME. I appreciated Gerardo’s pointy boots, though I did not actually call him “Gerardo.” I called him “Rico Suave” like everyone else.


C+C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1991, #1 US) Who Danced around to this song in her bedroom for hours upon hours, weekend after weekend? This gal.

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Color Me Badd - "I Wanna Sex You Up" (1991, #2 US) Ahem…um…uh…I had this single. SHUT UP! It was during my I want to be a back up dancer phase. I would watch the video and copy their sweet, sweet moves.


House of Pain - "Jump Around" (1992, #3 US) I got really tired of jumping around when this song would play at a school dance. Really tired. But hey, it was better than the Garth Brooks bullshit that the student’s at my school loved so much so “Jump Around” I did.


Billy Ray Cyrus - "Achy Breaky Heart" (1992, #4 US)
My mother bought me a Billy Ray Cyrus poster. I did not like him, but I think she did. I hung it on my wall for a little while because I think she liked to look at it from time to time. My heart belonged to Johnny Depp.


Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue - "Whatta Man" (1993, #3 US) I still know all the words to this song, and I bet my friend Amy does too.


The Cranberries - "Linger" (1993, #8 US)

Love this song. Hearing it takes me back to riding around in my buddy Clint’s truck singing (screaming) this at the top of our lungs.

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The Breeders - "Cannonball" (1993)
I wanted to be in this band. I wore the hell out of my Breeder’s tape. When I hear it now, it reminds me of my friend Lynn. He was much older than me but we shared a common weirdness. He also loved The Breeders. “Want you, Koo Koo, Cannonball!”

Lenny Kravitz - "Are You Gonna Go My Way" (1993)
Damn, everything about this song was cool. Lenny was the definition of cool. He had a chick drummer. She had the biggest afro I had ever seen. He had the longest dreds. The song had that sick lick. It’s still on my ipod.


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Spin Doctors - "Two Princes" (1993, #7 US) This was another band my brother and I could agree on. If the Spin Doctors were touring tomorrow, I would go see them. Their music is timeless. I want to hug them.

Radiohead - "Creep" (1993) I’m really not a big Radiohead fan, though I would be if all of their songs sounded like Creep. This song Reminds me of my buddy Jeff. I’m not sure why. I think he liked it.

Here Is another picture of me from back in 1990. I'm the gal in the middle. Yikes!
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Thanks for the photo, Miss Bee.

5 Comments:

Blogger "Miss Bee" said...

Love it!

"I can eat my dinner in a fancy rest-a-raunnnnnt...."

I think we should plan a 90's scaryoke night.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Tracy Fennell said...

You made me listen to Nirvana. I had a tape that I had dubbed off someone else's tape...I probably played that tape literally 1500 times between 1991ish to 1993 until it broke and I bought the CD (moving on up!).

6:58 PM  
Blogger sarahsmile3 said...

OMG, I remember re-dubbing! Or, better yet, taping songs off the radio. Good stuff.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Kimberly June said...

You had me at Alice in Chains, Sinead O'connor, and Nirvana...you lost me at Rico Suave and C + C Music Factory...then got me again with The Breeders and Lenny. Ahhh the 90's!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Christiejolu said...

AIC is awesome!

Great post!

10:30 AM  

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