It’s finally happened. The 1990s are back. I always thought it would feel strange to see kids wearing styles that I wore and listening to the songs that I listened to on my Walkman while rollerblading and wearing at least one piece of flannel clothing. It does. I want to tell them they are doing it wrong. I want to tell them to lose the smart phone and get a pager, or at least a Nokia so they can play snake.
Everyone remembers the early part of the decade was full of grunge and angst, the end bubbled over with boy bands and somewhere in the middle gangsta rap moved into the ‘burbs. But there is so much more that will likely not surface to the youth of today. There’s plenty of great music that was not incredibly popular, yes, but there is so much terrible, bizarre, and just plain strange music from the decade that you really have to hunt to find. There are those songs we heard a few times, but never made it into a place where they will resurface to the masses. Let’s look at those songs today.
7. North, East, South, West- Rick Wes
The song is cheesy, yes. But the way in which he is clearly using the guitar as a dance partner and has no idea how to use it is why I chose this tune from 1990. And I just love the clothes the back up singers/dancers are rockin’.
6.Mr. Personality- Gillette
I absolutely loathed this song, and pretty much all of this album. I didn’t enjoy that the entire time I was listening to any of her music I wanted to hit her. I’m not a violent person. Looking back I find it hilarious that this was played ALL.THE.TIME. (For a few short months, anyhow.)
5. New Age Girl- Dead Eye Dick
Chances are, you’ve heard this song. But have you seen the video. It’s not weird in a creepy or even creative sort of way, but it is weird. What’s with the pumpkin heads when all I want to see this amazing girl your singing about? This band also seems to gather every 1990’s grunge video cliche and use them right here.
4. Right Kind of Love- Jeremy Jordan
When I watch this video I feel like I am watching the high school kids in my neighborhood when I was 12 or 13. I’m guessing my peers were not as polished, with every hair gelled just so, but the clothes and the sounds and the rebellious boys with not one but TWO little hoops hanging out of their ears… My favorite part is just after 2:40 when the two love birds walk up to each other and drop their oversize coats off their shoulders to reveal their stunningly irresistible bodies.
3. Eiffel 65- Blue
How did I miss this? I heard this song a million times and I never heard the intro-or saw the video. I actually like it now. Blue space creatures, bendy TVs, it’s all there.
2. The Bum Bum Song- Tom Green
What happened to this guy? Last I know Drew Barrymore divorced him and…I don’t know. But I did watch his show. I remember he said made this song to prove that MTV would play anything. And they did.
1. Losing You-Jan Terri
I have no idea what just happened.
There’s so much more I didn’t post ’cause I think we should do this again. Until then happy Tuesday and happy anniversary to my parents tomorrow who have been married for 73 years! No wait, typo, 37 years 🙂
Of all of these, the only one I knew was Jan Terri. I’ve been living my life right.
Jan Terri and I have history. As in…I know way too much about her. Did you know she did a very short tour with Marilyn Manson in the late 90’s? And her Halloween song is priceless.
Thanks for the trip back! Missed visiting here.
I’m so not a cool kid, I always find out these things last.