When people reminisce about the music from their youth, it’s usually from their high school years, and while 1999 – 2002 was a fairly formative era for me, I mean … I just don’t have that nostalgia. Sure, I bop around to “Hot in Herre” by Nelly “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age, but it’s not my feel good music. That? Oh, that goes to the soundtrack of my early middle school years.
Mimi 4EVA. “Fantasy” was one of my first forays into pop music as a kid, and I freaking loved this video.
I could literally put any of Jagged Little Pill here and it would be appropriate, but I remember latching onto “Forgiven” when I first heard it. Even though I’m not Catholic, I did go to a Presbyterian academy, so …
I prefer Williams Shatner’s version of “Common People,” but I first heard this in the summer of 1995. Ahh, right before 6th grade.
Good god, Garbage tops my favorite bands list, and “Version 2.0” is probably one of my favorite albums of all time. It had that perfect mix of angst and heart that lent itself to be used on a lot of my writing playlists. “Dumb” is one that I will always play when I’m needing to get in the mood for a frantic action scene.
“Killing Me Softly” is just one of those songs that, as soon as it comes on the radio in my car (yes, I still listen to radio, I am An Old), I will turn it up and just sing as loud as I possibly can.
I used to imagine that I’d hear some guy say this to me, and now, LOL I’d just walk away. “Back for Good” is still a feel good song for me, though.
Bjork is so weird, you guys. Like, I feel like I should like her, but I just can’t get into the majority of her catalogue. But “It’s Oh So Quiet” is a song my uncle introduced me to when I was about 12 or 13 on a CD mix he made for my birthday, and it still makes me bouncy happy.
So I grew up in Nashville (I’m gonna do a country On Rotation one of these days), and that means that country was everywhere. Not all of it good, as you might imagine. But Shania? Loved her then, still love her now, and it all began with “Any Man of Mine.”
“No Diggity” was The Song during 7th grade. Like … everybody was referencing it, playing it, singing it, etc. And there were a couple of guys that tried to dress like Blackstreet, and being that they were all white? It didn’t work out too well.
Part of me really wants to be safe and not go to any concerts until coronavirus is shot into the sun, but the other part of me really wants to say “fuck it” and go to Cowboy Mouth’s show in Nashville next month. I guarantee you they’ll play “Jenny Says.”
And dang, I’m gonna have to do a Part II and maybe even Part III to this on rotation … The mid-90s had such great music, and I’m having a blast finding old gems. You know what? That’s gonna be the next on rotation …
Old Hidden Gems.
Until next time!