What’s up with that awkward title? I couldn’t come up with anything better but still, you get what I am after here. I am a child of my time. I listened a lot to music when I grew up. I had a red walkman I treasured dearly and a trillion cassette tapes laying around all around the house. When I turned 11 I got my own stereo with a cd-player and a record player. A whole new world opened up to me. I burned all my allowance on records. When I got older and got a job there were months I spent my whole salary on music. I lived at home at the time so yeah, it wasn’t a catastrophe but still, maybe not the wisest choice an 18 year old can do. Well, where am I going with this? Nowhere really, I just wanted to tell you how passionate I am about music. Hehe, okay I am going to the reason for this post; a list. I am making a list. There are too few lists on this blog. It has absolutely nothing to do with anime or manga, or even Japan. It has however to do with my teens and what I listened to way back in the 90s. (yeah, I am old but who cares) In no particular order.
I never said I had good taste in music. I had taste, okay.
Welcome down memory lane with me.
1. E-Type – This Is The Way
The most amazing Swedish artist ever. Or, well, he was perfect for the dance floor. Everybody knew the songs and everybody got crazy when his songs came on. Especially with some booze in the body. What can I say, party with E-Type and you are a happy person. Ask any Swede growing up in the 90s and they know what I talk about. Or so I hope at least, for their sake.
2. Pet Shop Boys – Go West
I love Pet Shop Boys and in particular the record this song is on; Very. I got it as a Christmas present and I listened to it so much my brother begged me to listened to something else. So to oblige I went and bought something else; a best of cd with Village People. Guess what song was on that cd? Yup, Go West. My dear bro was less thrilled when he realised that he got to hear the 1979 version of that same song. I am not sure what version is best, they are so different, and I do love both groups as much but this is the 90s list so here comes the version with Pet Shop Boys.
3. Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler
This is one of those one song groups. I can’t even tell you one other song they have done. But this one I have probably listened to more times than I want to admit to even my closest friends. It’s a guilty pleasure. Mostly because of the cute guy with the dreads. I made the huge mistake of googling him and well, as I said, it was a mistake.
4. Fool’s Garden – Lemon Tree
I first heard this song on the radio while on a tour with the school orchestra in Germany. I loved it and so I of course wanted to buy it when I came back home again. The guy in the music store hadn’t heard of it. That was a minor shock actually because he knew (and knows, it is still the same guy owning the same music store in town) everything about all music worth knowing about. Which might say something about this song. Hm? Anyway, I hung a lot in that store and so when he finally did get it he happily threw (literally) a copy to me when I walked in the door. That music store by the way was my hide out for many years during the 90s. I kid you not if I visited it everyday after school during my highschool years. The owner still greets me when we meet down town.
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away
I am a sucker for heavy bass lines. Red Hot Chili Peppers gives me exactly that. That and so much more. I don’t know how I came to listen to them but I have a vague memory of someone at music summer camp blasted this particular song all night after practice for everyone who wanted to listen. I heard the bass and I was sold. That’s just how life goes sometimes. I still adore them. I still binge all their records. I still drool over Flea and his bass. Hot damn he is hot and the bass just make him hotter.
6. Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Oh boy! Me and my best friend in junior high used to sit on the school yard and sing, or maybe more wail, this song to everybody’s horror. We loved it. (we also loved Axl but that’s another story.) We could sit a whole recess just screaming the high notes at the top of our lungs. We played air guitar and head banged. We were kind of nerdy as it was before that song came into our life but for a few months it completely took over our life. Mixtapes were made. The same mixtapes were worn out and new mixtapes were made. All in the name of the roses. Well, you can hear the love I have for Axl and the boys. I’m not listening to them as much any longer but if I want a good cry I put on November Rain.
7. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
What can I say, I started to listen to Beastie Boys after a highly intense summer working as a leader at a summer camp for troubled kids. This song was really popular among the kids, for all sorts of reasons (if you come from the hoods they come from you get how they can relate). Well, I have fond memories connected to this particular song but also the music is perfect for my aggressive periods. And I just like Beastie Boys in general, as a band.
Y’all know how Seven Tops has nothing to do with being seven, so this list will go on for a little while longer. Honestly, it is damn hard to chose songs for this list because there are so many that has meant something to me, be they bad or good or just outrageous. The next one is very questionable I’d say but you’ll get it anyway. As I said, I never said I had good taste in music.
8. DJ BoBo – Everybody
Man, oh man. Yeah, I know; DJ BoBo. What the freaking frack!? Don’t ask and I shall tell you. This particular song is, well, I don’t know. Okey, I have no idea how this came into my life. There is a slight possibility I heard it on some best of cd and found something alluring. However, I listened to it so much because I tied it to one special boy I went to the same school as. A cute boy (obviously, they all are) I had a severe crush on. As with all my crushes it ended in tears but this song got stuck in my head. I can still feel a bit sad when I hear it because he was so special but yeah, DJ BoBo will always remind me of that guy. I still have that chewed down pen he borrowed me. That counts for something.
9. DC Talk – Jesus Freak
Who am I if I don’t add this to the list. I was a firm believer of God in the 90s. I used to play in a Christian orchestra that kind of brainwashed me to a certain degree. There was a lot of worship and prayers going on, and a lot of talk about how you weren’t good enough if you didn’t do certain stuff. Well, I eventually moved and my career ended naturally. Anyway, I listened to a lot of Christian music back then, DC Talk being one of the most frequent groups of all. As for my faith; I am an agnostic now; I can’t prove that God doesn’t exist but I am not so sure he does. I’ve been through too much shit to believe there would be a greater power. But I have all respect for people who do believe.
10. The Prodigy – Out Of Space
Let’s end this on a real high note. I hated high school. My last three years in school was just one long pain. The Prodigy saved my life many times. Well, not literally of course but I listened to them on my way to school and on my way back from school. Unless my best friend was on the bus I put on my headphones and turned up the volume and played this and a few of their other songs on repeat. My best friend was the one who introduced them to me and I am still very grateful for that. I was extremely grateful when we had a nasty falling out the last month of the first year in high school when I, once again for I don’t know how many times, tried to help her when she came to school both drunk and high. It ended up in her screaming and cursing at me and then she left. We didn’t talk until our last term in third grade. The Prodigy saved me a lot then. So, I have her to thank for that.
Well, I’m gonna end it here. This is a small piece of what I used to listen to. I haven’t even mentioned Nirvana or Alien Ant Farm or Michael Jackson or Toto or Erasure or Depeche Mode or… The list is way too long for this post. I could talk for hours about my music. So, what did you listen to when you were in high school?