Throwback Thursdays – Nirvana

By no means is this week’s song my favorite Nirvana song. It is, however, one of Nirvana’s songs that holds the most memories for me.  When “Smells Like Teen Spirit” became popular I was nearly *ahem* 20 years younger and I was a freshman at Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, KS. That year there was a big talent show in the school auditorium. A group, that actually included several drummists, did a cover of the song that, while not the best in the world, riled up the whole auditorium.  Black, white or purple, it didn’t matter what you were. Everyone was up and out of their seats for this one.

So often music is categorized in ethnic categories, that I still remember that  moment as a special one for me.  But “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was a song that moved us all at the same time. The genius that is Kurt Cobain still lives on through this song.

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Throwback Thursdays – The Beatles

I have never considered myself to be much of a Beatles fan. I never understood what the big deal was and I didn’t think I knew many of their songs. Then in 2007 I took a cruise with my family, and one of the shows was a Beatles revue. During the production I repeatedly found myself singing lyrics to songs I didn’t think I knew. Even more, I actually enjoyed the performance. That performance helped me realized just how pervasive the Beatles have been to our culture and the influence the group continues to have on popular music. Now, when the Beatles come on the radio I am much more likely to sing along than change the channel.

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Throwback Thursdays – DeBarge

Corny fact about me, but one of my favorite movies of all time is The Last Dragon. The summer that I turned 16 I think I watched it more times than I could count (and my have subjected my sister to it as well). I love the movie so much that at the end of the movie when DeBarge is on the screens in the club singing “Rhythm of the Night” I always want to get up and dance, too. Luckily my hubby loves this movie, too. So he doesn’t laugh at me too much when I make a fool of myself.

This week’s song from DeBarge takes it down a notch and definitely puts me in the mood for romance. I hope it makes you feel that way, too.

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Throwback Thursdays – Nate Dogg

This wasn’t supposed to be the Throwback Thursday artist of the week, but sad circumstances changed the course of this week’s post.

Hip hop lost a legend this week. As a long term lover of hip hop it’s been unfortunate that Nate Dogg has been missing from the scene for so long, but this week the unthinkable happened. At the age of only 41 hip hop’s most notorious crooner was taken out of the game.

Way back in the day I had a brush with Nate Dogg. I still have hazy memories of a night many, many moons ago when I had taken a trip to Las Vegas with some friends and was hanging out at a Vegas night club. Next thing I know, I’m at the bar and looking right in the face of Nate Dogg. I still wish I hadn’t been so, for lack of a better term, intoxicated, because I sure would have liked to say something. Instead I must have given him my best blank faced stare. Either way, it’s a shame that there will never be another song graced by Nate’s smooth, mellow voice. Nobody else will ever be able to do it quite like him.

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Throwback Thursdays – New Edition

I was kind of oblivious to the popular boy bands of the 90s – Backstreet Boys and N Sync really didn’t do it for me. Me, I’m all about the original, aka “og,” boy bands. Somehow I’ve gotten so old that the boy bands of my time weren’t even called boy bands. You know who I’m talking about – New Edition and New Kids on the Block. One thing that’s really interesting to note, is that the same person who discovered New Edition created New Kids… who knew! Anyway, of the two, New Edition was my favorite, maybe it was Ralph’s voice. The group was not short on talent though, Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Bell Biv Devoe all owe their foundations to New Edition.

Driving home on Tuesday I had a flashback as a New Edition song came on the radio. Instantly I was transported to my senior year class night. A group of my male classmates did a lip sync routine to a New Edition song. I can’t believe that night was over 16 years ago and that now this song is over 20 years old. How did that happen? Anyway, take a trip with me back to 1988 and watch New Edition sing as only an og boy band can…

For more New Edition click here or download on iTunes

Throwback Thursdays – Roger & Zapp

Music really can change your mood. This has been one difficult week, but when this song came on in the car this afternoon I instantly felt lighter and in a better frame of mind.  So many hip hop songs have their roots in Roger & Zapp that listening to this just made me reminisce about so many great hip hop songs.

I had my mind set on another song for this week, but I wanted to capture that moment for future reference.  I’m sure I’ll be coming back here again sometime in the future next time I need a little “feel good” fix.

Get more Roger & Zapp here or download on iTunes.


Throwback Thursdays – Heart

Choosing a Heart song for this week’s Throwback Thursday is just plain hard. There is more than one incarnation of Heart that rocks my musical socks. As an 80s child I grew up with hits like These Dreams and Alone. But the Heart I love the most is before my time. Dreamboat Annie was one of the many treasures in my old album collection, and one of my favorite songs on there was Magic Man. The album was released the year before I was born, but time is not a factor when I blast this on my car stereo.

For more Heart click here or download on iTunes.

Throwback Thursdays – Steely Dan

If I haven’t said it already, I love music. All kinds of music. One of the things I love the most about my husband is that he loves music just as much as I do. I love that he knows pretty much any song I can throw at him. We both have our favorite genres that we listen to most of the time, but we both grew into extremely eclectic musical appetites. Last weekend when we were making our commissary run we were jammin to some oldies in the car and this is one that popped up. I wish they were still making this kind of music.

Maybe you can sip a little Cuervo too, while you listen.

For more Steely Dan click here or download on iTunes.

Throwback Thursdays – a-ha

I am a child of the 80s. Atari, Cabbage Patch Kids, leg warmers… the whole nine. As much fun as it is to reminisce, I’m happy leaving most of it as a distant memory. Except of course, the music. I love love love 80s music. Who cares if the instrument of choice was the synthesizer? And I love anything that’s all about 80s music. One of my favorite movies is The Wedding Singer because of the cool throwback 80s soundtrack. Miami Vice Theme anyone?

Anyway, I’m sure there will be lots and lots of 80s music featured here, but my faaaavorite 80s song of all time is this one. I still don’t know half of what they heck he’s singing, but I still sing along pretending I do.

Caught you singing! Bet you didn’t think I noticed.

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Throwback Thursdays – Patsy Cline

I was going to do something a little more upbeat this week, but then I figured, there’s only one Thursday left in January, so I might as well round out the month with another sad story…

We lived in Alaska for four years when my dad was stationed at Ft. Wainwright.  While we were there my dad had a very diverse group of friends, with an equally diverse set of musical tastes.  One of the things they did often was karaoke.  Yeah, you heard me right.  Each adult had their preferences for what they liked to sing, and occasionally the kids got a round with Tiffany or Debbie Deborah Gibson. 

One friend of my dad had several favorites, Patsy Cline among them.  I don’t listen to her music as often as I should, but I’ll never forget how much I enjoyed listening back then.  So tragic that Patsy’s life was cut short in 1963 by a plane crash, and crazy indeed that she even had a feeling it was coming.     

Get more Patsy Cline  here or download on iTunes.

So that’s it – at least for a while – of the incredibly talented singers who were lost before their times. Next week, my favorite 80s song, ever!

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