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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We be buggin’!

Yo Gabba Gabba CrewI have a secret infatuation. I’m ashamed to admit it, but I think I like Yo Gabba Gabba more than my daughter does! Sometimes I turn it on for her and find myself watching it while she plays with her toys.  Even worse, curiosity has driven me to discover all sorts of weird info about the show – such as the fact that Plex is voiced by one of the show creators, DJ Lance is in his 40s, and the show is dubbed in the UK. 

The music and the colors somehow draw me in way more than a children’s television show should. Last time I watched it was one of my favorite episodes – the one where Muno raps about bugs. That guy has skills. I love that song so much I had to download it! I know that I’m not acting under my own influence here.  Surely this show is part of an evil plot to take over the world?

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…

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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.

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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.

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The date that wasn’t a date

Ever had one of those days when you feel like you’re in an alternate universe?  That’s what it was like the first time my (now) hubby and I went on a date.  Actually, it didn’t even start off as a date. We started off as coworkers, but we saw each other through some difficult relationships and became friends. Later, when we were both we would hang out from time to time.  

The plan was to meet up at Roscoe’s House of Chicken Waffles in the LBC. We were going to go next door to check out their little jazz spot, but interestingly enough one of the musicians broke his hand and there was no music that day.  We stopped for a drink though, and one of the people working their mentioned that it was a good date place.  Quickly I said “oh no, we’re not on a date.”  Immediately it was like a big “oops” moment.  I didn’t want to insult B, but I didn’t want him to think I thought it was a date.  Very confusing.

So we went next door, ate, talked about stuff and decided to head to the next spot.  We moved over to this little crappy bar in Long Beach.  That’s where the fun begins.  Seemed like that night I must have taken love potion number nine.  The place was tiny, but every, well almost every, red blooded guy, in the place was giving me attention, and even a chick, too!  

This one woman, obviously drunk as a skunk, kept trying to touch my butt and singing “Baby Got Back.” (Maybe my butt is a tad big.) It was hilarious, but you probably had to be there.  The bouncer, who came up to my chin (I never said they were all studs) kept trying to talk to me and impress me with his martial arts prowess.  An older fellow was trying to teach me how to play pool (I suck), and at least two other guys were openly flirting with me.  

This kind of stuff never happens to me, so it was crazy that it was happening the same night I was hanging out with B. Anyway, from the bar we went to his friend’s house and the three of us stayed up all night talking and listening to music.  At the end of the night when he dropped me off at my car he kissed me goodbye and the rest is of course, history.

Throwback Thursdays – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

The year was 1988. I was 11 and I lived in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska. It was that year, at the PX on base that I bought my first record. Looking back nearly 25 years it’s hard to remember Will Smith as that goofy rapper considering what he’s become today – a blockbuster movie star. Especially since it seems that his daughter is in more of the music making business than he is these days.

I wish I still had pictures to look back at those days, but sadly Katrina ate most of them, along with that very first double-album I bought when I was 11.

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