Shuffling through my iTunes got me on such an early 90’s kick. I’m talking about that 1990-1995 time period. The part of the 90’s that was still hanging on to the 80’s for dear life.
The time of the 3 F’s. Fresh Prince, Family Matters, and Full House. The time of huge jackets and tiny men’s basketball shorts. So many jams were created in this time that it’s overwhelming to share only a few with you in this time of reminiscing. Join me now as we journey to a decade that I still feel was only 10 years ago…then I remember that it’s been over 20…and I feel old.
Remember cassette tapes? I sure do. I had myself quite the little collection even at the tender age of 5. My first cassette tape ever was “Boombastic” by Shaggy. Probably inappropriate for a 5 year old, but I also had no idea what it was about. No harm, no foul. I would take my little self, my cassette player, and a copy of Moby Dick to the pool and just play that song over, and over, and over again. I wore out that poor rewind button like you wouldn’t believe.
How I became a reggae-loving child, I don’t know. But, my next major song obsession? “Informer” by Snow. There’s no denying the magic of this song brought to us by a white guy from Canada. I’ve gone on to purchase all albums by both Shaggy and Snow. Don’t judge me.
Let’s not forget the classic that is “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. We all liked this. If you say you didn’t, you’re a liar. No one likes liars. You better do the running man like everyone else in the room when this song comes on. And, YES, we all know he took the hook from “Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie. You know it, I know it, and Vanilla knows it. (Vanilla Ice is 45 now. What??)
Bonus tidbit: When Tower Records was going out of business (sad times), I stopped in to purchase some goodies for the ol’ CD collection and, lo and behold, what did I find? Vanilla Ice’s album, “To the Extreme” for $2.00. Did I buy it? You bet your hammer pants I did. That is a piece of music history and (even back then) it was already out of print. 2 bucks well spent. Did someone say “hammer pants”? “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer STILL has people trying to figure out how to do the hammer dance. Most, very unsuccessfully.
Even more unsuccessful is the fact that Justin Bieber is trying to wear the skinny-jean-diaper-butt version of a hammer pant in 2013. We’ve all seen it. Get it outta my face, Bieber.
Does anyone remember when MC Hammer went gangster on us? “Pumps and a Bump” might not have been nearly as popular as its inescapable predecessor, but it did give us an insight into the beginnings of twerking. 90’s Fun Fact Alert: This wasn’t the original music video. The original featured Hammer poolside in a speedo doing an uncomfortable amount of body rolling and pelvic thrusting. Historians now venture to say that this video marked the demise of Hammer’s career. If you dare: watch it here. If not, enjoy normal gangster Hammer below.
Color Me Badd. Loved them. “I Wanna Sex You Up” was another staple in my “Inappropriate for a Child” playlist. The group seemed to be made up of an overly-plucked member of New Kids on the Block, one of the guys from Milli Vanilli, George Michael’s cousin, and Kenny G. They had a little something for everyone. This album is still the jam. I’m rockin’ it right now. Get on my level.
Does anyone remember when Seal had hair? Of course you don’t! If you don’t have Seal music in your life, get with it. The man’s voice is undeniable and perfect for bubble bath time. Check out this video for the amazing song that is “Crazy”. I could have posted “Kiss From A Rose” in here, but let’s not be TOO predictable, right? Variety is the spice of life.
You can’t take a journey through the 90’s without checking in on New Kids on the Block. “Step by Step” is a classic early moment in boy band history. Let us all appreciate the choreography from back in the day and the brilliance that used to be Jordan Knight. Let’s try to ignore the overalls and animal print vests.
The boy bands of today have nothing on the boy bands of the 90’s and early 2000’s. That’s right, One Direction, I’m talkin’ to you. I don’t appreciate your hair and your painted-on pants. Why does Harry Styles’ live in a permanent wind tunnel? His hair experiences never-ending, gale force winds that you and I do not perceive. This must be very challenging for you, Harry.
Let’s finish it up in 1995. This song is STILL good. “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan? Still on my party playlist to this DAY. I, of course, have never been to South Central, but this song convinced me that it’s very possible that “South Central does it like nobody does”.
I encourage you to scroll through your iTunes or dig out that shoebox of cassette tapes, take a trip back in time, and see how far your musical taste has come. Who were some of your favorites? Or, maybe George Michael is still in your Walkman. No judgement here. He’s awesome.
Now, back to my regularly scheduled EDM.