Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Musically Crazy Past


I was driving in my lovely minivan yesterday and the station had on its "retro" lunch hour and what was playing? Vanilla Ice - Ice, Ice, Baby. Did I know most of the words? YES! It was so funny and it put me in memory of growing up.

I am starting to feel old. I wonder sometimes that people have no idea who I am talking about when I talk about music I liked when I was young. I remember going to the local music store on Main Street in Walla Walla and Mom letting me buy records. I know I had a Samantha Fox record. (Look her up if you do not know who I am talking about). Then when the records started going away I had tape after tape. I even remember listening to the top 40 count downs on Saturday morning and recording my favorites on my tapes off the radio.

Where did I start musically? I have always been one of those people that don't really have a favorite type. It depends on my mood. I have always been into music and so after you learn of my music history I hope you still want to be my friend :) The pics aren't really in order but it is still a bit of a biography. Hopefully this makes you smile and start singing when you read it like it does for me!

Lets see, it started when I was young and would go to my friend Lydia's house and she had the best windows. We were the most famous Solid Gold Dancers and in those window reflections we could hear the cheers. My Mom did not like their "immodest" outfits but I loved them so much she let me watch that great show.

I was really into Milli Vanilli in elementary school. I remember a D.A.R.E. officer using their music to motivate us to stay clean. Can't deny I was sad when I heard they were fake. I remember I stayed up late to see Leno where they were on after all heck broke loose.

When I was twelve I got to go to my first concert. I went with Molly and we went and saw Debbie Gibson. I remember we were able to worm our way to the front and Debbie touched my hand. I couldn't believe it! For the next little while when I practiced my piano I was her. For those who don't know who she is she was really big at the time. I liked her and Tiffany.

I know I am talking about music, but during this time movies were a big part of my music loves as well. If you don't know what movie this pic belongs to then I am so very sorry. Top Gun, the volleyball scene, and it's music will always be one of my favorites. GO ICEMAN!

Another film I watched over and over. I could do the dance moves and sing along with the movie at the end prom scene like a pro. Again, windows came in handy. :)

Dirty Dancing, another music/dance classic that I can't believe that my Mom let me watch at such a young age. We had a talent show in elementary school that we performed a number from this movie.

I LOVED these gals! Manic Monday, Walk like an Egyptian, etc. I had their tapes and tried to do my hair like the lead singer.

This guy right here is still to this day, one of my man crushes. I had a really cool babysitter who would turn on her tape of Living on a Prayer and we would get hairbrushes and stand on the coffee table (sorry Mom) and would sing at the top of our lungs. Bon Jovi ROCKS!! (Colby is not a fan :)

I just look at this picture and his music comes to mind. Too legit, too legit to quit... You got to pray.... I am not much of a dancer but I could imitate MC Hammer's shuffle across the stage and the running man pretty good. Yes, I did own some pants like his. Not metallic but still not so cool now. I can say that my bud, Molly topped me and had a whole wardrobe full of them.

This was a great album. It was back when she wore the stiff suits, was not too weird and sang a little bit more rock. Black Cat was by far my favorite.

I am a sucker for harmony. When I was younger, and trying to learn alto, I would listen to them and try to sing the different parts. I thought I was a fan until I went to college and one of my roommates put me to shame. She had a BoysIIMen themed room.

Can anyone say anything bad about this group? Aerosmith was one of my favorites. My dream when I was younger was to go to one of their concerts but I never got a chance. Bummer!

O.K. George Michael has since this time gone a little crazy and Gay. But when I was younger I was OBSESSED with his song, "Faith". I can, to this day, still sing every word of it and it is still well played on my ipod.


At this last Super Bowl, Black Eyed Peas performed but there was a cameo by one of my favorites during their performance. Slash! I was so excited until Colby's younger sister had no idea who I was talking about. Slash was the guitar player for Guns N Roses. Only the best hair band back when. Axel Rose and the crew were awesome. It helped that they sang a song called, "My Michelle".

I mean the list goes on and on.

Def Leppord - Pour some sugar on me
Los Loboes - La Bamba
Martika - Toy Story
LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
Sinead O Connor
En Vogue
Starship
ACDC/Metallica
INXS
Roxette
Salt N Pepa
Billy Idol
Cyndi Lauper

As you can tell, I was not a fan of New Kids on the Block or groups like that. I had a lot of friends that were so no hating going on :) I hope you enjoyed my history and know that when "I like big butts" is playing, I am singing along!



3 comments:

Molly said...

I loved your post! Oh man, so many memories! I will never forget that Debbie Gibson concert. I remember dancing to Footloose and singing as loud as we could. Do you remember the show Kid's Incorporated. That was my other favorite. I wanted to be one of them so bad! Now we have Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fergie from that show!

Sarah said...

Awesome! Thanks for the memories! I was a New Kids fan (in fact, I still have some of their tapes!), but also loved pretty much all the bands/singers you mentioned. Debbie Gibson...oh, I wanted to be her!

And, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation was the first CD I ever listened to! Good times.

Brady and Jess said...

So many good memories....when did we gt old?