Monday Listicles – High School Flashbacks

On my way home from the grocery store today, I was a little shocked to hear “We Got The Beat” from the Go-Gos. Even more shocking, I was singing along, still remembering every word. Crap, am I that old? To be fair, I was pretty young when that song came out, like young grade school age, so that made me feel a little better.

The next song was “Jane Says” by Jane’s Addiction. No escaping this one, Jane’s Addiction was my favorite band in high school and yes, I am getting old.

I grew up in Washington state but moved half way across the country with a boyfriend when I was 20, ending up here in St. Louis, and never moved back so I have never been to any reunions. Also, high school was kind of a nightmare for me and the thought of going to one of these little get-togethers basically makes me want to break out in hives.

Thanks to Facebook or as I like to call it, My hot tub time machine, I’ve reconnected with a few people and yes, peeked at others just to see what they looked like now and how things turned out but I think this side of my computer is about as close as I’d like to get to a reunion. So when I read Rachel’s topic for this weeks listicle (list the top ten pros & cons of attending your class reunion), you guessed it, hives.

I really went back and forth with even attempting this one and I honestly did make myself sit down and really try but I could only come up with 4 things for pros and cons and most of it was just about how much I’d love to visit all my favorite places around Seattle but would not want to go without my husband and son.

And most of all, although there are a few people I’d like to visit, I would not want to go to the reunion. At all.

So, since I really love music and have some good memories tied to songs that were meaningful to me from that time period anyway, I decided to do my own twist on this one.

Instead of the reunion, here are *5 songs that remind me of my high school years and why.

1. George Micheal – Freedom
This song was on the radio almost every day my best friend and I would skip first period to sit in her car and smoke cigarettes or ditch and go to Denny’s to drink coffee. Yes, I was that cool once.

2. Soundgarden – Loud Love
My super cool, hip girlfriend took me to my first Soundgarden concert before I really knew who they were. They played in a little theatre and as soon as they started, I instantly feel in love with Chris Cornell. The music rocked my world too.

3. Jane’s Addiction – Summertime Rolls
as I’d mentioned, Jane’s Addiction was one of my favorite bands all through high school and I still love them today. I saw them in concert for Ritual De La Habitual my senior year and it was one of the most powerful concerts I’ve ever been to. Summertime Rolls is an older song but it’s my favorite.

4. Eddie Brickell – He Said
After my first love broke the hell out of my heart, I used to sing and cry to this song over and over.

Just before the lights went out
We sat up and talked about
All the things that we would be
I just wanted him to be with me


5. The Sugarcubes – Birthday

I’m so very thankful now for being a teenager in the early 90′s. I know every generation probably feels this way but the music was just – better. I felt like all these new, crazy and amazing sounds were exploding all around me. Grunge and alternative rock was such an inspiration and a chance to feel like being “weird” or outside of what the more popular kids were doing was a-ok. When I first heard this song by the Sugarcubes, I was outdone. It was so out there and different but also beautiful and raw. It was partly how I felt and part how I wanted to be at the time.

*I know, not even 10 songs, totally lame. My apologies to Rachel and the list master herself, Stasha. The reunion thing was just too much for me but I hope you enjoy the trip down musical memory lane! What were some of your favorite songs from high school?

The Mommy Padawan

24 thoughts on “Monday Listicles – High School Flashbacks

  1. Bjorg was such a huge part of my high school years. Which I was so busy outgrowing I would rather poke my eyes with needles then reliving them. Hence my prmary school reunion :)
    Funny I skipped first class every day (math) and downed cappuccinos around the corner in the gallery. I had to re-sit math finals because when it came to final grade, my teacher did not even know who I was :) Yet I am alive and well, living in your neighborhood.
    One day, soon, you and I will all have cheese and wine in Seattle with Rachel and normal mom Ally! Deal?

    • That is so awesome, what is it about first period class? Too early and too boring for cool chicks like us in high school! I can’t remember what class I had but I know I missed it – a lot. Thanks so much for reading and I would LOVE to meet up in Seattle for wine and cheese someday. Love! I’m do for a visit home soon :)

  2. your sound track is way way better than mine would be…cheap trick anyone? or maybe a little Romantics? Perhaps Foreigner? So I was miserable, too, but with no good music to drown out the noise of the idiots around me. Love the way you approached this list!

  3. Great, now I’ve got “We’ve got the beat” bouncing around in my brain. Way too perky for Monday morning LOL Like your list and music was the top of mine too.

    • Haha – sorry about that. The Go-Go’s are way too perky for Monday morning, I agree! Music is always a fun memory. Thanks for reading Paul!

  4. So cool to know you grew up in Washington, and I wanna have wine and cheese with you and Stasha!

    I didn’t attend my 10 year and I doubt I’ll attend any reunions, so I feel you. Nice twist with the songs. I LOVED George Michael back then. Still do, really!

    • Oh my gosh, now I REALLY have to make a trip home to Washington – I’d love get together too! If it weren’t for all that gray, foggy and rainy weather I’d have a better chance at talking my husband in to moving :) Oh well – a visit will have to do. Thanks so much for reading Jennifer!

  5. Some of my favorites were:

    “Lump” by The Presidents of the United States of America
    “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground
    “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger
    “I Could Never Be Your Woman” by Harvey Danger.

    Actually, pretty much any alt. rock song that same out in the 90s. I love some 90s music.

    • Wow – I like your song list! Lump and Sex & Candy are sooo good, I still like those songs. I’m with you on the 90′s music, just hate that now those songs are on an “oldie” station – what?!?!? LOL – Thanks so much Nona :)

    • I still love Jane’s today as well, so happy they are still touring and making new music! I don’t really go to concerts anymore but they were incredible live! Thanks for reading Jackie :)

    • The Go-Go’s are so fun. One of the early all girl bands, we used to make up dance routines to their songs! I can’t even think about going to a reunion, glad to see other people got creative with this one as well. Thanks so much for reading!

  6. Your list rocks!

    Ok, not quite high school years but your list inspired memories around these songs: Radiohead’s Creep, Straight Up by Paula Abdul, What I Am – Edie Brickell and Right Said Fred I’m too Sexy. Yes, everyone loved to hate that song (or hated to love it?). It was the anthem of a winter formal or two. We did think we were that sexy.

    Don’t you love the way a song can totally transport you?

    • I totally agree, that’s the great thing about music – I love the way a song can totally transport you. Great list yourself there – Radiohead’s Creap was awesome! I totally remember “I’m Too Sexy” – LOL! Of course now I like LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It, so fun :) Edie Brickell can do no wrong in my book, love her. Thanks so much for reading Carinn!

    • Yes, I love that about music :) Facebook is such a trip, time machines are tricky things I tel ya! Thanks for reading Audrey!

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