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?