Blink 182, Bring it On, Contiki, Spirit of the West, Tragically Hip, Tupac, twisted mixtedtape, U2
Hold ‘tight, my little windmills – I’ll explain my DEEP CONNECTION to this one at the end of the post.
Ah! It seems like only yesterday (well, September 16 to be SPECIFIC) that I decided to dive in and join this Twisted Mixed Tape Craziness that is Jen Kehl’s weekly blog hop.
You were ever so welcoming that, well, I have yet to miss a week since then.
That was the last time there was a free for all “No Theme” week.
And now, here we are again. Please, click below and check out the randomness that will undoubtedly occur.
Last time I gave you my edgy musical stylins’ at 11 as I mused on “them kids these days” and “the things they listen to” (Read: I’m now old and just don’t get Miley Cyrus and that whole twerktastic blurred lines … thing).
This time I will endeavour to be even less deep.
Last week or the week before, someone on this hop made a passing comment about how you can’t dance to Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls. Given I have done just that, many a time, it made me think about how much I miss when nights out involved dancing and then the songs I use to feel NEEDED TO BE PLAYED before a good night out was over.
So here they are: my top five songs from my early bar days (read: 19-21 – aka 1996-98).
DJ Kool – Let me Clear my Throat.
Such a classic beat. And this part: “All the ladies in the place! If you got real hair? Real fingernails? If you got a job? You’re going to school? And you don’t need nobody to help you out with your business? MAKE SOME NOISE!!! [I know they don’t sing it in the above video, but they do in the mix from my bar, in my day, in my head AND in the originally posted video – I wish to still find THAT version online in this May 2016 update, but this one’s close].
OMG. It was like he was SPEAKING. JUST. TO. ME.
Preach on! Independent ladies RRRAWR! Ooooh – And let’s get shooters!
I always smile when I hear this song. And I was forever disappointed when I thought I was about to hear this song – because they did the who DA DA DA DA DAH!!! teaser – and then it instead turned out to be …. Return of the Mac. (Bleh). Have to say? While I can shake my whatever-sized-ass to Fat Bottom Girls? This one was REALLY an effort.
But in glass half-full land I once again smiled when I found reference to that fun beat in later movies. Like that CLASSIC Bring it On. Ah! To feel culturally sophisticated at 23! Thank you DJ Kool!
Tupac Featuring Dr. Dre – California Love.
I started university the fall he died. So he was kind of a big deal. Even in Ontario, which, North-American geographically speaking, firmly puts us, well, on the east side of the continent. Notwithstanding, we totally all learnt to make that “West side!” hand sign as we all intently danced to his music. I also liked this guy who liked Tupac. He even got “Machiavelli” (or however Tupac spelled it) all artistically tattooed on his back. It was totally cool. Because, of, like, that connection I never bothered to read up on until this moment when doing this post. He believed Tupac wasn’t really dead. Yeah. Totally living it up, all West Side [HAND SIGN!], somewhere with Norma Jean and Elvis. He also read really deep books and stuff. So despite not knowing who Bon Jovi was, I gave him a pass. Spoiler Alert! It didn’t work out.
But every now and then, when I’m at the wave pool with my two girls, and I look at all the 30-something folk with random tattoos in odd places, I think of him and wonder if he still feels, well, all Machiavellian. And I kinda hope yes. At least he wasn’t like my one girlfriend who got Winnie the Pooh with his hand in the honey pot tattooed on her lower back at 18. That one’s now a flower. But, I digress.
Spirit of the West’s Home For A Rest
Welcome to Canadian Content! I’d be curious to hear if this band travels (ie: if any non-Canadians have heard of them). This song makes me smile for a number of reasons. Reason #1: I discovered them during my frosh week at university when it was TOTALLY OUR SONG. Reason #2: Then I was a frosh guide for the next three years. At which point, I discovered, it was TOTALLY EVERYONE’S SONG. But I passed kindergarten so I’m all good with sharing. Reason #3: It’s just a great pub anthem. Let’s all jovially link arms and just dosie-doe, m-kay?
This song was a staple of closing time at the campus bar – so I danced to it many a night. In earnest. I could give some deeper speculations as to why THIS SONG – but, really, I don’t know. Aside from the fact that it’s a great song.
The Tragically Hip – New Orleans is Sinking
Now this be the band that I KNOW doesn’t travel because as I ventured out into Brave New World circa 2000 (read US and UK) y’all hadn’t heard of them. Given they were the cat’s meow here at that time, do illuminate me if that’s all changed. However, I suspect my bar night circa ’97, remains strictly Canadiana.
That said, they are awesome. And very danceable. So love them. The end.
As for my homage to Blink 182 at the beginning of this post? Well! That was OUR SONG! for my first Contiki Tour in 2000. From London to Amsterdam. In 14 days. London; Dover to Calais; Paris; the Beaujolais wine region; French Riviera; Pisa; Florence; Rome; Venice; Austria (in passing); Munich; St. Goar; and, Amsterdam.
Yeah. We made sweatshirts. With our names ’round a beer stein. And the lyrics “Turn the Lights off Carry Me Home” written along the bottom. Pretty much sums it up.
I didn’t recognize Home for a Rest until I listened to it and recognized the song. The year it came out, I was living in Hong Kong, which was still a British territory at the time. That song was insanely popular with the British Navy guys that were stationed there. It was one of the only times I’ve ever seen EVERYONE (about 75 people) get kicked out of a bar all at the same time.
Ah! It IS a powerful anthem 🙂
The Canadian band didn’t travel with me but those other songs are sure familiar! Also, I love the name of your blog. I’m asking now but will search around after to see what the inspiration is.
OK, I didn’t find one. Is it like Blackhawk Down?
Haha! Thanks for the kind comments – also, I posted two Canadian songs, so I guess that means one of them travels 🙂 As for my blog title – I have to do a bit of updating re: my about pages and stuff now that I’ve been up and running on this for a while.
I did a post about it a while back here: https://babygatesdown.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/this-blogging-thing/.
But basically, I was looking to start blogging again and trying to think up a name when our baby gate broke. Figured it was just that perfect symbol for a bunch of stuff in my life at the moment: 1) That sometimes overwhelming “I just give up” parenting feeling – I mean, even our basics were breaking (our mobile and change table have also now broken … really, we apparently we shouldn’t have anymore kids – it’s totally a sign 2) Fact that we’re coming out of baby world over here and moving on to the next step and 3) Just a space to be me – gates down and off we go.
That’s about it. Thanks for the visit!
Always interesting to see where everybody is ‘coming from.’ A very cool List. Thanks, Slu
Thanks! I like freebie week 🙂
Aussa Lorens said:
Oh Blink 182… Reminds me of skipping high school and swimming at my friend Ashley’s house, back before I had breasteses or real problems in life. There’s probably a correlation there.
Haha! Both a blessing and a curse…. as for high school – that was more Cyprus Hill and Offspring, when I wasn’t feeling … deep … and listening to Depeche Mode alone in my room.
Rich Rumple said:
You scared me for a minute as I thought you were going to stay with Hip Hop for most of the post. (I know, I’m not cool because I’m not a Hip Hop fan). Okay, I can handle 2Pac and California Love, and most Gangsta Rap in small doses. lol Blink 182 is a good choice, as well as U2 and Tragically Hip. The dance/ cheerleading group was energetic. All in all, good job! 🙂
Don’t worry – I don’t think I could have found 5 hip hop songs that I LOVED if I tried. I like to dance, so I enjoy quite a bit of it – but it’s never been my top choice. That said, I’ll forever have a soft spot for Tupac. Have to say, my heart is all happy about how many people now know the Hip 🙂
Michelle Liew said:
Now this list definitely has the edge. Bloody Sunday-good choice!
Thanks! I thought of you when I posted the hip hop. I’m pretty sure it was you a few weeks back who posted about how much you just LOVED that music in high school – right ;)?
Kerri @ Undiagnosed but Okay said:
That was me, except I didn’t say you couldn’t dance to Queen–my 9YO who has poor music taste (other than her love of Buffett) needs more music appreciation classes 🙂 Great list, although U2 was my fave
My deepest apologies for misquoting you. As for your daughter – she has lots of time to learn to appreciate the wonders of Queen.
Thanks so much for the kind comment – and yes, the U2 pick is certainly one of the best there is 🙂
Clark Scottroger said:
I enjoy the gangsta rap, but do not listen to enough of it to develop my taste (in the genre). But that is one of the things about Jen and Kristi’s ‘hop…it’s a total all you can eat buffet, musically speaking…lol the Sunday Bloody Sunday has always been on my play lists… but your “Home for a Rest’! nice loved it!
California Love was fun… sort of like ‘Road Warrior: the Musical’
Yeah – I always found the video for California Love a little Mad Max-like myself. As for “buffet” style this week – I think you take the buffet prize for selections with your choices this week 😉
Thanks for the visit!
I love this post so much! It is so you. Free for all is fun isn’t it? Tragically Hip are well known here now (I am guessing someone said that but too lazy to read others comments as I have 18 more mixes to enjoy)
But really, the hip-hop is very old school and so much better, or at least more fun! This is such a fun side of you! Thank you!
This comment made me smile – thanks! I shall endeavour to find some more of the fun in some of my upcoming posts too 🙂 But this one was def. a fun one to do.
Kir Piccini said:
“Let me Klear My Throat”! Awesome! I felt like I was 26 again and dancing with a drin in my hand, wondering who to go home with (wait, did I say that???)
every time that song comes on I just smile, like I have a secret.
awesome, awesome mix. U2, Blink 182, I could be back in college. 😉
That’s where I was when they were playing! Glad I made you nostalgic for happy memories 😉 Such a fun, carefree stage of life.
Regina @ Vintage 1973 said:
Saw U2 in college. Fabulous concert. I think he was a bit tipsy to put it nicely, but that’s how great my seats were that I could see him so clearly. Still listen to U2 when I on road trips or the weather is changing and I feel like a “new” season is starting.
I appreciate your trip down memory lane with Blink 182. Thanks for the picture!
I’ve never had the chance to see U2 – what a fabulous experience that you got to see them from so close up!
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