Thursday, July 15, 2010


--Adrienne Miller

I’ve heard it said that the music that you loved when you graduated High School is music that you’ll love all your life. I don’t remember who said it, so I’m going to attribute it to Them. You know Them. They are always saying stuff like, “Don’t count your chickens before they’re in the bush,” or “Haste makes a stitch in time.” I don’t know. They’re crazy, those guys.

This is what I imagine They look like. Definitely not crazy, or, most likely, real.

But whatever the true or existent nature of this Them, I’m thinking they got this one right. My iPod is filled with the songs I used to love when I was eighteen. And it’s not just the music. The movies, the tv shows, I still love them. Well, some of them. I don’t deny I’m cherry picking here.

So, let’s all get in this little time machine of mine and meet this girl I used to be. Buckle up and prepare for he far away land of 1994.

And it’s not my 1994 with out Toad the Wet Sprocket. My most enduring 90’s love. If I got a vote on those Best Albums of the 90’s lists, my #1 would be Dulcinea. Hands down. None of this Nevermind for me.

A close second—and I do mean very close—is James. Ring the Bells off the Seven album. Yeah, so it came out in 1992, but trust me that cassette was still in heavy rotation in my Walkman. That’s right, my Walkman.

There are others, Counting Crows, Green Day, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Though I must admit that last one has fallen out of favor lately. It seems I don’t much of a stomach for songs about killing women anymore.

As far as I was concerned there was only one movie put out in 1994. And that was The Crow. Eric Draven, I still love you.

The Crow Trailer

Alex Proyas | MySpace Video

And when I curled up on the couch every Sunday night with my Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets and Mountain Dew who was keeping me company. Why, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, of course.


Gigi Pandian said...

I had no idea you were a Toad fan! I went to about a gazillion of their shows between the ages of 15 and 22 ;)

Adrienne Bell said...

Oh, Gigi! My Toad envy is strong. I only got to see them in concert once. And then from way back on the lawn.

Martha Flynn said...

I'm going to a Toad concert next Friday at the Fillmore!!!!!

Adrienne Bell said...

OMG! Crumbling to the floor, overwhelmed by my Toad envy!

Sophie Littlefield said...

I don't know Toad :(

however, I LOVE your picture of Them. Now I have a visual for when I imagine how editorial will view the latest epithet I threw in the YA.

Unknown said...

Where *was* I in the 90s? Thanks for the tour!!!!

L.G.C. Smith said...

I loved Toad, too, but I only knew them from the radio. The early 90s were my Res years. Lots of driving through the lost worlds of South Dakota and Wyoming. More raw high drama in the lives of my students and friends than I will ever use up in fiction. And Toad was there. Singing snowflakes down in the Badlands and chasing lightning and rattlesnakes over the plains. Thanks, Adrienne. You plunked me right back into a beloved zeitgeist.

Adrienne Bell said...

Sophie, I will make a point during Nationals to cure this TTWS deficiency you've been suffering from.

Mysti, Mine was a decade spent slacking off, sitting in my friends den watching 120 Minutes on MTV, and listening to mix tapes in my boyfriend's Honda Prelude. You were probably doing something with your life.

Lynn, I'm digging all this Toad love. How come I feel even closer to you knowing that you love too?

AJ Larrieu said...

This is so true! I still go back to my high school mixed tapes, and it never fails to bring back the drama.

Rachael Herron said...

All right, we separate at Counting Crows. Our one divergence... and I agree about Nick Cave -- I can't stomach the murder ballads either. But everything else! Match, natch!

Kaye George said...

The guy who wrote "This is Your Brain on Music" had a reason for liking the music of your teens forever. He's a neuroscientist and musician--cool combination! He says your brain is developing pathways at that stage of your life and the music leaves a permanent mark. You can't avoid it!

Adrienne Bell said...

Thanks, Kaye. That makes total sense. Now I'm really glad I wasn't listening to Ace of Bass back then. I'd hate to be walking around with that embedded in my neural pathways for the rest of my life.

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