Let me tell you the story of a girl. A girl who, back when she was much younger than she is now, apparently thought the word "cool" was synonymous with the word "lame." A girl who, when she labeled a certain cassette "Really Cool Mix of Music," obviously had no idea what the hell a really cool mix of music should be.
Because it is not this tape.
I do NOT want to post this playlist. It's pretty damn embarrassing.
I'd just like to say for the record that I listen to cool music now. Or, in the interest of hedging my bets, I listen to cooler music now.
Not everything I'm going to list here is awful. Some of these songs can be found on my iPod. But most of them aren't because a lot of this list is truly heinous and you have no idea how much I don't want to post this playlist.
That said, when I was listening to this tape out in The Man's car yesterday, I groaned when each song began, said "what the hell was I thinking?" and then proceeded to sing along with the song at the very top of my lungs. I apologize to the neighbors who had to listen to that.
So anyway, without any further ado, I hereby present to you the dark period in my musical lifetime (get ready to have a jolly good laugh):
1. Could've Been- Tiffany
I told you it was bad.
2. Iko Iko- Madonna
Do you need any more proof that I was an 80's child? You do? Then how about this:
3. True Colors- Cyndi Lauper
All right, so I do like this song. Sue me.
4. I Sing The Body Electric- From the "Fame" soundtrack
I had to blame/thank my junior high music choir director for this one. We performed this song when I was in the seventh or eighth grade and I've been obsessed with it ever since.
5. Sooner Or Later- Madonna (from the "Dick Tracy" Soundtrack)
Yes, this is real.
6. So In Love- Boys II Men
Yep. But wait because it gets better...and by 'better', I mean 'worse.'
7. I Swear- All-4-One
There are no words.
8. I'll Be Your Everything- Tommy Page Featuring (wait for it!) New Kids On The Block
I was wrong. Now there are no words. If you'll excuse me, I have to go die of embarrassment now.
9. Foolish Beat- Debbie Gibson
I am going to travel back in time and kick my fifteen year old self's ass.
10. Can't Cry Hard Enough- The Williams Brothers
Anyone else remember the very special episode of Beverly Hills 90210 where this song was featured? Yeah. Neither do I.
11. Stay- Lisa Loeb
I recorded this song from the radio. Apparently it was a snowy night because the DJ talked over the first few bars about accumulations in feet. I've always liked this song. I find it good to sing to.
1. Yesterday- The Beatles
What's this? A song that doesn't make me want to hang my head in shame?
2. What Can You Lose- Madonna (from the "Dick Tracy" soundtrack)
What can I say? This is a pretty awesome song.
3. Out Here On My Own- Irene Cara (from the "Fame" soundtrack)
Still one of my favorite shower songs to belt out. As to which I'm sure my neighbors can attest.
4. Vogue- Madonna
Strike a pose.
5. Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Yes! Yes! Proof that I wasn't completely lame. Just mostly. I remember hearing this song for the first time while I was sitting in my geometry class. Someone outside was playing it on the radio and I fell in love with it. I think that may be my only positive memory of geometry class.
6. La Isla Bonita- Madonna
Have I ever mentioned that I was a huge Madonna fan when I was a kid? I don't know if you knew that about me.
7. Swing The Mood- Jive Bunny and the Mix Masters
I'm definitely not going to tell you about the routine my siblings and I choreographed to this song. Because that would be embarrassing.
8. One Last Cry- Brian McKnight
9. Stand By Me- Ben E. King
This has got to be the strangest mix of music ever.
10. Dreams To Dream- from the "American Tail" soundtrack
Do you remember that movie? In addition to turning it into a drinking game (we were underage so we used root beer) where you did a shot every time they said the word "cat", there was this sweet little ballad sung by the little girl mouse that I really loved to sing.
So there you have it. My so-called "Really Cool Mix of Music." Though, I suppose, all things considered, it could have been a lot worse. Still, a very fun (if embarrassing) blogfest. Thanks to Amy at The Ramblings of Amy for hosting. I will now go out and see what the rest of you listened to once upon a time.