Thursday, January 10, 2008

Kiss A Shark Day, January 10th

Kiss A Shark Day

Okay, so for me realizing that Hanson's "MMMMBop" is #20 on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s, beating out The Cranberries "Linger" (#86), Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" (#61), Ricky Martin's "Livin' la Vida Loca" (#28) and Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" (#25) which were important songs of the 90s, much more important that "MMMBop," is much like kissing a shark. Also, realizing that all three members of Hanson are now married and have kids, makes me feel really, really old.

Also, I protest any list of best songs from the 90s that doesn't include more Collective Soul. And why they chose
Shine



instead of December,



or Needs...



I just can't understand.

But, I do understand VH1's pick for the number 1 song of the 90s, and I fully agree with it. I remember the first time I heard this song, and it is a significant memory for me. It was September of 1991, my senior year, I was sixteen and younger than most of my class. It was at the end of the first pep assembly of the year, and I think someone had gotten into the sound system when they shouldn't have, because we generally didn't end pep assemblies with teeny grunge music, mostly we ended with walk back to class quietly music. As soon as the music started, people started to mosh all around me. I didn't mosh. I couldn't. I was too stunned by what I was hearing. I loved it! I stood still trying to understand the words, because I felt like the song had just reached out at me with all seventeen of its tentacles and embraced me into the grunge movement. After that experience I started listen to the AM alternative stations, and I bought myself a flannel shirt or two. It only seemed right since I was attending high school in Oregon. But, I never did the black eyeliner thing or the clove cigarettes. Just in case you are were getting worried that you didn't truly know me.

Anyway, the number one song of the 90s is...



It's a great song, so don't go kissing sharks about it!

7 comments:

Mr. Fob said...

In the early 00s my friend Melyngoch and I and a couple of our coworkers at the Morris Center formed a group called Collective Llama. Mostly we sang Moulin Rouge songs while working at the cafeteria. I mention this because Nirvana totally stole that song from Moulin Rouge.

FoxyJ said...

I didn't realize that I was only 13 when that song came out. But I was in California for the right moment and I remember it all: Cranberries, Collective Soul, Pearl Jam, Nirvana... Boy do I feel old!

Soccer Dad said...

90's stuff. Bah!

When I was teenager they had real music, since then it's just noise.

Wow now I sound like my parents. And you feel old?

Absent-minded Secretary said...

Mr. Fob: The Moulon Rouge version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" kinda gives me the willies, but not as much as Tori Amos's does.

Foxyj: Yeah, I came home from work feeling all normal and stuff, and then I started watching the last 30 of VH1's countdown. I realized that I was turning into my dad being so nostalgic about music.

Soccer Dad: You can't fool me. You aren't old. Now, the music they are playing on the radio now? A bunch of teeny bobbers bobbing around to the same exact bass riff- no soul at all!

Elisabeth said...

It was also Peculiar People Day. Happy Feasting on Fabulous Wild Men.

Th. said...

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What about Weird Al's version?

I love the line about the marbles....

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