Songs of the Year 1996

She said it’s cold
It feels like Independence Day
And I can’t break away from this parade
But there’s got to be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed
–The Wallflowers

Songs of the Year: “Novocaine for the Soul”, the Eels; “One Headlight”, the Wallflowers

Runners Up: “What I got”; Sublime; “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”, Smashing Pumpkins

Honorable Mentions: “Old Apartment”, Barenaked Ladies;  “California Love” Tupac, Dr. Dre

1996 was the year that I dropped the transmission on the Ford LTD station wagon; but it is still filled with memories of music playing in that car. I can see the road I was turning on to when Sublime’s “What I got” was playing on the local radio station for the first time. I can remember where the snow was falling when I first heard the terrible and memorable lyrics “The world is a vampire / sent to drain …”

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Radio XXV, side B, track 7: “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids On The Block

Thanks, Mixed Tape Masterpiece, this will be in my head all day now. My brother, sister and I all loved this song at one point. The important thing? We loved it together. It was one of the first songs we loved independent of our parents’ tastes. I still think of Tony’s Pizzas and the Disney channel when I hear it.

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New Kids On The Block - The Right StuffOh, New Kids On The Block, there are some people out there who get mighty riled if you intimate that humans are descendants of apes.  Well, New Kids On The Block, clearly those people have never been a teenage boy or been around them.  Particularly when those teenage boys are around teenage girls, and ESPECIALLY when those teenage girls are talking about you, New Kids On The Block.  Oh, sure, we didn’t beat our chests and throw feces or anything like that, but that’s called evolution.  What we did do was hoot and grimace and make fun of you guys and preen and make fun of you guys and sneer and did I mention that we made fun of you guys?  Obviously we were jealous of you guys, New Kids On The Block, but if a girl that we were bad-mouthing you to would suggest such a thing, we…

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(Re-Play) Songs of the Year 1996

Do you ever sit around and wonder what you were doing or thinking about a year ago? One of the things about the internet age is that you can almost always come up with some documentary evidence to discover if not what you were thinking, then at least what you were saying you were thinking (or something like that).

With a blog, it is a bit more official. last year, around this time, I was thinking about the songs of 1996. So, in the spirit of all things being cyclical, let’s go back there again.

She said it’s cold
It feels like Independence Day
And I can’t break away from this parade
But there’s got to be an opening
Somewhere here in front of me
Through this maze of ugliness and greed
–The Wallflowers

Songs of the Year: “Novocaine for the Soul”, the Eels; “One Headlight”, the Wallflowers

Runners Up: “What I got”; Sublime; “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”, Smashing Pumpkins

Honorable Mentions: “Old Apartment”, Barenaked Ladies;  “California Love” Tupac, Dr. Dre

1996 was the year that I dropped the transmission on the Ford LTD station wagon; but it is still filled with memories of music playing in that car. I can see the road I was turning on to when Sublime’s “What I got” was playing on the local radio station for the first time. I can remember where the snow was falling when I first heard the terrible and memorable lyrics “The world is a vampire / sent to drain …”

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