Something that I noticed recently while going through my music collection was what was absent. Songs, albums, and artists I once enjoyed and simply don’t anymore. Hell, entire genres even.
The biggest gap in my timeline is from 1997 to 2001. Yes, it was filled with Korn, Limpbizkit, and a whole bunch of other rap-rock and nu metal acts I only laugh about now. It’s only been within the past decade that I really started to appreciate a lot of the music that the 70’s had to offer, a time when I was but a tiny Thrill-ling. The time frame that I was a young man? Yeah, I had no taste. Strange how i worked out. God, I even dress better now. Who says growing up is a bad thing?
I’m not sure what brought it home for me. Might have been when Vanilla Ice tried to make his third or fourth comeback. Yes, this actually happened. Either way, I’ve clearly done some growing up and made peace with most of my questionable decisions in a healthy way. Unlike Vanilla Ice.
So let me hear it. What have you outgrown? Does some music just remind you of times you’d prefer to forget or did you just suddenly realize that your parents were right and you were listening to shitty music? Either way, now is the time to follow the example of America’s elites and indulge in some childishness as they bicker and fight over our failing nation by shouting, holding their breath, and name-calling. It’s like controlling it is a toy and they will eventually break it for good.
Aside: I have to say that I did find it a bit macabre how they all came to together in Congress on Thursday to applaud the Capitol Police for shooting an unarmed woman. What the fuck was that? Something about that didn’t sit right with me. They throw words around like “jihad” and then cheer people getting gunned down by their Praetorian Guard. We are not dealing with serious people here.
I’ll save it for another time. This should be a fun thread.
Remember that this is not for guilty pleasures. This is music you don’t like now, but once found at least tolerable.
Santino: All in the Family by Korn and Fred Durst. This is obviously the height of the, uh, low point. I bought this album and listened to it every day at one time. I don’t know why.
InsipiD: Speaking of points, here’s What A Day by Nonpoint. Can’t figure out why I had to have this in my CD player…ever. I guess the lyrics are clever, but what IS this?
Mississippi Yankee: Oh, man. I didn’t realize that this would be painful when I started. Let me just rest for a minute.
Oh. South Texas Death Ride by Union Underground. Ahhhhh, ah, ah!
Digging down deep.
WVR: More of the same. Fatlip by Sum41.
pfluffy: This is one of those weird off things. Like 2006-ish, I really enjoyed this group. Helena by My Chemical Romance. Alright, the video is beautifully choreographed BUT IT IS SO FUCKING EMO! You could paint your fingernails black, grow your bangs down to your nipples, and kill yourself over coffee at an IHOP at 3 AM after reciting Edgar Allen Poe (you know, his more depressing stuff) with some kind of knife from True Blood and it would still be less emo than any 30 seconds of this song.
Hal: Yes, well. This is one of the more mysterious entries. I did have a short rap phase in the late 80’s/very early 90’s, but I’m not ashamed of it. Ice-T and Public Enemy being my predominant choices. Only questions are: who in the hell told Ice T he could sing, and who told me that it was cool when he did metal? There Goes the Neighborhood by Body Count.
Iconoclast: Better late than never. However, you have walked into a trap. That’s right. Green Day. I enjoyed this substantially circa-1994. Humorously, I was completely sick of them by 1999 and when American Idiot was such a big deal, I had no clue why. It was the same old crap, just now they were trying to be a fake political punk band instead of a plain fake punk band. At worst, I will acknowledge that I still like a lot of Nimrod that hasn’t been overplayed to death.
Thank God so few people commented last week. We didn’t make it to the Insane Clown Posse.