Video Hits was doing a special playlist as part of their twentieth birthday, and the release of a couple of CDs and matching DVDs with music from over the past 20 years, so today they played mostly stuff from the first CD, which is 1986-1996... which works out to when I was between the ages of 12 to 22... my premium music ages...
The first song they played was a really dancey early 90's number and I just had to get up and go dance around in the lounge room like a crazy person... then the second song came on and I thought, "wow... I haven't heard this in about a billion years", so I stood there humming along and swaying in time with the music... and so on and so forth...
In fact, the whole morning was like a progression of songs that I remembered, but hadn't heard in a very long time... and scarily, or sadly, there wasn't a song there that I didn't remember... at least not once it started playing...
And that's when I started to feel old... especially when I caught myself thinking "they just don't make music like this now"... but then again, the latter half of that spread, 1990 onwards, was the era of really strong house and dance music, and also the time I was going to a lot of parties with my friends and dancing like mad... and I really liked a lot of the dance and house... that whole era has a fond place in my heart really... hoodies, crystals, baseball caps and a lot of English music on our charts... and now it all seems to be American hip hop, bling, badass rappers and fine black women shakin their bootay... seriously... there have been mornings where I've gone six or seven songs without seeing a single white person...
So the trip down memory lane went something like this (there were a few current songs shoehorned in between the oldies, but I left those off the list)...
- 100% Pure Love - Crystal Waters
- Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm - Crash Test Dummies
- Respectable - Mel & Kim
- She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
- Cat's In The Cradle - Ugly Kid Joe
- Epic - Faith No More
- Mr. Vain - Culture Beat
- Love in the First Degree - Banarama
- Tomorrow - Silverchair
- Shoop - Salt 'N' Pepa
- Zombie - The Cranberries
- Better The Devil You Know - Kylie Minogue
- When Will I Be Famous - Bros
- Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
- Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
- If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
- The Crying Game - Boy George
- Opposites Attract - Paula Abdul
- I Want Your Love - Transvision Vamp
- Stay - Shakespear's Sister
- Poison - Alice Cooper
- Wonderwall - Oasis
- Faith - George Michael
- Need You Tonight/Mediate - INXS
- Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
It's also interesting to see who is still around from that list... there's only about six of them that are still making music as far as I know...
And should I mention I used to have a massive crush on Rick Astley... tragic really... but then, I was about 14 at the time...