Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The music of my youth

Do any of you remember the first record that you bought, or if you are too young, your first cassette or CD? I do. It was the Ghostbusters soundtrack single by Ray Parker Jr. I would listen to that song over and over again. Here is the video to refresh your memory, if you can't remember it. (Don't you just LOVE all the neon?!?)

Most of the music that I would enjoy during my early days came from my uncle Mike. I always looked forward to going over to Des Moines (and the Bellevue when they moved) for two things. #1 trying to get my Uncle Brian to play Monopoly with me, and #2 Listening to Uncle Mike's records. It was the first place that I heard "Whip It" by Devo, among other songs. But the two that really stick out in my head are "The Final Countdown" from the band Europe, and Cutting Crews' "(I Just) Died in your arms tonight". I could listen to those two songs while I attempted to play pool upstairs for hours and hours. I would slap on Brian's Members Only jacket, shoot pool, and listen to Cutting Crew. I loved 1987!! Of course being only 10 kind of limited my 80's experience, but at least I can say that I remember them very well. Here is the video for (I Just)Died in your arms tonight. I wanted to put "The Final Countdown" up too, but stupid BMG/SONY won't let you imbed their Youtube videos!

Now we get into the 90's and the whole reason I decided to write this post. There is a song I heard this past week that reminded me of the great times I would have rocking out to music in Seattle. I was driving last Thursday night to 7-11 to get a slurpee when one of the best dance songs of the 90's came on the radio.....and that would be "Groove is in the Heart" by Deee Lite.

This is yet another song that Mike introduced me to. Bootsy Collins singing background, and Q-Tip from "A Tribe Called Quest" doing a rap in the middle of it.....you just can't beat it. It just makes you feel good to hear this song, and even though I suck at dancing, it makes me want to bust a move. I had to sit in my car for the extra couple minutes for the song to be over so I could sing along. And then you had the video. I loved watching Lady Miss Kier dance, I thought she was SO hot!

There were many other songs that I loved when I was a kid, but these four stick out in my mind the most. In fact, I have them all on my ipod so I can hear them whenever I want to. Happy Tuesday to all, I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Out.


Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Wow! That was an excellent trip down Memory Lane... It's funny, because I completely remember you wearing Brian's jacket, shooting pool, and listening to choice tunes through those amazing Cerwin-Vega speakers that I wish I still had.

Last spring/summer I was doing an 80s radio show (it aired in Melbourne, Australia, and also on several web-stations) and got to revisit a lot of those classics. Unfortunately, life with 4 kids, a full time job, a yard and 5 chickens caught up with me and I had to put the show to sleep - hopefully a temporary sleep! I've got 12 weeks or so archived though, if you wanna relive them again!

Mike Brinkerhoff said...

Oh, and when I think of the music of your youth, I also remember the CD I made you back when making CDs was practically unheard of... First song: Fastball's "The Way". I remember we were doing some sort of family get together at a park in Richland, and you immediately went and got in your probe and cranked it up... good times!!