Until You're Back Here, Baby

1.11.2013



Times used to be simpler.

At some point in my life, my greatest anxiety in the day was knowing my tomagochi had been confiscated by my teacher and left neglected on top of a shelf. It had finally reached the teenager stage, and I knew that at the end of the day the screen would be filled with steaming turds. The teenage virtual creature would be so livid that there would be no amount of games I could play with it to earn its favor ever again. I'd have to reset my tomagochi and wait for the egg to hatch all over again. My teacher just didn't understand.

It was a great weekend if my dad would take Camille and I to the mall so we could go to The Great Scrunchie Wall at Claire's. To find a hair accessory with ample amounts of peace signs, smiley faces, and other symbols from times passed that meant essentially nothing to me.

It was a time when we still went to Blockbuster. I probably did a whole lap around the store to give the new releases a shot, but I know I only actually rented Space Jam, Now & Then, and The First Wives Club like I did every weekend.

It was when we were all like, "What happened to those two girls from Destiny's Child?" and when when we raced home to watch TRL and vowed that if we were ever to go on the show, we would not SCREAM THE WHOLE TIME THE MICROPHONE WAS IN OUR FACE.

It was before everyone tried to disown the Dixie Chicks, Britney's greatest controversy was not wearing a bra, and my friend Jenny and I fought over whether or not the middle Hanson kid was really a boy or girl. It was when I pretended to like Aqua, and we all were like, "IS THAT A MAN OR WOMAN?" When Cher first released "Believe." (Also, Cher was really using that autotune long before T-Pain).

It was when our token public menace was Tom Green instead of Sasha Baron Cohen.

Clearly, this gray January day has left me feeling nostalgic and wanting someone else to share the sentiment.

Enjoy this playlist. I tried to incorporate some that maybe you'd forgotten, and I've spanned a lot of years. I tried to include a little something for everyone.

A lot didn't make the list, don't worry! You have 47,583,986 Now That's What I Call Music CDs you can refer to if you're feeling deprived. And for the record - I loved R&B before Love & Basketball was a twinkle in anyone's eye. I will confess, though - that for many years I thought Lauryn Hill's album was "The Misseduction" and not "The Miseducation."What a child.


If anything, listen to that En Vogue song and perform it to your best abilities.

Please include some favorite memories/songs/pop culture from middle school in the comments.

Now excuse me while I go make a TLC ringtone.

Have such a great weekend!

31 comments:

  1. my fave preteen memory: listening to "Lucky" by Britney Spears on Now 5 and making up a dramatic play/dance routine to it with my little sister, who was like 4 at the time. Now that I think about it, I may to be blame for her current love for trashy pop music.

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    1. THEN WHY DO THESE TEARS COME AT NIGHT.
      I think it's our job as the older sisters to subject them to horrible pop music. Because then they'd want the horrible pop music as gifts for their birthday and then we both got to enjoy it. WIN WIN.

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  2. Trying to get home for TRL was SO stressful. I mean, what if you had tennis practice, or your crush wanted to grab a half-off slushie at Sonic after school? How to choose between becoming the next great tennis player, wearing someone's letterman jacket, or TRL?!

    I preferred to get my scrunchies from The Limited Too (may she rest in peace). They had velour! And sunflowers! And sticker photo booths!

    Thank you for this blast from the past and amazing playlist, which is going to accompany me while I clean the house this weekend.

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    1. I totally forgot about that anxiety.

      Though how annoying was it when an Eminem song would be at the #1 spot for like eight months? UGH.

      I wasn't as into Limited Too, but I did have a long sleeved shirt with a patent leather volkswagen bug that I lived in. I may or may not have worn platform type sneakers? It was delicious.

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  3. ...I just need to tell you, this play list made my day/month/life/year...Some to San Jose so I can hug you

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    1. WHICH SAN JOSE? I'll be right there!

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  4. FRAN I JUST LOVE YOU. I used to have this great (horrendous) dress with a glitter smiley face on the front of it. I wore it in my fifth grade class picture. I was deprived of several 90's fads because my mom wouldn't give in so she made me a hackey sack out of panty hose and rice (it broke in the street), I had to get an extra Charizard card from a friend but really I had no idea how to play Pokemon, and my Pogs came from Happy Meals. So yeah, my slammer had Ronald McDonald on it- what of it?
    But seriously, the 90's were GOLDEN and thank you for this stinkin' rad playlist. I died when I saw Dream on it, my sister Camille (twins!) and I just made up a choreographed dance to that song this past weekend when I was home.
    This playlist is my JAM!

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    1. Oh my gosh your hackey sack....HAHAHA.
      I am not cool enough to know what a Charizard is? Explain.
      I had SO MANY POGS. I had NO idea how to play, though. I just carried my pog tubes around and showed people my slammers. Dream was so cool

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    2. Panty hose & rice? Best thing I've ever heard.

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  5. This is perfect for my finals studies. Or maybe it's completely disastrous because I'm now pretending I'm 11 again and I'm making up new dances to these songs in my bedroom. Thanks for these gems!

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    1. You can still study, you just have to take more frequent dance breaks. I feel like that's a totally reasonable goal/compromise!

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  6. just awesome!!!! i have a long 90's and early 2000's playlist on my iTunes after hours and hours of downloading every song I could think of while I was in college. some friends of mine and I made a list of tv shows that we watched as kids and the ones we raced home by 3pm to watch until dinner time....
    I would get my BFF necklaces, tatoo chokers, nail polish, & butterfly hair clips at Afterthoughts!! HA!Do you remember "The Box"? Music videos all day that you could call in and request to play??!! Those were the days....thanks for this today :)

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    1. I FORGOT ABOUT AFTERTHOUGHTS.
      How do I not remember The Box?! I need to investigate!

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    2. MTV eventually bought it out, but it was awesome to have uninterrupted music videos. it kept me sane after putting the kids to sleep while babysitting ....

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  7. My tomagochi was the bane of my existence. At one point I remember weeping and hiding it in the washing machine over night so that I could get some sleep without it waking me to play. I remember thinking, this is what adults have to deal with.

    Also, a question that is worthy of at least 8 E! special reports:

    WHAT HAPPENED TO JESSICA SIMPSON???? That first album was so good.

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    1. Oh my gosh that was the saddest memory I've heard of a tomagochi...but I completely understand and commiserate.

      Jessica was all downhill after Newlyweds. Just like Britney after Justin :(

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  8. Wow, this brings back memories. I remember being one of the only girls in my sixth grade class who liked NSYNC better than the Backstreet Boys and having debates with my friends over which boy band was hotter/more talented. (I think maybe the fact that Justin Timberlake is still relevant today means I retroactively win all those arguments.)

    I also remember all my friends being OBSESSED with the Spice Girls and everybody picked one of them to pretend to be during recess. I was still fairly sheltered at this point so my mom didn't let me listen to their music or even watch Spice World, so I had no idea what was going on, but I pretended to so I could fit in. I ended up being Ginger because I was neither sporty, baby-ish, scary, or posh enough to be any of the others.

    OH AND TITANIC. Wow. That movie changed many lives.

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    1. This made me diiieeeee because I UNDERSTAND.
      I was NSYNC to my core. But let's be real, we all thought we had to choose a side, but we all liked them both.

      My friends and I pretended we were the Spice Girls at recess, too - and I WAS GINGER! By my own choice. If I had to choose again now I'd have been Scary Spice. I watched Spice World so many times and I still do not understand one second of it.

      I saw Titanic five times in the theater and pre-ordered the VHS so I could get the poster for free.

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  9. WHAAAAAAT, this post takes me back.

    I literally installed Spotify just so I could get some of that sweet, sweet nostalgia.

    Oh man. Any future bestie wanna-be is going to have to know at LEAST 2 of these songs by heart. AT LEAST.

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    1. I think five should be the minimum - and that's being generous! ENJOY IT, GIRRRRL!

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  10. wait LOL to your new profile picture and Envogue is everything... SAMANTHA MUMBA... oh my god

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  11. I wrote a post like this once... playlist and EVERYTHING.

    Went back and found in in the archives!!!

    http://dearfriendblog.com/2012/04/jams-for-while-im-away/

    Can't wait to give your list a listen. 62 SONGS. WHAT A DREAM!

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  12. GIRRRL, about 90% of the songs on that list are on my iTunes already!! This list made me giddy. :)

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  13. Love this playlist! Thanks for reminding me of these songs!

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  14. psssh don't hate on Taylor Hanson, my childhood crush! ;) i also had a thing for joseph gordon levitt from 3rd rock from the sun before anyone thought he was cute, apparently 13 year old me loved long haired boys? and i had totally forgotten about tomagochis, so this made me laugh! times were much simpler back then, makes me glad to not be a teenager in the age of facebook/smart phones/etc. phew!

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  15. That Handon record had a song (track 11) called Madeline which I thought was the coolest thing that had ever happened to anyone. Of course, I still know every word.

    Both the post & the playlist are perfection.

    Do you remember how everyone was obsessed with sunflowers? What was that!? My mom scored me a pair of overalls for cheap but they had a huge Pocahontas decal on them which she covered up with sunflower fabric and I wore them every freaking day.

    I get kind of sad that kids these days don't watch music videos & TRL. I lived & breathed that. Oh and listening to the radio all night with a blank tape so I record all the good songs? THOSE WERE THE DAYS.

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  16. Just stopping by to say, I miss you! Hope you're busy and happy and will return soon!

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  17. Holy shit, I'm listening to this list all day long.

    Right now, Savage Garden. I always felt suuuuper cool if I got the "I Want You" lyrics right.

    Also, remember Robyn?? Oh man.

    Simpler days, simpler days. I'm with ya.

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  18. And on second thought they only part that I FOR SURE got right was chica cherry cola. Not impressive, Bridge.

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  19. Oh my goodness, I just started reading your blog today and was trying to find which post to drop my first comment on, and obviously I couldn't skim by this one without saying anything! This playlist is amazing. Sooo many good ones I forgot about! My mom had Des'ree's CD and I remember singing You Gotta Be in the car every day with her. Loving your blog, and loving it even more that you've set me off on a 90's nostalgia trip!

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