Thursday, May 13, 2010

90s on 9

One of the perks of this whole new car deal is a free 2 month trial session of XM radio.  While I'm pretty sure I'll cancel this service once it actually comes time to shell out my own dough (the Camry also has a dock for iPod synchronization so why pay for commercial-free radio when I have thousands upon thousands of commercial-free songs sitting pretty on my Nano?), I have been thoroughly enjoying the "decade" stations - specifically the 80s and the 90s channels!  

How did I forget about such gems as the 69 Boyz's (such a quaint group name, yes?) Daisy Dukes?


I totally had that single... on cassette tape.  Sweetness. 

Or Coolio's Gangster's Paradise?


Thank goodness I can still "rap" every single word of that song, just as I could in 1995 - No early-onset-dementia here (or available brain space for data of actual import for that matter, but, eh, overrated)!   T-Man was none too happy that is 12 year old daughter screeched with glee every time that "dun-dun-dun-dun" beat began trickling over the radio (which was about every 28 minutes during it's heyday) for several reasons... (A) a visceral distaste for Coolio's bastardization of Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise... and (B) what-I'm-sure-was the intense desire to slap me up the side of my head whenever his serious dialogs regarding the vileness of rap and it's glamorization of drugs, violence, and woman-hating were met with my "Dad, don't trip - or you and your homies might be lined in chalk" retorts.  I was such a peach.  

I also remember getting my very first "boom box" that included a CD player... I was 10 and it was waiting underneath the Christmas tree for me along with the soundtrack to Aladdin and a gift certificate to purchase another CD of my choosing .  After Christmas supper, I heckled my mom into taking me to Best Buy, and upon my triumphant return, my grandparents saw I'd purchased this:


... you remember... the album with this shot on the liner notes: 



So we had A Whole New World on an animated magic carpet ride and then... there was some Breasticle Fondling.  They were so proud.  

21 comments:

  1. I have XM in my car and renewed it and paid out of pocket once the free trial ended :) I love it too much! The Joint-86, and CoffeeHouse-51 are my fav.s :)

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  2. I also have XM in my car, and couldn't live without it. But I'm not very good at keeping up with my iPod. Plus, I get sick of music really easily and I'm in a transition period, trying to find new music that appeals to me. I adore the CoffeeHouse. I also spend a lot of time on Lithium, because I'm an old school kind of grunge girl. (Can I call the early-to-mid-90s old school yet?)

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  3. Okay, I am addicted to 90's on 9. That Janet album has a very special place in my heart- 7th grade her tour, somehow we all get back stage passes. We go back there, and Miss Janet is too busy changing to meet us, but signs pictures for all of us, with our names. Glowing, I rush back to our seats, and show my mom (who of course is escorting all us 12 year old girls). Our neighboring seat occupant, a boy who is likely in college, starts talking to us, and asks to see the pic. I show. He chats some more. He asks if he can show it to his little sister, who is my age. Naively, I agree, and he takes off. Never to return.

    That motherfucker stole a little girl's autographed pic of Janet Jackson. That said "To Samma". Asshole.

    Obviously I am still bitter about this one.

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  4. 1) samma has awesome stories. haha

    2) i totally know every word to GP too!! ahhh i love that song!!!!

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  5. 90's on 9 is the only thing my husband and I can agree on! It is the only thing that makes car trips bearable. He's more of an Octane on 48 kinda guy where as I like the poppy tunes on channel 30. We love the Vanilla Ice and Ace of Base that grace the channel, can't beat it!

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  6. Ha! I was JUST listening to XM on my new car too, the 90s station and blasting "Ghetto Superstar." I got a few looks as a pregnant lady in an Acadia busting a move to rap. But hey, it reminds me of college frat parties.

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  7. 90s on 9 is pretty amazing! I got a free 6 month subscription to XM when I bought my car. I never thought I would miss it, but a few months in I knew I could not live without it. That's how they get you! Definitely check out the Coffeehouse as well.

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  8. A fun secret: we got our car last July with the same two-month Sirius subscription... and they have yet to cancel it. Free '90s on 9 FOREVA!

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  9. You totally just brought me back! Thanks! Cute post!

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  10. I am so glad other people had the same experiences I did! Except, I was in 6th grade and it was for my birthday that I got my first big stereo with CD player and it came with a Disney Mix CD and a gift card that I promptly bought No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom. I still can sing every word to every song (on both the Disney and the No Doubt CD's)

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  11. just last night my bf and i looked up the number one songs from the years we graduated from high school. he is a '96 graduate, and the number one song that year was macarena!!! HA! could not stop laughing when i heard that. i'm a class of '99 girl myself, and the hit songs that year were shania twain's that don't impress me much, livin' la vida loca, and mambo #5.

    listening to certain songs def. takes me back. oh, and a confession -- i got a CD player boombox when i was in 6th grade and my first CD ever? was billy ray cyrus achy breaky heart. LOL!!! i also died for that Janet CD. listened to "again" literally over and over over again...middle school angst.

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  12. Look at those girls with the Mom jean shorts on. Oh the 90's... Boy to I miss 'em. Unfortunately I used to have, and wear, a jacket very similar to the one in the video. Ugh.

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  13. Your post is freakishly eerie...
    My friend and I were discussing songs of our teen years a couple days ago, and we ended up rapping the entire Gangsters Paradise. We too knew every word. We then googled it and sang along via youtube.

    I had both the Janet and Gangster's paradise albums!

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  14. RE: "the vileness of rap......."; pretty sure it's "just your imagination running away with you". As for Janet, I think my only comment was that anyone going to spend big bucks for big boobs should take a carpenters level along with her....nothing wrong with aftermarket body work, just get 'em right. Furthermore, to heck with XM, where auto industry marketing is really missing the manboat is not offering a 34C atop the dashboard.

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  15. So Nina...DJ on 80's on 8...how many cigarette's do you think she has shoved into her mouth at one time whilst DJ'ing?

    Just sayin'...

    ;)

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  16. I loved the free XM on my car, but didn't really think it was worth paying for once the free play was over. 90's on 9 was fabulous though! And, oh does that Janet CD have a special place in my heart, I think I'll need to download it tonight!

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  17. Oh. My. Word. Gangsta's paradise. In middle school music class my teacher would always pick one student's request to play at the end of the class and EVERY WEEK - WITHOUT FAIL - it was Gangsta's Paradise. I remember one week some kid requested "From a Distance" and I'm pretty sure he got jumped in the parking lot after school.
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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  18. Girl, you know Gangsta's Paradise lyrics?... you're my kind of girl!! You just earned cool points in my book! I'm sitting here playing the video for the third time and can't seem to stop. I'm still trying to figure out who rocked the video the best... Coolio or Michelle?? Love ya girl!

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  19. Okay, Gangsta's Paradise was my favorite song! And I am not a rapper kind of girl...but I knew every single word to that song :) Ha! And that Janet CD was my first CD. Along with Celine Dion of course :)

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