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Wednesday · June 11 2003

By way of MeFi, here is VH1s 100 Greatest Songs of the Past 25 Years.

My 5 not as great memories of those 25 years:

Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- Slamming into guys with dirty white hats at a fraternity that I didn't belong to and can't recall the name of. I know I had a plastic cup of warm beer that cost me 25 cents and it was on the floor by the time the song was over.

Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean" -- I always liked "Beat It" more, because as a kid, I never understood what this song was about. I bought Thriller on casette in 5th grade and literally had no idea what I bought, but all the other kids had it so I made my mom buy it for me.

Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine" -- I spent hours upon hours learning the opening riff on my Kramer Striker guitar with my shitty Fender practice amp. Appetite for Destruction has always been and always will on the short list of CDs I'd bring to a deserted island. Mock me, I don't care.

Prince, "When Doves Cry" -- There's an embarassing story behind this song, but I'm not going to tell you about it.

The Police, "Every Breath You Take" -- I stayed at my grandparent's house everyday during the summers as a kid. I watched General Hospital and All My Children with my grandma everyday. General Hospital used this song as the background music in a subplot involving this weirdo who abducted Laura and held her ransom. The image of that soap opera jumps to my head whenever I hear this song. Honest.

Van Halen, "Jump" -- I made my own mix tapes off of B96 in 6th grade where I filled in my own voice for the DJs. "Jump" was the very first song on my very first tape, which I still have somewhere. Sadly, I edited out most of my voice parts during high school in a panic of self-consciousness that someone might discover these tapes. High school makes you do weird things sometimes.

Archived: Listen » June 2003
What you had to say:
June 12 2003

Okay, now I *must* know the story behind When Doves Cry.

June 12 2003

No, uh uh, no way. :)

June 12 2003

C'mon. I *know* you're dying to tell it. You've been waiting for years to tell it. And *gasp*! What a perfect opportunity this is! (cheers and applause from readers)

June 12 2003

So watching soaps with my grandma and acting like a DJ on my own mix tapes isn't enough humiliation for you?

June 12 2003

Nope. We all did that.

June 13 2003

I have to agree. The teaser you included was clearly a cry for help. You want to tell the story. We want you to tell the story. LPGA Ass pictures want you to tell the story. :)

June 13 2003

Ok, "choreograph" is all I'm gonna say. You'll have to beat the rest outta me.

June 24 2003

Please, please, please tell us the story. Or at least add one sentence to it every day. You can start with: "I choreographed a routine to 'when doves cry'...."

By the way, ditto still on the GNR.

© 2003 Jason Keglovitz