Memoirs of an Ordinary Girl: The Middle-ish Ages takes place from 1988-1991, and since music is so important to Drew, my protagonist, I’ve pieced together a soundtrack based off mentions in the book, as well as my personal memories of the time period, for better, or sometimes, worse. Seriously, a few of these songs are awful, but they’re true to the time period. I wanted to make a public playlist in iTunes, but apparently that is no longer an option, so you can enjoy my inclusion of videos instead. Now you get a taste of the fashion too. Let’s hope most of it does not cycle back around.
A great big thanks to Youtube, our modern day MTV.
Skid Row’s: Youth Gone Wild
My favorite band around eighth grade. I was in love with Sebastian Bach and jealous of his hair.
Bon Jovi: Bad Medicine
Speaking of hair, anyone remember when Jon had all that hair?
Marcia Griffiths: Electric Boogie
Flashbacks to gym class and school dances. Nooo!
Poison: Nothing but a Good Time
The epitome of glam rock.
Milli Vanilli: Blame it on the Rain
Or maybe blame it on the lip synching.
Faith No More: Epic
The fish at the end of the video caused quite an uproar, but we were assured no paraphyletics were harmed in the filming of this video.
A humorous note here: their semi-coordinated stage outfits remind me a bit of stormtroopers. A sad note: I believe the front-man, Janie Lane, died a few years ago.
Guns N Roses: Welcome to the Jungle
The first time I heard this song one of the skater kids in my class (probably 6th grade?) brought it in and talked the teacher into letting him play it for us. I had no access to music like that back then, but I wanted it!
Bad English: When I See You Smile
This song was out not long before I moved and somehow it became the song my best friend and I used to remember each other (my Bridgette, Drew’s Belle)
New Kids on the Block: Step by Step
What I hated most from pop-culture of this time period was those stupid NKOTB t-shirts with the florescent handprints, and I believe their signatures. They were everywhere! I forgot this song existed until a grown man played it recently in my presence. Weird. And all these years later… I still find it just as cheesy.
Poison: Every Rose has its Thorn
Still a sing-along song for me if it comes on the radio while I’m in the car.
Billy Joel: We Didn’t Start the Fire
I didn’t appreciate this song at the time, but I did like the video (even though I wasn’t supposed to be watching any videos)
M.C. Hammer: U Can’t Touch This
I think these pants are trying to come back in style. Please don’t let it happen.
Vanilla Ice: Ice Ice Baby
Turns out I have the same birthday as Robert Van Winkle, which many young girls were jealous of at the time. Personally, I was insulted. He moved on to flipping big houses in Florida. Who knew?
Thanks for going old school with me for a bit. Share it if you like it.