Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: So So Def Melissa Allstars

Jen asked for guilty pleasures this week.   I think I could likely fill an entire week’s place list with some of the turds hiding in my list.  Even a music snob is subject to allowing a not-so-cool character into the party every now and then.  Most of what resides in my closet of musical skeletons is so tightly wrapped in nostalgia that I’ll never be able to part from it.  And I’m not embarrassed.  These songs, at some point in my life, were on repeat in my room, on my Walkman, or in a friend’s car.  I went with a theme within a theme this week and picked all rap/hip-hop tunes.  While I was a atl rock chick for sure in HS, these jams infiltrated a nearly embarrassment-free, guitar heavy, meaningful/deep lyrics laden Seattle love fest.

First on the list is a not so safe for work jam out of Atlanta Ga.  Yes, a bunch of country-ass white girls used to roll through the street’s of Branford, FL blasting this.


Luniz- I Got Five on It

I’m sure my Mom and Dad loved this.

INOJ-Love You Down

Again, I’m sure parent’s were thrilled with the message.

OK, these two take us back a bit further.  My older cousins listened to these songs, so of course I thought they were the coolest.

Linear- Sending All My Love

Timmy T- One More Try


I should do an entire playlist dedicated to songs that were played at every dance I ever went to in HS.  That list would be so amazing awful/awesome that the internet may explode.  Here’s one of those songs.

12 Gauge- Dunkie Butt

Folks, twerking isn’t new.  Miley is simply ripping off 90s jam dance moves.  And parents our music wasn’t as innocent as you’d like to remember.  Case in point-

Yes, I still love every song on this list.  Sorry, I’m not sorry.


Stay positive & love your life!




Listening to:  Market Place on NPR

Eating:  Hummus wrap

Drinking:  Water

Random thought:  Where are all of the animals on Walking Dead?  Some of them would have made it away from the zombies, right?  No birds, dog, cats at all?

Grammy Schmammy: Why This is My First Watch in Over a Decade

The Grammy’s.  You can generally just chalk this night up as one where I’ll be watching something on the DVR.  Seriously, I haven’t watched in, well I don’t remember the last time I watched.  But this year is different.  This year there is a carrot being precarisly dangled in front of my face saying “watch Melissa, magic will happen”.  What is this carrot?  This:


In case you are rock challenged, from left to right that’s:  Josh Homme, Trent Reznor, Lindsey Buckingham, and Dave Grohl.  I’m so damn amped up about this finale that I will be watching the entire Grammy’s this year, minute by miserable minute.

Well, that AND!!!! Queens of the Stone Age are up for two awards this year:  Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Album.

All of my excitement over what boils down to several minutes of this several hour long mess got me thinking, “why the Grammy hate Melissa?”  Hmmm, I love music.  I love music a lot.  I love music more than 98% of things in life.  So why wouldn’t I watch music’s biggest award show of the year?  Because they get it wrong so often.  Don’t believe me?

Exhibit A:  Best New Artist

Holy kiss of death.  Go google the winners of this category.  See if it doesn’t yield a lot of who and WTF moments.  How many of these names went on to success?  Want to feel a little more confused?  Look at the nominees.  Oh, shit, that’s how that guy won.

Arrested Development

1993 yielded this list.  All of the music being made and this is what it boiled down to.  Arrested Development is cool.  Their ONE album was great (yes, I know they actually made more albums).  Thank god they took home the Grammy otherwise my heart might have achy breaked right in two.

Remember this year:


That was 1990 when the Grammy went to a group that didn’t even sing.  And it wouldn’t be the last time it almost happened:

Christina Aguilera

Brit-brit and here dying goat paired with pissed cat whinings almost won in 2000.  Xtina is still around.  Kid Rock’s gone country.  Susan?  Macy Gray….well there was that one song.

Point is:  for every Beatles (1965) there are (at least) two duds like Starland Vocal Band (1977) and a Marc Cohn (1992).


Look at these sparkly new artists.

Exhibit B:  Album of the Year

There are some shining beacons of taste and excellence on this list, Rumors; Thriller; Joshua Tree, and then there’s:

1981 Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross

On what planet does Christopher Cross beat Pink Floyd?  I mean, I’m guilty; I love me some Sailing, but let’s get real here.  A Grammy for BEST album?

1997 Celine Dion
Falling into You

I’m gonna throw up.

Let’s move on.

Exhibit C: 

It all boils down to this one, dear readers.  As a 90s teen, I know, deep down in my bones, that the 90s were at least a little about rock.  Right?  Mixed in with the Color Me Bads (nominated for Best New Artist!) there were some minor bands that were well below the radar: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden et al.  You know, because grunge and rock weren’t 90s at all.


In the 80s and 90s popular music had changed so much that new categories had to be invented:  Best Alternative Album (1991) and Best Rock Album (1995).  I guess the Grammy’s thought, shit, if we’re going to plug along awarding folks like Milli Vanilli, I guess we need to find some way to appease the people who listen to actual music.  And that’s where my rock friends have been hiding in their jeans and tees for years.  Those winners I can surely agree with…right?

1995 The Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge

oaifjahgao;pehaqoewt!!!! 1995 and the best rock album went to The Rolling Stones?  For real….it did!  I get they’re rock royalty, but a win, in 95?  No effin way.

1999 Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions

Dammit man.  That just hurts.  These were the best rock albums of 1999?

The only positive I can really give is that Dave Grohl and his Fighters of the Foo have taken home many a Grammy.  So sometimes they do get it right.  But he’s not the only deserving musician out there making rock.  What gives?

I just can’t figure out what the Grammy’s is based on.  It’s not album sales (though I suspect that has some pull) and it’s not critical acclaim (at least not reliably).  So what is the algorithm?  Quick Google search and…Oh, there’s a “committee”.  Nominations come from the record companies and the public through online submissions.  Weird, I’ve never heard of vote solicitation, so who is voting/nominating?  If it’s the same public watching and bringing us American Idol winners it’s all starting to make sense.  I need to start some sort of project to get my rock loving brothers and sisters to stuff the nomination boxes.

Get it right this year Grammy’s, just a hint.


Bowie, Young, Sabbath, and Zeppelin = music gods.  But this year belongs to QOTSA.

You know, maybe I don’t even want them to win a Grammy because most of my faves are not held to a Grammy standard.  They’re held to something much, much more important, my standards. But then again, I did own a Chumbawamba album.  So……


Just kidding!  Give them a damn Grammy!

Who are your favorite nominees this year?

Stay posititive & love your life!



Listening to: The Milk Carton Kids – Michigan

Oh I totally forgot another major reason to watch this year!  This guy is presenting:


Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: We Can Dance If We Want To

Dance music.  Initially this prompt made me think of clubbing.  Clubbing makes me think of douche bag dudes (ala Jersey Shore) and drunk chicks dressed like hookers (ala….well, Jersey Shore).  I’ve never been a clubber.  While I was a teen in the 90s, I missed the whole rave moment (thank God) and I’ve always preferred going to a show or hanging at a bar  instead of a dance club.  Really the only type of dance club I’ve ever remotely enjoyed is a gay one, but that’s a story for another time.  Until that time, here’s a picture of me and my best friend Bee tearing it up on stage at Jungle (Atlanta).  Yes, we have choreographed moves.  Yes, there was alcohol involved.


Okay, on to Jen over at My Skewed View’s prompt for the week: Dance music.  Actually, this prompt really wasn’t as challenging as I first thought.  I came up with this list in no time flat.  I’m giving you 3 from the 80s, 2 from the 90s, and 2 from today.



THE decade for dance in my humble opinion.  Nearly every song is danceable.  New Wave is actually dance music for snobs.  Or Brits.  Or snobby Brits.

When Smokey Sings- ABC

One of my favorite 80s groups.  This song just oozes 80s from the first note.  Try not to dance.

Head to Toe- Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam

Give me a synthesizer beat and some shoulder pads and see if I can sit still.


Push It- Salt n Pepa

Still my jam.  Timeless classic.


The 90s were FULL of dance music.   After all, there had to be an opposite to the grunge/alt rock movement.  Most of it is bad and falls under the guilty pleasures category-

Better Off Alone- Alice Deejay

And some of it…..seriously, WTF is this?

Blue (Da Ba Dee)- Eiffel 65

Yes, I owned this album.  I thought I’d bleached it from my memory, but it cropped back up today.  Just….wow.  It should have been on my list two weeks ago:  Embarrassing Albums I Owned.   Take it easy on me, I’m baring some of life’s biggest lapses of judgement through this list.

Today’s PICKS

Oddly enough, when you listen to a lot of the indie music today, it is actually dance music!  While rock owns my heart, I have plenty of room for this too.  It’s an 80s synth rehash with a slight rock vibe.

Punching in a Dream- The Naked & Famous

Midnight City- M83

This song got played to death, but for some reason I just never tired of it.


Stay positive & love your life!




Listening to:  Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden – Blue Hotel

Eating:  Leftover taco.

Random thought:  You know you’re a book nerd when you’re super excited to start your next book while you’re still reading your current book.


Five for Friday: 5 Where Are They Nows That Should’ve Never Been Googled

While thinking of some seriously spooky stuff for this month’s blog posts, I stumbled upon a gem of a scary idea!  Yesterday my bloggy buddy Andrew over at A Blumes with a View (Go check him out.  Every post the dude writes is hilarious!) and I were talking about scarey movies.  That naturally led to a discussion about Edward Furlong.  If you don’t see the connection here, stop reading because we can’t be friends.

Well, it set my mind to wonder, “What ever happened to little Eddie Furlong?”



“James Cameron is totally looking at me for his next film.”

Scarey shit, right?  After all, this guy used to grace my bedroom walls in the form of a Teen Beat poster.


For those of you under 30, this is what we used to read before there were iPads, Pods, Macs, and Phones.

After witnessing Eddie’s tragic aging incident I got curious about some of my other crushes of yesteryear.  And I hate to tell you that for every Mark Paul Gossler and Jared Leto, there is Eddie waiting.

5 Where Are They Nows That Should’ve Never Been Googled

Number 5:  Kirk Cameron


Show me that smile indeed!

This one is a bit of a cheat, because I didn’t need to Google him to find out what this whack job is doing now.  He’s being a whack job.  While he remains physically viable, his brain was obviously held hostage on the last episode of “Growing Pains” which leads me to believe some critter is inhabiting the once dreamy Mike Seaver’s body and making him spout off a bunch of ridiculousness.

Number 4: Scott Wolf


“Bailey!  You’re drinking again Bailey!”

Ok, so Scott Wolf hasn’t really aged poorly at all.  The only reason he is on this list is because I find it ridiculous that he had a nose job.


Also for this poor excuse for a beard.  No.

Number 3:  Cary Elwes


“As you wish, Melissa.  As you wish.”

Here’s the problem, when you basically plant the seeds of what romance and love, twoo wuv, should be you’ve got a lot to live up to.  So unless the Dread Pirate Roberts turned out to look like, well, himself, forever, you’re going to be disappointed.



Number 2:  Eric Nies


Now you totally want to live in a house with a bunch of strangers to find out what happens when people stop being polite.

Eric Nies.  Wow, he was the man back in the day.  The Real World franchise was partially launched of the shirtless back of this guy.  He probably is still gorgeous right?


I would change seats if this guy sat next to me on Marta.

And what could be more terrify, more heartbreaking, more WTFing than these guys?

Number 1:  Jeremy AND Jason London

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Party of Five, Dazed and Confused, The Man in the Moon…you guys were the 90s when it came to hunks.

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Thanks internet.

Well there you have it, five not so hot anymore hotties to get you through your Friday.  Who would have been on your list?

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to:  Pearl Jam – Other Side

Random fact:  Dazed and Confused convinced me I should have bee a child of the 70s.

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Maybe I Should Have Picked Brian Krakow

Breakups are the worst, right? This week Jen gave us this directive: “Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. This week our theme is I Suck because I broke your heart, or you suck because you broke mine.” It is somewhat hard to put yourself in this head space when you’re in a great relationship and completely content with your life. But I’ll play along…..

I’ve been “blessed” with rather amiable splits for the most part. There was that several week period in high school when I actually did become Angela from “My So Called Life”; without the benefit of ever having dated Jordan Catalano. I moped around, listened to Mazzy Star on repeat, cut off my hair, and like, you know, hurt or whatever.


We were totally going to be together forever.

I thought I was fine by the time my first year of college started, but apparently this little HS meltdown poised me to plunge headfirst into the worst relationship imaginable.


Oh, so you thought you were equipped to be a fine judge of character? Think again.

This guy, wow. To describe him as my dating antichrist is an understatement.

But thankfully it only took me a few delightful years to realize this guy might not be such a good pick. Are you picking up the sarcasm here? Yeah, I’m laying it on pretty thick. Stupid 19-year-old self.

I don’t think I still hate this person. I’m comforted by the fact that years can now go by without giving him a moment’s thought……until I’m asked to make a playlist about people who suck at life. I will not dedicate this list to him, but will simply say, when given the choice, pick the nice guy ladies. That’s where you belong. Save yourself some time and misery. But you won’t listen. So have fun getting all of your relationship disasters out of the way. There is light at the end of this dating tunnel.

Maybe I Should Have Picked Brian Krakow

Never Came- Queens of the Stone Age

Notable lyrics: “Why you gotta shove it in my face as if you put me in my place. Cause I DON’T CARE if you or me is wrong or right ain’t gonna spend another night, in your bed…”

Blood on the Ground- Incubus

Notable lyrics: “Seeing you is like pulling teeth and hearing your voice is like chewing tin foil.”

Get Gone- Fiona Apple

Notable lyrics- “I’ll idealize, then realize that it’s no sacrifice, because the price is paid, and there’s nothing left to grieve. Fuckin go- ’cause I’ve done what I could for you, and I do know what’s good for me and I’m not benefiting.”

Losing a Whole Year- Third Eye Blind

Notable lyrics- “If it’s not the defense then you’re on the attack. When you start talking I hear the Prozac.” or “Well this drama is a bore and I don’t wanna play no more.”

Of course I need to include one “I’m feeling very sorry for myself” jam:

Favorite T- The Lemonheads

Notable lyrics- “Had to hear about your Danish boyfriend. I forced a swoon. So I went over to your dresser drawer and now I got it on. I got it on, your favorite T. It never looked as good on you as it looks on me.”

And a bonus song that I just find funny. I love Lily.

Not Big- Lily Allen

I’ll leave the lyrics out because they are all rather filthy. But I did include a video with lyrics included.


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Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to: Summer Camp – Losing My Mind

Eating: Pasta salad

Drinking: H2O

Random fact: The antichrist mentioned above once told me his Dad had died to get me to talk to him post breakup. Yeah, his Dad was still alive.

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Music of the 90’s Part 1

I stummbled upon this blog a few weeks ago: .  She has a lot of great and worthwhile posts there to read, but what really made me stop and take notice was her love for music. She’s like a kindred spirit only with way more music knowledge than I have.  That both draws my attention and makes me a bit jealous at the same time. Anyway, each Tuesday she posts a recurring blog topic:  Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday.  Each week the subject of the mix tape changes.  This week I’ve decided to jump into the fray.  Today topic:  Music of The 1990′s – You know what you like, and you know what’s playing but the world is going to end in 1999 so there will be no music after that.

Now since I just did a 1990’s related music post a few Friday’s ago (click here), I thought this might be a challenge.  I’d feel bad not to include songs off of the albums mentioned in my previous post.  But the 90’s was a very music rich decade and it’s where my own, true musical taste developed.  So there will be no repeats….grumble, grumble.

The “Twisted” part of mix tape is the theme you select within the topic.  Jen’s this week was “My Happiness Mix”.  I’ve taken it a different direction.  One of my very favorite things about the 1990’s was how hard hitting the music was.  The music seriously rocked and  it rocked hard. It was as if the entire decade composed a sweet, guitar thrashing, drum smashing, slam dancing lullably to teen angst (or grown-up angst…I just happened to be a teen at the time).   So don your flannel, strap up you Doc Martens, and fling yourself directly into the mosh pit.

Here Comes the Angst Mix

Rusty Cage- Soundgarden

Milquetoast- Helmet

Midlife Crisis-Faith No More

What Was I Thinking-311

*I was at this wonderful shindig.  And this was pure magic to watch/hear.

Darkness- Rage Against the Machine

Now, after all of that rocking, I feel the need to remind you to:

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to: All 311.  All day.  I’m prepping for Saturday’s show.

Eating:  Downstair Bistro’s salad bar salad….again.  I need to go shopping.

Drinking:  White Monster

Random fact:  It is almost physically painful for me to leave this list at 5!  Ugh, damn you 90’s music!  Why are you so awesome?!

Five for Friday: 5 Albums That Defined My Teenage Years

As I’ve mentioned again and again, I am a HUGE music lover. So many of the pleasures in my life have a musical tie-in and all of my memories have a soundtrack.  Read a previous post about that here.

Today I’m focusing on my teenage years. This is when my own, true musical tastes started to develop. It was no longer my parents music or a boy band (NKOTB for me), it was real music. It was for me and my generation. It was about life and its ups and downs. Most importantly, it was about rock-n-roll. Alternative rock was THE music of the 90s. And most of the bands I obsessively follow today planted their musical roots in the CD boombox of my tiny childhood room.   90s rock still excites me. The only thing that was hard about making this list was leaving albums off. I felt like I was leaving some friends behind. Because these bands/albums were/are like friends.

As kids, Dustin and I continually added to our shared CD collection with every cent of each week’s allowance. Each album below was part of that collection.

Number 5  Soundgarden- Superunknown 1994

This was the first CD I remember listening to obsessively.  I listened to it every morning while getting ready for school.  I sang the songs while I washed dishes after dinner. I listened to it on my Discman as I fell asleep.    I loved every single song.   I still adore this album.  I finally got to see them live two years ago at Voodoo Fest.  Chris Cornell still has the magic.  That voice.  Fave song:  “Like Suicide”.


Number 4 Live- Throwing Copper 1994

This album has so many happy memories tied to it.  My best friend Andi and I had our first “real” boyfriends who were also best friends.   And the four of us would hang out and cruise town in their pick-ups trucks (this was Branford, so there was little else to do).  It seemed like everyone had this album playing.  Hard to pick a fave on this one,  but …….Fave song:  “Selling the Drama”.


Number 3 Pearl Jam- Ten 1991

I actually owned this one on tape first.  To make it worse, it was a tape I bought at a flea market for a few bucks.  I discovered it was a bootleg copy upon returning to the car.

I had a really hard time choosing between this and Vs. (my favorite PJ album), but this album was likely the first alt-rock album I fell in love with; so it had to win out.  I remember my Mom saying that I wouldn’t think Eddie Vedder was cute if he weren’t a musician.  Well he is a musician and a brilliant one at that, so it’s a moot point.  Fave song:  “Evenflow”.


Number 2  311- Blue Album 1995

Oh 311.  More than any other band in the world, my love for this band has endured.  Actually, I’ve grown to love them more and more as the years have gone by.  This was the album that introduced me to them (I later went back and caught up on Grassroots and Music).  The first time I heard “Down” I thought, “What in the world is this? I effing love it.”  And the rest was history.  Fave song:  “Sweet” or “Hive”


Number 1  Nirvana- In Utero 1993

Only one band could ever dethrone 311 in any of my countdowns.  Nirvana was the first band with which I was completely absorbed.   I bought every shirt and every poster.  I read every article and learned everything I possibly could about these guys.  And when Kurt died, I wore black (with my friend Laura…Hi Laura, I know you’ll be reading this).  I was seriously in mourning.  It felt like a huge blow.  It’s amazing the bond that music creates.  To feel such loss over a person you’ve never known in real life because you feel as if you knew them personally is wild.

“In Utero” barely edged out “Nevermind” because I felt like I had to choose one.  Really they both should be listed.  The most definitive band of my youth.  Hands down.  Fave song:  “All Apologies”


And the inevitable Honorable Mentions:

Alice In Chains- Dirt  1992  Fave song:  “Down in a Hole”

Stone Temple Pilots- Core  1992  Fave song:  “Wicked Garden”

Red Hot Chili Peppers- Blood Sugar Sex Magik 1991  Fave song:  “Give It Away”

Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill  1995 Fave song:  “Hand in My Pocket”

The Offspring- Smash 1994  Fave song: “Bad Habit”

What were the most influential albums of your teen years?

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to:  Weezer – The Good Life – Live at Y100 Sonic Session

Eating:  Leftover pesto and veggie pasta

Drinking:  Blue Monster

Random fact:  Smash reminds me of my cousins Becky and Mandy and my Uncle Bruce.  I remember being up in Ohio for a summer visit and him blasting it through the house.  And more recently, the song “Bad Habit” always reminds me of Kasi and Amy because we loved shouting the rant in the middle!

Five for Friday: 5 Most Singable Sitcom Theme Songs

Wow!  This was a hard one.  I love a good jingle and the shows I watched growing up did not disappoint when it came to their theme songs.

Cheesy.  Check.

Tells you all about the show.  Check.

Sticks in your memory for 25 years. Check.

Back in the day, there were so many solid theme songs.  I could easily have listed 20 songs here that still make me smile, but this list is called Five for Friday.  So I’m going to list my top 5….which might change by the time I post this.  And don’t ask me tomorrow, because the list will have changed yet again.  I left cartoons off of the list.  That would have made this impossible.  I’ll save that for another list.  Oh, and I did cheat and list some more at the bottom in an honorable mention section.

It’s my blog; so I can make up the rules as I go.

Number 5: Family Ties

“What would we do baby without us?”  That’s a deep question!  This song is all about love and marriage and stuff like that.  But to me it means Alex P. Keaton.  And Mallory.  And Nick.

Number 4:  Growing Pains

“Show me that smile again! ooohhh show me that smile!”  Here’s another song about love, etc.   I mean, “as long as we’ve got each other”.  That’s really what it’s all about right?  Well, that and Mike Seaver.  Boy did I have a crush on Kirk Cameron.  That was before he got all nutty.

Number 3:  Full House

Seriously, “what ever happened to predictability?”  This song is all about a guy and some more guys living in a house they could never possibly afford.  And some kids…one was also a Cameron and one grew up to be a set of crazy twins.   Weird.  But if there is one take-away:  “Everywhere you look, there’s a heart; a hand to hold onto.”  That’s pretty awesome…almost as awesome as Uncle Jesse’s hair.

Numer 2:  Fresh Prince of Bel Air

If there is one theme song that tells you exactly what the show is going to be about, it’s this one.  Will Smith was just “chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool shootin some bball outside of the school” and these guys just started some shit.  Apparently his mom wasn’t too thrilled about it because she said,  “You’re movin’ with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air”  Must have been one heck of a playground fight.

Number 1:  Golden Girls

While the rest of the list was nearly impossible to create, this one was an easy choice and the obvious winner.  Everytime I hear this song I think of Dorothy biting her fist.

To Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia:  “Thank-you for being a friend.”  I remember watching this show with my Mema while we sipped Diet Coke through a straw.  I still love it.  When I get old I might have to convince Matt to move to Miami into a house with Bee and Kasi.

Honorable Mentions-  Those that almost made the cut.

Mr. Belvedere:  Because “sometimes things get turned around and no one stares.”

Facts of Life:  Because “you take the good; you take the bad.”

Who’s the Boss:  Because “there’s path you take and a path not taken.  The choice is up to you my friend.”

Family Matters:  Because “it’s a rare condition this day and age to read any good news on the news paper page.”

Perfect Strangers:  Because “sometimes you get a feeling like you need some kind of change.”

and finally for Jim:
Lavern & Shirley: Because “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!  Hasenpferrer Incorporated!”

What did I leave off the list that you think should ABSOLUTLEY have made it?  What’s your favorite?  Do you have any memories tied to these songs/shows?  Leave a comment!

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to:  TV theme songs!

Eating:  Leftover potatoes, brussel sprouts, and peas.

Drinking:  Monster

Random fact:  I am not a fan of yellow gold.