Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Middle School Music

This one goes out to all of my 7th and 8th grade students-- the ones that think the way they dress and the music they listen to today is what they'll be wearing and listening to when they're my age. And that's pretty much most of them. It was bound to happen. I had to write a post on my middle school days music obsessions especially after my throwback to my elementary school days. And after hearing David Bowie's song Heroes on the radio in the car today I was finally motivated to write this.

When I think middle school I think 90s grunge scene. Sound familiar to any of you? My sister and I were all about the flannel, combat boots, and baggy corduroy pants or jeans with holes in the knees. We were both into the scene and my sister was pretty much obsessed with Eddie Vedder. So embarrassing in fact, that I won't post a photo of myself this time around. People like to see cute pictures of you from when you're in second grade, and they sure like to see photos of you in the awkward grunge middle school phase too-- for different reasons of course.

I also had a need to listen to classic rock bands such as Aerosmith, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Queen, David Bowie, and The Who. And if you didn't like the classic rockers I told you that your music sucked. I think I may have had a bit of a Queen obsession (ok, I had a TOTAL Queen obsession and my vintage burgandy Doc Martins were my favorite shoes because they were the color of Brian May's guitar).  David Bowie was a pretty awesome dude too. He was super androgynous-- hmmm sounds kinda familiar just like some of my own students that are obsessed with the super androgynous stars of today.

Yes. The hair and make-up look oddly familiar. How unoriginal Adam.

I also loved making mix tapes and I'd often make them for my friends with little liner notes that I wrote for each song. This is what one of those mix tapes probably would have sounded like.

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  1. I have had (and still do) a total Queen obsession since I was about 10 years old. I was more '80s than '90s and loved (still love) the Smiths.

  2. Oh my goodness! Yes, yes and yes! I was definitely a child of the grunge era - I recall my friends and I were more than a little obsessed with Pearl Jam! Strangely we also managed to throw a bit of goth in there too, we were big fans of The Cure and would get about in all black ensembles on occasion...oh dear! Even stranger was that on top of all that our biggest obsession was by far the squeaky clean U2!

    And I can completely understand your love of the oldies! I used to look longingly at my Dad's vinyl collection and scour record fairs for the classics - Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young...

  3. Emily, I also love U2! I used to go looking for vinyl as well and still have quite a few of them-- David Bowie, Queen, Pink Floyd, The Who all included! Such fun!

  4. remember when you had to make mix tapes from songs on the radio. Kids nowadays just don't understand how important 'record' meant.


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