Things I Enjoyed In My Youth For Reasons I Don’t Understand Now

Or what the heck was i thinking?

The holy grail of embarrassment … July 4, 2010

Filed under: "Hip Hop",Music — deannabanana @ 10:03 pm

I haven’t posted on here in forever but I decided to revive this blog.

What better way to do that than with, what I consider, the holy grail of bad musical taste.

Yes.  “Pumps and a Bump.”  If you’ve seen “Too Legit: the MC Hammer Story,” you’ll recall the scene where Hammer (having dropped the MC in order to seem more “gangsta”) befriends Tupac and records this travesty.

Would it have been so bad if someone else had recorded it?  Hard to say.  But no one has been able to explain how you go from “We’ve got to pray just to make it today” to hanging with hos by the pool while sporting a Speedo.

I actually bought this album.  In contests for who owns the most embarrassing album,  I bring up this little mid-90s gem and no one ever seems to be able to top it.

If you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go wash the shame off of me…

(Edited to add: Yeah, the quality of the video could make you queasy.  Unfortunately I can’t seem to find anything better on YouTube.)


Part of my Saturday morning routine… October 5, 2008

Filed under: Music,TV — deannabanana @ 6:54 pm
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When I was a kid (around 6 or 7 years old) my mom worked on Saturdays meaning my sister and I spent the morning with Dad.  Those were fun days.  First of all, my sister and I had pretty long hair (she still does, mine has varied throughout the years).  He only knew how to comb it one way so we’d wind up with longer versions of his hairstyle (which has not changed as long as I’ve been alive, except it’s more gray).  We had our morning tv routine and, when things got especially dire, he’d take us to a matinee.  We once watched The Care Bears Movie three times in one day.

So when he and I argue about Obama versus McCain, and he wonders where he went wrong because our ideologies are so vastly different from his, I can think about how much he really loves us because the man really has put up with a lot.  Case in point:

We watched this every Saturday without fail.  Mari and I would climb into his recliner with him and we’d watch it together.  To be honest, I think he secretly enjoyed it.  As some of my friends know, my dad is actually pretty hip when it comes to music.  (Imagine my surprise when I came home from college once to find he had learned all the words to “Shake Ya Ass” by Mystikal.  Talk about traumatic.)  So Kids Inc., which was really the TV precursor to those somehow popular Kidz Bop cds, really was a way for the three of us to share a common bond.

Watching the clips, it’s a reminder why drugs are bad.  Look at how cute and fresh-faced Fergie was before she became a meth-head:

Mario Lopez, on the other hand, was always kind of a meathead.


Metapost: Was ’80s music really that bad? September 29, 2008

Filed under: Metapost,Music — deannabanana @ 6:53 pm
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I have been meaning to post this since I heard it at the beginning of the month but, well, life got in the way.  The always awesome All Songs Considered recently offered up an entire episode aimed at answering the audiophile question for the ages:  The ’80s: Were They Really That Bad?

It’s kind of hard to think positively about a decade that kicked off with the murder of John Lennon (a sign of the terrible things to come?).   Some of it was truly bad.  Prime example:  “We Built This City (On Rock and Roll).” Some of it was pretty good.  I’ve gained an appreciation for the Talking Heads and the Clash as I’ve gotten older.  A lot of guilty pleasures remain in my iTunes music folder (Journey, ABC, Toto (oh, God, Toto…).

And I don’t care how much the gang at All Songs Considered decries this song as among the worst of the ’80s.  Whenever I hear it, there’s a part of me that’s still six years old and gets excited every time it’s on:

Edit: Upon further review, the crime here is not the over-synthed sound.  It’s the really.. uh… fancy dancing in the video.  And maybe Deniece Williams’s hair.

Additional Edit: The video got taken down … but a search for a replacement video inspired a new post.


She’s embarrassed? September 15, 2008

Filed under: "Hip Hop",Being an adult,Movies,Music — deannabanana @ 10:48 pm
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I don’t feel any shame for still enjoying this to this day:

Maybe Robin Lively should be embarrassed for taking part in this Teen Wolf rip-off.  But this brings the awesome like nothing else.

It should be noted that I had no idea what the mechanics of a French kiss included until I saw this movie.  Pretty much everything I know about relationships I learned from an 80s movie.  Which explains an awful lot when I think about it…


Stuff I enjoy now that I should be embarrassed about… September 6, 2008

Filed under: Being an adult,Movies,Music — deannabanana @ 12:40 pm
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If I was 10 instead of 27 when this came out I would probably have eaten this up.

And I know there is definitely nothing cool about this candy coated fluff.  I love Degrassi the Next Generation but that’s teens with edge — drugs, abortions, STDs.  In the first High School Musical Troy and Gabriela don’t even kiss.

So what would account for the fact that I will watch this every time it’s on?  Maybe I’m a sucker for Kenny Ortega (even if you don’t know who he is you’ve seen his moves in Dirty Dancing).  Maybe it’s the fact that it’s the story of two teens who broke free from their molds to pursue what they really enjoy.  Probably it’s the fact that I would have LOVED IT if people suddenly started revealing their secret desires while singing and dancing in my high school cafeteria.


Not everyone should rap… September 5, 2008

Filed under: "Hip Hop",Music — deannabanana @ 11:42 pm
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Though that hasn’t stopped people.  One word:  SHAQ.

I’m not sure what my excuse for buying this album was:

Yes, long before she married Dave Navarro, long before she was in Scary Movie, and on Baywatch, before she was in Playboy and hosting Singled Out, Carmen Electra was a Prince protegee who released an album.  And behold, its glorious suckitude.

I will say that as a sophomore I was taking classes at United Rhythms Dance Studio and we we danced to one of her songs (not the one in the video).  That was the impetus for buying the tape (back when the music store at the mall was called Record Town).  And I (more than likely) embarrassed myself at Platt’s one and only talent show (at least while I was there) by performing a self-choreographed dance routine to the song I first heard in dance class.  Unfortunately (or perhaps fortuitively) I never got the tape back from the people who put together the talent show.

On the plus side, that is Prince singing backup and I believe that video was featured in an episode of Beavis and Butthead.  So it’s got that going for it.