[LISTEN] FLASHBACK FRIDAYS – CLASS OF ’96 – PART 1 – 6/8/12
Ah, 1996, my high school freshman year. I remember telling myself now that I was in high school, things were going to be different. I was going to have a new group of friends (never happened). I was going to listen to more rock/alternative music so I didn’t come off so gay. It was either that or rap, and I just could not get into rap no matter how hard I tried. So every day after school I would go home and blast KROQ while doing my homework. I really got into the Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Cake, Oasis, and 311 out of it at least. I figured as long as I knew the words to songs from those bands, I should be pretty safe. Tangent: my friend Lauren was in the “1979” music video. I felt so cool not only having a friend in a music video but that I really did like that song.
Back then it was all about being a skater too. I never owned a skateboard but I sure posed as one with my two-sizes-too-large Quicksilver shirt and navy blue Vans. Most of my friends were the “Asian nerds” of our class and everyone just assumed I was one too. I guess what I learned that year was that it was better to just blend in. Here’s to you, 1996. Thanks for letting me get through the year!
Complete tracklist include:
2pac ft. Dr. Dre – California Love
311 – All Mixed Up
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Amber – This Is Your Night
Az Yet – Last Night
Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and Queen Penn – No Diggity
BoDeans – Closer To Free
Bush – Machinehead
Cake – The Distance
Celine Dion – It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
Coolio – 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New)
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars (Acoustic)
Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
Everything But The Girl – Missing
Ginuwine – Pony
Los Del Rio – Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)
Mariah Carey ft. O.D.B. – Fantasy
Natalie Merchant – Wonder
No Doubt – Don’t Speak
No Mercy – Where Do You Go
Oasis – Wonderwall
Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
Savage Garden – I Want You
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Sublime – Caress Me Down
The Wallflowers – 6th Avenue Heartache
The Wonders – That Thing You Do!
TLC – Diggin’ On You
Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason
Memorable music moments from 1996
- January 25 – Madonna receives death threats from Argentine conservatives who are enraged and insulted that she is playing Eva Peron in Evita. After she arrives in Argentina, over 50 walls throughout the city have been spray-painted with the words: ¡Viva Evita! ¡Fuera Madonna! (Long Live Evita! Get Out, Madonna!)
- February 13 – Tupac Shakur releases the first ever rap double album, All Eyez on Me, one of the most influential albums in hip hop history.
- March 16 – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s 16th consecutive week stay at No. 1 in the American charts with “One Sweet Day” ends when Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” reaches #1. “One Sweet Day” enjoyed the longest consecutive stay at No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100’s history.