August 4th, 1983 twenty-five long years ago, my favorite song was:
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
- My dad bought the tape. I listened.
- MTV played a huge role. Not that the video is all that exciting, but the visuals were key.
August 4th, 1988:
George Michael – Monkey
- My whole family loved WHAM – yeah, so – So it was totally natural that we’d love George Michael solo.
- This was my first concert. I just turned 13. I was blown away by the number of George Michael wannabees at the show. It was a new phenomenon for me. Dudes with bleach blond hair on top with the sides dyed black, leather jackets and boots with the silver metal toe and heel. I am sure it was commonplace in high schools and at bars, but nobody was trying to do that shit in 7th grade. Now that I am older, I have total visibility into the fact that 90% of all styles are spread by musicians.
- I still attribute my perpetual 5 o’clock shadow to George Michael 1987-88.
August 4th, 1993 (Just graduated):
Smashing Pumpkins – SOMA
- This album was is serious rotation for many months on the way to Brookhaven Community College – the most important school I ever attended.
- I know there were hits on this album, but this is the song that I always think of when I think back to driving to school as a nervous freshman.
August 4th, 1998
Massive Attack ft. Tracey Thorn – Protection
- This song had to make the list because it is still one of my faves to this day.
- It marks a time when I started getting influences from a broader group of friends- in particular, friends that I was meeting at college, like gay asian neighbors of mine with THOUSANDS of cds strewn around their apartment. Some things never change for these people.
- This song also had a brief cameo in the movie Hackers, which is where I first heard it. I watched the credits over and over and over again to try to figure it out.