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Music and memories from the 90’s

Music and memories from the 90’s. Ah, friends. In looking for tunes to share with you from the late 90’s, I realize that I was probably the opposite of an early adopter when it comes to the music world. I distinctly remember listening to Metallica’s Master of Puppets a lot from 1995 to 1999. I looked it up to find out when it was released.  1986. I wasn’t cool enough in 1986 to listen to it. Which certainly doesn’t mean that it wasn’t cool in 1997. Or now. Because I still love it. So it counts as 90’s music in my book of memories.

Overall, the second half of the 90’s was perhaps a bit more mellow than the first for me. Parties often took place more responsibly. You know, in people’s homes.  So we could take turns drinking too much and then act as model citizens by passing out on the floor rather than driving home like asses.

We may have been listening to this:

OMG I still love that song.  Turns out, I still know every single word and that it’s completely impossible for me to hear “I ask no one!” and not sing it loud, sing it rough, bang my head, and fist pump the air.  Guess it’s a good thing the blinds are closed (mental note – permanently close the blinds).

Know what else happened in the later 90’s?  This shit:


That image kindof goes along with Sex & Candy, don’t ya think?  “I smell sex and candy!”

Some of you may remember that I once shared a story in which I was lucky to survive with my kidneys, my fingers, and my dignity life while taking a horseback ride through the jungle in Mexico. We had stopped at a “local bar,” which was actually a thatched roof, a couple of locals, some sawed off palm trees as barstools and a bottle of rum that, instead of rum, contained homemade tequila.  To refresh your memory, this is what I looked like on the way down the mountain:

“Why is she bringing this up?” you ask? Because I found actual photos!  And it happened in the 90’s! Duh.

This is an actual photo of the thatched-roof “bar” I told you about thad hosted homade tequila in a rum bottle. Notice, it’s not exactly a tourist attraction? Huh.

Luckily, I made it back to the hotel in time for bedtime at 6:30pm. Ah. Vacation in the 90’s. Probably, this will be gone forever. There’s something sad about that.

Tell me friends. What did you do in the 90’s?

This is a Hookin’ it up post with my favorite DJ Jenny Jen over at My Skewed View. She does this whole Twisted Mixed Tape Tuesday thing, well, every Tuesday.  Plus, she knows way more about music than I do….check her out.

Oh!  And if you are weird and like this nostalgia music memory stuff?  Here are some of the past weeks.

The 80′s part 2: It’s Never Enough
The 80′s part 1: To All The Me’s I’ve Loved Before
The 70′s part 2: When a Friend’s Pain Leads to the Best Idea of Your Life
The 70′s Part 1: 1979 and The Angst That Was
The 60′s: Do Fish Feel Sad When They Eat Their Friends?
Relationships: Better Off Without You
Memory: The Memory of Music through the Years

Monica and Bill photo credit 1

Monica and Bill photo credit 2


  • Jen - Holy CR*P I totally forgot about Marcy Playground! I listened to that at the store all the time! I love that song. It’s got a great melody, makes you want to sing. I love you! I love you for being just a teeny bit wilder than me. On my 90’s trip to Mexico there was def an ashtray on the bed, but the pack of cigs sitting next to me were Camel Lights. I also hooked up (not in the biblical sense, but you know…other stuff) with a dude I met after drinking way too many tequila poppers, you know they would slam the bottle on the table and then pour it down your throat? Anywhoo…met this dude who it turned out was touring with his awesome Acapella music group, I’m a sucker for guys with a voice. We actually did the long distance thing for a while, he was in NY. Then he came to visit, I had to work a lot so my sister “entertained” him. Needless to say, he broke up with me for her. Dude, not cool.July 23, 2013 – 1:02 amReplyCancel

  • K - LOL! (: I am in love with your blog, did I ever tell you that?

    And hmm…what did I do in the 90’s? It’s a bit fuzzy but I seem to remember bouncing down the stairs in a laundry basket, stuffing the CD player in my dad’s car with cheese and crackers (in all fairness, my brothers and I genuinely believed that it was a cheese and crackers holder…), and watching Blues Clues in my overalls (whoever thought that overalls were a good idea?!). 😉July 23, 2013 – 1:12 amReplyCancel

  • Joy - While I never really liked the Black Album (I found it too commercial compared to the old stuff) I like “Wherever I May Roam” actually.

    Your pics are awesome, lol! You sure knew how to have fun! 😉 Great post!July 23, 2013 – 2:36 amReplyCancel

  • Kimbra - Love that song “Sex and Candy” as a matter of fact, I love it so much that I started singing it out loud (with my kids staring at my strangely) as I read the words “sex and candy” LOL!July 23, 2013 – 2:58 amReplyCancel

  • Linda Atwell - Your posts crack me up, over and over and over again. So glad I follow along. And BTW, you were absolutely adorable in the 90’s. Well you are adorable now. I know I keep saying that, but you are one of those should have been a “model chick.”July 23, 2013 – 6:14 amReplyCancel

  • clark - ashtray on bed!! ashtray on bed!! (sorry…)
    ‘What is ashtray on bed?’

    Correct for $500.00 dollars!*

    I totally remember ashtrays on the bed. While you seem to have the plastic or ceramic one in your photo, I had less style, choosing instead the shiny metal ones! (very broad and shallow, with 4 semi-crimps around the flat rim.
    (Remind me to tell you a truly amazing ‘tale of smoking in bed’)

    Funny about the Metallica. Am a bigger fan now than I was back then.

    * Alex’s question: this demonstrates both a robust regard for one’s health *and* the safety of the population of an entire building. lol

    (Disclaimer: sorry as a non-voluntary non-smoker, I will maintain that back in the day, not only was there less awareness of the dangers of smoking, but it (smoking) was still totally cool.July 23, 2013 – 7:34 amReplyCancel

  • GirlieOnTheEdge - Ya had me at Metallica (love that song!). The early 90’s for me were spent in pool halls, well one in particular. The first song I always programmed on the jukebox first was a Metallica song. Could not begin without my Metallica. And by damned, might even have been Wherever:D
    After reading your post Kristi, I just don’t know. You might “be” Jody after all. LOLJuly 23, 2013 – 7:37 amReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - I did listen to Metallica, because my high school boyfriend was in a band at the time and loved Metallica (the things you do for young love). I still remember going to band practices and listening to him play the drums on the song “One”. Seriously those were the days!!July 23, 2013 – 7:39 amReplyCancel

  • Dream - Metallica was a band I had to develop a liking for, which finally happened for me in the late 90’s with Fuel and their cover of Whiskey in the Jar. But I’ve been a big fan ever since. Great choice!July 23, 2013 – 8:06 amReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - I am forever a nineties girl, too, as well as a late-to-the-party girl. I discovered Nirvana a few months after Cobain’s suicide…July 23, 2013 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

  • Tamara - That story/photo made me giggle, but only because you’re ok! I was only ten in the 90’s so I’ll say I spent them wearing neon pink windbreakers at school dances. Listening to Boyz II Men and eventually Nirvana, The Cranberries, Counting Crows..Pearl Jam..July 23, 2013 – 11:23 amReplyCancel

  • troy P. - Bill and Monica – that story was almost signed for a sitcom, wasn’t it?

    And while I haven’t smoked in years, the ones that I enjoyed on the bed just always seemed a tiny wee bit better than the others that weren’t – even IF I wasn’t smoking them in celebration of nookie at the time.July 23, 2013 – 11:29 amReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - I don’t think I’ll ever be cool enough to enjoy Metallica, but I did enjoy this! Your photos and drawings are so awesome.
    As for what I was doing in the 90s – well towards the end I had 2 children: one in 98 and one in 99.

    And my husband used to play Oasis and the Clash to our first as she sat in her bouncy chair by his desk. Yet, somehow, a year or so later her favourite song was still “Twinkle, twinkle little star.” (Or “Up Above” as she called it.) She has now graduated on to some pretty good music and I’m learning a lot from her!July 23, 2013 – 12:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle Liew - I have to say, I am a 90s girl. And who could forget Bill, Monica and G & R!July 23, 2013 – 2:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Lance - I think Bill and Monica uttered the phrase “like double cherry pie” more than once.July 23, 2013 – 3:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - I’ve never seen someone so in love with a donkey before! (That didn’t have a strange midnight show in a seedy nightclub in Puerto Rico, that is!) The hold you have on him is one of meeting the one true love of your life! Don’t feel bad, I didn’t discover Metallica until the 90’s either. I was into alternative music during the late 80’s, so when the 90’s came around, Megadeth, Metallica, Ministry, Slayer, and King’s X were like a new event for me. Just think, if Monica would have had a hint of red on her dress, she’d have had the same colors as the flag! So patriotic she was! lol Funny Stuff!July 23, 2013 – 6:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - I have a similar photo of me in Mexico looking about as alive as you do – but mine was from the 80s. I was too busy getting two degrees, married, buying a house, and having a kid in the 90s to listen to music 🙂July 23, 2013 – 9:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Mommy, for Real. - Those are some of the best photos and drawings of you EVER. Thanks for making me laugh hard at the end of a stressful, long day. You may have totally salvaged my countdown to bedtime mood! Also, I loved the song Sex and Candy, and I also loved the phase of life that involved the more responsible partying and passing out at someone’s actual house. Maybe when we are in our 50s we can revisit that? Maybe not. I don’t like to accept that that stage of my life is over. Shit, now I’m sad again. Better go see the pictures again. 😀July 23, 2013 – 10:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily Mitty Cappo - Although I don’t have too much time to comment these days, I’m still reading your posts!! Thx for the laugh today – I needed it!!July 23, 2013 – 10:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - Awesome pics, as ever 🙂 Best bit.July 23, 2013 – 10:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Tatum - Okay, I let the “mullets were in style in the early 90’s” from your last post go. (Although, here, I’ll just say…ahem…you may have been a late hanger-on on that one – but don’t worry, so was Kyle and I married him). Anyway. Fanny packs? Late 90’s? SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not cool. No mam. Late 80’s, I’ll give you. Late 90’s and you simply were a little too desperate for a place to hold onto the Marb Reds. You know I love you Kristi, and I’m sorry to call you out like this but, from someone who hasn’t been cool since 1999, I have to hold the sacredness of that era strong. Fanny packs stayed in the early 90’s w/ the dreams of Milli Vanilli…Girl, You Know It’s True.July 23, 2013 – 11:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Deb @ Urban Moo Cow - Oh man. The 90s were jam packed for me, both good and bad. High school, college, Italy. I love those photos of you as a 90s badass though. Lol.July 23, 2013 – 11:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Katia Bishofs - Your TMTT are SO much fun! I loved the trip down your memory lane and the commentary on the photos. Honestly I told Jen I’m glad she didn’t know me in the 90’s same goes for you. You guys are so much cooler than me.July 24, 2013 – 12:35 amReplyCancel

  • Rachel Demas - I did not get music in the 90’s, but I always love your cultural markers. I just love me a post that has 1) Bill Clinton 2) Fanny packs 3) Marlboro Reds and 4) pictures that make me laugh like no other blog out there. I, too, am glad that you made it out of the jungle in one piece. I would kiss the man in the sombrero right now, if I could, for guiding you safely back to civilization and the two kinds of chips.July 24, 2013 – 4:12 amReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Bwahahaha! Oh, the nineties! Love the picture of you riding down the mountain! Brings new meaning to the word ‘blotto’! 🙂July 24, 2013 – 3:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah Almond - You know what’s funny here. 1) I LOVE that Metallica song. I know every word. I also know every word to EVERY song on that album.
    2) My kid is required to get a fanny pack for 3rd grade. It’s on his school supply list. All I can say is WTH? No one makes those any more, right? I don’t suppose you have a fanny pack?

    I’m sorry I’m so late reading this. Me and my stupid flaming laptop are a bit behind. Forgive me? Pretty please?July 28, 2013 – 1:21 amReplyCancel

  • Slu - sorry i’m late… been on vacation.

    just have to say I sooooo love your ‘pics & stories.’ keep ’em coming. SluJuly 28, 2013 – 12:02 pmReplyCancel

  • Jak - I probably listened to Metallica during the 80’s, but wasn’t “aware” of them until the 90’s. I agree I still love a lot of those songs and could still rock out to them. I’d still like to see them live.

    Your drawings are amazing lol It’s really messed up, but today I saw someone walking down the street and I saw a strap around their waist, and I thought about fanny packs and tried to think when they were created, because I’ve no idea! My dad still uses one I think lol He is “old school”.

    Not to creep you out, but it looks like one muchacho was eying you up. Let’s hope he didn’t happen upon you passed out, ass up, on the bed in your swimming suit! >.>

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of InkJuly 31, 2013 – 12:50 amReplyCancel

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