Hey all! Happy Sunday! I hope that all has been well.
So this past week I’ve recently discovered K-pop from the 90s and early 2000′s. It’s no lie that I loooooove 90′s/ 00′s music anyway. Every time I hear Take That, Spice Girls, or Five I instantly have flashbacks to primary school disco. God I miss wearing my glitter hair mascara and butterfly grips!
When I had this thought. Would Korean music from the 90′s & early 00′s be that much different from the stuff that I grew up listening to in England and can I use it to study with? Other than the language I don’t think there’s that much difference. But I’ve only listened to a few artists so I might be wrong.
I blame the drama ‘hit the top’ for this nostalgia kick. Damn you stupid drama for kicking me right in the feels! *angrily shakes fists* (Jokes aside that drama is amazing! Seriously I totally suggest you watch it…)
Anyway…I really wanna find some more ‘throwback ’k-pop/ k hip hop/ rap/ indie songs so I can enjoy listening to them but also use them to study with. So does anybody else listen to K-pop from the 90′s & 00′s? If so can ya help a girl out and recommend me some songs? I’m randomly scrolling through spotify playlists but I kinda don’t know where to start!
Thanks guys! Y’all the best! x
Now where did I put that silver hair glitter and tiny pair of tinted sunglasses?
Note: Gifs not by me. I just searched for ‘em on tumblr.
kate bush, rocket man (i think it’s going to be a long long time), 1991.
Kurt: Krist, I really need you to calm down.
Krist: bUT HOW CAN IT BE BIRTHDAY CAKE FLAVOR IF A BIRTHDAY CAKE CAN BE ANY FLAVOR?!?!!?
Danny Goldberg: I just want to know why Kurt tried to throw Axl Rose out of that window.
Axl Rose: I’ll make you sorry you were ever born.
Kurt Cobain: Well, for your information, I’m already sorry i was ever born.
finally! aku dapat siapkan lukisan legendary of rock, Freddie Mercury❤️. Ingatkan senang bile lukis cara garisan, rupanya lagi susah, Actually aku bole jer nak sambung lukisan ni jadi lgi lengkap dari yang ini, tapi malehh aku, ni dah nampak muka, dah nampak sikit artistic aku buat, cehhh! serious, time aku lukis, aku terfikir, “kenapa aku lukis gambar orang yang dah mati sejak 1991?”
Freddie Mercury, Legends Never Die
Pictures of the early days of the Spiceworld Tour 1998 shared by a fan 🌍 🇮🇹
You don’t know what’s wrong, you only know it isn’t right
You don’t remember for how long, but you wake in tears at night
You say you want to get cured, you want to turn off your head
Oh and you say it hurts, and you feel unsure
First you doubt yourself and then you doubt her
Big deal, that’s the way we all feel
Big deal, what is it you want to feel?
I don’t think you want to feel
Also can’t recommend this album enough, it is soooooo good
Hey, girl. I’m sad.
Oh yeah, we’re doing this.
You all know who Aaron Carter is, but you don’t know how funny this kid’s story was. I’m serious. Yeah, he was a manufactured tween pop star who rode his Backstreet Boy brother’s coattails, and yeah, he only sold because his music was spoonfed to Radio Disney listeners and Nickelodeon kids, but there’s more hilarious facts in his backstory than you probably know.
But before we get into that, did you know that Aaron, much like the Backstreet Boys themselves, was a star in Europe before he made songs like “Aaron’s Party,” “That’s How I Beat Shaq,” and his “I Want Candy” cover? It’s true. His self-titled debut album made minimal noise in the States and none of the singles charted, but that album sold a million copies worldwide, with 250,000 of those solely bought in Germany. Released when he was only nine years old, Carter sounds absolutely ridiculous on it and the album cover depicts him wearing a red set of overalls with the letter “A” on his chest like he’s some Alvin & The Chipmunks gimmick:
But let’s get to the story of how he came to release music in the first place, because it’s really funny. There’s a book on the Internet Archive called Biography today. Volume 11, issue 3 : profiles of people of interest to young readers, which contains an entry that Aaron Carter’s publicist one hundred percent definitely wrote:
Aaron’s musical career began officially at the age of seven, when he took the lead singer position in a band called Dead End in Orlando, Florida. Aaron met the members of the band in a “rock school” he was attending in Tampa, where he was studying voice, music, and dance, determined to follow in his brother Nick’s footsteps. But the band did’t prove to be a good fit. As it turned out, the other band members wanted to play alternative rock, including songs by Green Day. According to Aaron, “they wanted to do alternative music and I wanted to do more pop.” Concerts with the Dead End would be a scene of screaming angry lyrics with young audiences of head-banging fans. This was a far cry from the upbeat crooning and slick choreography that Nick was performing with the Backstreet Boys.
I would kill for some footage of a Dead End concert. Just clones of the bullies from the Little Rascals movie losing their shit to covers of “Basket Case,” mixed in with screaming originals about subjects they despise like girls and homework. Fuck, that would be incredible. But, ultimately, all that negativity wasn’t the life for Aaron. He would’ve been faking the funk had he continued on with his band, what with being rich and admiring the success of his big brother (an alleged rapst, btw), and so, due to creative differences, Dead End eventually reached a…dead end.
Following the band break-up, Aaron’s mom asked one of the Backstreet Boys’ musicians, Gary Carolla, to write and produce a song for him. That song ended up being “Crush on You,” which would serve as the lead single on Carter’s debut album. With months of practicing his performance of this one song under his belt, the Backstreet Boys’ producer, Johnny Wright, agreed to let him open for BSB in Berlin with a one-song set.
More from this ridiculous biographical entry:
And as it turned out, it was that one song, one show, one chance, that set Aaron Carter’s career in motion in a big way. His mother describes how Aaron, only nine years old at the time, “torpedoed out there on the stage [in front of 50,000 screaming girls]. He sang his one song. He gave that one shot his best. The girls went absolutely nuts!” Sitting amidst the pandemonium was a representative from Edel, a German record company, and she immediately got on her cell phone to her boss [“Chuck, Chuck! It’s Marvin! Your cousin, Marvin Berry! You know that new sound you looking for? Well listen to THIS!”]. Before the night was over, Aaron Carter had his first record contract.
That summer, Aaron would continue to open for BSB, and by early December, he released his debut album. The guy who produced his first song, Gary Carolla, would end up producing or co-producing most of the songs on the album, including its third single, “I’m Gonna Miss You Forever,” which, as it turns out, is a big pile of dogshit.
You’re probably saying, “yeah, but all of that teenybopper pop stuff is garbage.” Not so. Hanson made. some. fucking. bops. Production on “MMMBop” is phenomenal (it has turntable scratches!) and it goes, eternally. And I’m not even faulting Aaron Carter for the quality of this song. He was only nine years old and he couldn’t help the fact that he sounded like Brett Kazoo at the time. He was fortunate enough to be living a fantasy, having been given an opportunity to follow in his brother’s footsteps.
But I am going to go in on Gary Carolla. How do you get away with writing a song with the following lyrics?:
My girlfriend, my best friend
I don’t wanna see you go
I just wanna let you know
That I have a crush on you
I can wait no longer, girl
To say what I feel
First of all, why would Aaron need to tell his girlfriend that he has a crush on her? That’s not how relationships work in any age bracket. Crushing comes before the relationship. How could you fuck this up so badly? Like, what possesses you to write something this nonsensical and lazy? And secondly, the production. This isn’t 1992. This is a beat for an old Toni Braxton ballad or something, man. Know your talent. I get that you didn’t have much time to flesh out an album and you probably had a limited budget, but damn, this shit sucks on so many levels.
Check out the video which features Aaron’s rockin’ bowl cut:
Here’s another little nugget. Also appearing on that album is a song called “Shake It,” which is also co-produced by Carolla, and features none other than Florida rap / Miami bass duo 95 South. You remember them, right? They’re responsible for that 1993 hit, “Whoot, There It Is” (which you should never, under any circumstances, ever confuse with Tag Team’s “Whoomp! (There It Is),” which came out a month later). “Shake It” wasn’t a single, but there was a music video, and if you’ve made it this far, you really need to see that, too.
Oh yeah, we did that.
This album should’ve been massive on a commercial level because it is risk-taking and glorious, every song here is a knockout. A triumphant and unconventional mix of hip-hop, R&B, dance music, pop, and rock with smart, amusing and sharp lyrics that bring cohesion to the eclectic mix. Her best work hands down.
Madonna photographed by Herb Ritts on the set of ‘Like a Prayer’, San Pedro Hills, San Pedro, California, January 1989
© Jackie Ransier
But I’m proud to say
And I won’t forget
The time spent layin’ by her side …
I wanna tell you that I love you but does it really matter?
I just can’t stand to see you draggin’ down again, again
“Everything falls apart then you get to try to put it back together” is a metaphor for my life right now.