Because it’s fun feeling old.
MP3: Harry Connick Jr. - “(I Could Only) Whisper Your Name” (from She, 1994).
Fuck me, can you imagine someone not loving this song? And if you met a hater of Harry, could you trust them?
Personally, I can’t think of a harsher indictment of someone’s character than an inability to love this 1994 classic; those exuberant horns blowing the water out of the Mississippi, the charmingly awkward rhymes (the highlight: ‘opinion/dominion’), and Harry singing cool and slow, like he doesn’t realise just how good the song around him really is.
MP3: Cake - “Jolene” (from Motorcade Of Generosity, 1994).
It’s easy to forget that Cake were good. But they were. Just in a really 90s way. So if they release anything nowadays it’s like, Cake? Seriously? Still?
MP3: Beastie Boys - “Root Down” (from Ill Communication, 1994).
Most of us share a strained, distant relationship with the Beastie Boys. Those boys we once loved.
Sure, we remember the magic times Yauch, Diamond and Horovitz soundtracked: punching cones after a good old skate, getting messy at that party where Nathan totally fingerbanged Katie, stealing Posca markers for a teenage graf session. But now, when we hear Ill Communication, an awkward distance emerges from the recognition that those magic times have passed, and we’ve all moved on.
We’re 14 years from ‘94, but ‘I kick my root down, I put my root down’ makes it feel like just yesterday.
MP3: Lucas - “Lucas With The Lid Off” (from ((Lucacentric)), 1994).
If anyone knows Lucas, can you please ask him to comment on the Warship? I just want to know he’s still alive and doing okay.
MP3: Green Day - “Long View” (from Dookie, 1994).
Wow, that’s really 1994. And I still kind of like it.