Five aka 5ive (When the lights go out)

Apparently there were kids that were listening to the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync in 1998, but the only song that I heard during lunchtime at school was Five’s ‘When the Lights Go Out’.

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My class was obsessed with Five. For show and tell, the kids will show off their Five posters, with the students pointing out their favourite boyband member of course. Many of them loved Scott and his cool hairstyle. It still looks pretty cool. What is it?

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My favourite is Ritchie. I didn’t have a favourite back then, but J stole every scene for me because he was just so cool.

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During our last semester, my teacher was kind enough to allow the radio to be on while we ate our lunch in class. ‘When the Lights Go Out,’ always managed to come on the radio! Now that I think about it, the song would have played four times an hour for that to work. I have to say. It was the most amazing song I have ever heard in my life. I was unaware of pop culture and the music scene. I did not have much songs to compare it to except for spice girls and Aqua. It is still amazing to this day.

Five will always be my favourite boyband. Backstreet Boys are legends, but these guys are something else. They could rap, sing R’n B, and dance! They had such classic 90s moves where they sing right into the camera lenses and make hand and arm gestures. I recently just found out they wrote and co-wrote most of their songs, which is a significantly rare thing for boy bands.

Here are my top 5 videos of . . . Five

1. It’s the Thing You Do
Incredibly underrated.



2. When the Lights Go Out
There’s another version where they break into the bowling alley but this was the version Released in Australia.



3. Until the Time Is Through
The album single and the one used in this music video is actually different. In the video it shows Ritchie singing with Scott. However, in the single, Scott sings the whole time. I don’t own the album or CD, so anyone could clarify this that would be great.



4. Keep On Movin’



5. Don’t Wanna Let You Go

Boombox Overload

Yo Listen

The boombox
is making a return from the past
The music, yo bring it down fast

The cassette is on me, so slot it in
its gonna drop a beat, made out of win
it sounds so bad, y’all think it was a sin

Yeah break it down

This is my love dedication to Boomboxes or Ghetto Blasters. I still have a 90s all black one hidden somewhere.

If I am able to get my hands on an 80s boombox and get my friends to dance with me on the streets, that will be the coolest thing that will ever happen to me. Who needs to go to a club when you can create your own?

Aww man. I’m trying to remember where I saw a scene of 80/90s kids in a New York street blasting the ghetto blaster. Where have I seen this?! Was it a music video? A TV show? Feel free to post youtube videos of scenes with the boombox as these are the only ones I could find.

Smells Like Grunge Spirit

When people think of the greatest album ever released in the 90s, most people picture this:

Even I picture it. It’s not because it’s my favorite 90s album, it’s because I read about it everywhere. I love Nirvana, I do. As much I would love to conform, I can’t lie. My favorite Nirvana song is actually underated Dumb which can’t be found on this album. “I think I’m dumb, I think I’m dumb…” sounds like he’s in a trance. He sounds like he just took a downer and gosh, it’s sexy. Am I weird for thinking that?

I remember why it’s the greatest 90s album now– it started the grunge movement and helped revolutionise mainstream rock music. How could I forget that? The album peaked at number 1 on the billboard charts on the 11th January, 1992 replacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous. Of all artist that could replace Michael Jackson’s number one spot, I’m glad it was Nirvana and not some rediculous girl-band. The album was released on September 24, 1991. It stayed on the charts for 252 weeks!

My favourite songs off Nevermind are Come As You Are, On a Plain and definitely Something in the Way. Normally I would say Smells Like Teen Spirit but it’s just a typical answer and . . . I’m tired of listening to that song. I guess that’s my own fault for repeating the track.

I was listening to the album in the car (yesI still listen to CDs, what’s MP3 mean?) and it put a frown on my face the entire time I was driving. I wasn’t pissed nor was there a dog territorial pissing on my car wheel. It put me in a frowning mood. I personally like bopping to music whilst driving. I do recommend popping this album on when you’re in a lounge act manner. I didn’t take any type of illegal drugs, but when you’re lazing around to this album, you’ll feel like you did. If you just had a hard time at work, college, or school and all you want to do is the opposite of thinking, this is a must.

Honestly, you don’t need  many words to describe how amazing this album is. I didn’t have to write all this! This is what I should have just written:

My friend and I lying on her bedroom floor with Nevermind blasting in the background.

Friend: Hey . . . this song’s cool.
Me: Yeah . . .

FYI:

Coming up from Behind by Marcy Playground sounds really similar to Come As You Are.

Right?!

Bitter and not very sweet Symphony

Bitter Sweet Symphony, the lead single off The Verve’s Urban Hymns album, is what I consider to be one of the greatest songs of all time. If I had to pick one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this song will be my top pick. It doesn’t get old. It was released on the 16th of June, 1997 and was nominated for a Grammy award.

I only recently discovered that The Verve made no money from this song because they plagiarized the Andrew Oldham Orchestra’s version of The Rollin Stone’s song, ‘The Last Time’. When I first found out, I was a peeved at The Verve. After doing some research, I changed my mind.

The Last Time actually sounds nothing like ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’. I am not a fan of this song.

The Verve managed to get the rights to use the sample of the orchestra version but used a bit too much. Take a listen:

Wow, great song, but I still don’t see how the Andrew Oldham Orchestra created this from ‘The Last Time’. It does not have the same impact ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ has.  The song lyrics of ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ were written by The Verve’s vocalist Richard Ashcroft. Regardless, the band lost all rights to the song due to its popularity. “The Rolling Stones got greedy when the song became successful” (Superwells). This is where it’s unjust. The Verve made the song their own and it is way better than the original. He wrote the lyrics! The Verve deserved fifty percent of the rights. At the Grammy Awards the nominees for the song were Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Well, that’s all in the past now. Let’s all remember what a brilliant song The Verve revolutionized and the impact it left on this planet.

*Purchase their last album, which was released in 2008, titled “Fourth”. The band has broken up and gotten back together so many times, I don’t know if they’re still together or not.

Source: Superwells – Sampling Law

Internet is for the Rich/Websites from the 90s

Before I begin, I have to apologize for not updating in what feels like ten years.

I was going through the old magazine shelf at a charity store and came across a 90s magazine. Score! It tells me what websites are running in the year 1997 in categories such as history, fashion, celebrity, etc. There happens to be a sealed ‘sex’ section but unfortunately the former owner tore it out of the magazine. What was the point of that? Lemme see the porno sites from the late 90s jerk!… I’m just kidding.

Not many households owned the internet, let alone broadband internet. I think we were lucky enough just to have dial up. An Australian internet company called Telstra Bigpond offered a “Power Plan” which provided 30 hours of internet access for $50 (AU). Additional hours were charged at $3.50. . I spend around 5 hours a day online which means I would have had to pay $470 a month.

Since this blog focuses so much on pop culture, it is only appropriate that I start off with the celebrity websites. As I go through these, I must warn you, the web addresses are ludicrous. If you are able to memorize and recite these back, dare I say you sound like a geek?

1. Cheech & Chong’s homepage: http://www.cheech.com – I do not know who they are and it doesn’t look like I will anytime soon because this site no longer exists.

2. Gillian Anerson: http://gpu3.srvu.ualberta.ca/-mlwalter/GAHP.html – This is what I was talking about, and yes it’s no longer online. This is too bad as the magazine gives the site a high rating; “Gorgeous design with enough info to fill your hard drive”.

3. Madonna on Letterman: http://ftp.mcs.net/mcsnet.users/barnhart/letterman/madonna-interview.txt – What a coincidence, Madonna was JUST on Letterman! “This site stands out because it gives you an everlasting celebrity moment in time: the night Madonna caused a fracas on the David Letterman show; she swore, she was toting a cigar, she talked about athlete’s foot and the host lost it. This is the kind of behaviour that separates the celeb wheat from the B-list chaff“. Damn. Is there a video of that on youtube or something?

4. Tarantino World: http://www.tarantino.com – Finally! A site that still exist… oh wait. I spoke too soon. This address name has been taken over from a real estate company in Texas called Tarantino. WTH. At least you get to see what the site used to look like:

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5. Tim Allen: http://www2.awinc.com/users/refuge/tim/html – A 2 comes after ‘www’? I don’t remember seeing that before. This site was created by the fans of Home Improvement. Where did you guys go? Where have you moved to? This site even gave everyone his email address: Tim@morepower.com. I tried emailing him and of course it didn’t work. Morepower.com still works, and judging from the design, it looks like it has not been updated since the 90s. Go check it out.

This is getting depressing isn’t it? Well, I thought I’d give one more site a try…

6. Timothy Leary: http://www.leary.com – Hallelujah! It works! And it hasn’t been taken over by another business of some sort. Not much is happening …

I did not scan the look of Leary’s site but I promise I’ll do that and upload it by next week at the latest because you must see how it used to look. It is mesmerizing, literally.

If any of you readers happen to run these web sites or web pages, let me know. Are you still running a site? Have you moved it somewhere better?

Source: The Australian netDirectory, Issue 3 Summer 1997

THE King of Pop

I never thought I would be writing about Michael Jackson on this blog, but I have to. Shame on me for not thinking of it before. Michael Jackson came into the spotlight at a very young age. He was a child star without a childhood. He joined his brothers band at age six!

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His second solo album Thriller turned out to be the best selling album of all time! He revolutionized pop music like no other. Of course, you already know this don’t you?

I am a 90s child and Michael Jackson was probably the first ever celebrity music artist I knew about. He was my definition of a superstar. Everybody knew who he was. He definitely appealed to me for his dance moves and for his eccentric looks. It was not until I reached my teen years that I started to love his songs.

In 1991 he released Dangerous with ‘Black or White’, ‘Remember the Time’, and ‘Heal the World’  as the released singles. In 1995 he released a double disc album HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1 with ‘Scream’ beings its first single. It is known to be the highest selling multiple disc album of all time.

Not only was he a fantastic music artist, he was also a very giving and caring man. In 1992 he founded the ‘Healing the World Foundation’. All profits from his Dangerous World Tour went to the charity.

Michael Jackson was not a 90s man nor was he a 60s man. He entertained the world for over four decades. He was there for it all. That’s why he is THE King of Pop. Legend.

There is no other.

He will never be forgotten. Thank you for your music, Michael Jackson.