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Things I Love Thursdays: The Music of the 90s

I had not planned this for this week’s “Things I Love Thursdays”; I had planned to write about my favorite cookbooks (which is interesting to me and it’s my blog so :-P), but I feel like I’m supposed to discuss 90s music this week.
Last weekend was “Throwback Weekend” on my hometown top40 radio station (XL106.7 out of Orlando). All three days they mixed classic 90s pop and hip-hop with their current radio mix. Then this morning on the radio they briefly mentioned that the lead singer of LFO (aka the Lyte Funky Ones) or “the guys who sing the Abercrombie and Fitch song” passed away. See the video below.

I actually remember the first time I ever saw/heard of LFO. My Dad took a friend and I to see and N*Sync concert in Orlando and there were these three guys and a local radio DJ on top of a bus throwing t-shirts and what not at people. It was right before “Summer Girls” started getting radio play and absolutely no one knew who they were, but they were nice to everyone and totally up beat. At least that’s what I remember.
I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the 90s lately. It is the music from my childhood and I miss that whole era of music. There isn’t anything on the radio today that compares. Don’t get me wrong I love  music from the 70s & 80s (thanks Mom & Dad), but their is just something about classic 90s that makes me smile. I’m sure there is a point to all this somewhere, but I’m feeling pretty stuck in nostalgia. Anyway on with the list:

My Top Ten Songs of the 1990s:
10. Hold On- Wilson Phillips (Wilson Phillips/1990)
9. I Want it That Way- Backstreet Boys (Millennium/1999)
8. Wonderwall- Oasis ((What’s the Story) Morning Glory?/1995)
7. One of Us- Joan Osbourne (Relish/1995)
6. Wannabe- Spice Girls (Spice/1996)
5. Smooth- Santana f. Rob Thomas (Supernatural/1999)
4.Learn to Fly- Foo Fighters (There is Nothing Left to Lose/1999)
3. One Week- Barenaked Ladies (Stunt/1998)
2. Don’t Speak- No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom/1995)
1. God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You- *Nsync (*Nsync/1998)

These are mostly in order and they are mostly all songs I loves as a child of the 90s. There are a few that I didn’t appreciate until much later, but I forgive myself since I was a freshman in high school in 1999. I was not one of those cool middle schoolers who was listening to Nirvana and not Nsync and honestly; I’m okay with that. I still ❤ JustinTimberlake!


Jack Johnson at the Tampa Amphitheater

I am live music lover. Unless it involves screaming or rap if it’s live I’m game. So when this conversation happened: 
Bff/Rooms: PIC!!!! (as she burst into my room)
Me: mmmrrrph, what? (I was almost asleep)
B: Jack Johnson is coming to Florida, we should go.
Me: Yeah, okay. When is it?
B: August 25…
Me: It’s March…
B: Yeah….do you want to go?
Me: Why not?
B: Okay, I’ll get tickets for you, me, and C-Dawg.
I was happily on my way to a mellow evening of surfer dude hippy music.
The concert was at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater (Disclaimer: This is the first, last, and only time I will mention refer to this venue as the Ask Gary Amphitheater. I will refer to it from here on out as the Amphitheater of the Tampa Amphitheater). BFF/Rooms/PIC Mandy and I picked up C-Dawg (her boyfriend) at his house and we were off for a fun and rainy evening. The first opening act ALO went on at 7PM, we were just getting to the parking lot as they started their set. We had great parking (read: STELLAR) usually I wouldn’t mention this, but the Amphitheater is at the State Fairgrounds which are dirt/clay/not paved and it has been raining in Tampa since Sunday (At a previous concert it was so muddy I almost lost my shoes, not  flip-flops an actual enclosed shoes).  So we parked and made our way up to the venue.
After last summer’s Kenny Chesney debacle we opted for seats instead of the lawn. G Love took the stage about twenty minutes after we got to our seats. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect from a guy called G Love. What we got was bluesy/folk/hip-hop that had people dancing in their seats and jamming right along. The highlight for me was the ingeniously titled “Cold Beverage” which proclaims a love for all things cool and frosty. G Love also produced one of the evening top 3 moments (even if only BFFMandy, C-Dawg, and I got it.) Prior to singing “Booty Call”, about his parents meeting in New Jersey, the native Floridians were asked to identify themselves and then the folks from New York/New Jersey/Philly were given a shout out. The applause from the Northerners by far out shined the native Floridians. BFFMandy joined in with the New Yorkers which prompted a conversation that went like this:
Me: You are not from New York
BFF: Connecticut might as well be New York.
C-Dawg: But it isn’t and he didn’t say CT.
Me: When he does you can say “Me” (This was accompanied by arm waving)
BFF: You look ridiculous
Me: You can say “Me, MandyE, eating a lobstah.” (All of this accompanied my ridiculous gestures)
BFF: (Mocking me) “Me, MandyE, eating a lobstah.”

“Me. BFFMandy, Eating a Lobstah!”
Clearly we don’t need much encouragement to be ridiculous. G Love finished his set with one more song; which according to C-Dawg Jack Johnson usually accompanies him on. Around the time G Love finished it started to rain and despite our seats under the awning we were still getting wet. We made a brief attempt to move further inward, but ended up back in our own seats when the actual ticket holders showed up.
Finally, finally, finally Jack Johnson took the stage. He opened with probably my second favorite song, Banana Pancakes. Overall I really enjoyed the show. He played all the really popular stuff and even the stuff I wasn’t familiar with I really enjoyed. There were the crowd pleasers like Sitting, Waiting, Wishing and Better Together (the last song of the show.) The highlights for me were Upside Down, an awesome cover of Tom Petty’s Free Fallin, To the Sea and Bubble Toes. By far my favorite moment was Jack’s cover of Jimmy Buffett’s Pirate Looks at 40. It’s one of my all time favorite Buffett songs and the version from the concert was wistful, dreamy, and absolutely perfect.
More Pictures!!
BFF and I Hula dancing


Jack takes the Stage

It was a great night and we had tons of fun.