A song you grew up thinking was an oldie

Monday, December 12, 2011

I "grew up" in the late 80s through the 90s, so I most of the music I thought of as old was from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In the early '90s, my parents, being much older than I, enjoyed listening to the Lite Music radio stations in the car when they weren't listening to 1010 WINS or CBS Radio. This usually meant we were listening to a mix of present day Adult Contemporary songs (Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Gloria Estefan and the like) and music by The Carpenters, The Beatles, Elton John and occasionally even older stuff, like the Supremes. Most of this music was extremely drone-y to me and rarely did I pay it any attention. By the mid-90s, I was asking my parents if I could pick the radio station.

Most of the oldies which were memorable to me came from television and movies. By age 10, I was obsessed with past decades, particularly the 60s and 70s. I devoured every episode of "The Brady Bunch" and "Bewitched," even redecorating the dining room and living room with orange linens and other awful colors that were popular back then (fortunately for me, that period was the prime of my parents' youth, so I had a closet full of "props" I could play and decorate with).

The movie I became obsessed with was the coming-of-age movie Now and Then, which was released in 1995. It follows to the present day the lives of 4 girls who grew up in a small Indiana town during the late 60s and early 70s. I wanted to be Christina Ricci's character (even though she turned out to be Rosie O'Donnell) because she seemed like the perfect independent tomboyish girl ... who also happened to get the cute blond guy (this movie may have spawned my first adolescent celebrity crush on Devon Sawa, which lasted until I stumbled upon Nick Carter. They're kind of interchangeable, visually speaking, now that I think about it).

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Anyway, I thought (and still think) the soundtrack to Now and Then was amazing. It included all sorts of fun pop songs from the era, like "Sugar, Sugar" by "The Archies," "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra, "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne and "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando and Dawn.

"Sugar, Sugar" quickly became one of my favorite "oldies" songs.


Here's the original music video:


And the ever-awesome 1960s Nancy Sinatra:


To this day, I'm still kind of obsessed with the 60s and 70s. I think fashion in the 60s was the best of the 20th century, and in general, I'd like to think that life was simpler then.

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