Good evening, children. I am an old person according to media and pop culture, as I graduated in 1997. You may have gleaned that from the title. Please know that I am also toasted on sangria, as I chugged a bottle in about 90 minutes. Life is hard.
You know what shouldn’t be hard? Choosing music to get drunk to. It should be a simple collection of songs that alternate between angry, soothing, nostalgic, and Keeping Up With the Kids. That’s why I’m here to let you know a few of the songs and bands I listen to while chugging booze and attempting to forget that time marches on… across my ass. Damn it.
Rage Against the Machine - it doesn’t matter which song
Especially now, it is more important than ever to have Zach de la Rocha screaming at you that some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses. A plus for any playlist for a night of drinking alone (when you left high school in the late ’90s) should have multiple Rage songs. Never stop fighting the power, kids.
Backstreet Boys - “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
If you come from the time that I came from teenagerly, I dare you to enjoy yourself without this song. It’s ridiculous, easy to dance to, and spectacularly awkward. If you came of age in the ’90s you know that we basically thrived on that trio of feelings/whatever.\
Gorillaz - “Clint Eastwood”
You take a song that uses the name of a not yet sullied in the ’90s movie icon and mix it with the vocals of Blur’s Damon Albarn and the imagery of Jamie Hewlitt and you’ve got a wet dream for some of us hitting puberty in the 1990s.
Gin Blossoms - your choice
I guarantee that you have a connection to at least one song from the “New Miserable Experience” album if you graduated in the late ’90s. It’s just science. Although the song “Hold Me Down” may be about avoiding too much alcohol, you can ignore its advice and just sing loudly along with its lyrics. You’re allowed. Maybe you only know “Found Out About You” or “Hey Jealousy”, but any of those are guaranteed to make your slide from sober to thrashed a little more comfortable. I guarantee it.
Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself
Maybe it’s just me, but something about the 100% Fun album is 90% amazing songs and 10% I completely forgot they existed. “Sick of Myself” is one that almost every Gen Xer can relate to, hating themselves while loving someone else fully to the point of self-destruction. Hell yeah.
Third Eye Blind
Listen, shut up. I love Third Eye Blind. Play “Semi-Charmed Life” and get bent.
Panic at the Disco! - “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
You know this encompasses the apathy and celebration of my generation. Get on it.
Again, your choice, friends.
Stone Temple Pilots - all of their songs
Anything by Our Lady Peace, some Justin Timberlake from the 2000s, Metallica, REO Speedwagon, and some pop princesses. Have fun, kids.
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