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Old 11-07-2017, 12:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've put literally no thought into this, but the other night I downloaded Ace of Base and now I'm going to re-listen to all of the music I liked as a child (ages 8 through 18) and see how embarrassed I am as a grown ass adult. I'm just gonna start because I don't really care.
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Artist: Ace of Base
Album: Happy Nation
Year: 1993

My Age Then: This was literally the first album I ever consciously remember liking. This interest probably occurred somewhere from age 6 to age 9. I remember hearing The Sign and All That She Wants on the radio a lot, and my childhood best friend's mom owned a copy of Happy Nation on cassette, so it was one of the first albums I ever really had access to. My best friend and I used to stand on the pool table in the basement and pretend it was a stage, then we'd lip-sync to the songs. I'd pretend to be Lynn and she'd pretend to be Jenny (cuz the hair colours matched) and we'd argue over which one of them was the probable lead singer.

My Age Now: This album is a really weird mix of genuinely good choruses and genuinely atrocious everything-else. Like the auto-tuned goose-honking in All That She Wants, what IS that? I don't even think anyone else in the 90s even did that **** in their songs? Adding to that, the lead singer is a surprisingly bad vocalist for how popular this group was at the time. I mean, there are a handful of catchy choruses here, but they're bogged down by some of the weirdest and least appealing verses I've heard in literally decades.

Best Tracks: Waiting for Magic has a genuinely great chorus, as do Happy Nation, Voulez Vous Danser, and the obvious hits. The verses though, dear god.

Rating, If that Means Anything to You: 1.5 / 5 or "Unremarkable".

How I Feel About It Now: I can't remember who said it to me or where I read it, but I swear I heard a hilarious conspiracy theory about how Ace of Base was a front for a white supremacist movement. This bears nothing on how I feel about the band, I just wanted you to know that, too.



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Old 11-07-2017, 01:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Artist: B*Witched
Album: B*Witched
Year: 1998

My Age Then: I would've been 9 when this was released, but I estimate myself to be 10 or 11 when I owned this album. There was something on YTV (Canadian children's network) called "The Hit List", which was basically a top-10 countdown show for pop and R&B videos in the 90s. I picked this up either from that, or from my friend Tiffany, who took over Kayla's role in my fictional band around the age of 8. I can't remember why I kicked Kayla out of the band, but I feel like she was probably a stage hog.

My Age Now: The album opens with the theme from Titanic, then becomes an Irish electronic jig that sounds so much like Venetian Snares that I can't stop laughing.The rest of the songs are pretty standard 90s teenage pop, but for some reason interspersed with Riverdance jiggery in the bridge of literally every song. The melodies are upbeat and predictable, and the vocals are so high in the mix I feel like I'm watching a commercial for Lucky Charms or something. Apart from that, there are a few truly smart chord changes that belong on a better album by better musicians.

Best Tracks: To You I Belong, which, I am shocked to discover, is NOT part of the Titanic soundtrack. Blame It On the Weatherman and Freak Out are also decent songs.

Rating, If You Care About That Kind of Thing: 1.5 / 5 stars, or "Unremarkable".

How I Feel About it Now: I listened to this after Agalloch, so my Last.FM page is going to be truly hilarious this week.

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Old 11-07-2017, 01:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I remember them, didn't have the album though

I remember having to do music homework which involved reviewing a song, I forgot to do it and I went in early and told the music teacher before school started so he put a song on and said I could review one quickly and the song he put on was a B*Witched song. The point of this post: there isn't one.

Some absolute cheese being posted so far, I love it
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Some absolute cheese being posted so far, I love it
Oh you don't even know what's in store.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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B* Witched, weren't they Spice Girls wannabes?

Pop was definitely at its zenith in the nineties Can you do the macarena?
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I'm not for a moment challenging the premise of the thread - if Ped and others feel this way, that's fine - but personally I can't imagine why someone would "get out of" a band or artist they liked when younger. All of the artists I enjoyed when I was, say, 15, though I may not listen to them as much now as I did then, I still enjoy. Maybe it's because I listened to music I actually liked, rather than what was cool or on the radio, and there was no clique telling me what I should listen to. Or maybe it was because I wasn't ever really musical - as in, able to play a musical instrument properly - so I couldn't see flaws in the music. I don't know. All I know is, I can't point to any artist I used to listen to and slag them off now, or myself, saying "How did I ever listen to that?"

If anything, there are bands and artists I used to avoid listening to, out of pure ignorance, or lumping all bands of one genre together (Fiction Factory and Depeche Mode, as one of my workmates once put it succinctly, as "Puff Bands") that I have started giving time to as I get older, and find, in the main, they have a lot to offer.

Just my three-fiddy, for what it's worth.
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I'm not for a moment challenging the premise of the thread - if Ped and others feel this way, that's fine - but personally I can't imagine why someone would "get out of" a band or artist they liked when younger. All of the artists I enjoyed when I was, say, 15, though I may not listen to them as much now as I did then, I still enjoy. Maybe it's because I listened to music I actually liked, rather than what was cool or on the radio, and there was no clique telling me what I should listen to. Or maybe it was because I wasn't ever really musical - as in, able to play a musical instrument properly - so I couldn't see flaws in the music. I don't know. All I know is, I can't point to any artist I used to listen to and slag them off now, or myself, saying "How did I ever listen to that?"
Because as you get older your taste either matures or changes, you hear more music, find new artists, other stuff appeals or you can relate to new things cos of life experiences and you realise the stuff you used to like wasn't actually that good. Or it was juvenile and a bit cringe worthy and appealed to you because you were a child yourself. I used to think some Backstreet Boys tunes were amazing but that's probably cos I had only heard about fifty songs.

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Old 11-07-2017, 07:57 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The above post was my response to this btw:

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I can't point to any artist I used to listen to and slag them off now, or myself, saying "How did I ever listen to that?"
Not me trying to explain the reasons for this thread.
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In my generation, it was the Partridge Family and the Osmond Brothers. I dare anyone to tell me they're in love with them now.
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