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music friday: 1990

My friend Tomás mentioned on Facebook that his 25th high school reunion is this weekend, which gave me an excuse to do a Music Friday from 1990. It’s funny, I met Tomás in grad school, but I was already there in 1990, while he was just entering college. Anyway, on his blog, Tomás often annotates songs with stories about what those songs meant to him at the time. He created a YouTube playlist for 1990 (his list isn’t confined to 1990). Here are some 1990 songs I liked, that aren’t on his playlist. (And if I have the year wrong, oh well.)

Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart”.
Madonna, “Vogue”.
Public Enemy, “Welcome to the Terrordome”.
Seal, “Crazy”.
Moby, “Go”.
C&C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). (For some reason, my 3-year-old grandson sings this song on random occasions.)
Social Distortion, “Ball and Chain”.
Sinéad O'Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U”. (Note: Famous Video, if you only like to watch one or two.)
Digital Underground, “Doowutchyalike”.
Garth Brooks, “Friends in Low Places”.



This is great! I was trying to stick to the dance ("disco biscuit") stuff that saturated the culture of my school. C&C Music Factory and Deee-Lite should have been there! Thanks!

Steven Rubio

It's almost embarrassing to think of what we danced to when I was in high school. It was the peak of the "wave your arms in the air like you are tripping" dance era, which meant you could dance to anything.

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