This morning is a very special edition of the Monday music mix because . . . my parents are taking over. Okay, not entirely, but they’re outnumbering me two to one. Before dinner yesterday, I was thinking about this column and how we could pool the diverse Bonney family musical tastes into one post. Rather than trying to find a single musical theme, we focused on any music that reminded us of growing up. My parents picks from the 60s are vastly superior to my 80s choices, but I did my best to represent my own decade (Debbie Gibson, anyone?). And as an added bonus, I included some embarrassing photos from my childhood. Including one especially incriminating photo from a New Kids on the Block show.
Image above: My parents (Chris and Elaine) in the 70s, before they were married
Whether you’re with your family right now or just thinking of them, I hope you’ll join in the fun and share some of the music that reminds you of growing up. If your parents can’t chime in, don’t worry; your own decade’s music will be welcome company. xo, grace
Tommy James and The Shondells, “Mony Mony” (Elaine/Mom) — “This song was the theme song for our junior prom. I was in love with a local band, and their lead singer sang this song. Young love, it does leave an impression.”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully” (Elaine/Mom) — “We used to go to White Lake, NC, on vacation, and there was a jukebox on the end of the pier where we were staying. My sister Marsha and I would go fill the jukebox with quarters, and this was one of the songs we used to play over and over.”
Dave Clark Five, “Glad All Over” (Elaine/Mom) — “This was the first concert I ever saw, and it was when I really fell in love with rock music — and guys in general.”
CLICK HERE for the rest of the mix (My Dad’s Top 4 Songs, My Top 4 and my NKOTB pics) after the jump!
Four Tops, “Shake Me Wake Me (When It’s Over)” and “I’ll Be There” (Chris/Dad) — “These first two songs were the music of high school — dances and dates.”
Procol Harum, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (Chris/Dad) — “For me, this marked a transition from the more innocent songs of Motown to an era of more rebellious music.”
The Standells, “Dirty Water” (Chris/Dad) — “My friend Ron Mclaine had a band and played that song, and I thought they had written it because I’d never heard it before.”
Michael Jackson, “Thriller” (Grace) — My friend Courtney and I (see last week’s post about her massive two-record collection) loved this song so much. Her dad bought me a Thriller shirt to wear when we were three or four years old, and my mom swears I wore it to sleep for days and days in a row.
Deniece Williams, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” (Grace) — We lived in an apartment complex when I was little that had a community pool. My mom told me that when this song came on, I would dance around the pool and perform it. It doesn’t elicit quite the same reaction these days, though I still can’t help but sing along.
Debbie Gibson, “Out of the Blue” (Grace) — Did any of you NOT want to tear a hole in your jeans and draw a smiley face on your knee? No? Then you didn’t grow up in the 80s. I wanted to be Debbie Gibson so badly, bowler hat and all.
New Kids On The Block, “Step by Step” (Grace) — It’s embarrassing enough to have this as a favorite song from your childhood, but I figured I’d go in full force with this one. Not only did I own a Joe doll and attend an NKOTB concert in the throes of bronchitis with my cousin Dori (incriminating photo below — laugh away), but I also bought a “Backstage Pass” from Claire’s accessory store and really truly thought it was real. I was so disappointed to find out it wasn’t.* I don’t know what I was thinking about preferring Joe, though; clearly, Jordan was the cute one.
*Bonus embarrassment: We couldn’t afford two sets of binoculars (you can imagine how good our seats were), so Dori and I SHARED a set and looked through one eye-hole a piece. But I was convinced they were STILL just singing for me.
*Extra bonus embarrassment: My mom is making me include this photo (below) from when I was three. I loved these headphones so much that I apparently wore them around the house, unplugged, because I thought they looked cool.