Thursday, January 15, 2009

Songs that make me think of college: En Vogue, 10,000 Maniacs

Last week's Old School Friday theme "Music from the year you graduated high school" got me reminiscing about some of my college music faves.

Remember En Vogue? They were like the modern-day Supremes sans the Diana drama. In my late teens/early twenties I would have killed to look like a member of En Vogue with their tight hairdos and glam wardrobe. They were FIERCE and "Never Gonna Get It" was the song.

...however, I was probably more like Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs--more bookish cute than catwalk hot. That's cool. I loved all the college radio groups of the late 80s: R.E.M., The Cure, U2, The Replacements, and, of course, 10,000 Maniacs. Back in those days it was all about music with a message (We GenXers were righteous slackers) and no one did serious music like the Maniacs. Natalie could sing about child abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence and war, and make it sound charming. "Eat for Two," a song about unwanted pregnancy, was a favorite of mine.

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