Back in the Day Music 2/24/17
The old adage says “Too much of a good thing.” Obviously you can think about all of items in your life that you use in excess. Technology, vacations, sweets are just a few examples. One example for me that hurt me after my metabolism slowed down was Matt’s chocolate chip cookies. These you could purchase at Jewel or Aldi in Morris. When I was in junior high they would come in packages of 16. I would eat four each night before bed, along with a tall glass of milk. Then I would be in the mood for cheese, so I’d have some Kraft singles and wash it down with a Pepsi. It was just about 1,000 calories or so to end the evening; not too shabby. It got worse in high school when they went down to only 15 in a bag. So, five cookies a night it was. And people were always taking my lucky charm…err cookies. And when my count was off, you’d feel my wrath! Even though I couldn’t put weight on for nothing in high school, this turned out to be too much of a good thing by the time I went off to college.
I then thought of some other items that I have seen, that would be considered “Too much of a good thing”. I have always been a fan of trivia so when they came out with Who Wants to be a Millionaire, I was ecstatic. It was an event once a week. But when they turned it into a few times a week, it lost its cache.
I then pondered the American Pie movie franchise. The first American Pie movie changed the way people looked at high school films. It was a story told and played out in a way you had never seen before. It was and still is hysterical. I mean, what isn’t funny about four teenage boys entering a pact to lose their virginity and mainstreaming a term still used today?
A main component in that comedy was Steve Stifler! He wasn’t in every scene but he was in enough where you always wanted more. The one liners and zingers he had were great. But as time went on in the series, the story surrounded him too much and this did not turn out well, in my opinion.
Stifler’s house was the place everyone went to hang out. This reminded me of my buddy Danny’s parents’ house. It was an awesome ranch with a finished basement, pool table, huge yard, oh and an in-ground swimming pool with a diving board. Not much more 17 year olds could have asked for. The 21 basketball games we would play with the Little Tikes basketball hoop were brutal. I think my buddy Keith’s elbow is still bleeding from hitting it on the concrete perimeter back in 2001. I thought I was going to drown the time we tried to see how many people we could stack on a raft. Heck, Danny’s mom thought a bikini top that was left at her house belonged to one of the guys that came over since, “He was the only one I saw wearing it.” Classic times.
And these were the middle child’s get togethers. I wasn’t around for his older brothers gatherings, but I have heard they were of epic proportions. By the time I was old enough to come around, his older brother had seemed to mellow out. I once came over in the afternoon on a Saturday and the oldest son, Mike, and his buddy were playing Virtua Tennis for Dreamcast. I stayed for most of the night, went home, and came back in the morning to find that these two guys hadn’t moved nor stopped playing a video for nearly 36 hours. It was quite impressive.
But like anything else, too much of a good thing will rear its ugly head. The house went out with a bang thanks to a New Year’s Eve party that we orchestrated while in college and one guy getting mad he wasn’t invited and punching a hole in the wall. Needless to say, Danny’s dad was none too happy about the shambles his house was left in. Everyone scattered like a broken up high school kegger and I stayed behind and cleaned the entire house.
And that leads us into today’s back in the day music. Things just lose their luster and that’s what happened to today’s song…twice. Originally released in 1987 today’s song was a worldwide number one, staying there for five weeks in the US. Lord only knows why. VH1 voted it as the 28th most awesomely bad song ever in 2004. That shouldn’t happen to worldwide hits, but this one deserved it. In 2007, it made a comeback with being a part of the most popular internet meme of all time. In fact, our musician today won an MTV European Music Award for Best Act Ever.
While too much of a good thing can be bad, for our song today, it was terrible in and around the years of 2008. Even though the “thing” in too much of a good thing may not be the best for you, it’s never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down…