Handing over the baton

In a few days, Carson Daly will be leading us back into the 1990s to remember and wax nostalgic about TRL. What’s definitely more interesting than Daly himself, if that’s possible, is what happened after I saw the commercial on VH1.

A few minutes after watching said commercial, I went to “work”: gathered my notes, opened Pages, and scanned i-Tunes for some background music. Of late I’ve really been enjoying the Fountains of Wayne appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Podcast (especially the first track).

As this played, my husband made a comment about “Radiation Vibe” and he was horrified when I looked at him with a blank stare.

I was equally shocked with myself since I can honestly say I’ve never heard this song. What was I doing in 1996 that I missed it?

To test my 1990s credibility, the next song up was Matthew Sweet’s “Sick of Myself,” which obviously I know.

And like most classic tracks of an era, I don’t remember when I first heard this song. It’s just always been around. For my husband, this is THE song of the 1990s. I respectfully disagree. My vote goes to “Hey Jealousy” by the Gin Blossoms.

Of course, there are many songs that would fit this bill. But “Hey Jealousy,” for me, immediately evokes very ’90s images: flannel; messy hair; wayward 20-somethings in a run-down suburban-scape. Plus, no matter where it’s playing, I always sing along.

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