De La Soul - “A Rollerskating Hame Named ‘Saturdays’”
De La Soul is high school to me; or at least their first 2 albums. I went to a really small, hippie/artsy high school so several of my classmates made our senior yearbook from scratch. While doing so we frequently listened to Three Feet High & Rising and De La Soul Is Dead. (Along with the aforementioned Monie Love, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep) I liked some harder hip-hop/rap stuff in high school (a bit of Ice-T, Ice Cube, Big Daddy Kane, etc.) but I will admit to being so sucked in by how infectiously groovy and danceable all of the Native Tongues releases were. (Native Tongues were a loosely associated group of rappers like De La, Tribe, Monie, Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers, Black Sheep, etc.) This song is especially impossible to resist dancing to. I had to have a little shimmy around my room before I finished this post.
Monie Love feat. True Image - “It’s A Shame” (Cool As… 7” Mix)
Oh, my love for Monie knew no bounds my last couple years of high school. Her Down 2 Earth cassette had as nearly permanent place in my car’s tape deck and when I heard this remix on a cassingle for the original “It’s A Shame” release, it eclipsed my love for the original by a mile. I still find myself playing this song over and over again on my iPod, especially if I’m walking around the city; it’s got such an infectious groove for strutting around your given locale. Monie is also inanely adorable in this video with her exaggerated facial expressions and movements. The dancers are sublime and the whole thing fills me with unending joy.
When I look back at my youthful obsession with Mary’s Danish, I should probably be more embarrassed by it than I am. I mean, the slappy/RHCP bass-antics alone are reason to cringe a little bit. But as dated as the production values are, I still have a soft spot in my heart for MD. They were part of my early forays into music that was somewhat outside mainstream radio pop and MTV heavy rotation. My friends Sarah and Karen both shared the love and if I was in a car with one of them odds are we were playing one of their tapes and trying to copy Gretchen and Julie’s harmonies.
This one is still an all-time favorite but I was absolutely obsessed with it in high school. And this video is complete with the Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?/Sunset Boulevard homage that felt way too close to the actual tension between Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit.
Hey! Half Blast are playing a show at Hemlock Tavern on Saturday August 23rd with Charmless and Lucky Jesus! We go on at 9:30 sharp and it’s going to be a really fun show, so come on out and rock with us.
I got to see my friends in We Miss The Earth play a show for PDX Pop Now while I was on vacation in Portland. They were truly fantastic a live - a big wall of noise and melody and bass and drums and fuzzed-out pop goodness. This is their newest song and I am super in love with it. You should go to their main Bandcamp page and download as much as you can afford. It’s all excellent and your ears will be so pleased with your decision.