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Music from my past- What was I thinking?

Updated on March 1, 2012

It was cool back then... I swear it was!


The music that fills my soul with giggles and memories

I did most of my growing up in the late 80's early to mid 90's. This time period brought with it various types of music genre including the ultimate 'Boy Band' experience. Gosh how I loved the New Kids on the Block, I even had the lunch box to tote around my affection for them. (don't hate, I was only eight years old).

If you would please come with me on a trip down memory lane, and revisit the art that made this boy band so desirable. At eight years old, I knew that they had all the right stuff that was important to my fluttering heart.

Enjoy the wonder that was and is New Kids On the Block.

The Right Stuff- Came on a Neon Orange Lunch Box

They made it okay to be a little confused as to how to wear your pants


Kriss Kross had every middle school dance, jumping up and down with laughter and excitement. I was not cool, so I stuck with the jumping only-but the popular crowd added to the Jump-Jump with some equally impressive brake dance type of movements, drawing every 7th and 8th grade girl into the show. When paired with backwards pants that were sagging down to their knees, or perhaps the overalls with one pant leg up, hanging off of one shoulder- wow!! the boys looked oh so cute...

(NOT! But I am not one to judge, I wore rinestones with puffy paint on my clothing. Like I said, I was not cool-by any means.)

What the heck were we thinking? Did we actually have a logical thought to consider this the next great?

What is up with the dramatic expressions? And where is that stupid sign? I don't see it!

She saw the sign... no one else did, but she did!

If this song wasn't so catchy and easy to sing along with, it wouldn't have been worth the wonder that it created in our minds. The question, even now is still: What Sign?

This song makes me laugh, not necessarily because of the lyrics, but because of the intense serious look on the faces of the band members while filming the video. They look so incredibly constipated, I am worried for them.

The band was popular back in the early 1990's. They had a following for a short time, before their appeal dried up and everyone stopped looking for the sign that they sung so faithfully about. This is Ace of Base and the song at hand is: The Sign... Enjoy!

So many women, so little mullet... Poor Billy Ray...

You can tell my heart...

Billy Ray Cyrus wasn't always Hannah Montana's daddy. He was the heart ache cowboy that brought meaning to the mullet and true meaning to heart ache with his hit; Achy Breaky Heart. There is nothing, not to love about this mullet sporting cowboy... He had the hair, the tight jeans, and the moves to move us all.

If you don't know Achy Breaky Heart, I am sorry for you, because this is a song that deserves your heart and affection... Let's hear it Billy Ray! We wont tell you a thing your heart wont understand! (Except that little Hannah Montana, Billy Ray- she will find herself smoking something and it will be captured on tape for the world to judge- Disney Chanel will want her gone, she will lose her sponsors and my may be enough to break your achy breaky heart, again)...just saying...?

History became least Egyptian history did...

If they move too quick (oh whey oh) They're falling down like a domino

Love This Song!

It was the best dance and most creative display of words that I had ever seen! Wonderful and creative... (oh whey oh)!

My favorite lines from the entire song are: The Blonde Waitresses take their trays- They spin around and they cross the floor- They've got the moves (oh whey oh)- You drop your drink then they bring you more.

I think it was the visual I got when hearing the lines...and then let us not forget the whistling solo, that was so great and was finally enough motivation for me to learn how to whistle...


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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Deb- Music is and always be apart of my life, it is a great way to get in touch with the way that we feel at any particular moment in time, when we are lost for is the ultimate way to express ones self and/or to set moods. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on the hub, I appreciate the support.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Gypsy Rose Lee- lol... I love so much music from the 50 through today, it is amazing... I love looking at how the progression has been in both genre and content of the songs being created...the music of the day, certainly does display the thoughts of our time. thanks for coming by and commenting, I am glad you enjoyed the trip :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love music too/ I dont care how old you get music is a part of our lives.

      I grew up in the 60 and 70;s music and I swear that's the best music eve made.. LOl

      great hub.. I voted up and away


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I agree that Billy Ray Cyrus had something in him that made his songs great to listen and sigh to. I always thought that silly song Walk Like an Egyptian was a lot of fun. However I was born at an odd time too late for the 50s and too young for the 60s. So I schooled myself on music and chose what I liked and I love the music of the 50s, 60s, 70s and even some from the 80s but they lost me in the 90s. lol

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cagsil- lol...i still own all mine too... although I dont even own a cassette player anymore. :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Humour Begins- thanks for the comment, I am glad you liked the post :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Paradise7- thanks for the comment. I think all of these listed on the hub are 'music history', it seems like everything has a shelf life of about 5-10 years....after that many are not heard of anymore. Then the few such as Cher, Madonna have managed to hang in over time, and continue to appear to newer generations....

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      MelChi...ahh yes- the NO CD-DVD era, I remember those days. I remember Christmas time when I would sift through the gifts searching for a small package that was the size of a tape. I always asked, but never started to receive tapes until i was around 8 or 9... ACE of BASE, Wilson Philips, Madonna, Debbie Gibson were all among my collection by the time I was 11 or so. :) Thanks for the comment and for reading :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      LABrashear, Thanks for the comments- glad i could help in create a whirlpool of emotions for you :) I will check out the suggested hub- cant wait for the laugh :)

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Holly, yeah cassettes are better than 8track. However, I guess you overlooked it...I still own these things, especially the cassettes of Ace of Base. LOL! :) It's always my pleasure. :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      epigramman- thank you for the dedication :) I will think about who I believe would enjoy posting in our FB Music for your comment, thanks! I am glad you enjoyed the post- sorry I beat you to it, lol :) See you on FB... and stop freaking the cats out with your outburst of songs, :P

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      MartieCoetser, I have had such a great time posting in the FB Group- so naturally it spilled over into this hub. I thought it would be fun to give a brief recall into the past. Glad you liked the selection. See you on FB :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      jenubouka, lol... I am finding that many of us had a thing for New Kids on the Block... back then, they were certainly the 'in' thing...thanks for reading and commenting, i am glad you liked the post!

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      It really was a walk down musical memory lane. I still like the Bangles, though they've sorta become music history.

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      Humour Begins 6 years ago

      I loved all the posts. I am a music buff. Keep up the awesomeness.

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      Melanie Chisnall 6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Believe it or not, Ace of Base was my favourite band in my pre-teen years. I was obsessed with them! ;) We had their tapes back then, no such things as downloading music, CD's or DVD's. Great band back in the day, but I eventually grew out of them and recently discovered that the two female singers (who made the band in my opinion) have left and been replaced. Their songs bring back SO many good memories. Thanks for bringing them back - great hub :)

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      LABrashear 6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I feel a little pride, a little shame, and very nastalgic. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. I liked all except Kris Kross. Ahhhh...those were the days. You should check out PDXKaraokeGuy's hub My Ten Favorite TV Sitcom Theme Songs. It will make you giggle.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well Holly I was planning to post this wonderful hub subject and your obvious labor of love here to our musis/cinema group but you beat me to it - lol - so glad too - to be able to know you as the lovely person that you are (through some of our comments at the group) and find out a little more about the lady who holds the 'magic' pen .......lake erie time 1:31pm as promised - reading this upon waking up after night shift sleep with first cup of coffee

      p.s. - a little homework assignment, if you will, with your legion of followers here at the Hub and your many friends at FB - are there any other people you can think of who would like to join our group? Sending warm wishes and good energy to you - and if you can check this afternoon - I have dedicated a video link to you ..... hope to see you there

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      H.C. Porter, I enjoyed this hub of yours - felt if I was there. I love the music you have in here :)

      Voted up and awesome :)

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      Oh my how I loved NKOTB, my crush changed each week I swear! The bangles were my all time favorite to listen to as well, and I can still do the two-step to achy breaky heart.

      Awesome trip down memory lane as well as these songs now stuck in my head.

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      FloraBreenRobinson- I listened to all of the above along with Madonna and Wilson Philips... oh how my taste and the times have changed what is considered great music, lol...thanks for the comment and for stopping by my hub :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Claudia, oh no...dont get me started on my wardrobe- it was horrific, lol... thanks for the comment and for reading and watching :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ardie, lmao... NKOTB Forever

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State, you said cassettes! lol... i guess it is better than referring to an 8track, lol... it is okay- i had the cassettes too :) thanks for the comment Cagsil, as always I appreciate the support!

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Marcoujor, lol... i look forward to reading your 30/ so many wonderful writers here to read, i wonder when and where i shall find the time... thanks for the comment- do kids still carry the traditional lunch boxes any more? it was my favorite part of 'going back to school'

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Cassy Lu- it is okay, I was a dork too...and I am so glad i was to be able to enjoy the simple things in life such as for commenting :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      sholland10- lol... I think Walk like an Egyptian and Manic Monday were the two Bangles songs that will live forever in my memory... they were great examples of the era :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Kris, thanks for stopping by... it was one of mine too, lol... along with a lot of Madonna, lol... oh, those were the days :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Marcy, ,Thank you for stopping by and commenting, I appreciate the support. I am glad I have these memories, and I wish i still had the lunch box, lol :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      Alecia Murphy - the 90's brought so many memories for me as well, I am glad that I could give you some to bring a smile to your face. thank you for commenting :)

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      Holly 6 years ago from Lone Star State

      iamaudraleigh - thanks for the vote up, I am glad you liked the hub :)

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      New Kids on the Block were at their most popular when I was in junior high school. the first concert I ever attended outside classical music and my own performances was, in fact, a New Kids On The Block concert. I listened to them just like anyone else my age. I loved The Bangles too.

      When I was 8 years old, Toto's song "Africa" was my favourite song of the day and I am not embarrassed to say it. It is excellent.

      However, I have always listened to music from generations earlier than my own, especially my parents' age and WWII music.

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      Claudia Tello 6 years ago from Mexico

      I’ve also asked myself "What was I thinking?" many times, not so much in music as in wardrobe choices; nevertheless I do feel embarrassed to say I attended a Guns n´ Roses concert when I was around 14 years old and it might be the first time I confess it to anyone... please lets keep it between you and me ;)

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      Long live NKOTB! I am and always will be Joey's girl :D Fun Hub Holly

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Holly, thank you for the memory trip. LOL! I still happen to remember the words to every song you posted on this hub and I'm not sure if that's a good thing. LOL With that said, I was one of the followers of Ace of Base and I still have both cassettes of both albums that they produced. I wasn't as young as you were at the time, but I did enjoy the music from all the groups you represented here. Voted up! Awesome! Funny! Thank you. :)

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      You are joyful and so is your appreciation for music!

      I think my 30/30 will get along very nicely with your thoughts... only my lunchbox is much rustier (LOL)!

      Voted UP & FAB... Hugs, mar.

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      CassyLu1981 6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      LOL New Kids on the Block and Vanilla Ice were my favorites growing up....oh what a dork I was!!! Great trip down memory lane. Thanks! Voted up and shared :)

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      Susan Holland 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Oh come on! I love "Walk Like an Egyptian"! LOL I remember how cute Billy Ray was sporting that mullet!! Thanks for the memories! This is definitely a fun hub! Votes and shared! :-)

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Great trip down memory lane! "The Sign" was one of my favorites of that era:)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      What a fun read! You are so witty, and very informative. I had to laugh at your 'don't hate' message about your lunch box! Thanks for sharing these memories (even if you might want to forget a few of them!). Voted up, awesome and funny.

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      All these songs are proudly in my iPod except for Billy Ray and Walk Like an Egyptian, I couldn't get into them but I love singing The Sign. It's so 90s! Great hub!

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      iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

      LOL...thanks for the memories...voted up!!!!


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