Friday, August 27, 2010

Before There Was Pop, Boy Bands...

and Emo... there was Alternative. The 90's gave us bands that produced, I would say, the last real music. Bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Stone Temple Pilots paved the way into a new music genre leaving the hair metal of the 80's, well, in the 80's. The Smashing Pumkins, Blind Melon, Alice in Chains, The Toadies, Jane's Addiction... the list of 90's Alternative turned grunge movement goes on and on. What do I think of when I think about these bands? High School. Finding myself. Having something relatable (well as a 16 year old anyway).

Why am I getting all nostalgic on you?


I flashed back to circa 1995 last night at the Alamo Drafthouse "90's Alternative Sing-Along"!! It. Was. Awesome. (Awesome? Yes, last night inspired Awww.)

We sang and sang to some of our favorites last night! Although towards the end of the show the music selection was a bit questionable, they picked way too many songs from the late 90's which is when alternative started getting "Poppie", ultimately giving way to "Pop Music" (gasp, gag, ewww) then the dreaded Boy Bands, and now what we are left to listen to (which I don't) - fake studio produced music (double gag). I digress.

We would really have liked it to have stayed straight laced Alternative rooted, Grunge authentic music but well I didn't hear my phone ringing soooo... either way we had a fantastic time. On the way home we picked apart the entire music video selection played for us, we then came up with the play list they should use when/if they do a "90's Alternative Sing-Along Volume 2", which I intend to email to them. hehe.


Heck yeah there are pictures. I got all grunge'tastic for the show! I dug around and found two necklaces that never left my neck for a period back in the day, some thumb rings, messed up my hair, got my cons on (they were new ones, my authentic real converse are no longer with us), took a flannel from Jimmy's closet (it was a toss up between tanks and a flannel or my REAL Stussy long sleeve--went with the tanks cuz well it's August in Texas).

We are so misunderstood...

The MonDro (Monica and Budro)... They were also sporting authentic, actually purchased and worn in the 90's clothing and accessories.

My fav picture of the night..

What I had waited all day for, aside from the show of course...Green Chile Cheese Queso Fries. Ya'll these fries are literally swimming in a bowl of Green Chile Queso goodness.

Our host for the evening...(the one to blame for the Bjork ancore, just wrong. He is wearing a Brittnay Spears shirt so that did give some insight to some of the song choices later in the evening.)

While the host was hosting he had the ushers pass out baskets of lighters for the slower ballady songs so that we could do this (I burned my thumb, not a smoker so not a lighter pro)

This is what a Sing-Along looks like. This is the video to "Interstate Love Song", they play the video (or movie clip if it's a movie sing-along) with the words at the bottom. Some lyrics were cleared up last night! haha

The crowd...

And then, about mid-way through... Nirvana. And a random appearance by Kurt Cobain.

Of course you can't sing-along with Nirvana in your chair sooo... to the stage!!

Me and Budro. And our group, Budro, Monica, Me, and Becky, outside after the show.

Now you can't go anywhere these days (or since the beginning of time) without someone assuming the title of "That Guy". Well last night's "That Guy" wore his title proudly. By the end of the show the entire audience was calling him the Red Shirt Guy, most of us not affectionately. Now you saw me and Monica on stage for Nirvana and being on stage is allowed. You can go up as much, as little as you want or not at all. Red Shirt Guy was an almost permenant fixture on the stage last night and when he came down from the stage he was dancing through the isles, also allowed (basically anything goes at these shows, I mean they gave us lighters remember) We just got tired of looking at him. He even got onstage when they played No Doubt's "I'm Just A Girl" and during Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know". Um news flash, those are girl songs and you were the ONLY dude up there! I mean one song is detailing the stuggle of being a girl and the other is lambasting all men! geez...

See Red Shirt Guy. See him dance. See him annoy.

What makes those last two pictures even MORE annoying is that Red Shirt Guy and the there dance partcipants were getting down to... Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet".


  1. That looks like so much fun! You look great btw! Have a good weekend.

  2. Oh how fun!! So sorry I missed out!

  3. Good times! Love the converse! I almost bought a pair the other day...I think I am going to go back to the store and get them after all.