Jeremy Pollack – Hypercolor

Before there was you, there was you-before-you. The you that wore parachute pants because you didn’t know any better. The you that hung out at the mall and shoplifted candybars and played Hard Drivin’ at the arcade. The you that went to dances at other schools because nobody there knew you were unpopular.

Before you discovered music, you listened to whatever was on the radio, or whatever your brother listened to, or whatever Josh Douglas listened to because Josh Douglas had a girlfriend and so obviously knew something you didn’t. You didn’t know what made good music good or bad music bad, but it was there, and you listened to it. It wasn’t just a social signifier; you did enjoy it, at one point in time.

Later on, you grew taller, stopped hanging out at the mall, and discovered BBSes. You met a girl who lived in the city, and even though she didn’t date you, she did take you to see Laser Pink Floyd and Laser Zeppelin; your world would never be the same.

Sometimes it’s useful to look back at what we once were and what we listened to. Even if we didn’t love the music, we listened to it, and in some distant way, it’s part of who we are now — even if nobody wears Hypercolor shirts anymore.

L’Trimm – Cars That Go Boom*
Paula Abdul – Cold Hearted
Janet Jackson – Miss You Much*
Bobby Brown – On Our Own (Ghostbusters II theme)*
Tevin Campbell – Round and Round*
DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Metallica – Enter Sandman
Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood
Poison – Unskinny Bop
Roxette – Joyride
Cindy Lauper – All Through the Night

Paulic – Cool is Cool (Amiga demoscene .MOD file. Search for it on under Modules)