History 1996: The Way it Actually Was vs the Way You Want To Remember it
posted by January 17 at 10:34 AMon
Megan’s post about 1996 got me thinking about the gap between how things actually were and the way we like to remember them. In 1996, I was 16, living in the suburbs, and going to shows at the Old Firehouse but usually paying less attention to the bands than to the social life. My favorite bands then were probably Jawbreaker, Rancid, Green Day, the Chemical Brothers, and Red Rocket (ask Dave at Red Light about that one). But when I look back on 1996, I imagine my own musical tastes rather differently. Jawbreaker’s still on the list, but Daft Punk and Aphex Twin replace the Chemical Brothers, Modest Mouse replaces Rancid, Sonic Youth and Bikini Kill make the list instead of Green Day (okay, maybe Green Day stays too), and so on… That’s how 1996 sounds when I think about it now, but it probably didn’t really sound that way at the time. It probably sounded a lot more like this. I guess all this is to say, thank god we don’t stay 16 forever, and: How fucking dated is that Jawbreaker video?