It's been a while since I published Part One of this (5 years, but who's counting) and naturally, with the state of well *motions generally* everything, I felt like going on a little trip down nostalgia lane. I don't know about any one else but trust me when I say, it was either using this as a distraction or screaming into the void. As you can imagine, this sounded like the much more pleasant option.
Pop music, especially during the 80's, 90's and 00's, were specifically at the top of their game when it came to sneaking in secret euphemisms. While some can be pretty tame and innocent in nature, others can be straight up inappropriate meaning, we had absolutely no right singing them as kids.
Those really were the good days of hearing a song for the first time on the radio or on TV stations like MTV and, if you lived in Canada, Much Music. Way before streaming came on to the scene, this was how new music was discovered, learned and memorised word-for-word. Bless our parents, they were either so unaware or just ignored it and let it happen anyway.
So, with that little dose of nostalgia fresh in our minds, let's take it back to the days of baggy jeans, butterfly clips and frosted tips and start running down some [more] wildly inappropriate childhood songs from our glory days of youth.
First up is everyone's Euro trash band of choice, Vengaboys with "Boom, Boom, Boom." When it came to catchy dance anthems, this was the band to turn to. And while they lyrics are obvious today, in 1999 we had no idea what we were singing along about.
Iconic, a classic and a ballad that defined the 90's, "2 Become 1" was released in 1996. Now, you can imagine that at six years old, any kid would have thought it was an innocent ballad about being in love and all that sappy stuff. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I thought it was about getting married... How was I supposed to know what, "be a little wiser baby, put it on, put it on" meant?!
Full disclosure, I loved Making the Band and I loved O-Town and yes, all unironically. Much like their hit "Liquid Dream", "We Fit Together" was not exactly a tune we should have been belting out at the top of our lungs. I mean...
I wanna go all night
Ain't no stoppin' 'till the breakin' of the dawn
I wanna go inside every corner
Girl you really turn me on
If you're Canadian and 30+, you're probably going to remember B4-4. A boyband that gave a whole new meaning to plucked eyebrows, too much spray tan and, frosted tips. There's so much to be said about, not only this song but also like... the entire look as a whole, I don't even know where to start so instead, I'll just let the lyrics speak for themselves cause they are a doozy.
In all seriousness though, they were actually a great band. Re: Everyday
I don't care what anyone says, "When the Lights Go Out" was a jam in 1998 and it's still a jam today. You will have to pry it from our 30 something year old hands.
Plain and simple, "It wasn't Me" was literally about cheating and getting caught but to our young ears, it was just a catchy track in which we didn't understand 90% the words of. No literally, there was no way to catch up with Shaggy's rapping.
Sex. That's it, that's the plot of "Shoop".