Tuesday, January 24, 2006

the question was: "how many of us were popular in high school?"

Someone posed the question on a music mailing list I'm on, asking if we played sports and what sort of music we listened to. This is what I wrote. I have since added footnotes.

I played softball my freshman and sophomore years. I did track for a bit in my senior year because I really liked the sweatpants. But I don't think I ever competed and I probably quit after a couple weeks. I think they had me throw
the shotput.(1) I love sports but I have never been anywhere near athletic.

I did compete at the Bergen County Academic Decathalon for two years.(2) I was an extracirricular activities nerd. I was in the marching band for a couple years because I played the sax, but band geeks were indeed the most annoying (and horny) subculture at school.(3)

I put on a Beat Happening cd once during a theater rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof or maybe it was West Side Story (I did sound and lights) and got yelled at.(4)

I listened to R.E.M. religiously.(5) And everything else played on WDRE and 120 Minutes during the early to mid 90s, you know, Modern Rock: Pixies, 10,000 Maniacs, World Party, Pavement, Radiohead, Belly, Teenage Fanclub, Charlatans, Shonen Knife(6), Smashing Pumpkins, Blur, Liz Phair, Luscious Jackson, Lemonheads, Paul Westerberg, Juliana Hatfield etc...

I had a fanzine, but it was about R.E.M. so that wasn't very cool. I remember ordering lots of stuff from Burning Airlines mailorder. And Taang and Sub Pop - because I dabbled in Grunge a bit.

I went to the Palladium(7) and shot pool with the Asian Mafia, went to in-stores at Tower Records with the older Morissey worshipping crowd, smoked weed with the burnouts behind the school, and went to movies, into "the city" and drank wine coolers and Zima with the socially active nerds.(8)
(1) It was actually the discus. I think I threw it like 3 feet.
(2) I was on the "C" team. There were three levels, A, B and C, depending on your GPA. I won a gold medal for my speech about gun control and a silver medal for my essay, the topic of which I can't remember. The medals are currently with James and Linda.
(3) This one girl in my grade Heather was dating a senior, PJ. They were both trombonists. There was some story about her biting down on PJ's hiddley-ho during oral pleasuring. Oh and all the older band geek males would hook up with younger bank geek females. It was like an unsaid rule you couldn't hook up with someone in your own grade.
(4) It was a dumbass named Paul who yelled at me and then he put Depeche Mode on the stereo instead.
(5) I think at one point during 1992, circa Automatic for the People, I wrote Michael Stipe a letter every day for a month. At least that's how I remember it. I probably really only wrote 3 or 4.
(6) I crowd surfed at a Shonen Knife show at Irving Plaza. Ha ha.
(7) Now an NYU dorm by the same name!
(8) This paragraph makes it sound like I had a social life. Don't get me wrong, I most certainly did not. I was just trying to make the point that I didn't have any close friends and floated from group to group. I also did not drink very much.


Blogger Listmaker said...

>I did track for a bit in my senior year because I really liked the sweatpants.

funny, isn't that why you married me?

the jews didn't like calvin johnson? for shame!

maybe we should call our bocce team, the asian mafia.

so you never write on this blog because you're saving yourself for the indie pop lists? c'mon youthlarge!

on our first date, you at first mentioned that in h.s. you were in your room listening to the pixies rather than even mentioning rem. hah!

January 24, 2006 6:26 PM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

what jews? the paul who didn't like calvin johnson is a korean!

January 25, 2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger Listmaker said...

just a reference to fiddler on the roof.

January 25, 2006 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about donnie wahlberg?

February 01, 2006 12:11 AM  
Blogger youthlarge said...

listmaker gets very upset over the fact that i will not get rid of my new kids on the block greatest hits cd.

donnie has not aged well, but he'll always have a place in my heart.

February 01, 2006 3:06 PM  

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