Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black recreated the video of the song “More Than Words” by Extreme and I’ve got to say, it’s pretty spot on.
Here’s the original:
I was 12 when this song came out, and even though the term “tween” had yet to be coined, I was one. I listened to this song on repeat while butterflies made my tummy feel all swishy. I had a crush for every day of the week and I was dedicating this song to them! It’s called “keeping your options open”, ladies!
What else was my former tween self listening to? Naturally, only the best in music because tweens are renowned for their discerning taste.
This poster proudly hung above my day bed, despite my father’s protests and taunts. He called them “sissy boys” and I thought, “how can a boy be a sissy with a name like Gunnar”? YES, I realize the term sissy is passe and not pc. You try telling that to my cowboy hat wearing-guns a blazing father.
Color Me Badd:
This was sexy in the early 90’s???
Apparently these guys and their primary colored suits wanted to sex some people up. Sex wasn’t on my radar at 12 (there were rumors of Jess and Johnny “doing it” under the bleachers but I didn’t really know what “doing it” meant. Oh, the good ole days.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers:
I was a tween at the height of grunge. “Alive” by Pearl Jam and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana made appearances on my Walkman between Bryan Adams “Everything I do” and Guns and Roses “Use your Illusion II”.
Those were all great until I heard Anthony Kiedis sing “Under The Bridge”. I hadn’t known what sexy meant until I saw Anthony in the “Under The Bridge” video. It still makes me flutter a little bit. Don’t even get me started on him painted in gold.
Ya know, I kind of got lucky in my tweens. I never got in to New Kids On The block and the “boy band” era was yet to make a comeback.
The Black Crowes were pretty cool too. I liked them so much that I used my lunch money to buy their single.
What was your tween playlist?