Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Those Little Red Panties

I'm a child of the '80s, so I spent all my teen years in that wonderful era—the '90s. Sure, sure, I know. The '9os brought us The Gulf War and the World Wide Web became available for public use. But what really matters is the music. When I finally decided to ditch digital cable, I secretly wondered what I'd miss more—The Real Housewives of Orange County or the All '90s digital music channel. The jury's still out, but there is one band I'd take over any high def reality cat fight--Third Eye Blind (3eb).

I can't remember when I first started listening to them, but it had to be circa '97. I spent most of my time in high school with my friends, Ruthie and Dawn, and we survived it by spending most of our free time riding around my West Texas hometown, especially dragging Main on Friday nights. We spent most of the time with the windows rolled down, 3eb blaring, talking about guys, talking to guys, and trying to figure out how to talk to the cute guys in our Calculus class. Come to think of it, it was a busy time.

Long after the exhaust on Main had cleared and we'd gotten final grades in Calculus, 3eb was something that moved on to Texas Tech with me. It was in Lubbock during my undergrad days that I stood in a long line just to get floor seats for their concert. Hearing them sing Narcolepsy, Jumper, and my all-time favorite, Semi-Charmed Life, in a live show was awesome.

When I got my first real job and moved to Austin, my friend Jessica also landed the same gig. Her husband needed to finish fulfilling a teaching contract in Lubbock, so she moved in with me and my 3eb collection temporarily. Before all was said and done, her younger sister, Paige, also spent a few months with us. And while I could write (and probably will write) other posts about what it was like to suddenly live with two girls (!!), one thing about our time as roommates sticks out in my mind. One night I emerged from my bedroom to find Jessica and Paige sitting in the living room. They said something about 3eb, and I said, "Oh yeah, I love them." To which they rolled their eyes and said, "Uh, Britt, we know. You sing to them at the top of your lungs."

Now, I will admit. I've got an old Sony Disc Walkman. Kids of the Ipod generation would call it "vintage." And it just so happens, I like to put my 3eb CD in this old Discman and dance around to their greatest hits. What I did not know is that I do this while singing to them at the top of my lungs. I, of course, had never stopped to think about it. I was always too busy perfecting my dance moves. (These dance moves are similar to those portrayed by Kevin James in Hitch. Really, I could have been his choreographer.)

And, until now, this has been a secret only the three of us have known. But I recently discovered, singing along to 3eb is actually en vogue. I'm telling you, the coolest of the cool are doing it. And they aren't shy about it. So, here it is, my full disclosure. And, I can prove I'm not the only who sings Semi-Charmed Life at the top of my lungs.

To view these Hollywood hotties peforming my favorite 3eb song, follow these instructions.

1. Visit this Web site: http://www.hesjustnotthatintoyoumovie.com/
2. Click on "Top 10 Chick Flick Cliches not found in the movie."
3. As the actors begin their countdown, watch #9 very closely.

Obviously, this proves it...those little red panties...they still pass the test.

1 comments:

omglawdork said...

I remember that concert! 3eb was awesome, but Eve 6 was a total snooze. Good times, dude! Do you sing with a hairbrush, like you, K and I did in the dorm? ;-)

(Oh, and, of course, I know every single word to Semi-Charmed Life. My favorite part to yell out is the "good-BYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYE!!")

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