20 Songs You Can't Even Believe Are 20 Years Old
Remember that dancing bee girl from Blind Melon's "No Rain" video? She's 30. That won't mean much to incoming college freshmen, who weren't even alive during Kurt Cobain's lifetime. But for those who wore flannel shirts and watched that new show Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 1993, it might seem like someone hit life's skip-forward button.
As Gen X-ers wonder how they became middle-aged so soon, here are 20 tunes they can't fathom are 20 years old.
"Loser" by Beck
When Beck burst onto the scene in 1993, the dude was hip. The boyish looks, the stylish clothes, those funky beats – seems like all you ever heard on MTV was Beck this and Beck that. It didn't hurt that the "Loser" chorus was the perfect slacker anthem for college grads who found themselves working in shoe stores and coffee shops during the early Nineties recession. Today, the 42-year-old continues to make music, exploring a variety of genres. But fellow fortysomethings with retirement plans and kids in middle school still jam to the soundtrack of their early failures.
"It Was a Good Day" by Ice Cube
Bangin' in the hood can be pretty stress-inducing (as if we'd know). But when Ice Cube released this glass-half-full song, it was good to know that even the most hardcore gangsta rappers could look on the bright side of life. Sure, there was a strong dark undercurrent ("Today I didn't even have to use my A.K."). But in light of South Central's violent milieu, even optimism swathed in irony offered a glimmer of hope, especially when put to a sample of the Isley Brothers' laid-back groove "Footsteps in the Dark."
"All Apologies" by Nirvana
Kurt Cobain dedicated this song to wife Courtney Love and their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Four months after its release, Cobain was gone, a victim of his inner struggles. A preface to Cobain's hand-written suicide note, "All Apologies" – backed by "Rape Me" – was the band's last single. The toddler Cobain left behind will be 21 in August.