Yes, I know. Today is Wednesday. Not Monday. But the alliteration is nice (honestly, I was SUPPOSED to post this on Monday, but, you know, time got away from me.).
People often ask us who we’re listening to in the shop, so we started a monthly music Monday (see?! Alliteration!) feature.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came out in 1995. I was thirteen. For my birthday, my mom had gotten me a portable CD player. Can you believe it?! A portable CD player?! I officially became the coolest. Well. Let’s not get carried away. Not even a portable CD player could over come the 50 extra pounds, braces, and the worst possible bangs ever. I mean ever.
Anywho. I loved my portable CD player. Or as my thirteen year old self would say, I luv-ed it. I was on a constant hunt for new CDs. My aforementioned 13 year old appearance would explain my lack of any true friendships so swapping discs was out. That left two options:
• Steal them from my brother (Yes, you did just see a photo of my family. Yes, I know it’s strange that my brother isn’t in the photo. Who’s to say why he’s not there!?)
• Columbia House (Remember this, you guys?! You’d get your first 10-ish CDs for practically nothing and then you had to spend a million dollars for the final six. But it was a club, which made me feel special and important, so obvs, I joined.)
This led to the sharpest music genre division ever to be found in a music collection (hyperbole!).
Would Ace of Base be the chosen one OR The Beatles? Queens Greatest Hits Or Alanis Morissette? I’m not ashamed to admit, sometimes (a lot of times) Ace of Base won. The Sign is a damn good song. I’ll stand by that.
Anywho (for the second time), this is how I came to be in possession of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. I stole it from my brother. I justified my thievery because everyone knew my brother took terrible care of everything he owned. And I, I, took exceptionally good care of my possessions. I watched VH1, and I would do everything in my power to Save the Music.
By the time I got around to stealing the album from him, the second disc was missing (See?! Like I said, terrible care), which is why it was only yesterday I discovered the song Thirty-three (song 3 on the 2nd disc).
All of this is to say that I freaking love this song. Like I super love it. Like I luv it.
And you should, too.