I totally remembered Faith No More’s “King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime” album last night, and when I found a copy of it and turned it on, it was a thousand times better than even running into a good friend and catching up with them. Suddenly, I’m 15 years old again, all skin and bones and odd angles, completely sure of myself that whatever I do is the Right Thing to do.

It’s like reliving those days without having to be there again. Because no matter how self assured I was, the teen years just aren’t something I care to relive. Even if it mean I could have my 26 inch waist back.

What albums do that for you?

34 thoughts on “Queen For a Day, Fool For A Lifetime

  1. Cripes. I was a geek. An opera geek. So I have to reinvent my memories of the 80’s using 80’s movie soundtracks, because Wagner doesn’t make me feel like a teenager, just like it didn’t back then…which is why I loved it. Maybe…Synchronicity. (I think I’m older than you, Aunt B.) I remember how much that album tapped into my HS tension and restlessness.

  2. funny you should mention this. My ipod is currently playing Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton, and Gloria by Laura Brannigan and Manic Monday by the Bangles. . . .

  3. The Black Crowes Greatest Hits….

    I’m 17 again, riding around in my crappy Mustang, and just enjoying a life of total freedom.

    Love it!

  4. Memories, especially those feelings brought on by music are awesome. Teenage angst, not so much. I would never go back there, it was all just too intense.

  5. All the classics- Abbey Road, Beggar’s Banquet, CS&Y. Many, many more. Oh, music saved my life when I was a teenager. It truly did. Thank god there was some great music out there to do it, too.

  6. I don’t think it’s so much one particular album, because the stuff I listened to over and over where mix tapes I made off the radio. So a lot of Stone Temple Pilots, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Alice in Chains, etc.

    Either that or Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice…

  7. Oh, God. I did love being 17. Anything by OMD, The Cure, INXS, ‘The Lost Boys” soundtrack, the “Sixteen Candles”, “Pretty In Pink” and “Breakfast Club” soundtracks, interchangeably. Jesus, I was an 80’s freakazoid.

    I also have exceptionally fond memories of the EJ cheesefest “Bennie and the Jets” for reasons having entirely to do with a boy named Dominic and similar memories of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” with yet another boy named Mike. I guess I was also a slutty freakazoid. Good times, though.

  8. Pixies, Doolittle. Brings back memories of chain smoking, harassing pedestrians by shouting “VAGINA” in a drive by, tea parties and making out (boys & girls).

  9. Holy Moly….Duran Duran, PRINCE, .38 Special (I always drove fast when that was playing), Eagles, Cars, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Madonna (Express Yourself)…..oh, I feel so young when I hear those songs…..

    Makes me want to tease my hair real high, grab a wine cooler and live hard until curfew.

  10. I love that album! For me it’s pretty much anything by the Rolling Stones, “Jar of Flies” from Alice in Chains or “Undertow” from Tool. 🙂

  11. Oh, god, what doesn’t bring back the memories? I wore out The Queen Is Dead by the Smiths while I was having some of the best times of my life and everything by The Cure. I’m with you on Faith No More, too.

    I’m obsessed with music, though, so any old song brings me right back.

  12. All of the first albums by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Counting Crows, and that video with the little bee girl. The years between 91-95 come to mind. That would be the last years of high school and the first years of college. Sadly, I don’t remember the last years of college due to hops and barley consumption.

  13. This is a weird combo…but Dr. Dre’s The Cronic (OMG, I’m gonna have to bust that out now!) and Tori Amos Under the Pink. Love both….*sigh*

  14. Awe…the 26 inch waist! What a surprise to just get the 28inch waist back after baby number 1 at age 16. Now at 40…and being a male…I’m happy with the 38 inch waist lol! HOwmany weeksbefore you get that pre baby waist back…oh wait…you have like a year right lol…you know I love you right and I’m just being an ass.

  15. In no particular order:

    Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    The Crow – soundtrack
    Offspring – Smash
    The Cure – Hot! Hot! Hot! and Fascination Street
    Anything by Skid Row. Heehee!
    Metallica’s “black” album
    Love and Rockets – the one with Ball of Confusion on it. 😉
    Faith No More – Angel Dust

    Almost anything by Tupac, not because I was so into him, but because everyone around me was so into him, I heard his stuff almost non-stop!

    Guess I went a little overboard. 🙂 And ditto ditto ditto the idea of feeling that power without ever having to take one step back in time. Screw that.

    And whoever said that crap about boys being easier should be REQUIRED to not just spend a day in your home, but if you felt comfortable with it, babysit for you whenever you saw fit. 🙂 Happily, the wild girl is back in play.

    If anyone ever had both an easy and fun child coming to her, I pray it is YOU. 🙂

  16. Sjoe – so many!

    OMD, Duran Duran, U2…

    I remember rocking it to Dr Alban and my all time favourite that hurtles me back into the old days is “The Final Countdown”

    *sigh* Memories!!!


  17. We always got singles. So it’s individual songs that remind me of people and still do. Joe is Phil Ochs’ “Changes”. M. is Bryan Adams “Everything I do I do it for You”. That teacher’s song was Lionel Richie’s “Ballerina Girl”.

  18. Duran Duran, INXS, and U2 bring back the 80’s for me. But if you really want to see me act like an immature asshat again, put on the Top Gun or Footloose soundtracks. Heh.

  19. that’s a tough one. where would I begin?

    I was a HUGE fan of 120 minutes — all things indie.

    smiths, alice in chains, soundgarden, the church, firehose, sebadoh, the pixies, paul weller… BECK!!!

  20. Aw dude! Fucking Guns N Roses (you know, before Axl set out to create a masterpiece that took 17 years and really? Is pretty damned mediocre), Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Tori Amos, The Cure, The Verve Pipe, Seal, Chicago, MC Hammer, C&C Music Factory, old skool Janet Jackson… I could go ON AND ON. Seems my life has pretty much been one long soundtrack. LOL

  21. Oh gosh. I was a sheltered child, lucky to get a RADIO at 15. So the only things that take me back to that time are some rap songs I used to listen to with friends at THEIR house, like Gin & Juice. For some reason, the other songs that take me back are escaping me right now.

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