Day 17: Songs that ended friendships...

skid-row-bwKids take things a lot more serious than adults do…

I can distinctly remember three separate occasions where relationships I had forged… relationships that at the time I could have sworn to you would have survived any and everything that could have come it’s way…

Until this friend and I caught ourselves on two different sides of music.

Song(s) that ended friendships...

For example, when I was in the eighth grade this happened twice…

kids-fightingThe first time was when my friends Sam, Omar, Brian, Mike, and I were all happily listening to metal and jut rocking out like the Beavis & Butthead wanna-bes we were destined to become (as believe it or not this happened about a year before B&B became something more than the 2 minute “Frog Baseball” bit) up until two things happened (and both of them had to do with snizz…).

The first was Omar started dating Tasha and the second was Sam started dating Jessica.

Overnight, these two devout metal heads made a break for more popular shores- Sam to the loathsome country movement Garth Brooks was riding the crest of at the time and Omar to what would eventually become Reggaeton (at the time it was just terrible Puerto Rican rap).

The second example (and the first double –play we have come across in this questionnaire) happened that same year when I too turned away from where my heart was for the fleeting touch of the fairer sex…

It was for the batting blue eyes of Laura H. that I turned my back on all I held dear as I smashed my Skid Row cassette (which I had been really getting into I might add) just so she could see herself dating me.

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To this day, whenever I hear this song I feel a slight pain in my gut that I hear adulterers feel when they tell their cuckolded spouse they love them…

Skid Row, “Youth gone wild”.


And now, for the double in this double feature…

While the other two divisions were really more about changes in social groups than they were about the music, this one was flat out nothing more than a disagreement for the pure sake of principle between my cousin and me.

It was the summer of ’92…

I had been visiting some family in New York. Being a musically aware young man, I seemed to always have my ears buried under headphones jamming out to whatever I could get my grubby little fingers on. My cousin Jerry was much the same, and the two of us for the most part were able to share our different musical selections rather amicably as the two of us seemed to have similar tastes.

Up until Animal Bag.

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I played this song for my cousin and so help me, the argument we got into over this track kept us from speaking for about six months.

That is how strongly he felt about the shittiness of this song…

Our relationship was forever ruined because of this song (a song he was one hundred percent right in hating the shit out of by the way)…

Animal Bag, “Everybody”…


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