MTV Party To Go, Vol. 5

This post is in the theme “Constructing an identity through media”. Read the first.

August 24, New York: This is a post about high school dances. And middle school dances, too. I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida; we knew it as the Dirty South. Our anthem was “Tootsie Roll” by the 69 Boyz.

Do you remember what it was like in nineteen ninety quad?

“Tootise Roll” played at every school dance and it defined our dance culture. I don’t know what it was like in your mid-1990s high school, but we grinded. We freaked. Male and female pelvises came together and remained inseparable for the length of every song. When I later went to college, I was astonished to discover that this style of dancing was not universal. (Perhaps it was my dance partners who were astonished.) But in Florida, in the 1990s, it wasn’t “grinding” it was just “dancing”.

MTV Party to Go Volume 5 has many of the other regular tunes at those dances. Smooth slow jams like “Anniversary” and “Weak” and dance floor fillers like “Whoomp There It Is” and “Boom! Shake the Room”. “Slam”, which for no good reason other than the repetition of the title, used to inspire a mosh pit of slam dancing at every dance. And of course, that cultural high point “Come Baby Come”.

Fun fact: The first show I ever attended was K7. It was in a teenage dance club called “Sponges”, opened by local Top 40 shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge. It was open for kids from 12 to 19, and you know there were some 19 year old Floridian creep dudes making moves on 14 year old girls. “Come Baby Come” is a ridiculous song. Comically sexual. It makes you wonder if these guys had ever had sex before releasing this track. Well, at least you can understand the words; twenty years later and I still can’t decipher the lyrics to “Informer”.

Buy this album and relive a little bit of nineteen ninety quad.

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