Charli XCX’s Newest Song Provides An Escape By Sparking Nostalgia

It’s no secret that nostalgia is huge part of mainstream media now. It’s in our TV shows, our movies, our fashion and even our music.

This past week, Charli XCX released her newest single with Troye Sivan, titled “1999”. Within a few days, they released a music video to go along with the single and it was filled with all the 90s glory you could think of.

This isn’t the first song that has recently come out about the “good old days” though. Anne Marie released her song, 2002 which has samples from Brittany Spears, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, Nelly and NSYNC in the chorus.

This trend of songs taking us back to the days when we were younger and things were easier is not new. There are plenty of classic songs that have to do with the past and memories.

Don Mclean’s American Pie, Bruce Springsteen’s Glory Days, Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69, Elton John’s Crocodile Rock, The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields ForeverPenny Lane  Yesterday and In My Life are all songs about the past and bring up that feeling of nostalgia.

So why all of a sudden has nostalgia come up big again in our music? Going back to Charli’s song, “1999”, she talks about things being easier back then with lyrics such as “Never under pressure oh,/ Those days it was so much better” and “Feelin’ cool in my youth, relaxin’/ No money, no problems/ it was easy back then”.

Like the Vulture article titled, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, and Music’s Nostalgia Obsession says “For most of millennials’ natural lives, the world has been increasingly and catastrophically f****d, and all signs point to the terror train we’re all currently riding not stopping any time soon. Can you blame Charli — or anyone, really — for wanting to essentially retreat to a carefree, almost womblike state?”

I don’t need to tell you about what kind of world that we are living in today, so it should be of no surprise that artists are turning to nostalgia to turn away from our seemingly horrible everyday lives.

Music is supposed to be an escape. People would rather listen to songs about what life they want instead of what life they currently are living. (This is why you rarely hear songs about things happening currently.)

Besides being an escape, nostalgic songs are just supposed to make you feel good. When you think about some of the songs I listed before, “1999” and “2002” how did it make you feel?

It should have made you feel good. Not necessarily happy, but more like “oh wow, I miss that.” or “I wish I could go back to that.”

So yes, with all of the negativity in the news and around us, sometimes listening to a song that gives us good feelings is all we need as an escape for a few minutes. Songs and music have been a way to escape everyday life for a long time now and they will continue to be for years to come.

 

 

Stadiums That Might Be Gone, But Never Forgotten

We are in that wonderful time of the year where all the sports worlds collide. NFL and college football are in full swing, hockey is finally back, playoff baseball is starting to get hot, and basketball regular season games are about to begin.

Going to sports games is something that people around the world have done for generations and will continue to do for generations to come. Families spend years sitting in the same seats, tailgating at the same spots, all to watch the team that they love.

A lot of things have changed over the years. Beloved stadiums have been demolished in order to make room for new, more advanced ones. Most of the knocked down stadiums were in the spots of where the parking lots stand now for the current stadiums.

Looking back, we are going to check out Shea Stadium, Texas Stadium, the Spectrum, Comiskey Park and Mile High Stadium. All of these stadiums were featured in an article by complex.com called Rest In Pieces: 50 Demolished Sports Stadiums We Love.

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On April 17, 1964, Shea Stadium officially opened it’s doors to the public. It was to be the new home of the New York Mets. Shea was not only a huge part of baseball, but history in general. It was home to concerts, political and religious visits (Pope John Paul II visited here), football, and baseball of course.

The New York Jets had a stint playing at Shea Stadium. According to Joe Namath, a Jets great, said it was the toughest place to play in the NFL. The Jets won the AFC Championship game at Shea which took them to the Super Bowl in 1968. (The Jet’s only Super Bowl Win) They continued to play there until 1983 before moving over to Giant’s Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Mets had quite an exciting stay at Shea as well. In the first year that it opened, it helped the MLB All Star Game. And then 5 years later, they won their first World Championship. (The Mets won 2 World Series, both happening at Shea Stadium)

Besides sports, Shea Stadium was home to a large amount of concerts. The Rolling Stones play a six night concert series here, Elton John and Eric Clapton teamed up for a two night performance, the Summer Festival for Peace featuring Janis Joplin was held here, The Who, Bruce Springsteen played here in the early 2000’s and who could forget The Beatles iconic Shea Stadium performance.

Shea Stadium was demolished at the end of 2008. Where the iconic stadium once stood, is now Citi Field, the new home to the New York Mets.

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Next, we are taking a trip over to Chicago to take a look at Old Comiskey Park, or “The Baseball Palace of the World”. Comiskey Park was home to the Chicago White Sox from 1910-1990.

From the 1970’s to the day of it’s demolition, it was the oldest MLB park in use. It held over 6,000 major league games. The Chicago White Sox hold 3 World Series titles, only one happening in the era of Old Comiskey Park.

Interesting fact, the Chicago Cubs played their 1918 World Series Games in Comiskey Park because it had more seating available than Weeghman Park, the home of the Cubs. Just like Shea, baseball wasn’t the only sport being played here.

Comiskey was home to the Chicago Cardinals in 1922-1925 and then again in 1929-1959. The Chicago Cardinals are now the Arizona Cardinals, and they have never won a Super Bowl. They made a Super Bowl appearance in 2007, but they lost it to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Old Comiskey was demolished in 1991, after the White Sox ended their final season in September of 1990. Old Comiskey is in the spot of where one of the parking lots to Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Heading back east to the city of brotherly love, we are going to take a look at The Spectrum. Home of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia 76ers, as well as the Philadelphia Phantoms, the minor league hockey team and the Philadelphia Wings, the city’s lacrosse team, The Spectrum has seen it’s share of championships and iconic moments.

Opening in September of 1967, it became a home for not only sports, but for concerts as well. 1967 was not only huge because the 76ers had a new arena to play in, but they also won their 2nd NBA championship that year. (2 out of the 3 NBA Championships that the 76ers have won would happen in the time of the Spectrum, but none actually happened there.)

The Flyers also had quite the luck in the Spectrum. On May 19th, 1974, the Philadelphia Flyers hoisted the Stanley Cup up after defeating the Boston Bruins. This would be the first time that the Flyers have ever won the Cup, and they would go on to win it again a year later against the Buffalo Sabres, in Buffalo.

Besides great sports moments, the Spectrum has been home to many great concerts. Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen for 8 sold out nights, Billy Joel (twice! a six show stint in 1990 and then again in 1993), the Grateful Dead, and a farewell concert from Pearl Jam on the night the Spectrum closed it’s doors for the final time.

Both the Flyers and the Sixers played their last games there in 1996 when the Wachovia Center opened, becoming their new home. The Phantoms stayed there along with the Wings until it closed in 2009.

The Spectrum was demolished in November of 2010. Where the arena once stood is now a parking lot that is between XFINITY Live! and Citizen’s Bank Park.

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Heading south for our next stadium, we are going to look at Texas Stadium that was home to “America’s Team”. Before Texas Stadium was built, the Cowboys played at the famous Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Opening in 1971 and staying open until 2008, the Cowboys had a glorious stay here. They won 5 Super Bowls and 8 conference championships during their time in Texas Stadium.

The most interesting thing about Texas Stadium is that there was a hole in the roof, that many say is there so “God can watch his favorite team play”. This hole allowed for the fans to keep dry, but it exposed the field to the weather and elements. The Thanksgiving Day game in 1993 against the Miami Dolphins proved that the weather could make it’s way into the stadium when the field was covered in snow.

While the stadium was huge (it held 65,675 people), it was really only used for football. There were the occasional concerts and other events, but it was pretty much used for the Cowboys. Some concerts that took place here though would be The Jacksons, Madonna, Garth Brooks, Metallica and Shania Twain.

In 2008, the Cowboys played their final game in Texas Stadium and it was demolished in 2010. America’s Team now has their state of the art stadium, AT&T Stadium.

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For our final stadium, we are traveling out west to take a look at the Denver Bronco’s home, Mile High Stadium. Not only did it house the Bronco’s but it was home to the Colorado Rockies for a short period of time as well.

Opened in 1948, it was originally used as a baseball stadium for the Denver Bears, and once the Broncos came into town, they decided to use it for football. Having only 17,000 seats originally, it wasn’t ideal for a football stadium, so it was increased to 34,000 seats. By time it held it’s final game, it was able to hold more than 75,000 people.

For two seasons (1993 and 1994) Mile High was home to the Colorado Rockies. This was because their stadium was being built and they had no where else to play.

This stadium just like the others was home to many concerts. Some of the artists that performed at the Mile High include, The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and Bruce Springsteen.

The final game that was played in Mile High Stadium was December 23rd, 2000, just a year after the Denver Broncos won their second Super Bowl. The stadium was demolished after the end of the 2001 season. Where it once stood is now a parking lot for the new Stadium at Mile High.

Though these stadiums may be gone, they are still special to the cities that they are in. The now parking lots to newer, better stadiums hold memories that are irreplaceable to the fans that spent so much of their time at these stadiums.

 

 

On Wednesday, October 3rd, We Wear Pink

Happy Mean Girls Day! If you happen to live under a rock and don’t know what that is, Mean Girls Day is every October 3rd. It’s the holiday where all the plastics celebrate the day when Aaron Samuels turned around to ask Cady Heron what day it was. Sure, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. But this year, October 3rd falls on a Wednesday and what do on Wednesdays? On Wednesdays we wear pink, a rule made up by none other than queen bee Regina George.

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It seems strange that today is such a big day in Mean Girls history. It’s not a major milestone for the movie, as it only turned 14 earlier this year. The thing that is so funny about today is that both of these iconic lines from the movie have come together for one Mean Girls themed day. The internet lives for this kind of thing and today is not exception. There were two separate Twitter moments dedicated to the occasion. Fans celebrate Mean Girls day by wearing pink and Happy Mean Girls Day! Both were filled with glorious Mean Girls content.

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New York City is fully embracing Mean Girls Day. With Mean Girls now on Broadway, the plastics have officially taken over the city. There’s drink specials, trivia night, and screenings of the movie where ever you turn. (If you’re interested in what’s happening check out this article from Guest of a Guest.) The Mean Girls Broadway twitter account (@MeanGirlsBway) has been tweeting and retweeting every single thing that has to do with this glorious holiday. Everyone from celebrities (@TheEllenShow) to restaurants (@olivegarden) have shown their support for the most basic holiday of them all.

Hopefully, you’re wearing pink on this lovely October 3rd. Maybe you’re planning on rewatching the movie today too. Whatever you’re doing to celebrate Mean Girls Day, you go Glen Coco and remember that fetch is never going to happen.

Hanging Out, Down the Street. For the Last 20 Years.

On August 23rd, 1998, FOX took us back to 1976. A different world filled with bell-bottom jeans, classic rock and of course a cloud of marijuana smoke. We traveled to Point Place, Wisconsin, to the basement of Eric Foreman. On August 23rd, 1998, That 70’s Show premiered.

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That 70’s Show follows the lives of 6 teenage friends and all of their shenanigans of being in high school during the late 1970s. Eric Foreman, Donna Pinciotti, Michael Kelso, Steven Hyde, Jackie Burkhart and Fez are the rebellious group of teens that the show focuses on. They are always seen hanging out in Eric’s basement listening to records, making fun of each other or in “the circle”.

“The circle” was the show’s way of trying to portray the idea of the teens smoking marijuana as that was something that was popular in the 70s. As stated in the USA Today article, “the show created a weed-friendly vibe with wisps of smoke and an innovative and appropriately disorienting camera technique: a 360-degree sweep of high teens sitting in what became affectionately known as “The Circle.” Kirkwood Smith, who played Red Foreman, war vet and Eric’s cranky father talks a little more about the circle. “It was ingenious. Obviously, the kids were smoking pot and getting high, but they didn’t want to show that,” Smith says. “You saw smoke but never saw anybody smoking. The camera turning like that gave the feel of them being high without having to (show) that.”

Not only did the show focus on the culture of the late 1970’s (the music, the pot smoking, movies), they also focused on real historical events that were happening during the time the show was taking place. Events such as Richard Nixon’s presidential resignation and the energy crisis were able to be written into the show since it was historically relevant. It had the underlying themes of the 1970s recession, mistrust of the American government, and generational conflict as well.

The final episode of the show took place on December 31st, 1979, New Years Eve. The finale abruptly ended as the cast counted down to midnight. As soon as the time hit midnight aka 1980, the show was over. The show ran for 8 seasons, and ended up becoming Fox’s second longest running live action sitcom, behind Married… with Children. The show was nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, but only won one, the Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series “That Disco Episode”. That 70’s Show was also nominated for many Teen Choice Awards with Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso) and Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) winning on 3 different occasions.

That 70’s Show was one of those sitcoms that everyone genuinely loved. It was one of those shows where you grew up alongside of the cast and felt connected with them. It was a show that everyone in your house could enjoy together. The reason for it being so popular, was that not only was it aimed for the young people of the late 1990’s, but it was also created as a period piece, so people that grew up during that era could enjoy it as well. The cast was close, and it wasn’t just one of those fake friendships. They often find the time to hang out with each other and they are always praising their co-stars on social media. Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart) and Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso) who dated on the show, are even married now in real life.

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In August, on the 20th anniversary of That 70’s Show, many of the cast members took to social media to remember their times on the show.

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As the Point Place High 1978 yearbook said, “What a long strange trip it’s been… in Foreman’s basement.” It’s been a long 20 years, but here’s to 20 more of this iconic show.

Kodak Re-Releases It’s Ektachrome 35mm Film And Photographers Are Excited

After what seemed like the fall of analog film, the interest in it has finally peaked again. After six years of being off the shelves, Kodak has finally re-released one of it’s most popular types of film, the Ektachrome and it is ready to be shipped.

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The re-release was announced in the beginning of 2017 after a large revival of interest in analog film. Kodak is going to begin the revival of the Ektachrome with the re-release of the 35mm first, then hopefully have the Super 8 (8mm) and 16mm films out by the end of the year.

Creating the Ektachrome again proved to be quite the challenge. The process of making it apparently requires over 80 different chemicals. Most of which are not even easily available anymore due to the rise of digital photography. Check out this article on popsci.com to get an inside look on how the film is actually made!

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Why the Ektachrome? When Kodak was relaunching analog film, this was the choice that automatically stood out. Ektachrome has vibrant colors and a pretty easy developing process, so it seemed like the perfect choice. When it was in it’s prime popularity, Ektachrome was most often used for professional prints and in projectors.

Ektachrome film was a fan favorite of photographers. In an article back from 2017 on The Washington Post website, it says “that professionals, such as those at National Geographic, swore by it. “It really was the gold standard,” says T.J. Mooney, product business manager at Kodak Alaris. Photographers were beyond excited when the announcement of Ektachrome was returning was made back in the early days of January, 2017. You can only imagine how they feel now that they will be able to have their beloved film back in their hands.

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Film photography has seen a growing interest within the past few years, Kodak is bringing back a lot of it’s favorite films, Polaroid is selling cameras and film again. It’s always fun to have a different way of doing something that we do almost every day. I mean who doesn’t love taking pictures, not knowing what they turned out looking like, taking the film to the drug store to be developed and waiting to see what your pictures actually look like? If you are interested in any sort of photography, then this film is for you. Oh, and good news, the Super 8 (8mm) will be out on October 1st.)

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The Powerpuff Girls Have Been Saving Townsville From Crime For 20 Years

On November 18th, 1998, a little sugar, spice, and everything nice (along with some chemical X) came together and helped create Cartoon Network’s newest TV series, The Powerpuff Girls.

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Created by Craig McCraken and produced by cartoon conglomerate Hanna-BarbaraThe Powerpuff Girls was a show that focused on Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup who were 3 kindergarten girls with superpowers. Their father, Professor Utonium, who is a scientist was the man who created the three girls. The girl’s each have their own “special ingredient.” Blossom, the so called leader of the group, has the ingredient of everything nice and her signature color is pink. Bubbles, with the signature color of blue is known as the soft one. Her special ingredient is sugar. Buttercup is the tomboyish, hotheaded girl that loves green. Her special ingredient is spice. Living in Townsville, USA, the mayor often calls on the three young girls to help solve whatever crime is happening that day.

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There were so many different villains that the girls had to fight. Mojo Jojo, the mad scientist chimp who used to be Professor Utonium’s assistant.  Him, the strange, red, androgynous monster who feeds off the negative emotions of humans. (Fun fact: he was inspired by Chief Blue Meanie from the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine. If you have seen the film, you can totally put the connections together.) There’s Princess Morbucks, who is a spoiled little girl who’s rich dad funds her evil plans against the Powerpuff Girls. And of course, there is the Rowdyruff Boys, who are the evil, boy equivalents of the Powerpuff Girls.

The Powderpuff Girls lasted for 6 seasons from 1998-2005. The show was nominated for six Emmy Awards, nine Annie Awards, and a Kids Choice Award while it was on air. The series won 4 awards and was generally loved by the public. After it was canceled, there were different spinoff projects which included a series of video games, comic books and a home video collection. In 2016, there was a reboot of the series with a new powerpuff girl, Bliss. Sadly, the reboot on Cartoon Network didn’t grant as much positive attention as the original series did. It still is on air though!

Being a little girl that grew up in the early 2000s, I know how huge The Powerpuff Girls were. Everywhere you looked, they were there. I had a Powerpuff Girl backpack and I dressed up as Bubbles one year for Halloween. Even after the show ended, I remember them still being everywhere. My friends and I had the video games and the CD soundtracks. The reboot was highly anticipated because The Powerpuff Girls had such a big impact on a lot of people’s childhood. When it wasn’t the same as it was before, it let people down. It’s strange to think that in November we would have been going to Townsville, USA for 20 years. It’s great to see that the Powerpuff Girls are still just as popular as they were back in 1998.

Total Request Live Is Back, But Is It Better?

On September 14th, 1998, MTV premiered Total Request Live (TRL). A TV series that not only featured the popular music videos, but it featured different celebrity guests and allowed them to promote their new works. As you could imagine, TRL was targeted to the teen audience. And contrary to the name, a lot of these episodes were not actually live. They were pre-recorded. (So sorry to spoil this for any of you)

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TRL played the Top 10 most requested music videos of the day through voting methods such as calling in and voting online. As this was taking place in the 90s, this was happening in a time before social media. MTV was the go-to for everything music. Carson Daley hosted TRL and helped give the show it’s nickname as he and another MTV VJ, Dave Holmes, referred to the show as the abbreviation on air.

Daley hosted from the show’s start to 2003, when he left to go host his own show, Last Call With Carson Daley. During his time as host, he saw iconic late 90s, early 2000s artists such as Brittney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera and *NSYNC. After he left, there were multiple different hosts such Hilarie Burton who later went on to star in the CW’s One Tree Hill and Vanessa Minnillo who is now married to Nick Lachey. During the 2003-2008 run of TRL, these hosts saw more of the Disney stars such as Vanessa Hudgens, the Jonas Brothers, Aly and AJ and Miley Cyrus.

The final episode of TRL aired on November 16th, 2008. It showcased the Top 10 of the most iconic music videos as the final countdown. The final episode was three hours long and featured guests such as Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and Fall Out Boy. The top 10 included Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?”, Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”, *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye”, and of course the number one spot which belonged to Brittney Spears and her “… Baby One More Time” video.

In 2014, TRL made a one day come back featuring Ariana Grande where she premiered her song “Break Free” at the MTV Times Square studio. In 2016, TRL changed to Total Registration Live in efforts to get more younger people to register to vote. In April of 2017, MTV announced that TRL would be back. Carson Daley, obviously was not the host as he was busy hosting “The Voice”. A brand new studio in Times Square was being built so this new revived show could have it’s own home. In August of 2017, TRL had announced that there would be rotating social media correspondents such as the popular Liza Koshy and the Dolan Twins.

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In January of 2018, TRL took a hiatus until April 2018 where the show airs now in the morning instead of in the afternoon or late at night like MTV has tried before. The show airs at 8am-9am and is hosted by Sway, a MTV personality. The name has officially changed from Total Request Live to Total Request List as the show is really not live anymore. The show still features countdowns, but they are now focused on a themed playlist instead of having voted on countdowns.

Celebrity guests are still on the show and sometimes there are even celebrity guests. (Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore!!) Like before, music artists are on to promote and perform their music, actors and actresses are also a common guest. Something a little different though would be there are social media influencers and YouTubers making appearances on TRL, such as Miranda Sings and the yodeling Walmart Boy, Mason Ramsey.

Obviously, a lot has changed from 20 years ago when TRL first began. It isn’t so much a platform for us to find new music anymore or a platform to launch an artist’s career into the next step. Now it’s more of a fun throwback TV show for everyone to enjoy once again. Happy 20th Birthday TRL. We’re glad you’re back.