College mix tape: Upcoming Gonzaga reunion – now canceled because of COVID-19 – is a trip down music memory lane

My fellow Generation X’ers know what a combination tape is – and later a CD combine – and so did Natalie Portman’s candy character Sam (you’re imply, Zach Braff) in 2004’s “Garden State.”

I might like to create a combination tape this very second primarily based on my music tastes whereas attending Gonzaga (and, for the file, my iPod simply isn’t the identical regardless that it sounds rather a lot higher). The journey down music reminiscence lane was prompted as a result of my twenty fifth class reunion right here in Spokane is subsequent month.

Well, it was going to be subsequent month, however one other occasion has fallen sufferer to COVID-19. Fingers crossed for 2022? While I’ll cease weight-reduction plan and cancel the cosmetic surgery appointments – simply kidding – I received’t cease listening to the songs and artists that acquired me via the early and mid-Nineties.

So, let’s journey again in time once I wore Birkenstocks, khaki shorts and blue denim shirts identical to each different Gonzaga pupil. And go, Zags!

10,000 Maniacs, “These Are Days”

I had such an enormous crush on Natalie Merchant – keep in mind “Like the Weather”? – earlier than I got here out my sophomore 12 months (she’s nonetheless superior) – and that is the one music that I keep in mind from my first 12 months at Rebmann Hall. It was additionally used to advertise a very-short-lived TV sequence about faculty college students.

Duran Duran, “Ordinary World”

OK, that is actually the one music that encompasses my first few months at Gonzaga. Growing up is like means onerous. And I had no concept that the band who sang favorites like “The Reflex” and “Hungry Like the Wolf” may very well be so deep. Although I do love Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer” and remake of “Perfect Day,” as properly.

Anything by R.E.M.

R.E.M. and frontman Michael Stipe had been one in all my favourite faculty artists who weren’t grunge, and there have been so many nice albums and songs: “Shiny Happy People” (as a result of Stipe really smiles within the video!), “Everybody Hurts,” “Texarkana” and “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”


Haters will say Nirvana and frontman Kurt Cobain had been overrated, however I strongly disagree. What began as an obsession with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” continued for a few years, and I dug Brad Pitt’s grunge interval when he regarded like Cobain.

Nine Inch Nails

OK, I really acquired into Trent “Head Like a Hole” Reznor whereas at Helena High School. So offended and loud. So, so offended, and I liked it. “Head like a gap, black as your soul, I’d fairly die than offer you management.” Yeesh. I nonetheless like it.

Pearl Jam

I’m pretty sure that almost each pupil in my class at Gonzaga had Pearl Jam’s “Ten.” It actually appeared prefer it whereas strolling via campus, and each dorm room appeared to be blasting Eddie Vedder singing “Even Flow,” “Alive” and “Jeremy.”

The Smiths, Morrissey and Erasure

As earlier talked about, I got here out my sophomore 12 months, so it’s a on condition that I might love Erasure, the Smiths and Morrissey. “Always,” “Respect,” “Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day),” “Suedehead,” “Everyday Is Like Sunday” and “Tomorrow.” I might get to see each artists post-college whereas dwelling in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The Ocean Blue

This is a super-random selection, however I used to be obsessive about the Ocean Blue’s “Ballerina Out of Control.” Why? I truthfully don’t know. We like what we like, and I’ve all the time had a delicate spot for dreamy pop.

The Sundays

Speaking of dreamy pop and dreamy vocals, it didn’t get higher than Harriet Wheeler’s otherworldly vocals on the “Wild Horses” remake, “Here’s Where the Story Ends” and “Love.”

Mazzy Star, “Fade Into You”

I’ll finish this music reminiscence journey with the music that’s enjoying on the finish of a celebration, and everyone seems to be feeling good, and, properly …

Honorable mentions: Belly, Liz Phair, Sponge, Dramarama and the Lemonheads. I do know that I’ve forgotten plenty of the music, however, y’know, 25 years is a really very long time, and a combination tape would assist.

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