Music Memory Monday – Bizarre Love Triangle

Music Memory Monday

This week I am taking back in high school, well my high school years any way. I was a Journey/Bruce Springsteen kind of girl, there were a few Duran Duran songs that I liked, but for the most part I did not dig on the Pet Shop Boys/Tears for Fears/Depeche Mode, that was more my sister.

And as it turns out, when my family moved to Steilacoom, Washington where I would continue high school as a sophomore, it was the music loved by one of my best friends, Jennifer.

On the encouragement of my other best friend Kari, the first friend I made when my dad was transferred to Fort Lewis, I tried out for the high school drill team.

drill-team

Photo credit: Brian Korthals.

At no moment did I think I even had a remote chance of making the team, but for some very strange reason, I did! I had a great time, my best friends were all on the team and it was fun to belong.

I still wasn’t cool, by any stretch of the imagination, but I was content.

drill-team

I was never THIS cool! Photo credit: Wenzbauer Photography

Most of the songs we did routines to were R&B in nature. At some point in time, not sure if it was my junior or senior year, my best friend Jen approached the team with the idea of doing something different. And different it was! She suggested Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order and not just the regular version which is already long for a drill team routine, but the extended dance version which was over 6 minutes long!

I never worked so hard in my life!

Dance-Team

Photo credit: Tamara Rodriguez Mehl

The weeks that we learned and practiced the routine created by Jennifer were tough. I was never the best dancer, so it was doubly hard for me. But I have fond memories of the hard work and camaraderie. I think we did the routine well in the end, not sure, doesn’t matter. It was the experience that created the memory.

I rarely hear the song any more, but when I do, I am always transported back to the years with that group of girls and the simple fun that we had.

How about you? Have any songs that remind you of a group activity you have done in the past?

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Comments

  1. I’m a hardcore Springsteen fan. Since Born to Run. Here’s my song/group activity memory. I went to high school in Kansas. Glorious times. High school was nearly perfect for me. Not b/c I was cool, but b/c Kansas and those kids were cool. I miss them. Caney Valley had great traditions and one was called “Sophomore Servers.” Members of the Junior and Senior Class elected 10 or so sophomore girls and boys to “serve” them dinner at the banquet and dance a routine. I was among those chosen. We danced a routine to Christopher Cross’s ALRIGHT. Very, very good times. I’m lucky. The kids I went to h.s. were terrific. No peer pressure. I graduated with 51 people. Like Gen X, it was the smallest h.s. class CVHS ever graduated.

  2. This looks like so much fu. I’ma Sprinsteen gerl myself 😉

  3. “Physical” by Olivia Newton John reminds me of working out with my stepsisters during the summer, lol. We had tons of home workouts on video and would spend our summers working out like crazy.

  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I have no idea what a drill team is – is it like being a cheerleader? I love music and have MANY memories tied directly to certain songs.

  5. It looks like you had fun 🙂

  6. molli vandehey says:

    my mom was a sprigsteen fan and ew were exposed at a young age… looks like you had fun

  7. Late 80s and early 90s music just reminds me of being in college and a young adult–that means going out a lot and being much more carefree. It’s funny how you remember all the fun, but I’m sure there was stress and boyfriend problems, etc. too. You forget about that!

  8. You were so much cooler than me. I tried out for many things and did not make it.

  9. There are SO many songs that bring back memories for me.

  10. Yes, I definitely have songs that bring me back to specific places or time periods. I love that music has that power!

  11. I can’t believe you remember that song. I danced to songs but I don’t think I can remember the songs that I had routines to.

  12. Music is the most beautiful thing in life and this just proves it.

  13. I love Duran Duran songs! I am a big fan. Looks like you had so much fun

  14. Seems that you had a great time. When i heard the 90’s music it brings me back at the old time.

  15. “Those were the days” is the song that always reminds me of the high school graduation day when we all sang together in tears.

  16. Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s fun to belong to a group that you have so much in common with. Your bond grows as you encounter hardships with these people and that just makes the memories more lovely. Also, awesome choice!

  17. It is amazing how much music can be tied to our memories!

  18. Nice pictures… You reminded me my school days… Looks like you had so much fun

    • The folks at my high school had a reunion this summer (I won’t say which one), and though I didn’t attend, in the weeks before people were posting pictures from those days and songs. It’s true, music can summon up memories, just like that.

  19. I grew up in the 80s and I loved listening to this song. I am also a huge of Duran Duran.

  20. There are so many songs that bring back so many memories for me!

  21. As long as you had fun that is the main thing. I don’t necessarily have memories connected to one particular song but my memories are like a jukebox with many songs tied to them. It is often arbitrary but in a small way they are all significant.

  22. I was never much, nor am I now, really into group activities but I do have memories of breaking it down with friends when a good song pops up on the radio.

  23. Hahah! In middle school the song “As I Lay Me Down” by Sophie B Hawkins was hugely popular. Our music class was divided into groups and we all had to do a choreographed dance and lip synch to a song of our choosing, and of course three groups of girls (including mine) chose this one. By the third performance it was hilarious and awful and we were SO sick of it. And of course we all thought the background singers were saying “Who loves tacos?” I actually still think they’re saying that! The song always makes me smile when I hear it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EjpKoMy6Bs

  24. That girls has so nice red shoes 🙂
    Nice 🙂

  25. The first time I ever heard Bizarre Love Triangle was on one of the Karaoke Revolution games. So every time I hear it, it brings me back to fun times singing my heart.

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