Last week, I went to my work’s second holiday party for The RITZ Ybor. Unlike The Radiant Group’s holiday mixer with stone crab claws and champagne, this work soiree was a 1980’s / 1990’s-themed dress-up party at the Town & Country Skateworld with Chex mix, veggie dip and brownies. My sole responsibility for the function was to dress in costume and to provide an iPod filled with hit songs from the 80’s and 90’s. So I channeled my inner Bret Michaels: guy-liner, bandana and all, and assembled what I truly felt is the best musical soundtrack to those two fun decades.
One thing that I failed to truly realize when creating that night’s iPod playlist was the extremely diverse and abundant musical landscape (and fashion) that symbolized the 90’s: the grundge era (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), the power balladeers (Boyz II Men, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey), gangsta & mafioso rap (Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg), corny dance pop (Ace of Base, Right Said Fred, Vanilla Ice), the Lilith Fair ladies (Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan), the pop rock bands (Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind, The Wallflowers), Florida booty music (2 Live Crew, Tag Team, 95 South) and so forth.
This year’s work holiday party #2 was a blast, and I am very fortunate and blessed to have a cool job working with some amazing individuals. How fitting was it to celebrate one of the best decades ever with them. Happy Holidays everyone!
One of my favorite songs from the early 90’s… “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss” by PM Dawn