September 29th, 2011

Me 3

What are the odds?

A work errand took me to the city that, from 1992 to 1996, was my college town. (I apologize now for not saying what the errand was about.) News flash: college students are still hot. There's a Bea Arthur line from The Golden Girls about 20-something women: "At that age you don't have to be pretty and you're pretty." But I digress.

I wanted music as I neared Eugene. Settled on KDUK (after KINK FM's signal had still been audible some 60 miles south of Portland). Only a few songs after I'd tuned into KDUK, what starts playing but a song that I heard a lot during my first year or so: Salt 'n' Pepa's "Shoop":



Really.

To be exact-er, I saw that video a lot (and actually barely listened to radio while there as a student, but that's its own story). Eugene cable had a pay-per-view channel called The Box - Music Television You Control (probably because a pay-per-view channel called just "The Box" could conceivably have much different programming) Viewers called a 900 number and entered a code, and the video they'd chosen would eventually air. It's how I first saw such videos as Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back," Meat Loaf's "I'll Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," and Denis Leary's "Asshole" (unedited, too!). And among the videos people voted for via their money was that.

Hey, sexy women enjoying sexiness is something I celebrate -- and as explicit and double-entendre-y as that song is, it's about enjoying sexiness, which isn't always conveyed in pop culture -- and I saw that enough for that particular example to make a good impression. And I'm smiling about how circumstances aligned for that song to play on that station at that time this midday.