I spent much of the first half of the 90s immersed in the full on metal lifestyle, with the long hair, black clothes exclusively, Doc Martens, chain on the wallet. You know the deal. The place to be was my friend Trevor's, who had dropped out of high school junior year and got a place with his band mates. And when we weren't hanging around listening to them shred the shit out of their battered guitars and pissing off their neighbors, we were sitting around watching TV on the huge big screen TV one of Trevor's friends was hiding at his place from the repo men.
Those of you who remember the state of things on the various music television channels back in 1994 will recall that the above Lisa Loeb video was on constantly. You'll also recall those faraway days when it was actually okay to sit around and watch MTV all day. Now, you'd think a bunch of goateed metal heads, surrounded by posters of bands and blondes in bikinis, our ears still ringing from hours of non-stop thrashing to various Metallica and Slayer covers, would instantly change the channel when such a video came on. After all, what did the relationship woes of the cute, glasses-wearing, trendy chick with the cat and the cool loft have to do with us? Funny enough, that never happened. Yeah, we'd just watch that thing, over and over, never acknowledging the ridiculous dichotomy of the situation, yet all secretly looking forward to the next time Lisa's video came back on.
Not much of a mystery why Lisa had that effect on us. No matter if you were mister right Ethan Hawke or the underachiever sleeping on his friends nasty couch - Lisa was hot. With that sweet voice and the then unique reliance on throwback eye wear, she was a treat to behold. And her song was also kind of catchy. It still has a way of worming its way into your head. 20 years later Lisa is like the rest of us, far removed from her angsty days, doing the grownup wife and mother thing. She's still got the glasses though and still makes albums. Oh yeah, there also that time a few years back when she decided to walk around in a thong:
Too bad she didn't have mind to do that back in the day. I'm sure Trevor could have made some room for her poster on his dingy ass walls. Now check out some pics of Lisa through the years and see if you don't share my unlikely, 20-year love affair with Lisa.
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