Dance Dance Devolution

by Suzie Conway (Communications), published July 11th 2011

One of the joys of taking my mom’s car out for a drive (other than giving my grandfather’s hand-me-down Buick a break from being awesome) is her satellite radio. While I sometimes find myself on the indie stations, I am more likely than not blasting the 90s station. Aside from the nostalgia of hearing a Spice Girls song or discovering how much I really enjoy gangsta rap (Ice Cube is my current ringtone), I’m completely baffled by how many anonymous dance and R&B songs came out in the 90s that I could not tell apart to save my life. But I love, or love to hate, every one of them.

Likely populating numerous volumes of Jock Jams and the musical stage of Nickelodeon’s ’€œAll That,’€ I feel these songs have, in too short a time, been forgotten. Some of my earliest memories are of my older sister dancing around to Ace of Base or playing the cassette of La Bouche in the family car, probably against my mom’s wishes.

These are not exactly works of art, but on the summer nights that I would come home from work with the moonroof open (my Buick is quickly losing its appeal), they are the perfect tracks to demonstrate just how uncool I am. I’ll belt out the choruses I half-know, dance in my car like there’s no tomorrow, and wake up the neighbors with the awful synths that line most of these tracks. I certainly forgot a few of these existed, but these gems shouldn’t fall by the wayside. Here’s a handful for those trashy, nostalgic nights:

La Bouche ‘€“ Sweet Dreams

Republica ‘€“ Ready to Go

69 Boyz ‘€“ Tootsee Roll

C+C Music Factory ‘€“  Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

The Outhere Brothers ‘€“ Boom Boom Boom

Corona ‘€“ The Rhythm of the Night

Real McCoy ‘€“ Another Night

Enigma ‘€“ Return to Innocence

Ginuwine ‘€“ My Pony

No Mercy ‘€“ Where Do You Go

Montell Jordan ‘€“ Get It On Tonite

The Cardigans ‘€“ Lovefool

Ace of Base ‘€“ All That She Wants

Positive K ‘€“ I Got a Man

2 Responses to “Dance Dance Devolution”

  1. Jewel1833 says:

    Don’t forget such classics as Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe, Heavy D and the Boyz – Now That We Found Love, and Souldecision – Faded (my personal favorite).  Great article!

  2. Jewel1833 says:

    Don’t forget such classics as Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe, Heavy D and the Boyz – Now That We Found Love, and Souldecision – Faded (my personal favorite).  Great article!