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Queen For a Day, Fool For A Lifetime


I totally remembered Faith No More’s “King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime” album last night, and when I found a copy of it and turned it on, it was a thousand times better than even running into a good friend and catching up with them. Suddenly, I’m 15 years old again, all skin and bones and odd angles, completely sure of myself that whatever I do is the Right Thing to do.

It’s like reliving those days without having to be there again. Because no matter how self assured I was, the teen years just aren’t something I care to relive. Even if it mean I could have my 26 inch waist back.

What albums do that for you?

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“Queen For a Day, Fool For A Lifetime”

  1. On December 4th, 2008 at 1:52 pm rebekah Says:

    Cripes. I was a geek. An opera geek. So I have to reinvent my memories of the 80’s using 80’s movie soundtracks, because Wagner doesn’t make me feel like a teenager, just like it didn’t back then…which is why I loved it. Maybe…Synchronicity. (I think I’m older than you, Aunt B.) I remember how much that album tapped into my HS tension and restlessness.

  2. On December 4th, 2008 at 1:58 pm Mrs.Spit Says:

    funny you should mention this. My ipod is currently playing Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton, and Gloria by Laura Brannigan and Manic Monday by the Bangles. . . .

  3. On December 4th, 2008 at 2:02 pm Kate Says:

    Amen to that. For me – The Cure, Disintegration

  4. On December 4th, 2008 at 2:09 pm Slick Says:

    The Black Crowes Greatest Hits….

    I’m 17 again, riding around in my crappy Mustang, and just enjoying a life of total freedom.

    Love it!

  5. On December 4th, 2008 at 2:45 pm kristen Says:

    Memories, especially those feelings brought on by music are awesome. Teenage angst, not so much. I would never go back there, it was all just too intense.

  6. On December 4th, 2008 at 1:51 pm Badass Geek Says:

    Billy Joel’s “River Of Dreams” album. My dad used to listen to it non-stop, and I have some good memories of car trips with that album.

  7. On December 4th, 2008 at 1:54 pm Ms. Moon Says:

    All the classics- Abbey Road, Beggar’s Banquet, CS&Y. Many, many more. Oh, music saved my life when I was a teenager. It truly did. Thank god there was some great music out there to do it, too.

  8. On December 4th, 2008 at 3:15 pm Ginger Magnolia Says:

    I don’t think it’s so much one particular album, because the stuff I listened to over and over where mix tapes I made off the radio. So a lot of Stone Temple Pilots, Guns and Roses, Metallica, Alice in Chains, etc.

    Either that or Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice…

  9. On December 4th, 2008 at 3:27 pm Coco Says:

    Oh, God. I did love being 17. Anything by OMD, The Cure, INXS, ‘The Lost Boys” soundtrack, the “Sixteen Candles”, “Pretty In Pink” and “Breakfast Club” soundtracks, interchangeably. Jesus, I was an 80’s freakazoid.

    I also have exceptionally fond memories of the EJ cheesefest “Bennie and the Jets” for reasons having entirely to do with a boy named Dominic and similar memories of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” with yet another boy named Mike. I guess I was also a slutty freakazoid. Good times, though.

  10. On December 4th, 2008 at 3:35 pm guilty noodles Says:

    Pixies, Doolittle. Brings back memories of chain smoking, harassing pedestrians by shouting “VAGINA” in a drive by, tea parties and making out (boys & girls).

  11. On December 4th, 2008 at 4:39 pm foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) Says:

    U2’s Achtung, Baby is one of those I have to listen to from start to finish, always alone. There’s a lot of my history, both good and bad, contained within that as a soundtrack.

  12. On December 4th, 2008 at 4:53 pm heather Says:

    Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World,” hands down. Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” I could go on, I suppose.

  13. On December 4th, 2008 at 6:30 pm baseballmom Says:

    Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Led Zeppelin, VanHalen-Diver Down, Madonna-Like a Virgin, and Duran Duran-Rio. Love it!

  14. On December 4th, 2008 at 6:47 pm Miss Hope Says:

    Holy Moly….Duran Duran, PRINCE, .38 Special (I always drove fast when that was playing), Eagles, Cars, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Madonna (Express Yourself)…..oh, I feel so young when I hear those songs…..

    Makes me want to tease my hair real high, grab a wine cooler and live hard until curfew.

  15. On December 4th, 2008 at 7:09 pm Cassie Says:

    Pretty much any Nirvana, Sublime, Metallica, Bush…there’s probably more I can’t think of right now 🙂

  16. On December 4th, 2008 at 7:16 pm Jenn Says:

    I love that album! For me it’s pretty much anything by the Rolling Stones, “Jar of Flies” from Alice in Chains or “Undertow” from Tool. 🙂

  17. On December 4th, 2008 at 8:24 pm Petra Says:

    Any Tori Amos album (pre-1997) does that for me.

    I love my TORI!!

  18. On December 4th, 2008 at 8:34 pm Lola Says:

    Oh, god, what doesn’t bring back the memories? I wore out The Queen Is Dead by the Smiths while I was having some of the best times of my life and everything by The Cure. I’m with you on Faith No More, too.

    I’m obsessed with music, though, so any old song brings me right back.

  19. On December 4th, 2008 at 11:07 pm Jenn Says:

    All of the first albums by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Counting Crows, and that video with the little bee girl. The years between 91-95 come to mind. That would be the last years of high school and the first years of college. Sadly, I don’t remember the last years of college due to hops and barley consumption.

  20. On December 4th, 2008 at 11:54 pm kate Says:

    pet shop boys. and those gay guys. who sang that one great song. and that other weird song.

    and wham!

  21. On December 4th, 2008 at 11:54 pm kate Says:

    oh! duran duran. *sigh*

  22. On December 5th, 2008 at 12:13 am Sky Says:

    This is a weird combo…but Dr. Dre’s The Cronic (OMG, I’m gonna have to bust that out now!) and Tori Amos Under the Pink. Love both….*sigh*

  23. On December 5th, 2008 at 1:06 am Edward Says:

    Awe…the 26 inch waist! What a surprise to just get the 28inch waist back after baby number 1 at age 16. Now at 40…and being a male…I’m happy with the 38 inch waist lol! HOwmany weeksbefore you get that pre baby waist back…oh wait…you have like a year right lol…you know I love you right and I’m just being an ass.

  24. On December 5th, 2008 at 1:06 am Sarah Says:

    In no particular order:

    Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
    The Crow – soundtrack
    Offspring – Smash
    The Cure – Hot! Hot! Hot! and Fascination Street
    Anything by Skid Row. Heehee!
    Metallica’s “black” album
    Love and Rockets – the one with Ball of Confusion on it. 😉
    Faith No More – Angel Dust

    Almost anything by Tupac, not because I was so into him, but because everyone around me was so into him, I heard his stuff almost non-stop!

    Guess I went a little overboard. 🙂 And ditto ditto ditto the idea of feeling that power without ever having to take one step back in time. Screw that.

    And whoever said that crap about boys being easier should be REQUIRED to not just spend a day in your home, but if you felt comfortable with it, babysit for you whenever you saw fit. 🙂 Happily, the wild girl is back in play.

    If anyone ever had both an easy and fun child coming to her, I pray it is YOU. 🙂

  25. On December 5th, 2008 at 7:20 am SciFi Dad Says:

    The soundtrack to the movie Singles.

  26. On December 5th, 2008 at 7:27 am SCY Says:

    Sjoe – so many!

    OMD, Duran Duran, U2…

    I remember rocking it to Dr Alban and my all time favourite that hurtles me back into the old days is “The Final Countdown”

    *sigh* Memories!!!


  27. On December 5th, 2008 at 12:46 pm honeywine Says:

    We always got singles. So it’s individual songs that remind me of people and still do. Joe is Phil Ochs’ “Changes”. M. is Bryan Adams “Everything I do I do it for You”. That teacher’s song was Lionel Richie’s “Ballerina Girl”.

  28. On December 6th, 2008 at 2:27 pm Ms.Sassypants Says:

    I wish I could totally hate you for having a 26″ waist, past the age of 7.


    for me, it would have to be, House of Pain.

  29. On December 6th, 2008 at 5:08 pm mumma boo Says:

    Duran Duran, INXS, and U2 bring back the 80’s for me. But if you really want to see me act like an immature asshat again, put on the Top Gun or Footloose soundtracks. Heh.

  30. On December 7th, 2008 at 12:32 am Painted Maypole Says:

    Warrent, Skid Rowe… late 80s early 90s hair bands. 😉

  31. On December 7th, 2008 at 11:27 pm Valerie Says:

    As you readers all rock out to the good shit from the 80s… I can say that NSYNC and the like bring me back.

    My generation was SO deprived!

  32. On December 8th, 2008 at 11:59 am tryingin2007 Says:

    that’s a tough one. where would I begin?

    I was a HUGE fan of 120 minutes — all things indie.

    smiths, alice in chains, soundgarden, the church, firehose, sebadoh, the pixies, paul weller… BECK!!!

  33. On December 11th, 2008 at 2:12 am Leslee Says:

    Aw dude! Fucking Guns N Roses (you know, before Axl set out to create a masterpiece that took 17 years and really? Is pretty damned mediocre), Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Tori Amos, The Cure, The Verve Pipe, Seal, Chicago, MC Hammer, C&C Music Factory, old skool Janet Jackson… I could go ON AND ON. Seems my life has pretty much been one long soundtrack. LOL

  34. On December 24th, 2008 at 11:46 am trish Says:

    Oh gosh. I was a sheltered child, lucky to get a RADIO at 15. So the only things that take me back to that time are some rap songs I used to listen to with friends at THEIR house, like Gin & Juice. For some reason, the other songs that take me back are escaping me right now.

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