Anyone who was raised by JW's knows music was a big "snare" of the devil. Rock was the soundtrack to destruction, and Rap could get you pregnat! You could groove out to the Oldies with your parents, or perhaps you were lucky enough to get your own set of the instrumental kingdom melodies!
I got sneeky as I got older, but there are big gaps in my pop musical knoweldge. People my own age will say, "Oh god - remember that song by _________", well no - not really. I wasn't allowed to listen to that.
And yet - how important is music to teens? I remember sitting with my friends and taping songs off the radio (pre-internet piracy rawked!). Oh and we'd also record music videos off TV to watch during slumber parties. Ohh the nerdery of it all! We'd secretly stash away tapes and cds we knew were questionable. We'd dub tapes for each other of the contraband music. God help you if your stash got found.
That being said - anyone have any bands you will always associate with your adolecence. Any music you hear that still conjures up images of your teen years? (Heaven help us, any songs that remind your going to the roller rink with your jw friends? Did you skate your heart out to Abba?!)
For me - it's two really. Nirvana, because I remember how hush hush we had to keep that one. Plus when Kurt Cobain died, I remember my mom expressing disgust for his deshelveled hair and cardigan and saying, "I've never even heard of him - have you?" - "uh - no, that's that 'alternative' music which I would not listen to - AT ALL!"
And the other really big one for me was The Smashing Pumpkins. I can hear certain songs and still recall exact moments of hanging out with my friends the first time I heard that song.
How about you?