Sunday, August 3, 2008

90's Alternative rock: Good Times.

I was looking at the Wandering Thoughts blog, and J.R.S had a Better Than Ezra video up. Man, I hadn't listend to them in forever, so I went to youtube and started watching that video and a few others from 90's bands, eventually remembering my deep abiding love for the girl that sang for Letters to Cleo. Here she is...

Oh my. How I loved her. I wanted a cute blonde girlfriend that was quirky and sang infectious pop tunes just like her. I imagined dancing through fields of tulips, being alternative and making out while someone played the bassline from "Cannonball" by The Breeders. It was a great fantasy that died the second Alannis Morissete decided to yell at all men.

But, reminiscing about it is fun, and thanks to the Internet, I was able to find out what happened to the Letter to Cleo chick, who, as it turns out, is named Kay Hanley. That little fact in and of itself came as something of a disappointment, as I had imagined her name was "Pepper" or something. Whatever.

The second fact is that Letters to Cleo evidently existed as a band until 2000, which I wouldn't have guessed in a million years. The third fact is that it turns out Kay recorded a couple of pretty good solo records and now is singing backup for Hannah Freaking Montana.


My alternative dream-chick sings back up for Miley Cyrus? Thus dies a dream in the heart of the dreamer, I guess. Well, in any event, the one hit they had was catchy, so there is at least that.

To help ameliorate my sadness about Kay Hanley, I found a video by the Diabolical Biz Markie. Man, no one makes me smile more than crazy, crazy Biz. Take that, Alannis.


J.R.Shirley said...

Totally understandable, except I've never been a fan of blonds. Of course, she's not really a blond, either...;-)

Lauren said...

omg, I barely barely remember that Biz Markie song. Thanks for sharing.