The past several weeks have left me meandering down memory lane. I'm in the throes of an exciting new project which I will not talk about here (yet) but it involves some very nostalgic references, research, rehashing...

I grew up in the 90's. I came of age in cut-0ff shorts with the pockets showing and men's flannel shirts down to my knees. My-So-Called life was my show. My life. Angela's character was a year older than I was. Going through the same shit. Blah blah. Teen angst. Blah blah.

I own the box set and still watch it waaaaay more than I probably should. And now that the new box set is about to be released, you can bet I'll be all up in that bitch as well.

Tonight, while working on said-questionably secret project, I ran into the clip that "changed my life" or so it seemed at the time. Buffalo Tom quickly shot to the top of my favorite-bands-ever list and I'd sit in front of my parent's TV with my cassette taped (favorite) episode (Angela and Jordan in the Broiler Room. Remember this scene? Sigh...) and rewind so I could watch over and over as Jordan Catalano finally publicly acknowledged his relationship with Angela Chase and I hoped-- No-- PRAYED that my Jordan (his name was B.Jay and he enjoyed making out with me in his garage and ignoring me in the halls. Harsh) would come around and hold my hand, too.

Anyway, here is the clip that launched a thousand rewinds:

Speaking of nostalgia-- for all you children of the 80's, my friend Matthew Robinson published a brand new book about 80's toys/nostalgia called Just Can't Get Enough a la Depeche Mode. You can order on Amazon, here.

And if you have some awesome nostalgic clips to share, from 80's, 90's or beyond, feel free to link me up in the comments or wherever. I'm in the mood to take a trip down memory lane. That's kind of been my thing lately.



Anonymous | 5:27 AM

Oh, I loved that show. It was a show where someone finally "got it". A show that was so terrifically written...and of course, canceled. Brian or Jordan? And the angst. So painfully perfect. I'm so glad you posted the clip. Awesome.

Anonymous | 6:06 AM

Ugh, I was SO MAD when that was wrong. Obsessed doesn't even begin to describe.

So what happened to Jordan? He looks so gross now.

Anonymous | 6:15 AM

Sigh. I wished I had watched that show. I was a little old but I'm sure I would have appreciated wallowing in all that teenage angst.

And in my mind, Buffalo Tom was always the most underrated band. They should have been as big as REM.

Anonymous | 7:09 AM

I was in college when that show was on. I remember being in like a 500-level lit seminar (maybe my Ralph Ellison and His Ancestors course) which was very intellectual and challenging and all, and running in to talk about MSCL's episodes each week with the one other girl I knew who watched it--in an atmosphere of extreme pretension, we were all like, "Oh my GAWD--did you SEE what went down..." Too funny.

What that clip really reminded me of was the sympathy I always felt for Brian Krakow's character. (I almost typed Brain. How Catalonolike of me.) Devon Gummersall was perfectly cast--unattractive and awkward, but with that heart of gold you knew would come out sooner or later. Had the series continued, he totally would have gone to...oh, I don't know, Carnegie Mellon or UPenn or somewhere, and ended up with some kickass job and car and life. Poor Brian--doomed for eternity to be the Not-Chosen Boy.

Anonymous | 7:50 AM

LOVED that show - and I totally remember that scene.

Scar | 7:50 AM

I'm excited about your top secret project! I bought Matty Boom's book on amazon!

Jen | 8:06 AM

I'm a little older than you but in my blog I touch on some old school stuff you may or may not remember. Hopefully you check it out. I think I have one reader of my blog.

Malice | 8:46 AM

That is one of my all time favorite shows as well. And that clip? Pretty amazing. My sister makes fun of me because I still watch it...over and over again.

Tiffany | 9:35 AM

I loved that show. I can remember when it was such a big deal to have your hand held by that someone special. Thanks for the memories.

divrchk | 9:37 AM

That is one of my all time favorite shows. I love Jared Leto. He was amazing in the movie Prefontaine. Claire Daines has done well for herself too.

Anonymous | 9:38 AM

I LOVED My So Called Life. But like NancyT I was a little older when it was in it's prime.

The show I watched religiously was Degrassi Junior High, which then turned to Degrassi High as the characters aged.

The show received several accolades for it's no-nonsense drama tackling issues teen pregnancy, abortion, suicide, peer pressure, drugs, etc. etc. and the outcome was always not a happy ending after the 1/2 hour.

After the characters graduated from high school, the series ended. In the original series, one of the characters had a baby in grade 8 (or was it 9?) ...anyway, 12 years later, they brought the series back, focusing on the now 12-year-old daughter of the original character. It's been great seeing the characters I grew up with trying to function as parents.

Here's a funny clip... only on Canadian prime time TV will you see a bare teen ass.

Unknown | 10:45 AM

I remember watching "The Wonder Years" and wanting to BE Wynnie Cooper. That show always moved me so much. I have to go back and watch MSCL! I barely remember it, booo!

Can't wait to hear about your project. Such a tease...

Anonymous | 12:38 PM

OMG! I loved that show! Some cable channel ran it a year or so ago, and I made my husband watch some of it. He had never heard of it when he was younger, and it wasn't his type of show, but even he said it was good.

I'm dying to know what your secret project is, especially if it helped you run across this!

Anonymous | 8:24 PM

ahhh....goosebumps and good memories. thanks for that!

Phoenix | 8:51 PM

That was so my show. Thanks for the heads up on the new box set. I NEED it. :)

Anonymous | 7:22 AM

Wow, that show brings back so many memories for me. That had to be my most favorite show ever. I wanted to be Angela Chase, like really bad. Thanks for the memories, my birthday was yesterdaay and I informed my hubby that I was going to get that DVD set for my b-day from myself!

Anonymous | 8:46 AM

I loved that show so much! It's actually on my Netflix queue right now, even though it's still not available there. I can't wait to be able to get it and sit and watch it. I totally remember that boiler room scene without even watching it (no YouTube at work). And now look at Jordan - so not cute anymore.

Anonymous | 3:55 PM

I also thought I was Angela. I mean literally, no one was aloud to talk to me when MSCL was on. Reading your post just stirred up emotions and thoughts I haven't thought about in YEARS. It feels sad/lonely/distant...good. Damnit, D. Cosca pulled a Jordan on me for two years in high school. Made out with me in the pole vaulting pit and looked the other way the next day. Why did I let him do that?
~meghan b.

ImpostorMom | 10:46 AM

oh my god that so makes me want to run home and break out my box set. I loved, loved, loved that show. I too was Angela complete with the flannel, boots and yes even the red hair. It's amazing the emotions that come up when watching those clips. Didn't we all have a Jordan?

Meemo | 12:20 AM

I'm Malice in Horrorland's sister and I do make fun of her for still watching it over and over again. Being that I'm 7 years older than her, it was not my show. I wish it was, we didn't have anything like that in the 80's. I was watching Growing Pains and crap like that. The first show I rememember really being into was Fame. Gawd I'm old.

Anonymous | 7:44 AM

Beautiful! That scene made me cry when it first aired and it made me cry this morning when I watched it again. It's amazing how that emotion is still so on the surface, ready to be released. Ah, adolescence...

Anonymous | 8:44 PM

That was such an amazing show. When I watched that clip it reminded me of the episode where Jordan sings "I call her Red" and Angela and Ricki get all worked up, convinced, that it is about her. But in the end, he's singing about his car. The true pain of adolescence: realizing that the boy you have a painful crush on is more adept at describing his feelings for his car than you.

S.T. | 9:40 PM

I'm quite a bit older than you, but I loved that show and never missed an episode. I had such a crush on Jordan. I felt like I WAS Angela when I was watching that show.

Anonymous | 4:50 PM

Normally I lurk and don't comment, but... this is from here: (you have to be logged in to see it)

You're a 90's kid if:

You've ever ended a sentence with the word "PSYCHE!"

You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"

You remember when Kurt Cobain, Tu Pac, River Phoenix, and Selena died.

You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey from "Blossom" and that "How Rude!" comes from Stephanie from "Full House"

You remember when it was actually worth getting up early
on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.

You remember reading "Goosebumps"

You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off"

You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.

You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.

You danced to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, Females: had a new motto, Males: got a whole lot gay-er. (so tell me what you want, what you really really want.)

You remember the craze, then the banning of slap bracelets and slam books.

You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...

Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? was both a game and a TV game show.

Captain Planet.

You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the green Ranger were meant to be together.

When playing power rangers with friends you fought over who got to be who............and still all ended up being Tommy.

You remember when super nintendo's became popular.

You remember watching home alone 1, 2 , and 3........and tried to pull the pranks on "intruders"

"I've fallen and I can't get up"

You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates

Two words... Trapper Keeper.