GT, tell me some stuff about you: When did you graduate high school? And what were you listening to that year? Do you still listen to that stuff? Does that music reveal something about who you were then and/or who you are today?

I graduated in ‘97 and my musical interests then included Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews Band, Tori Amos, Concrete Blonde, and Billie Holiday.

DiFranco’s album, Living in Clip, was a big deal amongst a number of indie, feminist girls in my high school. I remember being particularly obsessed with the version of “Both Hands” on that album:

DMB’s Crash came out in ‘96 and pretty much the whole world was going crazy for it:

Boys for Pele was another ‘96 release and something I played a lot of:

Concrete Blonde did release an album later in ‘97 but, in the first half, I was still rocking out to all their earlier stuff. True story: in my senior year, I listened to a full Concrete Blonde album every single day.

Around this time, I loved listening to the alternate version of “It’ll Chew You Up and Spit You Out,” off the Still in Hollywood album, while getting ready in the morning. Hell, I still do—this song gets me pumped for the day!

And I just loved Billie Holiday. Still do!

If you were cruising around with me, in my yellow 1976 Grand Marquis, in 1996-97, this would have been our soundtrack. (This picture isn’t my car, but it’s the exact same color and make as the one I drove.)

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What about you, GT? What was the soundtrack of your senior year of high school?