My favorite song lyric as a child was "she's a sad tomato" from "Crush With Eyeliner" by REM. I'm not sure what that says about me, but it's probably something. I was raised in Milwaukee, WI on a musical diet that combined Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline with David Bowie and the Pixies. This did not help my reputation as a pretty weird kid in Catholic school, but I was assured by my mother that people would think I was cool when I got older. (Am still waiting for results on this hypothesis.)
I learned the lyrics to "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly in middle school because I thought that would be an important life skill. It is literally the only good decision I made in middle school, and also a pretty good reason to trust my musical foresight.
Writer: Alicia Roy