Do you remember the new wave group the Romantics? You know the one that sang the songs “What I Like About You” and “Talking in Your Sleep”? I saw them in concert when I was in high school. Not only did I see them in concert, but my friend Susan and I had personalized tee shirts made up with “The Romantics” written on the front and our names on the back. I bring the Romantics’ concert up because the fact that I actually saw them almost made me reconsider whether or not I would make this category a Forget About it instead of a Flashback. Thankfully, they weren’t my first concert, so here we go:
To be literal, the very first concert I attended was Santana some time in the early 1970’s, but I have absolutely no memory of that (I think my parents didn’t want to pay for a babysitter) so I can’t really count it.
The first concert I remember and will proudly claim as my first was Rick James at Kings Dominion Park. This was 1981 or 1982. To this day, I cannot believe my mom allowed me to go to this show. This was back when Rick James was still Rick James. He was nasty before Prince knew what nasty was. I was 14. Too young for nasty. I remember he had the Mary Jane Girls opening for him. My friend (once again Susan) and I had no idea what Mary Jane stood for. I think we might have been the only people there who didn’t. I still remember how much fun it was singing along to all of his songs–even if I had no clue (which I didn’t) what they were about. Street Songs had just been released and “Super Freak” was a big hit. Good times!
Check out Rick’s over-the-knee boots! Such a trendsetter! RIP.
My brother and I were latchkey kids. This meant we often would fend for ourselves when it came to after school snacks and dinner.
Forget About it-Foods I ate.
My top three:
Steak umms. This photo is of the 2010 version. So glad they are still available. Hate to think that the next generation would miss out on eating cardboard that is thinly disguised as meat. Worked for me at the time though! A little oil, a pan and voilà– dinner!
Thankfully the Slim Jim is also still available. Hard to find something as satisfying as dehydrated meat in stick form. And they packed a whopping 9 grams of protein per stick! Now that I think of it, Slim Jim may have been the prototype for today’s very popular protein bars.
And finally, every diet has to have a staple. Something that is good to eat day or night; frozen or at room temperature. For me that was the Hostess Suzy Q. Here’s how the Hostess website describes the Suzy Q.:
“For more than 40 years, sophisticated snack cake connoisseurs have been licking their fingers while mouths full of crème filled Suzy Qs delight their taste buds.”
Oh yeah they do!
Okay your turn. What was the first concert you attended? How about foods you regularly ate as a child?