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To think the sunscreen song is the most important piece of music

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PoultryBallot · 18/12/2019 22:51

Class of 99 wear sunscreen

Enjoy the power of your youth, trust me in 20 years you will look back at photos of yourself in a way you can not grasp now and see the beauty and opportunity you had.

How can this be 20 years ago? I know it's twee but when I listened to this 40 was an eternity away, now it's two years.

Voting Ianbu this is a seminal song
Iabu stop being such a sap.

Get to know your parents..

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WestCovina · 18/12/2019 22:54

Don’t worry about the future, or worry but know that worrying is about as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.

I LOVE it Smile


MorrisZapp · 18/12/2019 22:54

You are not

As fat

As you think you are


QueenAnneBoleyn · 18/12/2019 22:56

I love it.


theemmadilemma · 18/12/2019 22:57

It's actually a poem by Mary Schmich:


Pinkarsedfly · 18/12/2019 22:57

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind
The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m.
On some idle Tuesday


PoultryBallot · 18/12/2019 22:58

The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
Never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday

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PickAChew · 18/12/2019 22:59

It's pretty wise.

As is, regarding the social media generation, The Revolution Will Not be Televised.


PoultryBallot · 18/12/2019 22:59

Pinkarsedflycrossed post!

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theemmadilemma · 18/12/2019 22:59

But, YANBU! Grin


MyOtherProfile · 18/12/2019 23:00

My best friend rang me up to play this song down the phone to me when it first came out because she thought it was so wise. I thought at the time she was a bit OTT but I'm right with her now.


PoultryBallot · 18/12/2019 23:00

theemmadilemmaI didn't know this before tonight, just seen her on I love 99 I'm glad she has been recognized.

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BerwickLad · 18/12/2019 23:01

Yanbu it is awesome. There was a brilliant documentary about it on BBC radio a couple of months ago.


PoultryBallot · 18/12/2019 23:03

MyOtherProfile I remember it comimg on the radio and we all thought it was a government advert, we all just listened to it in awe. I would have definitely played it down the phone to my friend if I could.

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MayFayner · 18/12/2019 23:03

I always thought that Kurt Vonnegut had written that speech but the wiki page above has disabused me of that Shock

It is a brilliant piece of writing. I don’t really like the song though 😬


TheFlis12345 · 18/12/2019 23:05

Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

God I love that track!


BerwickLad · 18/12/2019 23:19

Here's the documentary. It's very good really. Goes into detail about how it came to be made, all the stories about it etc.


BerwickLad · 18/12/2019 23:20


Fiveletters · 18/12/2019 23:21

I left school in 1999 and they played this to us on our leavers day (as I’m sure most schools did). Iconic.


LaurieMarlow · 18/12/2019 23:24

I left school in 1999 and they played this to us on our leavers day (as I’m sure most schools did). Iconic.

Me too Grin

It’s full of truth.


FromEden · 18/12/2019 23:27

I left school in 1999 and they played this to us on our leavers day (as I’m sure most schools did). Iconic.

Me too. I cant really listen to it because it's almost painfully nostalgic. Seriously, where did all those years go?! Shock


MsJaneAusten · 18/12/2019 23:32

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can
Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it
It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own


Sicario · 18/12/2019 23:33

I think I might need a knee replacement.

Be Kind to your knees
You'll miss them when they're gone...


Wallabyone · 18/12/2019 23:33

Gosh, this has brought back memories of my younger days-is it really 20 years old?! For some reason, in my head it is linked to Leonardo Di Caprio in Romeo and Juliet (loved that film as a 17 year old), no idea why though!


Selfcarequeereyestyle · 18/12/2019 23:42

Isn’t it because Baz Luhrman was involved in both Romeo and Juliet and the sunscreen song. I quoted it to my year 11 in their year book in the summer, hopefully they thought I was wise!


FromEden · 19/12/2019 00:06

In baz luhrmann's romeo and juliet, a choir sings everybody's free at some stage and that is in the background of the sunscreen song, or it is in the everybodys free to wear sunscreen version at least.

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