91: “My Only Love Sprung From My Only Hate” – Romeo + Juliet

Baz, Baz, wherefore art thou Baz Luhrmann? On the latest episode of When We Were Young, we travel back to the mid-90s (and then even further back to the 16th century) to rewatch the Australian director’s frenetic modern-day adaptation of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S ROMEO + JULIET (1996). The film was a hit at the box-office and cemented Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes’ status as the heartthrobs of their generation.

Plus, the film’s soundtrack was considered one of the all-time greats, filled with original Bard-inspired tunes by the likes of Garbage and Radiohead. Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers is still considered a classic, but does Baz’s exhilarating adaptation stand the test of time, too?

Pray, join us in merriment for Part I of our Spectacular Spectacular review of the films of Baz Luhrmann – or do you dare bite your thumb at us, sir?

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13: “In An MMMBop, They’re Gone” – Now That’s What I Call Music

Heya, Barbie! Wanna go for a ride? How about all the way back to 1998, when boy bands were just starting to be a “thing” (again), we listened to music on compact discs, and the blonde brothers Hanson seemed like they might have long-lasting relevance in the pop music sphere? (Okay, that last part was never true.)

In our latest episode, When We Were Young revisits NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC VOL. 1, along with other compilation CDs you could order over the phone (what?!), like the ready-to-rumble JOCK JAMS and the whale-saving, orca-flowing PURE MOODS. We listen to acts ranging from the poppiest of pop (Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys) to moody alternative acts (Everclear and Fastball), seeing how they’ve held up over the past couple decades. (‘Cause that’s what you get when you mess with us.) Yes, we even pause to throw back a bottle of beer and debate what the hell was up with the 90s revitalization of swing spearheaded by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ “Zoot Suit Riot.”

So don’t “Fly Away” — please “Say You’ll Be There” as we get “Together Again” with the musical masterpieces and misfires of the late 1990s — and some surprisingly dark origin stories. Let’s go party!

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