P-Mag Nostalgia Project: 2000 with Amanda

I was so elated when I was chosen for a section of  the Nostalgia Project, I could hardly stand it, and this year turned out to be an especially great one. I was amazed at how many things that ended up defining my early teenage years came out this year. And heeeeeeere we go!

Let’s begin with music, shall we?

Rather than a top five (of which there are plenty), I’m going to go with some personal highlights of that year first. Thirteen/fourteen-year-old Amanda was beginning to develop her own musical taste, and that summer was the first one in which I went and purchased a few CDs of my own. My rule? If there are two tracks on it I’ll listen to, it’s mine. My favorite, by far, was Creed’s Human Clay.

I choose to link “With Arms Wide Open” because it actually was released as a single that year, but I was in love with the whole album  Scott Stapp. This band was my favorite, die hard, for the next three or so years. You couldn’t convince me that there was anyone better. Second in line, we have a band that I still adore: Everclear.

I loved their Songs From an American Movie, Vol. 1 album, and this was by far the happiest out of them all. The most well-known out of the tracks is “Wonderful,”  but I’m trying to keep it lighthearted.

Matchbox 20 also became “Matchbox Twenty” that year, and gave us the album Mad Season. Though somewhat inferior to their debut, it still gave us some hits. Oh, look, there’s one now!

Though I could relate more to “Mad Season,” this was still a good one that I recall listening to a lot. Rob Thomas was (and still is) amazing.

The music charts state that the top five hits were as follows:

1. Faith Hill – “Breathe”

2. Santana ft. Rob Thomas – “Smooth”

Fun fact: Rob wrote this about the girl he was seeing, Marisol, whom he eventually married. Also: yes, the song came out the year before, but in March of 2000, it was re-issued and had a huge resurgence.

3. Santana ft. The Project G&B – “Maria Maria”

Another track from the amazing Supernatural album. I didn’t own it myself, but many of the kids I knew did, and it was really cool to see them and their parents bonding over the same artist. It reached #1 on the Billboard charts in April 2000.

4. Joe – “I Wanna Know”

I’m not a huge R&B girl, but the mass populace was, and this song was on the radio A LOT. Listening to the lyrics, it’s really a sweet song. I can see why it hit #4 that July, along with topping the R&B charts.

5. Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”

It took 26 weeks, but this song reached the top of the charts in July. I loved this song, and the band was actually one I thought I might be able to get into. They only had one other hit, though (“You’re A God”), and thirteen/fourteen-year-old me didn’t have time to keep up with much other than what was on the airwaves.

And, a couple of other notable releases that year:

Eminem – “The Real Slim Shady”

I admit it: I owned The Marshall Mathers LP. I bought it when I bought Human Clay, and my cousin and I spent the summer learning a few of of the tracks at our grandmother’s. I since have developed an aversion to rap in general, but I’ll never deny Mr. Mathers’ talent.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication”

This song was on repeat in my library for quite awhile. My amazing aunt was the one who introduced me to the Peppers, and I still am a fan to this day. I owned the album of the same name, and could probably still sing the majority of the songs on it. Oh, and Anthony Keidis was another singer I crushed on, hard. Just sayin’. As far as the video goes, the graphics at the time were state-of-the-art. I’ll discuss that further later.

Whew! That’s a lot of music. Enjoy your earworms. Now, off to film!

The five top-grossing movies that year were these:

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  1. Mission: Impossible II
  2. Gladiator
  3. Cast Away
  4. What Women Want
  5. Dinosaur

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Being a teen, though, these were not ones that stuck with me, though I did see at least some of them when they were put out on VHS. (We didn’t own a DVD player yet.) The movies from that year that I remember start with this one, because my then-four-year-old brother Aaron watched it on a loop:

Nowhere near a great movie, but still worth a laugh, this launched Mr. Kutcher from just being that guy on That 70s Show to a somewhat-legit movie actor. I still sometimes answer my phone with, “Chinese fooooood, a-what would you like?” and when making a list around my parents or brothers, it’s just a matter of time til one of us goes, “And thennnnnnnnnnn?” Oh, the joy of crap movies: you know they’re bad, but you like them anyway.

For the superhero fans, like myself, we had X-Men:

This movie had/has so many well-known actors it’s ridiculous. Ian McKellen! Patrick Stewart! Halle Berry! HUGH. FREAKING. JACKMAN! I had long loved the comics and the cartoon series from the ’90s, so this was a must for me.

Oh, Robert De Niro, how do I love thee in Meet The Parents? Yes, it’s another one where there was not much chance for critical acclaim, but it’s one that I loved because it was funny. Ben Stiller = gold.

My dad’s favorite movie, bar none. If you haven’t seen Men of Honor, I highly recommend you do. That’s all I’m going to say on the subject. :)

Some more movies of note that came out in 2000:

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  • Erin Brockovich
  • Almost Famous
  • Bring It On
  • Coyote Ugly
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gone In 60 Seconds
  • High Fidelity
  • The Next Best Thing (not a critic’s love, but I’m a fan of it)
  • Little Nicky
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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More are mentionable, of course, but for the sake of brevity, we’re moving on! To the television, awayyyyy!

Some notable beginnings that year:

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  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • Jackass
  • Big Brother (Here’s where it started for us, Freckle!)
  • Yes, Dear
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (My mom is STILL obsessed)
  • MTV Cribs
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Cheaters
  • Queer as Folk

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For me, though, it was all about Gilmore Girls.

My dad and I would watch it together every week. I loved the relationship that Rory and Lorelai had, and the multiple pop-culture references tweaked my geeky bone. I had no idea that the opening theme was a Carole King song; I just remember singing it as we watched on the couch.

Some shows that ended:

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  • Cosby
  • Party of Five
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Suddenly Susan

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There was one more TV event that shaped 2000 for me. It was a miniseries on NBC, and it was INCREDIBLE. I still am a rabid fangirl to this day. It’s called The 10th Kingdom. A promo and the opening before I give my short diatribe, which might evolve into a later MWSN posting:

It was this series that sparked my obsession with retold fairy tales. I wanted to be Virginia and had a maddening love for Wolf. I wanted to be able to twist old favorites like they did, and make the tales somehow connect. It was bad. A warning to anyone watching on DVD: please make sure you have a whole day to do it. You WILL develop insomnia if you try to watch at night. Moving on.

News, news, we got news! Some notable events of 2000:

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  • Hey, the world didn’t end! Y2K my butt.
  • Elian Gonzales was reunited with his father in Cuba.
  • The Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia. It was a huge success, and London used it as a template for its games in 2012.
  • The first draft of the Human Genome Project was completed.
  • Microsoft was ordered to split due to “monopoly” claims.
  • The PlayStation 2 was released. It boasted the best graphics to date, which looked much like the characters in the aforementioned “Californication” video.
  • Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia.

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Oh, yeah, and then there was this:

I wasn’t old enough to vote, but I *was* old enough to wonder, “What the crap is taking so long to decide who the President is?!” I was a Gore supporter from Florida (yes, I know I was super young to be so; who cares?), so the whole mess with recounts and what have you had me irked and embarrassed as a resident of that state. It was a running gag for quite awhile; up until I left SeaWorld in 2010 (and perhaps even after; I haven’t been back since), they still made recount jokes in the Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island show. We all know what the result was (much to my and my parents’ chagrin), and I still question it, but hey, what’s done is done.

Some notable passings in 2000:

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  • Jim Varney (I wept)
  • Charles M. Schultz
  • Walter Matthau
  • Hedy Lamarr
  • Tom Landry
  • Tito Puente

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All in all, loves, 2000 was a year to be reckoned with! Start writin’ yer comments! :D

4 thoughts on “P-Mag Nostalgia Project: 2000 with Amanda”

  1. Finally, MY YEAR! YES! WOOHOO!

    Ahem.

    Anyway, this year was a real tough time for me. I had friend drama (someone who was really close turned out to be two-faced and manipulative), school drama (most of my teachers were really mean and/or not really qualified), *and* family drama (my parents were separated and my dad and brother were fighting something awful). All in one year. Well, actually it was carrying on from the previous year but still. Plus, I was really awkward and unpopular. And the school situation was so bad that I ended up transferring to a new school for eighth grade, which didn’t help me any in the friend/popularity department. It was just one of those years that you look back on and think, “How the *hell* did I survive that?”

    On the plus side, I did get to go to Stockholm with my family for about a week that summer.

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