I almost remember before music videos. When we were seven and nine respectively, me and my friend Grant L. used to sing along to the Quiet Riot cover of "Cum on Feel the Noize." When the video wasn't on TV, which was almost all the time, we'd listen to Grant's older brother's tape. One person (Grant always wanted it to be him and sometimes I'd have to make myself cry before he's let me have the spotlight, such as it was) would sing and shake booty; the other would flip the light switch frantically on and off. Then we would argue with our parents about going to bed. Grant also taught me my first swear word when I was three: asshole.


- Jen Blair