Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman and Sigourney Weaver of "You Again" Remember High School Songs
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:34:04
Everyone's high school experience has a distinct soundtrack.
If you grew up in the '60s, you got the Woodstock-era classic acts like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors and The Beatles. The kids of the '70s had Black Sabbath on one end of the spectrum and Donna Summer on the other. Then of course the '80s was split down the middle between The Cure and Duran Duran and Metallica and Slayer. Oh yeah, we can't forget Paula Abdul, but she really makes music for the ages…
Anyway, there's always music pumping out of high school kids' stereos, cars, ghetto blasters, iPods and now even iPads, and it's different for everyone—just like the experience of growing up. You Again stars Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and director Andy Fickman each have quite unique memories of high school, but they share one thing in common: a love for music from "back in the day."
For this exclusive feature, Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman and Andy Fickman shared the songs that remind them of high school with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino.
Don't miss You Again when it hits theaters September 24th from Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Pictures!
What songs or bands remind you of high school?
Kristen Bell: I went to a catholic school, and I was a good girl. I've always known that. However, I did everything possible with my image—short of actually doing any drugs or being a different person—to combat my sweet factor [Laughs]. So, I was listening to Cypress Hill, Too $hort and finding as many songs with swearing as possible [Laughs]. I was listening to a lot of R&B as well. I loved K-Ci & JoJo. That stuff still holds up! I love it. I was really into Cypress Hill though, but I think it was to impress all of the boys in high school because they loved Cypress. Remember that song "Hits from the Bong?" [Laughs] I've got to get out my old tapes. When I was in middle school, the first tape I ever made had a bunch of Bette Middler on it! Oftentimes, I didn't have enough money to buy CDs so I'd go into my parents' CD closet and take the small array of cool songs that they listened to—a couple Billy Joel tracks and a Bette Middler song—and I'd try to make some semblance of a cool mixtape. I was also really into Depeche Mode when I was in high school. Everything had just started calling back to the '80s. By 1995, it was really cool to call back to '87. My sisters had listened to Depeche and Devo, so I liked '80s music a lot.
Odette Yustman: A lot of Blink-182! "Dammit" was great! Blink-182 was a big one for me. I liked Mariah Carey too, but that was probably more during elementary school [Laughs].
Sigourney Weaver: I'm really going to date myself here [Laughs]. Certainly The Beatles and The Rolling Stones remind me of high school as well as some weird songs like The Zombies' "She's Not There," Eric Burdon and War's "Spill the Wine" and "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore. We had amazing songs when I was in high school! It was awesome. I think of "Gloria," The Rascals and The Animals too. It's pretty cool stuff! I still come back to it.
Andy Fickman: Well, "Celebration" was my high school prom song. Anytime I hear that, it automatically reminds me of high school. Also, AC/DC was always our go-to—like "Back in Black." We tried to find a way to put them in You Again but we couldn't. Anytime I hear those songs on the radio, I'm back in high school, and I can immediately see the party and the faces. I'm like, "I should call that girl! I haven't spoken to hear in 30 years, but I should be like, 'What's up?' I'm sure she's just as hot now as she was in high school! [Laughs] Nothing's changed; she'd love to see me!"
Will you be seeing You Again this Friday?
Be sure to check out our full interview with Kristen Bell here!