Artist: Vanilla Ice, AKA Rob Van Winkle
Album: To the Extreme
Song: Ice Ice Baby
Who doesn’t know this song? I’m pretty sure I am not alone in “bragging” that I still know all the lyrics for this song… I hear those first few notes of the opening rift and I am bobbing my head like the day I was in 1990 when this song first came out. I guess besides the fact that anyone and everyone knew ALL the lyrics for this song and the catchy beats , what I remember most about this song and Vanilla Ice all revolve around appearance.
Those pants… What the heck were those pants??? All that extra fabric; the gaudy metallic colors; yet people started trying to pull off that look. I was certainly digging the way Ice was wearing ’em back in the day, but no one else was able to pull it off. Looking back, what was I thinking? What was he thinking? Doesn’t much matter cause he made $ off of us suckers way back when.
His hair… talk about starting a fad with the fellas. The high top hair style was quite mystifying to me back then. How”d he get it to stay with all that flitting around the stage? Guessing he’s partly responsible for depleting a portion of the ozone layer with excessive use of aqua net or some other large quantity of aerosol hairspray. Maybe it was a form of lacquer or glue, I just don’t know. And you can’t forget the “steps” he had cut into the sides. All the boys were getting steps cut into the sides of their hair, the number of steps equating to just how cool they were. The more steps, the “cooler.” Or at least we thought so.
I found this Jim Carrey parody and just had to share it with you….
The moves… Come on now… You know you’ve tried pulling ’em off one time or another. You can’t deny it. I remember watching a video of one of his concerts at my Aunt Anna’s house. There were at least 6 of us trying to dance and sing along, acting a crazy fools. Oh what clowns we must’ve looked like? Thankfully no videos were taken of the embarrassing debacle that we were.
The movie: Cool as Ice… I can’t even bring myself to writing anything about it. Barely thought the movie was cool back then… Now I am embarrassed by the lameness that I so freely enjoyed back then. Eh, what are ya going to do? Too young and stupid to know any better.
So here it is…
Yo! VIP, let’s kick it.
Ice, ice baby.
Ice, ice baby.
All right stop, collaborate and listen
Ice is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
Will it ever stop, yo I don’t know
Turn off the lights and I’ll glow
To the extreme I rock a mic like a vandal
Light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle
Well, you know the rest.
What fashion fad did you partake in when you were younger? Ever try to imitate the image of a celebrity?
I will admit, I did have a pair or two of parachute pants back then. Pretty sure one pair was purple and the other was black. Haven’t found any pictures as proof though, so we’ll just leave it at that!!!