Friday Nineties – MTV Choose or Lose

Acadia Einstein

billBack in 1992, MTV decided to goose ratings by making kids think they would make a difference in elections.  So they brought out their Choose or Lose campaign, headlined by Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren.  Eva Halloween made me think of the whole thing by popping up on my IM on Wednesday night:

Kurt Loder is 70

Now I knew he was older when he was on MTV.  He was the only guy who seemed to be as old as KISS, but he is 70 now?  That seems off.  I bet Tabitha Soren is still as fresh as a new penny.  I will look her up.  Oh, she’s 47.  Well, your forties are your new twenties, as in you have twice as much of most things (good and bad).  And you are still in the prime 18-49 market demographic.  Which means that odds are if you are even reading this the first presidential election you ever voted in had a Clinton in it.  But he wasn’t the only game in town.  Let’s look at this crack report about a Jerry Brown fundraiser that brought in TWENTY DOLLARS A TICKET!

So in keeping with the idea that we had other people tell us to choose things back in 1992, I am going to ask you what I should be covering in this column since I went off just music.  Here are some choices.

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If you have anything specific, like a particular movie or event or whatever, let me know in the comments.  As far as I can tell, this is pretty much the time that Generation X is poised to take charge of everything, so we should probably get our stories straight, you know?

Also – fun fact – Tabitha Soren was in the Beastie Boys debut video “Fight for your Right to Party”.  True story.  SHE HAD SODA AND PIE!

I have run the site since 2005. And I have to say I am pretty damn proud of it. I wrote the book Whalewolf (sold on and am not even close to tired so I am just going to keep going. I was born in Portland, Maine and I currently live in New York and Charlotte, North Carolina. I keep hoping that at some point all these weird rebels are gonna say: "SURPRISE!" and act normal. Eight years and counting....


  1. Chris
    May 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Kurt Loder is 70?? Oh man that’s crazy! I remember all those MTV News reports with him and Tabitha Soren – especially the one when Kurt Cobain died (if he were still alive today, Cobain would be almost 50. let that sink in!)

    I didn’t vote in your poll because 1) i just started following your blog and 2) I’m cool with ‘all of the above’…though I often think things are crappier now than they were 20-30 years ago. Perhaps you can enlighten me 🙂

  2. Roger Sherman
    Roger ShermanReply
    May 8, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    I love that I can vote as many times as I want.

    Hey, I can’t see the results! Ripoff.

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