Best Twentysomething Drunken Stumble Down Memory Lane - 2002
"Dollar Bin" at Lo
Sake and nostalgia are a dangerous combination, and even more so when the nostalgic can't handle their sake, a big sound system is involved and DJ Kenny Kingston is kicking the cream cheese: the hair metal, the teeny-funk, the new jack swing, the Prince ("they always ask for the Prince," grumbles Kingston), the punky funky new wave, the '80s/'90s rhythm. The sake's a buck a pop on Wednesday nights at Lo, and that purchases a hefty helping of your choice of a dozen-odd flavors. Now, sake's a rowdy drunk, and, man, by the time 2 a.m. rolls around, these people are drunk and dancing on speakers and bellowing all the words to Dee-Light's "Groove Is in the Heart" (oh how they love that one!), and they've got that thousand-yard stare in their high beams and can't contain their smiles: They remember making it with Justin in the back of the Geo while that song was pounding, that time when the "groove" was due south and a touch east of the heart and you gripped Justin's thingy for the very first time. Of course, nostalgia's a bore, even when practiced by hot hip-hugger hipsters and the dudes who love them, and although Kingston (whose business card reads, "Artist, Engineer, Psychic Disc Jockey") celebrates some gems, fer sure (New Order's "Blue Monday," some serious Rob Base action), retro's fun up to a point, but after that it's just sad. (Fact: These people know all the words to Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby.") But that's 4 a.m. thinking, and it's only 2. So hey, Nikki, go get some avocado sake and let's get the party started. Ohh, we're halfway there! Whoa-oh, livin' on a prayer!