Today marks a very special date in pop culture history, one that will not come around for another thousand years: 9/02/10, or what will henceforth be known as 90210 Day. And hopefully, in a thousand years' time, our descendents will still be aware of the finest musical moments from the soapiest of all teen soaps, "Beverly Hills 90210."
Yes, before buzz bands like the Killers, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab For Cutie were rockin' the Bait Shop on "90210's" obvious successor, "The O.C.," or N.E.R.D., Samantha Ronson, and the Script were appearing on the new but not necessarily improved "90210," the Peach Pit After Dark nightclub raged throughout the '90s, as some surprisingly cool (and, unsuprisingly, not-so-cool) acts provided the mood music for the Brendan/Dylan/Kelly love triangle, Donna Martin's horrific fashion shows, and Valerie Malone's series of melodramatic meltdowns.
So without further ado, let's celebrate now with the top musical milestones in "Beverly Hills 90210" history. Happy 90210 Day!
THE FLAMING LIPS
The Lips were one of the first bands to play the Peach Pit, in March 1995, at the height of their "She Don't Use Jelly" commercial heyday. And the Oklahoma oddballs immediately made appearing on "90210" seem like the coolest thing a band could ever do. Wayne Coyne and company even gained some new admirers that day: "I've never been a big fan of alternative music, but these guys rocked the house," admitted resident jock/frat boy/tool Steve Sanders. Indeed they did, Steve. Indeed they did:
Carnal cult rockers Poison Ivy and Lux Interior unleashed their mutant strain of diseased, sleazed shockabilly at CBGB in 1977. Eighteen years later, they performed on (what else?) the Halloween episode of "90210." A logical progression, then. Surely one of Lux's finest career moments was when he got to howl, "Hey girls and ghouls, ready to raise the dead?" within earshot of uppity Kelly Taylor and virginal Donna Martin. Rest in pieces, Lux:
Long before she was getting dirrty in her scandalous music videos or swapping spit with Madonna and Britney at the VMAs, a fresh-faced, teenage Christina was putting on a rather tame performance at the all-ages Peach Pit After Dark. Surely even Donna's strict parents would have approved:
For her graduation, Kelly's estranged dad threw her a lavish 1920s-themed party to make up for years of neglect. Kelly should have forgiven her father once band-of-the-moment the Cardigans showed up (around the 2:45 mark in the video below), but apparently she still held a grudge. What an ingrate!
This band later became Maroon 5 and pretty much took over the planet. We'll argue that it was their early gig at the Peach Pit, and the ensuing exposure, that paved the way to their success:
Wild Orchid are famous for precisely two things: having future Black Eyed Pea Fergie in their lineup, and ruining David Silver's Valentine's Day. You decide which is the worse crime:
Sensitive bad boy Ray Pruitt, aka Jamie Walters, wooed good girl Donna with his mopey acoustic balladry and James Dean attitude. Yep, guys with guitars get the girl, every time. Jamie later scored a number one hit offscreen with "How Do You Talk To An Angel" with his fictional TV band the Heights. But when "90210" scriptwriters turned his character into a domestic abuser, a backlash followed, and his music career careened downhill faster than Donna did when Ray pushed her down a flight of stairs. See Ray and Donna in happier times here:
BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN
BAG's David Silver character started off on "90210" as a lowly geek, but somehow over the course of the series he morphed into some sort of cool dude: boyfriend of popular girl Donna, stepbrother of the even more popular Kelly, club/college DJ, druggy party boy, and, apparently, rapper/singer/dancer. This metamorphosis was wholly unconvincing--he seriously seemed as nerdy on the series finale as he did on episode 1--but he did later marry Megan Fox, so we guess she was convinced, at least. Is it possible these studly performances are what won Megan's heart?
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