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Anniversary Deez: Songs That Done Been Ruint

By most accounts, Tony!Toni!Tone!’s song “Anniversary” is a great song. It was a top 10 song on both the Billboard Pop Charts and the R&B charts when it was released back in 1993 (!). It was on their double platinum album, Sons of Soul, a multi-platinum album which, again, by most accounts was pretty doggone good.

Except I hate both. I own every album by the group except that one. When I found out DJ Quik had produced their song, “Let’s Get Down” I was totally sold. Of course, “Let’s Get Down” sounds a lot like the MC Eiht diss track, “Dollaz + $en$e” but that’s neither here nor there.

Fact is, I HATE “Anniversary”. And considering how that song gets played on people’s anniversaries probably daily at this point doesn’t help. It’s like a stake being driven through my heart, every time.

You want to know why, don’t you?

Of course you do.

Have you seen my copy editor? No?

F*ck it. Mo’ for me.

It was 1993 and I’d just moved to a new school in a new community and had begun gathering friends. Well the best friend of my sister’s new best friend’s cousin’s homegirl had said that she had had a girl that would be great for me to meet. Now, me being the 3 that I am wasn’t always such a hot commodity. Like I said yesterday, I had a little Urkel thing going on. Plus I was short. Like Skeelo’s song “I Wish” was my theme music on some Shaft sh*t.

But I was confident. She went to our rival high school but I wanted to meet her and since I was new, I was still riding high of the new kid buzz. So I meet this young lady, and man is she hot. I was flabbergasted at just how hot she was (turns out she later ended up marrying a very popular Dallas Cowboy). I’m guessing she was less than enthused with yours truly (perhaps I was  2 back then), but she thought I was nice and sweet and all the things little lap dogs are. And her birthday was coming up. So I, Prince Charming, asked her what she wanted and it was that TonyX3 album.

While I may be rich in friends, love, and baseball cards, money has always been a struggle. Basically, I had none but I was determined to get that CD for her. So I begged my parents for the $15 bucks and stole my parents car and drove to the mall to buy the album. On the night of a big football game between our school and hers I planned to give it to her. I’d heard the song “Anniversary” but I’d never really listened to it. Everybody comes back to my house after the game, ole girl included, with my crew of dudes (all football players…sans moi, Urkel) and in show of chivalrous generosity, I give her the CD with a big grin on my face.

She smiled. I smiled. She tore open the wrapping popped in the album to the song, “Anniversary” and played it and began singing. Sounded like an angel to my ears. Until…

…she proceeded to run up to my boy (who she apparently had a huge crush on) and tells him, “one day this will be our song!” and kisses him on the lips.

In my house. In my motherf*cking establishment.

So yeah, f*ck the song “Anniversary” and f*ck Sons of Soul.

At least God, Allah, or whoever you pray too wasn’t messing with me, they went on to date for at least five years.

Well, you’ve heard my story, what songs have been ruined for you because of relationships, love, and alcohol?

Talk to me.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL, HE A 3

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Panama Jackson

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  • Ash

    1) I laughed inappropriately hard @ “ruint.” Still giggling…I’m sleepy.

    2) Usher’s “Can You Handle It” is totally ruint. it was “our song” to me and the ex boo. We were at a DST/APhiA ball in 2004 and danced to it, after which he asked for my number. It was all magical at the time, but four years (and a failed engagement) later, the relationship went down in flames.

    I’m mad about it cause the song is still really good, but it inevitably makes me think of the ex. I’m over the relationship, but the song still makes that ninja pop up in my head. Sigh…

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Ash, Usher’s “Can You Handle It” is totally ruint. it was “our song” to me and the ex boo. We were at a DST/APhiA ball in 2004 and danced to it, after which he asked for my number.

      they was playing nasty songs at your ball!

      • Ash

        @Panama Jackson,

        LOL! It was 2004 and “Confessions” that deal. Don’t act…

      • Ash

        @Panama Jackson,

        LOL! It was 2004 and “Confessions” that deal. Don’t act…

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Ash, Usher’s “Can You Handle It” is totally ruint. it was “our song” to me and the ex boo. We were at a DST/APhiA ball in 2004 and danced to it, after which he asked for my number.

      they was playing nasty songs at your ball!

  • Ash

    1) I laughed inappropriately hard @ “ruint.” Still giggling…I’m sleepy.

    2) Usher’s “Can You Handle It” is totally ruint. it was “our song” to me and the ex boo. We were at a DST/APhiA ball in 2004 and danced to it, after which he asked for my number. It was all magical at the time, but four years (and a failed engagement) later, the relationship went down in flames.

    I’m mad about it cause the song is still really good, but it inevitably makes me think of the ex. I’m over the relationship, but the song still makes that ninja pop up in my head. Sigh…

  • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

    The song I hate is ” Tender Love by the Force MD’s”….
    I met a guy at my church and we became boyfriend and girlfriend even though I was not allowed to date so we only saw each other at church and youth group functions…long story short he dedicated the song to me, but showed up to a church function with another girl and they were wearing matching shirts with their names airbrushed on them! When we got in the van to go on our youth group trip he pops in a mixed tape he made and that was the first song….she turns to him and says “awwwwww its our song!” I wanted to choke the life outta’ them both right there in front of Jesus!

    • http://blackgirlunscripted.wordpress.com Anike Love

      @WonderWoman, oooh, that’s just evil! And lmbo @ those airbrush shirts, whewwww, semi-tragic!

      • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

        @Anike Love, It was evil…but, it turns out F.J. was a straight up buster! He lied and said we slept together when I was still a virgin…Still hate the song though….Lol

      • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

        @Anike Love, It was evil…but, it turns out F.J. was a straight up buster! He lied and said we slept together when I was still a virgin…Still hate the song though….Lol

    • http://blackgirlunscripted.wordpress.com Anike Love

      @WonderWoman, oooh, that’s just evil! And lmbo @ those airbrush shirts, whewwww, semi-tragic!

    • http://blackgirlunscripted.wordpress.com Anike Love

      Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” for no other reason except it being played out and conjuring images of poor Leo freezing to death and the old couple holding each other as their cabin fills with water.

      *Tear*

      And VIvian Green’s Perfect Decision. This song seemed so appropriate when I was dating an ex-friend turned ex-lover, but now it makes my skin crawl to hear this song cuz I think back to those moments. Yep, I pretty much loathe him now.

      • http://blackgirlunscripted.wordpress.com Anike Love

        Ooops, that was an accident!

      • http://blackgirlunscripted.wordpress.com Anike Love

        Ooops, that was an accident!

    • http://blackgirlunscripted.wordpress.com Anike Love

      Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” for no other reason except it being played out and conjuring images of poor Leo freezing to death and the old couple holding each other as their cabin fills with water.

      *Tear*

      And VIvian Green’s Perfect Decision. This song seemed so appropriate when I was dating an ex-friend turned ex-lover, but now it makes my skin crawl to hear this song cuz I think back to those moments. Yep, I pretty much loathe him now.

    • overit

      @WonderWoman, that is my SONG. i would be so heated if someone ruined it for me.

      grrrrrrrrr! lmao @ the airbrushed shirts. i had a few myself, and was so excited about them i learned how to airbrush…anyone want an airbrushed tee? lol

      • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

        @overit, Yes I do! For real!

      • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

        @overit, Yes I do! For real!

    • overit

      @WonderWoman, that is my SONG. i would be so heated if someone ruined it for me.

      grrrrrrrrr! lmao @ the airbrushed shirts. i had a few myself, and was so excited about them i learned how to airbrush…anyone want an airbrushed tee? lol

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @WonderWoman, wouldn’t nobody make me hate that song. NOBODY I TELL YOU!!!!

      i wish a motherf*cker would!!!!!

      • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

        @Panama Jackson,At least I can still listen to “Love is a house”……

      • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

        @Panama Jackson,At least I can still listen to “Love is a house”……

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @WonderWoman, wouldn’t nobody make me hate that song. NOBODY I TELL YOU!!!!

      i wish a motherf*cker would!!!!!

  • http://www.dedicatedtotheblackman.wordpress.com WonderWoman

    The song I hate is ” Tender Love by the Force MD’s”….
    I met a guy at my church and we became boyfriend and girlfriend even though I was not allowed to date so we only saw each other at church and youth group functions…long story short he dedicated the song to me, but showed up to a church function with another girl and they were wearing matching shirts with their names airbrushed on them! When we got in the van to go on our youth group trip he pops in a mixed tape he made and that was the first song….she turns to him and says “awwwwww its our song!” I wanted to choke the life outta’ them both right there in front of Jesus!

  • http://dayandadream.com Brando

    First time commenter, long time reader and always inspired to go in on some of ya’ll’s subjects.

    But my “ruint’ song?

    “If It Isn’t Love” by New Edition.

    The fact that this was the song playing in my head during the end of my first college romance kinda stuck. So I made it my ex’s ringtone. Only problem was, my boys heard the song and then proceeded to put me through what we always will forever term an extended period of time in a car and somebody’s iPod is in the hands of another person and they play all the “relationship songs”: iPod Hell.

    Imagine getting beaten down by not only New Edition, but Usher and Blackstreet and all the other sangin’ ass negroes for an extended period of time.

    Of course I’m over it now and the song is now a karaoke staple for me and my boys. But from 2007-08, every time I heard Ralph T. begin, “I don’t love her…” I immediately wanted to sock him, Johnny Gill for doing backup and then the rest of the dudes for doing the bridge part.

    Ugh. f*ckin’ Ronnie, Ricky, Johnny, Ralph & Mike…

    • overit

      @Brando, Ugh. f*ckin’ Ronnie, Ricky, Johnny, Ralph & Mike…

      lmao, this whole comment had me dying. sorry, boo.

    • overit

      @Brando, Ugh. f*ckin’ Ronnie, Ricky, Johnny, Ralph & Mike…

      lmao, this whole comment had me dying. sorry, boo.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Brando, welcome and sh*t

      man, i might have to kill a woman who ruint New Edition for me. i just couldn’t live with that kind of heartache.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      @Brando, welcome and sh*t

      man, i might have to kill a woman who ruint New Edition for me. i just couldn’t live with that kind of heartache.

    • IJstDntUnderstand

      @Brando, This is HE-LARI-US! I had to let out a laugh on that one!
      That is all :)

    • IJstDntUnderstand

      @Brando, This is HE-LARI-US! I had to let out a laugh on that one!
      That is all :)

    • Miss Patterson

      @Brando, that’s terrible, because i love that song.i played that cassette so much that i wore it out. i daggone near memorized the choreography in the video. (but not really)

    • Miss Patterson

      @Brando, that’s terrible, because i love that song.i played that cassette so much that i wore it out. i daggone near memorized the choreography in the video. (but not really)

  • http://dayandadream.com Brando

    First time commenter, long time reader and always inspired to go in on some of ya’ll’s subjects.

    But my “ruint’ song?

    “If It Isn’t Love” by New Edition.

    The fact that this was the song playing in my head during the end of my first college romance kinda stuck. So I made it my ex’s ringtone. Only problem was, my boys heard the song and then proceeded to put me through what we always will forever term an extended period of time in a car and somebody’s iPod is in the hands of another person and they play all the “relationship songs”: iPod Hell.

    Imagine getting beaten down by not only New Edition, but Usher and Blackstreet and all the other sangin’ ass negroes for an extended period of time.

    Of course I’m over it now and the song is now a karaoke staple for me and my boys. But from 2007-08, every time I heard Ralph T. begin, “I don’t love her…” I immediately wanted to sock him, Johnny Gill for doing backup and then the rest of the dudes for doing the bridge part.

    Ugh. f*ckin’ Ronnie, Ricky, Johnny, Ralph & Mike…

  • http://hunnybeezhive.blogspot.com Beez

    I love how everyone’s story deals with some sort of “forbidden love.” Mine starts along the same vein, where I was “talm to” this boy for a while and basically went out with him under the guise of “group outings.” Yeah, they were there too, but we sat behind everyone else (No below the neck contact- first rule of Beez Club). Enntehwehhh…

    There was a sweetheart dance and I was all primed and ready to go, then Mama Beez tried to change the game RAHT befo’ I was posed to go. Being the obedient middle child I am, I calmly assured her I’d have a ride there and back (his sis) and that we’d be home right after (well, after a meal). After a threat of rebellion she never seent coming, she agreed to my terms. *cue angel wings*

    At the dance, we were connected at the hip, and Ron Isley’s “Contagious” came on, and I SWORE it was advanced like. He looked me in the eyes so intently, we sung along to the song, we were great… Until he found someone who went further than the 1st rule of Beez Club, and thought he’d keep me along for the good look (I did have a lot going for myself).

    Now, I hear that song, and I wanna punch a baby in the stomach, and eat it’s candy in it’s face while doing the Sanctified Slide. :-) *head tilt*

    • Gem of the Ocean

      @Beez,

      NOT advanced like!! bwahahahaha uber-advance like it!

    • Gem of the Ocean

      @Beez,

      NOT advanced like!! bwahahahaha uber-advance like it!

    • Newbie99

      @Beez, lol @ the sanctified slide.

    • Newbie99

      @Beez, lol @ the sanctified slide.

  • http://hunnybeezhive.blogspot.com Beez

    I love how everyone’s story deals with some sort of “forbidden love.” Mine starts along the same vein, where I was “talm to” this boy for a while and basically went out with him under the guise of “group outings.” Yeah, they were there too, but we sat behind everyone else (No below the neck contact- first rule of Beez Club). Enntehwehhh…

    There was a sweetheart dance and I was all primed and ready to go, then Mama Beez tried to change the game RAHT befo’ I was posed to go. Being the obedient middle child I am, I calmly assured her I’d have a ride there and back (his sis) and that we’d be home right after (well, after a meal). After a threat of rebellion she never seent coming, she agreed to my terms. *cue angel wings*

    At the dance, we were connected at the hip, and Ron Isley’s “Contagious” came on, and I SWORE it was advanced like. He looked me in the eyes so intently, we sung along to the song, we were great… Until he found someone who went further than the 1st rule of Beez Club, and thought he’d keep me along for the good look (I did have a lot going for myself).

    Now, I hear that song, and I wanna punch a baby in the stomach, and eat it’s candy in it’s face while doing the Sanctified Slide. :-) *head tilt*

  • http://www.shay-d-lady.com shay-d-lady

    Kissing you by faith. Dating a wack a** wackster who tried to lock me in a trunk…literally
    I never felt this way by brian mcknight dated a “singer” he sang the song @ a talent show supposedly to me but I think it was prob the dude behind me

    • lulu

      @shay-d-lady,
      “who tried to lock me in a trunk…literally”

      I know this is not funny but .. i simply couldn’t help myself?

    • lulu

      @shay-d-lady,
      “who tried to lock me in a trunk…literally”

      I know this is not funny but .. i simply couldn’t help myself?

    • keisha brown

      @shay-d-lady,

      *plays role of annoying ass teacher: expand and elaborate your answer for 10 points. Dooble-vay-tay-eff? (WTF???)

      • Sula

        @keisha brown,

        Dooble-vay-tay-eff?

        Gotta love the french spelling. Hilarious!

        But for the new VSBers, please refer to old VSB entries for tales of the Shay-d-lady herself… or just go on to her blog. She is HIGHlarious! :lol:

        • Keisha Brown

          @Sula,

          lol. have to put my years of french immersion education to use! my girl and i will buss out in french every so often..sometimes things just sound so much better in french (or spanish).

          *goes to google shay-d-lady…

        • Keisha Brown

          @Sula,

          lol. have to put my years of french immersion education to use! my girl and i will buss out in french every so often..sometimes things just sound so much better in french (or spanish).

          *goes to google shay-d-lady…

      • Sula

        @keisha brown,

        Dooble-vay-tay-eff?

        Gotta love the french spelling. Hilarious!

        But for the new VSBers, please refer to old VSB entries for tales of the Shay-d-lady herself… or just go on to her blog. She is HIGHlarious! :lol:

    • keisha brown

      @shay-d-lady,

      *plays role of annoying ass teacher: expand and elaborate your answer for 10 points. Dooble-vay-tay-eff? (WTF???)

    • http://www.unepetitefillenoire.blogspot.com KayBeezy

      @shay-d-lady
      Yes, um, If it’s not too traumatic, you could elaborate…a TRUNK?

    • http://www.unepetitefillenoire.blogspot.com KayBeezy

      @shay-d-lady
      Yes, um, If it’s not too traumatic, you could elaborate…a TRUNK?

    • bajanflchick

      @shay-d-lady, I’m sorry, you can’t just put some ish like this out here & then leave us hangin & whatnot….PLEASE…this will bother me for the rest of the day..UNLESS of course, it still gives you flashbacks & well it should!

    • bajanflchick

      @shay-d-lady, I’m sorry, you can’t just put some ish like this out here & then leave us hangin & whatnot….PLEASE…this will bother me for the rest of the day..UNLESS of course, it still gives you flashbacks & well it should!

    • Plain Ole Peyso

      @shay-d-lady,

      You really have to get a book written. The sh*t u be saying is outlandish

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @Plain Ole Peyso,

        lol yes, like ASAP. me and my girls are starting a book club and shay-d’s collection of “series of unfortunate yet ridiculously, outlandishly, couldnt-be-true-from-anyone-else-but-shayd, wild and hood events” is at the TOP of my list of suggested books.

        so um yeah, get on that. please and thank you.

      • Gem of the Ocean

        @Plain Ole Peyso,

        lol yes, like ASAP. me and my girls are starting a book club and shay-d’s collection of “series of unfortunate yet ridiculously, outlandishly, couldnt-be-true-from-anyone-else-but-shayd, wild and hood events” is at the TOP of my list of suggested books.

        so um yeah, get on that. please and thank you.

    • Plain Ole Peyso

      @shay-d-lady,

      You really have to get a book written. The sh*t u be saying is outlandish

    • AliLaine4

      @shay-d-lady,
      ***College friend/Part-Time Roommate Alert -***
      WAIT!!!!
      I would think that song when you were d*mn near choked by a strawberry at that talent show LMAO!!!

    • AliLaine4

      @shay-d-lady,
      ***College friend/Part-Time Roommate Alert -***
      WAIT!!!!
      I would think that song when you were d*mn near choked by a strawberry at that talent show LMAO!!!

    • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

      @shay-d-lady,

      LOL! Your comments always make me smile. The wankster was singing to another dude?!?! WOOOW…..

      What’s up with dude trying to lock you in the trunk?!

    • http://blkbond.blogspot.com BlkBond

      @shay-d-lady,

      LOL! Your comments always make me smile. The wankster was singing to another dude?!?! WOOOW…..

      What’s up with dude trying to lock you in the trunk?!

    • overit

      @shay-d-lady, i effing love you.

      the end.

      ps) write that book.

    • overit

      @shay-d-lady, i effing love you.

      the end.

      ps) write that book.

    • Made In Hawaii

      @shay-d-lady,

      Not the dude behind you?!
      Tragic!

    • Made In Hawaii

      @shay-d-lady,

      Not the dude behind you?!
      Tragic!

  • http://www.shay-d-lady.com shay-d-lady

    Kissing you by faith. Dating a wack a** wackster who tried to lock me in a trunk…literally
    I never felt this way by brian mcknight dated a “singer” he sang the song @ a talent show supposedly to me but I think it was prob the dude behind me

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