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Twenty(something) Questions: What your first cassette tape says about you

If you're a twenty-something today, you can probably remember the first cassette tape that you purchased in the '90s, before CDs became mainstream. And whether you want to admit it or not, that album says a lot about who you were then, and how it shaped you into the person you are now. Below are 15 personality types based on this theory. 

1. Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)

You always felt different from your peers and could never sit still in class. You loved doing the opposite of what your parents or teachers told you to do; and now, you probably have authority issues. You hate having a 9 to 5 and probably consider yourself “alternative.”

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

You were a laid-back kid. But even though you tried to pretend as if you didn’t care what other kids thought of you, you sort of did. You were probably the first in your class to know what a joint was, but you haven’t touched that stuff in years because you’re too old for it now.

3. Radiohead – Pablo Honey (1993)

You were a creep. A weirdo. And may have felt invisible growing up. So instead you listened to this album alone in your bedroom with the door locked. You may still be living in that bedroom.

4. Celine Dion – Colour of My Love (1993)

You were a little beyond your years and didn’t have time for silly games when you were young. Now, you’re a bit idealistic about love, and this album definitely did not help. You’re probably married already with three kids; and if you’re not, then you’re still looking for a man to make you feel the way this album did.

5. TLC – Crazy Sexy Cool (1994)

You were crazy, sexy and cool. Or at least you thought you were. And still do now.

6. Weezer – The Blue Album (1994)

You were the boy who none of the girls had crushes on growing up. You didn’t play sports and may have been a little socially awkward. You didn’t become desirable until later in life, when girls realized what it really meant to be “cool.” Now you’re prime meat.

7. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995)

You were an angsty child with a lot of feelings. You were a little bit ironic, and learned at a young age that life doesn’t go as planned. You’re sensitive about gender issues and may be a lesbian now, or a gay man born into a lesbian’s body. Either way, you have no problem telling people what they oughta know.

8. Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise (1995)

You were a gangsta, or a white boy trying to be one.

9. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom (1995)

You’re not just a girl; you’re much more than that. And you won’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The other girls didn’t really understand you when you were younger, and that’s mainly because they were a little intimidated by you. But now, you’re really good at standing up for yourself and expressing the complicated spider webs you weave.

10. Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys (1996)

You were probably a little clicky growing up and indirectly tried to create your own “boy band.” You were either the girl who wrote boys’ names inside hearts on her textbooks, or one of those boys who all of the girls liked who later turned gay.

11. Sublime – Sublime (1996)

You've always been funky, even as a kid. As a teen, you were probably in your own band. If you were, you played loud ska music that your friends didn’t really enjoy listening to, but they went to your concerts anyway because it was cool to know someone in a band.

12. The Fugees – The Score (1996)

You’ve had rhythm and soul since you came out of the womb.

13. 2Pac – All Eyez on Me (1996)

You were one of the kids who no one messed with. Maybe you picked on the younger kids. You may have been accused of being sexist or objectifying women at some point in your life, but you swear that your attitude is really just a product of your environment. Deep down you really do appreciate women and feminist values, but you wouldn’t be caught dead admitting it.

14. Spice girls – Spice (1997)

You were a wannabe, and we can only hope that you’re not still one now. You had the t-shirts, the posters and a group of girl friends who you went to all of the concerts with. And you constantly fought over which Spice Girl you were. To this day, you’re still really big on “girl power.”

15. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time (1999)

Your self-image may be a little skewed and your body has probably never looked the way you wanted it to. But you’re obsessed with boys. You got increasingly more promiscuous the further you got through puberty, but you always felt like you had to hide it and hold on to this “good girl” persona (until Britney’s later albums came out, that is).

Joey Albanese writes about the twenty-something generation in New Orleans for NolaVie. Send him any questions or tell him the answers at [email protected]