Noise of Summer: How 1990s summer jams made us dumberer

Illustration by Justin Rose
Metro Times | August 27, 2012
In the days before earbuds, they were the anthems you knew by heart from just walking around town. And they were catchy and smart. But something happened in the 1990s: Summer jams started getting so subnormal, so tweaked to appeal to below-average intellect, that they'd rightly earn their place as sports anthems or become culturally appropriated by Disney.

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