You’d think the Gen X kids invented slacking but, no. We were slacking while they were still in diapers. We were a year out of high school, all working lazy summer jobs that didn’t require much more from us than showing up at our menial jobs in the morning drunk, disheveled and lacking sleep. On our days off, we’d gather at the house of whoever had two working parents, get stoned and watch this new thing called Music Television.
MTV played this song their very first day on the air. It became an anthem for the rest of the summer, a novelty sort of thing that one of us would burst out singing any time the conversation got too heavy (I have to go back to school or I have to get a real job or we’re out of weed).
I don’t remember a whole lot from that summer except MTV, watching John McEnroe win the US Open, the hazy feeling that the good times had to end eventually and the random bursts of I Wanna Be a Lifeguard.