Jump Around! Jump Up! Jump Up and Get Down! (42 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93 with help from Howard Blecher, Marianne Alves Brogdale, Deb Brown, Ed Gold, Debbie Jaffe, Betty Magome, Kathleen Paralusz, Meesh Joslyn Pierce, Jef Pollock, Bardo Ramirez, and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

As I’m going through old photos and papers from our time at Penn, I’m listening to Depeche Mode, one of my favorite bands from high school and college. And as I’m sorting through old emails and documents, I found this list of songs from classmates.

When we were preparing for our 15th reunion in May of 2008, we needed a song that would play as we marched down Locust Walk in the alumni parade and arrived at the viewing stand. By popular vote, House of Pain’s “Jump Around” won. And, after listening to it, how can you not Jump Around?

“Jump Around,” wasn’t the only song that we remembered…here are other suggestions from classmates. It was interesting to read how many of us suggested the same songs or the same bands. Throw these all together on a playlist and you have a ‘mix tape’ soundtrack of the early 90’s at Penn! (A mix tape! What is that???)

Songs suggested multiple times by 1993 Classmates

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Here are some of the notes and song memories that classmates shared in 2013.

Debbie Jaffe:

“Groove Is in the Heart” by DeeLite reminds me of Penn. Spot on with Indigo Girls and Blues Traveler (especially “Closer I am to Fine” and “But Anyway”).

Ed Gold:

“All I Want” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

Marianne Alves Brogdale:

“Oh what a night,” is the one I always think of – and songs from Murph’s.  I also always think of “Two Princes” because my roommate loved it.

Also, from the Billboard Top 100 Songs of 1993:

  1. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
  2. I’m Every Woman, Whitney Houston
  3. Whoot, There It Is, 95 South
  4. Fields Of Gold, Sting
  5. Hey Mr. D.J., Zhane

Kathleen Paralusz:

How about “Jump Around”?  I have very fond memories of DKE parties w/ that song playing.

Jef Pollock:

“Two Princes” – Spin Doctors

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana

“Life is a Highway” – Tom Cochran

Matthew Sweet – almost anything

Howard Blecher:

“True Faith” – New Order

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“She Sells Sanctuary” – The Cult

“Boys Don’t Cry” – The Cure

“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure

“In Between Days” – The Cure

“Chains of Love” – Erasure

“The One I Love” – R.E.M.

“Superman” – R.E.M.

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M.

“Rub You the Right Way” – Johnny Gill

Bardo Ramirez:

“Wild World” – Cat Stevens

“Don’t Call Me Daughter “– Pearl Jam

“Loser” – Beck

“The Choice is Yours” – Black Sheep

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

Mitchell Kraus:

Well, as far as songs – I looked up the top 100 for 1993, and #2 was – Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team.  I think that would be fun and relevant.

Deb Brown:

“Tennessee” by Arrested Development and two obvious R.E.M. songs: “Shiny Happy People” and “Losing my Religion”. Also “Dyslexic Heart” from the Singles soundtrack.

Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro:

“Jump Around” definitely brings back some senior year memories for me…..

Meesh Pierce and Betty Magome really went all out and sent us lots of songs…but they’re all so good and spot on that I couldn’t cut any of them from this post.

Do you have a favorite song from our time at Penn? Tell us in the comments!

Meesh Joslyn Pierce:

Meesh sent us a play list from her wedding – so many good songs from the 90’s here!

  1. Fight for your right to Party – Beastie Boys
  2. Come on Eileen (Dexys Midnight…)
  3. Freedom ’90 – George Michael
  4. Sweet Child o Mine – Guns n Roses
  5. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  6. Joy and Pain
  7. Brass Monkey – Beastie Boys
  8. The Choice is Yours – Black Sheep
  9. Jump Around – House of Pain
  10. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction
  11. Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
  12. Ladies Night – Kool and the Gang
  13. Mama Said Knock You… – LL Cool J
  14. Walkin with a Deadman – Oingo Boingo
  15. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
  16. Orange Crush – REM
  17. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
  18. Mony Mony – Billy Idol
  19. New Sensation – INXS
  20. Love Shack – The B-52s
  21. No Rain – Blind Melon
  22. Groove is in the Heart – Deee Lite
  23. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets
  24. I Touch Myself – Divinyls
  25. Parents Just Don’t Understand – Fresh Prince
  26. Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
  27. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  28. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
  29. Jump – Kris Kross
  30. Down Under – Men at Work
  31. The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
  32. To Be With You – Mr. Big
  33. OPP – Naughty by Nature
  34. Funky Cold Medina – Party on
  35. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  36. Baby Got Back – Sir Mix A Lot
  37. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg
  38. Back to Life (However Do you…) – Soul II Soul
  39. Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats
  40. Desire – U2
  41. Rump Shaker (Radio…) – Wreckx-N-Effect

Betty Magome:

Hope it’s not too late:

Here are some great songs from our class (4 years)!

“Groove is in the Heart” – Deee-Lite

“One” – U2

“Killing in the Name of” – Rage Against the Machine (angry, but I listened to it a lot)

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana and any Nirvana song

“These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Candy Everybody Wants” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Stay” – Lisa Loeb

“Wicked Game” – Chris Isaak

“Jump Around” – House of Pain

“Walking in Memphis” – Marc Cohn

“No Rain” – Blind Melon

“Whoop There it Is” – Tag Team

“500 Miles” – The Proclaimers

“Connected” – Stereo MCs

“What’s Up” – 4 Non Blonde’s
“Forever Young” – Alphaville

“Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

“Doctor Doctor” – Thompson Twins

“Living in Oblivion” – Anything Box

“Russian Radio” – Red Flag

“How Long” – Information Society

“Pure” – Lightning Seeds

“Jump” – Kriss Kross

“Please Don’t Go” – KWS

“Lips Like Sugar” – Echo and the Bunnymen

Pet Shop Boys

“West End Girls”

“Love Comes Easily”

“It’s a Sin”

“What have I done to deserve this”

Depeche Mode

“Personal Jesus”

“Just Can’t get Enough”

“Enjoy the Silence”


“People are People”

“Master and Servant”


“Oh L’Amour”

“Victim of Love”

“Ship of Fools”

“A Little Respect”

“Take a Chance on Me”

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of July 21 – 22, 2017, marked 42 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Important hotel update! Overwhelming response from our great class has sold out the Downtown Marriott Class of 1993 room block for Saturday night. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.




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