Yes, I already wished Meryl Streep a happy birthday today, and seeing that she’s a national treasure, she really shouldn’t have to share her cake, but there are two other June 22 celebrants who’ve come to crash her PopWatch party: Alan Anton, of the Cowboy Junkies, turns 48; while Jesus Jones’ lead singer Mike Edwards rings in his 43rd. And to be honest, I just don’t feel like waiting another 365 days for an excuse to embed their respective bands’ delightful clips for “Sweet Jane” and “Right Here, Right Now.” The Junkies’ joint is simply one of the most delectable slices of pop music my ears have had the pleasure of soaking up. Respeck.
“Right Here, Right Now,” meanwhile, transports me back to my freshman year of college. I remember going to see a Jesus Jones concert with my friend Kim, and feeling supercool in the knowledge we’d just witnessed what was sure to be one of the biggest bands of the ’90s (along with EMF, naturally). Hey, I never said I was a good prognosticator, okay?