Back in the wild west days of file sharing, and for a moment all too brief, Kazaa reigned king. And thanks to a recently reinvigorated Twitter account, we’re reminded of the complete and utter mess that was our Kazaa-fueled Winamp queue. So for the sake of nostalgia, we ask you: What are some of your best (which is to say, worst) Kazaa memories?
Just in case you’re in need of a refresher, the phenomenal Twitter account @KaZaASongs can remind you what it is we’re dealing with.
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Slash, John Mayer, BB King guitar solo- All Along The Watchtower (no virus).mp3— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) December 23, 2012
Blink 182 - Punk goes Pop Britney Spears Punk Cover— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) December 25, 2012
Oscar The Grouch on “Gettin’ some ass” (Extremely perverted).mov— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) October 11, 2013
Weezer - Teenage Dirtbag— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) March 23, 2013
Obamacare Kills Terry Shivo (un censored).mp3— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) October 16, 2013
High res picture of a pussy.jpeg— Your KaZaA Library (@KaZaASongs) October 2, 2013
Each one pure, early-aughts, adolescent gold. And in case you needed some help remembering the sort of mindset you were in at the time, Gawker writer Andy Cush is happy to oblige:
My greatest Kazaa memory was hanging out at a friend’s house who downloaded the new Beyonce video for me to watch, because he said that I needed to see how hot it was. He downloads it, and instead of the actual video, it’s hardcore porn featuring an actress who vaguely resembles Beyonce.
We watch it for a few seconds and giggle, and then he offers to pay me five bucks to leave the room so he can masturbate…
In case you were wondering, yes, Andy took the money.
Whether it’s the countless mediocre demo tapes you were tricked into listening thanks to “Chinese Democracy GNR leak (REAL VERSION).wav” or a little surprise porn, tell us your sloppiest, most mislabeled and EXPLICIT (SOME CURSING pop-punk remix) memories of the golden days of Kazaa. Or Limewire or Morpheus or BearShare or whichever your preferred. It doesn’t really matter, because they’re all dead now (original RIP.exe).