After Rory has tried to find Dean in Doose’s Market, and failed, she and Lane walk away while the town Troubadour sings this song. It’s from Grant Lee Buffalo’s 1994 album Mighty Joe Moon, earlier mentioned. The song seems to be advising Rory not to think about it too long before talking to Dean.
On Rory and Lane’s walk away from the market, we learn that it is around 4.30 pm by the town clock, which seems too early for Rory to already be back from school (she gets out at 4.05 pm, and has a 40 minute bus ride home). Viewers will also notice that Rory’s little box of French fries is empty, so Lane must have eaten them all while she was waiting for Rory, in line with her lust for junk food that her mother won’t allow.
RORY: You swear? On the life of the lead singer of Blur?
LANE: On the soul of Nico, I swear to you that I have not seen Dean with another girl.
The lead singer of the rock band Blur is Damon Albarn (born 1968), an English singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. Blur’s 1991 debut album was Leisure, and they received critical acclaim for Modern Life is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994), and The Great Escape (1994), while their 1997 self-titled album brought them mainstream success. Blur went on hiatus in 2003, but reunited in 2009, and are still recording.
Damon Albarn founded the virtual group Gorillaz in 1998, and released their self-titled debut album in March 2001, to worldwide success. That was about two months before this episode aired, but it’s not clear whether Lane and Rory have heard of it.
The singer Nico, one of Lane’s favourite musical artists, if not her her very favourite, has been earlier discussed. Lane swears on Nico’s soul to make it clear how very serious she is – Nico is obviously more valued by her than Damon Albarn.
RORY: I miss the old me too.
LANE: And I’ve been feeling bad for the new Rory.
RORY: Well, she’s staging a comeback.
LANE: And may it be more successful than Peter Frampton’s.
Peter Frampton (born 1950) is a British-American rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. Beginning his career in bands Humble Pie, and The Herd, his breakout album was the 1976 live release Frampton Comes Alive!, which brought him international success. Frampton is known for his hit songs such as Breaking All the Rules, Baby I Love Your Way, and I’m in You, which have become staples on classic rock radio.
After his early success, his career seemed to falter, especially after he suffered a serious car accident in 1978, and lost all his guitars in a plane crash. Peter Frampton actually tried several “comebacks”, with his 1986 album Premonitions bringing mild success, and his 1991 tour with former bandmate Steve Marriott doing well – unfortunately, Marriott unexpectedly returned to England, and was killed in a house fire less than 24 hours later.
Lane is probably talking about 1995, when Peter Frampton released Frampton Comes Alive! II, containing live versions of his solo work from the 1980s and ’90s. Despite heavy marketing and a DVD release to accompany it, it didn’t sell well.
Peter Frampton has continued recording and touring, and won a Grammy Award for his 2007 album Fingerprints. As well as working with other musicians such as David Bowie and Ringo Starr, he has made many media appearances on television, and played himself on The Simpsons and Family Guy.
LORELAI: You are not sleeping through this.
RORY: Through what?
(Lorelai walks over to the bed and leans over her.)
LORELAI: The freaking Blue Man Group is outside our house!
The Blue Man Group is a performance art company founded in Manhattan in 1987 by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. What began as a series of “street disturbances” by a group of men wearing blue masks became a series of shows combining music and art held in small clubs, and eventually a full performance at the Astor Theatre in New York in 1991, which is still on-going.
The Blue Man Group have gone on a number of concert tours, and released several albums. At the time this episode went to air, The Blue Man Group were booked to play live in Las Vegas, which continued until 2005. The Blue Man Group eventually went international, and in 2017 were bought by Cirque Du Soleil.
Interestingly, Nathan Wetherington, who played Dean Forester in the original Pilot episode, was the drummer with the Blue Man Group for two years.
RORY: How did I meet Taylor Hanson?
LORELAI: You went to his concert, you got backstage, your eyes met across the crowd, and you’ve been seeing each other ever since.
RORY: Hanson’s still together?
LORELAI: They’re the new Bee Gees.
The American pop band Hanson was formed in 1992 by three brothers: Isaac, Taylor, and Zac; at the time, Isaac was eleven, Taylor was nine, and Zac was six. They are best known for their 1997 massive hit MMMBop, from their debut album Middle of Nowhere. At the time Lorelai was talking about Hanson to Rory, they had just released their second album in 2000, and toured in summer and fall (when Rory could have hypothetically attended one of their concerts). In 2001 they moved to their own independent record label and were working on their next album, which was released in 2004 – this might explain why Rory is surprised to hear that Hanson are still together (they still are, and toured in 2017).
The Bee Gees [pictured] were a British-Australian band formed in 1958 by three brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb; at the time, Barry was twelve, and twins Robin and Maurice were nine. You can see why Lorelai makes a parallel between The Bee Gees and Hanson. The Bee Gees had a long career, and were highly successful in the 1960s and ’70s, especially in the disco era, and sold more than 220 million records, making them one of the best-selling musical acts of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. By 2012, both Robin and Maurice had died, leaving Barry as the only surviving member.
LORELAI: I’m not even talking specifically about Dean. I mean just generally in life. For example, say you’re dating Taylor Hanson.
RORY: Why am I dating Taylor Hanson?
LORELAI: It’s a hypothetical scenario, go with it. So, uh, you and Taylor have been seeing each other pretty regularly …
(Jordan) Taylor Hanson (born 1983) is a member of the pop group Hanson. He sings lead and back-up vocals, and plays multiple instruments. In 2009 he became a member of the supergroup Tinted Windows.
Rory probably could not have dated Taylor Hanson in 2001, as he had already been dating his future wife for two years at this point. They were married the following year, in 2002, and currently have five children together.
LORELAI: When I was in junior high, I had a boyfriend, Todd something or other. Not a soul mate, but I was crazy about him and he dumped me. I was completely crushed and I could do nothing except lie around and cry and listen to Air Supply, very low point in my life.
Air Supply are an Australian soft rock duo, formed in 1975 and consisting of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. They had a succession of major hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten singles in the US, during the 1980s. They were inducted into the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 1980, Air Supply released their album Lost in Love, which brought them mainstream popularity and was their first to enter the US charts. As it came out just before Lorelai turned twelve, she could have listened to it in junior high. While getting over her boyfriend Todd, the sad break up song All Out of Love may have resonated with her, with its chorus beginning, “I’m all out of love, I’m so lost without you”. The song went to #2 in the US, and is Air Supply’s biggest hit.