PRIVATE ICON: EMPIRE RECORDS
“i went to rock and roll heaven, and i wasn’t on the guest list.”
Today marks the fictitious holiday known as Rex Manning Day, a holiday dedicated entirely to the eponymous (and also fictitious) aging pop star from Empire Records. The coming-of-age film, released in 1995--a year we’re officially dubbing the golden age of ’90s, as it’s also the same year The Smashing Pumpkins dropped Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness-- is about music, Atlantic City, corporate greed, getting into Harvard, and pre-death funerals. And unlike most of the other late ’80s/early ’90s cult comedies that showcase a more idyllic American lifestyle and somewhat relatable personas, this quirky hodgepodge flick boasts a cast of characters most of us have little in common with, but find oddly entertaining. And if there’s one thing we all share, it’s definitely an obsession with Corey Mason’s (aka Liv Tyler) perfectly punk-meets-prep style. Disregarding any pill-popping tendencies, Corey’s that girl in real life we would hope lacks personality (to level the playing field)--yet in this case, she’s wickedly smart, the kindest of the bunch, and ends up getting the oh-so-handsome and brooding A.J. So to celebrate the one and only Rex Manning Day, we’re crowning Ms. Mason this week’s Private Icon. And, to quote Debra, we swear you get smarter the shorter your skirt gets.