To me, that phrase conjures up a rather different memory: the Temptations' 1970 hit, Ball of Confusion. Quite different, not only musically, but in the overall tone of the lyrics. Both were a reflection of their times: the former, the carefree Gay Nineties; the latter, the turbulent 1970s.
I still think of the latter when I hear the phrase. It's what I grew up with.