I love music. A few bars of a long-forgotten song can instantly transport me back in time to the moment I first heard it, evoking all kinds of memories”]. The first dance with someone special; the song played over and over again just after a breakup; (perfect for having a good sob to), or the one that I just HAVE to get up and dance to, despite having two left feet
The other night my husband and I were listening to an old 70’s CD, and I was musing over how music had changed so much over the years. My elder sister was desperately in love with Donny Osmond, so my earliest memories were of the sweet, and innocent (might be a song title in there somewhere) songs that he and his family used to churn out prolifically throughout the 70’s. In a similar vein there was David Cassidy (oh so handsome), David Essex (he’s still got it), and the Jacksons (always loved their music, not to mention their crazy outfits)!
Then towards the end of the 70’s suddenly Punk Rock burst onto the scene with their spiky hairdos, safety pins, and bad language (You’ve got to love the Sex Pistols’ Friggin’ in the Riggin’). What a complete turnaround! Gone were the saccharine sweet lyrics, and the wholesome teenage heart-throb. Say hello to lyrics written to offend, SHOUTED, rather than sang, and the bands as well as the fans, puking all over each other or fighting just for the sheer hell of it.
The 80s though were my favourite, a bit classier. The New Romantic look had taken off and bands like ABC, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, were dominating the charts. God knows they probably gave a huge boost to the cosmetics industry as well, with their carefully applied, perfectly made-up faces, (It didn’t put me off Phil Oakey from Human League, though, and I still have a bit of a thing for him)!
Disco was big through the 70s and 80’s as well, with groups like the Bee Gees (not blessed in the looks department, but still had a huge following), Chic, and The Jacksons, (particularly Michael. He really came into his own in the 80s, and their music guaranteed a full dance floor at the one and only nightclub we had in our town back then),
Oh, yes, how I loved the music. Of course, there were also the rather dubious ‘fashions’ that went along with the music, but the less said about those the better! I cringe anytime a photo crops up of me in that era, with my garish makeup, awful, clothes, and even worse hair. I was blissfully unaware at the time, as everyone else looked just as bad, (or good as we thought then)! Even my poor bald husband had spiky hair and highlights, (He does miss his hair, Bless him).
Teenage music now
My daughter despairs whenever she gets in my car, and Gilbert O’ Sullivan is singing a jaunty little number, or Kate Bush is wailing pitifully from the CD player. She has not quite learned to appreciate good music yet, no matter how much I exposed her to it!
The stuff she likes to listen to (like Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Justin Bieber etc) involves people ‘twerking’ or some kind of bump and grind routine. (The most risqué band I can remember were Imagination or the bloke from Cameo that used to wear that ‘codpiece’ over his trousers)!
She also likes Eminem (actually so do I), but it is hardly easy listening for a young, impressionable child. I remember when Frankie Goes to Hollywood released ‘Relax’ and Radio 1 banned it, sending it soaring to the number one spot! Once I twigged what the lyrics were about, I was shocked they had managed to get away with it for so long. (Even though the Sex Pistols were around before them, the DJs were not allowed to play their music the radio). Now though they just blank out or bleep the bad bits. It is pretty obvious what is being blanked out, though.
Another thing, not many recent artists have managed to produce a decent Christmas song. Who can compete with Slade, Wizzard, Elton John, Wham, and even good old Cliff Richard ?(you got to hand it to him, he does try). When I was younger, we watched ‘Top of the Pops’ Christmas Day to see who had made the prestigious number one spot. Now, though it’s always the winner of X Factor or some such show that gets the Christmas number 1. Not exactly a surprise.
Still, although I do enjoy some of the music that is around now, I am more than happy to live in my little musical time warp, as I merrily screech along to my favourite songs from yesteryear blaring out in my car.
I probably drone rather than screech but I ‘sing’ along – loudly! in my car too! So many of the old songs have been remixed and my grandchildren are always amazed when I know the lyrics – “Granny, do you know EVERYTHING?”
HA! That i one of the advantages of being around a bit, Daffy. It is the same for me when my daughter starts singing along to a remixed song that I know the lyrics of too! It is about the only time I get any sort of ‘street cred!’ 🙂
I totally agree with you sis. The music of today doent have that staying power! I’m happy in my music time warp too!
I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, a great deal from the 90s, but much of what I listen to is older than I am. I occasionally like and purchase new tunes, but few and far between. I used to ask myself what happened to people that made them just STOP at a certain point in music. I don’t ask that now. I know. lol We get older and we want the memories and the comfort of what we know. For forty years now, the local radio station with the most listeners is classic rock — that’s not coincidence!
I think you are right, Joey. We want to listen to the music that takes us back to our youth and the memories that go with them. I am just watching Vintage TV at the moment with 80s music belting out! 🙂
I love it when someone visiting me says, “What ARE we listening to?” I simply smile and tell them I blew the dust off some things that bring a smile to my face… Gotta love music and I surely do.
Yes, me too, it just takes me away to another time and place for a while! 🙂
I’m in there with ya too, Judy!! Music, or what passes for it, all but stinks, nowadays!
Absolutely! There are only a select few that I like nowadays! 🙂
I don’t even know what the current songs are these days! I listen to oldies and a lot of peaceful instrumental music on satellite radio or through Spotify!
Same here, Terri, I have no clue what is in the charts! 🙂
I don’t listen to any popular music of today. Judy. Radio 2 and Gold are my radio stations. I couldn’t tell you what was in the top 20 for at least the last 17 years! Anyway, the charts aren’t as exciting anymore. Going straight to the number one spot. instead of taking weeks/months to make it there, has taken all the fun out of the Top 40. And I do miss Top Of The Pops. Thanks goodness they show repeats on BBC2 or BCC4.
I mis the old Top of the Pops, too, Hugh and am glad of the repeats! It is a shame that stuff from the X Factor etc always seems to get the Christmas number 1 too, I remember watching TOTP Christmas day excitedly waiting to see what had made it to Number 1! 🙂
Yes, it was one of the highlights of Christmas, wasn’t it, Judy? That, and The Paul Daniels Magic Show, The Generation Game, and The Two Ronnies. Oh, and not forgetting the big movie that screened straight after the Queen’s speech.
Yes! I loved the Generation Game, it was so funny! Those were the days eh? 🙂
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