Monday, August 29, 2005

Try to remember forget the soundtrack of your life

Through Damian Penny, the latest funtime list is the songs from the year you graduated from high school. Damian lists the good, bad and ugly from 1991 and, referring to a post by Eric Berlin, notes “I gotta admit, 1986 was even worse. Good Lord.”

Yes, it’s true: the eighties in general was a wasteland of music, but 1986 in particular was a black hole of suckage. From the top 100 songs of my graduation year too, here are the songs that I’ll classify as “wouldn’t necessarily change the station if they were playing.” (There are only 16):

10. Addicted To Love, Robert Palmer
15. West End Girls, Pet Shop Boys
19. Kiss, Prince and The Revolution
23. Sledgehammer, Peter Gabriel
28. Rock Me Amadeus, Falco
37. Something About You, Level 42
44. No One Is To Blame, Howard Jones
49. Walk Of Life, Dire Straits
61. All Cried Out, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
62. Your Love, Outfield
64. Perfect Way, Scritti Politti
65. Living In America, James Brown
68. Word Up, Cameo
78. Life In A Northern Town, Dream Academy
80. Sleeping Bag, ZZ Top
94. Dreamtime, Daryl Hall

As Kent Brockman might say: “What a sad, pointless decade.”

Update - Jed at Boots and Sabers reviews 1992. Pretty bad! But not 1986 bad.

2 comments:

Jill said...

I liked Rock the Casbah, and Should I Stay or Should I Go. Both by the Clash. And most anything by The Cars. All those songs really take me back to the 80s.

Mr. Faust said...

Thanks for the memery. I just did my year (1975!), and it didn't fare much better than yours. Tracing it back, I don't think anyone still likes the music from their senior year of high school...