So I was reading Matt’s new post over on X-E and he mentioned how he listens to “Freddy’s Greatest Hits”. If you’ve never heard this musical masterpiece, head over there now and give it a listen. That in part is what inspired today’s post. Now I know I’m no DJ and it probably won’t bring back any summer time memories but maybe it’ll make you think back to a time when gas was cheap and times were simpler. As a child of the 80’s, I grew up with, in my opinion, some of the greatest music ever made. Think about it, you had the heyday of Hair Metal, you had the emergence of Weird Al and some of the best stalker songs of all time! Wait….stalker songs? Oh yeah, think about it! Jenny (867-5309) and Every breath you take by The Police. Have you listened to these songs? They are full on stalkers! And don’t even get me started on Rockwell’s magnum opus! Ok maybe that last one is more about paranoia than stalking someone but close enough.
But I digress, this post isn’t about stalker music, it’s about the music of the ’80’s and what it took (or didn’t take in some cases) to make a hit single. Let’s face it kids today wouldn’t buy a song about chess or about self gratification (ok, they may buy this one) but this is the music I grew up loving. This music in part made me the person I am today. I can’t tell you how many days I went around wishing I had Jessie’s girl or that I could Rock the Casbah! I hoped that one day I might visit a land down under. Late at night I’d lock my door and Walk the DInosaur while I rocked down to Electric Avenue.
Movies weren’t safe from cheesy music either, who didn’t want to get Footloose while driving down that Highway to the Danger Zone to be a Ghostbuster? But in the end we knew we’d be all right because if nothing else all we had to do was Jump.
We had our fair share of love songs as well, everyone knew that Love was a battlefield and Girls just wanted to have fun and the boys were Hot for Teacher. But they were also responsible in the 80’s, they wanted us to know that abstinence was an option and we didn’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time after drinking too much red red wine.
No things weren’t perfect back in the ’80’s but for me they were good enough. Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.