I was walking home from work the other evening, as usual – keeping the old carbon footprint down – when a song came on the ipod that I hadn’t heard in a while.
I listened to it, enjoyed it greatly, and then a thought occurred.
‘That pop song’, I thought, ‘is as good a song as any to represent the 1970’s for me.’
So then I got to thinking, what one pop song might represent the other decades that I've lived in? I thought about it a little bit and then I threw a song at each decade.
I gave myself a couple of rules, nothing too strenuous. I made it exclusively pop songs, because they seem to be the most ‘of-their-time’ and thus more apt in summing up a decade.
And then I… nope, that’s it with the rules actually.
I didn’t think about it too hard either. You could tied up in knots trying to be all apt and clever and stuff.
Anyway, the song I was listening to, which started the whole bus of thought (it was too small to be an actual train) was this:
1970’s - Run to Me by The Bee Gees
What a great song that is_ wait, another rule, no editorialising either. Just pick a damn song.
- Jees… ‘touchy or what?
- It’s been a rough day, okay?
- Yeah, okay?
- Okay, jees…
1980’s - True Faith by New Order
1990’s - Losing My Religion by REM
2000’s – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Part 1) by The Flaming Lips.
Hey, I left out the sixties. I was around for much of the sixties but I was quite young so it’s difficult… aw hell:
1960’s Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles. (I may explain why in a comment, if forced.)
A word about that 2000’s choice. My pal Reggie at Fragileheart is doing a period of ‘Pink Blogging’ to promote breast cancer Awareness (to hell with grammar, I ain’t capitalising that shit).
I though this song might be of interest to her because, although it is ostensibly about a young Japanese girl fighting robots, there is a perceived subtext that the girl in the song is actually battling cancer. It’s a great song and it’s got elements in it that couldn’t belong to any other decade methinks.
So, anyone care to play? What pop song sums up a generation for you?
Go on… I dare ya!