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Friday, September 02, 2005

The Smoker You Drink, the Random You Get 

Today I am bumming around town, taking a day off in honor of my birthday (which actually falls on Sunday). When I come back to active duty (and remember how I am about weekends, much less holiday weekends), I will be doing some helping out over at Patridiot Watch. Expect lots of crossposting, but both venues should receive some original content, so check 'em both.

Earlier this week, this amusing exercise began making the rounds (I saw it also at HFPST, PSoTD, and Pandagon, among my regular reads): Find the list of Top 100 Songs here (scroll down) for the year of your high school graduation. Mark those you actively dislike by strikethrough, those you actively like by bolding, and your favorite of the bunch by bolding and underlining. Songs you don't remember, or which you don't care about one way or the other, are left in regular text.

Sounded like fun, until I realize that fully five of the top ten songs of 1978 were recorded by people with the surname "Gibb." And the other five performers in the top ten were the Commodores, A Taste of Honey, Player, Exile, and Debbie freakin' Boone!

This bodes ill.

And indeed, ill it was, for the song titles triggered bizarre, frightening memories of what the world looked like in 1978:
Dolls in disco clothing

For the record, here is the list, annotated as described above:
1. Shadow Dancing, Andy Gibb
2. Night Fever, Bee Gees
3. You Light Up My Life, Debby Boone
4. Stayin' Alive, Bee Gees
5. Kiss You All Over, Exile
6. How Deep Is Your Love, Bee Gees
7. Baby Come Back, Player
8. (Love Is) Thicker Than Water, Andy Gibb
9. Boogie Oogie Oogie, A Taste Of Honey
10. Three Times A Lady, Commodores
11. Grease, Frankie Valli
12. I Go Crazy, Paul Davis
13. You're The One That I Want, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
14. Emotion, Samantha Sang
15. Lay Down Sally, Eric Clapton
16. Miss You, Rolling Stones
17. Just The Way You Are, Billy Joel
18. With A Little Luck, Wings
19. If I Can't Have You, Yvonne Elliman
20. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah), Chic
21. Feels So Good, Chuck Mangione
22. Hot Child In The City, Nick Gilder
23. Love Is Like Oxygen, Sweet
24. It's A Heartache, Bonnie Tyler
25. We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You, Queen
26. Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty
27. Can't Smile Without You, Barry Manilow
28. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams
29. Dance With Me, Peter Brown
30. Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Meat Loaf
31. Jack And Jill, Raydio
32. Take A Chance On Me, Abba
33. Sometimes When We Touch, Dan Hill
34. Last Dance, Donna Summer
35. Hopelessly Devoted To You, Olivia Newton-John
36. Hot Blooded, Foreigner
37. You're In My Heart, Rod Stewart
38. The Closer I Get To You, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
39. Dust In The Wind, Kansas
40. Magnet And Steel, Walter Egan
41. Short People, Randy Newman
42. Use Ta Be My Girl, O'Jays
43. Our Love, Natalie Cole
44. Love Will Find A Way, Pablo Cruise
45. An Everlasting Love, Andy Gibb
46. Love Is In The Air, John Paul Young
47. Goodbye Girl, David Gates
48. Slip Slidin' Away, Paul Simon
49. The Groove Line, Heatwave
50. Thunder Island, Jay Ferguson
51. Imaginary Lover, Atlanta Rhythm Section
52. Still The Same, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
53. My Angel Baby, Toby Beau
54. Disco Inferno, Trammps
55. On Broadway, George Benson
56. Come Sail Away, Styx
57. Back In Love Again, L.T.D.
58. This Time I'm In It For Love, Player
59. You Belong To Me, Carly Simon
60. Here You Come Again, Dolly Parton
61. Blue Bayou, Linda Ronstadt
62. Peg, Steely Dan
63. You Needed Me, Anne Murray
64. Shame, Evelyn "Champagne" King
65. Reminiscing, Little River Band
66. Count On Me, Jefferson Starship
67. Baby Hold On, Eddie Money
68. Hey Deanie, Shaun Cassidy
69. Summer Nights, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
70. What's Your Name, Lynyrd Skynyrd
71. Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gayle
72. Because The Night, Patti Smith
73. Every Kinda People, Robert Palmer
74. Copacabana, Barry Manilow
75. Always And Forever, Heatwave
76. You And I, Rick James
77. Serpentine Fire, Earth, Wind and Fire
78. Sentimental Lady, Bob Welch
79. Falling, LeBlanc and Carr
80. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Santa Esmeralda
81. Bluer Than Blue, Michael Johnson
82. Running On Empty, Jackson Browne
83. Whenever I Call You "Friend", Kenny Loggins
84. Fool (If You Think It's Over), Chris Rea
85. Get Off, Foxy
86. Sweet Talking Woman, Electric Light Orchestra
87. Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh
88. I Love The Night Life, Alicia Bridges
89. You Can't Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On), High Inergy
90. It's So Easy, Linda Ronstadt
91. Native New Yorker, Odyssey
92. Flashlight, Parliament
93. Don't Look Back, Boston
94. Turn To Stone, Electric Light Orchestra
95. I Can't Stand The Rain, Eruption
96. Ebony Eyes, Bob Welch
97. The Name Of The Game, Abba
98. We're All Alone, Rita Coolidge
99. Hollywood Nights, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
100. Deacon Blues, Steely Dan

That's depressing. Anyway, here is perhaps my best Random Ten ever. It came up just like this, I swear, the only disclaimer being that it was drawn exclusively from the 200 or so songs I have added to the library in the past month:
1. "Tupelo Honey" (Van Morrison)
2. "Soul Deep" (Box Tops)
3. "Trash" (New York Dolls)
4. "Tattoo" (Tommy Keane)
5. "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" (Ian Dury and the Blockheads)
6. "Love Is Blue" (Paul Muriat)"
7. "Strawberry Wine" (Deana Carter)
8. "Sympathy For the Devil" (Bryan Ferry)
9. "Strobe Light" (B-52's)
10. "Angel Say No" (Tommy Tutone)

By the way, if you understand the reference in today's title, you're old!

 

Comments:

 

Rod,

An amusing exercise, until u realize that pretty much ALL pop music is crap. That being said, those were the times of our lives. And I will NOT be sharing my list because it might have a tendency to incriminate me, as yours did. Namely, with this one: "You're The One That I Want", John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John....I'm just speechless

You did redeem urself somewhat by bolding Come Sail Away by Styx, as anyone who got drunk/high and was a teenage boy in the late 70's should.

Other good news: The number one song for my yr of graduation (1980) was "Call Me" by Blondie. Cool.

Larry B,
 
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