Friday, June 15

Blue Gal? Picking up a MEME?

I know. But I just finished my last Crooks and Liars round up for a while so felt like sumpin' fluffy. Found this at the latest addition to the BG blogroll, Much That Is Hidden (O'Tim, what a cute baby you've got, too).

The thing:
1. Go to
2. Down the left column pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic/enraged over the songs of the year
4. Write something about how the songs affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends (And because I suck at picking five people, regular readers/commenters - You're IT! And you know who you are.)

Okay I'm not doin' nunna dat. Just saying that according to that popculturemadness boosheet, the number one song the year I turned 18 was this. If you can get through the whole number WITHOUT singing along to either:

A. Temptations sing!
B. "long an' black an' shiny," or
C. Blow, Daddy!

you simply are not one of us.

and special thanks to Qwerty (who knew me then and knows me now) for pointing out to me years ago that the meaning of the title has something to do with "I wanna freak that freakin' freak."

Aw hell, ma hunnies. It's an all-80's weekend at BG.


  1. I love, Love, LOVE Bow Wow Wow - but the story behind the band is even better. I mean, how often do you get Malcolm McLaren, most of the Clash, and a 14 year old girl in the same room without it being Rock and Roll?



  2. What the hell? You get Rick James and I get Smash Mouth and Lou Bega? Enraged doesn't even begin to describe what I'm feeling.

    Sadly, my generation doesn't own it's own pop culture. It's something foreign to us that belongs to the record companies and MTV. We look back on a list like this, meant to inspire nostalgia, and say "man, I remember these songs. They all sucked".

  3. Oh man: Ace of Base? Kurt Cobain's suicide? Thanks a lot.

    But it did remind me of a joke:

    What was the last thing to go through Kurt Cobain's mind?

    His ear.



  4. Anonymous6:45 AM

    Sorry, but I was in a self-induced coma throughout the 80's.

  5. i think i lucked out music-wise.
    tho the old bones are creaking now!

    there were tons to pick from but i got the ones that still touch me every time i hear them.

    had to do with the political times and also BOYS, oh yes.(ah memories)


    time of the season-the zombies

    bad moon rising-ccr

    na na hey hey/kiss him goodbye- steam

    something- the beatles

    it's your thing- isley brothers.

    now the funny/sadsadsad! thing about all this,
    pgh was known as an oldies town, right up there with philly for great music, so who, who-
    which damn song was picked by our big rock and roll station as song of the year for 1969?

    (try not to scream and lose your breakfast)

    sugar sugar by the ARCHIES!!!

    i was so po'd that night when they annouced that.

    people still are embarassed over it!

  6. CCR! Very nice. If I remember correctly, they have the most #2s without a #1. Great band. Great sound. Horrible pronunciation of "turning" and "burning": you can tell that they were from New York, can't you?


  7. Anonymous12:53 PM

    When I turned 18 my musical taste was big band swing/west texas swing the Louvin Brother and Vassar Clements. I also indulged in the, Hot Club of France (Django Reinahardt & Stefan Grapelli)and old time jazz legends.

    Lately I gone old - old school..Classical and my true love Opera

    Not bad for a redneck


  8. No no no, dammit! CCR were from the Bay Area, although when I was a little boy I thought that they came from Louisiana. (I was born in 1963)

    Miz Blue--you forgot "Menage a trois, ooh la la!" :)

  9. This is SO depressing. The number one hit for my year?

    "Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry. Man, i hated that song.

    Bright spots:

    #12 - "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    #27 - "Sing A Song" - Earth, Wind and Fire (always liked them)

    #37 - "Love Is The Drug" - Roxy Music

    #44 - "Magic Man" - Heart

    #74 - "Locomotive Breath" - Jethro Tull.

    Which means, when you add it all up, I'm old.

  10. Ok so the number one song for my year is the Grease Megamix by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta. I remember this and that wasn't so bad, but it kind of goes down hill from there. Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Oasis, R. Kelly are all in the top ten. I have to agree with Manila, our generation has been co-opted by MTV.

    On a slightly separate note, now when I hear Super Freak I can't help but think of the scene in Little Miss Sunshine at the end with the little girl and the family dancing to that song.

  11. oh man, i remember seeing adam ant in concert! when he took off his shirt, all the girls went CRAZY!!!

    couldn't get with
    1. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

    but this was my favorite:
    31. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

    i was also all over this:
    - Blondie's hit "Call Me" was the number one selling single of the year.

  12. 1. You've Got A Friend - James Taylor
    2. Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
    3. Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
    4. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
    5. Imagine - John Lennon


    7. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
    8. Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner
    9. Friends - Elton John

    20. Colour My World - Chicago

    28. Peace Train - Cat Stevens
    29. So Far Away - Carole King

    64. Mercy Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye

    I loved this music ...


  13. I can recognize two of those 3 songs just from the static youtube pics! Guess I need to play the 3rd one to jog my memory.

  14. Ohh, Adam Ant, of course! My favorite Adam & the Ants LP was called Dirk Wears White Sox. It was raw and delicious, and two of the guys in that recording lineup later formed Bow Wow Wow.

    It's a SuperTrivia weekend!

  15. Anonymous4:44 AM

    "You spin me right round baby right round"

    I can't remeber the name of that band but the lead singer guy/gal? was on a 'plastic surgery gone wrong' show not so long ago and Damn!! Frankenfurter droped an anvil on that poor bastard.

    "Like a record baby"


  16. Anonymous5:04 AM

    Looking into the top 50 for the year I turned 18, I guess wasn't so bad. Especially after reading some of the other posts.

    #1 for the year- INXS 'Need you tonight'

    But I would have rather voted for #6- G-N-R 'sweet child o mine'.

    Most of the music I listened to wasn't allowed on the radio at the time, in my neck O the woods.

    I can remeber visiting California(on the lamb) and hearing Slayer on the radio, 'Angel of Death' was the song. I couldn't believe it.

    Hey, annonymous OG from Texas? You should check out Big Sandy and The Fly Right Boys. They do the country swing thing, they are pretty good.



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