Thursday, September 15, 2005

A song meme

I picked this up the other day from Dean Alfar's article entitled ,"Tarzan boy and other musical closet skeletons". A musical meme. Dean got this from Snurri's post. In order to get the music list, just follow the instructions below: 1. Go to the music outfitters site 2. On left side of page you will go to the top search box that has the label SEARCH. 3. Inside the search box type in the year you graduated from highschool and then click on the GO button. 4. This will produce a list of the top 100 songs from that year 5. Copy and paste the list to your post, or next post or next next post, it all depends on you. 6. Commence commenting. The manner or style is at your discretion. You may opt to put in bold songs that you like and put in italics songs you do not like. 7. If you cannot recall the song, there is no point in commenting, is there? So there I was starting to select and comment on the top 100 music from 1984 and then it hit like a new wave hit song. I only really liked a few. I ended up listing eleven of the top one hundred songs. Its not that I hate them, although I have never taken a shine to any of Lionel Ritchie's song, I like the other songs better. I ended up with the following songs: 1. When Doves Cry, Prince Nice song, but I liked Bahz Luhrman's take on it in the film "Romeo & Juliet". 2. What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner Perfect song for Ms Turner. Also perfect song when in an argument with the ex or present significant other when discussing money, taste in clothes or the great debate on what movie to watch. 4. Footloose, Kenny Loggins Movie about the dancing and social control. Everytime I hear this tune I am reminded of several parties where there was the eventual show down. 10. Karma Chameleon, Culture Club The first manifestation of Boy George. Memories of the Boy George look-alike contest at Eat Bulaga crystalizes in my mind. At least its not the Lolo Jackson or the Lola Madonna contest, oops too late. 14. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen The Boss singing his most famous tune with a young Coutrney Cox as the dancing fan. What is not to like? 15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper The song is likeable and the video quirky. And it has Lou Albano as Lauper's dad. She even puts him in place with an arm-lock. Sorry, I have been a pro-wrestling fan since the time Hulk Hogan was managed by Freddie Blassie. Bob Buckland was the good guy and Vince McMahon played the straight commentator in WWF, his partner then Bruno Samartino. 28. 99 Luftballons, Nena The first version was in German, it had social commentary and it had Captain Kirk, What is not to like. A perfect example of a Cold War angst pop song. 38. Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics One of my favourite songs during the rainy season. Although, I like Sweet Dreams better. 57. Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar Used to be signature song of Pops Fernandez. She even copied Pat Benatar's look. Nice video and the whistle at end is almost impossible to purge from the mind. 76. I'm So Excited, Pointer Sisters This was probably the anthem of our Prom Night. People were jumping and dancing on the second floor of the Celebrity Plaza. The dancing got to strong that the floor started to oscillate. Luckily, the floor was strong enough to withstand the force of dancing teens. 88. Head Over Heels, Go-Go's What is not to like about the Go-Go's. This one of the songs I do not tire of hearing over and over again. Another song I like but is not on the top 100 for 1984. Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter, Paul & Mary One of the first songs I listened to as a baby. I can still sing this song and during a bout magicsing with friends last Christmas got a perfect score. There is an on-goin debate on what Puff is by the way, although the song's writer Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow claim that the song was not about marijuana but about innocence lost.
["Puff" is about] loss of innocence, and having to face an adult world. It's surely not about drugs. I can tell you that at Cornell in 1959, no one smoked grass. I find the fact that people interpret it as a drug song annoying. It would be insidious to propagandize about drugs in a song for little kids. - Leonard Lipton
As the principal writer of the song, I can assure you it's a song about innocence lost. It's easier to interpret "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a drug song than "Puff, the Magic Dragon." This is just a funny rumor that was promulgated by Newsweek magazine [who ran a cover story about covert drug messages in pop music]. There is no basis for it. It's inane at this point and really unfortunate, because even in Hong Kong it's not played because of the allegation it's about drugs. But I assure you it's not. When 'Puff' was written, I was too innocent to know about drugs. What kind of a meanspirited SOB would write a children's song with a covert drug message? - Peter Yarrow
The Beatle's song, "Let It Be", maybe another story altogether. Other post/posts for today: Scribble: Espionage and politics Here is the url of the charge sheet against FBI intelligence analyst Leandro Aragoncillo and police Senior Superintendent Michael Ray Aquino. Read Pinoy Snapshots: Selling seaweed


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