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April 28, 2007

Wildly Off Topic: Twenty Years Ago in Music

So, I'm getting older. Now, I'm not suggesting that this is breaking news. We all are. But it's an issue that has recently come to my attention as I've been ripping CDs for my iPod. I happened to notice some copyright dates.

Did you realized that U2's "Joshua Tree" debuted 20 years ago last month? GnR's "Appetite for Destruction" and The Replacements "Pleased to Meet Me" both debuted in July of the same year. For my money, those three albums are the very early round draft picks in the "What would you listen to while stranded on a deserted island" conversation.

And it's been 20 years since they debuted. Damn. Just Damn.

See Also:
-- Albums from 1987 -- Wikipedia



Anonymous said...

I wish I could say that the music I would choose to listen to while stranded on a desert island was only twenty years old. :0

Anonymous said...

I'm the same age as you. I made the realization just the other that not only were the people who were upper classmen when I was a freshman in high school were getting ready to have their 20 year reunion, but that Raising Arizona also came out 20 years ago last month. And that really made me feel old.

NCT said...

A couple of years ago, I was reflecting on the "Golden Oldies" '50s nostalgia that was such a phenomenon in the 1970s (see, e.g., TV's Happy Days, film's Grease, etc.). All that seemed so OLD to me at the time.

But that particular time interval is the same as between now and the albums you mentioned, along with REM's transition from college radio to the mainstream with their last IRS album.

Can "Oddfellows Local 151" possibly sound as quaint and dated to kids these days as "Rock Around the Clock" did to us?

I can't fathom the possibility. I'm tired. I need a nap.

Scott said...

Hey... I have Joshua Tree on VINYL!!

I am a bit older... I was in my 3rd year at UGA when Herschel ran us to a National Championship!

Anonymous said...

I knew I was getting old the first time I heard Nirvana and Soundgarden on a classic rock station.

Anonymous said...

So many incredible albums released that year - most of which get radio play and are big sellers 20 years later. Now, contrast 1987's gems to the music of today and you'll see that what we are offered now is nothing short of trash. Whether it's hip-hop induced or just a lack of serious talent, today's music is simply junk. You want proof? Look at the billboard top 40 - here today, gone tomorrow. Oh I could be wrong - I mean, we have Gwen Stefani to thank for her "classics".

Today's music has zero heart and zero soul.

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