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Oct. 11th, 2008

01:41 pm - Oops (was: Use your decades, man!)

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EDIT:

Originally this post was about this entry, which I misread as the OP thinking Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi were on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, not the 1970s. My mistake; he just meant the 1980s was when he watched them on reruns on Nick at Nite.

My original point, which was about people who get the '70s and '80s mixed up, still stands, because I have talked to people who do that. Usually it'll be about some rock band from the early '70s, and they'll say, "Weren't they from the '80s?" and I'll correct them. Anyone who lived through the '70s and '80s like I did can't possibly get them mixed up unless they were just totally not paying attention to anything.

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From:wildbilltx
Date:October 11th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
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I used to DJ at a classic rock station in Tyler TX back in the late 90's. One evening a young (teenage?) girl called and asked about concert tickets.. we kept talking and our conversation got around to artists we wanted to see in concert.

"There's a guy you play all the time on your station I'd really like to see in concert.."
(me) "Yeah who?"
"I think his name is... Jimi Hendrix?"
(me) "Yeah me too!!"
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 11th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Are there many people who get played on "classic rock" stations that still tour? I would thin the title "classic rock" infers that most of them are dead or too old.

I must be at least one of the two as well, I've noticed many of the asrtists I grew up with and still like are now considered "classic rock". Dammit, it's *real* rock, the stuff on the radio now is just noise.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
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My guess is, "classic rock" = the stuff the DJ and/or program director liked when they were kids. :}
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From:wildbilltx
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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There are plenty of 70's classic rock bands that still tour. One of the biggest this summer was the Cheap Trick-Heart-Journey tour. Journey made a huge comeback this year with a new lead singer (who they discovered on YouTube and sounds just like Steve Perry) and a album they sold only at Wal-Mart.

Many times touring is the artist's only source of revenue. They don't sell that many new CD's now or they don't make much money from their old catalog.
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From:varro
Date:October 12th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
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There's a "classic rock line", which I'll draw at the mid-90s.

Nirvana and Pearl Jam are classic rock now.

There's also the classic rock/oldies line as well...
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From:ceruleanst
Date:October 11th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
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It was the '80s when he saw them on Nick at Nite (and not NBC). I don't think he was confused, though he could have expressed himself more clearly.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Oops, you're right. See the edit.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 11th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Seems like we both posted entries at the same time talking about how stupid/ignorant/uninformed Americans are lately. Why on earth is that???
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Because it's a rich topic of conversation.
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From:typographer
Date:October 11th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
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Actually, it depends on how you interpret the commas. I believe that it was indeed the 1980s during which RERUNS of the 70s episodes were being shown on some cable channels.

So if the person was saying that during the 1980s he was watching these reruns, then his statement is neither false nor stupid.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Oops, you're right. See the edit.
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From:timmowarner
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
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What they said.

He's referring to watching the original cast on Nick at Nite in the 80's.

Hrm... now I should say something original... Ummmm... I find the original cast totally overated. People rememeber their best stuff and forget just how terrible the not-so-good stuff was. Watch whole episodes instead of just the classic sketches and it's certainly no better than the Phil Hartman years; my personal favourite time for the series.

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From:thecanuckguy
Date:October 11th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
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FWIW, SNL is OK, but since about 1990 or so it hasn't had a really good cast IMHO. But the current cast seens eo be very good in many respects. Especially Tina Fey - not just for her eerily accurate Sarah Palin (oftentimes the only way I can tell the two of them apart is that Fey's Palin has studio laughter), but for other things too.
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From:rikchik
Date:October 11th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Certain things straddle the line: where would you put ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" or the Moody Blues' "The Voice"?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 11th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, those two songs have a bit of late-'70s bombast in them.
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From:rikchik
Date:October 12th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
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Don't Bring Me Down is 1979. The Voice is 1981.
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From:rikchik
Date:October 11th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Also, I was born in 1972. For someone born in '92 (who is now 16), differentiating between the 70's and 80's is like the 50's and 60's for me - and while I can tell doo-wop from hippie music, there's a lot of misc. music in the 60's that pretty much sounds like 50's music to me.
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From:palabrajot
Date:October 12th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I think it's a little harder for younger people to draw the distinction between earlier decades, simply because they weren't there at the time. And things which don't personally engage us tend to become less distinct.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 12th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I think it's not so much that they weren't there, it's more that they're not interested or curious. I was born in 1968, but I can tell the '40s from the '50s. This is mainly because I've read about them and seen old movies and heard old songs and paid attention to what years they're from.
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From:palabrajot
Date:October 12th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Well, that too. I think people have also grown accustomed to being content with grasping the gist of most things in their lives. But the devil has always been in the details.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 12th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I sometimes make the opposite mistake. I used to associate "A Touch of Gray" with the '70s.
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From:akktri
Date:December 30th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)

Eighties

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There are certain things that I, who grew up in the eighties, get confused about. For example, there are rock bands that started in the seventies, or their song was released in the seventies, and, while I heard it in the eighties, it is not really a song of the eighties because it was popular in the seventies. As a kid, you don't know. I thought Devo was an eighties band, but it's really a seventies band, which explains why I didn't hear them when I was a kid. Also, Return of the Jedi is the first Star Wars movie I remember seeing. My recollection of seeing Empire Strikes back in theaters when I was little is very hazy, except for the fact I didn't care for it too much. I liked the third one better. And the whole craze started somewhere before I was born.
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