Our recent move has inspired us (okay, mostly me; Cap’n Crunch is an incorrigible pack rat) to reevaluate the possessions we’ve been hauling around with us unquestioningly for years.
One of the things I’ve taken a long time to part with has been the few dozen cassette tapes I acquired in the 1980s when that was the state-of-the-art medium for music. (Remember life before CDs?) I’ve been weighing how to hold on to some of those songs without shlepping around a bunch of plastic and cellulose forever, and how to hear the few great songs I still want to hear without having to listen to an entire album of a no-longer-favorite band. To this end, I’ve been foraging through Amazon’s MP3 files for downloads. The fun of this is that while downloading one song or music by one band, I’m often reminded of another that I also loved. Here are some of the bands and songs with which I’ve been reacquainting myself:
Jimmy Buffett (Margaritaville, We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About)
Romantics (One in a Million, Talking In Your Sleep)
Bobby McFerrin (Opportunity)
Paul McCartney (Say Say Say, Silly Love Songs–okay, that was the 1970s, but I’m old)
Fine Young Cannibals (She Drives Me Crazy)
Kinks (Apeman, Lola)
George Harrison (Got My Mind Set On You)
Orleans (Still the One–another from the 1970s)
There are a few albums I still can’t do without, but they’re few (Big Country’s The Seer and Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram). The rest I like enough hits from to buy a greatest hits album (Eagles, Men at Work, Howard Jones, Talking Heads).
Help me out here: What am I forgetting? What are your favorite songs from the 1970s and 1980s? (I graduated from college in 1989 and haven’t been able to name a single song since.)