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From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
This is all Shezan's fault.
She having adverted all of us to this Top Ten archive.

Of course, it is - whatever our tastes in music, and without regards to its being, surely, so very American a chart - the soundtrack, will we or nil we, to our lives, if we're at all of an age for it. There's music here that is (again, regardless of mine own preferences) music I pulled to and music I shagged to, for one thing.

A few things strike me. The first, which I have mentioned before, is how in the earlier years there was less compartmentalising of music by genre in the charts. (A second is that, without almost no exceptions, every artiste who has insisted upon intruding his or her - I'm looking at you and your sodding balloons, Nena - politics in her or his art, has been utterly on the wrong side of history. Leftist twunts.) ETA: I now remember the third thing I meant to say, which is, I am also again reminded how gobsmackingly and wholly crap the Seventies were.

But what mostly strikes me is that in the charts for my - and, oddly, FPB's and MSP's - birth-month, the chart includes, I like to think providentially, a track that gave rise to perhaps the best and funniest bits of business ever pulled off by Morecambe and Wise.

I should be very interested in all your thoughts - notably those of Noe, Femme, Bubba, and MSP, as my (to quote David Bowie) Young Americans. (Not that MSP's more than about six hours my junior.)

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shezan From: shezan Date: July 8th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

In defence of the unjustly slandered 70s

Come ON, Leonard Cohen was marvellous, and so were Paul Simon, Roberta Flack, Elton John (especially in conjunction with Bernie Taupin), Santana, the Motown crowd, the Stones, TINA TURNER, Queen, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, and everyone covering the Beatles!
shezan From: shezan Date: July 8th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
(As for politics, ye gawds, yes, they were all RONG.)
eglantine_br From: eglantine_br Date: July 8th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that as I get older I can get pretty wistful over certain songs. It does not seem to matter if they are good as art. Music is like smell, I think, more than seeing or hearing. It puts you right back to where you were when you were 12, or 16, or 20.
aseneth From: aseneth Date: July 9th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
This is so true. I'm amazed at the visceral response I have to songs I didn't recognize by title and don't even particularly like.
*Is old*.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: July 9th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG, you babies ... hailing from the mid-50s, I knew ONE song from my birth month -- and it's one of my least favorites by Elvis! :)

But I looked up the year/month I met my husband, which was June 1971 ... and while the chart given doesn't necessarily contain the songs I associate with the time on memory alone, it had some good stuff in there, from the Rolling Stones to Carole King! (Including one of those political songs -- even if it's a version I don't particularly are for; the original artist did it better -- "Indian Reservation", which I still rather like today. :)
tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: July 9th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

I take great pride in sharing my birth year with Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I also have a deep and abiding affection for 1970s music.

Edited at 2013-07-09 03:40 am (UTC)
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: July 9th, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Older Than A Boat

...and there can be no folly in owning it: the chart doesn't go back far enough for me.
froganon From: froganon Date: July 12th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)


I like cross genres in literature and also in songs.
Those songs that are categorized as one thing but move over to another.

And the ya fiction of late that adults are reading.

Dystopia in any format rocks.

Oh, I know my words aren't very fancy tonight. The brain is fried.

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