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Songs that you thought were a lot older
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:35:36 PM »

For some reason I always thought that Rick Astley's song I Want To Give You Up was a song from the early 70's.  Probably cause it reminds me of Gino Vanelli's I Just Want To Stop,  I thought it was 70's as that song was as well and both seem to have something about them to be common.  However, I Just Want To Give You Up was actually released in the 80's even after I graduated High School.

Then there was Union of the Snake by Duran Duran, that I thought was released in the 90's but again that was an 80's hit.  I never heard much of that song as it was one of those that faded after it dropped off the charts unlike Rio which still to this day gets airplay, so I had nothing to compare it to in time.

Then there was the opposite where I would think a song is new, but actually old.  For example Chris Rea's Fool If You Think Its Over I heard after moving to Florida over the radio here, so I thought it was a new song or a late 80's song to be the most recent.  The sax on it sounded like Kenny G, and Mr. G's popularity came in the 1980's as well with Songbird, so that may be why, even though he never actually played for Rea just a coincidence that Rea's musician sounded just like Kenny.

Have you ever got songs mixed up this way thinking they are a 70's disco or something and then finding out later it was an 80's or 90's tune?
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2018, 10:07:13 PM »

When Every Morning by Sugar Ray came out in 1999, I thought it was a 70s song.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2018, 10:37:26 PM »

I'm usually pretty good at knowing the year of a song, but there are several songs that sound like they could be 70's songs that aren't. Roses by OutKast comes to mind.  The main groove of the song sounds like something you'd hear on an Al Stewart album, but the hip-hop breakdown in the middle gives away the real period.  Another 80's song that sounds more like a 60's song is Good Thing by Fine Young Cannibals.  Granted, it is an interpretation of a 1960's song, but if it weren't for the sound quality, I would place it as much older.   
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2018, 11:35:47 PM »



Maroon 5's Sugar song made in 2014 but it sounded like a song from the 1980's
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2018, 11:36:24 PM »

Adele’s Right as Rain I thought was mid-late 80s, not 2009.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2018, 11:41:01 PM »



Walking on a dream by Empire of the Sun song was done in 2008 but resembled a 1980's feel.




And this one
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2018, 11:42:12 PM »

I used to think "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Pop Muzik" were new in the '80s because I don't remember the stations around here ever playing them in the '70s when they were new.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2018, 02:42:59 AM »

Every song by Rush could have come out at any point between 1979 and today. With the exception of Roll the Bones. That ridiculous rap in the middle of it is so 1991.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2018, 02:50:57 AM »

I used to think "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Pop Muzik" were new in the '80s because I don't remember the stations around here ever playing them in the '70s when they were new.
Pop Muzik does sound a lot like an 80s New Wave song.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2018, 05:41:24 AM »

I used to think "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Pop Muzik" were new in the '80s because I don't remember the stations around here ever playing them in the '70s when they were new.
Pop Muzik does sound a lot like an 80s New Wave song.

To be fair, Pop Muzik came out in 1979.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2018, 06:25:18 AM »

"Rocky Mountain Way" is the opposite for me. Due to the sound quality, I thought that it was from around 1980. It was actually from 1973.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2018, 08:27:15 AM »

I do get an occasional surprise when listening to 60s on 6/70s on 7/80s on 8/90s on 9 and I learn a particular song is from a different era than I thought.  Though they tend to define each decade as “19x0-19x9” rather than “19x1-19x0” (or, in the case of the 90s, 1991-2000) as they should.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2018, 10:10:28 AM »

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2018, 10:28:25 AM »

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

The event described didn't even happen until November 1975.

The Montreau casino fire described in "Smoke on the Water" occurred in 1971 according to a quick search.

I have written some songs, some of them about events that occurred in the 2010s. They all sound very 1970-80s.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2018, 11:19:28 AM »

I do get an occasional surprise when listening to 60s on 6/70s on 7/80s on 8/90s on 9 and I learn a particular song is from a different era than I thought.  Though they tend to define each decade as “19x0-19x9” rather than “19x1-19x0” (or, in the case of the 90s, 1991-2000) as they should.

Defining music or even society by calendar decade isn't always accurate. Music of 1984 is a lot "hipper" than in 1981, when music was dominated by acts that just get laughed at today.

The most popular music in 1989 was either childish stuff written for 8-year-olds or sleepy ballads written for 50-year-olds, not stuff for hip teens and young adults like it was around 1983-85. Then again, 1989 did have a lot of good stuff, but it didn't chart as high.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2018, 11:22:12 AM »

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

The event described didn't even happen until November 1975.
And, as additional facts about the disaster come to light, Gordon Lightfoot updates the lyrics accordingly.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2018, 06:55:45 PM »

I used to always wonder why Richard Pryor was mentioned in Jackson Browne's The Load Out/Stay segue until Ilearend later that only the end of the song was the Maurice Williams Cover.  I then learned that later it was two songs and the first part was a Browne song that he wrote about traveling between concerts.

Maurice Williams was famous long before we ever heard of Richard Pryor, so that is why that always struck me odd at the time.  Browne covered and had his own original at the same time and like many artists of the era would make medleys and rock radio would play them all as they were not confined to the 5 minute or less rule like pop stations are.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2018, 07:41:46 PM »

Roll to Me came out in the mid 90's I thought it was an 80's song.
Young Folks by Peter Bojiorn came out in 1999 sounded 70's style.
Keep on Dancing came out in 2006 again sounded 70's.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2018, 09:20:35 PM »

Having not heard Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree and An Old Fashioned Love Song until 1990 or so, I would have figured they were 1940s-50s standards if didn't look them up on the interwebs about a decade or so later.

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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2018, 09:15:35 AM »

I used to think "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Pop Muzik" were new in the '80s because I don't remember the stations around here ever playing them in the '70s when they were new.
Strawberry Letter 23 sounds pretty solidly 70s to me.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2018, 09:30:55 AM »

I used to think "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Pop Muzik" were new in the '80s because I don't remember the stations around here ever playing them in the '70s when they were new.
Strawberry Letter 23 sounds pretty solidly 70s to me.

Cincinnati radio is notoriously behind the times.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2018, 09:56:46 AM »

I remember a song that kept saying "let it out", which was hilarious because I thought it had to do with bunker blasts.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2018, 10:08:33 AM »

I used to think "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Pop Muzik" were new in the '80s because I don't remember the stations around here ever playing them in the '70s when they were new.
Strawberry Letter 23 sounds pretty solidly 70s to me.

Cincinnati radio is notoriously behind the times.

As was St. Louis.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2018, 11:56:54 AM »

I do get an occasional surprise when listening to 60s on 6/70s on 7/80s on 8/90s on 9 and I learn a particular song is from a different era than I thought.  Though they tend to define each decade as “19x0-19x9” rather than “19x1-19x0” (or, in the case of the 90s, 1991-2000) as they should.
More like 1969-1979 for 70s, 1979-1989 for 80s, and 1989-1999 for 90s is how they divide them.  Quite often when I'm with my dad and he has Sirius on, I'll get frustrated with them for playing a 1979 song on the 80s channel.

As a kid I thought "Rock This Town" (1981) by the Stray Cats was authentic 50s/60s rock 'n' roll.
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