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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2018, 03:51:17 PM »

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.

And the lyric "He was a real square cat back in 1974" didn't tip you off to the contrary?
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2018, 05:33:50 PM »

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.

And the lyric "He was a real square cat back in 1974" didn't tip you off to the contrary?
At this time I only knew the chorus and the general sound of the song, not that lyric in particular.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2018, 06:46:25 PM »

Lyrics? What are those? I have a lot of trouble remembering rock lyrics. It's not a well enunciated singing genre.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2018, 11:46:13 PM »

When I first heard LeAnn Rimes' version of 'Blue' in 1996, I thought that a long-lost Patsy Cline recording had been found and released.  The song was written by Bil Mack and published in 1958, though.

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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #29 on: September 01, 2018, 01:35:10 AM »

When I was in 4th-5th grade I thought the Macarena was of similar vintage to songs like the YMCA and the Electric Slide, because they were commonly played along side each other at parties and such the time. Had no idea it was in fact brand new.

I was in college by the time I realized "Run Around" by Blues Traveler and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day were from the 1990s and not the 1960s.

Meanwhile when I first heard "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley (in a video of a cat on a treadmill) I assumed it was some old song from the 70s that I had managed to never hear until then. Nope, it was new.


For an example of the opposite, I was surprised recently to learn that "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult came out in 1976. I had had that pegged as such an 80s song.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #30 on: September 01, 2018, 10:32:28 AM »

I (and others in high school) thought Darude’s Sandstorm was from the early-mid 90s, but it was released in 2000.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #31 on: September 02, 2018, 07:26:47 PM »

Crowded House one-hit wonder "Don't Dream it's over" was released in late 1986 but it sounds like a mid-to-late 1960s song.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #32 on: September 02, 2018, 08:45:17 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.
They also mention disco and 8-tracks.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #33 on: September 03, 2018, 12:20:38 AM »

I don't see how yall can think an 80's song is from the 60's. The sound quality difference is like night and day.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #34 on: September 03, 2018, 12:24:02 AM »

I don't see how yall can think an 80's song is from the 60's. The sound quality difference is like night and day.
Well, some 80's songs do have a 60's sound quality to them. The same can be said for some 90's songs. It really depends on the band.


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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #35 on: September 03, 2018, 09:34:20 AM »

And the recording techniques. Some bands deliberately have a lo-fi sound. I'm not sure if R.E.M. was one, but Michael Stipe always sounded mumbly to me.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #36 on: September 03, 2018, 11:00:45 AM »

Tom Petty's Free Fallin.....I would have guessed it was from the mid 70's and was surprised to find out it was released in 1989
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #37 on: September 03, 2018, 12:35:09 PM »

I don't see how yall can think an 80's song is from the 60's. The sound quality difference is like night and day.
Yeah, some of these are perplexing.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #38 on: September 03, 2018, 08:24:37 PM »

When I was in 4th-5th grade I thought the Macarena was of similar vintage to songs like the YMCA and the Electric Slide, because they were commonly played along side each other at parties and such the time. Had no idea it was in fact brand new.

I was in college by the time I realized "Run Around" by Blues Traveler and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day were from the 1990s and not the 1960s.

Meanwhile when I first heard "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley (in a video of a cat on a treadmill) I assumed it was some old song from the 70s that I had managed to never hear until then. Nope, it was new.


For an example of the opposite, I was surprised recently to learn that "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult came out in 1976. I had had that pegged as such an 80s song.
As a kid with minimal knowledge of music I thought that was from the 70s, so you're not alone.

As someone very well versed in 80s music, I can generally tell you an exact year off the top of my head as to when a particular song came out, but I still sometimes find I'm a year off; usually the song is a year older than I thought.  Just today I had one of these: I thought "The Reflex" by Duran Duran came out in 1984 (considering that's when it was on the charts), but it's actually from their album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, released on 21 November 1983.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #39 on: September 05, 2018, 08:38:18 AM »

When I was in 4th-5th grade I thought the Macarena was of similar vintage to songs like the YMCA and the Electric Slide, because they were commonly played along side each other at parties and such the time. Had no idea it was in fact brand new.

I was in college by the time I realized "Run Around" by Blues Traveler and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day were from the 1990s and not the 1960s.

Meanwhile when I first heard "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley (in a video of a cat on a treadmill) I assumed it was some old song from the 70s that I had managed to never hear until then. Nope, it was new.


For an example of the opposite, I was surprised recently to learn that "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult came out in 1976. I had had that pegged as such an 80s song.
As a kid with minimal knowledge of music I thought that was from the 70s, so you're not alone.

As someone very well versed in 80s music, I can generally tell you an exact year off the top of my head as to when a particular song came out, but I still sometimes find I'm a year off; usually the song is a year older than I thought.  Just today I had one of these: I thought "The Reflex" by Duran Duran came out in 1984 (considering that's when it was on the charts), but it's actually from their album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, released on 21 November 1983.

sometimes though that comes from when the song was released as a single and became a hit. Yes "The Reflex" was on an album that came out in November 1983, but it hit #1 in late June 1984.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2018, 05:10:23 PM »

When I was in 4th-5th grade I thought the Macarena was of similar vintage to songs like the YMCA and the Electric Slide, because they were commonly played along side each other at parties and such the time. Had no idea it was in fact brand new.

I was in college by the time I realized "Run Around" by Blues Traveler and "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Green Day were from the 1990s and not the 1960s.

Meanwhile when I first heard "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley (in a video of a cat on a treadmill) I assumed it was some old song from the 70s that I had managed to never hear until then. Nope, it was new.


For an example of the opposite, I was surprised recently to learn that "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult came out in 1976. I had had that pegged as such an 80s song.
As a kid with minimal knowledge of music I thought that was from the 70s, so you're not alone.

As someone very well versed in 80s music, I can generally tell you an exact year off the top of my head as to when a particular song came out, but I still sometimes find I'm a year off; usually the song is a year older than I thought.  Just today I had one of these: I thought "The Reflex" by Duran Duran came out in 1984 (considering that's when it was on the charts), but it's actually from their album Seven and the Ragged Tiger, released on 21 November 1983.

sometimes though that comes from when the song was released as a single and became a hit. Yes "The Reflex" was on an album that came out in November 1983, but it hit #1 in late June 1984.
See my post.  Just because it was on the charts in 1984 doesn't mean it's a 1984 song; I can think of a song that peaked on the charts some 47 years after it came out.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #41 on: September 05, 2018, 07:20:49 PM »

Back to School and Ferris Bueler's Day Off both made The Beatles Twist and Shout a hit 2 decades later. :biggrin:
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #42 on: September 05, 2018, 07:28:13 PM »

Some English jeans ad put Steve Miller's "The Joker" on their charts back during the Gulf War. That song was over a decade and a half old by then.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #43 on: September 05, 2018, 09:29:19 PM »

Some English jeans ad put Steve Miller's "The Joker" on their charts back during the Gulf War. That song was over a decade and a half old by then.
Another denim company was using Fortunate Son at least two decades after it was released.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #44 on: September 05, 2018, 09:30:13 PM »

Back to School and Ferris Bueler's Day Off both made The Beatles Twist and Shout a hit 2 decades later. :biggrin:
Twist and Shout isn’t played in Back to School.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #45 on: September 05, 2018, 09:44:48 PM »

Back to School and Ferris Bueler's Day Off both made The Beatles Twist and Shout a hit 2 decades later. :biggrin:
Twist and Shout isn’t played in Back to School.

Sure it was. Not only that, but that flick got the kids to start reading Vonnegut again.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #46 on: September 06, 2018, 02:14:05 AM »

Back to School and Ferris Bueler's Day Off both made The Beatles Twist and Shout a hit 2 decades later. :biggrin:
Twist and Shout isn’t played in Back to School.

Sure it was. Not only that, but that flick got the kids to start reading Vonnegut again.
Whoever wrote that paper doesn’t know the first thing about Kurt Vonnegut.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #47 on: September 06, 2018, 10:45:59 AM »

Back to School and Ferris Bueler's Day Off both made The Beatles Twist and Shout a hit 2 decades later. :biggrin:
Twist and Shout isn’t played in Back to School.

Sure it was. Not only that, but that flick got the kids to start reading Vonnegut again.
You are right, it was. I don’t know if it’s a deleted scene, or if it was cut from the edited-for-television version, or if I’d blocked out the memory of it, but I’ve seen BtS many times and have no recollection of this.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #48 on: September 06, 2018, 12:47:15 PM »

A lot of driinking in that scene, IIRC. I can understand what it might've been edited for TV.
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Re: Songs that you thought were a lot older
« Reply #49 on: September 06, 2018, 03:16:54 PM »

That was right before Thornton Mellon's chauffer Lou got into the rumble with the Football Team in the bar.  Rodney also said keep the pitchers (of beer) coming until each person passes out and then extend the intervals.

Rodney himself did a version that was on that movie's soundtrack as well and he himself sung it in the movie.
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