On the “things that creeped you out when you were a kid” thread, someone mentioned being freaked by the Phil Collins song, “In the Air Tonight”.
I got to thinking about it, and you know… that was my senior prom theme song. Imagine spending a fortune on a dress, corsage, garter, tickets, etc., spending a couple of hours doing your hair and making sure dad’s car was washed because the only thing lamer than showing up at the prom in your dad’s car would be showing up in your boyfriend’s ancient Chevy Chevette. The big night finally arrives. You and your date are on the dance floor, gazing wistfully into each other’s eyes, and swaying romantically to these lyrics:
“I remember, don’t worry. How could I ever forget?
It’s the first time, the last time, we ever met.
Oh, I know the reason why you keep this silence up…”
“The hurt doesn’t show, but the pain still grows…”
“If you were drowning, I would not lend a hand…”
What the hell is that? It should have won an award for Least Appropriate Prom Theme. (Another one would be Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach”.) I realize that the 80’s weren’t exactly a goldmine of great music, but surely they could have thought of something better than that.
Even worse, at that time we all believed the urban legend that Phil Collins wrote the song about a guy who drowned his childhood friend, sent the guy front row tickets to the concert, and after the show the guy committed suicide. (We didn’t have access to Snopes because Al Gore had not yet invented the Internet.)
Does anybody else need to ventilate about stupid school memories?