A little off topic, but I just have to share:
A few weeks back VH1 was doing a whole weekend of its program I Love the 80’s (or somethiing like that), and I got hooked on it. I missed the first episode, but I’m watching 1981 (when I was just barely 21) and I’m remembering all the songs, I saw all the movies, I remember the fads, the scandals, the TV episodes. Can pin point where I was when I first heard some of the songs. Ditto for '82, '83, '84. Round about 1985, a few songs are a bit hazy, I remember not seeing a particular movie because it was too “high school”, but basically, I’m still in the know, this was my time. It was 1987 that did me in. By the '87 episode, I’m remembering why I hated that song, that the movie was just too stupid for words and that the actors/actresses were boring. I didn’t know it at the time, but in hindsight, it should have been obvious–I had slipped out of the demographic before my time. Suddenly, I wasn’t the young adult so attractive to advertisers and retailers, I’d moved beyond pop culture. I only wish that there had been some ceremony to mark the transition, to make it more definite–finding out about it via a VH1 marathon, it diminishes the journey somehow . . .
Now Journey–that’s the band to get on CD. And Styx and Kansas, and Genesis before Phil Collins and, and . . . I’m showing my demographics again, aren’t I?