The CD player in our car has been broken for months, so whenever we drive, we’re forced, if we want to hear music, to listen to the radio. We have six pre-programmed stations: two public radio stations, a classic rock station, WEBN (every night at 10 is Mandatory Metallica), a station that always seems to be playing Whitney Houston, and the station I probably listen to the most: Rewind 94.9. To give you an idea of their programming, I submit their playlist from 10-10:30 this morning:
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away
Bryan Adams - Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
Madonna - Borderline
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long
Rick James - Super Freak
The Cars - You Might Think
Rick Springfield - I’ve Done Everything For You
They have also at various points today played REM, Blondie, T’Pau, Whitesnake, B-52s, Cameo, and Modern English. Essentially, it’s a nostalgia station for Generation Xers wanting to relive their middle school dances (which of course I buy right into). But apart from reminding me what it was like to be a flat-chested girl with a neon puffy paint shirt rolling her eyes in a corner while more well-endowed girls slow-danced with boys to (the UNFAIRLY long) “One More Try,” it also reminds me that we can’t forget that we’re approaching middle age, and this is middle-aged music, and to try to claim we’re any cooler than anyone else of any age is untrue as long as we hold on to the idea that our music was always the best music. That is just so… uncool.
Yeah. So what Maura said.
(I also have a high school friend on Facebook who is a house music DJ, and he keeps posting about how much he hates dubstep and how there needs to be more house music in the dance scene, and it just makes me shake my head and think ohhhh old man.)
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