Friday, March 02, 2007

Meme a little meme of me

Shamelessly ripped off from Suzanne of Perfecting Procrastination. Whom I love. Why do I love her? Not only does she link to this blog, she links to Mamarazzi. And more than that, she totally gets it when I hint--fairly obviously--that the newly pregnant Charlotte Church might be morphing into Britney Spears. Even though the comparison appeared to be lost on almost everyone else.

To reward Suzanne for her perspicacity, I, the inimitable Poppy, a Partly-Digested Parboiled Squid in the TTLB ecosystem, am finally getting around to linking to her amazing blog.

I'm also going to do her meme. Which is about which music had your shaking your groove thing during your formative years, man. Also, which music gagged you with a spoon. This meme is the real deal-i-o, hep cats and cool chicks. Want to find out what kind of weirdo I was when I was 18? Read it and laugh.

First, here are the rules:

1. Go to and select the year (in the left sidebar) you turned 18.

2. Paste the list of the top 75 songs. (Except I stopped at 40. My readers don't have much of an attention span.)

3. Bold the ones you liked; strike the ones you disliked; and italicize the ones you knew but didn't exactly like or dislike. The ones you don’t know will stay plain text.

I don't know whether this is a spoiler, but it's clear that 1.) If you didn't dance to it, I wasn't interested; 2) I hated country; 3) I was completely uninterested in what was up-and-coming in the realm of rock (i.e., had never heard of Bruce Springsteen at this point) and with the exception of my dislike for Elton John's whininess, irritating falsetto voices, and sappy chick singers, had pretty well stabilized Truly Terrible Taste.

1. Get Down Tonight - KC & The Sunshine Band
2. Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
3. That's the Way (I Like It) - K.C. and the Sunshine Band
4. Cut The Cake - Average White Band (AWB)
5. Lady Marmalade - Patti LaBelle
6. Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
7. You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
8. Shining Star - Earth Wind And Fire
9. Some Kind of Wonderful - Grand Funk
10. Send In The Clowns - Judy Collins
11. Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
12. You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
13. The Hustle - Van McCoy
14. Best Of My Love - The Eagles
15. Rock and Roll All Night (Studio) - Kiss
16. Low Rider - War
17. "They Just Can't Stop It" (Games People Play) - Spinners
18. Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton
19. Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
20. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
21. SOS - ABBA
22. Nights On Broadway - Bee Gees
23. How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
24. Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
25. Saturday Night Special - Lynyrd Skynyrd
26. Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender
27. Sun Goddess - Ramsey Lewis & Earth, Wind and Fire
28. It Only Takes a Minute - Tavares
29. Black Water - Doobie Brothers
30. Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
31. My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
32. Shame, Shame, Shame - Shirley and Company
33. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance) - Leo Sayer
34. Why Can't We Be Friends? - War
35. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
36. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
37. Harry Truman - Chicago
38. Sadie - the Spinners
39. Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company
40. Killer Queen - Queen


  1. I would do this, but 1984 was a horrible year for music and all of mine would be crossed out. I actually know and like way more of the songs on your list than mine.

    See, I AM old before my time!

    Er, not that YOU'RE old. Or anything. Heh.

  2. And you were feeling old!

    See how I spread sweetness and light?

    It's a gift.

  3. I'm crying, CRYING I tell you, with laughter ovah heah.

    For having come of age in the 1970s you have my unending sympathy.


  4. I know. If only I could have been 18 years old the year these were the number one hits:

    December 27, 1980 - January 30, 1981: (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon
    January 31 - February 6: The Tide Is High Blondie
    February 7 - February 20: Celebration Kool & The Gang
    February 21 - March 6: 9 to 5 Dolly Parton
    March 7 - March 20: I Love A Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt
    March 21 - March 27: Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
    March 28 - April 10: Rapture - Blondie
    April 11 - May 1: Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates
    May 2 - May 15: Morning Train (Nine To Five) - Sheena Easton
    May 16 - July 17: Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
    July 18 - July 24: Medley - Stars on 45
    July 25 - July 31: The One That You Love - Air Supply
    August 1 - August 14: Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
    August 15 - October 16: Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
    October 17 - November 6: Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) - Christopher Cross
    November 7 - November 20: Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
    November 21, 1981 - January 29, 1982: Physical - Olivia Newton-John

    I mean ... Christopher Cross and Olivia Newton-John in the same year? Some people have all the luck.

  5. I turned 18 in '77 when disco was king. It's a little depressing.

  6. Oh. My. God.

    I was having an incredibly annoying, aggravating day, and I FINALLY got half a minute to sit down and log on.

    And, hm, what this? Most of the hits on my blog today were referred from the lovely Poppisima for some unknown reason. I come over to see what all the ruckus is about, and lo and behold, SHE MENTIONED ME BY NAME!! Squee!!

    You have NO idea how much of my faltering faith in general humanity has been restored due to your selfless actions. I would dance with joy if I weren't too tired to haul my butt off the couch.

    And why people didn't get that Britney Spears connection is completely beyond me, too. Hello, people?? Duh!

    Thanks for the shout out and making my day. Probably my week...

  7. I love our Mamarazzi readers but the way I figure it, people who are having a bad day and want to spit venom ought to keep their tongues. Ditto their typing fingers.

    I stole this meme. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fess up to being a senior citizen.

  8. I stole the meme from Sarah.... but I have to say, how can you be neutral about Freebird? Freebird!!!!!!! (insert your own emotion to those exclamation points)


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