Lines That Make Songs Sound Dated.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Siegmund, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Britain, Europe
    I was listening to Bruce Springsteen's performance of Rosalita (Come On Out Tonight), part of the Maine Point performance from 1975 and the line about the record company just giving him a big advance had an impact with me.

    It's been some years since we heard about anyone being given any kind of 'big advance' (the last one I can recall was EMI's squandering of £8million on Robbie Williams back in 2002). Even the idea of 'record companies' now sounds a little quaint and old-fashioned in this age of mass-media conglomerates.

    I'm not a huge Bruce fan, but I'd imagine this song (which only makes sense when sung by a youngish man, anyway) has long been dropped from his live set.

    Any other examples of songs that give away their age with one line?
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  2. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    I don't know. I don't think about songs that way. I always listen to music for music's sake. If I judge music on par with milk and bread I couldn't listen to anything except this weeks top ten. Not Bach because it has the distinct sound of baroque period or Mozart because it sounds like the classical period, etc...
  3. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    SF Bay Area, USA
    Well, the whole song is dated now, as was inevitable, but this line stands out, even though I kinda have always loved it ...

    I'm looking for the treason that I knew in '65
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  4. Randon Ton

    Randon Ton Forum Resident

    NW Indiana U.S.A.

    Turned on my VCR
    Same one I've had for years
    James Brown on the TAMI show
    Same tape I've had for years....
  5. segue

    segue Forum Resident

    "Rock 'n' roll" is dated now . . Ask the kids

    * I saw Bruce & band play "Rosalita" on July 5th.
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  6. Jim Pattison

    Jim Pattison Forum Resident

    Kitchener ON
    Look at Mother Nature on the run
    In the nineteen-seventies...
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  7. steve722

    steve722 Forum Resident

    "Hey girl, come sit on my lap"
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  8. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    Operator, by Jim Croce--"You can keep the dime".
    War Movie, by Jefferson Airplane posits 1975 as some far-off future date when the revolution comes (when all the Bernie Bros know it's really 2016).
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  9. bleachershane

    bleachershane Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    "It's 1969
    1969 1969 1969 1969 baby
    And it's 1969 bayyyyyyybee
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  10. Fastnbulbous

    Fastnbulbous Forum Resident

    Washington DC USA
    Put another dime in the jukebox baby.
  11. Gersh

    Gersh Forum Resident

    They're wrong.
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  12. 1878

    1878 Active Member

    In these days of the internet ... 'A Razzle in my pocket' seems dated :)
  13. bleachershane

    bleachershane Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    “I don’t buy records in your shop / I tape them all off Top Of The Pops."
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  14. William Barty

    William Barty Forum Resident

    Both dated -- but still awesome!

    'Cuz they say two thousand zero zero party over,
    Oops out of time
    So tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

    It's the end, the end of the seventies
    It's the end, the end of the century
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  15. Mainline461

    Mainline461 Forum Resident

    Tamiami Trail
    Any line that has the word "groovy" in it.
  16. bleachershane

    bleachershane Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    "All live, never on a floppy disk."
  17. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL, US
    Yes, you must not be a huge Bruce fan. :) "Rosalita" is a fan favorite and his most recent performance of it took place three weeks ago.
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  18. bleachershane

    bleachershane Forum Resident

    Glasgow, Scotland
    "Got me looking so crazy right now (your touch)/Got me hoping you'll page me right now, your kiss".
    This was already dated in 2003 when it was released...
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  19. aroney

    aroney Who really gives a...?

    Any song that mentions "phone booth" or telephone "operator" or "collect call" get the point.

    Hmm, maybe we should do a thread on songs that actually predicted the future accurately or that sound more timely today?
  20. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    We're gonna party like its...."1999" ! :D
  21. Scott in DC

    Scott in DC Forum Resident

    Washington, DC
    Songs that mention the US President even though the president has long been out of office or not even living any more. Young Americans by David Bowie is on example.

  22. Ram4

    Ram4 Forum Resident

    "It made us feel so groovy... We fell in love, just like in the movies!" - Hey Baby by The Buckinghams
    "I met a pretty girl on a date last night, and let me tell you now, she was groovy." - Are You Happy by Iron Butterfly
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  23. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Britain, Europe
    Nixon must be mentioned in more songs than any other President; I can only think of two that mention Ronald Reagan.
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  24. redsmith7887

    redsmith7887 Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, PA
    I don't think of them as dated as much as historic documents of words and/or phrases. Except some of that hippie stuff - that stuff gets my knickers in a bunch.
  25. Laibach

    Laibach Forum Resident

    "..there used to be a phone booth
    Down here on every corner"

    Alejandro Escovedo, "Bottom of the world" (2012)

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