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2014-03-24 10:41:24 PM  
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2014-03-24 10:49:18 PM  
 
2014-03-24 10:58:50 PM  
Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.
 
2014-03-24 11:09:08 PM  
The author is somehow not getting the concept, these are exactly what pop culture references are. By his logic any song that mentions the Vietnam war has aged terribly because the war is now over.
 
2014-03-24 11:11:01 PM  

bingethinker: Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.


That's not even the most WTF moment of that list. It's 23 years after Fight for your Right, and we still have porno mags. Probably will for at least 100 more years.

Also, isn't the entirety of We Didn't Start the Fire one long, dated reference? Nearly all that song was dated in the 80s, which was the point.
 
2014-03-25 12:24:39 AM  

bingethinker: Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.


Came here to biatch about that.

Just by the placement of it in the song alone, that would put the U2 mentioned in the early 1960s. The band wasn't formed until the late 70s.

/It was the spyplane incidents, IIRC?

//and yes, the entire farking song is dated references. It's one long, chronological pop culturefest.
 
2014-03-25 12:25:49 AM  
The only thing notable about any of those is the Maroon 5 "Payphone" song. And the MySpace reference. In 2013? Seriously? Hell, Katy Perry made a MySpace mention in 2008 with "Ur So Gay" and it was dated then.
 
2014-03-25 02:00:12 AM  
The xx - 'VCR' (2009). "We watch things on VCRs/With me, you talk about big love/I think we're superstars". Not all that "superstar" if you haven't moved onto DVD by 200-and bleedin'-9.

Buggles - 'Video Killed The Radio Star' (1979). "Pictures came and broke your heart/Put all the blame on VCR". Pretty modern for 1979, of course, but nothing dates like a snapshot of the future.

Billy Joel - 'We Didn't Start The Fire' (1989). "U2". Billy Joel's strangely angry history of the United States baby boomer period from 1949 to 1989, taking in everything from James Dean to JFK to the moonshot, is all very well until he gives a shout-out to U2. Who they?


Somewhere out there is a dipshiat googling random song lyrics and intentionally misinterpreting them.

Daft Punk - 'Technologic' (2005). "Name it, rate it, tune it, print it/Scan it, send it, fax - rename it/Touch it, bring it, Pay it, watch it/Turn it, leave it, start - format it". Remember faxing documents? Or formatting disks? No, of course you don't. You're not 130. People weren't even doing this in 2005.

You f*cking moron, IT people reformat hard disks all the time, and the entire legal industry depends on fax as one of the few universally valid methods of service. Hell, my f*cking barbershop has a fax machine.
 
2014-03-25 02:59:58 AM  

ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha: Deslided


Subby should do that themself.

Lazy, horrible subby. Tsk tsk.
 
2014-03-25 03:05:18 AM  

HotWingAgenda: The xx - 'VCR' (2009). "We watch things on VCRs/With me, you talk about big love/I think we're superstars". Not all that "superstar" if you haven't moved onto DVD by 200-and bleedin'-9.

Buggles - 'Video Killed The Radio Star' (1979). "Pictures came and broke your heart/Put all the blame on VCR". Pretty modern for 1979, of course, but nothing dates like a snapshot of the future.

Billy Joel - 'We Didn't Start The Fire' (1989). "U2". Billy Joel's strangely angry history of the United States baby boomer period from 1949 to 1989, taking in everything from James Dean to JFK to the moonshot, is all very well until he gives a shout-out to U2. Who they?

Somewhere out there is a dipshiat googling random song lyrics and intentionally misinterpreting them.

Daft Punk - 'Technologic' (2005). "Name it, rate it, tune it, print it/Scan it, send it, fax - rename it/Touch it, bring it, Pay it, watch it/Turn it, leave it, start - format it". Remember faxing documents? Or formatting disks? No, of course you don't. You're not 130. People weren't even doing this in 2005.

You f*cking moron, IT people reformat hard disks all the time, and the entire legal industry depends on fax as one of the few universally valid methods of service. Hell, my f*cking barbershop has a fax machine.



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2014-03-25 03:07:41 AM  

HotWingAgenda: The xx - 'VCR' (2009). "We watch things on VCRs/With me, you talk about big love/I think we're superstars". Not all that "superstar" if you haven't moved onto DVD by 200-and bleedin'-9.

Buggles - 'Video Killed The Radio Star' (1979). "Pictures came and broke your heart/Put all the blame on VCR". Pretty modern for 1979, of course, but nothing dates like a snapshot of the future.

Billy Joel - 'We Didn't Start The Fire' (1989). "U2". Billy Joel's strangely angry history of the United States baby boomer period from 1949 to 1989, taking in everything from James Dean to JFK to the moonshot, is all very well until he gives a shout-out to U2. Who they?

Somewhere out there is a dipshiat googling random song lyrics and intentionally misinterpreting them.

Daft Punk - 'Technologic' (2005). "Name it, rate it, tune it, print it/Scan it, send it, fax - rename it/Touch it, bring it, Pay it, watch it/Turn it, leave it, start - format it". Remember faxing documents? Or formatting disks? No, of course you don't. You're not 130. People weren't even doing this in 2005.

You f*cking moron, IT people reformat hard disks all the time, and the entire legal industry depends on fax as one of the few universally valid methods of service. Hell, my f*cking barbershop has a fax machine.


Holy shiat. Do you and your pet dinosaur need a hug?
 
2014-03-25 03:10:08 AM  
Gave up on the 8th slide. That gallery was way too much work to read that whole article.
 
2014-03-25 03:13:10 AM  
This just in! Things change. Isn't that weird?!

Whoever spent time and effort scraping that lot together is likely in need of serious counselling. Or a smack. Either works.
 
2014-03-25 03:17:27 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: This just in! Things change. Isn't that weird?!

Whoever spent time and effort scraping that lot together is likely in need of serious counselling. Or a smack. Either works.


I agree with this.
 
2014-03-25 03:18:23 AM  
While faxing is still used, emailing scanned documents is superior in every way. Faxes SHOULD be going the way of the rotary phone.
 
2014-03-25 03:47:30 AM  
Lots of stupidity in that "writing" (and I use the word loosely).
 
2014-03-25 03:59:27 AM  
palladiate:
That's not even the most WTF moment of that list. It's 23 years after Fight for your Right, and we still have porno mags. Probably will for at least 100 more years.

people have been hording gold for the zombie apocalypse but take my word for it: when society collapses and people have to look towards a new currency people with a stash of porno mags are going to be the rich ones
 
2014-03-25 04:11:27 AM  
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2014-03-25 04:16:19 AM  
I stopped at #3 - "Jaws all on the floor like Pam and Tommy just burst in the door/And started whooping her ass worse than before". Well, quite. Rap historians of the future will puzzle over a line that was already pretty grey around the gills at the turn of the century.
 
Jaws is an aged reference? Jaws?

JAWS???

That movie is a classic. It's always relevant, and will be remembered far in the future.

This whole list is basically somebody biatching that other people remember things that are older than 10 years.
 
2014-03-25 04:22:20 AM  
Wow. The author sets a new standard for millenial technophile douchebaggery. Funny that he botched the Billy Joel U2 reference trying to show how with it he was.

And dogging Tupac for mentioning cell phones as a status symbol? Does he not get that when Tupac died, cell phones still were status symbols? They were ridiculously overpriced, got about as good reception as an army field radio, and you had to charge it 4 or 5 hours for it to work for 45 minutes.
 
2014-03-25 04:29:12 AM  
Remember when the New Radicals were relevant? Trick question; they never were

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2014-03-25 04:36:55 AM  

drumhellar: I stopped at #3 - "Jaws all on the floor like Pam and Tommy just burst in the door/And started whooping her ass worse than before". Well, quite. Rap historians of the future will puzzle over a line that was already pretty grey around the gills at the turn of the century.
 
Jaws is an aged reference? Jaws?

JAWS???

That movie is a classic. It's always relevant, and will be remembered far in the future.

This whole list is basically somebody biatching that other people remember things that are older than 10 years.


I'm pretty sure he's referring to Pam (Pamela Anderson) and Tommy (Tommy Lee), "jaws" being the actual human anatomy, but with this writer who knows?
 
2014-03-25 04:41:39 AM  

Barfmaker: The author is somehow not getting the concept, these are exactly what pop culture references are. By his logic any song that mentions the Vietnam war has aged terribly because the war is now over.


Yup, he seems to think anything that mentions old technology hasn't aged well.

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner would like a word.  Seriously, who the fark uses a Tommy Gun any more?

I wonder if the author ever heard of Jackson Browne.

Now we got country and western on the bus
R and B, we got disco on eight tracks and cassettes in stereo
We've got rural scenes & magazines
We've got truckers on the CB
We've got Richard Pryor on the video

WTF is that shiat?  That song is terrible.  Nobody knows what eight tracks or cassettes or rural scenes or magazines are.

A magazine is not a clip, I know that from reading gun threads, but I always get those confused.

And WTF is a CB?  And who the hell is Richard Pryor?  Does he have a youtube channel?

I didn't even know most of those "pop-culture references", and I don't think I'm missin' a thing.

And Ridin' the Storm Out by REO Speedwagon?  That's about making a run to Colorado during a storm to stock up on Coors before it was available nationwide.  I dunno, maybe Coors used to be good or something, but it certainly hasn't aged well.    (Sorry guys, I went on a ski trip in the early '80s and pissed on a tree on the side of a run and it's been ruined ever since).

And what about Dim Lights,Thick Smoke and Loud Loud Music?

When was the last time you could smoke in anyplace anywhere?

Holy crap, I just listened to the Load Out.  I thought I remember it being a long song and I haven't heard it in a LONG time, but it seemed very short.  Then I noticed the time on the youtube video - It's nearly 10 minutes long

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pHlX1xGARA&feature=kp

And what about Henry?  He's the guy who drove down to Mexico to pick up "20 keys of gold" for you youngsters.  Who the hell gets their pot that way anymore?  Now I just go to the store.  (Still better keep your brakes on for this corner if you please).  And Mexican pot sucks.  He drove down to Acupulco for that shiat?

At least the Jefferson Airplane upgraded to a Starship.  Oh wait, that's when they started to suck.

Sometimes the old ways are the best ways.

I'm sure I'll think of some more examples.

Does "Oh Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz" still work today?  Or would it Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me a Tesla Model S My Friends All Drive Canyoneros, I must make amends work better?
 
2014-03-25 04:43:12 AM  
MagSeven: I'm pretty sure he's referring to Pam (Pamela Anderson) and Tommy (Tommy Lee), "jaws" being the actual human anatomy, but with this writer who knows?

Two things:

1. You are correct.

2. I need to go to bed. I shouldn't have been thrown off by his "grey in the gills."
 
2014-03-25 04:49:04 AM  

Plant Rights Activist: palladiate:
That's not even the most WTF moment of that list. It's 23 years after Fight for your Right, and we still have porno mags. Probably will for at least 100 more years.

people have been hording gold for the zombie apocalypse but take my word for it: when society collapses and people have to look towards a new currency people with a stash of porno mags are going to be the rich ones


I've got a good supply - just in case the electricity ever goes out.

Thinking of dumping it though.  I paid a lot of money over the years for all those magazines.  I wonder if any of the phone sex lines in the back still work.

There's gotta be a market for them, right?  I should go on Pawn Stars.  I bet he has a good buddy who knows a lot about porn.
 
2014-03-25 04:53:08 AM  

bingethinker: Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.


And judging by the rest of the....article or whatever that was....the author wasn't making a joke.
 
2014-03-25 05:03:00 AM  

bingethinker: Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.


What bans was he taking about?
 
2014-03-25 05:08:06 AM  
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2014-03-25 05:19:30 AM  
It's U2 in "We Didn't Start the Fire" I always thought it was Youtube.

/knows a girl who would be upset at the Hanson rip.
 
2014-03-25 05:23:58 AM  

cretinbob: [www.culture-games.com image 409x425]


A few sentences in, when I realized what I was reading,
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2014-03-25 05:36:38 AM  
That's what I hate about the Star Spangled Banner too...........way too many references to some old forgotten war.
 
2014-03-25 05:40:39 AM  
Yeah... my "stopped reading there" moment was Outkast's "Shake it like a Polaroid picture"
If the author can't even recognize when an artist is being deliberately retro with a (really rather amusing) reference, who needs their shiatty little article. I was hoping for song lyrics that refer to people that were only famous for like a week or events that barely anyone cared about and nobody remembers. Not stuff that everyone still knows about.
 
2014-03-25 05:48:13 AM  

firesign: Yeah... my "stopped reading there" moment was Outkast's "Shake it like a Polaroid picture"
If the author can't even recognize when an artist is being deliberately retro with a (really rather amusing) reference, who needs their shiatty little article. I was hoping for song lyrics that refer to people that were only famous for like a week or events that barely anyone cared about and nobody remembers. Not stuff that everyone still knows about.


Back on the bus, Bozo!
 
2014-03-25 06:08:00 AM  
"Prince - 'Kiss' (1986). "You don't have to watch Dynasty/To have an attitude". Prince is utterly fearless about dating his records, from creating an anthem that's been obsolete for 14 years to referencing the hottest TV show of the moment. Think Breaking Bad with shoulder-pads and immobile hair."

How about,no it isn't. This farking writer complains about pop culture references and context in old songs but he can't even come up with his own to describe a farking TV show??

You suck.
 
2014-03-25 06:13:18 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-25 06:27:26 AM  
"Cause I'm on my cell phone / trying to call home
My battery's gone dead waiting on you."
 
2014-03-25 06:38:34 AM  
The author of this article is flabbergasted that there was an actual real world that existed before 1982.
 
2014-03-25 06:42:43 AM  

palladiate: bingethinker: Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.

That's not even the most WTF moment of that list. It's 23 years after Fight for your Right, and we still have porno mags. Probably will for at least 100 more years.

Also, isn't the entirety of We Didn't Start the Fire one long, dated reference? Nearly all that song was dated in the 80s, which was the point.


The references in We didn't Start the Fire run from 1948 (the year Joel was born) to 1988 (the year the song was written).  IIRC, he hired some researchers to dig up news events for every year and then cherry-picked the ones which fit as lyrics, which is why some of them are obscure.

/Gary Powers' U2 spy plane getting shot down over the USSR should not be obscure.
//NME is run by riddlin-addled fieldmice
 
2014-03-25 06:46:11 AM  
The lyrics for "video killed the radio star" say VTR (video tape recorder - the predecessor to the VCR), not VCR...

What a VTR may have looked like:

upload.wikimedia.org

Also, here's some lyrics to N-trance's "electronic pleasure"...:

And it don't matter what they say
I'm like a Pentium chip and every line carries 8 k
I come with the digital, electric pleasure,
Here comes the pressure.
Known to be the man on the jams on the street fighter.
2 cause my style kicks like kung fu
Or you can get open, I got a fat PC with a 14,4 modem
 
2014-03-25 06:50:27 AM  

Barfmaker: The author is somehow not getting the concept, these are exactly what pop culture references are. By his logic any song that mentions the Vietnam war has aged terribly because the war is now over.


No shiat.  Why didn't the author include the Star Spangled Banner.  The War of 1812 was over 100 years ago.  We should get with the times and change our national anthem to "Proud to be an American".  Also, who says "spangled" any more?
 
2014-03-25 06:53:59 AM  

Muta: We should get with the times and change our national anthem to "Proud to be an American". AMERICA..F*CK YEAH!
/fify

 
2014-03-25 07:05:02 AM  

Muta: Barfmaker: The author is somehow not getting the concept, these are exactly what pop culture references are. By his logic any song that mentions the Vietnam war has aged terribly because the war is now over.

No shiat.  Why didn't the author include the Star Spangled Banner.  The War of 1812 was over 100 years ago.  We should get with the times and change our national anthem to "Proud to be an American".   Also, who says "spangled" any more?


Right! We totally need to change that to "Bedazzled"!
 
2014-03-25 07:06:14 AM  
 The xx - 'VCR' (2009). "We watch things on VCRs/With me, you talk about big love/I think we're superstars". Not all that "superstar" if you haven't moved onto DVD by 200-and bleedin'-9.

The xx song is about being poor (and not affording to be able to upgrade to a DVD or BRD) and dreaming about being a rich rock star.

Boomtown Rats - 'I Don't Like Mondays' (1979). "The Telex machine is kept so clean/And it types to a waiting world". Bob Geldof chose his first state of the world address to show off just how 'hip' to the new technology he was. "Telex machine"? "Silicon chip"? Whatever next? Horseless carriages?

The song is about the media reaction to a real-life school shooting.  At the time, it would have come over a Telex, you farking idiot.

Notorious BIG - 'Juicy' (1994). "Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/ When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this". Bless Biggie, all wide-eyed and fascinated by a couple of games consoles you'd barely fit through the front door now.

He's rapping about being a millionaire rapper looking back at his poor childhood, and being unable to afford the presents the wealthier kids got.  Should he have been dreaming about a then non-existent PS4?
 
2014-03-25 07:09:15 AM  

Ed Grubermann: firesign: Yeah... my "stopped reading there" moment was Outkast's "Shake it like a Polaroid picture"
If the author can't even recognize when an artist is being deliberately retro with a (really rather amusing) reference, who needs their shiatty little article. I was hoping for song lyrics that refer to people that were only famous for like a week or events that barely anyone cared about and nobody remembers. Not stuff that everyone still knows about.

Back on the bus, Bozo!


See, now there's another deliberately retro and amusing reference, uh, Clem...
 
2014-03-25 07:16:25 AM  
Ah, the condescending moron.

My favorite kind of writer.
 
2014-03-25 07:23:07 AM  

Sgt Otter: Notorious BIG - 'Juicy' (1994). "Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis/ When I was dead broke, man, I couldn't picture this". Bless Biggie, all wide-eyed and fascinated by a couple of games consoles you'd barely fit through the front door now.

He's rapping about being a millionaire rapper looking back at his poor childhood, and being unable to afford the presents the wealthier kids got. Should he have been dreaming about a then non-existent PS4?


Also, given the sheer number of Mario and Zelda references I see made by people in their teens and 20s, the Super Nintendo is still very much relevant.
 
2014-03-25 07:25:33 AM  
First thing I see is Beyonce

stormchan.org
 
2014-03-25 07:28:35 AM  
#0. Who the hell are "The Camp Town Ladies" and why the hell do they sing "Do da do da" all the live-long day?
 
2014-03-25 07:32:15 AM  

Barfmaker: The author is somehow not getting the concept, these are exactly what pop culture references are. By his logic any song that mentions the Vietnam war has aged terribly because the war is now over.


yah but the music that was put out at the time seems to have held up a lot better than a lot of the music mentioned in the article.
 
2014-03-25 07:38:09 AM  
That New Radicals album was pretty good, actually.
 
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