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2014-03-24 10:58:50 PM
9 votes:
Uh... when Billy Joel mentions U2 in that song, he's not talking about the Irish band.
2014-03-25 06:46:11 AM
8 votes:
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
2014-03-24 11:09:08 PM
8 votes:
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.
2014-03-25 02:00:12 AM
6 votes:
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.
2014-03-24 11:11:01 PM
6 votes:

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 07:28:20 AM
3 votes:
Sgt Otter:

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?

Microchips are still made out of silicon, you smug idiot.
2014-03-24 10:49:18 PM
3 votes:
2014-03-25 07:23:07 AM
2 votes:

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 07:06:14 AM
2 votes:
 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 06:38:34 AM
2 votes:
The author of this article is flabbergasted that there was an actual real world that existed before 1982.
2014-03-25 06:08:00 AM
2 votes:
"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 05:40:39 AM
2 votes:
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 04:22:20 AM
2 votes:
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 03:47:30 AM
2 votes:
Lots of stupidity in that "writing" (and I use the word loosely).
2014-03-25 03:18:23 AM
2 votes:
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 12:25:49 AM
2 votes:
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 12:24:39 AM
2 votes:

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.
2014-03-24 10:41:24 PM
2 votes:
www.culture-games.com
2014-03-25 11:37:33 PM
1 votes:

Birnone: I don't  think that Kodachrome one counts, because I remember "Well I've got a, a Nikon camera I love to take photographs" most from that song, and that's still relevant today.  It's about more than the specific film used.  I think Kodachrome is mentioned because it sounds good in the song and it functions as the kind of detail that keeps the song from being generic.

One time in elementary school we had to write a paragraph on some of our favorite things.  I wrote I loved eating Washington state apples, and the teacher gave me a lot of praise for it.  She said what made it good was that I described the apples, rather than just say I like eating apples.  I think the Kodachrome reference is the same effect in the song.


When Kodachrome came out, professional and amateur photographers alike were blown away by its brilliant color reproduction. The song really is about Kodachrome, specifically. But the article is still stupid.
2014-03-25 11:31:23 PM
1 votes:

WrongTrousers: Badgers: 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 image 573x600]

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


Yep, VTR...

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If you're gonna criticize lyrics, at least get them right.


He also misquoted Bruce Springsteen as saying "half-past down" (instead of "dawn"). What the hell is "half-past down"?

And this:

Britney Spears - 'Email My Heart' (1999). "It's been hours seems like days, since you went away/And all I do is check the screen to see if you're OK". Sure, we all use email still, but there's a special cringe factor to naming it in song. Britters thinks she's being all 'modern', but even your nan was on email in 1999.

There's no explicit reference to email; she could be looking at her iPhone, her tablet, or whatever device hasn't been invented yet here in the olden days of 2014.

That was the most pointlessly snotty article I've read in quite a while.
2014-03-25 02:41:14 PM
1 votes:

Birnone: I don't  think that Kodachrome one counts, because I remember "Well I've got a, a Nikon camera I love to take photographs" most from that song, and that's still relevant today.  It's about more than the specific film used.  I think Kodachrome is mentioned because it sounds good in the song and it functions as the kind of detail that keeps the song from being generic.


 In my mind there was a divide in the 20th century, a point when people tended to think of the present as being in color and the past being in black and white.  I was aware of it as a did, as went you went back in history, color photographs became rare before 1950s, so anything in black and white was "old".  It was more pronounced for me, as my father was into photography when I was born, so my baby pictures were all in B&W because he developed them himself, while all my friends' baby pictures were in color.


Two things have happened since then: we've found and published a lot more color photos, including many of WWII and some rare ones stretching back into the 19th century, and the color film stock sold by Kodak in the 60-80s has shown a tenancy to turn pink and fade over time, so images taken a couple decades ago look more faded than those taken a century ago.

But really the sold is about nostalgia and how quickly the present becomes the past and then the distant past, how quickly time passes, which is a constant theme in Paul Simon's work for the last 40 years.
2014-03-25 12:42:23 PM
1 votes:

The Holy Mackerel: What we these artists thinking, singing about things that existed? Could they not just get a Delorean and find out what's cool NOW? Jerks.


Delorean? What the hell is a Delorean, grandpa?
2014-03-25 08:48:54 AM
1 votes:

ALL GIRLS AGREE TO PULL PANTIES DOWN: Sgt Otter:

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?

Microchips are still made out of silicon, you smug idiot.


And telex machines were no longer new technology in 1979.
2014-03-25 08:13:10 AM
1 votes:
Stumble you might fall, as the writer did
2014-03-25 08:07:06 AM
1 votes:
There are not enough farks in the world for all the fark-yous I want to give people who post or link to 30-item slide shows.
2014-03-25 07:40:49 AM
1 votes:
This article is what happens when you graduate with a Communications degree.
2014-03-25 07:38:09 AM
1 votes:
That New Radicals album was pretty good, actually.
2014-03-25 07:25:33 AM
1 votes:
First thing I see is Beyonce

stormchan.org
2014-03-25 06:53:59 AM
1 votes:

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 06:50:27 AM
1 votes:

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 06:42:43 AM
1 votes:

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 06:27:26 AM
1 votes:
"Cause I'm on my cell phone / trying to call home
My battery's gone dead waiting on you."
2014-03-25 06:13:18 AM
1 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org
2014-03-25 05:36:38 AM
1 votes:
That's what I hate about the Star Spangled Banner too...........way too many references to some old forgotten war.
2014-03-25 05:08:06 AM
1 votes:
Western Union.
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2014-03-25 04:49:04 AM
1 votes:

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 04:43:12 AM
1 votes:
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 04:41:39 AM
1 votes:

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 04:11:27 AM
1 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com
2014-03-25 03:13:10 AM
1 votes:
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 03:05:18 AM
1 votes:

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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