Friday, June 02, 2006

Bands I haven't listened to in years...

& yet can come into the middle of a song and sing every word in perfect time:

Hall & Oates ("Kiss on My List", yesterday while going to school)
Nena ("99 Red Balloons", yesterday coming home from school)
Aha ("Take on Me", this morning on my way to meet Mr. Spock for breakfast)
Peter Schilling ("Major Tom", a few days ago)

So what is it about this week that the local radio stations are all playing these songs from my very distant youth? And what is it about me that I STILL know all the words?


Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Nena ("99 Red Balloons", yesterday coming home from school)

In English or German? :-)

Phantom Scribbler said...

(Hiding behind my hands)

I owned that A-ha album. Those guys were cuuuuuuuute.

KLee said...

Phantom -- don't feel bad! I STILL have that album, and another one of theirs.

Liz -- I got a satellite radio for Christmas two years ago (yay for Sirius!) and I keep mine permanently tuned to The Big 80's, and First Wave (80's new wave and "alternative".) And then Offspring gets in the car and ruins my groove by switching over to Radio Disney. I know all those songs, too. If you are interested in a satellite radio, go to Sirius (, and you can have a free three-day trial online. Got lots of great stuff.

SuzanH said...

I'm always amazed at how I know that Scritti Politti song on XM (as E rolls his eyes into the back of his head listening to 80s new wave) and can't remember the 3 items I need to pick up at the store without making a list.

Scrivener said...

I bet I could sing along with "Take On Me" too pretty easily.

Even scarier, I can sing--even without hearing it on the radio or anything--Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" because I learned it when I was really little, like in elementary school. I don't like Charlie Daniels at all now, but it's still there.

liz said...

I also owned that Aha album. And the Hall & Oates album. They were good! Still are, actually....but I didn't replace them when my record player died. The Hall & Oates album is on my wish list on Amazon....I think I need to add Aha and Schilling to that list....hmmm.

"You Make My Dreams Come True" is on the soundtrack of a movie that's coming out soon. So I guess we'll be hearing that one alot.

KLee said...

I have to laugh, Liz -- when I was in the car yesterday, "Take on Me" came on the satellite! I started laughing and snorting, thinking of your comment, and Offspring asked me if I swallowed a bug.

I told her no, and sang along like a loon anyway.

Phantom Scribbler said...

(Ducking underneath the table)

I owned the Scritti Politti album, too.

corndog said...

Just popping over from the cave of the Hall and Oates Defense League to thank you for your support. "Kiss on My List" is great, but many of their best songs never made the radio.

Genevieve said...

All of these are ones I could hum along with, and sing some of the words but not all - I'm really bad with lyrics of the '70s and '80s, as well as who wrote the songs (I couldn't have told you that was Hall & Oates, or A-ha, though I might've dredged up Nena from my mind). DH always says I must've been on sabbatical in the '70s.

On the other hand, I've found that I can jump right into Oliver!, Evita, Annie or Les Miserables songs that I haven't thought about for decades, and know them word-perfect. Learned the first three in the '70s, so I guess that makes sense.

ccw said...

Oh, the 80's channel on XM radio is absolutely addictive in a horrible and humorous kind of way.

I think we could have a bloggy chorus of "Take on Me" after reading the comments. Who didn't want to jump into that cartoon video with that cute guy?

I will confess that "Ice, Ice Baby" came on XM and I still knew the words. Now that is truly embarassing.

Heather said...

First time reading your blog, found you through Susie Sunshine's blog. Anywho!

Just had to comment that when I was a kid (elementary school) the whole school had to learn and perform a "Kiss On My List", which, for some reason, I still love.