I’m currently thinking about and writing about the music from my childhood
as part of The History Project online class .
Bearing in mind that I am now in my mid 40s,
my childhood musical heydays were the late 70s and the early 80s.
Geno and Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners (1981 and 1982).
These songs were both anthemic and endemic.
Hearing them, I recall gloriously long hot summers, school discos and feeling that the local radio station seemed to play them on repeat.
Footloose by Kenny Loggins (1984).
I was on exam leave for my ‘O’ Levels and took an afternoon
off to go and see the film of the same title at the Unit Four cinema
in my hometown with a girl called Geraldine.
Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles (1978).
A totally bonkers sort of record, but how I loved it!
Still do; when it’s on the radio today I turn it up and sing my head off,
much to The Boy Child’s horror.
It’s probably one of the first songs that I took an interest in of my own accord
(if we don’t count my parents’ record collection).
I have about sixteen songs from those years to write about.
As soon as I start to jot down a few notes about one particular song, two more come into my mind.
It’s My Party ~ Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin version (1981), anyone?