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1979 sounds like a heck of a long time ago, doesn't it! It is a heck of a long time ago I guess, but for some reason it really does sound it. The year that Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister.

Sorry, I've just given everybody nightmares, haven't I.

I had no idea of things like that back then of course, so I think I quite enjoyed 1979. I started school that year, which should be cause for horror and nightmares, but I actually enjoyed primary school. I went to a tiny little place with only about thirty other kids and two teachers. It was a Montessori school, and the teachers effectively left me to my own devices for seven years, barring handing over a new text book every now and again. I learnt more in one year at that place than I did in five years at secondary school. Now that was five years wasted. But 1986 is mercifully far in the distance just now. Huzzah.

Elsewhere, 1979 was the year I first started taking a proper interest in music, I think. I knew who sang songs, instead of them being just a noise on the radio or on Top Of The Pops. It was a good time to start taking an interest, too. 1979 was a year of Blondie, Madness and the Police. I just looked it up, and the biggest selling song that year was Art Garfunkel's Bright Eyes, but there was good stuff in the charts too, I promise! The Boomtown Rats with I Don't Like Mondays, Elvis Costello with Oliver's Army, and good old Ian Dury with half a dozen songs that year, it seemed like. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick was not a good song to get stuck in your head, because if you started to sing it, somebody inevitably would say okay, and oblige.

Beneath the cut are a few songs from that year. And, despite the fact that 1979 saw both Don't Stop Me Now and Crazy Little Thing Called Love, which are favourites of mine, I've kept it Queen free. See? I'm not entirely obsessed. I went for ones that I liked then, and still listen to now.








Yes, I'm a Cliff fan. And I remain resolutely unembarrassed.


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alec_towser
Nov. 26th, 2015 06:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, the Police. Every Breath You Take is a fantastic song, and I love it to bits, but I still feel a little weird about the inherent "stalker" vibe the song's lyrics give off. Message in a Bottle was always my favourite of theirs.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 26th, 2015 06:48 pm (UTC)
It's fabulously twisted, yes. So's "Can't Stand Losing You", which is basically about a guy who tops himself because his girlfriend won't come back; and of course "Don't Stand So Close to Me" is about a teacher in a relationship with one of his pupils. "Message In A Bottle" is good too, certainly, and I've always been fond of "Walking On The Moon".

I think "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" is probably my favourite though, which is definitely one of their least controversial!
alec_towser
Nov. 26th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Can't Stand Losing You makes me crack up every time I hear it, because I watched the music the first time I heard it, and now I can't get the image of Sting in full Nerd outfit (complete with awful goggle glasses) out of my mind.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 27th, 2015 04:41 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen that! I must look it up.
alec_towser
Nov. 27th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
You can find it here: http://youtu.be/nH0vjLwMyc4

Enjoy!
swordznsorcery
Nov. 27th, 2015 09:03 pm (UTC)
What does he think he looks like! :D
alec_towser
Nov. 27th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Isn't it hilarious? I can't take him seriously in that ridiculous getup.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 28th, 2015 04:57 am (UTC)
I have to assume that he's doing it on purpose, for a laugh. Strange thing to do in a song that's so serious though!
lost_spook
Nov. 27th, 2015 06:58 am (UTC)
I didn't start taking an interest in music until about 1989! :lol:

Pretty good choices, though it is your LJ and there's no reason why you can't have Queen every time they're an option.

swordznsorcery
Nov. 27th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
No, Queen all the time is too easy. Besides, it would get boring, even for me!

When you have much older siblings, I think you get into a lot of things early. TOTP and Radio 1 were a big part of my life pretty much from the beginning.
oonaseckar
Nov. 27th, 2015 08:48 am (UTC)
Your primary school experience sounds idyllic. *wistful* If only all teachers would just identify the voluntary learners and readers, hand 'em a library card and wish them Godspeed. I would have learnt ten thousand percent more, and been more social into the bargain. Some kids just don't take well to being herded. I did have a fantastic science teacher, though, to be fair. She was a nutcase who egged me on in Professor Proton-level science experiments.

I wouldn't describe myself as a Cliff fan, but I do have a secret soft spot for Wired For Sound. Well, not so secret anymore.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 27th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
"Wired For Sound" is fab. The video is hysterical, mind.

All schools should be like my primary school. It's gone now. Closed down for being too small, despite being constantly praised for its excellence, precisely because it was so small. Successive governments being dicks. Quelle surprise.
meathiel
Nov. 27th, 2015 10:42 am (UTC)
No Queen? I'm surprised ...

Of the songs here I like Blondie best ... :D
swordznsorcery
Nov. 27th, 2015 04:46 pm (UTC)
Blondie are great. :)
liadtbunny
Nov. 27th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
1979 was a good year for music though my likes are different to yours! I prefer Ian Dury when his songs aren't being mangled for adverts to flog stuff, grrr.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 27th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
Is he being mangled in a current ad? I don't tend to see them these days, so I escape such heresies. What are your favourites from that year?
liadtbunny
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Gumtree I think.

Stuff from the post-punk dustbin of 1979: Spectre Vs Rector - The Fall, Blind Youth - The Human League, Rock Lobster - B52's, So Tough - The Slits, Collecting Dust - Essential Logic.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 28th, 2015 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I like a bit of Human League as well. Your musical tastes make me look hilariously bland and mainstream though!
liadtbunny
Nov. 29th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
\o/ for the 'League they're one of my faves. Kate Bush could've made me look more mainstream but she only had one record out in '79!
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