There is a word that I am looking for. It’s when you swear to goodness a particular song came out 10 or 20 years before and, nope, the song only came out in the last few years. I had this experience with Ladytron, you may remember, but I keep stumbling across other songs that I’m *SURE* I’ve been listening to since the 80’s and 90’s! Nope.

Here are a couple more.

This next one came out in 2005ish but, seriously, does this *NOT* scream 1989 to you? (Warning: song and video are depressing as heck. Listen to it while you’re doing stuff in another window.)

This one’s less depressing until I realized that it didn’t come out in 1993 but in 2011.

So… what are you listening to?


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  1. The first few time I head Hey There, Delilah, I was convinced it was an old Jonathan Richman song from the 70s.

    Also, I am learning that Badfinger, whom I’d known of only for the catchy but forgettable Come and Get It, also had three or four masterpieces and were pretty damned kick-ass. (And how badly the music business treats some of its best people.)

    • One of the reasons I stopped listening to Classic Rock on the radio was their insistence that any given group from the 60’s or 70’s had only one (maybe two) songs worth listening to. Hell, even the big groups had songs that the DJs weren’t allowed to play because, hey, that song isn’t on “the list”.

      One of my lottery daydreams involves buying a radio station.

      • just run one online. it’s what our local jazz station does anyhow.

        • I’ve found a solution that mostly scratches the itch.

          When I’m driving around, however, I am usually re-impressed by how… familiar… radio aspires to be.

    • That’s one of the albums that got me through 10th and 11th grade. I think my favorite part is in part 2 (I don’t have time to find the exact stretch but it’s the part hinted at from 0:30-0:50).

  2. The singer from Stellastarr reminds me of someone, but I can’t figure out who. My first thought was Scott Walker, but I don’t think that’s it.

  3. Listening to stolen songs,
    Watching the source burn,
    the lacy wings set afire
    As the worlds turn.

    Also, a nightmare before Christmas. They let Danny Elfman sing.

    And a bit of David Bowie.

    • … feel compelled to explain: the song was stolen by the composer, not as a result of using torrents.
      It saddens me that I need to explain that.

  4. I don’t have any experiences like the one you describe above, but I will tell you I’ve been listening to Super Robot Squad this week.

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