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Music In 2005
Friday, May 13, 2005   By: Juan Paxety

That song was written when?

I rarely go to nightclubs anymore, partly because I'm close to being a geezer, partly because the perfume and alcohol fumes really bother my asthma, and partly because nightclubs were always a place to work - not a place to have fun.

Last night, however, I went to a club to photograph the band Chain of Fools. It's a nice cover band, playing songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s - tasteful, good players who don't step on one another, good vocals.  But it was the crowd that surprised me.

Typically most of the audience was in their 20s, some in their early 30s.  I'd put the median birth year at about 1979.  During the band's breaks, the "juke-box" played a mixture of rap and country. While the band played, the crowd shouted the songs they wanted to hear, and when those songs were played, the crowd sang along.  What songs, you ask?

  • Gimme Three Steps (1973)
  • Margaritaville (1977)
  • Brown-Eyed Girl (1967)
  • and even a sort-of-funk version of 96-Tears (1966)

Notice a pattern - all of these songs were written and popular long before most of the audience was born. What the hell is going on here?


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