Old School Fridays: Music From The Year I Was Born
It’s a good thing that I’m secure in my old-headedness or I may have been forced to lie about my age. For the record, I will turn thirty in January, which means I was born in 1979. That’s right, Jimmy Carter was president when I was born, I am technically not an ’80’s baby, and the United States has been at war with an Arab speaking country pretty much my entire life. You really gotta love Old School Music to even know any songs from the year you were born, so I think this week’s theme is pretty hot.
“Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now,” McFadden & Whitehead. Philly stand-up! If you didn’t get enough of this song during the Phillie’s winning World Series run or after the Obama victory, watch this video one more time and bask in the Philly Soul of it all. Did you know that this duo also wrote classics such as “I’ll Always Love My Momma,” and “Wake Up Everybody”? Sadly, Gene McFadden died in 2007 and John Whitehead’s 2004 murder remains unsolved.
“Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes. I confess, this scenario really happened to me! I responded to a personal ad on Craigs List and when things stopped being anonymous I found out that it had been placed by this guy I was already kicking it with a little. I couldn’t bring myself to tell him about it until years later, when we had a good but pathetic laugh. Hate all you want, but I like to rock The Pina Colada song at least once a year. This video is just soooo cheesily seventies – what in the name of Mr. Rogers is he wearing?
Bonus: “Thembi,” Pharoah Sanders. Ok, the song and album “Thembi” were relased in 1971, but I’m pretty sure the song was on the turntables at my parent’s house at some point for them to have named me after it. I’ve grown to love this song after hearing it for the first time at the late age of 21. Enjoy!
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