Monday, January 16, 2017

FB Questionnaire: Top 10 Records of My Teens

This latest Facebook questionnaire asks you to name the top ten records of your teen years. This one sparked more than a few, shall we say, enthusiastic discussions amongst my social network.There may have been some near-unfriending incidents.

Granted, mine is a particularly musically-charged gang of misfits. Most everyone either plays or writes about music, so this lot posesses a depth of knowledge that enables dear friends to absolutely demolish each other over hot button issues such as whether or not Billy Squire got robbed. That's another thing, the average age of my people puts them squarely into Generation X -- that means we are old enough to have found our musical heroes before video killed the radio star, ride the MTV wave back when it actually featured music, and we're a snarky bunch. Pretty much the champions of eye-rolling, we may have invented it. Oh, and the brief instruction for this questionnaire did not escape the wrath of Generation X: it commanded, a little bossy-pants-ish if I'm honest, that you don't give it too much thought. Oh, the humanity!

Here's an observation or two about the way my friends answered this thing.

Observation Number One. The more laid back a person was about picking ten records, the more supercharged their opinions. Like say if a guy began his with, "OK sure, fine, I'll bite..." you'd best leave that alone. Just give a "Great list, buddy!" with a big thumbs-up.

And Observation Number Two. The longer the introductory paragraph before getting around to listing ten records, you could bet your rarest vinyl that person is a major music dork. The more caveats and qualifiers before putting a list, and the more extra records listed (one guy did top 50!) you can be dead certain that's a serious music fan right there. It doesn't even need to be said that a list doesn't need an introductory paragraph at all -- it's a list. And yet, there is not one person do I know that didn't write a whole big intro. These people are fantastic.

Without too much thought, my list is pretty much this, then.

Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

Colour By Numbers - Culture Club

Purple Rain - Prince
Rocky Horror Picture Show - soundtrack
Working Class Dog - Rick Springfield
Rapture - Anita Baker

Pretty in Pink - soundtrack
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Love Songs - The Beatles (compilation)

Dream Into Action - Howard Jones
No Parlez - Paul Young

Even Now - Barry Manilow
Afterburner - ZZ Top

Off the Coast of Me - Kid Creole and the Coconuts