Sometimes, I wonder if kids today will look back at this era of music decades from now and still enjoy the artists of the day as much as kids in my day look back to the music and artists of the 80’s and 90’s. There are so many songs from that period that I either know the lyrics by heart or, at the very least, sing the chorus convincingly! I miss songs like “All I Want” by Toad the Wet Sprocket. And bands with interesting names!
Back in the day, there seemed to be many R&B/pop vocal groups like Riff, Hi-Five, Boyz II Men, and Next. Just as music seems to cycle through genres, reminiscing on the music of that day has me wondering and waiting for the reinvention of these groups sometime soon.
Having chosen so many playlists from the 1990s on SongPop2, it’s no wonder so many songs like this one have me wondering what ever happened to distinctive voices like the one Morrison has?
I’ve been playing the game app SongPop mostly for the older music playlists that remind me of music I used to have on cassette tapes but have yet to get a CD or digital copy of. UB40’s music is something I listened to often in my youth. This song is one I can’t forget. The introductory bars are that memorable!
Pop power track from a band who had great hair! Because sometimes you want to listen to an old-school song with synth and drum machine rhythms.
Today’s Throwback Track comes courtesy of the song “Connected” by Stereo MCs. The rhythmic vocals that start the song off before the heavy beats come out remind me of days spent with headphones or my ghetto blaster (with CD and a dual cassette deck that had auto-reverse features!), the music my background as I lived within my youth of writing notes on three-holed punch paper to give to friends at school next day, when mix tapes often became they way you defined yourself in one way… not just by the songs you chose, but the order you chose to place them on each side of a blank cassette tape. When new music often came to you visually via music videos rather than sponsored ads in the middle of a social media experience. It’s odd that in many ways, while technology has changed to make the task of people connecting to others easier and faster, it’s also dehumanized the value of the connection in more ways than not.