Saturday Meme Part 2 - Muscial Wayback Machine

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2007 by Travis Cody in

Sanni complains that she is old because she turned 18 in 1992. GAH! Stop it!

I like a good musical retrospective, and this is a good one. Here are the rules:

1. Go to
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the song´s of the year
4. Write something about how the song affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends

OK. The year was 1982. See Sanni? I got 10 years on ya baby!

Here are a few quick facts:

Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat and is hospitalized with rabies. DOH!

John Belushi is found dead of a drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in Beverly Hills.

Sheena Easton is Grammy's best new artist.

In 1982 I was getting close to turning away from pop music. I love the music of the 60's and 70's - southern rock, classic rock, Motown R&B, and such. There were a couple of songs on the list that caught my eye, so I think I can come up with the 5 requisite songs.

Jack and Diane, John Cougar - The "Mellencamp" came later. Back "in the day" we knew him as John Cougar and he rocked!

You've Got Another Thing Coming, Judas Priest - No big hair and silliness, just throbbing guitar rock. Rob Halford had the quintissential rock voice - he could get the scream and stay on key, then drop right back into the lyrics.

Under Pressure, Queen with David Bowie - It's Queen, it's Bowie. Nothing else to say.

I Feel Like A Number, Bob Seger - Seger is a comfort artist for me. So many of his songs speak to specific moments from my life.

Hurts So Good, John Cougar - What's better than one JCM song? Two JCM songs!

Whew! That was actually a difficult exercise. I love music. But the music of my late teens and early 20's basically sucked for me. The sound alike bands of the big hair era were looming on the horizon. I didn't like punk rock. Southern rock was starting to fade a little from pop radio.

So into my old records and cassettes I dove. The radio finally went silent in 1985.

Thanks for the tag Sanni!


  1. JohnH985 says:

    Good selections. I'm a big Mellencamp fan, but I actually wasn't that big a fan of those songs, it wasn't until the next album that I really became a fan. Now Bob Seger, like you, so many of his songs speak so much to me, the man is simply great.

  1. I loved this meme! It brought back such good memories - of 1970!!! See - you're just a babe too :)

    Aaaaackkkk... I remember Ozzie biting off the bats head and what an uproar it caused! Smart guy - great advertising!!! But - YUCK!

  1. Janna says:

    I tried doing this, but when I went to the site I couldn't see where to select the year. I saw a whole BUNCH of links for other stuff, but nothing to select a specific year...

  1. Travis says:

    John: I know what you mean about Mellencamp - he really grew through the early stuff.

    Heather: Well, age is only a number after all!

    Janna: I emailed back with some directions - hope it helped!

  1. I stopped listening to music from about 1984. I think we become too stiff. Narrowminded. I'm not saying I could ever listen to the likes of Maroon Six..or Whatever. Nor will I ever accept rap. But there's a great deal of current music out there that I can enjoy.

  1. Hey, baby boy, I got two years on you - my year is 1980.

    Just call me Mellenhead. Hoosier girl and all, ya know...

  1. Travis says:

    Stewart: You're probably right. And there is quite a bit of current music I enjoy - Jack Johnson, John Mayer, etc. And I did find that I missed some good stuff while my radio was silent. But when I need a pick-me-up, I always go back to my classics.

    Songbird: LOL! We be in our prime, right darlin?

  1. Janna says:

    Ok... I think I got it to work. :)

    By the way, I have a contest over at my blog, I'd love for you to enter it! Y'never know! :)

  1. Love Mellencamp! I should go look up 87 :P

  1. Although I never officially got tagged with this meme I wanted to give it a whirl 'cause I thought it was pretty cool. I'm gonna do it and I'll link back to you. ;)

  1. Sanni says:

    I remember Ozzy biting the head of the bat, too. I´ve seen the photos in the "Bravo" magazine... ;)