Peaceful music

When I lived in England in the very early 80s, I was a huge fan of British pop music. I was, after all, young and we all like the music of our youth, especially when played out in interesting or romantic locations. When I came back to the States from England, MTV had just started, and was relying heavily on the music videos British pop groups routinely made for the “Top of the Pops” (a weekly TV show that played the top ten tunes of the week). Since I already knew all of the music played on MTV from my time in England I was, for once, on the cutting edge of pop culture. It took about a year before MTV starting being enough of a phenomenon that music videos were made for and went directly to MTV instead of first journeying through the British charts. All of this is a rather irrelevant intro to one of my favorite of the early 1980s pop tunes, Split Enz’s “One Step Ahead of You,” a piece I’ve always found mesmerizing and relaxing. Looked at over the gap of 27 years, the video is also singularly wholesome, isn’t it?


8 Responses

  1. That’s MY music, too! 🙂

    I was at a birthday party for one my five-year old’s friends yesterday, at some place where they let you climb all over stuff with music blaring in the background. All I can say is, the DJ must have been one of my contemporaries, because he was stuck in a timewarp from the early to mid 1980s. The last 10 songs I heard were, in order (I actually wrote them down):

    1) Six Months in a Leaky Boat, Split Enz
    2) Come Back and Stay for Good this Time, Paul Young
    3) Out of Touch, Hall & Oates.
    4) You Spin Me Round, Dead or Alive
    5) Tenderness, General Public
    6) Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
    7) I Melt with You, Modern English
    8) Forever Young, Alphaville
    9) St. Elmo’s Fire, John Parr
    10) What I Like about You, The Romantics

    I felt both very old and very young at the same time as I heard the songs………


  2. I would have been dancing like a whirling dervish at a disco powered by those songs.

  3. Those songs are obviously parts of the soundtracks to both of our lives!



  4. Oh NOOOOO! I got to England after you left… Feb 85 through Oct 88… so maybe that explains it… but I absolutely HATED British pop music. I hated the power the BBC had to determine which music was popular.. Bloody awful is what it was… For a young man proud of his eclectic taste in music, the BEEB was torture… AND there wasn’t another choice! That’s not to say there was nothing good… but there sure was a lot of trash.

    It’s funny you mentioned MTV though. One of the things I did before moving there, was record about 60-80 hours of MTV so I could bring the tapes with me… I had a TV that played PAL-UK and NTSC… The videos were a huge hit at parties I threw. They were definitely saying, “I want my MTV.” I think the favorite may have been David Lee Roth’s California Girls

  5. coppeira no hitsugi and Canta Per Me, the theme songs from Noir, still sound better.

  6. The movie “Music and Lyrics,” I think captured that time rather well.

  7. I went to that movie on a whim with a friend and was charmed. But then again, I like Hugh Grant’s screen persona, and I think he carried the whole thing off rather well.

  8. I had seen it on a plane and figured that it was worth renting. And though neither my wife nor I particularly like Hugh Grant or Drew Barrymore, it clicked.

    That Pop goes my heart video that started the movie was perfect. I also enjoyed Hugh’s “recollection” of Smokey Robinson and Bob Dylan and his tribute to “My Girl.”

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