I'm not talking about songs that have a dated sound (there's more than I could ever list).
I'm referring to songs with a specific date or year in the lyrics, that are mentioned as the present or future.
Like Prince's "1999" (which will not be played as much now that it's date has come and gone). These are songs for which
the present or future they refer to, has come and gone. 1999 was the future in 1982, 1999 has now passed.
What I am NOT looking for, are songs like Bowling for Soup's "1985" which are written after the date
they are talking about. This song is looking back, or written from the point of view of after the date mentioned.
We also accept lyrics that mention prices that are now dated, such as 10 cent pay phone calls. Lyrics that mention a persons age at the time and that person is now past said age, and lyrics that mentioned events that were current at the time of the song but have now passed are also accepted.
Basically anything that definitively dates a song by any means other than the way it "sounds". Words/phrases/singing styles or instruments that were used commonly in a time period but are no longer used that much today are not accepted.
Dated References, Pat Boone
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Glory Train: The Lost Sessions album at Amazon.com
[Spoken lines:] Hey, Rosita -- come quick; down at the cantina
They're giving green stamps with tequila!
Trading stamps were something that were a household word from sometime after their first appearances in the 1920s up through the 1970s or so. But by the 1980s they were dying out. One of the best known brands of trading stamps in their day were H&S Green Stamps, probably referred to in the "green stamps" reference here. But H&S Green Stamps were discontinued by the late 1980s. When the song came out in the 1060s, hearers would have generally recognized the reference as something very familiar. But today's younger set could hear this song and often have no idea of what was being referred to. In their day, trading stamps were something that grocery stores and other business gave out to customers, the number of stamps being proportional to the amount of a purchase. Those who collected such stamps would paste them into books provided. When collectors thereof filled enough books, they were redeemable for merchandise at the stamp company's stores. One friend has told me how his mother once redeemed about three books of trading stamps for a pair of hair clippers. He had seen in the catalogue how other products could be obtained in exchange for various numbers of books of such stamps. He had his hopes set on a movie projector in the catalogue which could be obtained for somewhere between ten and twenty books of stamps, as he best remembered. He hoped to someday save enough of the stamps to get his movie projector, but never did.
Submitted by: Karen Smith
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