Teenagers, Recycling & 80s Music

Recycling: High School

Mr. McPherson was one of my teachers when I was either a junior or senior in high school. He was a totally cool cat who taught American History. I enjoyed his class, well as much as a 17 year old who doesn't want to be in school anyway can enjoy a class. He made it tolerable and he was pretty laid back.

I couldn't believe it, but when we were at the school for some social function, we ran into Mr. Mac. I couldn't believe it when he actually remembered who I was and spoke to me:

"Ahh, recycling are we?" He was referring to the fact that I was now a parent with a kid, Miss A, in high school.

"Can you believe?" Admitting that I am shocked that I have a kid in high school. AM I that old? Is Miss A that old... Jeeez. Time is going by FAST.

Recycling: MY music

We have about a 15 minute drive from our house to Miss A's school every morning. Alot of mornings, since neither of us digga morning, we ride mostly zoning out and listening to the blah, blah, blah of the morning d.j. on whatever radio station happens to be on.

Anyhoo. On this particular morning we were talking some and out of nowhere she comes off with a question:

"I've been listening to Jack FM and they play all kinds of OLD music. Dr you have a clue who sang "Come On Eileen?"


"Miss A, you think that's old???" I was offended as hell that she would insinuate that I and my era of tunes was ancient.

"Do you know who sings it?"

"Dexy's Midnight Runner, and it's not all that old."

"It's older than me, thank you very much." She smirked. Satisfied that she had put me in the "older than shit" catagory.

"Whatever. Oldies are named as such, Miss A. You know? Like the Golden Oldies, like Chubby Checker? That's oldies."

"Cubby Checker? Is that a real name? Who sings Love My Way?" She asked.

"Psychadelic Furs, smartass. Make a list and I'll bet I can name every song you can come up with from the 80s as I am a child of the 80s and proud of it. Old or not."

Finally... we are there, she opens the door to get out "Mom, I don't think you're old. You're the coolest mom I know."

With that she slams the door and slinks off to share her knew found knowledge of the OLD music.


It seems like the music from the 80s is being recycled in its original form as well as being jacked by some of the new artists.


Mark Steel said...

The first album I ever bought was Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever. It wasn't an album, rather, but an 8-Track...

Chuck said...

My fourteen year old daughter digs some of the 80's music and I'm glad she does. But it does make me feel kinda old. I remember my parents and their Motown music and how I thought that 60's stuff was so old.

Jay said...

I ran into a guy I went to high school with the other day. He told me that his kid will be graduating this year. How'd he get so old and not me? LOL ;-)

80s music rocks!

~Fathairybastard~ said...

Oh hell, I've got that on 8-track too. The old stuff beats the ass off the new stuff every day, if you ask me. And we had a Mr. Mac in high school too. He taught Psych, and the story was he was an old stoner. We loved him.

Diva said...

Well, well, well... if it ain't Mark!!!! It's about time you come over here and see me. My ex used to drive me nucking futz with that cassette when we were going anywhere. He was a real fucker.

Chuckie, our kiddies are very much into the blasts from the past. My kiddie (and her bratty friends, heh) are all about the 80s.
I grew up listening to the Beach Boys and the Beatles... I always thought they were the oldies and at the time, they weren't all that old really.

Jay, we, my friend, will be forever young. Rock on!

FHB, the stoner types classes were always alot more interesting to sit through. And I agree... alot of this new music sucks ass for sure, for sure.

Mr. Fabulous said...

Yeah, but how many moms does she know really...

Mighty Dyckerson said...

Sooo?? Did you get it on with Mr. Mac or what??

Preposterous Ponderings said...

There is nothing better than 80's music!

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

I'm 30, my partner is 40. I like to pretend I don't know music from his high school years just to piss him off.

Flat Coke and Flies said...

We have Jack FM here too (96.3). I love it when that guy pretends to call in and tell Jack off.

Come on Eileen is old? Oh my!!!

Robert said...

I turned my daughter on the road one her hooked on Wille and Waylon..but I had to keep it a secret lest her friends found out...this is the first time I have revealed this if word gets back I'm a dead man...:):):)

Diva said...

Mr. Fab- I can't even believe you said that. I'm so cool that eskimos come to my pad for ice.

Dyck- Indeed I did, my friend. Rocked his damn socks off.

PP- I agree for the most part. Some of it I could have done without. One thing is fo sho.. you can't mistake music from the 80s with any other kinda music.

IF- Yah, Big T has the age gap on me. I constantly tell him "Yep, my dad used to listen to that."

FC&F- It's only old cuz she's still green around the gills. Jack FM rocks balls!!

Robert- Waylon & Willie are total legends! Love it. Swear it, your secret is safe with me.

Real Live Lesbian said...

I'm with Jay...can't figure out how everybody else got so old and I didn't!

Thanks for the video! I AM that old!

Nosjunkie said...

I found a song that I am guessing is from the 80's thanks to the clothing in the video but I totally love it
its called hide and seek by imogen heap

Diva said...

RLL- There is absolutely no doubt that I am the youngest, coolest, most amazing mom ever. We should start a "we're awesome, you're old" club LOL.