Could It Be That Was All So Simple Then: Nostalgia Songs
The best thing about getting older is the way memories come shrink-wrapped in rose colored plastic. Summers were far more idyllic and misty watered colored (I see you, Raymond!) than was their actuality. Crushes were much better behaved, had better clothes, hair, breath. More importantly, when the weight of the current day’s woes threaten to overwhelm, it only takes is a quick jump into the escape hatch of nostalgia. Seems us “little people” are not alone. Musicians do it too.
Billy Joel – “Keeping the Faith”
This really should be called, “The Billy Joel Syndrome” because it was hard to pick just one or two songs in his oeuvre, which is riddled with songs about isht that happened back when hair was teased way the hell up and gone and it was easier to get “fast” girls to make out with him. But I ain’t mad at Piano Man. “Keeping the Faith” is perhaps the best of his nostalgia songbook, which includes worthy advisories like “The Longest Time” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire”.
Disturbing the Peace – “(Growing Pains) Do it Again”
The first time i heard this song, I laughed, because I remember everything they were talking about. Eating koolaid and wearing my hair in braids with a million beads! Plus, it doesn’t hurt they sampled the glorious “Let’s Do It Again” from The Staple Singers. Levi’s with sewn seams!!! OMG, yes please. I want to bring that back, because I need to spend the better part of a Saturday afternoon hand sewing a crease down the front of my pant legs. I can rock them with my blingy tag belt.
Paul Davis – “65 Love Affair”
Yeah, I didn’t see that coming on two counts. One that Davis looked like the Dude and that Davis passed two years ago. This man has the silkest, yummy voice. I created a whole cheerleading routine that would never see the inside of a pep rally.
George Harrison – “Fab”
I see you, Elton John, Jeff Lynne and Ringo. I love this video and song so much. Of the fab four, Harrison is/was the only one whose nostalgia songs don’t smell and sound like hideous, obvious cash grabs. Maybe because Harrison infused this 1987 jam with an irresistible hook.
Don Henley – “Boys of Summer”
Ahh, Dour Don. He too, seems in love with “let’s remember” but I picked this one because I too have seen: “a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.” Though I wasn’t as pissed about it as Henley was.
P-Mac “My Brave Face”
P-Mac should always let Elvis Costello produce his albums until the eleventy-th of forever.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – “(Oh What a Night!) December 1963”
Babs – “The Way We Were”
What? Like I’d leave out a Babs song from a Babs movie directed by Pollack and costarring Redford. You betta ask somebody.