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Where were you in 1984 Throwback Thursday Playlist

Where were you in 1984?

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Where were you in 1984?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“The More You Live, the More You Love” by A Flock Of Seagulls
“When Doves Cry” by Prince
“Blue Jean” by David Bowie
“Catch My Fall” by Billy Idol
“Dress You Up” by Madonna
“My Ever Changing Moods” by The Style Council
“Bring On the Dancing Horses” by Echo and the Bunnymen
“Reel Around the Fountain” by The Smiths
“It Doesn’t Matter” by Depeche Mode
“Back On the Chain Gang” by Pretenders
“James” by The Bangles
“When You Were Mine” by Cyndi Lauper
“Swimming Horses” by Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Heaven” by The Psychedelic Furs
“Everything She Wants” by Wham!
“Androgynous” by The Replacements
“So. Central Rain” by R.E.M.
“It’s My Life” by Talk Talk
“Locomotion” by Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark
“Hot You’re Cool” by General Public
“Smalltown Boy” Bronski Beat
“Lorelei” by Cocteau Twins
“Hold Me Now” by Thompson Twins
“Perfect Way” by Scritti Politti
“Love Is Love” by Culture Club
“Invisible” by Alison Moyet
“Cruel Summer” by Bananarama
“Love Is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar

Where were you in 1984?

Sinead O'Connor Throwback Thursday

Sinéad O’Connor for Throwback Thursday

It’s the first Throwback Thursday of the year and to start us off we have Sinéad O’Connor’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, the fourth track on her 1990 album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. This song and the entire album were favorites of mine in 1990, and to this day they still are big forever favorites.

I was 21 in 1990. Sinéad was 24. Her young age at the time of this song and album and the fact that she’d become a mother at 20 years old are both woven into the “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.  Though I’d relate to it in 1990, I’d embrace it even harder in 1992, when I became a young mother. There is something so enormously true to the experience of being in your early twenties with bigger than expected responsibilities that makes up this song and gives it weight and resonance, and a timelessly relatable feeling.

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“The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Sinéad O’Connor
from the album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)
Throwback Thursday

“How could I possibly know what I want,
when I was only 21?”

I was 21 in 1990.

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I was 21 when I first heard this song. And though I’d have said, at the time, that I knew exactly where I was going, and exactly what I wanted, I didn’t. Not at all. Not even close.

Deep down I knew it, too. That’s part of what attached this song so securely to my heart, and my music-infused psyche. I felt it in my bones. I felt it even more still when I was 23, and a young, single mother. And today, at 49, listening to “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, I still feel it in my bones.

The Emperor’s New Clothes (in literature) is a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. In the story, the emperor orders fine clothing, and is given nothing but told that what he is wearing is magnificent, but invisible to underlings. When he parades naked down the street, the people pretend to marvel at his clothes until a child points out that he is naked.


Sinéad has said that she related to the story and how fame, and the “public”, and critics, etc. judged her. I hear it in the song. But, to me, I also hear the frustrations and challenges of figuring out who you are at a young age, with so much riding on what you choose, and who you become. Being in your twenties is hard stuff.

It’s not so easy being in your forties either. Or any age, for that matter. Maybe that’s what is so timeless about this song. You can still relate to it long after you are 21.

At least I know I can.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” (live) by Sinéad O’Connor

Fleetwood Mac Song of the Day Lyriquediscorde

“The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

It’s Throwback Thursday, and today’s “theme” is 1977, one of my favorite years of music. The first thing to come to mind is Fleetwood Mac’s quintessential album, Rumours, released in February of 1977, and the first song to come to mind this morning was “The Chain”. Though I love the opening track, “Second Hand News”, I’ve always thought that “The Chain” would have made a stellar track one. It is dramatic, fraught with the emotion and drama and confliction that was going on during the recording of Rumours, and it’s a huge song, one that grows as the song unfolds. Regardless of track placement, the song is one of my favorites and holds up over the years in sound, style, and emotional punch. So, today’s Song of the Day is Track 7 from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, “The Chain”.

Album side note, “The Chain” is the first track on side two, so it sort of gets its first placement. Though I’m still stuck on thinking it would have been a great start to the album.

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“The Chain” is the only song from 1977’s Rumours that is credited to all five members of the band – Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. It was created from combinations of several previously rejected materials, including solo work by Buckingham, Nicks, and Christine McVie. It was assembled, often manually by splicing tapes with a razor blade, at the Record Plant in Sausalito, California, with engineers Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut’s assistance. (from Wikipedia)

Picturing everyone’s say in the song, and the idea of razor slicing tapes from different songs, just fits in so perfectly with how I picture the band’s state of mind, and heart, during the recording of the album. They were razor slicing relationships apart, yet still attempting to stay together, as a band. Crazy stuff to think on, really.

“The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
from the album, Rumours (1977)
Song of the Day

“And if you don’t love me now,
you will never love me again.
I can still hear you saying,
you would never break the chain.”

Never break, but splice up, and separate, yet stay together. I can’t fathom creating anything with someone I was breaking up with. It seems almost impossible.

I wrote this about “The Chain” in a post about the Rumours album, back in 2014:

Bitter and full of pain and vitirol and all those things that are the emotional part and parcel of a break-up are made of. I have turned this song on and up and scream-sung-a-long to it while trying to get through the worst of break-ups, whether they were initiated by me, or the other person. That’s the thing, no matter whose idea it is, the pain and sadness and anger still hit.

I wonder what was more difficult to record during the break-ups that were going on, the “love” songs, like “You Make Loving Fun” and “Songbird”, or the obvious break-up with bitterness songs, like “Gold Dust Woman”, “Never Going Back Again”, “Go Your Own Way”, and today’s Song of the Day, “The Chain”? Were the more bitter of the bunch easier, and perhaps cathartic? Or did it just stir up more pain? I could see it go either way.

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Chris and I were recently talking about favorite years in music, and 1977 was brought up. Its always been a music year that I’ve been fond of, and Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and “The Chain” are part of the reason why.

I love when we talk music. So much.

“The Chain” (live, 1977) by Fleetwood Mac

The demo version of “The Chain” is pretty fantastic, too. It was recently released, and not too long after its release I wrote a post about it.

“The Chain” (demo) by Fleetwood Mac

From my post back in February of this year:

Stevie’s voice with a single acoustic guitar is just stunning. She sounds incredible. The Song becomes something else altogether that I may now prefer to the released version.

A little research finds that the different lyrics in this demo version became other songs, including Christine’s penned “Butter Cookie (Keep Me There)”. (from Society of Rock)

Which version do you prefer?

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Where were you in 1983 Throwback Thursday

1983 in Music – A Throwback Thursday Playlist

1983 in Music
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“Let’s Dance” by David Bowie
“Lucky Star” by Madonna
“It’s a Miracle” by Culture Club
“Change” by Tears For Fears
“King of Pain” by The Police
“The Seventh Stranger” by Duran Duran
“Sugar Hiccup” by Cocteau Twins
“Back Of Love” by Echo and the Bunnymen
“Love is a Stranger” by Eurythmics
“True” by Spandau Ballet
“Age of Consent” by New Order
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads
“Add It Up” by Violent Femmes
“Two Hearts Beat as One” by U2
“Cool Places” by Sparks, featuring Jane Wiedlin
“Saved By Zero” by The Fixx
“Whammy Kiss” by The B-52’s
“I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts” by X
“Overkill” by Men At Work
“Talk About the Passion” by R.E.M.
“Everyday I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello
“Butterfly Collector” by The Jam
“Nobody’s Diary” by Yaz
“Spellbound” by Siouxsie and the Banshees
“Oldest Story In the World” by The Plimsouls
“Everything Counts” by Depeche Mode
“Send Me an Angel” by Real Life
“Don’t Talk To Me About Love” by Altered Images
“Come Back and Stay” by Paul Young
“Oblivious” by Aztec Camera

1983 in Music – A Throwback Thursday Playlist

Where were you in 1977

Where were you in 1977?

Where were you in 1977?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
“Watching the Detectives” by Elvis Costello
“Got To Give It Up (Part 1)” by Marvin Gaye
“Give a Little Bit” by Supertramp
“Vienna” by Billy Joel
“Rich Girl” by Hall and Oats
“Art School” by The Jam
“Pretty Vacant” by The Sex Pistols
“White Riot” by The Clash
“Take the Money and Run” by Steve Miller Band
“Waiting In Vain” by Bob Marley and the Wailers
“Baracuda” by Heart
“Marquee Moon” by Television
“Sound and Vision” by David Bowie
“Neat Neat Neat” by The Damned
“Sheena is a Punk Rocker” by Ramones
“Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads
“Nightclubbing” by Iggy Pop
“By This River” by Brian Eno
“Wake Up and Make Love To Me” by Ian Dury
“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
“(Get a) Grip [On Yourself]” by The Stranglers
“Who Says?” by Richard Hell
“The Hall of Mirrors” by Kraftwerk
“Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
“Spanish Stroll” by Mink DeVille
“Down In Flames” by Dead Boys
“Bone Idol” by The Drones
“Paradise By the Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf
“Somebody to Love” by Queen

Where were you in 1977?

Where were you in 1975 A Throwback Thursday Playlist LD

Where were you in 1975?

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Where were you in 1975?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“Time Warp” by Little Nell, Patricia Quinn, Richard O’Brien and The Rocky Horror Picture Show Cast
“Fame” by David Bowie
“Why Can’t We Be Friends?” By War
“Love is the Drug” by Roxy Music
“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
“Jive Talkin'” by Bee Gees
“You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate
“Love to Love You Baby” by Donna Summer
“Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas
“Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS
“Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet
“Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith
“Sister Golden Hair” by America
“Gloria: In Excelsis Deo” by Patti Smith
“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd
“I’m Not In Love” by 10CC
“Fooled Around and Fell In Love” by Elvin Bishop
“Someone Saved My Life Tonight” by Elton John
“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
“One of These Nights” by Eagles
“Love Rollercoaster” by Ohio Players
“S.O.S.” by ABBA
“Squeeze Box” by The Who
“Have You Never Been Mellow” by Olivia Newton-John
“Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers
“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon
“Sara Smile” by Daryl Hall and John Oates
“Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me” by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
“Tangled Up In Blue” by Bob Dylan

Where were you in 1975?


Where Were You In 1976 Throwback Thursday Playlist

Where were you in 1976?

Where were you in 1976?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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Where Were You In 1976 Throwback Thursday Playlist

“A Fifth Of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy
“Golden Years” by David Bowie
“I Love To Boogie” by T. Rex
“Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers
“(I’m) Stranded” by The Saints
“Teenage Depression” by Eddie And The Hot Rods
“Shake Some Action” by Flamin’ Groovies
“Somebody To Love” by Queen
“You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate
“Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
“Squeeze Box” by The Who
“Hot Stuff” by The Rolling Stones
“Magic Man” by Heart
“In the Flesh” by Blondie
“Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways
“Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)” by Suzi Quatro
“Blitzkrieg Bop” by The Ramones
“You Gotta Lose” by Richard Hell And The Voidoids
“50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon
“Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac
“Life In the Fast Lane” by The Eagles
“Take the Money and Run” by The Steve Miller Band
“Fox On the Run” by Sweet
“Blinded By the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
“Fooled Around and Fell In Love” by Elvin Bishop
“Breakdown” by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
“Do Ya” by Electric Light Orchestra
“Knowing You, Knowing Me” by ABBA
“Come On Over” by Olivia Newton-John
“Carry On Wayward Son” by Kansas

Where Were You in 1976?


Where were you in 2001 Playlist Lyriquediscorde

Where were you in 2001?

Lyriquediscorde Throwback Thursday

Where were you in 2001?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“Life On a Chain” by Pete Yorn
“Clint Eastwood” by Gorillaz
“Island In the Sun” by Weezer
“Sing” by Travis
“Science Vs. Romance” by Rilo Kiley
“Is This It?” by The Strokes
“Have a Nice Day” by Stereophonics
“Rock Star” by blink-182
“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” by Eve, featuring Gwen Stefani
“Shining Light” by Ash
“Trouble” by Coldplay
“La Cienega Just Smiled” by Ryan Adams
“A Praise Chorus” by Jimmy Eat World
“Mixtape” by Brand New
“Don’t Tell Me” by Madonna
“Wrecking Ball” by Creeper Lagoon
“Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake
“Crystal” by New Order
“Hotel Yorba” by The White Stripes
“any day now” by Elbow
“The Vagabond” by AIR, featuring Beck
“Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright
“Displaced” by Azure Ray
“Sun In My Mouth” by Björk
“Imitation of Life” by R.E.M.
“New Slang” by The Shins
“Still Fighting It” by Ben Folds
“No Such Thing” by John Mayer
“Mass Romantic” by The New Pornographers
“A Movie Script Ending” by Death Cab For Cutie

Where were you in 2001?

Julie Delpy Where Were You in 1995 Throwback Thursday Lyriquediscorde

Where were you in 1995?

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Where were you in 1995?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“Champagne Supernova” by Oasis
“The Changingman” by Paul Weller
“Country House” by Blur
“Need You Around” by Smoking Popes
“Hand In My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette
“It’s Oh So Quiet” by Björk
“Down By the Water” by PJ Harvey
“Tonight, Tonight” by The Smashing Pumpkins
“Solitary Party Groover” by Drugstore
“Bright Yellow Gun” by Throwing Muses
“Stutter” by Elastica
“Disco 2000” by Pulp
“Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead
“Not a Pretty Girl” by Ani DiFranco
“My Darling” by Juliana Hatfield
“We’re the Same” by Matthew Sweet
“Misery” by Soul Asylum
“Cowboy Romance” by Natalie Merchant
“Rain” by Madonna
“Bombastic” by Shaggy
“Enough” by Dance Hall Crashers
“Spiderwebs” by No Doubt
“I Wish” by Skee-Lo
“Friends of P.” by The Rentals
“Graduation Day” by Chris Isaak
“Big Me” by Foo Fighters
“Queer” by Garbage
“Hell Is Round the Corner” Tricky
“Do You Sleep?” by Lisa Loeb And Nine Stories
“No More ‘I Love You’s'” by Annie Lennox

Where were you in 1995?

Where were you in 1985 Throwback Thursday Playlist

Where were you in 1985?

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Where were you in 1985?
A Throwback Thursday Playlist

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“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds
“Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears
“Shake the Disease” by Depeche Mode
“Running Up That Hill (a Deal With God)” by Kate Bush
“In Between Days” by The Cure
“The Sun Always Shines on TV” by a-ha
“Love Come Back (To Me)” by Dead Or Alive
“Get It On (Bang a Gong)” by The Power Station
“The Hardest Walk” by The Jesus And Mary Chain
“Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday
“Shine Like It Does” by INXS
“Crazy for You” by Madonna
“E=MC2” by Big Audio Dynamite
“She Sells Sanctuary” by The Cult
“And She Was” by Talking Heads
“Dancing In the Streets” by David Bowie And Mick Jagger
“Blue Kiss” by Jane Wiedlin
“Lay Your Hands” by Thompson Twins
“Be Near Me” by ABC
“The Big Hush” by Shriekback
“If There’s a Heaven Above” by Love And Rockets
“First and Last and Always” by Sisters Of Mercy
“Walls Come Tumbling Down” by The Style Council
“Goodbye is Forever” by Arcadia
“Raspberry Beret” by Prince
“Pleasure and Pain” by Divinyls
“Never Surrender” by Corey Hart
“Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
“Slave to Love” by Bryan Ferry

Where were you in 1985?

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