Music can be a very personal, very temperamental beast.  My 12-year-old daughter claims that her favorite musical decade is the 1980s, thanks to the fact that she inherited my old MP3 player (and that she’s a little fuzzy on what year Snow’s masterpiece, ‘Informer’ came out.)  I used to know a woman who listened exclusively to 50s bebop and proto-rock in the 1990s, an affectation which was only worth tolerating when we were watching ‘Christine’ together.  Indeed, whether you’re all about the late 80s grunge, 70s funk or the British Invasion of the 1960s, one thing is clear: Everybody else is wrong, leading us to today’s temporally sonorous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will, not unexpectedly, lean towards the 1980s, especially given the resurgence of The Monkees and the breakup of The Eagles, asking: What era best constitutes YOUR musical decade?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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2 Comments

  1. June 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm — Reply

    When I was a teen, I thought it would be 90’s but actually its 80’s and the songs I heard as a kid.

  2. June 30, 2016 at 6:39 am — Reply

    If I have to pick an actual clean-cut decade, it would be the 80’s.

    But if I can be a little more abstract, it would be the time frame of about 1985 to 1995. Most of the music that resonates with me, if not released in those years, was at least quite prevalent in that time frame (including the Monkees and other earlier music making their way to either new audiences or becoming widespread on oldies or classic rock stations, as well as more recent music from around those years).

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