Friday, August 15, 2008

A Child Of The 80's

It's been a pretty boring day for me at work. And to be honest I'm VERY thankful for that. After the hectic three weeks I've had, this boredom is very much welcomed. I had practically nothing much to do at all and managed to catch up with all the blog hopping I missed the past week or so. Gosh and some of you guys sure update your blogs regularly that I had trouble catching up ... LOL!

Anyways, since I had loads of time on my hands, I've been going through my song list in my office computer and gosh I have so many of them that it's begining to take up valuable space on my PC. I never realized I downloaded so many songs over the years I've worked here. Gotta burn them to a CD sometime soon.

I'm a guy who has a diverse taste in music. I like all kinds of genres. As long as they appeal to me, I'll listen to them. I listen to things like soul, rap, slow rock, pop, you name it I'll listen to it. But only if it appeals to me. There are some songs though that should be banned for all eternity cos it's absolutely horrid!

But the music genre I relate the best with are from the eighties. I grew up with music from that generation. The time of baggy pants and big hairdo's. It's no wonder that when I looked through my list of songs, they were all leaning more towards the eighties.

Who can forget songs like Culture Clubs Karma Chameleon from way back in 1983, I think. Or even Love of the Common People from Paul Young. What about Howard Jones and his New Song? I'll bet some of you from the younger generation would right now be going 'Culture who? Paul What? What new song?' LOL! But songs from that era were absolutely brilliant .

I use to follow the latest songs from this show called Top of the Pops. Anyone remembers this show? Awww come on, am I the only old fogey around here from that generation? LOL! We didn't have it on TV here but I always watched it on video back then. I used to borrow the video every week from a close friend who had access to it. It was my generations MTV and it featured the songs from the top of the charts.

I also remember going to this record shop called Victoria Station in a mall called Pertama Complex to record all the songs from the top of the charts into a cassette and it would cost me around RM10.00 or so a cassette (I can't really remember anymore). They had this state of the art sound recorder and were pretty famous back then. That was my days version of CD ripping ... LOL! They would record the songs from vinyl records into cassettes and you could chose the songs you want saving you a whole load of money having to buy the whole album or even single which cost quite a bit.

It was pretty popular back then and this record shop had loads of people wanting them to record their favourite list for them that you had to wait a minimum of a week and only then could you collect your recorded cassette. I used to hurry them along cos I always wanted the latest songs so I could show off to my buddies in school how cool I was ... hahaha ... And besides having to wait one week was like an eternity cos by then there would probably be a new number one at the top of the charts.

Those were fun days, music wise. I used to follow the music charts real close and would always try to be as updated with the music scene as I possibly could. It wasn't easy being in the loop mind you, we didn't have things like the internet back then. I had to rely on magazines, videos and snippets of information that I could dig up from here and there just to be updated on who was number one for the week.

It's so much easier these days. Let's say if I hear a song I like, all I'd have to do is probably do a search online and I could probably get tons of sites where I could download a free MP3 and create my own top ten selection of songs. No need to go to a record shop and wait one week for them to get it done and stuff like that. The current generation is so much luckier than my time.

In fact, with people like Blaze Media Pro offering state of the art, all-in-one multimedia applications, you can even convert, rip, edit, record or even burn your own selection of favourite songs to bring along with you on your little tiny iPod or something. And their easy to use yet powerful software can even support all your data CD, VCD, SVCD and DVD burning needs that even a blur case like me would probably be able to use it with ease.

I mean, It's so easy to do especially with the advanced features of their software that includes video capturing and creation, video editing, copying of music CD's and video merging, lyric searchers, audio tagging and so much more that I could probably set up my own little mini studio at home ... LOL! And I wouldn't even have to worry on what kind of format to chose cos practically all formats such as CD, MP3, WAV, WMA,MPEG-4,AIFF and a whole load more are supported as well.

You younger generation really have it so easy these days. Everything is just at the touch of your keyboard or mouse. I wish I had stuff like these back when I was heavily into the music scene. What a blast it would have been. Imagine being able to instantly download songs like Shout by Tears for Fears, Duran-Duran's The Chauffeur, and who can forget Wacko Jacko's Beat It or Billie Jean?

But then it's not to late cos I'm happily downloading tons and tons of songs from the eighties that soon I'm going to have problems just storing them. Guess it's time to get myself one of those iPod things where I can store a gazillion songs on it or something close to that amount I am told.

40 comments:

  1. The eighties. What a great era. I'm an eighties child too and your post brought back tons of memories:)

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  2. Anonymous - It was an excellent era. I think half the songs today don't come close to what we had back then ... I'm glad the post brought back good memories for you :D

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  3. Geezz, I also the songs of the 80's and that Karma Chameleon is my all time favorite in karaoke, lol!

    Sounds like a very advanced audio converter. But is there any program which automatically searches for songs and then all we have to do is to either download it or throw it in the recycle bin, hehee.

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    Have a good weekend, Nick

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  5. I have a petty diverse taste in music as well...but there is something about 80's music that makes me want to party like its 1999.

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  6. Yeeha! I relate to the 80s too he he! And all those names u mentioned here, I know! 80s rock! :):):)

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  7. OMG! I listen to practically everything well except dangdut and some other music that is way too weird to listen to. I'm a big fan for indy music these days. But talking about the 80s omg! I love those times, and you mentioning some of the songs, I was actually singing while reading omg! crazy ain't it?

    I remember when I was young, I like to listen to this song called Call Me, I can't remember who sang that song but I remember they sound like chipmunks hahahah XD

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  8. You must be very busy watching the Olympics. Anyway, I have an award for you. You can claim it anytime or after the Olympics, hehee.

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  9. My MP3 is filled with classic rocks songs from the 70's and 80's.

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  10. oh yes, I remembered the time when we kids used to list down the songs we wanted and got the record shop to record for us for a fee... things had gotten so much more "convenient" these days :-)

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  11. karma, karma, karma, chameleon

    I like that song! And yes, 80s songs are so 80s. Distinct, unique. Though some of the songs today are quite nice as well.

    I used to buy RM10 cassettes from the pasar malam that had all the latest hits! Don't think that's available nowadays. :-(

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  13. Hi Nick, I miss the 80's! New wave, new romantics, hair metal... good times!
    My PC is full of 80's songs! :o)

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  14. Marlene - Cool, Another 80's fan :D Yeah, that song is on my list of favourites too :D

    I don't know about the auto search thing though but it sure would be cool, ya?

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  15. Rose - Oh, a tag for me? I'll come check it out soon :D Thanks anyway.

    I had a pretty great weekend :D Hope yours was fun too ...

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  16. Meleah - Amen to that Meleah. I can never get enough of the 80's!

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  17. Marzie - Yay a fellow old fogey form the 80's era! LOL! Just kidding about the old part, k?

    I agree with you, the 80's rock!

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  18. Ahah! I grew up bobbing to those songs too :-)

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  19. Maslight - Go West, that's the duo who sang Call Me. I love that song too ...

    I actually downloaded a huge collection of 80's song after writing that post and had a small 80's party with myself in my room dancing away ... LOL!

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  20. Marlene - Hehehe ... yeah, the Olympics has kept me pretty busy :D Thanks for the award. I'll come collect it soon ...

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  21. Tammy - Classic rock songs from the 70's, that's another classic genre! :D

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  22. Sting - Ah, finally someone who's done that recording thing too ... :D

    Ya, it's so much more easier these days and faster too ...

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  23. Perry - I bought those RM10 cassettes too :D I'd go to the pasar malam every week and definitely come home with one new one.

    I think I still have one or two which can be considered classic now la ... LOL!

    Oh, there are some pretty lovely songs these days too, no doubt about that but I still think the 80's rock!

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  24. R - My site is informative? That's a first for me ... LOL! Thanks anyway :D I'll drop by and check your site out in a bit ...

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  25. Cidao - Good times it sure was. I remember I tired to make myself look like Nick Rhodes and failed miserably ....

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  26. BT - Those were good times weren't it? I was reliving it on Saturday by having a mini dance party with myself in my room croaking away to the tunes of Duran-Duran, Culture CLub, etc, etc ... LOL!

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  27. OMG nick..i could actually imagine u doing dat..I think i would probably do the same thing. except i still haven't clean up my hddisk yet bwahahhahah XD

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  28. Maslight - LOL! Wifey thought I was going crazy singing and dancing and playing a make believe guitar ... I think I'll go home this evening and have another 80's party again ... LOL!

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  29. The good old 80's! Wham! Duran, Duran, Paul Young etc etc. I was a Top of the Pops freak! I'd watch it every week and tape all the best bits and play them again, and again. Plus I was always buying 12 inches and 7 inches to play on my record player and dance around to in my horrible 80's clothes! What great memories. Thanks for reminding me.

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  30. The music of the 80s... totally unbeatable! It was just so much fun and oh how I miss it!

    Btw, the pictures are up!!

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  31. The World According To Me - I had quite a bit of those 12" and 7" singles too. I used to collect picture discs back then but unfortunately lost all of them. I'm sure they could be worth something these days :D

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  32. Rozella - I have to agree with you on this one :D The 80's were unbeatable, well to old fogeys like me anyway ... LOL!

    They are? Great, I'll come check them out soon ... :D

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  33. I still have cassette tapes ... old habits die hard.

    I was a power rock guy why back when, now it gives me a headache!!

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  34. Speedcat Hollydale - Old habits really do die hard :D I still have some of those cassettes too unfortunately I don't have a cassette player to play them on ... LOL!

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  35. 80's music is SOOOOO my weakness! I can't get enough of it. Ever. lol

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  36. Corrina - Amen to that. I've been listening to the 80's non stop since I put out this post ... LOL!

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  37. I was going out a lot in the 80's so a lot of the music reminds me of my disco days. Remember disco's? LOL....I've always loved the 70's music too but I'm like you, I will listen to just about anything within reason. Having two teenaged daughters means I am always exposed to the Top 40 whether I want to be or not. I may be an oldie but at least I'm an up to date oldie :)

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  38. Gypsy - LOL! Who can forget those good old disco days ...

    The 70's were a pretty neat genre too, in fact, I think I'm going to o start downloading some 70's music after this ... LOL!

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  39. He he better be kidding esp since I'm going to turn a year older soon! ;) As it is, already feeling depressed that I'll no longer be 34!

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  40. Marzie - Hahahah ... I am kidding la. 34 is still young, wait till you get to my age, then you can join the old fogeys club la ... LOL!

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