You may remember that I have the greatest scorn for Giles Coren who only holds his journalistic positions due to trading on his wonderful Dad’s reputation.
However he was recently involved in a BBC 2 programme of life in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.
The only reason I mention this is that during the ’60’s show the 16 year old daughter (who had with her family been forced to eschew all but that which was available then) passed a comment that the best thing for her was the ‘happiness’ of the music.
I do think that nostalgia gets the best of all of us but from a modern Miss that is quite a comment.
Personally I find the fun has gone out of pop – it is all sex or gangasta’s and the lightness and ability of good pop to invoke memories has been, for a while lost. Maybe it will return.
To help you remember the ’80’s which were, despite their excesses also fun, two bands who appeared often together were Bananarama and Fun Boy 3 – of whom the latter were actually good musicians.
For Engine Room 2 Tone followers this rendition by Fun Boy 3 of a Specials number is good for a live performance
though they often appeared with Bananarama in much lighter vein…