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Because I think of myself as not very aware of pop culture, and I know this song and most of the lyrics, but I have a bunch of friends who are like, "Never heard of it."  

Which makes me think I was sucked into an alternate dimension or something?  

Is this not common knowledge?

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1 minute ago, Terabith said:

Because I think of myself as not very aware of pop culture, and I know this song and most of the lyrics, but I have a bunch of friends who are like, "Never heard of it."  

Which makes me think I was sucked into an alternate dimension or something?  

Is this not common knowledge?

Yes it is common.  In my alternate dimension anyway.

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I know the song well.  It came out when I was 15 or 16 and went to #1 on the pop charts.  I wonder where your friends were hiding in those days?

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You are right. Your friends are wrong. 

I wasn't allowed much exposure to pop culture to pop culture as a kid. I was 9 yo when this song came out, according to Google and I know it. If I know it, it must have been widely known!

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See, even my 15 year old who has seen exactly eleven movies in her life knows this song.....

One of my friends who doesn't know it is a professional musician.  I'm so confused.  

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Yes, I know this song.

Although, to be fair, it might be because I worked data entry one summer during college and they played the radio in the office.   The radio station was "the greatest hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s".  I called it, "We play the same 100 songs every day, just in a different order."

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3 minutes ago, hippymamato3 said:

I do not know how anyone on this planet could not know that song! (JK but it's really common knowledge IMO!)

Cloistered nuns perhaps?

Newborns?

People who have been in comas since 1982?

Otherwise, I'm with you.  Those are the categories I can come up with.  

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It’s on the radio so my kids have heard the song multiple times on their car ride to tennis lessons. The song came out when my husband and I were in 5th grade so it’s common knowledge among our schoolmates.

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20 minutes ago, Terabith said:

Wait, WHAT parody version?  I need this!

Pretty sure it’s Weird Al. 
 

eta or maybe not. I do think there’s a more recent lockdown version, isn’t there?

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11 minutes ago, Seasider too said:

Pretty sure it’s Weird Al. 
 

eta or maybe not. I do think there’s a more recent lockdown version, isn’t there?

I found this amazing one from my favorite lockdown family.  

 

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It's from my time so yes, I heard of it. I sang along with it on the radio more times than I can count. I probably have the Bonnie Tyler CD around somewhere with that and other songs your friends might not have hear of. 😄 

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53 minutes ago, Junie said:

The radio station was "the greatest hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s".  I called it, "We play the same 100 songs every day, just in a different order."

Those stations always annoy me. They have 30 years worth of pop and rock and hip hop to choose from. Can't they play more than that same set over and over?

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I do. One thing I have noticed, though, is that there is much less a common body of songs for contemporary kids, with the exception of pieces from really popular movies and Hamilton.  I remember a kid party years back where my tween was the one person under the age of 35 who knew all the words of "Eye of the Tiger"-which was amazing to me, because we're in Memphis-that's one of the unofficial fight songs for the UM football team, for crying out loud (I think my kid knew it due to sharing a gym with the UM cheer and dance teams for practice). 

 

 

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Do I know it?? It's on my phone. Great for belting out in the car and also a classic track for couples' roller skating. 🙂 

Bonnie Tyler on her trademark husky voice:

"I had my first hit record in 1976, then all of a sudden, I had all these nodules on my vocal cords - I thought my career was over. They got quite big so I had to have an operation to remove them. You're not supposed to talk for six weeks after the operation but I found it very difficult because I'm a bit of a chatterbox. I tried not speaking, but when you can't speak, you can't go out. After you've had a hit record, if you go out and don't talk to anyone, people are going to be like, 'Oh my G--, who does she think she is?' They would have thought I had a big head. One day I just screamed out of frustration, then went back to the specialist and he said I had done damage to my voice and it would take six months for me to recover...

But after I got my voice back, I went into the studio for the first time and started singing. The band said, 'Woah, your voice sounds great.' My voice was huskier than before, and had more of an edge. It turned out losing my voice was not too treacherous for me - I had my first hit in America with my new husky voice on It's a Heartache."

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29 minutes ago, Dmmetler said:

I do. One thing I have noticed, though, is that there is much less a common body of songs for contemporary kids, with the exception of pieces from really popular movies and Hamilton.  I remember a kid party years back where my tween was the one person under the age of 35 who knew all the words of "Eye of the Tiger"-which was amazing to me, because we're in Memphis-that's one of the unofficial fight songs for the UM football team, for crying out loud (I think my kid knew it due to sharing a gym with the UM cheer and dance teams for practice). 

 

 

Yes, but at least one of these friends who had not heard of it is 57 and a professional folk musician.  I mean, he has no excuse!  

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2 hours ago, Terabith said:

Because I think of myself as not very aware of pop culture, and I know this song and most of the lyrics, but I have a bunch of friends who are like, "Never heard of it."  

Which makes me think I was sucked into an alternate dimension or something?  

Is this not common knowledge?

Were they living under a rock?

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6 minutes ago, Terabith said:

Yes, but at least one of these friends who had not heard of it is 57 and a professional folk musician.  I mean, he has no excuse!  

I knew a few people in university music programs who almost seemed to take pride in not knowing contemporary pop, etc. Like it somehow made them more "pure". (what it definitely made them was unable to take those little pop up gigs where you needed to be able to pretty much play any song that anyone came up with out of the blue.) It kind of reminds me of moms who talk about not letting their kids read/watch/listen to X, when all it does is make their kids out of sync on the playground.  

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Well, sure.  But it’s old, and so am I, so...

Drat it Terebith, I don’t love that song and now it’s earworming me.  

Trying to stick with the astronomy theme and replace it, I am totally planning to sing Another Star during my upcoming solo car ride as many times as it takes to switch my brain to that channel.

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2 hours ago, Terabith said:

I found this amazing one from my favorite lockdown family.  

 

The Marsh family is so, so good! Definitely listen to some of their other stuff. Their lockdown parodies make me laugh, and their version of Amazing Grace (with inverted lyrics about racism) makes me cry. Lots of talent, and the kids seem to enjoy it. 

Edited to add that they also have some straightforward adaptions. 

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