Does anyone else find it upsetting that the format of Oldies radio stations have started including 80’s music? I was at the dentist this morning, where they generally keep the local Oldies station pumped over the speakers, and heard Hall & Oats’ “I Can’t Go For That”. What?!
Growing up, my parents constantly listened to Oldies 103. It is why I know several songs from the 50s and 60s by heart, which makes me hopelessly uncool. I’ll even venture to say that, from time to time, they would even play a song from the 40s. But, as time goes by and demographics shift (i.e., the old people start dying off), the format of these stations needs to change or they would become irrelevant. I first noticed this a few years ago when my Dad asked for the Time/Life CD compilation “Malt Shop Memories” for Christmas. He said it had all the songs he loved from his childhood – songs they had stopped playing on the radio. Like a sucker, I bought this for him and was harassed by Time/Life for almost a full year afterwards.
Anyway, hearing Hall & Oates this morning made me realize that back in the 80s, when my parents were listening to songs from the 50s, they were the same age that I am now. My fellow Gen-Xers, the Oldies are now for us. This day was inevitable. But it still makes me feel old.