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May. 25th, 2014 @ 06:13 pm My cultural experiences are not the norm
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Last Friday was the annual company outing. One of the 'attractions' was a pub quiz, and we were placed in teams to compete with other teams. My team consisted of 5 people, and I think I was the oldest at 41. The youngest was a (former) intern, who is 20.
The first round was a music recognition round: the quizmaster played half a minute of a song, and we had to guess both the artist and the song title. I was starkly reminded that things I take for granted are not universal cultural experiences.

For instance, my young colleague had never heard "Message in a Bottle" by the Police. (Or at least, not consciously -- it may have passed by on the radio once unnoticed, but she did not recognise the song at all.) And I was the only one who recognised "Does Your Mother Know?" by ABBA. I was amazed by that -- I would have thought that anybody older than 30 (and the other three participants were) would have lived suring the period where ABBA was ubiqutuous...

So I'm going to make a mixtape for my young colleague. Perhaps she'll hate all those 80's hits -- perhaps there are some that she likes. If you have suggestions for songs that I should have in my compilation, please leave a comment!
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From:nathreee
Date:May 25th, 2014 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Anyone older then 30? Really? I thought you were good with numbers...

I know who ABBA were, but I wouldn't be able to name any of their songs, ever. You see, by the time I was conscious of music on the radio, it was time for Eurythmics and Madonna. ABBA was 70s, not 80s.

Edited at 2014-05-25 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Date:May 25th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
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See?

ABBA was such a big phenomenon (we're talking Michael Jackson-class world fame) that I kinda assumed everyone would have heard them. Well, there were the A-teens and the Mammia Mia! musical and movie, so it would not have been such a stretch for people aged 30-40 to have heard them.
(And the ABBA era lasted until 1982, so yes -- they were superstars in the late 70's, but were still around in the early 80's. But hey -- their "Happy New Year" is still played on TV on New Year's Eve. "Thank you for the Music" is another one that comes by once in a while. Maybe you have heard their songs, but you don't know they're ABBA.)
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From:nathreee
Date:May 25th, 2014 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Run those numbers again, my friend. Because anyone my age was a baby in 82. It may technically be the 80s, that doesn't mean people born in the 80s have any conscious memory of that.
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From:sbslink
Date:May 25th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I am almost 30 now.. and I know a lot of songs by ABBA. But I am also a fan of Peter Gabriel and some of the other artists that were really famous before I was born. In my case it was probably because that was what my parents listened to.

So I can't help you with the question whether or not people around my age would have heard of this music.
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