Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Free Associations with Van Halen

Today as I was driving home from running some errands, Hot For Teacher came on the radio, and I laughed to myself as I listened to some of the lyrics.* My favorite parts were the things David Lee Roth shouted during Eddie Van Halen's solos:
I brought my pencil!
Give me something to write on, Man!
And then I thought of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and how much I liked that movie . . .

The 80s in general are just so funny to me. Culturally, lots of fun things happened during that decade, but I don't know if anything was very lasting. Fashion was all about extremes: bright, baggy clothing or shiny spandex. Movies were about underdogs and rags-to-riches and aliens. It just seemed like a "fun" decade and not much more. But maybe it's just because I was a kid in the 80's . . . Can you think of any lasting impacts from 80s pop culture?

*Don't get me wrong; I do like some Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen's solos are impressive. Go ahead; click on that link and listen to one.

Thing I'm thankful for: air conditioning!


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