Heard "American Pie" and "We Didn't Start the Fire" on the radio while out, and…

Self-indulgent boomer stuff. We really missed out on some great stuff with Richie Valens' death, the other two were good but very much the past generation's music, even tho not that much older. And McLean clearly is more of a Buddy Holly.

Didn't Start the Fire is >50% media garbage up to the '70s, and then the only media mentioned are Punk Rock & Heavy Metal, which clearly Billy feared, and Wheel of Fortune 🙄

This has been your "punk Mark reviews easy listening music" moment.

Also looking at

> The Catcher in the Rye, a controversial novel by J. D. Salinger, is published.

Jesus fucking H christ on a dildo. The most-loathed book of a past generation inflicted on later children?

At least Dickens had some murders and ghosts, and characters who did something interesting, just dull and drawn-out because he was literally paid by the word.

Salinger has no excuse, no wonder he lived in hiding afterwards.


this is a little like dumping on "Mondo 2000's user's guide to the new edge" because it only devotes about three pages to the web.

@Nikolai_Kingsley No, they're worse: Mondo 2000 was trying to be about the future, utterly missed it for most of the early run despite everyone in college or industry having access to the Internet for several years. They were like AOL dialup users trying to say they were cool.

While not as porny or druggy, WIRED fucking got it, everything was online.

Billy Joel being afraid of everything past his childhood makes sense, it's just sad.


given the run of bad luck Billy Joel had with his managers, he was right to be afraid of everything!

> also, Mondo 2000: "Hip-hop is the wave of the fyootchum!"

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