Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The good old days that never were | San Diego Reader

The good old days that never were | San Diego Reader: "Only 32 years ago, “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister, topped the Billboard Hot 100 over better songs by better bands. Yup. You read that right, a synth-pop ode riffing on a Greek prayer outperformed “Manic Monday” and “West End Girls.” But we remember 1986 for “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Sledgehammer” dropping as singles, not “Kyrie” dominating the airwaves. There are two ways you can unpack that fact. Either (a) we selectively cherry-pick the best of the past and discard the rest to the trash-heap of history; or (b) what looks like nostalgia is just the end result of the historical process, by which the cream rises to the top."

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