R&P: What are a few of your favourite songs about outdated or obsolete things?
Be it the gramophone, typewriter, fax machine, or some other antiquated artifact of another time, what are your favourite songs looking for songs that mention things we don’t need or use much any more.
I'll start with three of mine...
T.Rex - "Telegram Sam"
Robert Cray - "Phone Booth
Grateful Dead - "Stella Blue" (now a defunct brand of guitar used notably by Leadbelly, Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain)
Sorry, I can post links for the songs, as Yahoo isn't posting my Q with links.
- DominiqueLv 62 months agoFavorite Answer
Grow Up and Blow Away by Metric (typewriter)
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand by Primitive Radio Gods
VCR by The xx
A Heavy Abacus by The Joy Formidable
I Love Rock N Roll by The Arrows and the Joan Jett version (jukebox)
- phatzwaveLv 72 months ago
Cannonball Girl by Justin Welch
Dead Confederate by Jerry Joseph
Smash The Magnavox by Blue Meanies
Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not by X
- FLv 62 months ago
Video killed the radio star - Buggles
VCR Ironic because it refers to radio being killed off.
Back in the USSR - The Beatles
Fun, Fun, Fun - The beach boys ( T-Bird, Roman Chariot, library (almost)).
Sailing- Rod Stewart ( pretty obvious the lyric imply a sail powered passenger boat not a pleasure craft)
I’ll be seeing you - Billy Holiday
(Abyssinia ?) please yourself!
- curtisports2Lv 72 months ago
Phone-related....'Operator' by Jim Croce. When was the last time anyone here made an operator-assisted call? And 'Telephone Line' by ELO. I am one of the rare holdouts who doesn't have a cell phone and uses a landline, but very few people do. The phrase 'get off the line', from the days when there were 'party lines' that had to be shared by multiple households - in the early 1960s, we shared one with at least two other families in the neighborhood - is a part of history.
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- 2 months ago
The letter....By the Boxtops,
- KillmousekyLv 72 months ago
Chuck Berry's "School Days" mentions "drop the coin right into the slot" - of a jukebox. Many restaurants & bars used to have a large one standing by a wall - often between the washrooms. Many other restaurants used to have smaller ones on the wall over the table in most of the booths or on the dining counter.
One is also mentioned in his "Roll Over Beethoven".
I could name dozens of other songs that mention one as well, but the point should be made with just these two.
- Anonymous2 months ago
...put another dime in the jukebox baby... from the song, I Love Rock 'n' Roll.
- Weasel McWeaselLv 72 months ago
I always liked Paul Simon's song "Kodachrome".........
I miss taking real actual pictures , with film.
- 18 gibbs 20Lv 72 months ago
Thetes a lot of sings that mention old cars. Thunderbird, El Dorados, woody station wagons, ... there must be hundreds
- ?Lv 72 months ago
I don't know if this counts, but Primus has a song called "Over the Falls" and the video is set in early 19th century-style. The whole premus seems to be about a guy going over a waterfall in a barrel, which hasn't been done for YEARS.