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Smashing Pumpkins Got There First

A reader: “Derb—Have any readers pointed out that mid-90s-it-band The

Smashing Pumpkins is in agreement with your sentiment vis-a-vis 1979? The

band had a hit album in 1995 and 1996 called ‘1979′, and the title track

became a hit. The lyrics, nonsensical though they may seem, hint at the

songwriter’s melancholy during the period:

“Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time

On a live wire right up off the street

You and I should meet

June bug skipping like a stone

With the headlights pointed at the dawn

We were sure we’d never see an end to it all…”

Wow. I gotta listen to more pop music for column ideas.


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