August 22, 2015

Boomer Anthems: Money for Nothing

Get your money for nothin' get your chicks for free.

And in the fullness of time, in the beginning of the first Boomer mid-life crisis, we woke up, looked around, and it was the Eighties.

The Sixties were sleeping in their vampire coffins waiting to rise again and destroy the world in the early 21st Century.

The Seventies were in the rearview mirror as the long Cocaine-Disco-All-Night-Orgy faded down into AIDS funerals and herpes.

And lo and behold the survivors suddenly had families, and found themselves in jobs that had somehow become careers.

At long last, the Boomers were buckling down and getting serious. After all, we'd bought homes, had children, and were living through 18% interest rates and hyper-inflation. Face it, we needed the money. Yes, we were all just about to grow up. And then....


Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 22, 2015 7:13 PM
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"She's got it stickin' in th' camera, man
I wish I could have some."

I remember seeing that music video on MTV in late 1984. I really liked the tune, and the computer animation was pretty cool, too.

I'm technically a Baby Boomer (I was born in '62), but the label "Gen X'er" probably fits me better. My sister (born in '51) and my brother-in-law (born in '43) are more "Boomerish" than I am, though they were never into the "sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll" scene like a good many of their contemporaries were.

Posted by: Hale Adams at August 22, 2015 7:49 PM

I'm a Boomer, born 1946. I spent the first half of the Sixties in an Ozzie and Harriet world.
Then came the war and the draft.

I spent the last half of the Sixties doing evil deeds for Uncle Sam. Somewhere in there I went over to the dark side and did not come into the light for twenty years.
My musical memories were not fond ones. It seems that when I hear the music of the Sixties and Seventies I recall the darkness.

It was not all bad. Life never is all bad.
I will say that the bad times I have now are better than the good times I used to have.

Posted by: chasmatic at August 22, 2015 11:35 PM

The '80's was the best decade of the 20th century, bar none. And "Money For Nothin'"'s opening guitar riff was the best pop music ever. Reagan was in the WH, most of us 20-somethings hadn't been sucked into the drug-hazed weirdness of the '60's, we had fun, fun, fun along with Cindy Lauper, enjoyed a huge disposable income because we were DINK's (Double Income, No Kids), vacationed twice a year to at least one great ski resort and one great sun-kissed beach, the clothing was well-made, tailored and pretty. I'm glad I have these memories of being young, carefree and happy -- in the days before... Well, you know.

Posted by: AbigailAdams at August 23, 2015 5:37 AM

The chicks were not free. Handling and shipping were always extra.

Posted by: walt reed at August 23, 2015 6:06 AM

I'm glad I have these memories of being young, carefree and happy

Good for you. Hold those memories close in your heart.
I fear that as good as things are right now will be the best we can hope for.

Posted by: chasmatic at August 23, 2015 7:34 AM

Another "classic" I've never heard of. Looks like I chose a good lifetime to withdraw from society.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at August 23, 2015 4:17 PM

Boomer? Get a grip, Gerard. As a Gen-Xer I am totally F@#$ing offended ... Elvis for the Boomers, Mark Knopfler for the Gen-Xer's.

Just for the record. We Gen-Xer's are growing sick and f@#$ing tired of the Boomers. Pack your sh$t up and die. The warfare of WWII and the Frankfort School created your Boomer immorality ... along with Bob Dylan's whining (albeit highly musical) bullsh$t. It is time for you people to die and get the hell off the world stage. And, take your socialism and communism with you.

We just want to rebuild the world for our children.

No need to apologize, just go!

Posted by: edaddy at August 23, 2015 7:48 PM

edaddy: One thing you can do to partially expiate your sins is to keep paying into Social Security.
We Boomers have spent a lot of time and money potty training you Xers and setting things up so you wouldn't be flipping burgers or stocking Walmarts the rest of your life.
Wasn't for us you'd still be watching black & white TV.

Oh, and stop whining so much.

Posted by: chasmatic at August 23, 2015 9:33 PM