Archive for Monday, 27 July, 2009
Talk of the 1980′s in the previous article reminded me just how dire that particular decade really was. However, some young people, especially teenagers, seem to think they were some sort of Golden Age. A few weeks ago, I was talking to Jaime McDonald who is in her late teens, who was telling me how great the clothes from the ’80′s were, and how she and all her friends loved wearing them, and what a great decade it must have been. I was at a loss for words, I mean I was there, I knew how awful people looked back then. I remembered listening to bands like Flock of Seagulls on the radio because there was nothing else on.
Then it struck me, when I was her age, I thought that the Sun shone from the 1960′s, which must have been the hippest time ever. There must be something about the decade of your birth that makes you want to idolize it when you are a teenager. It was not until I got to my my mid twenties that I realised that whilst there are some notable things about the 1960′s that are worth praising, so much of the naff also survives. By this time I had been living an adult life for a few years (in the 1990′s which was, truth be told another naff decade), I realized that it was better to enjoy the place in time you were actually living in, and not to yearn for some mythical Golden Age that never really existed.