TUNE MJ Hibbett & The Validators - The 1980s How It Was
This was originally written for the Hey Hey 16K show as a reposte to all the radio and TV shows which claimed that the 1980s were an amazing glamorous time of fun and decadence when, of course, they were AWFUL. I don't like it when the media try and reduce an entire decade to fluffy nostalgia by simply listing TV shows... so I wrote a song which in no way tries to have its cake and eat it by doing exactly that!
The first verse is based on the fact that every picture I ever see of life in 1980s paints everything as dreary, broken and dirty. An excellent example of this is the book New England by Chris Porsz, which containes pictures of Peterborough around this time. The book itself is anything BUT dreary, being full of life and interest, but it shows a world where everyone appears to be poorly, underfed, and ground down by life. Also it features places I remember from my childhood and even some kids from my Junior School, so I guess that's a dual cake use scenario too!
This was always a strange one to do in the show. It came right at the start of the story and, whenever we performed it, always felt like it was dragging things down just as they were getting going. However it was pretty much always the song that people identified afterwards, so maybe I just FEAR contemplative songs!
The original version was called 'History's Re-Written' but The Validators suggested changing it as it's a bit close to The Fight For History so Frankie came up with this new title. Works for me!