Live 8 and me

I must be starting to become 'middle aged'.

Middle aged is a state of mind, not of chronology, for example, it's tutting quietly at women having tops that don't quite reach their trousers, whilst simultaneously having underwear that strives to reach their tops.

My latest display was watching Live8 (which for all its good intentions, certain bands did leave me with the feeling that it was primarily a promotional tool).

With apologies to people who may have seen this on LJ.

Me: Oh look, it's the Edge.
Monica: No, that's Slash.
Me: Oh? Who's the Edge?
Mon: He's in U2.
Me: I thought that was Bono.
Mon: Edge is in that too.
Me: So is this metallica?
Mon: No, Velvet Revolver.
Me: Who are they? Never heard of them...
Mon: They've got Slash in
Me: ... didn't he used to be in... erm?
Mon: Guns 'n Roses.
Me: When did they split up?

(Pause)

Me: Didn't Velvet Revolver have Paul Weller in?
Monica: You're thinking of Velvet Underground and that was Lou Reed.
Me: Oh.

Just a few years back I was 'up to date', I knew my Pulp, Oasis and Blur, I lived in Manchester, the heart of the Britpop revival... and then... I sort of.. lost track.

And the things I did know, I forgot. I couldn't even name the lead singer bloke in oasis now. (Though I do remember Jarvis and Damon)

In my defence, I remember the songs and don't follow artists (as a rule). This has always been the case. You can't give be a song title and have me know it, though I can get lots of songs from a few notes (but not know what they're called).

On Live8 there have been a batch of 'new' bands like Scissor Sisters (crikey, they were mostly blokes), Snowball thingy, fireblade or something, and doo-dah whatzits. I'd never heard the names of the bands, but I knew the songs. And I tend not to remember stuff like that.

I really don't remember the names of the people in the bands. For example, I only know the name 'Craig David' through trailers of 'Bo Selecta', and when I saw him on this Live-8 thing thought 'Ah, that's who he is... isn't his head small?'

The nice thing about being out of touch is that I learned today that the crazy frog has been knocked off the number one spot. I didn't know that the crazy frog was IN the number one spot, nor do I know what the new number one is.

If only I'd have got out of touch pre-Bryan Adams and Whitney Houston!

Now, pulp 80s television, THAT is my field. Want the opening blurb for 'The A Team'? I'm your guy!

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.
Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem.
If no-one else can help.
And if you can find them,
Maybe you can hire.... The A-Team.

Bah-ba bAAAA, ba ba BAaaah! (and so on).