The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 September 2005

For all you teen angels out there

Resolved: That 1960s teenage death songs are better than 1970s teenage death songs.

Speaking for the proposition, DragonAttack:

[M]aybe it's because of the alteration of the formula. It's like Classic Coke versus New Coke. The premise was the same but the slightest adjustment made something that was genius become crap. In the sixties it was teens heading for the dance or whatnot, by the seventies a marriage and/or child and/or disease had been added to the mix and it didn't work. Instead of making the songs more tragic it just made them stupid.

Perhaps we should be grateful for the comparative dearth of 1980s teenage death songs.

Posted at 2:31 PM to Tongue and Groove


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Charles says
Resolved: That 1960s teenage death songs are better than 1970s teenage death songs.
To which I say:
Duh.
Actually, I know little to nothing about teenage death songs. But given this truism:
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remember bloodrock's "DOA"

Posted by: paulsmos at 3:02 PM on 20 September 2005

Doesn't hold a bloody candle to "Last Kiss."

Posted by: CGHill at 3:06 PM on 20 September 2005

Does The Doors 'The End' count as a teenage death song? I always thought it was as dippy as 'Teen Angel' , in spite of the Oedipal overtones.

Posted by: Pat Patterson at 6:53 PM on 20 September 2005

It's not particularly teenage in its orientation, but it certainly meets the dippiness standard (even better than Donovan's "Epistle to Dippy," now that I think about it).

Posted by: CGHill at 9:15 PM on 20 September 2005

Well, I think Jim Carroll kind of rendered the genre moot for a decade with "People Who Died." Everybody in the song but the singer dies, and maybe folks figured it was kind of hard to top...

Posted by: Brett at 12:08 AM on 21 September 2005

I can't believe DragonAttack forgot "Seasons in the Sun." Believe me, I've tried to.

Posted by: Michael Bates at 8:59 PM on 21 September 2005

Well, despite Terry Jacks' chirpy voice, the narrator of "Seasons in the Sun" really wasn't a teenager, as its original French title ("Le Moribond," "the dying man") suggests.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:17 PM on 21 September 2005