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Song Parodies -> "That Decade Rocked (Tribute to the 80s)"

Original Song Title:

"Life is a Rock (but the Radio Rolled Me)"

Original Performer:


Parody Song Title:

"That Decade Rocked (Tribute to the 80s)"

Parody Written by:

Warren Baker

The Lyrics

One of the best things to come out of the 80s was it's music.
Hear them mumble, all the singers
Words are bungled, nothing lingers
Where’s the knack for lyric writin’
Hate the three chord tricks, I’m dyin’
Give me something, take it higher
Bring it, ping it, nothing tired
Where’s the humor, songs with passion
Not much out brings satisfaction
Maybe baby, I’m a critic
I see the shoe, I see it fit it
See the eighties, how they gripped me
Renaissance, the sonics trippy
Let me tell you, pretty mama
Tunes today like braying llamas
Gimme Go-Go’s, Gary Numan
And the league that says they’re human
Capture rapture, words so vital
Shocking monkeys in a title

That decade rocked
And the eighties still roll me
Though some songs were a downer
Like the Smiths sang boldly
(no, no, no, no)
Now, it’s Tick Tock
And the idols sing oldies
Rather hear my old vinyl
My reissued goldies

Brass in pocket, no pretendin’
Squeeze had mussels, Idol wedding
Men at Work, they work down under
How about them one hit wonders?
Jenny Jenny, rockin’ Falco
Icehouse cool, but Nu Shooz not so
On the fringe you hear Red Rider
At Timbuk 3, the future’s brighter
XTC in my Impala
Wall of Voodoo eats iguana
Practice safety when you’re dancin’
Frankie wants to keep relaxin’
Bonnie Tyler wears mascara
There’s Chicago’s Pete Cetera
Adam Ant and Guns and Roses
Big hair metal manly poses

That decade rocked
And the eighties still roll me
When I sing in the shower
You’ll hear new wave crooning
(yo, yo, yo, yo)
See seagulls flock
To the sound of my oldies
Psycho killer tracks pounding
Madness on my Sony’s

Bono, Bowie, Furs and Frida
Oingo Boingo, Billy’s Beaters
See attractions sing with Elvis
That one never moved his pelvis
Joe the Jackson steppin’ out there
Terri Nun and not quite white hair
Bryan Ferry at the Roxy
Simple Minds displayin' moxie
Echo and his bunny brothers
Blondie, Bronski, and the Buggles
Thomas Dolby sounds terrific
Robyn Hitchcock quite prolific
Specials, Church taught Modern English
A-ha, Norway, they’re not Swedish
Minute Men, the Clash, the Pixies
Tears for Fear, the Dregs of Dixie
52’s were never bombers
Serving butter beans with lobster
Annie Lennox, Knack, and Devo
If I’ve missed yours, use your TiVo.

That decade rocked
And the eighties still roll me
Years that make me so proud of
All the songs that moved me
(whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa)
That decade rocked
And their sounds of life grooved me
Music painted in dayglo
Fresh today and always.
The original song by Reunion can be found on YouTube. And if you enjoyed this, visit The Blogging Baker. If you didn't enjoy this, seek help at Help Guide. Copyright 2010 Warren Baker

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Steve K. - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
As Bob Hope sang (even before the 80's), thanks for the memories.
Michael Pacholek - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
This was a tough parody to do, credit where it's due, but the Eighties sucked tremendously. Especially in its music.
Mark Scotti - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
GREAT PARODY! Some of the most creative and influential music came out of the eighties!!!
Phil Nelson - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Terrific tribute, I still like a whole lot of music from the 80's. 5's
Warren Baker - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
Steve- My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it!
Michael- Yeah, the 1880's were a tough time for recorded music...wait...were you talking about the 1980s??? ;-) Thanks for the credit, MP!
Mark- It was an incredible time for music, and some of those artists still put a lot of today's 'artists' to shame. Thanks for the v/c!
Phil- Thanks for the v/c! It's the music that keeps givin'.
Christie Marie M - March 29, 2010 - Report this comment
I so love the 80's a whole lot. It reminds me of my childhood years, through Strawberry Shortcakes, Luv Buds, Rose Petal Place dolls, Nintendo, etc. My fave 80s bands are ABC, XTC, Devo, Bananarama, and Go-Go's. And much more! I also loved those 80s sitcoms like Alf, Family Ties, Cheers, Perfect Strangers, etc. Once I dreamt that I traveled back to 1984 and I was 4 years old again in my old neighborhood. Pretty rockin' parody there! 5's!!
Nathan - March 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Excellent homage to the 80's. I love it oh so much.
Old Man Ribber - March 30, 2010 - Report this comment
WTG Warren! To have even attempted this deserves have done it as well as to did deserves 10-10-10! My favorite line in the original is "Stephen Foster - Doo Dah Doo Dah". ;D
Warren Baker - March 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Nathan- I know that lyric, but I'm not placing it. Please tell so I don't lose sleep tonight. It's really gonna bug me! And thanks for the comment!
OMR- Gracias, kind one. When I looked at the original lyric, I was amazed at how they weaved so much cool stuff into the song. My favorite was "CBS and Warner Brothers / RCA and all the others." Thanks for the v/c!
Warren Baker - March 30, 2010 - Report this comment
Christie- I'm still a huge XTC and Devo fan. I love that stuff. Glad I could help bring back some memories. Thanks for the v/c!
Warren Baker - March 31, 2010 - Report this comment
@Nathan- I Have the Touch. Ironically, I just bought his new album and have been listening to it quite a bit. Gotta love Pete.
Dave W. - January 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I liked the original.I loved yours....You definitely got the Knack
Leough - November 02, 2012 - Report this comment
While looking for M&P's parody of this OS, I noticed that you did this one too. Great concept and execution! 555! Now are you going to continue to update the OS with versions for the 90's, 00's, etc.?
WarrenB - November 04, 2012 - Report this comment
Leough, thanks for the comments. I'd love to write some followups, but the 90's and 2000's have been a bust musically for me. Now if you're talking the 1890s and 1900s, that could be a better story...hmm.

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