Battle of the Beach Music: 1984 vs. 2014

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Madonna, "Borderline" vs Iggy Azalea "Fancy."
She came out of nowhere, has the 2014 summertime anthem and boasts an enticingly unapologetic style all her own. Like Madonna 30 years ago, Iggy Azalea is the pop star of the moment. To cop a phrase from back then, she's "tripendicular." But does she have what it takes to become The New Classic?

Get back to me when she's surpassed global music superstardom to become one of the most loved, hated, emulated, written- and talked-about women of her quarter-century.

Advantage: 1984


ZZ Top vs. Z-Ro
Summertime is a good time to celebrate local music. Every Houston artist has a mixtape or CD out, so please play some of it at the beach so we don't have to listen to pop radio stations all afternoon out there. Mere paragraphs ago, I related how we rocked on the shoreline way back when. I'm sure I heard "Legs" at least once at Stewart Beach. Today, I'm happy to hear a lot more hip-hop everywhere, and Z-Ro is a favorite.

I grew up in Hiram Clarke; he's from right next door in Mo City. In many respects, my Houston experience is way more similar to his than the Top's. If you see me out at the beach this summer, I'll be the old man playing "Crooked Officer" when the beach patrol rolls by.

Advantage: 2014


1984 MJ vs. 2014 MJ
As is often the case, it all comes down to Michael Jackson. His posthumous duet with Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good," is getting good buzz, with some listeners recalling "Off the Wall." Surely, the talented Timberlake takes the song to a better level, but Jackson is an idol of his, so let's give credit where it's due. Nice to see Mike can still be a thriller.

Since the song was actually written 30 years ago, is this a 1984 song or a 2014 song? Doesn't matter. When music makes the day under the sun and on the surf better, we're all winners.


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Gaspar_Ramsey
Gaspar_Ramsey

Pity you! Here's the music from 1964--still the best, ever:


The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun - 08-1964 - MGM
The Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun - 03-64 - Capitol
The Beach Boys - I Get Around - 06-64 - Capitol
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night - 07-64 - Capitol
The Beatles - And I Love Her - 09-64 - Capitol
The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love - 04-64 - Capitol
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand - 01-64 - Capitol
The Beatles - Love Me Do - 05-64 - Tollie
The Beatles - She Loves You - 02-64 - Swan
The Beatles - Twist And Shout - 03-64 - Tollie
Chuck Berry - No Particular Place To Go - 07-64 - Chess
Sam Cooke - Good News - 03-64 - RCA
Dale & Grace - Stop And Think It Over - 02-64 - Montel
The Dave Clark Five - Because - 08-64 - Epic
The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk - 08-64 - Atlantic
Shirley Ellis - The Nitty Gritty - 01-64 - Congress
Betty Everett - Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - 04-64 - Vee Jay
The Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Loving - 10-64 - Motown
Gale Garnett - We'll Sing In The Sunshine - 10-64 - RCA
Gerry & The Pacemakers - Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying - 06-64 - Laurie
Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema - 07-64
Herman's Hermits - I'm Into Something Good -12-64 - MGM
Jan & Dean - Dead Man's Curve - 04-64 - Liberty
Jan & Dean - The Little Old Lady From Pasadena - 07-64 - Liberty
Jay & The Americans - Come A Little Bit Closer - 11-64 - UA
Little Anthony  & The Imperials - Goin' Out Of My Head - 12-64 - DCP
Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy - 09-64 - Ascot
Manfred Mann - Sha La La - 12-64 - Ascot
Martha & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street - 09-64 - Gordy
Roy Orbison - Oh Pretty Woman - 09-64 - Monument
The Pyramids - Penetration - 02-64
Johnny Rivers - Maybelline - 09-64 - Imperial
Johnny Rivers - Mountain Of Love - 11-64 - Imperial
The Rolling Stones - Time Is On My Side - 11-64 - London
Ronny & The Daytonas - G.T.O. - 09-64 - Mala
The Searchers - Love Potion Number Nine - 12-64 - Kapp
The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack - 11-64 - Red Bird
Dusty Springfield - Wishin' And Hopin' - 07-64 - Philips
The Tams -What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) - 02-64 - ABC
Tommy Tucker - Hi-Heel Sneakers - 03-64 - Checker
The Ventures - Walk Don't Run '64 - 08-64 - Dolton
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By - 05-64 - Scepter
Mary Wells - My Guy - 04-64 - Motown l
The Zombies - She's Not There - 11-64 - Parrot

Veronica Carr
Veronica Carr

nothing could be shittier than the music of 2014

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