366TAS: 2:25 – Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

Day 36. We’re roughly 10% of the way through the year today and as we reach this milestone of sorts, I can’t help but feel like I’ve been sent back in time. Take a look at this breakdown of the release years for the songs I’ve picked so far:

Year Released Songs Picked
2005-2009 4
1997-2002 6
1985-1992 5
1972-1980 3
1964-1969 12
1954-1958 6

That’s more picks from the mid-to-late 60’s than from the last 20 years! … plus another six selections from the fifties! As an old guy I know said, “I actually know those songs!” Like I said before, songs from this earlier era of rock and roll tended to be shorter. “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956) and the other works of Chuck Berry are no exception here.

Today also marks the end of the three week Lollapalooza of “old guy music” that kicked off in mid-January. Beginning tomorrow, we’re going to come back to the present with a vengeance with an upcoming week that is scheduled to be 100% music from the current millennium. There’s still plenty of classics to come, not to mention new covers of older tunes. But the foreseeable future should feel a little more contemporary than the recent past.

Oh, and for a quick and easy look at the whole list that’s been posted so far, along with some years and stats thereon, I’ve put up a spreadsheet with all the gory details. I’ll be keeping that updated as well roll along here too. If you’re playing along at home, I definitely recommend something like this to keep track of things, as well as for posterity’s sake.

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2 Responses to 366TAS: 2:25 – Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

  1. John says:

    I’ll go with some garage rock (of the “neo” variety–it came out in 1986) from Pittsburgh, the Cynics’ hard-charging “Blue Train Station”:

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-dbRT6-lc8&w=420&h=315%5D

    For my own shadow list, I’ve been putting together an iTunes playlist (I also have one for the songs that I own or acquire from your list). It makes for good work-place listening, too. I’ve got three tracks from 1954-58 (Champs, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry), fourteen from 1963-69 (Crystals, Righteous Bros, Who, Castaways, Davie Allan & The Arrows, Music Machine, Squires, Box Tops, John Fred & His Playboy Band, Gaye & Terrell, Zombies, Crazy Elephant, J.J. Jones and Eula Cooper), five from 1970-77 (MC5, Rodriguez, Randy Newman, Nerves, Adverts), two from 1982-86 (Cynics, Alan Parsons Project), seven from 1995-2001 (Cowslingers, Del Amitri, Rancid, Elastica, RFTC, Turbonegro, Weezer), and five from 2005-2011 (GBV, Baseball Project, Electric Six, Dirty Faces, Nada Surf).

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