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  • What is considered an "Oldie"???

    This is a topic for my good friend Barry.

    I was mentioning this on my Facebook, and it got a lot of reaction, so I figured we should talk about this here too.

    I was listening to K-Earth 101 today (Local "Oldies" station) and they played The Police and a Michael Jackson song.

    Now to me, these are NOT "Oldies". The Police are Classic Rock. Michael Jackson is "Pop".

    Oldies to me are groups like the Righteous Brothers, Frankie Valli, The Yardbirds, The Everly Brothers, Otis Redding, The Drifters.

    The Police, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, etc are considered (IMO) "Classic Rock".

    There are some groups like the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc that are both.

    I'm not sure what makes the distinction for me, but it's something. I can identify an "Oldies" song right away and I can identify a song that isn't right away. I just don't know how to verbally identify the difference.

    What do you think? Are The Police and Michael Jackson now considered "Oldies"? Am I REALLY getting that old where the artists I grew up with are now "Oldies"? Is there just a time period that makes something an "Oldie" (like 25 years) or is it a style of music (as IMO it is).


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    Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

    Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    This is a topic for my good friend Barry.

    I was mentioning this on my Facebook, and it got a lot of reaction, so I figured we should talk about this here too.

    I was listening to K-Earth 101 today (Local "Oldies" station) and they played The Police and a Michael Jackson song.

    Now to me, these are NOT "Oldies". The Police are Classic Rock. Michael Jackson is "Pop".

    Oldies to me are groups like the Righteous Brothers, Frankie Valli, The Yardbirds, The Everly Brothers, Otis Redding, The Drifters.

    The Police, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, etc are considered (IMO) "Classic Rock".

    There are some groups like the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, etc that are both.

    I'm not sure what makes the distinction for me, but it's something. I can identify an "Oldies" song right away and I can identify a song that isn't right away. I just don't know how to verbally identify the difference.

    What do you think? Are The Police and Michael Jackson now considered "Oldies"? Am I REALLY getting that old where the artists I grew up with are now "Oldies"? Is there just a time period that makes something an "Oldie" (like 25 years) or is it a style of music (as IMO it is).
    What is considered an "Oldie"???
    Anything I like seems to be either an oldie or a classic.

    Oldies seem subjective.

    Classic if like cars, should be 25 years. No?


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      Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

      I also have issue with the term Oldies when it comes to 80's music. To me the term oldies will always imply the 50's and 60's.

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        Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

        Originally posted by Anders View Post
        I also have issue with the term Oldies when it comes to 80's music. To me the term oldies will always imply the 50's and 60's.
        Agreed!

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          Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

          We're really that old. The Police's best work is more than 25 years old. Think back to listening to Oldies Radio in the early 1980s. Go back 25 years and you have 1955's hits. Yeah, they were playing that stuff and plenty of stuff from the 60s that was newer. We never blinked at the use of the word "Oldies" to describe 25 year old music back then.
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            Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

            oldies? what are oldies? I love me some 50's and 60's !! LOL
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            • #7
              Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

              I think it's a matter of perspective. If it was "your" music, it's classic. If it came before your entrance into the music world, it's an "oldie." YMMV, and I'm sure there is some cross-over in the middle, depending on where you fall. Kind of like the George Carlin bit where your stuff is "stuff", but other people's stuff...

              All I know is that I avoid listening to the radio a lot these days because I think it's all terrible. That's how I know that I'm getting older. I prefer to listen to MY classics on my iPod instead. :lol:
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              • #8
                Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                To me, 50's & 60's music are "oldies". 70's is more of the "classic rock" era.

                And I don't think The Police are "classic rock" even though their first album came out like 30 years ago. They were more part of the post-punk/new wave era of the late 70's/early 80's. That's an entirely different genre to me. So weird most the bands I like/grew up with have been around for close to 30 years (or more).

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                • #9
                  Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                  Oldies, if referring to people, I'd say 100 years.

                  Anything else, 50 years minimum.
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                  • #10
                    Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                    I think "oldies" are anything older than me, lol.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                      Depends is oldie a genre or is it a timeframe?
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                        Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                        I consider it more a timeframe.

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                        • #13
                          Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                          I personally think it's a genre. Then again, if somebody did a remake of an oldie today, it wouldn't be an oldie.

                          Maybe it's both a timeframe AND genre?

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                            Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                            Ready to feel old?

                            Oldies = Anything before 1998.
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                              Re: What is considered an "Oldie"???

                              Originally posted by Tui View Post
                              Ready to feel old?

                              Oldies = Anything before 1998.

                              Darn! Spice Girls and Hanson are considered oldies.

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                              I consider the music my parents listen to oldies so the music from the 60's/70's.

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