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1. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

What is it with South America and music from the 80's.
It seems everywhere i go they are playing some dodgy song from the 80's.

Now just as im typing this in an internet cafe in Chile they are playing Genesis AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!

However usually its a song by Men At Work called Down under

Can anybody explain why they always play songs that remind me when i was about 9 years old?

Im not sure which is more painful.Hearing these songs again when they were so bad the first time around or hearing them again and realising how old i am considering it was so many years ago the first time around.

2. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

ahh reece.....

I think I should remind you that you're not quite old enough to think that they're classics (Like I am!)
Will be in SA in two months .... can't wait now.......

D'ya come from a land down under..... la, la....


3. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

Taffski im only a year younger than you

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hi Reece!

I know, it's mad isnt it! I'd totally forgotten that people like Rick Astley used to even EXIST until I went to Chile. I spoke to a Chilean about this and he told me that it's because Pinochet banned a lot of things back in the 80's, such as American pop they are really only hearing it for the first time in the last few years....AND BOY DO THEY LOVE IT! The clubs are full of it.

When I go home Im going straight out to buy A-Has Greatest Hits, I dunno about you! lol

5. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

You guys....
you're just teasing me now !

Rick Astley, Men at Work, Genesis...... Yeah Baby!

Next you'll be telling me they're dancing to Tiffany...
(I can remember the dance too!!!)

D'ya think we're alone now...


6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Hmm, strange. I don't recall much 80s music when I was down there 3 years ago. I do, however, recall some Chilean S-Club 7 that was played constantly. And the Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup. Always the Ketchup Song...

7. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

It was the same in Peru! I couldnt believe it when I was there. I was expecting to hear lots of Latino music and some pan pipes- but Boney M???
I have to admit that I started to really enjoy hearing the stuff I hadnt heard for 20 years. It brought back lots of great memories and helped sustain my delusion that Im still young and living La Vida Loca!
The Sth Americans just love their music, whatever kind. You can be in the middle of nowhere and come into a little village and someone will have an old transistor playing some blast from the past, its almost surreal it just doesnt fit, you have to reframe to make sense of it! Its quite funny I think!

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

I know! It's so intoxicating being there. They love dancing and singing and there's no such thing as you sitting in a corner nursing your drink for the night!
The whole continent just moves. :)

9. Posted by mitti (Inactive 22 posts) 10y

I don't know about music from the 80's but God do I miss a Chickenbus with blasting salsa and merengue...
The buses in Thailand seem extremly civilized and boring.. and I keep on falling asleep


10. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 10y

What an unbelievable night in La Serena 2 nights ago.
A wednesday night and 3 of us went out at 10pm and were in the local bars till 5am.

The first bar was playing Phil Collins at first but then what appeared on the jukebox.A MEGAMIX of RICK ASTLEY'S records.Strangely it went on for more than 3 minutes and they must of mixed together about 10 of his songs.I didnt think he made that many.

Bar Number 2 was quite normal lthough they did play A-ha a few times.

Finally Bar Number 3 was Old School Hip Hop at its finest including Vanilla Ice,Run DMC and MC Hammer for an hour followed by Human League and Gary Numan amongst others.