Will the Kitty playlists will tell you how old I am?
May 31, 2011
Usually when I put together the playlist for a Kitty book, I end up thinking, “Dang, that’s a lot of 80’s songs, I should branch out a little.” The playlist for Kitty 10, Kitty Steals the Show, seemed particularly excessive. (Pet Shop Boys and Adam Ant and Dexy’s Midnight Runners? Really?) It’s really clear what decade I grew up in, and therefore how old I am (about). Or is it?
I finally decided I wanted to know for sure: exactly how excessive is my use of songs from the 80’s on the Kitty playlists? The 11 playlists (ten novels and the collection) have 146 different songs on them, and by my count roughly 60 of them are from the 80’s. That’s 41%. Not quite half, which actually surprised me. I thought I might get to fully half. The most 80’s songs on one playlist is 8 (Kitty Goes to Washington), and the fewest is 2 (Kitty Goes to War). (Disclaimer — my count may be off on some of these. I didn’t look up the dates on every song, so bands like the Pretenders and the Clash may have gotten counted as 80’s when the specific song was actually late 70’s. Can we call them 80’s in spirit?)
So there you go. Not as excessive as I feared, but still a definite trend. No one can listen to that much Clash and Oingo Boingo and not have grown up in the 80’s.