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    For me it's Diamond Dogs (1974) describing boom-time Shanghai (Post 2000)...not just the music - the sleeve art also evokes the overarching high-tech, bonkers wealth and warped sleaze of the city and it's amazing, ambiguous energy...

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      There's a flipside to this: I was disappointed that Jimi Hendrix didn't turn into a merman in 1983
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      Video Killed the Radio Star.

      Released years before MTV began and predicted the decline of Radio in popularity and the rise of Music on TV.
      It's a marathon, not a sprint.
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      There's a flipside to this: I was disappointed that Jimi Hendrix didn't turn into a merman in 1983
      He did predict his own death in The Ballad Of Jimi.
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      Video Killed the Radio Star.

      Released years before MTV began and predicted the decline of Radio in popularity and the rise of Music on TV.
      A good shout. The decline of radio for sure, but interestingly enough, apparently not the rise of music videos.

      According to the BBC:

      "...the promo for the 1979 Buggles hit was the first video shown on MTV when it launched in 1981. As a consequence, it's become lodged in the mind as predicting the rise of the music video in the 1980s as the primary means for making music stars. But that's not what the song is about. As Buggles man Trevor Horn told the Guardian in 2004, Video Killed the Radio Star "came from a [J. G.] Ballard story called Sound Sweep in which a boy goes around old buildings with a vacuum cleaner that sucks up sound".

      The opening lyrics look back, not forward - "I heard you on the wireless back in 52 / Lying awake intent at tuning in on you" - suggesting the song concerns the birth of TV in 1950s threatening radio, rather than music videos in the late-70s, although of course Horn would have been acutely aware of the parallels."

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      John Denver- Leaving on a Jet Plane. However, it was a single rear propeller, but I guess that didn't fit in the song so well.
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      A list of all the ways technology is transforming life, with the twist at the end that, ultimately, all it means is we'll just sit around watching TV instead of doing anything.

      36 years old now, this song, but still prescient. If they'd predicted Facebook instead of TV, they'd've been even more on the money...


      We've got photographs of men on the moon
      We've got water that is good for us
      We've got coffee that's instantaneous
      We've got buildings that are very tall
      We've got cigarettes that are low in tar
      We've got policemen who can tell us who we are
      We can reproduce a work of art
      We've got missiles can tear the world apart
      Good, good, good, good, good, good technology

      We've got trains that run underground
      Aeroplanes that fly very fast
      We've got music that is popular
      We've got machines that sound like orchestras
      We've got ability to transplant a heart
      We've got freezers full of body parts
      We've got computers that can find us friends
      We know roughly when the world will end
      Good, good, good, good, good, good technology

      We've got animals with transistors in
      We've got pills that can make you slim
      We've got factories turning frozen chickens out
      We've got ovens that cook in seconds flat
      We've got plastics that are indestructible
      We've got deodorants that make us smell of flowers
      We've got detergents to clean up the sea
      We've got sounds that can tear us inside out

      Sometimes I wonder what it is all about
      There's lots of leisure time to sit and work it out
      There's a TV show I've got to see
      Good, good, good, good, good, good technology
      Good technology
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      “Only last night I found myself lost
      By the station called King's Cross
      Dead and wounded on either side
      You know it's only a matter of time”

      King’s Cross by Pet Shop Boys from the album Actually, released 7th September, 1987.

      On 18 November 1987 a fire took place at King’s Cross station killing 31 innocent people.
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      Well..... I can't wait until 2525 to see if we're still alive?

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