Name the song and the "special" time, place, event that hearing it again takes you back to!!!

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    Feb 22, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    Surely I'm not alone in this !!!! Hearing PRETTY WOMAN - by the Righteous Brothers, takes me back to a warm spring afternoon as a child on my home in the school bus with my little friends. The sound of the old Donovan song - SING,SING A SONG and I'm 13 riding my bike with my transistor radio loud as it would go on a sunny summer afternoon. Listening to BROWN SUGAR - by the Rolling Stones, and I'm 16 soaking in the summer sun behind our house. I'll hear George Harrisons - MY SWEET LORD, and I'm 17 with my best guy friend my senior year of high school. Sometimes its as if the very smells in the air, and the feelings of that moment come back. Its the same with songs up to and including in the last 5 years. GOD HOW I LOVE MUSIC !!!! YOUR TURN !!!! Which ones take you to a special place????
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    Feb 23, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    "It Had to Be You" reminds me of the first two weeks in my partner and my relationship.

    INXS' "Need You Tonight" brings me back to undergrad days, walking home drunk from the frat parties with my best friend.

    Johnny's "Relax" reminds me of the summer I graduated from grade school.

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    Feb 23, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    Oh, man. The sound of an AM transistor radio playing Brown Sugar or Honky Tonk Woman brings me right back to the beaches of Long Beach, L.I. where I lived for about a decade. Tommy James and the Shondells and the Beach Boys. Gino's pizza and Italian ices. I can taste them.
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    Feb 23, 2008 12:50 AM GMT
    "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" - and I'm driving in the rain in Memphis in 1978 or so....

    "Time in New England" - and I'm in my apartment in Chattanooga, TN waiting for my new partner to move in....

    "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - and I'm on the floor in the den of my parent's home watching the Bobby Kennedy funeral train on TV....

    "Tammy" (yes, the Debbie Reynolds original....) and I'm playing a jukebox at a little burger place off the Boston Post Road in Riverside, CT - the year is about 1957, and it's the first place I'm allowed to eat out with my folks....

    "Pretty Woman" - and it's 1965 and I'm suffering through a ballroom dancing class a couple of evenings a week. We'd take breaks and they'd play current music and the breeders would all dance while I looked for a corner....

    "The House of the Rising Sun" - and I'm playing a Farfisa Combo Compact in a band in Austin, TX in 1966....

    "Norwegian Wood" - and I'm in an art class conducted by a curious guy named Bernard B. Day at a private school in Austin, TX in 1965....

    jeez... I need some new memories!
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    Feb 23, 2008 1:20 AM GMT
    Bridgw Over Troubled Waters. I'm sitting in a bierstube in Salzburg, Austria, and the jukebox is playing the song, which is already two years old. I'm in town to take part in a musical recital, and I know absolutely no one there--and into the bierstube walks a friend of mine from my hometown who is there to play in the same recital! Small world stories....
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    Feb 23, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    Rhythm Is A Dancer - folding jeans at The Gap
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    Feb 23, 2008 2:02 AM GMT
    "SARA", by Fleetwood Mac...and I am 19 again, in Ft. Lauderdale on winter break, getting laid by a girl in the back seat of my cousin's car, at a drive in theater watching Animal House! It was fun and she was WILD...kinky!Woohoo!icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 23, 2008 2:27 AM GMT
    Proud Mary - reminds me of being at Wembley Stadium-London, seeing Tina Turner.
    Sweet Leaf - Winterland, San Francisco seeing Black Sabbath.
    Sugar Magnolia - with friends in high school & the Grateful Dead's new album.
    I Want To Hold Your Hand - receiving a first copy of the brand new 1964 Meet The Beetles album when I was 5!
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    Feb 23, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    Black Box - Strike It Up - always takes me back to my first time in a gay bar, dancing with the lesbian that would become my flatmate for a year.
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    Feb 23, 2008 3:33 AM GMT

    I like to pretend that this song is playing inside my body while my system goes about it's daily tasks.
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    Feb 23, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    In 1979 I demanded my mom take me to a Donna Summer concert in California. I was eight and I thought her song "Bad Girls" was groovy! icon_lol.gif Anyway, that's when my mom figured out I was not like the other boys in the neighborhood, but she took me to the concert anyway!!!
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    Feb 23, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    PARADISE BY THE DASHBOARD LIGHT by Meatloaf takes me back to 1978 and my freshman year in college, having sex with my first girlfriend in my car.
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    Feb 23, 2008 4:46 AM GMT
    "enjoy" by janet jackson takes me back to 2006 when i realized i had to leave my husband or i wouldn't survive...

    "i like the way you move" by outKast takes me back to 2004 when i finally decided to stop being a public school teacher...

    "uninvited" by alanis morisette takes me back to 1998 when i was commuting from college to the club where i had my first exotic dancing gigs...

    "damn, i wish i was your lover" by sophie b. hawkins takes me back to 1994 and singing at the top of my lungs with my best friend becky while we rolled through the town in her broke down honda...

    "back in black" by ac/dc takes me back to 1992 when my dad was taking me to bars and betting on me to win dance competitions against adults (never lost one!)...

    "like a prayer" by madonna takes me back to 1988 when i first started listening to music i was scared my parents wouldn't like and began rebelling against all sorts of expectations and norms...
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    Feb 23, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    AHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!! I knew I wasn't alone !!! I've recognized every song each of you have mentioned, isn't it great what music can do !!! My mother was great, she never complained a bit at my morning routine of stacking as many "45's" on the record player as it would hold, and up with the volume while I and my two younger brothers got ready for school. Dancerjack - Your dad must have been a cool one to go with you to the bars, that must have been great !!!
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    Feb 23, 2008 5:41 AM GMT
    hahahah, well, they weren't gay bars - he was taking me to the redneck pool halls and straight dance clubs when i was 12 and 13, but he's cool - i call him "pops," and he swaggers with pride at the moniker... lol

    i say "wussup, pops?" (yeah... i'm the man... i'm pops)
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    Feb 23, 2008 11:11 AM GMT
    Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want

    Weirdly takes me back to a rainy summer afternoon where I was lying on the bed reading Dean Koontz' book Hideaway.

    Nine Days - If I Am

    Takes me back to a weekend 'group' studying (actually just messing around) for some exams the next week. It was on a mix tape that someone recorded and was playing on a friend's cassette player.

    Everclear - Everything to Everyone

    Takes me back to a memory of me returning the borrowed CD of Everclear's album to my first and to date only crush.



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    Feb 23, 2008 3:29 PM GMT
    I grew up in a family with extremely over-protective parents, and it was with the start of my college years ( 1974-78 ) that I got to see life outside of my home town in the rest of NJ, and start dating guys (discreetly, of course). So the songs popular in that era, when I hear them today, still evoke all those original feelings of excitement and new discovery. Off the top of my head:

    1. Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
    2. Could This Be the Magic / Mandy - Barry Manilow
    3. Miracles - Jefferson Airplane
    4. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
    5. Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton John
    6. Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney

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    Feb 23, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
    Music always brings back memories for me, more so than pictures. Here are some memories.

    - "Beach Baby" by First Class - going to the beach in the summer of 1974;

    - "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac - one of my favourite songs from the summer of 1977;

    - "Heart of Glass" by Blondie - last year of high school;

    - "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson - last year of undergrad in Psychology. I was living with four other guys in a basement apartment.

    - "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves - summer of 1985 living in Toronto for the first time.

    - "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel - my favourite song when I first had sex with a guy (summer of 1986);

    - "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol - my favourite song when my Dad was dying in hospital in October 2006.
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    Feb 23, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    'Hey Mamma' by the Black Eyed Peas - 2004 during a 10 hour flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur, where the song would play after every movie, drove me insane.

    'Stop' by the Spice Girls - 1999, getting ready for school, good times.

    'Something Stupid' by Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - 2003, first was a singing competition, then I had to sing it karaoke style as a cousin's wedding present during the reception.

    'Rap des Armas' by Filme Troupe de Elite - mid November 2007 during Malaysia International Fashion Week's after-party, where the Brazilian models went crazy and we had a three day party marathon.

    'Don't Stop' by Janet Jackson - 2004, where I was on the high school athletics team and I got the team third place when we originally were the last of seven, as the last relay runner.

    'Pictures' by Sneaky Sound Machine - 2007, crazy Law Society cocktail party.

    'World Hold On' by Bob Sinclair - 2005-2008, clubbing through Hong Kong, Bangkok, Melbourne, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore with my best friends, it was our soundtrack, literally.

    'Let Me Think About It' by Fedde Le Grand & Ida Corr - 2008, bungee jumping after clubbing in Bali.
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    Feb 23, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    My American ex-bf was 15 years older than me. One time while I am in his car to visit his house in Tecumseh, Michigan . We past thru the beautiful landscape of American farmland of cornfield and wheat. The song "Traze" was on the air. He explain to me it was originally recorded in 1969.I forget who actually singing it. But it about a lost love, things that they use to share together, faded photograph and memories in bit and pieces. That is 1985 , now the year 2008 , I still remember the word of the song and how meaningful it is , despite the passing years and the fact that we are continent apart, I still think of him and in my heart there still trazes of love for him.
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    Feb 23, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    I was listening to A Moment With You, by George Michael, a while back & it took me back to me & my first ex-man. We were by ourselves at a "lookout point" in his neck of the woods. It was 1998. We were getting semi-serious UNTIL he heard me sing "I Want Your Sex" & THAT was when he laid in & kissed me. Apparently, he took a liking to my singing & it made him fall for me right then and there. The first song, "A Moment With You", made me feel very safe & secure with him. I play those songs when he's around because he still, to this day, gets very heated, in a good way, behind me singing it. So, next to my cooking, I still have something to loom my ex-man back to me.

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    Feb 23, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    Thinking back to my childhood, my first tape cassettes for my little red tape player were:

    Pacman Fever, which also had songs about other games, played constantly while I played my atari. I liked the frogger song too.

    Queen, Flash Gordon, I loved. Always played that one when I was ready to jump around the house.

    I wore these albums: disco duck, the bee gees, grease, donna summer on the radio, diana ross upside down--those were my cleaning my room songs when I was a kid--gay. I didn't go a day without donna summer.

    Definitely wore Michael Jackson out, had the jacket and the parachute pants, went to the Jackson 5 concert. Spent loads of time perfecting the moon walk.

    Then I was a princeaholic. Loved everything of his, played it constantly. Would have to fight over the stereo with my stepmother who loved Madonna. Have seen him a couple of times, also saw sheila e in a small venue beating her drums and pointing my way while singing glamorous life. My biggest disappointment was not being able to see prince when I was on vacation in Paris.

    Then I was a rocker, loved my Billy Idol, dancin with myself

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    Feb 23, 2008 9:39 PM GMT
    nosto, you have excellent taste icon_wink.gif

    hawky, i love "don't stop" - it is one of my jams!
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    Mar 08, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    Here's a funny one that you have got to remember...

    The Simpsons, beginning episode, with Reverend Lovejoy opening the day's sermon with In The Garden Of Eden by I. Ron Butterfly. They were standing for about 17 whole minutes and the old lady playing the church organ couldn't take no more and collapsed at the organ, hitting the last note. Everyone's hair was messed up & they even lit lighters for her, in CHURCH!!icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 14, 2009 3:24 PM GMT