Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 21, 2016

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    BE THIS GUY  over 5 years ago

    I’m going to go burn my Doors and Van Morrison albums.

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    cdgar  over 5 years ago

    Music tastes do date you. Little Richard, anyone?

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    Sherlock Watson  over 5 years ago

    I’ll take “oldies” over any of the new stuff, because they’re just plain better.

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    LuvThemPluggers  over 5 years ago

    Elvis, all the way! (does that date me?)

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    jimmjonzz Premium Member over 5 years ago

    But if you don’t tie your tastes to a particular zeitgeist, no problem. Everything old (such as, heh, New Wave) can be new again. I love singers and musicians and songwriters who were popular before I was born and I’m sure I’ll love someone who’ll debut later this year. I love hearing teen shoppers in the vinyl aisle talking about the Stones and the Beatles. My current pleasure is working my way through the boxed set of the complete Bob Dylan (commercially released) albums on CD. Ah, brothers, can this really be the end… stuck in Marietta with the Paris blues again?

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    RCKJD  over 5 years ago

    I was always a fan of Oldies. I still remember back when I was barely a teenage in the mid 80’s when I got bored with all the (back then) modern stuff and decided to try a Beatles tape in my Walkman. Boy did it make an impression: Since then it’s Beatles, Yardbirds, Kinks, Joan Baez, Elvis, Little Richard, etc for me. From the swing of the 40 to Beat, Blues, rock’n’roll, Psychodelic rock, 60’s and 70’s pop, etc. I still have some song that i like that are from the 2000’s and 2010’s. But not as many as I love from the old times.

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    bornfree99  over 5 years ago

    everything beats bieber.

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    KeepKeeper  over 5 years ago

    Golden oldies to me are the 40’s 50’s and 60’s.

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    Kristiaan Premium Member over 5 years ago

    That was right before the music died!

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    alviebird  over 5 years ago

    First concert: I had just turned 16, and the first group that night was one I’d never heard of, Humble Pie. (This was just before the recording of ‘PERFORMANCE: Rockin the Fillmore’, and Peter Frampton’s departure from the band.) They opened for Black Sabbath, on their ‘71 tour to promote their second album, "Paranoid’.

    Now Peter is a bald headed old man, Steve Marriott is gone, and Black Sabbath is on what will likely be their last tour.

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    artybee  over 5 years ago

    I still love my classics from when they were new in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, but a lot of my favorite music is from the 90s. Not much worth listening to in the last 15 years.

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    juicebruce  over 5 years ago

    Stephan it had to happen some day :-(

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    mgrossberg  over 5 years ago

    At a Jethro Tull concert, Ian Anderson said, “We’re now going to play you one of the old songs. As you know, it’s the old songs that are… well…. old!”

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    defunctdoormat  over 5 years ago

    I listened to a lot of 80s music and 90s while in high school, college and beyond. Most of it I now consider garbage. (not Garbage, but there was some of that, too). I listen to very very little of it now. There is a LOT of music out there and I think many people limit themselves to what’s on the radio (which is horrible). I never did that back then and I still don’t do it. There is some really awesome music out there right now, put out in the last decade. You just have to have a desire to find it, instead of condemning something that’s not part of your generation.

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    Brian Fink  over 5 years ago

    Call me a relic, call me what you will Say I’m old-fashioned, say I’m over the hill Today’s music ain’t got the same soul I like that old time rock ‘n’ roll

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Things went downhill pretty quickly after psychedelic rock started to fade out. There were still the Moody Blues, Yes, Wishbone Ash, Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, but everybody knew it was over.

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    cgrantt57 Premium Member over 5 years ago


    Ah yes, those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end. We’d sing and dance, and play a song or two.

    See, once upon a time, there was a tavern…

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    dadoctah  over 5 years ago

    I’m still listening to Annette Hanshaw.

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    Chad Cheetah  over 5 years ago

    The rare case when Pearls characters open their mouths when speaking…

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    LNER4472 Premium Member over 5 years ago

    That’s “MOLDY Oldies” to you, bub.

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    YippiKiAyMofo  over 5 years ago

    I like ALL genres of music: 70s pop, 70s rock, 70s prog rock, 70s hard rock, 70s R&B, 70s Disco Sucks but I love it anyway, 70s C&W…

    Classic Rock is the Only Rock!!!

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member over 5 years ago

    still a whole lot better than the music you hear now. and I’m 28. No one even uses a horn, or play the piano in today’s music

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    e.groves  over 5 years ago

    And the old country music, too. Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, George Jones,etc.

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    Mattman17  over 5 years ago

    I feel your pain Stephan…

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    whiteheron  over 5 years ago

    I wish I could be there when they start playing “rap” or “Hiphop” on Muzak (you know, Elevator music)

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    sarah413 Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Do Billy and The Boingers count?

    @ebsan: Thank you!! I’d add Charlie Pride to the list.

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    Rick Smith Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Oh Steph….so true, so true.

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    billswingle  over 5 years ago

    Excellent! I laughed out loud.

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    peggykb9  over 5 years ago

    Jackson Browne, Statler Brothers….

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    FlatheadFord  over 5 years ago

    To most people, MOR means ‘middle of the road’ music. To DJ’s, it means ‘moldy, old, & rotten’. (From an MOR DJ.)

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    mail2jbl  over 5 years ago

    Neil Sedaka all the way! (And I wasn’t even born in Sedaka’s heyday.)

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    MisterDave  over 5 years ago

    Since Prince died today, this is even more fitting. Nothing like the death of favourite musicians to make one feel old.

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    Number Three  over 5 years ago

    I’m 21 and I love Golden Oldies!Much better than the so called “music” we have

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    KEA  over 5 years ago

    When I was in HS and music was on LPs and 45s, Golden Oldies albums were usually music about 2 years old.

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    Srover  over 5 years ago

    I’m going to embrace my Thompson Twins cassettes. I can’t play em, but I can embrace em.

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    Srover  over 5 years ago

    P.S. RIP Prince

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    bigcatbusiness  over 5 years ago

    The 80s had the best music. No discussion there. How many recent movies have at least one 80s song playing in a scene? I know I have seen plenty.

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    jbmlaw01  over 5 years ago

    Switched to classical in the mid-1980s, for the obvious reason.

    The Daddy’s Home strip had the definitive word on the issue:

    Dad: “Our music was tremendously better than yours.”

    Son: “Yes, but we found a way to get it free.”

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    Uncle Joe Premium Member over 5 years ago

    Every old fart rolling their eyes at the ephemeral crap on the radio today needs to go back in a time machine to realize most of what was popular then was ephemeral crap. Your elders were grumbling & rolling their eyes at “that awful noise”, too.There’s still great music being made today in more variety than ever before. I feel bad for anyone who doesn’t take advantage of the fact that we as consumers can go around the radio stations & record labels to support the musicians that appeal to our tastes.

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    michael3114  over 5 years ago

    Interesting timing. RIP Prince.

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    Spade Jr.  over 5 years ago

    Stephan, Love today’s strip. But that’s probably because I can get a free plug in for my website and steer you to it to listen to your favorite music while you slave over your funnies. Check out and go to the Classic Rock Live channel. Let me know how you like it.

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    alviebird  over 5 years ago

    To misuse a maxim: “It’s the exception that proves the rule.”

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    knight1192a  over 5 years ago

    Look up every adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo and you will find Revenge ain’t nothing new. The MCU is based on the various comic storylines rather than being entirely original. Nothing wrong with that, especially if you don’t read comics, but don’t think their original. Same for Game of Thrones and True Blood which are based on a couple novel series.

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