(My Boss) Paul’s Top Five List… Songs About Obsolete Technology

We’ve been busier at work the last few months (hence me running behind on new posts at times), so my friend/boss Paul has been unable to create a new list to share.  Today, before heading to golf, he created this new list to share.

CD's may soon go the way of the phonograph...

Top 5 Songs About Obsolete Technology

5.) Spiderwebs No Doubt
What’s Obsolete: screening phone calls over answering machines
What’s Replaced It: caller ID
Shelf-Life for Replacement: indefinite

4) The Letter – Box Tops (or Joe Cocker, or American Idol’s Lee Dewyze)
What’s Obsolete: writing letters
What’s Replaced It: writing emails
Shelf-Life for Replacement: not long… kids today think emailing is outdated

3) You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead or Alive
What’s Obsolete: LP records

Paul’s additional note:

I felt real old when my five year-old daughter asked me, ‘What’s a record, dad?’

What’s Replaced It: CD’s (also, Right Round by Flo Rida)
Shelf-Life for Replacement: ever hear of iPods or Pandora?

2) Escape (The Pina Colada Song – Rupert Holmes
What’s Obsolete: personal ads in the newspaper
What’s Replaced It: Craigslist and web dating services
Shelf-Life for Replacement: as long as people are looking for other strangers to screw, they’ll be around

1) Beepers – Sir Mix-A-Lot
What’s Obsolete: pagers
What’s Replaced It: cell phones
Shelf-Life for Replacement:
until they implant telecommunications into our brains, cell phones are it

(above image via Gizmodo)


  1. Michael · May 3, 2010

    This is excellent.

    I like IM too, there is something about email that is so “You’ve Got Mail”, which in and of itself, seems so antiquated.

    Was watching “Mad Men”, where Don’s wife was letter mailing her amorous intent to the senators strategist, and that’s really equivalent to email in today’s terms compared to IM.

    Can’t do Twitter though, and have a true sense of the low relative value of digital ‘friendships’ over real life interaction, even though I totally rock on the digital mediums.

  2. sgottahurt · May 4, 2010

    Thanks for the kind words, and as usual, the free-associations.

    As this list was created, I never wished there was a song about America’s Funniest Home Videos more.

  3. Dakota · May 5, 2010

    The Letter by the Boxtops one of my Top 5 oldies of all time.

  4. sgottahurt · May 6, 2010

    Yeah, I didn’t know about that song until American Idol… so two cheers to them! (The other for sparking my interest in Sinatra, of course.)

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