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80's Music

80's Music

Date: May 26 2003


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Although it’s already the year 2003, music from the 1980’s is still very popular in the United States. People like to relive their past while listening to the songs they knew when they were young. John and I loved music when we were kids. We used to listen to the radio all the time, and when we heard a song we liked we would record it with a tape recorder so we could listen to it again and again.
We don’t have those tapes anymore, but when a band like The Retros comes to town, we’re excited about hearing 80’s music again. Listen to this conversation to learn more!


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John:  So did you pick up the tickets for the concert tonight?

Migs:  Yeah!

John:  Who is it again that’s playin’?

Migs:  It’s, uh, The Retros. They’re an ‘80’s band.

John:  Oh, that’s right. Have you ever seen them before?

Migs:  Actually I did. I saw them at New Year’s this past year. Their show was amazing. They sound exactly like every band that they cover.

John:  Like what? Give me an example.

Migs:  Some of the best songs that they did were the Go-Go’s and The Cure and Huey Lewis and the News – bands like that.

John:  Nice. All that stuff when we were about 9, 10, 11 years old.

Migs:  Yeah. All those songs that we used to record off the radio and then play over and over.

John:  From our ghetto blasters…

Migs:  (Laughs) Yeah. Exactly.

John:  So the crowd gets pretty fired up, and, it’s fun…

Migs:  Well last time there was a ton of energy and there was a ton of people and so it was the perfect atmosphere because, you know, everyone loves that 80’s music to dance to.



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80’s music is wonderful! It’s always fun to relive the past and listen to music from a different time. In the U.S., 80’s music is so popular that there are many radio stations that play only music from the 80’s.
The conversation between John and I in this lesson is very natural. The speed and the complexity of the language are typical of ordinary communication between native speakers. You should do your best to understand the whole thing.
Rock on,


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