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Kokomo-itis

If you’re old enough to remember when the Beach Boys (minus Brian Wilson) released this crap single, then you may cotton on to what I mean by it: shit music made by has-been geezers to cash-in on nostalgia. Hawaiian shirts are optional.

Nostalgia is like tequila: fun in small doses, but know when to cut yourself off before it gets ugly. This goes for so-called 80s music as it does for 60s, but Generation X’s market share isn’t as big as the Baby Boomers’, who, it seems can’t hold their liquor.

To see that I’m not alone, check out Jon Fine’s media column in Business Week where he comments on David Brooks’ op-ed piece “The Segmented Society” in the New York Times.

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Toronto-based freelance editor | feminist nerd | hobbyist photographer | former bookseller

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