Baby Boomers are notorious amongst millennials for many things, including but not limited to: the collapse of the housing market, skyrocketing tuition prices, the depletion of entitlements for future generations, and citing the music of modern generations as proof of the deterioration of our society. They’re responsible for “Parental Advisory”! “Nice language,” some Baby Boomer at some point has definitely said to you about a song you’re listening to on the radio — a phrase that will never not make me laugh.
Except upon even a casual listen of an oldies station you’re going to find lyrics that are as just as harmful/explicit/drug-fueled as the one’s they demonize in modern music, and often they’re buried in songs of the light rock or bubble-gum variety. It only took six songs to run the gamut.
Rod Stewart – Tonight’s The Night
“C’mon angel my hearts on fire
Don’t deny your man’s desire
You’d be a fool to stop this tide
Spread your wings and let me come inside”
“Don’t say a word my virgin child
Just let your inhibitions run wild”
This is a song about predatory coercion and unprotected sex.
America – Ventura Highway
“Cause the free wind is blowin’ through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air”
This is a song about taking hallucinogens.
The Crystals – He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss)
“He couldn’t stand to hear me say
That I’d been with someone new,
And when I told him I had been untrue
He hit me / And it felt like a kiss.
He hit me / And I knew he loved me.”
This song is straight up about domestic violence and Stockholm Syndrome.
Four Seasons – Making My Way Back To You
“I used to love to make you cry (Make you cry)
It made me feel like a man inside (Baby, baby)”
This is a song about toxic masculinity, sadism, and emotional warfare against women.
The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand + The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
“Yeah you, got that something
I think you’ll understand
When I feel that something
I wanna hold your hand”
“I’m picking up good vibrations
She’s giving me excitations”
These songs are essentially our generation’s “feel a little poke coming through” in “Too Close” by Next.