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AI: Song Dedications

When I was in junior high-school we had a little mini-mag that was published by the students and printed on the copy machine. It was awesome. It taught me the power of do-it-yourself or DIY.

One of my favorite sections of the mag was the song dedication section. You could for example dedicate, “Don’t you want Me?” by the Human League to that cute boy in math class or “Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant to that girl you were mad at!

What? It was the 80’s.

‘Song Dedications’ was the section you flipped to first if you wanted to know what was up in the minds of your fellow classmates. I’m not saying it was mature but it was loads of fun. Speaking of fun, I have almost completely checked out. Did I mention I am leaving in the morning for SkepchiCon at Convergence and then straight to TAM after? Yeah.

In honor of the 80’s, junior-high and the crazy costume clad people I am soon to encounter, I dedicate this song and more importantly this video:

If you could dedicate a song to anyone or anything who or what would it be and what song?

Yeah, I know some things should stay in the 80’s. Have a great week everyone! See you in Minnesota!

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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  1. I wouldn’t know who I’d dedicate anything to, but man, did I hate the song dedication section my middle school paper had. ” ‘Baby Got Back’ To Kayla, from her Mom.” Ouch. Children are cruel.

  2. This song goes out to all the twits at BP. Mother Nature says thank you and bite me very much.

    Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil

    I’m Casey Casem. Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

  3. Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N’ Roses to Alexandra, a love and friend long lost in the passage of time and distance.

    I also want to second “mrmisconception” song dedication!

  4. I’d like to dedicate the brilliant Bi-Polar rants of Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick as a Brick’ to everyone who grew up thinking the world wasn’t quite right and the accepted social norms looked suspiciously irrational.

  5. Same song I always dedicate … Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl to my wife.

    then I’d dedicate Eric Clapton’s version of Elton John’s ‘Border Song’ to racists and religious zealots everywhere.

    “There’s a man over there what’s his color I don’t care
    He’s my brother let us live in peace”


  6. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen for my husband, and “High On Life” by Rasputina to may late friend Duane, who killed himself. He traveled the world on the proverbial shoe string, collecting neat stuff and spending time with the locals. One friend said at the funeral that he was a “spiritual seeker.”
    “He was it, he was really hot shit,
    He was tripping, he was ripped and he was high on life.
    He was tripping, he was drifting, he was high…
    He was really nice.”

  7. 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music is what I grew up on, so pardon the “throw-back” choices….

    “Welcome to the Jungle” by Gun’s N Roses for Obama’s inaguration

    “99 Luftballoons” (english version) by Nena to Bush after he declared war on Iraq

    “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel for every bank CEO right after the housing crash started

    “Push It” by Salt N Pepa to Ted Haggerty just after “The Incident”

    “Pressure” by Billy Joel to Tony Hayward just because..

    “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen to Bill Clinton during the Monica scandal

    “Land of Confusion” by Genesis played to Congress before EVERY SESSION.

    “I’m too Sexy” by Right Said Fred to Sarah Palin

  8. This may be kindof a Surly Amy question, but say I really really like this song and have listened to it repetitively (like a depressed polar bear) for a week, and say I also really really liked “Come On Eileen,” but for some reason had NEVER heard either song before. Say all that. WHERE should I go next, if I would like to be rocked more in a similar manner?

    Oh, and also, I would like to dedicate “Cubs in Five” by the Mountain Goats, to everyone who is (also) dumb enough to believe that reason and compassion will totally win out in the end.

  9. @Amy: Thanks! I am not a sad bear, though – I was just thinking of how depressed zoo animals tend to develop stereotypical bearhaviours, like rubbing their heads against the walls or listening to the same songs on repeat!

    Anyway, I was hoping there would be something more specific that tied these songs together than classic eighties music, but maybe it is just that you lived in a different place in the eighties and didn’t have to deal with this: (awesome home-made video, though)

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