It is particularly discomfiting to play this game with cultural products that are supposed to be, by definition, new, fresh and youthful, like rock music, for instance. The Sex Pistolsâ Never Mind the Bollocks (1977) is closer to the second world war than it is to the present.
The Beatlesâ release of âLove Me Doâ (1962) is closer to the first world war than to us.
Bill Haleyâs Rock Around the Clock (1954) is as close to the Spanish-American war (189 as it is to us.
There is nothing hipper than hip-hop, but the Sugarhill Gangâs âRapperâs Delightâ (1979), the first rap song, is closer to Al Jolsonâs last hits than to the songs in the rap charts now.