Back in 1990 and 1991, the Adelaide-based Triple J radio program Club Escape did episodes at the end of the year called “Perfect List”, featuring its choice of the best dance music released for the year. I’ve just updated my copies of those lists with links to the tunes.
For your listening and nostalgic pleasure, here are the Perfect Lists for 1990 and 1991.
Those old blog posts explain the story, but the short version is that I was one of the program’s presenters in 1990. It was a great time.
Two things come to mind as I look back at these lists…
First, I’m amazed at how few of the links I’d originally set up still worked. Linkrot is a problem for every website manager, but it’s not made easier when people delete their account or when the music distribution companies insist that you have to link to their version and all the others get deleted. I don ‘t know why they think this helps.
And second, well, I’m really hit by the feeling that time has moved on. Those programs were two decades ago. And yet some people want to wallow in their past. I listened to a few of the songs as I repaired the links, but I felt no urge to spend a lot of time “reminiscing”.
Perhaps I’m unusual in that I prefer to live in the present. Or even the future.