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Q of the day – HS music

What records/musical artists were popular in your high school when you attended?

I attended NYC’s Stuyvesant High School from 1977-1981 (more on that below). We were an eclectic bunch.

All of these were released on glorious vinyl, youngsters (I picked some of the ones that really date me)…

1977
* Boston (“More Than a Feeling”)
* Fleetwood Mac (Rumours)
* Billy Joel (The Stranger)
* Earth, Wind & Fire (All ‘n’ All)
* The Clash (The Clash)

1978
* Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack)
* Blondie (Parallel Lines)
* Bruce Springsteen (Darkness on the Edge of Town)
* The Cars
* The Police (Outlandos D’Amour)
* Chic (C’Est Chic)
* Elvis Costello (This Year’s Model)
* Funkadelic (One Nation Under a Groove)

1979
* The Police (Regatta De Blanc)
* Michael Jackson (Off The Wall)
* The B-52’s
* Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (Damn the Torpedoes)
* Donna Summer (Bad Girls)

1980
* Pretenders
* Dexy’s Midnight Runners
* Adam and The Ants (Kings of the Wild Frontier)
* Devo (Freedom of Choice)

1981
* The Human League (Dare!)
* The Police (Ghost in the Machine)
* Daryl Hall and John Oates (Private Eyes)
* Squeeze (East Side Story)

Eventually some kids — the ones with dough — started bringing boom boxes [!] to school when they became popular. I saw my first Walkman when I was at Stuy, btw.


This one cost about $200 in 1980 dollars. Everyone’s mouths dropped open when this kid brought it to class, because we knew his dad spent a mint on that thing. How cool was this to have a personal stereo that small (now you can get a knockoff of the little guy for $10 in your local drug store).

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I thought about this topic because my 25th reunion is coming up in October.

Stuy is one of the specialized high schools in the NYC Public School system (you had to take a test to get in; the focus of the schools is math and science). Stuy is now located in a new, hi-tech building in the Battery Park City area (and the school served as one of the bases for rescue and recovery workers in the days after 9/11); back in my day Stuy was located on 15th Street near 1st Avenue in Manhattan.


This is my Stuy. I can’t believe it has been 25 years. Right: Big…hair…must…be…stopped. Taken outside of Carnegie Hall, where our graduation was held.

* Wikipedia entry for Stuyvesant

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