I recently attended my 20 year high school reunion. The event included a DJ with the promise of period-specific music. Some of it was dead-on for the era, such as Duran Duran and Culture Club. But there were some glaring errors, or at least errors that were glaring to me. Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" and Animotion's "Obsession" may have been released in 1984, the year we graduated, but the songs came out after graduation. "Relax" hit in late summer, "Obsession" the following winter, so I clearly associate them with college, not high school. But I'm probably more of a music geek than everyone else in my class, so no one else may have noticed, not even when she played the Spring, 1985 Tears for Fears track.
Since no one was dancing anyway, it would have been fun to have a more
well-rounded early '80s soundtrack. I love new wave as much as anyone
who once sported an asymmetric haircut (although that wasn't until
1985), but Rush, Genesis and Yes were the music of choice for one set
of friends. At least she played Crosby, Still, Nash & Young's "Our
House" which I strongly associate with high school because one of my
classic rock-loving friends took offense at Madness for having the
temerity to write a song with the same name.