New kid in school
. . .and your first day in a new school and kids look at you like you're going to explode.

You’re A Teenager – You Just Moved To Denver – It’s October 1964 – First Day – New School And Kids Stare At You –

New kid in school

. . . your first day in a new school and kids look at you like you’re going to explode.

KIMN-AM Denver – Paul Anderson – 8:00 – 9:00 am – October 9, 1964 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

There’s no feeling quite like it. New town, new neighborhood, new school – first day in that new school. You walk down the hall to your homeroom, and you know everyone is looking at you like you’re Atomic waste or worse; you’re going to explode. Nobody knows you, but they wonder – and you wonder why they wonder. Is your fly open? Are you wearing your shirt inside-out? Did you sit in something?

Girls look at you with a combination of bafflement and curiosity. Do guys from L.A. really look that different from everybody else in the country? No. Just you. You look different – you look weird, and everyone will avoid you like the plague as long as you’re here. Welcome to your first day in a new school. At least there’s music.

And in 1964, Music was the glue that held everything together – and radio was the tube that held that glue. There was a time when Top-40 Radio was the be-all/end-all for growing up – it was the place that offered comfort, good times, nursed heartaches, celebrated first meetings; it was the clearing house for creating impressions that stuck with us for years after. They become our nostalgia; the touchstones which represented a place and a time. But it’s the same with every generation, whether it’s 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994 or 2014 – the music is different, the situations are most likely the same. The impressions, the feelings that become synonymous with a place and time are there no matter what or when. And that’s just the way it is.

So, here is a slice of growing up in 1964, as presented by KIMN in Denver one morning in October – the music may ring bells for all kinds of reasons, or it may mean nothing to you.

Or it may have been just another day.

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2 Responses

  1. Peter Moskowitz says:

    Most, if not all, of the songs played sound like, well, sound-alikes. Are they cover versions?

    • gordonskene says:

      Hahahahaha! Oh Peter . . .you are the funny one! They are not covers – they are the real deal.