The Silly Season 2 – Manly Romantic Advances, Eighties Style

Male primates exhibited a wide range of mating behaviors during the eighties. Freewheeling, intimidation tactics, overconfidence, guilt trips, and wailing and gnashing of teeth all played their parts. The collective response to these advances was somewhat mixed. All this is evident in the pop music of the day.

Some artists professed a commitment to freedom (“If you love somebody, set them free”) except when emulating Big Brother (“Every breath you take, I’ll be watching you”). Others preferred anonymity: “We may never meet again, so shed your skin and let’s get started”.

Some eschewed freedom in favor of emotional blackmail: “Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life … ‘Cause I can’t go on if I’m on my own”. This singer will kill himself if his lover leaves, and she’ll have to live with that. Sometimes this disastrous tactic was taken a step further: “I can’t live with or without you”. In other words, go or stay, I’m killing myself no matter what, and it’s all on you. Many lives were lost in this way.

There must have been a lot of rumor mongering and lying going on as well. Some felt remorse: “I’m never gonna dance again, guilty feet have got no rhythm”. Spare a thought for those guilty feet! Others were largely immune to guilt trips, adopting the view that “no one ever is to blame”. The scurrilous behavior did not go unnoticed.

Some guys exhibited a perhaps healthy measure of optimism, confident enough to proclaim such convictions as “I’m your man” or even “I’ve found the perfect way to make the girls go crazy”. But there were also the guys who took this sense of optimism a little too far into the realms of delusion, fancying their chances no matter how long the odds or how tough the competition:

All in all, it was a colorful time of neon and pastels. Sometimes a guy caught a lucky break. Sometimes he didn’t. But it was comparatively rare to be passed over for a dolphin.


5 thoughts on “The Silly Season 2 – Manly Romantic Advances, Eighties Style

  1. Hey Pete, cool videoclips. I particularly liked the last one, with the short-haired girl. She reminds me of a Spanish singer of my own fading youth: Ana Torroja.

    But I thought you were younger.

  2. Off topic, but I thought you might be interested to read this after the silly season (it’s also Open Access):

    International Review of Financial Analysis
    Volume 36, December 2014, Pages 1–19
    Can banks individually create money out of nothing? — The theories and the empirical evidence
    Richard A. Werner

    This paper presents the first empirical evidence in the history of banking on the question of whether banks can create money out of nothing. The banking crisis has revived interest in this issue, but it had remained unsettled. Three hypotheses are recognised in the literature. According to the financial intermediation theory of banking, banks are merely intermediaries like other non-bank financial institutions, collecting deposits that are then lent out. According to the fractional reserve theory of banking, individual banks are mere financial intermediaries that cannot create money, but collectively they end up creating money through systemic interaction. A third theory maintains that each individual bank has the power to create money ‘out of nothing’ and does so when it extends credit (the credit creation theory of banking). The question which of the theories is correct has far-reaching implications for research and policy. Surprisingly, despite the longstanding controversy, until now no empirical study has tested the theories. This is the contribution of the present paper. An empirical test is conducted, whereby money is borrowed from a cooperating bank, while its internal records are being monitored, to establish whether in the process of making the loan available to the borrower, the bank transfers these funds from other accounts within or outside the bank, or whether they are newly created. This study establishes for the first time empirically that banks individually create money out of nothing. The money supply is created as ‘fairy dust’ produced by the banks individually, “out of thin air”.

  3. Thanks for the link! I’ll check it out over the holiday period.

    You (and others) might be interested in this paper by Mathew Forstater (pdf file):

    Time of Production, Time of Circulation and Turnover Time: Exploring the Guts of Marx’s Circuits of Capital

    His short book chapter on anarchist economics is also interesting (pdf file):

    Some Notes on Anarchist Economic Thought

    Glad you enjoyed the videos. I like that last one, too. Jane Weidlin. She was the Go-Go’s guitarist. (Yes, I am old enough to have listened to the Go-Go’s growing up.)

    Thanks for the Ana Torroja lead. Following it up will give me some holiday listening.

  4. Thanks, Magpie! It’s beautiful. Absolutely love it.

    I mentioned in a comment to your blog an observation (I think by one of the Pet Shop Boys) that songs based around the chord progression IV, V, iii, vi seem to have a better than average strike rate when it comes to being hits. When combined with flair and freshness, as with ‘La Fuerza del Destino’, I find the result is hard not to like. A lot.

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