July 7, 2018

Intermission: early 2010s medley of 100+ song clips

Here's a helpful aid to get a feel for the zeitgeist of the early 2010s, the most recent manic phase during the 15-year cultural excitement cycle, following a restless warm-up phase during the late 2000s, and preceding the current vulnerable refractory phase of the late 2010s.

Even the folk bands were high-energy, and the singer-songwriters upbeat instead of morose.

You've probably heard most of these since they came out, whether on the radio, over the speakers in retail stores, or other places where you couldn't avoid them. But it's striking to realize how concentrated they were into just a handful of years, just like new wave, psychedelic, girl power, or any other phase that we tend to assume lasted much longer than it really did.

This compilation of 15-second clips is a little heavy on the techno-y dance music, which was fairly big, but skimps on the funky-groovy songs that distinguished it from the late 2000s or late 2010s ("Treasure," "One More Night," etc.). Overall, a good encapsulation of the period's high energy.


  1. I've been trying to find 5-year cycles in religions or cultures. The only thing I can come up with is that Hindus worship three main gods - Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma - each of whom symbolizes a different phase in a growth cycle: Creation, Preservation, and Destruction. Might be useful.

    Only other thing was that the ancient Romans had a measure of time called "indiction" that lasted 15-years.


  2. Cultic activity most likely during the manic highs. For instance, the founding of the Rajneeshporum community in Oregon from 1981-1984:


    the L.E.T.S.(Local exchange trading system) cult in Vancouver in the early 80s(wanted to return to bartering goods). That cult fizzled out in the late 80s.

    "In the early 1980s, a similar system ran on Vancouver Island. Known as L.E.T.S. (Local Exchange Trading System), the system ran on the moneyless principle of exchanges of services (Boxall 2006). People did not have to directly swap services or goods"


    the "Heaven's Gate" cult who believed the Haile-Bopp comet was a spacecraft, and committed mass suicide in 1997:


    the "Jonestown" suicides in 1978:


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