Friday, January 23, 2009

Rock-It, Big South, Rock This Town!

Music translates so much of our experience...if you're a music lover, often a song can propel you to a certain time and place with the memory of the senses. That being said, reflect for a moment on what those with emotional ties to the present day will look back on...

Hmmm...okay, but before you're ready to knock anyone for titles like "My Life Would Suck Without You" and "Gives You Hell" (honestly the top two songs on iTunes right now), think back to when the Big South got its start in 1983. There are definitely some songs of the day to revel in and some to bury.

My personal collection, a wall full of CDs for years, is now itself reduced to pocket-sized iPod life (and before the CDs, we're talking about a lot of cassette tapes back in this land of 1983 to which we're referring). In that collection, I have a compilation called "Classic MTV: Class of 1983." So in the spirit of the Big South's 25th Anniversary Season, reflecting back on the Conference launching in 1983, here are the tunes (titles and artists) that made it to that little gem...

She Blinded Me with Science (Thomas Dolby)
Come On Eileen (Dexy's Midnight Runners)
Always Something There to Remind Me (Naked Eyes)
Mirror Man (Human League)
Cool Places (Sparks & Jane Wiedlin)
Love My Way (The Psychedelic Furs)
China Girl (David Bowie)
Twilight Zone (Golden Earring)
Rock This Town (Stray Cats)
The Walls Came Down (The Call)
Lies (The Thompson Twins)
True (Spandau Ballet)
Mexican Radio (Wall of Voodoo)
Why Me? (Planet P Project)
I Melt with You (Modern English)

Our House (Madness)
Too Shy (Kajagoogoo)
Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)
Back on the Chain Gang (The Pretenders)
Strip (Adam Ant)
One Thing Leads to Another (The Fixx)
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me (Culture Club)
In a Big Country (Big Country)
Working Girl (The Members)
Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime), (The Flirts)
Eat Cannibals (Toto Coelo)
Reap the Wild Wind (Ultravox)
Talking in Your Sleep (The Romantics)
Goodbye to You (Scandal)
Rock-It (Herbie Hancock)

Naturally that's just one can make seemingly endless lists for any respective year, but this is a snapshot courtesy of one specific compilation--and it's certainly got its share of hits, misses, and outright curiosities...such is the beauty of looking back on a quarter-century passing by the Big South.

Okay, enough time machine nonsense for one afternoon...let's talk about Big South BASKETBALL!

On the men's side, VMI took a blow by losing to Liberty in front of a record crowd at Lexington, but the Keydets recovered well, defeating Radford and holding off the Highlanders' charge for the top position. So VMI holds the lead at 7-1 heading into Saturday, with Radford one back at 6-2.

As for the women, Liberty remains undefeated and in first place, but High Point sits right behind at 4-1, so the competition remains fierce.

Here's the video for the weekend and week ahead, touching on the match-ups and the games available on The Big South EDGE...

Keep checking for the latest in all the action and developments throughout the Big South, and SHOUT for additional perspectives on what's happening across the Conference. Don't forget you can also see Big South men's basketball analysis updated biweekly at Rush the Court.

Thanks--we'll SHOUT again soon!!!

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