Top 5 Duplicate Digit Years
Otis B. Driftwood: Don’t you know what duplicates are?
Fiorello: Sure, those five kids up in Canada.
– Groucho & Chico, A Night at the Opera
When I was growing up (like those 5 kids up in Canada), many star athletes wore duplicate digit jersey numbers (66, 77, 88, 99, and somewhat less frequently, 00).
It appears these particular repeated digits also represented some good years for popular music. Here they are, ranked no less!
My recent purchases from ’99 (Slipknot and Beth Orton) have reminded me it wasn’t all Britney, all the time as Y2K approached.
A great year for chatty album titles, including If I Should Fall from Grace with God, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, and Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room. Fortunately, each backed up its verbosity with solid music.
Pet Sounds? Face to Face? Revolver? Yes please.
I think I’ll spend a week in each of the duplicate digit years listed above. Might as well go in countdown order to see if the rankings should change after further exploration.
Therefore to start this time-travel-series within a time-travel-series, and to modify a Prince lyric beyond recognition, this week I’m gonna party/listen to music analytically like it’s 1999!