Escalators, roller skates, hotline bling, skinheads, microwave ovens, polaroid cameras, FM Radio, whiggers, bikinis, gramophone records, flappers,….Here’s a thread for songs about the sundry inventions, trends, fads and fashions of modern life.
Last week I was in Flemingsberg south of Stockholm, It is the location of an enormous hospital and Södertörn University. The architecture is very brutalist. Concrete blocks everywhere. Very DDR. Anyway, to reach these one has to use an enormous escalator. To my delight, they have now added blue lights which give it a pleasantly jazzy feel. All that I lacked was some mellow background music.
And would you believe it? Respected Swedish jazzman Per “Texas” Johansson has named his latest album after that escalator: “De långa rulltrapporna I Flemingberg.” Rather good it is too.
The story behind it is that Per hung his sax up for a while and retrained as an anaesthetic nurse, I suspect he knows Flemingsberg rather well.
How many songs about escalators can you think of? Please post them and any other songs about Techno Trousers or other invaluable additions to our modern lifestyle.
One thing is for certain: the Flemingsberg Escalator is certainly not Over the Hill.