Or should that be, Are you young enough*?

Back from my break (more later). During which we had to make a five hour drive cross-country, each way – in a small town we bought some cheap greatest hits to fill dead air, which gave rise to a music midlife crisis (later).

qmjAs it happened I had brought along the August Q – a sort of British Rolling Stone for the younger set, mainstream but entirely eclectic, and with a sweet tooth for the Heritage Bands, as they are now called (which is more polite than Vintage Bands, or Nostalgia Bands, or The Oldies). I can’t really read it; it’s an unsettling kind of fun seeing page after page of new faces and names (some of them born in the nineties!).

Anyway, they run a list at the back called Q50 – their recommendation for the essential track downloads of the month. I picked through it to gauge my distance from the shores of current pop; helpfully, they also review reissues and best of albums.

In bold are the bands or artists I know of, and a tick √ indicates that I have actually listened to (some of) their previous music: that makes 15 of the former**, and 10 of the latter, out of 50 (**and eight of these must be Heritage if not dead). See how you do.

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1 You’ve Got The Love
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE

2 Bone House
THE DEAD WEATHER

3 Bull Black Nova
WILCO

4 Popscene
BLUR

5 Hocus Pocus
JAMIE T

6 Journey Through The Past
NEIL YOUNG

7 Little Girl
DANGER MOUSE AND SPARKLEHORSE

8 Daniel
THE RUMBLE STRIPS

9 Born In The USA
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND

10 We Are Golden
MIKA

11 Fangela
HERE WE GO MAGIC

12 Go Your Own Way
FLEETWOOD MAC

13 Can’t Stop Feeling
FRANZ FERDINAND √

14 Box N Locks
MPHO

15 Human Of The Year
REGINA SPEKTOR

16 Be By Myself
ASHER ROTH FT CEE-LO

17 Slaughter
BILLY PRESTON

18 Raindrops
BASEMENT JAXX

19 Chime (Live Style Radio Mix)
ORBITAL

20 Charlie Darwin
THE LOW ANTHEM

21 To The Clock, To The City
JOSH ROUSE

22 Clean Coloured Wire
ENGINEERS

23 Mama Do
PIXIE LOTT

24 Babel On
THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES

25 Sweet Leaf
BLACK SABBATH

26 Imazaghen N Adagh
TINARIWEN

27 Indian Summer
JON THOR BIRGISSON & ALEX SOMERS

28 Cougar
THE BROWNIES

29 Barney Rubble
THE TWANG

30 Station Rider E
ROBERT HOOD

31 Harmonia
SUBWAY

32 Sapphire
MEAT PUPPETS

33 Come On Youth
SLOW CLUB

34 Rainbow Voodoo
CLARK

35 The Mighty Quinn
CORNERSHOP

36 The Good Times
LO FIDELITY ALLSTARS

37 Wednesday Week
THE UNDERTONES

38 Wonderland
THE MUMMERS

39 Aphrodisiaholic
SOMETYMES WHY

40 From Out Of Nowhere
FAITH NO MORE

41 Got My Mind Set On You
GEORGE HARRISON √

42 There’s No Deceiving You
THE BLUE OX BABES

43 So Fired Up
GARETH SAGER

44 King In My Empire
RHYTHM & SOUND WITH CORNELL CAMPBELL

45 Triangle Walks
FEVER RAY

46 Kargashai
MAMER

47 Summertime Clothes
ANIMAL COLLECTIVE

48 The Sunlamp Show (Disco Bloodbath Effect Remix)
THE ALIENS

49 No Home
THE ETTES

50 Unfinished Sympathy
MASSIVE ATTACK √

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*Are You Old Enough, you will recall, was one of Dragon’s biggest hits and one of Australasia’s greatest pop songs. Everyone of a certain age will know the chorus, but how about the rest?

Ten years in the jailers eye
And I’m thinking bout my baby
Looking at my life go by…

I just wanted to kiss some one
I got the moondog blues

You just happened to be standing there
So won’t you tell me the truth

Are you old enough
Are you old enough
Are you old enough are you old enough for love

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