And the operator said 40 cents more for the next 3 minutes

From PHenry:
This lyric would make absolutely no sense to the younger generation.  You had to place your call from a pay phone and you had to have a pocketful of coins.   What other songs from our youth would be unintelligible to younger generations today?

39 Comments on And the operator said 40 cents more for the next 3 minutes

  1. I posted a while back how I had to have AT&T come out and replace the modem and the 2 guys they sent were amazed by the rotary dial wall phone in the hall. I had to explain how to dial a call on it too. Kids these days. Mention a “party line” and they probably think you’re talking about coke.

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  2. Man, I hated that song.

    Remember when all the phone numbers were in exchanges with names…

    “Operator, give me JAckson 5-4321, please.”

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  3. I USED TO CARRY A NAIL IN MY POCKET DURING MY YRS AT UCLA…I WOULD PUT ONE END INTO THE MOUTHPIECE TO TOUCH THE METAL INSIDE, PUT THE OTHER TO THE METAL COIN BOX, THEN I COULD TAP OUT ANY NUMBER USING THE PHONE CRADLE/HOOK…MAKE ANY CALL I WANTED, THEN SNEAK INTO A THEATER AND RUN THE BILL ON A GOOD RESTAURANT MEAL LATER…THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND, I THOUGHT THEY’D NEVER END!!!

    🙁

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  4. In all fairness(?) I don’t understand any of the new music coming out today.

    I was on a quest to find new music recently and ended up getting frustrated, threw my arms up and said NOPE nothing’s good! More specifically, I went thru the popular artists today and while my entire life nothing on the top lists I ever found all that great, some artists were on those lists that made other good music.

    It’s like they don’t even try to make anything decent, they mostly all have the same boring beat and monotone vocals that make no sense if I could understand them at all.

    So I did a couple searches for “BEST rock, best alternative, best [etc]” and to my complete unsurprise everything on the best lists were made 1990s or before, confirming nothing good has come out in about 3 decades.

    I do admit – however – There are a few bands that have made some good music in the 2000s that I stumble upon by some miracle, I’m just saying when I actively try to find good new stuff, the way I used to find new stuff once upon a time, it’s freaking impossible, like a needle in a shit pile.

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  5. Get that repetitious crap out of my head!

    Listen to the song, take a serious look at Dr. Hook, and you’ll know Mrs. Avery knew he was a pedo just like Uncle Joe.

    “please Mrs. Avery I only want to sniff her hair one more time…”

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  6. NONE of the songs from my youth would make any sense to THIS generation.

    They had singable lyrics – that MADE sense (and were NOT about sex). They had melodic & harmonic arrangements – with REAL instruments played by REAL people; with REAL TALENT.

    ALL of which is non-existent in most any song I’ve heard from THIS century (with the possible exception of John Hiatt). 😳

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  7. Johnny
    JULY 19, 2021 AT 1:42 PM
    “Put another dime in the juke box, baby!”

    …or, DON’T put another dime in the jukebox…

    https://youtu.be/sjBMGZpwO1I

    “Little things remind me of you
    Cheap cologne and that damn song too
    Don’t put another dime in the jukebox
    I don’t want to hear that song no more
    Don’t put another dime in the jukebox
    I don’t want to hear that song no more”
    -The Flirts, “Jukebox”

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  8. WDS
    JULY 19, 2021 AT 1:27 PM

    “…Mention a “party line”…”

    …funny thing is, this and all BLOGS are like a party line. I CAN talk directly to YOU, but everybody ELSE can silently monitor our conversation if they want…

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  9. “Back In the USSR.” To be fair, when the Beatles wrote this song, a significant portion of the population would not have known what “USSR” stood for. However, the Soviet Union collapsed 30 years ago, and the Cold War is fairly unknown to young people.

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  10. Thirdtwin, my Grandma’s phone on Long Island was PRimrose5-1325

    ǝpɐɥsʇɥɓᴉuɹǝdnS, my maternal grandfather worked for Ma Bell in NYC for 25 years and when they retired to SC (1969) way out in the sticks they were on a party line. He was pissed. Bwahahahahha….

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  11. I used to know a gentleman who’s last name was “Mothershead” and when asked if he had any siblings he would always answer “Yes. a sister named ‘Sylvias'” just to figure out who was cool.

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  12. It’s got a good beat, easy to dance to…I give it a “8”!

    That won’t make sense to anyone under 60 either.

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  13. WDS, I’ve swear I’ve heard characters calling the PRimrose exchange in old movies set in New York.

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  14. In 1974, the cottage I rented in the UK had a box mounted on the wall in the foyer. It’s how you got your electricity. There was a coin slot where you’d feed 10 pence coins (about a quarter) into and turn the knob. The meter would go up a little each time until it reached 100%. As you used electricity, the meter would go down until it reached 0%. When it did, the the lights would go out. You’d better have a supply of 10 pence coins on hand.

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  15. @Hambone: The electric coin meters are still being used here in Phoenix in , well, less than upscale apartments. No money, no juice. Some are fitted with slots for ‘debit cards’ and the welfare cards, too.

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  16. “I’m a Man” The Spencer Davis group. By the time you get all todays woke pronouns it ruins the beat.

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  17. “BEEP. BEEP!”

    Why was the group making TeQUILA named Champs?

    HEaRT OF MY HEART

    TWEEDLE DEE

    Hyakity yak

    POISON IVY. 68 yers ago I ws pink, why?

    WAR MY RING

    rumble

    maybelene Pat B

    BINGO BANGO CONGO

    CEMENT MIXER

    Want more?

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  18. It was a bit sad to see all the paystations go away in DC. We telco guys used them every day, even after cell’ ‘phones became prevalent. I would never use a cell if there was an analog ‘phone available. Cells were for a vehicle problem far from civilization.

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  19. @Hambone, I lived in Dunoon, Scotland in 80 an 81 (Navy). By then the electric meter required 50p coins. I discovered that the (English) landlords mother’s flat was on my meter. He wasn’t happy when I called the Hydroelectric Board to get it removed. Good times! A pint of McEwan’s for 90p and fish and chips for £1.50.

  20. Lack of phone booths is also why you don’t see Superman around any more.

    A common phrase – that was still used in the 70s – “Go ahead, shoot. It’s your nickle”

    Someone receiving a call might say this when they have time to hear whatever you have to say.

    Collect calls required the answering party to accept the charges. You could only hear the operator ask the question and once accepted you could hear the caller. The first time my mother tried to call home collect it was new to me. I said yes and hung up. The operator told me not to hang up the second time. Doh!

    Easy to abuse it though if you only needed a signal to get through.

    Mom could reject the charges when I called from the theater to be picked up. Free call!

    Then there were the obviously fake names you could tell the operator that got your message through.

    Good times – but I wouldn’t want to go back unless it was a short visit and could return.

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