1985 (song)

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Song by SR-71
from the album Here We Go Again
Released May 21, 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock
Length 3:41
Songwriter(s) Mitch Allan, John Allan
Producer(s) Mitch Allan
1985 - Bowling For Soup.jpg
Single by Bowling for Soup
from the album A Hangover You Don't Deserve
Released July 27, 2004
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded Red Ruby Productions
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genre Pop punk, power pop
Length 3:13
Label FFROE, Jive, Zomba
Songwriter(s) Jaret Reddick, Mitch Allan, John Allen
Producer(s) Butch Walker
Bowling for Soup singles chronology
"Punk Rock 101"

"1985" is a 2004 song originally written and recorded by SR-71. It was covered by American rock band Bowling for Soup, whose version reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was featured on the band's album A Hangover You Don't Deserve.[1]


According to SR-71's website, Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick (a friend of SR-71) heard the song (from the group's album Here We Go Again) and asked for and received permission to record a cover version.[2] However, according to Bowling for Soup's website, it was Allan that called Reddick to suggest the possible cover.[3] Either way, it was Bowling for Soup's version, with slightly reworked lyrics from the original, that has become familiar to most United States radio listeners and appeared on the charts.


The song is about a middle-aged woman who is stuck in the 1980s due to being in denial that her life is zooming by so fast and the fact that she never got to live out her ideal life before settling down and starting a family.

References to the culture of the 1980s[edit]

Because the Bowling for Soup version of the song differs in lyrics from the SR-71 original, the two versions also differ with respect to some of their references to the 1980s. Certain references were removed from the original and replaced with new ones, while some were added in places where the original song repeated lines.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl
  1. "1985" – 3:13
  2. "Make It Up to You" – 3:52
CD single
  1. "1985" – 3:13
  2. "Bipolar" – 2:37
  3. "Major Denial" – 2:22
Digital EP
  1. "1985" – 3:13
  2. "Bipolar" – 2:37
  3. "Major Denial" – 2:22
  4. "Make It Up to You" – 3:52

Radio Disney edit[edit]

A separate edit of the song was recorded for Radio Disney. The lyric changes are as follows:

  • "One Prozac a day" is changed to "One workout a day".
  • "Only been with one man" is changed to "Only loved just one man".
  • "She was gonna shake her ass" is changed to "She was gonna shake it right."

Charts and certifications[edit]


  • Matt "That One Guy" Hodgson has released a parody, "1955," based on Back to the Future. The song became a hit on the Dr. Demento Radio Show.
  • Psycho Pat Schaefer (also on Dr. Demento) has released a parody, "1955", which focuses on a grandma and her delusions about actually living in the year 1955.
  • Johnny Crass has released another parody, "Being a Jedi", based on Star Wars. This version relates the plot of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and compares the prequel trilogy unfavorably to the classic trilogy.
  • The Bob Ricci band parodied the song as "Beach Boy Soup", using the lyrics of the Beach Boys song, "Kokomo".
  • Christian parody band ApologetiX released a parody titled "None Too Ladylike" on the group's Wordplay album, about Jezebel from the Bible.
  • Dino-Mike wrote a song to this called "Another '1985' Parody" making light of the fact that so many had parodied the original song.
  • Musical comedian Odd Austin recorded a parody called "That '70s Song" about the Fox sitcom That '70s Show.
  • April 30, 2010, gamer-geek parody band Palette-Swap Ninja released "Arcade Gaming Shrine" for free on its website.

Cover versions[edit]

The Bowling For Soup version has been covered by Richard Thompson on the live album 1000 Years of Popular Music.

Chuck E. Cheese's version[edit]

Another version was created for the popular restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese's for one of its animatronic shows (Reddick is the current voice of Chuck E. Cheese) from September 2013, using the same lyric changes as the Radio Disney version.[12] After performing the show, bandmate Jasper T. Jowls notably breaks the fourth wall by commenting, "Is it just me, or does Chuck sound a lot like the guy who originally sang that song?"[12]


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