Space Age Whiz Kids (song)

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"Space Age Whiz Kids"
Space Age Whiz Kids.jpeg
Single by Joe Walsh
from the album You Bought It – You Name It
Released 1983
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock
Length 3:40
Label Warner Bros., Full Moon
Songwriter(s) Joe Vitale, Joe Walsh
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk

Space Age Whiz Kids is a song by Joe Walsh, the guitarist for the Eagles. It was released as a lead single from his sixth studio solo album, You Bought It – You Name It, being Walsh's eleventh single.

Meaning[edit]

The song was written during the latter part of the 1980s video arcade craze, and its lyrics are a personal commentary, critical of then-modern American culture against Walsh's older pinball and pool generation. The lyrics also reflect a satirical view on this, with lines such as: "I feel a little bit mixed up, maybe I'm obsolete".

Promotional video[edit]

The music video starts out in an old-fashioned arcade in black and white. Walsh, pushes his way up to a pinball machine. The video then turns to colour - depicting that he's in the present. Now, there's a bunch of video games instead of pinball machines, Walsh tries to talk to the kids sitting around but they ignore him. They show the old pinball arcade and everyone is covered with cobwebs. Here are scenes of Walsh and his band where Walsh is dressed in a jumpsuit with sunglasses and an Indian-style headband with a feather on the side. He and his band are on white circular platforms in the middle of blackness. Towards the end, Walsh walks through the futuristic arcade in a full-blown space suit. With someone chanting "I like Space Age Whiz Kids" is on a floating video game screen that flies around the arcade. The closing shot is of a video game entitled "Whiz Kids". [1]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single (Warner Bros. Records – 7-29611, Warner Bros. Records – 9 29611-7, Full Moon – 7-29611, Full Moon – 9 29611-7 )[2]

A "Space Age Whiz Kids" - 3:40
B "Theme From Island Weirdos" - 3:13

References[edit]

  1. ^ whizkidsvideo.htm Space Age Whizz Kids Check |url= value (help), retrieved 6 November 2014
  2. ^ Discogs: Joe Walsh - Space Age Whiz Kids 7" Cover Images.

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