1985 (SR-71 song)

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Song by SR-71
from the album Here We Go Again
ReleasedMay 21, 2004
Producer(s)Mitch Allan
1985 - Bowling For Soup.jpg
Single by Bowling for Soup
from the album A Hangover You Don't Deserve
ReleasedJuly 27, 2004
Producer(s)Butch Walker
Bowling for Soup singles chronology
"Here We Go"

"1985" is a 2004 song that was written and recorded by SR-71. It was covered by American rock band Bowling for Soup, whose version reached number 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 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]


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

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.
  • SoundCloud punk artist NEGATIVE XP released a parody entitled "1965" in 2019.

Cover versions[edit]

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


  1. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 18, 2004. p. 72. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 27, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "JARED NEWSFLASH! 1985 IS HERE!". bowlingforsoup.com. Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bowling for Soup – 1985". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "R&R Canada CHR/Pop Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1579. October 29, 2004. p. 24. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – 1985". Irish Singles Chart.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Bowling for Soup Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Bowling for Soup – 1985". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved October 15, 2020.

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