This is not the first We Didn’t Start the Fire parody I’ve come across, but it’s the first I’ve seen for Generation X. It was published on YouTube in 2009, and features a guy named Patrick on Karaoke.
The original song by Billy Joel spans 40 years of history, 1949-1989. That includes a big chunk of events that shaped Generation X, but this was a song by a Boomer about Boomers. I may have liked it, but I never completely identified with it. This parody starts in 1970 and goes through 2008.
Every time I hear the original song, I always have the same response: Well, somebody started it. Maybe it was Eve. She seems to get the blame for everything.
Here are some of the historic events and people that made it into the We Didn’t Start The Fire parody.
First Earth Day
Charles Manson Murders
Kent State Tragedy
Nixon in China
Munich Murders (1972 Olympics)
Secretariat – Triple Crown
Roe vs Wade
End of Vietnam
Gas Shortage/Gas Lines
Fall of Saigon
President Jimmy Carter and Camp David
First Test Tube Baby
Three Mile Island Nuclear Disaster
Mt. St. Helens Volcano Eruption
Operation Eagle Claw
1980 Olympic Boycott
Sandra Day O’Connor – First Female Supreme Court Justice
Trickle Down Economics (Reganomics)
War on Drugs
Vanessa Williams Scandal
Africa Live Aid
Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
Donna Rice and Gary Hart
Read My Lips, No New Taxes (President Bush)
Pete Rose Banned from Baseball
End of the Cold ward
Gulf War and Stormin’ Norman
O.J. Simpson Murder Trial
Oklahoma City Bombing
Death of Princess Diana
Monica Lewinsky Scandal
Can you think of anything that shaped Generation X that he might have missed?