Venus, Sugar Sugar, Yada Yada
It was 25 years ago this summer that Stars on 45 took the world by storm and started the medley craze. John at Lost in the 80s found a test subject who was six months old in the summer of 1981 and who has somehow lived the ensuing quarter-century without ever hearing of Stars on 45. He sent the subject the original "Medley" and some of the other medleys that made the charts in 1981 and 1982, and reported the test subject's reactions. It was all done in the name of science, and no 25-year-olds were harmed in the making of it, as far as we know. (I don't feel so good, but I'm sure I'll be fine.) The post also includes a video for the original "Medley," which is a typical early-80s mashup featuring dancers with a questionable sense of rhythm, bad lip-synching, public-domain silent-movie footage and child porn.
(I confess: On one of my college radio shows, I played a couple of the medleys in their original album versions, each of which ran 15 minutes plus. And no, I wasn't high. Now it's your turn to confess: How long was it after "Medley" left the airwaves before you could hear the original versions of the Beatles songs it featured without also hearing the Stars on 45 segues in your head?)
Watch the video. Listen to the medleys. You know you want to.