The Friday Night, Parents out of Town High School Party, Circa 1980

Friday, November 12, 2010
The Friday night party. The weekend kegger. A hallowed tradition in for high school kids. The talk on Thursday was always about whose parents were going to be out of town on Friday.1

The cool kids and jocks had their party, and if you were lucky, you would get invited. The stoners, would have their own party and then crash the cool kid's party.   The alt kids would get a buzz on, dress up and go to the midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. The nerdy kids would hang out at home, play D&D and watch Monty Python.

Every once in a while, some enterprising kids would score four or five kegs, get their brother's friend's band to play and throw a major party. Typically, it would cost $5.00 per person, but those parties were a who's who of every under 21 kid in town.

Every party and every Friday night had the same soundtrack between 1978 and 1981 save for a few songs being rotated in and out. Those songs from those days are burned into the memories of millions of American kids.

So, go grab your red plastic cup, fill it with some cheap beer and turn it up. Here's to Friday night!
  1. Surrender - Cheap Trick, Heaven Tonight
  2. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith, Toys In The Attic
  3. Let's Go - The Cars, Candy-O
  4. Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh, But Seriously Folks
  5. New Kid In Town - Eagles, Hotel California
  6. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC, Back In Black
Videos after the jump...

Surrender (Live), Cheap Trick

Sweet Emotion, Aerosmith

Let's Go, The Cars

Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh

New Kid In Town, Eagles

You Shook Me All Night Long (Live), AC/DC

1 - I threw my share of Friday parties, but, no matter how well I cleaned up, my parents always found out.
2 - Although it came out in 1981, cruising around at 3:00 in the morning with Phil Collin's 'In The Air Tonight' on the radio recalls the summer of 81 for me every time I hear it

This is blog post 121 for 2010. Only 20 more to go to meet last years output.


  1. Except for standard song, are you SURE we didn't grow up in the same place? *lol' Oh wait, i grow up in northern Sweden where booze was easy to get and everyone was supposted to bring their own and booze was at least once a month even when as young as 13/14..

  2. I actually own Candy-O on vinyl!

  3. Diane6:52 PM

    Sadly, I was not a party girl in HS. Even when I managed to get to one, when I was a bit older, I just sat aside watching everyone thinking "Is this it? Is this what we're working towards in life?" Perhaps I was always a bit of a philosopher about these things. I'm glad I didn't know you then. You wouldn't have liked me.


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