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June 10, 2013 9:14 AM   Subscribe

This will tell you what your parents were probably having sex to when you were conceived. Links to youtube videos where available. Made by Philip Bump.
posted by Greg Nog (136 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Apparently music hadn't been invented yet when I was conceived.
posted by kozad at 9:16 AM on June 10, 2013 [10 favorites]


1. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon and Garfunkel

Yeah, I could believe that.
posted by jonmc at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


My dad was in a folk band, with a heavy Clancy Brothers influence. So that.
posted by Brocktoon at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Donna Summer? My parents didn't dig disco.
posted by leotrotsky at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2013


I don't mind the concept of my parents having sex, but the songs they were listening to...well, I suppose it explains a lot of my childhood.
posted by digitalprimate at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


ewww
posted by sweetkid at 9:17 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


1. 'Careless Whisper' by Wham!
posted by phunniemee at 9:18 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


wait having sex to With Or Without You sounds very awkward
posted by sweetkid at 9:18 AM on June 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


It also indicates that my daughter was conceived to Rihanna.

Um no.
posted by leotrotsky at 9:19 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


1. 'Careless Whisper' by Wham!
posted by phunniemee at 9:18 AM on June 10 [+][!]


Hey - I could be your Dad! Happy Father's Day!!
posted by helmutdog at 9:20 AM on June 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


*Looks at milk crate in corner*

Bolero.

Pay up, Internet.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:21 AM on June 10, 2013


Metafilter seems determined to reenact the primal scene today.
posted by kewb at 9:21 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


1. 'Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (Medley)' by Meco
2. 'Keep It Comin' Love' by KC and the Sunshine Band
3. 'Don't Stop' by Fleetwood Mac
4. 'Best Of My Love' by Emotions, The
5. 'Strawberry Letter 23' by Brothers Johnson, The

This makes it look like I was conceived at a nerd party at Studio 54.
posted by elizardbits at 9:22 AM on June 10, 2013 [11 favorites]


Metafilter seems determined to reenact the primal scene today.

Happy Primal Scene Day, everyone!
posted by Greg Nog at 9:23 AM on June 10, 2013


In the future, it will be ALL PINK ALL THE TIME

That's a bit frightening.
posted by vacapinta at 9:23 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


My parents never had sex
posted by Postroad at 9:24 AM on June 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


When I listen to music, I listen to music.
posted by Jode at 9:25 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


1. 'Careless Whisper' by Wham!

OH GOOD LORD I'M OLD
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:25 AM on June 10, 2013 [24 favorites]


1. 'Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (Medley)' by Meco
2. 'Keep It Comin' Love' by KC and the Sunshine Band
3. 'Don't Stop' by Fleetwood Mac
4. 'Best Of My Love' by Emotions, The
5. 'Strawberry Letter 23' by Brothers Johnson, The

This makes it look like I was conceived at a nerd party at Studio 54.


Are we secret twins?

Also: 'Keep It Comin' Love' by KC and the Sunshine Band? Ha! And eww.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:25 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Killing Me Softly", by Roberta Flack.

Perhaps they heard it by accident, but otherwise? There was no Roberta Flack in my then-newly immigrant parents' record collection.
posted by Capt. Renault at 9:27 AM on June 10, 2013


Links to youtube videos where available.

OHMYDEARSWEETLORD WHY? AND HOW?

Oh. Oh, I see.

That makes more sense.
posted by duffell at 9:28 AM on June 10, 2013 [26 favorites]


Omigod I got the Chariots of Fire theme and that would be the most epic boning of all time.
posted by shakespeherian at 9:29 AM on June 10, 2013 [14 favorites]


Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me by Mac Davis?

I guarantee you- no.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:30 AM on June 10, 2013


I guess they didn't have music when I was conceived.


(born before 1963)
posted by philip-random at 9:32 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


In the future, it will be ALL PINK ALL THE TIME

That's a bit frightening.





If you want a picture of the future, imagine Pink stamping on a human face- forever.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:33 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


This makes it look like I was conceived at a nerd party at Studio 54.

It would explain SO. MUCH.

As mentioned before in the OTHER parents having sex thread (why are there two?) that because of the records of bands and shows existing online, I don't need a Billboard machine to figure out what was playing during the Primal Scene, as it where.
posted by The Whelk at 9:33 AM on June 10, 2013


I am highly tickled that the band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark showed up on my list. "Greatest Love Of All" by Whitney Houston is number one, though, which is a little weird, since it could be read as a overwrought ode to onanism.
posted by invitapriore at 9:33 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wait, here it is - the family album!
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:34 AM on June 10, 2013


'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' by Queen
'Yes, I'm Ready' by Teri DeSario
'Do That To Me One More Time' by Captain and Tennille
'Longer' by Dan Fogelberg
'Desire' by Andy Gibb

I imagine this is in a faded old reel-to-reel box marked "sexytimes" at the back of my mother's closet.
posted by Lorin at 9:34 AM on June 10, 2013 [7 favorites]


Seems more like "Your older siblings were listening to this".
posted by Flunkie at 9:35 AM on June 10, 2013


Pretty psyched that Kung Fu Fighting clocks in at #2 on my list.
posted by MoonOrb at 9:36 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm afraid to ask my mom what the truth of the matter is, because if she says anything other than the Isley Brothers I'll feel like my whole life was for naught.
posted by invitapriore at 9:36 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


These results make sense, because I am often hungry like the wolf.
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 9:36 AM on June 10, 2013


1. Chapel of Love by the Dixie Cups

I wish!

Best case scenario: Perry Como
Worst case scenario: Fiddler on the Roof (original Broadway cast version)
posted by Room 641-A at 9:36 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


"When I See You Smile" by Bad English. I've never heard of the song.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:37 AM on June 10, 2013


As mentioned before in the OTHER parents having sex thread (why are there two?)

Do you... do you not understand where babies come from?
posted by shakespeherian at 9:38 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Worst case scenario: Fiddler on the Roof (original Broadway cast version)

Since I am a life ruiner I invite you to imagine your parents cossack dancing in bed.
posted by elizardbits at 9:38 AM on June 10, 2013 [8 favorites]


'Hey Jude'. I win the Internet!
posted by sutt at 9:39 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


"The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. Yeah, I'd say that's what my Dad would have put on the hi-fi. My Dad was awesome. :)
posted by blurker at 9:40 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


"When I See You Smile" by Bad English. I've never heard of the song.

Mullet-rock makeout song. OK for what it is. Features John Waite ("Missing You") and Jonathan Cain from Journey.
posted by jonmc at 9:40 AM on June 10, 2013


I am a christmas baby, and the likelihood that my parents conceived on or near St. Patrick's day is quite high. Couple that with a strong penchant for Celtic music in my family, and the chances that I was conceived to "Killing me Softly With his Song" is VERY GODDAMN LOW.
posted by LN at 9:40 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


1. "Get Back" by The Beatles
2. "Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In" by 5th Dimension
3. "Love (Can Make You Happy)" by Mercy
4. "Hair" by The Cowsills
5. "Oh Happy Day" by The Edwin Hawkins Singers

If it was anything, I'd actually put my money on a 3-way split between blues, Carribbean steel drums or Dedicated (it was "their song" in high school), but I like these better.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:41 AM on June 10, 2013


What alternate universe spawned me . . . I don't even . .
  1. 'In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)' by Zager & Evans
  2. 'Spinning Wheel' by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  3. 'Good Morning Starshine' by Oliver
  4. 'Crystal Blue Persuasion' by Tommy James and the Shondells
  5. 'What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)' by Jr. Walker & the All Stars
posted by jeremias at 9:43 AM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


OH GOOD LORD I'M OLD

Seriously? It doesn't go far enough back for me to use.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 9:43 AM on June 10, 2013


I guess they didn't have music when I was conceived. (born before 1963)

You are Philip Larkin and I claim my five pounds..

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) -
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

posted by maudlin at 9:44 AM on June 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


Omigod I got the Chariots of Fire theme and that would be the most epic boning of all time.

Isn't that song only like four minutes long?
posted by Garm at 9:46 AM on June 10, 2013


'Blue Velvet' by Bobby Vinton

I could see that. Dad was a big Bobby Vinton fan.
posted by octothorpe at 9:47 AM on June 10, 2013


While it's remotely possible my folks were listening to the Stones doing Ruby Tuesday, I guarantee my wife and I weren't listening to any of the drivel listed for my son's birthday.
posted by pappy at 9:47 AM on June 10, 2013


I know my parents were listening to this when I was conceived because they make me watch the damn video of the event every year on my birthday.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 9:47 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hot damn, I got "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John!
posted by jph at 9:47 AM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


philip-random: "I guess they didn't have music when I was conceived.

(born before 1963)
"

Benny Andajetz: "OH GOOD LORD I'M OLD

Seriously? It doesn't go far enough back for me to use.
"

You definitely don't want to check the conception date calendar FPP from yesterday.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:48 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


'Blue Velvet' by Bobby Vinton

I could see that. Dad was a big Bobby Vinton Kyle McLaughlin fan.

posted by shakespeherian at 9:48 AM on June 10, 2013


In other news, I think I've figured out why I'm gay.
posted by jph at 9:48 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Whosoever shall be proven to have been conceived to the Rocky Theme Song shall be the rightful king of all metafilter.
posted by elizardbits at 9:48 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Related to this - the friend of a friend in college devised a jokey "astrological" system based on what the #1 song was the week you were born. According to that list I was born under the sign of Thank You (Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again).

I heard a rumor that the guy who came up with this later met someone who was born under the sign of "Alone Again (Naturally)" and was thinking of following him as The Messiah.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:50 AM on June 10, 2013


I was apparently conceived to Donna Summer's cover of MacArthur Park, which actually feels exactly correct.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:50 AM on June 10, 2013 [5 favorites]


If you were a white, middle-class American. Still waiting for the more comprehensive one featuring world music choices and maybe music from African-American communities? In any case, I'm pretty sure this was playing the background when my parents were getting it on.
posted by dubusadus at 9:51 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well this site says I was conceived under the auspices of Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing," but I'm pretty sure that's wrong, since the only music I ever heard my dad purposely listen to during the first ten or so years of my life was soundtrack to The Harder They C...

...

'scuse me, out for brain bleach.
posted by prize bull octorok at 9:51 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Since my Dad saw fit to confide to me that I was conceived on my grandparents' bathroom floor whilst my parents were visiting for Christmas since that was the only room in the house with a lock on the door, I'm reasonably sure there was no music playing at the time.
posted by talitha_kumi at 9:51 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I got 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go' by Whitney Houston. The real answer would probably be a Bollywood song.
posted by yaymukund at 9:52 AM on June 10, 2013


My first result is a random ass Bob Seger song that I've never heard of, despite being not...immune to Mr. Seger's charms, so I'm doubtful about that.

The second was "Stray Cat Strut" which my father would definitely be down for, even if I suspect my mother would veto it.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:52 AM on June 10, 2013


See also.
posted by mkb at 9:54 AM on June 10, 2013


My parents' record player was in the living room, not in their bedroom. They were probably listening to my older brother sleep ("Hush, don't wake the baby!").

If they in fact fucked in the living room while listening to music ("Take it easy honey, the record will skip!"), it would most likely have been János Starker playing Bach, or maybe Ornette Coleman: certainly nothing from a Billboard pop chart.
posted by Ice Cream Socialist at 9:54 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Le Freak
posted by 256 at 9:55 AM on June 10, 2013


Yeah, this isn't particularly international, is it. Since I was born on the side of the road in the altiplano I am pretty sure no disco was playing at the time of my conception. Maybe some cranky llama noises in the background.
posted by elizardbits at 9:55 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly consider'd how much depended upon what they were then doing;—that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost;—Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly,—I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that in which the reader is likely to see me.
- Laurence Stern, Tristram Shandy

posted by koeselitz at 9:55 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm adopted, so I'm free to pretend my parents never had sex. So there.
posted by drezdn at 9:55 AM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


I looked at the weeks surrounding my birth, and apparently my conception time was good for nothin'. Seriously. What shows up in the general time frame:

"You Ain't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder
"Nothin' from Nothin'" by Billy Preston
"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
posted by LionIndex at 9:56 AM on June 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


Mkb, your link appears to have some serious flaws, as they included "You Can Call Me Al" by Paul Simon on the playlist for May 31, 1969.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:58 AM on June 10, 2013


shakespeherian: "'Blue Velvet' by Bobby Vinton

I could see that. Dad was a big Bobby Vinton Kyle McLaughlin fan.
"

I'm pretty sure that my parents never saw that movie. Plus that's only a year or two from my son's conception, not mine. Indecently if you look up my son's birthday on this list it gives 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' by Poison which is pretty close. My ex- did like that song.
posted by octothorpe at 9:58 AM on June 10, 2013


'Hey Jude'. I win the Internet!
posted by sutt at 9:39 AM


... so why haven't you gone out and changed the god damned world, freed all slaves, set every child free, shuttered all the prisons, fed the hungry?!

Because like I said already, they didn't even have music when I was conceived, and wouldn't for at least another four years. My generation (and those before us), we have our excuses. You've ALWAYS had the Beatles.

I rest my case.
posted by philip-random at 9:59 AM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


You've ALWAYS had the Beatles.

And not just any Beatles. The BEST Beatles.
posted by philip-random at 10:00 AM on June 10, 2013


Best to have sex without music. In absolute silence, if possible. This will ensure that any children you conceive don't have any predetermined expectations based upon the words sung or spoken during their conception.
posted by asnider at 10:08 AM on June 10, 2013


According to this, my three kids were conceived during "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, "Livin' la Vida Loca" and "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". Aawwwwww yeah.
posted by artychoke at 10:09 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Like a virgin.
posted by likeatoaster at 10:09 AM on June 10, 2013


Oh man, elizardbits, let me tell you about this documentary that Vice did on alpacas. They give off a very subtle snort if another alpaca is being too familiar, something that my girlfriend seems to have picked up after spending a semester in South America.
posted by dubusadus at 10:12 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


This would be awesome if it took lat and long into account. I wonder what was playing in a small fishing village on the Mexican Pacific coast in the 70s.

It got it spot on for what was playing on the hotel TV in Paris after my daughter was conceived, somebody that I used to know. Not a great song, but not terrible either, I hope it ages well. What we were listening to during the act we have no memory. The TV was set on a French music channel, because all music sounds sexy in French.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 10:12 AM on June 10, 2013


Best to have sex without music. In absolute silence, if possible.

Does crying softly and whispering apologies count as silence Y/N?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:13 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, I was apparently conceived to "Billie Jean". I can handle that. I am less OK with the idea that it might have been "Hungry Like the Wolf."
posted by asnider at 10:13 AM on June 10, 2013


Hello, Muddah, Hello Fadda. Which seems like Philip K. Dick, because how could I be saying hello?
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:13 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


1. 'Seasons In The Sun' by Terry Jacks

The fact that this was returned was not nearly as terrifying as realizing how true it probably was.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:22 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


This makes it look like I was conceived at a nerd party at Studio 54.

I've seen your tumblr - the burden of proving otherwise is on you.
posted by plinth at 10:23 AM on June 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


Ageist punks.

They probably don't even know who was president back then...
posted by Pudhoho at 10:26 AM on June 10, 2013


I know my parents were listening to this when I was conceived because they make me watch the damn video of the event every year on my birthday.
I can understand your parents taping themselves having sex, but making you watch the tape seems beyond the pale.
posted by me & my monkey at 10:27 AM on June 10, 2013 [6 favorites]


philip-random: "I guess they didn't have music when I was conceived.

(born before 1963)"

Benny Andajetz: "OH GOOD LORD I'M OLD

Seriously? It doesn't go far enough back for me to use."


1953--It's not that long ago people. I have been cheated.

Because today is my birthday, dammit!

*goes off in a fit of the sulks*
posted by BlueHorse at 10:47 AM on June 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


This web site doesn't know me at all.
posted by NoMich at 10:55 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


1953--It's not that long ago people. I have been cheated.

Because today is my birthday, dammit!


Yea that's profoundly uncool. But happy birthday!
posted by sweetkid at 10:57 AM on June 10, 2013


Pretty sure I don't want to know the answer to this question.
posted by freakazoid at 11:09 AM on June 10, 2013


Happy Primal Scene Day, everyone!

"Gee, thanks," said Sally Draper after last night's Mad Men.
posted by fuse theorem at 11:09 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


My mom is one of those rare people who just isn't a huge fan of music, period. If I were forced to guess, I would imagine I was conceived to the same thing she always listened to, the KCBS radio news.
posted by The Gooch at 11:22 AM on June 10, 2013


Just realized I had to adjust for "conceived in Canada." I was a bit late, so it would seem that it was either Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress or Black & White.

Yeah, this makes a lot more sense.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:25 AM on June 10, 2013


Whoops- just checked the country charts. Turns out it was probably Oney. My dad was a steelworker, so it makes sense. Maybe this is how he threw his back out.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:29 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


"Fly Like an Eagle". It explains why I'm so fly, anyway.
posted by Hoopo at 11:30 AM on June 10, 2013


Way off. The cultists circled the altar, hands linked, droning paeans to the Old Ones and wailing ecstatically as ancient unseen forces violated their psyches with unimaginable terror. "Knock Three Times" wasn't til after.
posted by Kafkaesque at 11:40 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Let's Get It On" made the top 5 for me.

Damn.

I mean, do you even really need the rest of that list?
posted by anthom at 11:42 AM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


1. Keep on trucking -- Eddie Kendrick
2. Midnight Train to Georgia -- Gladys Knight and the Pips
3. Angie -- Stones
4. Heartbeat-It's A Lovebeat' -- DeFranco Family
5. Paper Roses -- Marie Osmond

Not too shabby, though probably incorrect considering these are Billboard hits, not necessarily what was big in Holland at the time. I'mma not going to research that and feel free not to do so either, as Dutch musical taste in the seventies? Not good.
posted by MartinWisse at 11:42 AM on June 10, 2013


The Theme from S.W.A.T.??

Well, that's going to take some additional therapy.
posted by Kitteh at 11:42 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


I mean, do you even really need the rest of that list?

Pretty sure that, regardless of what the list shows, 'Let's Get It On' is the correct answer for anyone born after 1973.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:44 AM on June 10, 2013


I've already been told that Johnny Mathis was in the background when I was conceived. *cringes*
posted by luckynerd at 11:52 AM on June 10, 2013


1. Yeah no my parents were probably not listening to this embarrassing Paul McCartney song... OR WERE THEY???????

2. SERIOUSLY NO my parents did not like Paul McCartney that much. I'm pretty sure.

3. Funkytown? Yeah, sounds about right.

4. Billy Joel, also possible though I should note we are not from Long Island at all. But I remember Billy Joel being a thing when I was tiny. I think my dad might have had this record.

5. Bette Midler? My parents are not gay men, so no.
posted by Sara C. at 11:53 AM on June 10, 2013


Ray Charles and Bobby Vinton sound about right. I just made it under the age limit, which must have something to do with being eligible to join AARP now.
posted by aught at 11:53 AM on June 10, 2013


1. "Me & My Bobby McGee" Janis Joplin
2. "She's A Lady" Tom Jones
3. "Just My Imagination" The Temptations
4. "One Bad Apple" The Osmonds
5. "For All We Know" The Carpenters

My guess is it was probably "She's A Lady". Not because my parents were especially fond of the song, but because even to this day, I have an immediate and visceral reaction to Tom Jones' voice. Probably my least favorite male vocalist. Yes even more than Eddie Vedder and that dude from Counting Crows.

Sorry, Tom Jones fans. He just sounds like what it would probably sound like if a trumpet could sing.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:55 AM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


If you know any babies being born today, their parents were listening to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Or possibly "Call Me Maybe."
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:59 AM on June 10, 2013


I got Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder but my parents were not that cool. My dad hates or has no opinion about all American music but my mom likes the Beatles and Vanessa Carlton and inexplicably 'No Rain' by Blind Melon so who knows what they would agree on.

And now I would like to discuss the scenario that led to my birth no further.
posted by sweetkid at 12:10 PM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


'You're So Vain' by Carly Simon.

Thank you for posting this link for me.
posted by sarahw at 12:15 PM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Okay, "Jump" by Van Halen, I can deal with. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Tony-winner Cyndi Lauper (I just wanted to write that because I can after last night), fine. "Footloose," okay.

But "99 Luftballons"?!? I think I might win here.

I guess that explains why I'm marrying a guy who majored in German Linguistics (if you get my drift. No, no, that was actually his major).
posted by ilana at 12:17 PM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


My birthday is in late August. I always assumed my parents were listening to Christmas carols.
posted by bendy at 12:29 PM on June 10, 2013


My parents told me about my conception. There was no radio. There was a massive blizzard, with snow 6 feet deep, snowed in at the in-laws, with a brother and his wife. After three days they ran out of smokes and booze.

Had they had more smokes and booze, I wouldn't be here.
posted by QueerAngel28 at 1:06 PM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


  1. 'Fire Good' by Og
  2. 'Sweet Sweet Apples' by Eve & the Serpentines
  3. 'Happy All the Way Down Together' by Turtles on Turtles on Turtles on...
  4. 'In The Year 25 (Exordium)' by Metatron & the Seraphim
  5. 'Let's Go Out (to the Field)' by Cain
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:28 PM on June 10, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pretty psyched that Kung Fu Fighting clocks in at #2 on my list.

Wow, MoonOrb. . . your parents were Peter Parker and MJ?



According to this site -- I am Galactus.

Born before the beginning of time itself.
 
posted by Herodios at 1:48 PM on June 10, 2013


"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack. I don't think my parents met that night but who knows?
posted by zardoz at 1:57 PM on June 10, 2013


I had to dive into Wikipedia to find out what was happening when I was conceived in April 1961. The hit song was "Runaway" by Del Shannon.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 2:13 PM on June 10, 2013


Don Draper was telling Peggy Olson, "It will shock you how much this never happened."

That is what was happening in April of 1961.
posted by Sara C. at 2:15 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Had they had more smokes and booze, I wouldn't be here.

Oh no, you would still be here. But, how do I say this delicately, well lets just say you would not be the person you are today and leave it at that.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 2:15 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


What's a best guess % of people who have music on during sex? 10%? Of that how many people choose their own music vs. just turn on some top 40 radio station?

If your parents were married when you were conceived, the odds are probably higher that there was no music (and, if there was, that is was some rubber-stamp fuck-music, like Al Green). If they were unmarried teenagers, car radio top 40 is a lot more likely.

How many parents screw to church music? These are the kind of people I'm imagining making the most babies. But maybe that's just my imagination inventing strange sub-cultures for my amusement.
posted by dgaicun at 2:17 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I plugged in all my children's birth dates.


All, inaccurate. Sorry, folks.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 2:19 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Don Draper was telling Peggy Olson, "It will shock you how much this never happened."

That is what was happening in April of 1961.
posted by Sara C. 5 minutes ago [+]


You're obsessed. It's just a TV show.
posted by sweetkid at 2:21 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well the "music to fuck to" thing is a meme/trope/cliche/Thing, for sure.

Music is ideal for hiding furtive sex noises.

I can also imagine that, back in the day before our wealth of constant access to any media we want, yeah, if you wanted music on you either put on a record or the radio. Which means, if you're a typical youngish middle class American, probably pop music.
posted by Sara C. at 2:23 PM on June 10, 2013


I plugged in all my children's birth dates.


All, inaccurate. Sorry, folks.


Inconceivable!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:25 PM on June 10, 2013 [3 favorites]


Of that how many people choose their own music vs. just turn on some top 40 radio station?

Mine is GOB singing 'Love is in the Air.'
posted by shakespeherian at 2:33 PM on June 10, 2013


"Family Affair" by Sly and the Family Stone.

: (
posted by chowflap at 2:34 PM on June 10, 2013


Apparently Mrs. Mazola and I were listening to 'A Moment Like This' by Kelly Clarkson when Thing #1 was conceived and 'We Belong Together' by Mariah Carey for Thing #2.

I'm skeptical...
posted by mazola at 2:41 PM on June 10, 2013


Yeah, I wanted to be all "oh ha ha, my parents are so adorably unhip they never even knew who the Bee Gees were" and then I checked what I was supposedly listening to when my kids were conceived and I didn't know who they were. So. Apple doesn't fall far, I guess.
posted by gerstle at 3:13 PM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ritt der Walküren
posted by maxwelton at 3:18 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hang on, I just thought of it. I made the first comment: Apparently music hadn't been invented yet when I was conceived, but just now realize what they were doing starting with 1963: they were referencing Phillip Larkin's famous line of verse "Sexual intercourse was invented in 1963."
posted by kozad at 3:20 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


SUMMER BREEZE YESSSSSSS
posted by mintcake! at 3:45 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I knew I felt fine.
posted by mintcake! at 3:46 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


1. 'Rock With You' by Michael Jackson
2. 'Do That To Me One More Time' by Captain and Tennille
3. 'Coward Of The County' by Kenny Rogers
4. 'Cruisin'' by Smokey Robinson
5. 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' by Queen


Oh, dear.
posted by brundlefly at 3:47 PM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


My parents were way too square to be listening to anything that hip, but then I thought they were too square to ever get laid too, except my sister and I happened somehow.
posted by BrotherCaine at 3:55 PM on June 10, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was conceived in the backseat of my dad's hot-rod '49 Chevy. My mother was a high-school senior, my father was two years older. They probably had the radio on. So in my case, this could be accurate.

Accounting for the fact that I was two months premature, my list is:

1. Can't Buy Me Love, The Beatles
2. Twist And Shout, The Beatles
3. Suspicion, Terry Stafford
4. She Loves You, The Beatles
5. Hello, Dolly!, Louis Armstrong

I'm pretty okay with this list.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:08 PM on June 10, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Oh, dear."

That's a hell of a list, brundlefly. I kind of envy you for its collective weirdness.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 4:10 PM on June 10, 2013


My parents might have heard Olivia Newton John or Foreigner or Earth, Wind & Fire or Hall & Oates at a store or a restaurant or something that evening, but the only way I was conceived to any of it is if my parents were fucking in a car that they didn't have control of the radio in. Neat if true!
posted by elr at 7:07 PM on June 10, 2013


Fire, by The Ohio Players!? That is exactly what they were listening to.
posted by BinGregory at 7:10 PM on June 10, 2013


Concerto in B-flat Major from Concerto Armonici by Unico van Wassenaer?
Gross!

If you want a picture of the future, imagine Pink stamping on a human face- forever.

Stamping if we're lucky.
posted by Smedleyman at 8:05 PM on June 10, 2013


Yeah, I was born too early for this so I did my own research, and it's a rip snorter - Winifred Atwell - The Poor People of Paris. Might explain why I love snooker so much.
posted by unliteral at 11:12 PM on June 10, 2013


It says my daughter was conceived to Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Queen. Would that it were true. In actual fact, she was conceived to Harper Valley PTA, because the made-for-tv movie was on in the background.
posted by MexicanYenta at 11:17 PM on June 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


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