Hi, I’m Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show. Today we’re studying a song called We Didn't Start the Fire which is by Billy Joel. It came out in 1989 and it’s like a list of events that happened in his lifetime up to that point – from 1949 to 1989.
The first line is: Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray. Harry Truman became the US president. Doris Day and Johnnie Ray are both American entertainers and Red China …the Communist Party of China wins the Chinese Civil War, establishing the People's Republic of China. That’s from Wikipedia.
Wikipedia has a good page on this song – it explains every event and has links so you can easily go and find more. This could be a fun way to learn a bit of history, especially American history during that time.
Some of the stuff in the song, I’d heard of, like British Beatlemania and Woodstock. But there’s lots of stuff that I’d never heard of like: Hypodermics on the shores.
In Wikipedia it says there was something called Syringe Tide which happened between 1987 and 1988.
Syringe Tide: Medical waste was found washed up on beaches in New Jersey after being illegally dumped at sea. Before this event, waste dumped in the oceans was an "out of sight, out of mind" affair. This has been cited as one of the crucial turning points in popular opinion on environmentalism.
SMAP is a group of five men who sing, dance and star in TV shows, commercials and movies. They’re one of the most famous groups in Japan. One of the members is called Kusanagi. He’s 34 and he likes speaking Korean. The other day Kusanagi had a few drinks in Akasaka. At around 2 o’clock in the morning, after leaving his friends, he decided to strip off his clothes and frolic in the park near his apartment. One of his neighbours didn’t think it was such a good idea and called the police. According to news reports, Kusanagi was arrested at around 3am. When police tried to arrest him, he said: “What’s wrong with being naked?” Police said they wrapped him in a plastic sheet and took him to the station.
And that was Stick News for Friday the 24th of April. Kia ora.