"1985" is a song best known for its performance in 2004 by the pop punk band Bowling for Soup which reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featured on their album A Hangover You Don't Deserve, "1985" was originally written and recorded by the band SR-71, led by Mitch Allan.
According to SR-71's website, Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick (a friend of SR-71) heard the song (from their album Here We Go Again) and asked for and received permission to record a cover version. However, according to Bowling for Soup's website, it was Allan that called Reddick to suggest the possible cover. Either way, it was Bowling for Soup's version, with slightly reworked lyrics from the original, that has become familiar to most United States radio listeners and topped the charts.
Because the Bowling for Soup version of the song differs in lyrics from the SR-71 original, the two versions also differ with respect to some of their references to the 80s. Certain references were removed from the original and replaced with new ones, while some were added in places where the original song repeated lines.
The Bowling For Soup version has been covered by Richard Thompson on the live album...