Don’t you hate it when there is a really good song that you used to love, but listening to it now you realize that the production sounds horribly dated? Maybe it’s because the production screams, “Hey, this new synthesizer just came out, here is factory patch #11 as the song intro!” Or, “Check out the massive reverse gated snare sound!” Or, “Listen to my new guitar effects processor!” Now, this is not the same thing as a recording that is simply of its time, or from an artist with a unique sound. Whether or not you like the B-52s, the sound is their own, and not really dated. And a crappy song isn’t really hurt by a dated production style. I’m talking about songs that would be great if they just toned down the production, but instead are mediocre or worse. And the opposite: a song so good it overcomes the dated or excessive production.