Saturday, April 11, 2015

Adam Ant: "Stand And Deliver"




Here's what I remember most about '80s music: the free spirit and the sense of theatricality that were so much a part of the New Wave/New Romantic scene. 

Here, Adam Ant is performing on Solid Gold back in 1981, just right before MTV and music video created a tidal wave of this type of fun, free-willed expression. 

Within a few years, the arty colorful theatricality you see here would be a main element of popular music, from the New Wave "Second British Invasion" to Prince and Cyndi Lauper and Madonna.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

"Pour Some Sugar On Me"



 
Or maybe this was more the kind of '80s "love song" some of you were thinking of during this weekend?  A different kind of valentine from Def Leppard.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Endless Love

 
 

 
Here's an '80s Valentine. This song was the classic '80s "slow dance"/love song. Lionel Richie and  Diana Ross with the 1981 song "Endless Love" This song was a very big hit indeed, and frequently on the radio way back when.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Happy Birthday, Betty White

 
 
January 17 was Betty White's birthday, and she is 93, and still continuing a long and storied acting career which includes her '70s run on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  But, for the '80s, she will be long remembered for her role as Rose in the '80s classic The Goldern Girls. I found this video on Youtbe featuring clips of her best Golden Girls moments. 
 
Happy Birthday, Betty!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Back to the Future to 2015

 
 

 
Back in 1989, the sequel to the classic '80s flick Back to the Future offered a vision of what 2015 was supposed to be like. They got a few things right, missed some things, and a lot of things wrong.  Here's a report on the scorecard.
 
Alas, contrary to the film, there are still roads, there are no flying cars, and Jaws ceased making sequels long ago.
 
On the other hand, theyre working on a hoverboard prototype.
 
And, cell phones and the internet are two things completely missed by the film.
 
Its still an entertaining '80s vision of the future, and anything '80s is always fun!
 
 
Here's another take on the same 2015 predictions.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!


 
Here's a great '80s song from Lionel Richie which I think goes great with the New Years celebrations... cool cameo from Rodney Dangerfield too!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Remembering Do They Know Its Christmas?


 
Back in 1984, a group of British musicians got together to make a Christmas song which also served as a means to bring attention to a terrible famine in Africa, and to collect aid to relieve that famine. The collected musicians called themselves Band Aid, and the song was called "Do They Know It's Christmas?"  It turned into one of the most important and monumental singles ever to hit the charts, eventually inspiring other similar efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere, and culminating in the incredible Live Aid concert in 1985.  It was one of the most memorable musical moments of the '80s.. and serves as a positive example even today.
 
To all my readers: Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy Holidays!!!