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!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Great Gift Ideas: '80s Books



As Christmas approaches and the Holiday Season continues, here's two possible gift ideas for your friend who loves '80s culture. One is a book called Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s.  Its a book that takes you on a memory trip back to the new wave era of the '80s. Each chapter of the book discusses a single well-known '80s song and the group that did it. Songs dealt with include "I Melt With You" by Modern English, "The Metro" by Berlin, "Girls On Film," by Duran Duran, and other similar beloved songs from the '80s.
 
This book just came out and it's really a wonderful trip back in time for the fan of '80s music, the groups that made the songs, and the times when it all occurred.


Here's a great companion book that came out about a year or two ago, called Talking To Girls About Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield. In the book, Sheffield gives a great account of growing up as a teen in the '80s decade. Ironically, this book is set up in a similar fashion to Mad World, in that each chapter is named after a specific '80s song which in some way connects with the youthful topic or incident that the chapter deals with. The real stories brought up in this book will bring up instant memories for those of us who grew in that era.
 
I think it says a lot about the '80s that both of these '80s related books are structured around specific songs . . . the '80s indeed were an era where memories seem most closely tied to specific songs, perhaps more so than other decades. It was indeed, the last great era of pop.

Friday, December 19, 2014

"Last Christmas" in the '80s and Now




After a few '70s related Christmas posts... now back to our regularly scheduled decade.  Wham's "Last Christmas" has always seemed to me to be one of the most '80s Christmas songs, both in its style and in its very '80s  video.  Here's the original from 1986.



And here's Taylor Swift with a more recent version of the same song. Still great.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

One More Glam Xmas Song from '74



Here's one more Christmas song from the age of glam, and from yet another group not as popular in the U.S. as across the big pond. It's amazing how much into Christmas all these British glam bands got, although with all the pomp and circumstance of Christmas, it's actually a good match.

This is from 1974, and it's Mud with "Lonely This Christmas."

A continued Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hannukah to all!!!!