Ladies Camera Club

17 May 2011

the 80's a musical era of brilliance.

And don't argue with me.
My mum swears by the 60's and refuses point blank to listen to anything post 1967 but she is wrong. So wrong. And blighted by the mini skirt, the pill and mods and rockers.

I was born in the 70's (I know, I don't look it, right? RIGHT??!!!!) but other than tailing off the latter years with Blondie, Gary Numan (my claim to fame....must dig out the pictures of Gary and I) and every friggin track from the film Grease - the 70's didn't quite cut it.

But the 80's? **sigh - maaaaaaaaaaaagical**

Aaaaanyway, I was travelling home from Gloucester the other night and listened to some random radio station who played track after track of 80's pure gold. I was transported back to so many thoughts and feelings and memories. I mean, if I could scrapbook my 80's pictures from song lyrics alone, Id never run out of titles!

This came on and made me laugh and reminisce.... a LOT


This came on and made me cry


This came on and made me wail over an ex boyfriend who broke my heart. Id probably only being going out with him for 3 seconds, but you know.....those boys broke hearts true and proper in them days. Mainly by shouting "you are chucked".


This came on and reminded of my darkest day in pop - when Andrew and George parted company....WAIL. SOB.


And there I was, driving along, singing my head off without a care in the world and knew ALL THE WORDS - still, to this day. Epic!

I didn't care much for the 90's which was trippy and ravey and ok, I dealt with it. The Noughties came and ok, Cold Play, Snow Patrol handed me a rack of fab CD's but I'd slide back to the comforts of my early 80's amazingment any day. Its clear that it relates more to memories than the music itself in some cases but by god, it was a good time to celebrate your plastic beads, ra-ra skirts and hideous perms.

Tell me some of your fave bands and tracks - lets walk down memory lane together (add links to you tube if you can)

24 comments:

Vicki said...

"This came on and reminded of my darkest day in pop - when Andrew and George parted company....WAIL. SOB."

I hear you - it was our equivalent to Take That breaking up. I cried.... LOL!

JO SOWERBY said...

mine is soft cell ''say hello wave goodbye'' classic song and classic band.marc almond's voice is truly timeless
jo xxx

Ali said...

Hee... I just heard Break My Stride on the radio this past weekend... I was in the kitchen making my DD1 her lunch and I was dancing round the kitchen, singing along like a fool while she sat in her high chair and laughed at me! :D

Other classics from the 80s...

How about It's a Kind of Magic by Queen...

Animal by Def Leppard...

Somewhere in My Heart by Aztec Camera...

Love Changes (Everything) by Climie Fisher...

C. Camp said...

Oh man, I had such a huge crush on the lead singer from A-ha, shame he didn't age that well.

angie's blogspot said...

small town boy always reminds me of a holiday in Amsterdam in the early 80's, personally David Bowie is my hero, I loed all the glam rock music, then the bowie and roxy, smiths, stone roses etc, I loved the raves in the early nineties but was preggers so couldn't go to many, it was famous round here for the raves. early nineties I loved oasis as it was fresh and blur they were good too, oh and pulp, nowadays I'll sing to owt lol.

Gabrielle said...

Careless Whisper was on the radio yesterday and I cried. I still miss the boy who broke my heart all those years ago (though it turns out he's always thought I broke his!) So many songs bring back memories - Love Cats reminds me of a "passionate" kissing session (that probably wasn't very passionate when I think about it!) and anything by Howard Jones reminds me of a school trip to Swanage! I could go on but won't!!! Thanks for a bit of nostalgia!

Noreen said...

Oh the 80's, such wonderful music, & yes, I can still sing along without any hesitation too lol xx

Heather said...

You can't beat a bit of Blondie or The Jam to help you get the housework done with a smile!!

Julia said...

Aw I LOVE the Eighties! Off to see Simple Minds in July for the umpteenth time. Remember this
http://youtu.be/hd6riYfLPXk
I recommend you try and catch the Hear and Now tour. We saw it a couple of years back with Go West, Heaven 17, ABC and Human League and like you we knew every word of every song!!!

Jo Street said...

My fave was Culture Club, followed by Wham, dancing around in my best friends bedroom, buying smash hits and sticking all the posters to every inch of bedroom wall I had.
As I progressed through my teenage years I remember having a liking for Def Leopard and driving my mum and dad mad driving down to Bath on holiday wanting it on the car stereo all the time (it was a long journey as we lived in Leeds)!! Thanks for letting me go back in time for a bit xx

Darcy said...

omg the 80's my era...as much as I am a rock chick, I love my loud shouty music...when 80's tracks come on I am time warped back to being a teenager, and yes I sing along. How is it possible we still remember all the words.

I was a Durannie, totaly in love with John Taylor..wanted to be Boy George..and felt positively faint when I went to see Wham in concert.

ohhh the school discos...and later the 24hr college discos...

I had neon coloured socks,leg warmers and gloves...always worn with odd colours, never a matching pair. I had patches sewn to my denim jacket...huuuge backcombed hair, and my jacket sleeves always worn pushed up to my elbows. I had the all in one disco type jumpsuit and a ra ra dress and a buffalo skirt...oh gawd such memories, and yes the boys knew how to break hearts back then. My all time fave song, ever...EVER.. is 'I just died in your Arms' by Cutting Crew.

I am coming over to yours for an all night 80's sleepover!!!

sarah said...

The RE FLE FLE FLE FLE FLE FLE FLEX! OMG! I remember having a sore throat having screamed at John Taylor the whole way though a Duran Duran concert! My mum always said if only I could learn my school work like I learned the words to the songs!! sound familiar??? LOL x
sarah.mchugh40@gmail.com

Rosie (Freycob) said...

Download 'Absolute 80's app; you'll love it... I do! ;-) x

AliH said...

Can't believe Matthew Wilder looks like that - it's almost ruined the song for me - but not quite!! Ha Ha! xx

Trish said...

No arguments here Ms Wiseman. I love the 80's Yeah and I don't care if my kids think I'm weird! What about these classics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im3saZsxvqY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9WdUgn0XkU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOJk0HW_hJw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSlSaGcc0QM

And I love this one but can't listen to it since my friend had it played at her funeral.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZME5Q11wig

I could go on all night.. but I won't
enjoy

Trish x

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katsky said...

Oh! The lead singer is my idol!

Anonymous said...

Oh Kristy, you'll love this then.
Next week Radio 2 in the Netherlands have an Eighties week. They only play music from the Eighties.
http://www.radio2.nl/dcoll/luisteren_via_internet/luisteren_via_

Just push the red button where it says: Luister (on the top right) and you can listen to all your and mine favourite music.

Enjoy it.

Ingrid from the Netherlands

Louise said...

love this post Kirsty. a big 80's fan here too. Culture club, wham, kajagoogoo....but my heart was with Simon Le Bon...a Durannie through and through!

Julie M said...

Ah, the 80s - my favourite decade too!

I love Depeche Mode and The Human League - both bands are still gigging. We saw The Human Leage here in Dublin a few weeks ago, they are still brilliant - and Phil Oakey still has "it"!!!

Julie

Dawn said...

Oh my Gosh! we must be round the same age lol

Gary Newman 'Cars' my very first concert as well 'The Cure' why couldn't he put his lippy on right?

thanks for the memories Dxx

Kristie said...

OMG...this post was just one big trip down memory lane...personally i'm a glam rock chick...i'm off to itunes to find me some 80's goodness...poison anyone??? :)

katsky said...

Fabulous! Wonderful music!

Handmade Hannah said...

Haircut 100 - Fantastic Day is my anthem if I am having a bad one! :)