I meant to start up another post just now, but something else came up and I just couldn’t resist. I was responding to those Thursday Thirteen participants who had left a comment here, when I landed of Melanie’s blog. Her theme for TT this week was 13 things from the 80’s that represented that period for her and she listed such things as; the big hair, the rubic’s cube, big plastic earrings, white Ked’s, leggings with baggy sweaters, The Facts of Life and so on. She also asked her visitors to share their recollections from the 80’s in the comments section, and that proved a little bit difficult for me. I’ve spent the better part of the 90’s and O’s trying to forget that decade ever existed, but what I remember most about that period after ’82 is how much effort I put into being a rebel and an outsider, even when I was trying to be a prep, alternating with modette or nihilistic art-school type. All I knew while I was busy searching for an identity, was that I wanted as little to do with popular culture as possible. Therefore most of the references people often name from that decade usually meant very little to me personally.
I’d love to start comparing 80’s pop culture and counter culture, but that’ll just have to go into the draft file for now. One thing I remember the most about the 80’s is the music. Once I got over the Heavy Metal phase (or Speed Metal I think it was — ya, scary, I know) it was out of the question for me to listen to Boy George or Michael Jackson, both of which I saw as sellouts catering to teenyboppers. Instead I got into a lot of 60’s and 70’s stuff, but there was also Bauhaus, Depeche Mode (I was a fan from the start), Siouxie and the Banshees, The Clash, Soft Cell, Pet Shop Boys, and many others who were actually great musical influences, even by today’s standards. One band I quite liked and haven’t heard from in ages is A Flock of Seagulls, though I did find a few treasures on YouTube. So without further ado, here is the whole reason for this post, a song I’m sure many of you will remember:
I’m going to see if I can purchase that on iTunes. In case you’re wondering “yeah, what did happen to them?” you can check it out here.
Photo: Rob Jamieson