A Defense of 80s Music, by Running On Sober


It was bound to happen. At some point, I was guaranteed to put my foot into it.
You’d have thought I knew better by now.
You’d have thought wrong.
Todays rebuttal comes from Running On Sober. When she isn’t running or compiling the brilliant Words for the Weekend, she’s also putting together some of the worlds greatest playlists.
Which gives her excellent credibility to rebut me for what I said in a post about 80s music.
So please enjoy Running on Sober’s skewering of me as much as I did.
(And then check out her site and say hi!)
(Just don’t look for me. I’ll be gagging. With a spoon.)

A Defense of 80s Music
Today’s Music: Jam On It by Newcleus
*Note on today’s music: Guap confessed to once knowing every single word to this 1984 song in a comment I knew would eventually come back to haunt him. For fun, listen to the song and every time they say “Jam on it, jam on it, ja-ja-ja-ja-ja-jam on it,” instead change it to, “Guapola, guapola, guap-guap-guap-guap-guap-guapola…”

Obviously, it doesn’t take much to entertain me–maybe that’s why I love 80’s music. I try not to take myself too seriously, don’t worry, be happy!, and for the most part, the 80’s didn’t take themselves too seriously either. They still managed to teach us some important lessons though: don’t talk to strangers; don’t give up–when a problem comes along, relax, you can whip it; we have to fight for our right to party; watch out boyevery rose has its thorn; and the greatest love is inside of us–we are the world after all.

Cinderella even taught us to appreciate what we have before it’s gone

Cinderellaeven taught us to appreciate what we have before it’s gone

Some messages I heeded (white lines — never did them), some messages I didn’t (patience — yeah, not my strong suit), and some I may have taken too literally before sobering up (I wanna be sedated), but when I look back at the 80’s, I can’t help but smile. That was my decade, I’m from the 80’s!, so when Guap asked me if I’d like to come to its defense after his recent post, “Oh Joy. The 80s Live On,” I was like totally frothing at the mouth.

Even though I was down at the shore (in my bitchin’ Camaro), I started planning my counter by listening to nothing but 80’s music. Well, okay, maybe I was already listening to it. Fine, maybe that’s all I ever listen to, but I swear I’m not crazy–ALL I WANTED WAS A PEPSI!, I’m just a little pre-occupied. With 19, 19, 1985.

Wait, what was I saying? I forgot. Let’s just sing 80′s music instead.

Wait, what was I saying? I forgot. Let’s just sing 80′s music instead.

Everyone has an opinion on 80’s music. Seems we either love it or hate it; like Taco Bell, there’s not much middle ground. And when we think of 80’s music, usually the first images that come to mind are big hair, moonwalking, blue eye shadow, skinny ties, and Madonna writhing around stage in a wedding dress.

I really think MTV changed the face of music, at least for the 80’s. (Does MTV even play videos anymore?) MTV turned us into visual beasts, it desensitized us and took our imaginations away; each new video had to be a little more over-the-top than the last just to stand out. Who could be the most provocative? Who could show the most skin? Who could push the taboo-envelope? Who could have the biggest hair? Who could wear their underwear on the outside first?

Mötley Crüe or Madonna: Who showed their underwear first?

Mötley Crüe or Madonna: Who showed their underwear first?

Madonna was one of the best at working the MTV angle, and like most girls my age, I grew up worshipping her. She was liberated, yet sexy, and she was oh-so-unapologetically in your face. I remember falling in love with Madonna in her iconic Borderline video. Not only was she sassy and beautiful, but she also flaunted an interracial relationship, and I wanted to be just like her. I had the hair bows, the black tanks, the jelly bracelets, the long cross necklaces. If she was brunette, so was I. If she went blonde, I went blonde. If she channeled Marilyn Monroe, so did I. I spent my 80’s desperately seeking Susan.

Channeling Madonna at my Canadian boyfriend’s prom. (I wouldn’t have been caught dead at my own.) Totally love that his hair is bigger than mine!

Channeling Madonna at my Canadian boyfriend’s prom. (I wouldn’t have been caught dead at my own.) Totally love that his hair is bigger than mine!

The 80’s weren’t just Madonna and Mötley Crüe or Michael and Janet Jackson though. There were some major music breakthroughs, including the emergence of rap and hip-hop, thrash metal, new romantic/synth pop, post-punk, new wave, SKA, goth, house music and more. Many of the 80’s artists include U2, NWA, Billy Idol, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, David Bowie, The Clash, The Police, XTC, Run D.M.C, Joe Jackson, Simple Minds, Blondie, Public Enemy, Tracy Chapman, REM, Jane’s Addiction, Violent Femmes, Beastie Boys, Butthole Surfers, Howard Jones, The Smithereens, Squeeze, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, and my favorite artist, Sade. Some 80’s albums include Prince’s Purple Rain, U2’s The Joshua Tree, Paul Simon’s Graceland, The Police’s Synchronicity, AC/DC’s Back in Black, Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms, and Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs.

Love the 80’s, or love to hate them, you gotta admit they had their fair share of good tunes and good memories. Was some of it cheesy? Fer sure, dude. Even I throw up in my mouth a little whenever I hear “Eternal Flame” or “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” but every decade has its fair share of cheese. For some reason, we just remember more of it from the 80’s–I blame MTV–video killed the radio star.

Wanna talk more 80’s music? Call me, on the line at 867-5309, (ask for Jenny).

If you didn’t get enough 80’s music, check this out:

All your favorite 80’s memories crammed into 2.5 minutes:

And in case you are of the #Die80sDie camp, I’ll leave you with this, since Guap himself said:

It’s amazing how much a minute and a half of the Ramones can save!

We need change, we need it fast

Before rock’s just part of the past

‘Cause lately it all sounds the same to me

So said the Ramones. In 1980.

What say you? Love the 80’s? Hate ’em? Have a favorite jam or one so grody it like totally gags you with a silver spoon? C’mon, hit me with your best shot!

Thanks, Guap, for having me over, I had a totally rad time, totally!

234 responses to “A Defense of 80s Music, by Running On Sober

  1. Thoroughly enjoyed this…totally.

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  2. I feel like the 80’s was a decade of extremes…like some of the music and artists to come out of it are REALLY GOOD but then the others…OMG. Not a lot of middle ground.. 🙂

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  3. So many great songs and memories crammed into one post! I grew up worshipping Madonna too, but at least it wasn’t disco? Now I’m watching the 80s song video at the end and craving a pudding pop and my childhood. Sniff. Anyway, loved ROS’ guest post. Thanks for sharing her!

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    • That’s going to be my new, and much shorter, rebuttal anytime someone disses 80’s music:
      “At least it wasn’t disco.”

      And, you had to go there, didn’t you…? Pudding Pops ((drool)). Remember Bill Cosby doing their commercials? They totally need to bring those back, stat!

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    • As a defense of disco (which I’m not a fan of, I submit Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop il You Get Enough. A great song, for any genre.
      Well, maybe not klezmer…

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      • Agreed. Again. Dammit.

        “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” is a favorite.

        But if you want to talk disco–which I don’t really hate, I just like 80’s more–I think you gotta go classic with some Voyage:

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  5. Well of COURSE I loved the 80s….(excpet for hair metal – I’ll pass on that) ~ Butthole Surfers, David Bowie (really from the 70s but he transitioned well into the 80s along with the Ramones)…and we have the Dead Kennedys, DRI, Suicidal Tendencies, JFA, Talking Heads, Cure, Bauhaus, THE CRAMPS, DEVO, Madness, The Buzzcocks,The Specials and much much much more.

    I remember seeing my first MTV video “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Pat Bentar & Tom Petty…Billy Idol etc..

    And I still listen to a lot of those artists b/c good music is good music.

    And I loves me the Prom picture, ROS!

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  6. Ah. Ma. Gawd! This was the most entertaining post I have read in a long, long time. It has it all… fashion, drama, nostalgia, and, most of all, suspense, as I waited for the PROM PICTURE!

    Guapola, all due respect, but the 80’s ROCK! And I will not apologize for that opinion!

    Thanks for bringing me over to this blog, I can’t wait to read more!

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    • Well I was quite the drama queen in the 80’s (and 90’s), like literally into stage theatre, so I’m glad that translated into the post.

      Did you like how I threw out my prom picture as bait? A secret about the dress–my mom and I actually made that dress together, so it was extra special to me. I didn’t have the bow on the back like Madonna (Marilyn), but everything else was pretty close.

      Thanks for clicking over–Guap is awesome to the max!

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    • One can only be thankful that the “fashion” of leg warmers has faded into the mists of time.

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  7. The 80s – it has this beat that is very typical. I love it, adore it, worship it! I’m especially fan of the more ‘dark’ side of the 80s. Well, dark, I like new wave stuff like The Cure and Siouxsie was fun, and Metallica, yeah, duh.
    Many great songs are 80s (inspired). Thank god for these years ;)!

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    • Hi NBI, I totally went through my goth stage too. Freaked my mom out one day when, after breaking up with a boyfriend, I dyed my hair pitch black in the middle of the night, and layered on the black eyeliner down to my cheeks. Sigh… The good ole days.

      Was surprised to read that Metallica formed in ’81. I didn’t get into them until later, and had figured they’d been around much longer.

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      • I never dyed my hair black, but there were thoughts… But after all I wanted to be a non-stereotypical goth with natural blonde hair ;).
        Yeah, there are some bands that just seem to have lived forever. Like Iron Maiden as well, when did they started? Haven’t they been around forever?

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    • Good point, NBI. Hard for me to remember that Metallica came up in the 80s. They seem like a much more 90s sound.
      And no big hair in their metal either (I think).

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  8. I like some 80’s music, mostly rock. Def Leppard. Poison. Guns N Roses.

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  9. What a great post – Ska still does it for me!

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  10. Great post Guapo sir!
    A Whitesnake song has been stuck in my head for 2 weeks already, I had to download it and add it to my “running” list.
    Loved the post!
    Thanks!

    Sorry, I had to share it.

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  11. Other than the fact that I was born in the 80’s, I don’t know where I would be without them. I listen to the 80’s station all the time! Even my kids are familiar with the 80’s in the same way I am familiar with the 60’s. Sure-fire proof that I am a good mom… No, I am a GREAT mom.

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  12. Hahahaha “I can recite the lyrics to every 80s song but I cannot tell you why I just walked into this room.” RIGHT?!!? Some 80s music is awesome, some is pukeworthy, but always fun to revisit.

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    • I would probably have to get a big “hypocrite” tattoo on my forehead if I admitted to how often I just clicked an 80s band video link just for giggles.

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    • I think, like an aging computer, I just filled up my brain with too many song lyrics and now it’s unable to retain any new information, like where the heck did I put my keys?!

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  13. Oh, God, how I hated 80’s music! I’m an aging hippie; we found that decade to be a total loss!

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    • Reaganomics? Yeah, I can see how the hippies would want to write that off.
      But teh 80s also brought us Randy of the Redwoods!

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      • Yes. I know.
        Truth to tell, from about 78 to 83, we were into the punk/garage scene in Boston and NY. Very crazy, very fun, please don’t tell my kids!! We just never, ever turned on the big radio stations. Pop culture was horrific at that time.
        Oh, that’s right. It’s always kind of horrific!

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        • That was classic early 80’s, Moms–punk and underground–I’m impressed! True, hippies and 80’s were kind of at odds. Don’t forget “Hair” the film came out in ’79 or ’80 though, that’s all I really can think of though, lol. Oh, except “Wicked”–that was a massive 80’s slang term. I think Boston stole it from the 80’s. 😉 (just kidding, I have no idea…)

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      • Randy of the Redwoods! I forgot about him. Thank you for the reminder. LOLOLOL!

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  14. I loves me some 80’s music to remind me of my youth, but I challenge anyone to tell me of a respectable artist who didn’t cheese out in their 80’s albums. Synthesizers, man, you just can’t win with synthesizers.

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  15. Oh RoS! I loved the ’80’s (but I always feel like I’m so in the minority). I’m a little older than you so I spent my ’80’s partying my ass off while working a full time job and trying to climb the corporate ladder.

    So you know what that means…

    SHOULDER PADS! Say what you want but my waist never looked smaller. High waisted pants and big shoulder pads = tiny looking waist. Don’t laugh…it’s SCIENCE people.

    And the hubs and my “song”…get the bucket so you can puke…Two Less Lonely People by, you know it, AIR SUPPLY.

    Ahh…the memories.

    GREAT POST,
    Sherry

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    • Somehow, instead of the mental scarring I expected, I find that shoulder pads and Air Supply go together quite naturally in my mind. 😉

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    • Sherry, you’ve just convinced me that I don’t need to go on an all-juice fast diet, I just need to go drop a Benji at the thrift store! How much do I owe you?

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    • Sherry!! OMG, Air Supply! Them and Chicago, and all the sudden I hear Delilah and her love songs on the radio. Shhhh…. don’t tell anyone, but “I’m All Out of Love” chokes me up a little–and no, I don’t mean in a “hold my hair” way. They have a special place in my heart.

      As do shoulder pads. Except when one would inevitably get all mushed up and wouldn’t flatten out, and then I looked like one of my legs was 3 inches shorter than the other.

      Thanks for coming over, you’re awesome my dear!

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  16. “hair-brow”….*snort*
    oh my, this was great! Thanks for my morning fun! A lot of the music you mentioned is currently and ALWAYS on my playlist…Clash, Talking Heads. Beastie Boys, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel amongst them. Any era is a great music era if you knwo where to look.
    And, yeah, the Flock of seagulls boyfriend…Hawt!
    xo

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    • I was kind of surprised that I recognized just about every song she referenced here. I might be arguing for the wrong side…
      (Wait – your playlist doesn’t have any Huey Lewis?)

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    • Hey Mish! Gah, weren’t those great times? He was a hottie, bless his heart… probably has no idea he’s now linked to Madonna, hair bands, a sober chick and Guapola for eternity.

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  17. Great post, ROS! I love your prom picture. Your date seems so “cool.” 80’s music is fantastic. It was a fun decade for music. … The Ramones are good, too, Guap. 😉

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  18. 80s were very memorable, fer shur. Some of it I find very cheesy now that I liked back then, but then other days, I find it calms me and makes me feel young again. I still like Safety Dance (just for the cheesy memories that go with it; my husband thinks I need to get over that one though–Ha!) Great post, Christy. You got a lot of songs in one post–that’s talent.

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    • Ha! I’ve never been able to separate Men at Work and men Without Hats in my mind!
      Saw Colin Hay live, and he did a solo acoustic of Land down Under that was incredible.
      And yes, sometimes it’s good just to go back for the laugh.

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    • I really think you could be on to something, Char. I do find 80’s music (and even 90’s) very comfortable (great word). I think we can’t help but get mentally transported to the place and time associated with particular songs. I link song and memory together probably more than most folks. I also “think” in song lyrics too, so the post came very naturally for me–it drives some of my friends crazy, but “I am what I am, if you know what I mean.”

      Thanks for dropping by, Char! Spot says hi to Ginger and says she’s going to email her later this week.

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      • Ginger is shivering out in the garage wedged in between a bike and a shelf seeking safety from the thunderstorm. That’s her ‘safe’ spot (I don’t know why). I’ll tell her Spot said Hi and see if that helps any.

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  19. This was a fun read – totally! You’re much, MUCH, braver than I, and much more clever as well.

    Loved the Ramones video, and the 80s song is hilarious.

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    • Thanks Alex. Running on sober has a great blog, and she fills it regularly with good music and interesting posts.

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    • Thank you, Alex. Not sure about brave, maybe just impulsive, LOL. I’m sure I fried a few brain cells overdosing on 80’s music.

      Ha, just remembered that 80’s commercial–“this is your brain” (shows an egg), “this is your brain on drugs” (shows an egg frying in a pan). Then if you scramble that egg up and melt some cheese on top, you get “this is your brain on 80’s music.”

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  20. I told Guap that post was very upsetting. I’m so glad you spoke up for us. Thompson Twins,. Eurhthymics, Frankie, Duran Duran, The Tubes….I was on the west coast, we were a little more something that I can’t remember the name of, not New Age, not punk, what was it?!

    Hold me now! Hold my heart!

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    • There were three Thompson Twins. Three! That’s not twins.
      Hmph.

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      • New Wave! I thought of it just now in my car.

        That was why the 80s were so zany cool, three twins! Not the Thompson Triplets and they were different colors, too! No other twins like them!

        You say I’m a dreamer, we’re two of a kind both of us searching for some perfect world we know we’ll never find. Perhaps I should leave here….

        yah, I’ll stop.

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        • you ask if I love you, what can I say? You know that I do, and that this is just one of those games that we play. So, I’ll sing you a new song, please don’t cry anymore…

          Some of the best. lyrics. ever.

          And OMG, Maggie, I grew up in San Diego. 91X… Playing New Wave before New Wave existed… Were you into Oingo Boingo too?

          Come over to my place, M, and sing all the 80’s songs you’d like! ~ Christy

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      • Babble, babble, babble…

        “you speak my language, you’re one of my tribe…”

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  21. I’m just happy that Patience made the cut… back when Axl Rose still looked like a beautiful woman. Ah. Cocaine and Spandex, where have you gone??

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  22. The 80’s… where music went to die… in bad outfits…

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  23. Wonderful commentary on the 80’s music!! I really enjoyed the music of the 80’s. I loved Boy George and Dire Straights. I wish I would have had the 80’s music to remember high school by instead of creepy 70’s music.

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    • You are quite possibly the only person who could say Boy George and Dire Straits in the same sentence like that and not have my head explode.

      So thank you for that! 😉

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      • LoL!! and oh, I forgot Spinal Tap. My favorite 80’s group of all.

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        • Ooh, Spinal Tap! How could I forget them? Must be all those 80’s lyrics taking up valuable space in my head.

          Oh, yes, had the maddest crush on Boy George, and “So Far Away” by Dire Straits remains one of my favorite all-time songs.

          Thanks for the comment, Linda! ~ Christy

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  24. Very funny and quite the rebuttal. I have to side with Linda (Sorry, Guap). She nailed it in pointing out all the good things about the 80’s. I am more of a late 70’s gal…(thus, the name, brickhousechick) but the 80’s, although not as funky, still rocked. 🙂

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  25. whiteladyinthehood

    Ha! Great post. I grew up watching MTV and Headbangers Ball..

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    • Haha, thanks! I think MTV’s “The Real World” spawned our fascination with reality tv. Unfortunately.

      Your name always makes me think of the movie Boyz n the Hood, which I know technically is from ’91, but it sure feels like an 80’s flick. Which then makes me think of Slick Rick and Eazy E. Hope you’ve been feeling better, been thinking of you.

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    • I remember Ricky Rachman on headbangers ball, then seeing him in the GnR November rain video.
      Now I think he’s just an occasional talking head on music talkshows.

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  26. Great stuff, Christy. And brave for the prom pic. Very brave.

    The 80’s wasn’t just bad hair and shoulder pads, although they both did have sharp edges and needed to be softened by belt sanders. Like you said, there was a whole slew of other non-pop music and bands then – Public Enemy, NWA, Boogie Down Productions, Beastie Boys, Bad Religion, Misfits, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Rush, Slayer, Metallica, The Smiths, The Cure, Prince, Testament, Anthrax, Mercyful Fate, Celctic Frost, etc. I have the uncanny ability, thought, to be like that e-card there – I can recite an alarming amount of 80’s pop music without second thought, but can’t remember where my car keys are. Let’s Hear It For The Boy, indeed 🙂

    I have had a love affair with the Smiths and Morrissey for who knows how long – they never leave my mp3 player. Some bands just don’t tire.

    This isn’t much of a defense for the defense – you did a great enough job, Christy. I am just using this as an excuse to list some bands. Back in the 80’s I was more of the death metal guy, but secretly listened to the fluffy stuff. Prince was a hero, as was Leonard Cohen. And King Diamond. So it was all over the place, and that is why I loved the 80’s and still do – a big mosh posh of stuff, but some solid and long lasting acts came from there. Some great one hit wonders too.

    Swoon.

    Thanks for this, and thanks for hosting this and being a good sport about this, El Guapo!

    Paul

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    • I am right with you! Cinderella never even came close to hitting my playlist. Eighties set foundation for a lot of the alternative and indie music i so enjoy today.
      ….Smiths is always on my playlist!
      Great post 🙂

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      • Thanks, Silly, agreed on The Smiths. I still listen to them today, have their complete works even. Cinderella, well they were fun, but I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I listened to them before this post. The Cult though is another story…

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      • Thanks! Cinderella…LOL

        I downloaded some metal hair band ballads the other day…hilarious 🙂

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    • A most excellent comment, Paul, thank you! I’m not worthy, I’m not worthy! (Loved Garth.)

      I remembered you liked the hard stuff, but dude, you totally floored me with the Smiths and Cohen. I’m a huge Morissey fan (ever hear Buckley cover “I Know It’s Over”? Talk about swoon.) and while Guap ribs him, I swoon over Lenny, especially when he growls “I’m Your Man.”

      Thanks again for the love!

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      • Funny – after reading this post and replying, I ended up watching a Morrissey live in Sao Paolo concert I had never seen on Youtube, which got me stuck in a 2 hr vortex of old Smiths concerts, etc.

        I used to listen to the harder stuff, but more of an indie kinda guy these days. Belle and Sebastian are probably still one of my faves, and have The Postal Service, The Thermals, Diive, Grizzly Bear, Beach house, Foals, Said the Whale, etc. with some 90’s hip hop and who else knows what on my mp3 player these days. Oh, don’t forget The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. That never, ever leaves. ha ha. But yeah, the Moz is the man, period. Lenny too.

        Thanks again for this – lots of fun!

        Paul

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        • Dammit Janet, how could I forget Rocky Horror?!

          You’re gonna have to do a Tuesday playlist for us sometime Paul, I’ve never even heard some of those bands. I’m impressed! 😉

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    • Found that Buckley cover for you:

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    • Christy’s defense is unassailable.
      Unfortunately, I’ve had 80s earworms since I first read her post.

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  27. Fortunately for 80s music, MTV came along …. otherwise, you knows how many would have made it. I’m a older, so this era is no comparison to mine, but … thanks to MTV, I noticed this one for some reason.

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    • Ooh, good choice Frank, thanks for that!

      I think our emotions entwine with the music of “our generation,” for better or for worse, but every decade had their goodies. I even love some of the swing and big band stuff that came well before me. Benny Goodman puts a big smile on my face!

      I appreciate the comment, thanks! Christy

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    • ha! With full credit to you Frank, everytime 80s music comes up, you’re right there with Patti Smyth!
      Excellent addition to the set.

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  28. This is amazing. Long live the 80s! In high school a teacher always called me “flash dance” because I rocked the leggings and big hair and hot pink eye shadow. Yeah yeah I know I was born in ’88, but I’m fascinated none the less. PS. – was your boyfriend Nicholas Cage circa Valley Girl? Bahahahahaha you’re beautiful as usual, by the way!

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    • Thanks girlie! Gah, wasn’t Jennifer Beals gorgeous? I mean she still is, but she totally made that movie. I still remember the chair and that water…

      You totally belong in the 80’s, Nicole. Those off the shoulder sweatshirts, the neon and the hoop earrings… That’s so you. I think you’ve got more of a Pat Benetar thing going for you though than Flashdance though. 😉

      Nic Cage. OMG! Right?! Yum!
      xoxo

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    • I would be very curious to see you in all neon with the collarless-off-the-shoulder sweatshirt
      How big were you able to get your hair?

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  29. I thought the music died in a plane crash. You know, February 3, 1959. That’s what the song said.

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  30. Hmm, I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of 80s music, even though it was my decade. Some songs I’ll still listen to, like Michael Jackson’s. But groups like Bananarama, Duran Duran, and Tears for Fears? No way José!

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  31. love those videos! Specially video killed the radio star – those sunglasses just kill me! (with lust, that is)

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  32. I consider the 80’s to be my heyday, so, I totally get it! 😉

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  33. RoS, You have outdone yourself. Brilliant! Love the video, prom dress, and attitude. xox Lisa

    ps. I am still looking for Susan

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  34. Oh Christy. How I love you for this wonderful ode to 80s music. You capture the spirit of the decade perfectly. I couldn’t wait to get MTV; my friends got it before I did, so I used to camp out at their houses as often as I could. And I clicked on all the links you so cleverly weaved into your post. I had such a good time.

    My favorites during the 80s were U2, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen, Duran Duran, and the Police. But there are so many songs that when I hear then now, I time warp right back to high school. And so now I will leave you with a video of a song I heard just this morning that took me back. Enjoy!

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    • I love you for this, thanks beautiful!

      Let’s do the time warp again, and run, run both night and day until we go back in time (had to sneak some Huey in there); I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, or Susan for that matter, in any other decade since.

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    • Kind of embarrased here, but I’ve seen 4 out of the 8 on your list.

      Flock of Seagulls is the devil’s music.
      (Doesn’t matter if I know that whole song by heart.)

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  35. The story goes that Jon Bon Jovi discovered the Cinderella band. Thanks to Jon, they lasted 11 more minutes than their allotted fifteen. Nice jam on the Newcleus, a song that never gets old for me. I’m throwing back a song that always puts me in that ’80s place. To paraphrase Mark Twain, I spent a good year at a Van Halen concert one night . . The David Lee Van Halen. Man, that was the time.

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    • Ha, Cayman, great minds on the David Lee, (not Sammy, not Sammy!) preference. It’s like that 1985 song I linked to, “Who’s that new guy singing with Van Halen” even though technically I guess David Lee is the new guy again. Unless they ousted him for Brett Michaels?

      I always get Cinderella and RATT confused. They’re pretty interchangeable though, right? RATT had the twins in the music videos though I think?

      “Wiki, wiki, wiki, wiki, wiki… Yeah we know…” LOL, I love that song too! Now we all know where Wikipedia got their name!

      Thanks for coming by sug, appreciate it! xx

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    • I was so tempted to respong with a Zebra video.
      Fortunately, I have no restraint, even if it doesn’t fit the conversation!
      this is from 1983, and it’s set to the original Tron flick.
      It’s…the LALA SONG!!!

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  36. I love the “hair metal” part of the 80’s but hate the “new wave” part of the 80’s. I was the rocker rebel who liked Ratt when everyone else in my class was listening to Duran Duran. I did move on to the 90’s though, which is where I happily remain decades later. ❤

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    • Hey Stacy, thanks for the comment. I loved it all back then, but I think The Cult, which felt like a new wave-glam rock band, was probably more favorite. Their lead singer had the longest and most beautiful hair.

      The early 90’s had some good stuff, but man, not too much has held my interest in the 2000’s (yet). Jonny Lang maybe, but he debuted in the 90’s…

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    • Ratt opening for Poison was one of the first concerts I saw.
      fortunately, I’ve since seen enough music to blot it out. 😉

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      • 80’s metal has its place, Guap (and not a blotted out memory, ok?). Just think – we got to walk around looking like that, listening to that, thinking nothing of it. I think we think too much now. See what I mean? ❤

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  38. Oh my goodness gracious! What a trip down memory lane! Well, you have outdone yourself, ROS. Another piece of art. Love it!

    Alright, now to figure out how to post a link…

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  39. Oh gosh, that 80s song made me laugh OUT LOUD. I was a trench-coated, high-hair sporting, liquid-papered-skull-and-crossbones-on-tights-wearing 80s freak. A few more choice cuts: Depeche Mode (“Let’s play/master and servant” – my first introduction to S&M), The Jesus and Mary Chain (“Eating up the scum is the hardest thing for /me to do” – after listening several times, I realised that Just like honey was about a certain sexual act… and not really about honey) and The Smiths of course. Alternative 80s anthem if there ever was one.

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    • OH YEAH! I was a Depeche Mode girl for sure. I skipped school in So Cal one day so I could stand in line for tickets to their concert. I used to work at a clothing store and they had the DM song “Lie to Me” on the Muzak tape–gah, I’d play that thing over and over and over. And The Smiths? Like I told Paul (Carry the Message) above, I have their complete works. I spent many hours listening to “How Soon is Now” and “I Know It’s Over” (did you see the Buckley video above?) and two of my favorite running songs are “Big Mouth Strikes Again” and “What Difference Does it Make”. You and I would have been friends in high school, no doubt. Thanks for reading! -C

      Wait… you mean it wasn’t about honey? 😉

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      • nope, not about honey… I had every Smiths album, too, and over-analysed the lyrics. I went to see the Smiths in concert, but Morrissey was being difficult and they played for 20 mins and left. BOO! I remember explaining DM lyrics to my mum, applying a political reading to Master and Servant – not actually realising it was about SoMething else… until later, that is. Bless her, she really took it seriously. I even played the song for her. I had all the early DM albums, too. And Peter Murphy, and The Housemartins (remember them?!), the Jam, the Style Council… ah, life. Yep, we would have hung out.

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    • I’m not a fan of Depeche Mode, but they were a good live show!
      (My wife is a fan, so I got us tickets.)

      I could see the use of honey as a euphemism for sex.
      Or an accessory… 😉

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      • I’m grateful to DM and the 80s for all its gender bending glory. As for the honey… we need to remember that the brothers Reid (of The Jesus and Mary Chain) were strung out on heroin at the time, so their metaphors were bound to be a bit confusing. 😕

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  41. 80’s is where its at! I LOVE waking up to some REO speedwagon…I am very inspired by their music…Roll with the Changes is among my favorites

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  45. I’m totally freaking out over this post! I love the 80’s so much, I attempted to remake Lucky Star. It was pretty pathetic, but so much fun! http://youtu.be/2Dci24voXA0
    Growing up in the 80’s was the best. I love a decade that “doesn’t take itself so seriously.” Fer sure, really, like gag me with a pitchfork, couldn’t we totally use that attitude now? Later skaters! Love, Court

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