The 80’s :: I used to let you wear all my clothes

“When u were mine, you were kinda sorta my best friend, so I was blind, I let you fool around. I never cared, I never was the kind to make a fuss, when he was there sleepin’ in between the two of us.” History lesson:  When You Were Mine is a song written and released by Prince on his 1980 album, Dirty Mind.  Cyndi Lauper’s mid-tempo ballad cover version of When You Were Mine appeared on her debut album, She’s So Unusual. Lauper did not change the pronoun gender in the song lyrics, which caused it to allude that the lost love to whom she … Continue reading The 80’s :: I used to let you wear all my clothes

The 80’s :: Make ’em scream and shout

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Rock This Town :: Stray Cats Junior High school years, or what they now are terming “middle school“, are not the easiest of times for anyone. I have yet to meet a single person who looks back with a smile on their face when talking about their Junior High school memories, there was always something they grimace at recalling, and they all swear they would never, ever want to go back. With that in mind, coming up with things to remember hating from that time in my life is actually quite easy, as I am sure … Continue reading The 80’s :: Make ’em scream and shout

The 80’s :: Touched for the very first time

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Like a Virgin :: Madonna I find it near impossible to remember when this song was new, to recall a time when Madonna was still a breaking artist and when songs that have become so ingrained into pop culture were just hitting the airwaves, and the MTV rotation. This song especially seems to have a life of its own, in flashback scenes in movies, drag shows, or as some kind of humorous take on the 80’s usually done in an ironic way. But, back in 1985, Like a Virgin was a new album, and … Continue reading The 80’s :: Touched for the very first time

The 80’s :: One hand’s just reaching out

Video Killed the Radio Star :: The Go-Go’s :: Head Over Heels This song was an integral part of my last year in high school and the last years of my adolescence. It was about the exuberance and bliss of connecting with what will turn into lifetime friends, the kind you can let go and be yourself around, and share absolutely everything with – especially music, and dreams. For us, at that time, we dreamed of being in a girl group like the Go-Go’s, and whenever I hear this song, or watch this vibrant video, I pause for a moment to secretly … Continue reading The 80’s :: One hand’s just reaching out

The 80’s :: The alley to her heart is a beaten track

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Rick Springfield :: The Human Touch My first crush as a young girl was on the character of Han Solo from the Star Wars films, which led into a crush on the character of Rick Deckard in Blade Runner (both played by Harrison Ford), which led into my adolescent crush on Rick Springfield. I had posters all over my walls of Rick well before the room was taken over by Duran Duran (though I still kept a few of Rick up through my own British Invasion), and was particularly taken by the Living in … Continue reading The 80’s :: The alley to her heart is a beaten track

The 80’s :: I light my torch and wave it

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Duran Duran :: New Moon on Monday If one band was chosen to represent my teenage years it would be, without a doubt, Duran Duran. They were my first musical crushes, my first band obsession and my first encounter with what it is like to be a all-out, complete and total fan. I kept oversized photo albums full of magazine clippings of the band, I bought every album and single and 12″ remix they released, I hung posters and pin-ups on my wall, closet, back of my door and even tacked up on my ceiling. I … Continue reading The 80’s :: I light my torch and wave it

The 80’s :: When all this gets old will it still feel the same

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Pat Benatar :: Love is a Battlefield Love is a Battlefield was released in 1983, on the album Live From Earth. It was a rainy afternoon, and my mom was in one of those moods that meant grab the keys and her purse and head to the record store. We did not always, or even often, veer into each other’s musical tastes, but this album was one of the exceptions. I played it more, though, and it ended up in one of my milk crates full of vinyl when I eventually moved out on … Continue reading The 80’s :: When all this gets old will it still feel the same

The 80’s :: The night is young and so am I

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Men Without Hats :: The Safety Dance The Safety Dance, from the album Rhythm of Youth, was the first and biggest-selling single by the 1980s synth pop group Men Without Hats. The song was written by Ivan Doroschuk. Released in the U.S., in 1982, and in the U.K., in 1983, and it peaked at number three on the billboard Hot 100. In the U.K. the song also proved successful, reaching number six. I remember that the video was one that was on constant rotation, not only on MTV, but on local video shows, like Video One … Continue reading The 80’s :: The night is young and so am I

The 80’s :: The clouds will be a daisy chain

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Siouxsie & the Banshees :: Dear Prudence Dear Prudence, a cover of a song The Beatles made famous, appeared on Siouxsie and the Banshees’ album Hyaena, in 1983. I remember thinking the video was hypnotic and the song, though familiar, took me by surprise. This would mark the first time I ever heard Siouxsie sing, and would begin years of her being a favorite, as well as a style change that would end up sticking with me for over two decades. Watching it today I am noticing that this was the time in the band’s career … Continue reading The 80’s :: The clouds will be a daisy chain

The 80’s :: So, what’s the point of robbery if nothing is worth taking?

Video Killed the Radio Star :: Adam & the Ants :: Stand & Deliver Stand and Deliver, from the Prince Charming album, hit the U.K. radio charts in 1981. It was sometime in 1984 that Adam and the Ants, and the Prince Charming album, had its impact on me. I was at a newly made friend’s house when I first saw this video, lying on the floor of her bedroom, her television right under a full-size poster of Mr. Ant himself. I remember back then that said friend would sign all her notes, passed to me in the hallway, with … Continue reading The 80’s :: So, what’s the point of robbery if nothing is worth taking?