I am back from vacation and have stories to tell and pictures to post. I'll download pictures over the weekend to share.
When I saw the warning earlier this week at Robin’s and Sharon’s blogs, I started putting the word out for a picture. Ann came to the rescue with a couple of pics from the height of fashion era. As I’ve been de-cluttering the house I’ve come across a few gems from the 80s and I’m so bummed I already packed my scanner. I have some really good prom shots. What a dork I went to the prom with . . . two years in a row! Silly girl. He was cute but such a Mama's boy it wasn't even funny.
I still remember the outfit I wore the first day of high school. It involved a wide white belt, a tank top, large shirt and white pants, with flats. In words this outfit sounds like some of the current fashions, only with that lovely 80’s flare. And I think a pair of earrings that were as large as my bangs were high.
Shall we get started with my walk (like an Egyptian) down memory lane?
Peg your Z.Cavarrici's (or Jordache), clutch that industrial size can of Aqua Net (or other secret weapon spray), and raise that lighter to the tune of a power ballad. Gnarley! We are going 80s today, people! Show us your 80s hair!
Here are the rules:
1. Expand on the questions as much as you can. It makes it more fun for the rest of us.
2. Show us your hair, whether it be preppy or skyscraper bangs. Post some photos and make it fun. We promise not to laugh, we have them too!
3. If you get the meme from a blog, leave a comment on that person's blog so they can see your responses.
4. Post links to any videos or music from http://www.youtube.com/ or imeem.com to your blog that help you and your readers to relive the 80s.
5. Party like it's 1999.
I'm sporting my favorite two-tone jeans and the hair is rather tame. This was taken with my Kodak disc camera. Ann on the other hand was sporting a rocking good 80's outfit.
A helmet, mullet. Nothing says the 80's like this picture. We went "across the river" when we turned 16 and had it done. I was not having a good hair day. But I bet we went to Chi-Chi's.
Here are the questions:
1. Preppy or Rocker: That’s a tough one. I was somewhere in between. I read the Preppy Handbook but I didn’t really follow it.
2. Z Cavarricis or Guess Jeans and Espirit or Benetton? It was more Gloria Vanderbilt and Jordache. Calvin Kleins. And definitely Levis. Always a pair of Levis in the mix. Can someone please tell me why we pegged our jeans? Fold and roll. Careful! Not too tightly because you had trouble sitting if you did that. What was the point? It was not attractive at all.
3. Favorite Pop song of the 80s: Like Sharon, I have a few.
"Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco: I remember staying home sick one day and playing this over and over and over again.
“Call Me Al” by Paul Simon: The Graceland album was my Dad’s favorite. I adore this song as it always reminds me of wonderful times with Dad.
"Fly Girl" I used to really like this song. I knew someone who used to play it a lot and tell me I was his Fly Girl. Now that I listen to it, it's just funny. How silly.
“Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles: Another Dad favorite and it’s not from the 80’s but it’s from my 80’s.
“Wild Thing” by Tone-Loc: another Dad memory. I got to drive his Jeep as soon as I got my license and this was my tape of choice for the adventure. I left it in the car and it was always a battle to get it back. Until he moved it to the kitchen stereo and than it was just too funny to watch him dance while making meals in the kitchen, so I moved on to another tape.
“Turn Back Time” by Cher: 7 people in my car playing that song over and over and over again. We even added echoes.
“99 Red Balloons” by Nena This song makes me happy.
"Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega: I think it paints a great picture. I have always wanted to be the one straightening my stockings
And HORRORS, I adored Milli Vanilli. Yes, I did!
Beastie Boys! Every. Single. Song. Loved it. Licensed to Ill.
Humpty Dance . . . oh goodness. How could I forget dancing to this at the prom with one of my teachers.
And “Lean On Me” still makes me stop and remember a very special two people. Well one special person and one unique person.
4. Most Annoying Pop song of the 80s
Not sure that I have any that annoyed me. Even the most annoying make me remember something. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” bugged me a bit after it was played 975 times a day.
4. Hair Metal or Heavy Metal- Who was your favorite performer and favorite song?
Not really either. More Hair than Heavy. But I preferred Southern Rock and hanging out with the boys in the band.
5. What posters were on your bedroom wall or college dorm room?
I didn’t hand posters on my bedroom walls.
6. What concerts do you remember most from the 80s?
Tiffany. Argh! And one of my mother’s boyfriends took me to see Kenny Rodgers, Sawyer Brown and some other group, maybe the Statler Brothers?
7. Favorite 80s movies
Howard the Duck, Dirty Dancing
8. Favorite 80s movie quotes
I don’t ever remember movie quotes. But I do sometimes say, "no one puts Baby in the corner."
9. Top 3 most memorable pop culture moments of the 80s for you.
Everyone at school watching Challenger explode
Cabbage Patch Doll Mania (Mrs. T somehow, someway got a bunch of us one.)
Cable came to town!
10. Favorite 80s cartoon
Smurfs. I really liked the Smurfs.
11. Favorite 80s commercials. Now this is my area! I adore advertising and marketing.
“Where’s the Beef?”
The talking butter carton, Parkay
The second one (starts at 39 sec) here was one of my FAVORITE games, Digital Derby
This is a great compilation of 80’s commercials. You’ll feel just like you are watching Whose The Boss, Growing Pains, Different Strokes, One Day At A Time or the one with the girls at Boarding School, why can’t I remember the name of that show! Tootie, Natalie, Blair and what’s her name. 9:35 is Simon Says! Another great game I had and loved. (look at 41 secs and 3:39 for Where’s the Beef?)
Can you forget the egg laying bunny? And the Kool-Aid guy? This is a good overview of commercials, none are full length but you will surely have a good walk down memory lane! Zestfully Clean!
Big League Chew! The Crash Dummy, Smurfs and Super Golden Crisps. And we can NOT forget the Clapper.
12. Boy George or Wham?
13. Favorite one-hit wonder
Lipps Inc Funky Town
14. INXS or Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode but not until college.
15. Poison or Warrant
16. Did you ever meet a rocker or 80's pop icon? Where were you?
Madonna. I danced with her in New York. Thought it was an impersonator at the time. Nope. We were hanging with Madonna. Wonder if we would have had as much fun if we’d known. Now it makes since why Club 21 was empty. So it doesn’t really count. Otherwise I can’t think of any 80’s rockers or pop icons I’ve met. Sports people from the 80’s yeah.
17. Snap bracelets or Jelly bracelets?
Neither. I’ve seen both but we did friendship bracelets.
18. Fess up. Who had the garden weasel bangs? Did you ever measure your wall o' Aqua Net love?
I had GREAT 80’s hair. One of the highest compliments I’ve ever received was from the boys on the bus. I think Steve R. started it. They said it was obvious I got up early every morning because my hair always looked like I’d come straight out of the beauty shop. **be still my heart**
But shhhhh, I didn’t use Aqua Net. I used a bottle of something that Miss Virginia stocked at the A&P. It was so much better than Aqua Net. It was glue in a bottle. It was our secret. There was never, ever a bottle on the shelf, just an empty space. She would keep it in a hiding place. It was a green bottle.
My bangs would go straight up. I thought I was 5 foot 9 for most of high school.
19. Favorite 80s sitcoms
Different Strokes and that one with the boarding school girls.
20. Is Jon Bon Jovi still hot or what?
Yeah. Very much so.
21. "Double Dare" or "You Can't Do That on Television"
Neither. I don’t remember either of those shows.
22. Who was your favorite Brat Packer?
23. Jellies or Reebok Pumps
No Jellies. I’m still anti-plastic shoes. Seriously, I don’t care how comfortable Crocs are, they still look stupid. Farting might make you more comfortable but it’s not acceptable in public. My theory is that Croc wearers are those who would not understand this and well . . need I say more?
24. Favorite pizza parlor arcade game
Alan, the hot pizza maker guy. We went out for a bit. Oh wait, arcade game. Miss Pacman or Q-bert.
25. Deep South "Good 'ol Boys" or "L.A. underground vigilantes wanted for a crime they didn't commit"
Dukes of Hazard for sure! I could do the General Lee slide. And oh my the crush I had on those two boys. I wanted to drive the General Lee.
What else reminds you of the 80s? Jams, Boones Farm Tickled Pink, Sun Country Wine Coolers, Boom Boxes, LOUD stereos with thumping bass in cars, t-tops, baby oil and iodine, Band-Aids, Slurpees every day before cheering practice, break dancing, Friday Night Videos.
Funny because when I look back on the 80's it's the decade I grew up. At the beginning it was all about Cabbage Patch Dolls, cartoons and games. At the end it was about boys, music and clothes. I guess everyone has their gowing up decade, right?
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