80s Music and Fashion
Where were you in the 80s? What were you wearing and what were you
listening to? Some of the music and fashions from the 80s are coming back again. Do
you think that's a good thing or would you rather forget the 80s? Read our article
below and discover one woman's views on what she remembers about the often cheesy
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Give Me A Side Of Cheese With That
Leg Warmers and Other Beloved Horrors From The
Cheesy (che-ze) adj. (Colloq.) Unsubstantial; shoddy.
Tucked away in an undisclosed location is a photographic depiction of the horror I
was once subjected to... I was the willing victim of shoulder pads.
I was not content with this alone, however. The linebacker-type shoulder pads were
sewn into a black blazer with multi-colored squiggly lines, accompanied by black stretch
pants tucked into white socks. Bright, yellow hoop earrings completed the "rad" ensemble.
(I must have forgotten the rubber bracelets that day.)
At least I waited a couple of years before trying the "off-the shoulder" look with
one of my blouses, ala Jennifer Beals in "Flashdance." (I vividly recall a fellow
student scoffing at my attempt, which I subsequently abandoned.) I did, however, miraculously
escape the lure of headbands and legwarmers, made popular by Olivia Newton-John's
In all seriousness, many of us who came of age in the Eighties experience a sweet
delight recalling its trends and, in some cases, whimsically longing for their return.
As I type this, a glittery Rubik's Cube sits atop my computer monitor, along with
a miniature F-16 fighter plane ("Top Gun," anyone?) I still have the film's soundtrack
on vinyl, but we won't get into that.
During that most memorable decade, I considered myself a rebel against the current
modes. However, I succumbed to more than a few of them right alongside my peers. I
wore oversized shirts with stirrups, barrettes with long ribbon strands, rhinestone
pins, mismatched earrings (one short, one dangling), and occasionally styled my hair
with a ponytail hanging off the side of my head (I'll blame my Mom for that.) For
a season, I walked about in those infamous jelly shoes. Upon hindsight, I question
their appeal. Was it the unpleasant sweatiness they produced? The noises they made?
The discomfort? The cheap plastic? I was recently struck by the memory of a royal
blue pair I owned.
Royal blue. What was I thinking? I suppose I was too dazzled by the cheesiness of
it all to recognize the madness I had succumbed to. Yet, how I enjoyed it at the time--"like
for sure, to the max!" (Slang tends to "barf me out," quite honestly. I am "bummed"
with the prospect of utilizing it, although some may disagree and deem it utterly
"trippendicular." To those dear readers I say, "Gag me with a spoon," as I shall have
none of it!)
Herein I must mention some of the music that shaped the 80's. Melodies such as "All
Out Of Love" by Air Supply and "We Built This City" by Starship remain lodged within
my mind like splintered chicken bones in the throat. Many others resemble them but
alas, I am limited to 1600 words. Most of what I disliked was wildly popular: Cyndi
Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," Van Halen's "Jump", Toni Basil's "Mickey," Rick
Springfield's "Jessie's Girl," and Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue" are but several
examples. Although my preferences traversed the musical spectrum, from New Kids On
The Block (what a shameful admission) to Berlin to Cheap Trick, my first favorite
song as a small child (ABC's, "The Look of Love") proved to be a foreshadowing of
where my tastes would chiefly settle: British artists. Specifically, electro-pop bands.
Nearing the end of the decade, I became especially captivated by the synthesized sounds
of Erasure, whose music I still enjoy twenty years later.
Twenty years later, and I am noting the reappearance of jelly shoes and rubber bracelets
on my odd trips to the store. I recently met a young girl wearing big, colorful, hoop
earrings made of that same rubber and was amused. Does she realize their previous
popularity, lo those many years ago? Perhaps not. The recycling of trends is nothing
bizarre, although I wonder if there will be a great resurgence in the usage of banana
clips and parachute pants.
Let's hope not.
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