Monday, August 20, 2012

I will love the 1980s forever!

After that bold title proclamation, I would like to announce that it has been one year since LR @ Magnificent or Egregious emerged from just being a commenter to a blogger!  whoooooooooooooooooooo So what have I been up to lately, besides babysitting work?

Watching my favorite 1980s movies again!  I adore them.  For some reason, I never clued in until now that Richard Blade, one of the DJ hosts from First Wave on Sirius/XM radio Channel 33 (who plays the best songs, IMO), starred in Girls Just Want to Have Fun as the host of Dance TV....I knew I recognized his voice from somewhere!

                        Richard Blade and.........John Taylor from Duran Duran
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On Saturday, we watched Say Anything with John Cusack, I love the scene of him blasting In Your Eyes:

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Speaking of In Your Eyes, I am getting a little ahead of myself here and entering the 1990s, but check out this 1994 concert clip from Peter Gabriel's Secret World Tour -- Paula Cole rocks this song -- IMO the best backup singer Peter Gabriel has ever had (the rest of Peter's band is awesome too and those outfits are insane!!!): 



Check out this one too:



Absolutely amazing.

Lately I've been looking online for record players/turntables.  I have been collecting vinyl for about 15 years now and I've found some good stuff.  I think there's something authentic and 'real' about vinyl recordings, they don't have that tinny purrrrfect quality that today's recordings have.  People were so creative back in the day  ..... I've always loved listening to albums as a whole (Harvest, Dark Side of the Moon, Bella Donna, Hounds of Love, Rumours, The Joshua Tree, So ...... I think we've lost some of that with Itunes and singles being released these days.

I will leave you with another 1980s gem (including the hairstyle, high tops and oversized outfit):

27 comments:

  1. "Wouldn't it be good" by Nik Kershaw is one of my all time favorite songs. In fact, I favorited it on Sirius/XM so I could get notices when it comes on. :)

    Richard Blade plays that song all the time, so I would have to agree that he has the best playlists.

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    1. Love it! Hubs and I were driving home from the cottage last month and Richard Blade had the best playlist airing that day. I wrote down at least 7 songs I wanted to download when we got home! I really want to find The Cars debut album on vinyl....so many good songs on there, I love "Moving in Stereo" right now.

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  2. I love the 80s music too especially those British bands like Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears and Duran Duran. Nik Kershaw song is just so nice to listen to. How about Rick Springfield? Did you like him too? Gosh those 80s hairstyle!

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    1. Didn't really listen to Rick that much BUT I did like his acting skills in "A Change of Place"....a made for TV drama which aired in the 1990s, it took me forever to find it but I did, the clips are on youtube! Man, I think I'm on a 1990s kick too here! lol

      I just listened to "Enjoy the Silence" today...love it. British music was incredible in the 1980s (David Bowie, Police, Howard Jones) ....also Canadian music was great in the mid-to-late 1980s....54/50, Northern Pikes, early Tragically Hip, Bruce Cockburn, etc...

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  3. Hello:
    You are clearly very much in love with, and knowledgeable about, the 1980s. For us it was a time of career development [how tedious], of starting to make a serious garden [proved to be quite fun], and of the loss of parents [sad]. At one time we did have a large record collection - long since gone, we regret to say.

    This evening we are off to Venice which we first really got to know in the 80s.

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    1. Ahhhh Venice....I would love to go back there one day! It's been almost 15 years and I still want to go on a gondola ride and wander through St. Mark's Square.

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  4. John Cusack and John Taylor - I loved them both.
    Well done for sticking at the old blogging for a year!

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  5. LR - Happy blogoversary! I admit to feeling rather old when I read how you love the 80s. I loved it too, but I think I was so busy then - married, working full time, going to night school 4 nights a week, sponsoring a youth group, spending time with Mom at the weekends (husband worked shifts and weekends) - I missed a lot of it! I recognise and enjoy the music, but I can't name the bands or the movie stars. I'd no idea SJP and HH made that film. The main film I remember from then was Flashdance.

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    1. I haven't watched Flashdance in forever! There were so many now-famous names in Girls Just Want to Have Fun....great cast!

      Wow Shelley, I don't know how you pulled off that kind of schedule!

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  6. Happy blog birthday LR, I do remember we started blogging quite close to each other.
    Oh I adore Wouldn't it be good... Every time I hear it I can't help but sing along. My son also has a love of vinyl and has a big collection. I think it's wonderful you appreciate the eighties, I love music fom this era too.
    xx

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    1. I love Wouldn't It Be Good....such a cool song. I keep finding new gems! Hubs loves 1980s music too so I've discovered many songs through him.

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  7. Happy Blog Birthday! I used to lust over John Cusack to the extent that the local video store actually made a little John Cusack section just for me. I had no shame whatsoever and used to paw photos of him and dream about what I'd do to him when he was all mine. What a lucky escape HE had! x

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  8. Congrats on your blog anniversary!

    The 80's sound like fun but oh, the fashion is awful!

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    1. ...oh I know....and the fashion is back! I saw a girl walking down the street today wearing the black sunglasses with neon pink side arms.....I haven't seen neon since about 1990 and now I'm seeing it everywhere!!

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    2. I've seen similar sunglasses in the wayfarer style with pink arms. I didn't realize they were 80's but they weren't appealing to me at all.

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  9. Congrats on your year of blogging.
    I love Say Anything and have seen it many times...he's a very talented actor/director.
    Our darling daughter is into vinyl too and she purchased the affordable turntable from Crossly, a US company. It's a compact player that has great sound.
    Good luck on your search, there are many fabulous high end turntables on the market.

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    1. Thanks for the tip Hostess! I will definitely check out the Crossly brand and see if I can buy one here.

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  10. Congratulations on one year. Hope you continue a good long time.
    I loved the excerpt from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.
    Cool to see Sarah Jessica Parker so young.

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    1. Thx!

      SJP was really young in that movie! Helen Hunt was hilarious, those blue hair clips are a riot!

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  11. Congratulations! And thank you for this endearing tribute to the 80s. I did not know this about Richard Blade either...too funny. I love, love, LOVE watching the 80s movies.

    I have one of those replica stereos (looks like something from the 30s or 40s) and it has a record player. You are right about the sound difference and there is something very nostalgic and soothing about listening to records. Usually I play CDs on it but I do have a few vinyls too. I was going to suggest trying Crossly too like Hostess mentioned.

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    1. 80s movies are my favorite, hands down. Apparently License to Drive is going to be out on DVD now...

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  12. Congratulations on the blog!! One year is a big deal. It takes a lot to keep up with it!

    I really enjoyed all these clips. This was really my era. I graduated in 1983 from high school and loved all these people. Those Live Aid concerts were the best! Those clothes and hair are too funny. They almost look cool again. It really was a more innocent and charming time when you think back on it.

    I still love the 80s music and Peter Gabriel was one of the best. There actually was a lot of good music. Just the other day my husband and I were discussing the whole album vs. downloading thing and you are so right. The way music is listened to now has changed so much and it's a bit sad people don't get to hear all the songs on albums now and rarely buy them! They miss out.

    I have a turntable for all my albums from high school and also my parents Beatles and Sonny & Cher albums. Unfortunately, my cat ate the needle! I haven't been able to get a new one.

    Great post!
    xo
    Kim

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    1. Thanks Kim! LOl'ing about the cat...hehe

      I'm definitely a 1980s girl at heart, I should have been born a generation earlier.

      I love the Live Aid concerts, I bought Hubs the DVD a few years ago for his birthday and we rediscovered so many cool songs (i.e. The Cars - Heartbeat City, Paul Young - Come Back and Stay...countless others).

      I'll post a review of the turntable after I buy it. You'll have to keep the cat away from it if you buy a new one! lol

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  13. Loving this post! I am totally 80's I have the huge King Tut hair (now straightened) and penchant for blue eyeliner still (had to lose the shoulders though) It was my time and loved all those Molly Ringwald movies, she's kind of had a revival lately did you notice?

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    1. Yes! I read Molly's book not that long ago.

      King Tut hair...lol

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