Showing posts with label 80s. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 80s. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 34 - Fade to Grey (Visage)

Strange (no pun intended) that I was actually going to make this a STRMOMC a few weeks ago, but with the recent sad passing of Visage lead singer Steve Strange, I thought it would be appropriate to include it now.
As a massive fan of 1980s music, I find that this song pretty much sums up the beginning of this great decade, during a time when pop culture movement New Romanticism was beginning to take over the night clubs (ok, I was a bit too young for that) and the charts.  A time when it was perfectly acceptable for a guy to wear more makeup than your average woman!  It was also during this great period when synth music was set to become much more wide spread in the music world leading to some of the best pop songs ever written in subsequent years by different groups.  This itself is one of the main reasons why I love this song..
Such a great song, and great memories from a time long gone.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 33 - Like To Get To Know You Well (Howard Jones)

Well, its about time I had another classic from 80's legend Howard Jones simply because a) it's a bloody fantastic song, and b) it will always remind me of playing on my Commodore 64 in my bedroom, and my sister would be listening to Howard Jones (amongst many others) in the room next door.
Released back in 1984, I still wonder to this day why this song never reached any higher than number 4 in the UK charts (even Agadoo by Black Lace got higher around the same time!)  Oh well, no accounting for taste.
Enjoy this gem from good ol' HoJo.  Even the video is sooooooo 1980's.  Love it!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 32 - Always On My Mind (Pet Shop Boys)

Following on from my last blog post, I'm keeping with the Pet Shop Boys because Always on my Mind stands out as not only being one of the best cover songs ever made, but possibly one of the greatest pop songs of the 1980s (perhaps all time) and a massive favourite of mine since I was a wee lad.

It's quite appropriate that I have chosen this song as my STRMOMC as today marks 27 years (yes, TWENTY SEVEN YEARS) since the song entered its consecutive fourth fantastic week at the number 1 position on the Official UK Charts, after having been the Christmas number one a few weeks previously.

Why can't modern groups produce belters like this any more, instead of the usual Crap Factor turds.

Also, you've got to love the video, featuring clips from their rather bizarre movie "It Couldn't Happen Here", and of course starring De Nomolos himself (from Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey) Joss Ackland, and even Biggles!

"Where are you going?"
"I'm going there....  But I like it here wherever it is".

Monday, January 05, 2015

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 31 - Heart (Pet Shop Boys)

The Pet Shop Boys were a band I was never particularly in to back in their heyday, which is surprising when you consider the similarities between them and my favourite synth group Erasure.  Sure, I loved West End Girls, It's a Sin, Always On My Mind and pretty much everything else on their "Please" and "Actually" albums, but I never paid much attention to what they produced after that until only a few years ago.  Boy, was I missing out.


Having said that, I always had a fondness for Heart.  Released in 1988, it entered the charts in March at number 30 before rightfully reaching the number one spot the following month where it stayed for a few weeks.  I didn't realise until only recently that Sir Ian McKellen played the vampire in the accompanying video. 

Ahhhhhh...  I was just 11 years old at the time.  Life was so much easier (and less stressful) back then.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 30 - Cardiac Arrest (Madness)

For my 30th song that reminds me of my childhood, I've gone with Madness and Cardiac Arrest.  In all fairness, I could have gone with any of their major hits from the early 1980s as I always enjoyed listening to my Dads "Complete Madness" album when I was little.

Now, why have I gone with this one?  Simple really....

a)  I really like it
b)  It pretty much sums my life at the moment.

From what I can work out, the song is about a family man (average husband, with wife and kids) who lets his work take over his life and who has become a workaholic.  He is shown becoming rather agitated and stressed over simple things like the bus running late, and getting to work for an important meeting.  Ultimately it ends with him suffering a heart attack on the way to work.

Yep, that sounds like my life, just without the heart attack...yet! 

Sound advice really - Don't let work take over your life and ruin your family time.  Perhaps I should heed the advice given from Suggs and rest of the gang and change the way I look at work.

Easier said than done. 

Anyway, enjoy.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 29 - Atmosphere (Russ Abbott)

Possibly the cheesiest song ever to come out of the 1980's...    Yet it is so much better than the utter rubbish that continues to fills the charts today.

Russ Abbott was quite a celebrity during the 80's.  He had several primetime comedy sketch shows on the BBC (Remember Cooperman, C.U. Jimmy, and Basildon Bond).  He also released a number of (unremarkable) singles, the most popular being this one.

Yes, the image of Russ Abbott arriving to a party on a bike, wearing a sweater, and showing us his moves on the dance floor will forever be imprinted in my memory until the day I die (and many others too it seems since it managed to peak at number 11 in the charts during February 1985 - obviously quite a few people went out and bought this).  It's a fun song, and not to be taken seriously. 

Come on, who is going to admit to having this in their vinyl/cassette singles collections?


Proof that good ol' Russ was actually beating Bryan Adams, Phil Collins and even Tears for Fears for a time.  Go Russ!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm a Ladbroke Holiday Superstar (apparently!)

Another blast from the past, discovered while my Mum was sorting out her wardrobe.  As well as loads of old school work, she also found this - a certificate which I won whilst we were on Holiday at Seashore holiday camp in Great Yarmouth during the mid 1980's (probably 85 or 86).

Do you remember Starcruiser?

I can't remember what the Q Quest was - I think it involved us having to search the holiday camp for answers to certain questions, and I'm sure the only reason I won was because nobody else bothered to take part.  That sounds about right considering my usual lack of luck at winning anything remotely good!
I'm sure I won some other prizes too which are all now no doubt hidden in the depths of some landfill somewhere.
I wonder if her name really was Vicky Micky?