Friday, 13 November 2009

Flash Back to the 80s

Let's go retro and this time it's back to the 80s. Hard to believe but at the beginning of the 80s the Apple 2E computer had just 48k of memory, how times have changed! Other innovations of the time were the Rubic Cube, BMX Bikes and Space Invaders. We got physical with Olivia Newton John and Jane Fonda, inspired by Flash Dance the movie and US cult TV Fame Academy and were moved by gloriously romantic movies Flash Dance, Dirty Dancing and Grease. Big hair, big shoulders and big money filled our TV screens with shows like "Dynasty", with power dressing showdowns from rival Carringtons (Joan Collins and Linda Evans) while over in "Dallas", Huston the Ewings (Linda Gray and Victoria Principal) remained immaculate on the windswept Texas plains. Back in Blighty Maggie Thatcher was in power and the New Romantics and their New Wave launched onto the fashion and music scene. strutting dandies Adam and the Ants, Boy George, Duran Duran, Human League, Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, Visage, Roxy Music and chameleon David Bowie. This was the early years for style queen Madonna, girl band, Bananarama and neighbours Charlene and Scott, aka Kyle and Jason. Fashion heaven or hell in shell suits, leotards, legwarmers, headbands, shiny short sport shorts, slogan tees, ra-ra skirts, lace gloves, shoulder pads, big hats, bleached denim, cropped jackets, dungarees, braces and classic leather motorcycle jackets like the boys in Wham and Bros. Big hair and perms for girls and guys like footballer Kevin Keegan. (FFS 23/9/09)
We have included some useful links to 80s iconic products

80s Cult TV
Miami Vice
Charleys Angels

Starsky and Hutch
Dukes of Hazzard
Air Wolf
A Team
Dallas - The Ewings
Dynasty – The Harringtons
Knight Rider, Kitt and David Hasselhoff - Don't Hassel the Hoff Mens T-shirt
Mr. Men and Little Miss
80s Cult Movies
Top Gun
Dirty Dancing
Karate Kid

Flash Dance
Star Trek
80s Music - Click here to buy  Ministry of Sound - Anthems Electronic 80s
New Wave & the New Romantics
Billy Joel
Billy Idol
Joan Armatrading
Franki Goes to Hollywood - Frankie Says Relax T-shirt
Soft Cell
Action Man
He-Man She-Ra
Fisher Price Toys
Barbie and Ken
BMX Bikes

Space Invaders
Live Aid, Queen and Status Quo

Who is YOUR favourite 80s icon??