80s Music & Fashion Notes

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 cult movies Footloose, Flash Dance and US cult TV Fame Academy and were moved by gloriously romantic movies, Dirty Dancing, Grease and Top Gun. 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, Billy Idol, Boy George, Duran Duran, Human League, Soft Cell, Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, Visage, Roxy Music and chameleon David Bowie. This was the early years for style queens Blondie and Madonna, girl band, Bananarama and neighbours Charlene and Scott, aka Kyle and Jason. Another famous 80s duo was Ken and Barbie. Every little girls favourite accessory was My Little Pony while the boys played with Star Wars figures. Fashion heaven or hell in shell suits, leotards, legwarmers, sweatbands, shiny short sport shorts, slogan tees, ra-ra skirts, lace gloves, shoulder pads, big hats, ripped jeans, bleached denim, cropped spencer jackets, dungarees, braces and leather motorcycle jackets like the boys in Wham and Bros. Big hair and perms for girls and guys like footballer Kevin Keegan. 

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