May 1, 2012

The 80s: Big Babes with Big Hair, Big Shoulders, and Big Sounds. Guys in The Big Suit

Ah, the 80s. Ronald Reagan for the Right and Leather Bars for the Left. Talking Heads fitness videos for everyone else. What was not to like? Except PC, AIDS, mortgage rates north of 12% and its rollicking sidekick, an inflation calculated to give you a permanent facial twitch.

All that and the rise of the Psycho Killer as cultural icon.


"Hi. I got a tape I wanna play."

Addicted To Love

"Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah...."

Bananarama - Venus

"She's got it . Yeah, baby, she's got it."

Go-Go's - Cool Jerk

"I'm the reason that they don't smirk, cuz they know I'm the queen of the cool jerk."

Heart - These Dreams

"I walk without a cut through a stained glass wall."

Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

"If you're lost you can look--and you will find me."

Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You

"I am the flower. You are the seed. We walked in the garden. We planted a tree."

Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better [Live] with The Big Suit

"I got a girlfriend with bows in her hair. And nothing is better than that."

Talking Heads - Life During Wartime - (Stop Making Sense -- 1983 )

"Thank you. Does anybody have any questions?"

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 1, 2012 9:19 AM
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I hope the years have been kind to Ms. Carlisle aka "Dottie Danger". She and Susanna Hoffs sure where cuties back in the day....

Posted by: joe buzz at May 1, 2012 11:12 AM

Happy memories of me and my better half. I didn't really start listening to pop music until the 80s. It was classical and jazz for me til then. I caught up on all the 70s bands in the 80s...and the Beatles, too. Better late than never, I guess.

Posted by: Jewel at May 1, 2012 11:40 AM

The Heads at the Greek in Berkeley = a peak experience, concert-wise.

Posted by: BJM at May 1, 2012 12:35 PM

I saw the Talking Heads at least twice. The first time was in college about 1978-79, and I was third row center, one of the best seats I've ever had at a concert. David Byrne was making his faces right at us, and it was a bit hard to keep from laughing at times.

Several years later I saw them in Philly, with an extremely pregnant Tina Weymouth on bass.

I liked Belinda Carlisle better when she was a little chunky, before she went all PETA and everything.

Posted by: rickl at May 1, 2012 5:29 PM

I have noted here before that I watch The Last Waltz about once a week here in Mauritius. I brought two other movies with me. Stop Making Sense and Fleetwood Mac's The Dance.

I can hear groans over the Fleetwood Mac choice, but it's the one with the USC band at the end, doing Tusk. Back when Belinda was cute and chunky, I was living in Orange County. I also had season tickets for USC football.

My teenage kids love Stop Making Sense. You can hear it blasting from my daughter's car when she pulls into the driveway. My wife gives me the stink eye everytime.

Posted by: Mike at May 1, 2012 7:49 PM

@Mike - Isle Maurice? What an island! Did you know that Polish chanteuse Basia's backup singers are from Quatre Bornes? How well I remember Vacoas.

But! No one wants to point out how stunning the Wilson sisters are? Even today though Ann has put on weight, she's a gorgeous big woman. And Nancy! Those eyes, that guitar playing. What a babe. And a lot of great songs.

Posted by: BlogDog at May 2, 2012 8:24 AM

I graduated HS in 1980, graduated college 1985 and was a single professional in Hotlanta until 1996. Good times, good music, fun cultural background coming out of the dreary Nixon/Ford/Carter years. Very first vote ever was for Reagen...no brainer.

Posted by: phil g at May 3, 2012 12:27 PM
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