The 80’s – the decade of big hair. Isn’t that how we remember it? For me, the 80’s is a pretty expansive decade. Being a decade baby (born on the actual decade – yes I made that term up) the decades seem pretty huge to me. Especially the 80’s. It started in my early adolescence, then there was middle school, high school, and my first year of college, that’s a lot of music to cover. So excuse me if I cheat. Because I’m going to. So, for The 80’s part 1 I am going to start in the middle.
In 1985 I started high school; I was always a floater. Never one of the popular kids, never one of the Geeks, always in between – somewhere in the nether regions of the social strata. I was an artist, a musician, a good student, athletic (although I hated being in the sports I was coerced to participate in by my “convinced I needed it for college” parents) but I still had that desire to push the limits. The popular group of kids pushed too, so I hung with them all through middle school. I was still on the outside – they did not “get” me.
I hadn’t seen my friends all summer when I walked into the high school to buy my books for freshman year. When my friends from middle school spied the beginnings of a mohawk and blue stripes dyed in the shaven sides of my head, I was immediately ostracized. Welcome to my high school experience. FYI – all of your fave John Hughes movies were filmed in my neck of the woods, I wasn’t quite Ally Sheedy to Molly Ringwald, but it was pretty darn close.
There was one place I was always accepted absolutely. No strings attached. It didn’t matter who I was at home, actually my unique blend of personality traits was quite acceptable there. Summer camp, not just any summer camp, a camp I went to for 8 weeks every summer for 10 years. At 7 years old, my parents stuck me on a bus in June, visited once in July and didn’t see me again until August. Yup, as a mom it seems unfathomable for me, but back in the 70’s – if you could afford it – it was pretty common place in my neighborhood to rid yourself of your kids for the summer. Lucky for me they picked the best place in the world. Harand Camp – Theater in the Sun. (I’m in good company, among other famous alum – because you know I’m famous – are Billy Zane, Virginia Madsen and Jeremy Piven) At Harand it didn’t matter if you were a geek, an artist, popular, athletic or just weird. Because at Harand; “No Man is an Island.” (this is an actual video from the camp) Every time the whole camp would gather for some event, we would sing that song, with our arms over each others shoulders. And you know what? We really meant it.
When you get a group of kids together who love to sing and perform, you’re bound to get a pretty good mix of musical tastes. It was here that I first started listening to New Wave Music, and later got in to what the new Punk Rock was called “Hard Core.” Of course it was also here that my love of show tunes was fostered, and beautiful harmonies sung to the classics were created. For now, we’ll go with what got the most play on our old cassette players in our cabin.
There’s going to be two parts to this list, I can’t figure out how to name them… how about Happy List and The Ally Sheedy List
The Happy List
Club Tropicana – Wham
I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
Rich Girl – Hall & Oates
Apache – Sugar Hill Gang (this is back when rap was something)
The Ally Sheedy List
Mad World – Tears For Fears
Wouldn’t it be Good – Nik Kershaw
Only You – Yaz
Close to Me – The Cure
New Order – True Faith (As I entered my senior year in high school my gift for theater mixed with my love of music and art found a new expression. I became the lighting director for all of the school productions. If only I knew that you were “allowed” to make this a career. This song was the last one I directed, I still hear the lighting cues in my head when I listen.)
This picture was taken at camp it is half costume – half reality. We did a costume ball, I didn’t really need to dress up, that was the real me; my boyfriend was Ziggy Stardust – the only part that was a costume for him was the lightning; the hair, the eye makeup – all him. This one is for Lance from My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog. I promised him this picture a while back, here it is.
Now it’s your turn. I want to hear what you’ve got! This week’s them is The 80’s Part 1, so – if you’re doing the math – Part 2 will be next week.
The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come. Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you’re going to link-up there must be a song – relating to the theme – in your post. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier. And Go visit my lovely, mostly Co-Host – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.
If you must own these songs, and I know you must, click these links to go to iTunes:
Club Tropicana – Fantastic
I Want Candy – The Best of Bow Wow Wow
Rich Girl – The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (Remastered)
Apache – The Sugar Hill Records Story
Mad World – The Hurting (Remastered)
Wouldn’t It Be Good – Pretty In Pink (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Only You – Upstairs At Eric’s
Close to Me – The Head On the Door
True Faith – Total