"EIGHTIES MUSIC - I REMEMBER IT WELL!"
For me, the Eighties decade will always have a special place in my heart and soul. They were my teenage years, no worries, schooldays, excellent TV shows, great films, and they made me who I am. The music though, I lived and breathed for. From buying those fabulous records in superb cover art to anticipating my favourite artists’ next video. The cassette taping of the UK Top 40 every Sunday trying not to pick up the DJ’s voice was a must. Now the vinyl has been replaced by the CD, the cover art is barely the size of a beermat and if you taped a record now you were “killing music”. I am nostalgic for the Eighties and I remember it like it was yesterday, and the tunes will never die.
Rob, 43 also went with the denim and leather theme.
Most unusual answer was from Lyndsey, 41 who said “Late Eighties I tried to dress like Ya Kid K out of Technotronic”.
I saw a lot of girls in my school wanting to be like the biggest female music star of the Eighties, Madonna and wearing the New Romantic frills and funky hairstyles.
Michelle, 42 said, “Dressed like Madonna and loved the New Romantic style!”
Lyndsey added, “Ska, Two Tone, Reggae and Punk brought lots of white skinheads together with Jamaican people in the UK, crossing racial divides.”
Rob disagreed slightly and said, “I think the miners’ strike and everything else (nuclear threat, cold war) had people divided into groups, only in the late Eighties did it start to change.”
Joanne, 45 also agreed with Rob saying, “I don’t think so really, I used to like to go to the Youth Club Disco and enjoyed the silly dances we did together…I think the songs just happened to be the backdrop of that phase in my life, rather than contributing to it.”
Joanne called her first concert watching Kids From Fame “slightly embarrassing but I enjoyed it.”
Rob thought watching Status Quo at Deeside Leisure Centre in 1982 was his biggest mistake!
Lyndsey said her moment was having a crush on John Taylor of Duran Duran.
Paula, 40 said her “silly dances under Runcorn Baths roof(with friends and a beat box)” were her worst moments.
Most embarrassed was Eva, 33 who said, “Singing in front of the whole class at the tender age of 8, accompanied only by a piano, to establish if I was suitable for the school choir. It was discovered that I was tone deaf!”
Paula says “those were the days.”
Joanne stated, “I don’t have a lot of nostalgia for the Eighties. The film The Wedding Singer does make me smile, though.”
Michelle said, “Have loads of Eighties tunes, always put them on when I’m feeling down or low to cheer me up.”
That echoes my sentiments really.
The probable real reason is summed up finally with Eva who said this, “All the time because I was a kid and that is generally what kids do, don’t tend to worry too much and just enjoy themselves.”
By Andrew Goodwin, 45, Runcorn, England
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