Monday, February 05, 2007

Of Seagulls, Crockett, and Mullets

I ran so far away...

Dearest Friends, we had a party on Saturday night. But the strangest thing happened... You see, as we were getting ready, there was a slight, yet perceptible slip in the temporal continuuum and all of a sudden the calendar had spun back twenty years or so.

The fridge filled itself with wine coolers and jugs of Fuzzy Navels appeared on the kitchen table.

Sheena Easton perched on our mantlepiece and Billy Idol on our bathroom door.

Then the guests started to arrive. Joan Collins. Jennifer Beales from Flashdance. Some New Wave dude in a skinny tie. Melanie Griffiths out of Working Girl. A couple of chicks looking for an aerobics class. A cop calling himself Detective Sonny Crockett. And two mullets. Most peculiar.

Then, lo and behold, who should appear one of the Flock of Seagulls. It's true. Though the air was hazy wth nostalgia, we managed to snap a fuzzy piccie of him, hanging out with Joan. Look up top, FiL tells no lies!

And the stere-ere-ereo played some fine old tuneage. Here, have a listen:

Animotion - Obsession (buy here)
Big Country - Fields of Fire (buy here)
The Jam - Town Called Malice (buy here)
Ministry - Effigy (buy here)
Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie (buy here)
Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield (buy here)
X - Breathless (buy here)

But when we woke up on Sunday morning, it was once again 2007, and all we had left from our time shift were empty wine cooler bottles and electric dreams.

11 comments:

Mentok the Mind-taker said...

Hee hee, you warned me this was coming and I'm so glad you provided photo evidence. All I can say is: Wish I was there!

And that music! There are a million Best of the 80s albums out there, but you've done much better than them in capturing the mood of an era. A person can't help but smile at the thought of Musical Youth.

I only wish we could see more pics from the party, but I suppose there are privacy concerns.

derek@fsmail.net said...

Good selection, but it reminds me of what a crap version of 'Obsession' became the hit. The Holly Knight Michael DesBarres 12" is in a box somewhere, but I remember it as a much Dirrtier version than the insipid one by Animotion. Update. This was bugging me so much I took an hour out of my billable hours to find it - between Alexander O'Neil's 'Fake' and The Intruders 'Who Do You Love, in the 80's 12" box in the closet, under the cassettes. Confirmed! it's better and if I can reclaim the time I've lost I'll rip it and post it on e-snips

Dan said...

I listened to that Fields of Fire 3 times in a row. That really is a great song! I had completely forgotten about it.

Elizabeth said...

FiL, you have gone a nicked me make-up again? I needed the frosty stuff for a v. v. important human rights forum. I bet you're the one who took me jumper as well.

Best.post.ever.

Elizabeth said...

PS. It just clicked that you left me a comment last week claiming that you were dressed like Flock fo Seagulls, and I thought you were just teasing! I'll never doubt you again.

JC said...

I'm just jealous that I don't have enough hair to be anyone out of A Flock of Seagulls.

I could however be the dancer that Howard Jones used to take on stage with him....

Crash Calloway said...

Jed. *whispers* I saw Howard Jones once at Wembley Arena. It was a freebee. Honest guv. Ah, fuck it, take me away....

A. B. Chairiet said...

Wine coolers and men in make-up...

I love it! :)

I hope everyone had a great time.

mjrc said...

fil, you kill, what can i say?

i just found out about this blog: http://www.bornagain80s.blogspot.com/
so i thought i'd share it in this most appropriate of forums.

now i'm off to listen to the cp. i'm telling you, this working is really cutting into my computer time. ;-)

coxon le woof said...

No offence Fil, but I think that photo may give me nightmares for weeks to come.

Did I mention my irrational fear/hatred of 75% of the 1980's?

FiL said...

Dearest Mentok: Indeed, one aerobic girl even threatened me with death by spandex if I published her photo...

This generation, rules the nation, with version...

Hi Derek! Surely you could find a way to get paid for rifling through your vinyl collection. ;-)

I must say the Animotion version is the one that's burned into my psyche. But if you do rip the original, please do let me know!

Hi Dan! It is great, isn't it? Three cheers for skirling guitars!!

Dearest Liz: Guilty, guilty you found me, guilty, guilty you found me...

I do hope my theiving ways didn't thwart your attempt to save the world. Right on, sista!!!

Dearest JC: Now that you've made that offer, you will have to follow through, you know...

Dearest Crash: There's no shame! None at all!! Well, OK, going to Wembly to see anything is a bit sus, but we'll forgive you...

Dearest Ash: I saved a couple of coolers, just for you!! And you see, Little Orphan Annie isn't my only avatar...

Dearest Marcy: Thanks for the link! And as for work vs blogging, aren't you women supposed to be good at this multitasking thing?? ;-)

Dearest Coxon: Well, it's only overdue payback for your bunny-ears photo... ;-p And as for your 80s reaction, I can empathize - I feel precisely the same about the 70s!!