she liked Imaginary Men best of all


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Summer Playlist

As soon as summer hits the heat rises, the days lengthen and a regular craving for iced tea becomes a reality – I put on my Summer Playlist. My musical heart belongs to 80’s English Pop Bands but before the Second British Invasion swept me up in it’s moody, synthy, Union Jack notes I was just a young girl in early 80’s America where the radio was ruled by rock n’ roll music by lots of single-word-named-bands and a hot bitch called Pat.

I’m not exactly sure how my connection of summer to these types of arena-rocking-cheesy-but-undeniably catchy tunes were forged – or if any of these songs were even summertime hits in my late single-digit/early double-digit years. But something about them makes me feel like a little kid riding in the car with my mom on the way to the pool, or stopping to get an ice cream after a hot afternoon running errands.

Africa – Toto (1982): Back before pretty boys with eye liner and gelled hair, there were guys in bands who looked like your auto mechanic. Toto is that band.

Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ – Journey (1979?! Let’s call it 1980 🙂 ): Yes we all love Don’t Stop Believin’ but for my money this is the one I fantasize about tearing UP on the karaoke floor.

Too Much Time on My Hands – Styx (1981): Now you see why we needed well-tailored pop stars by the mid-80’s, I give you a guy in an aquamarine jumpsuit and one in a white (leather??) studded jumpsuit WITH shoulder pads.

You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall and Oates (1981): Without Hall and Oates there would be no 80’s. Period.

You Got Lucky – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1982): Why do I feel like the far off futuristic world in this video is probably the year we’re in NOW?

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top (1983): Yes every girl is crazy ’bout a Sharp Dressed Man!

Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield (1981): We’ve already established that I was a Rick Springfield Fangirl back in the day. What you may not know is that in 1981 federal agents actually came to the homes of girls aged 8-19 to legally confirm that you were in fact a Rick Springfield Fangirl. It was a law. Or something.

Promises in the Dark – Pat Benatar (1981): It was a Man’s World in early 80’s American Rock except for one tough, classically trained, bad ass goddess who you did not want to piss off. And we can all agree she rocked a jumpsuit far better than any of those dudes in Styx.

It’s hot out there so roll down the windows, crank up the tunes and rock it like it’s Morning in America!


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Flowers Friday: That’s the look – that’s the look – The Look of Love edition

Last week I was raving about 80’s English Popsters ABC and their album The Lexicon of Love. They have to have had some sort of influence on Brandon Flowers:

ABC Singer Martin Fry in "The Look of Love" - 1982

Brandon in "For Reasons Unknown" - 2006

Gold Lamé Martin - 1982

 

Gold Lamé Brandon - 2007

But you know who invented wearing Gold Lamé suits don’t you?

THIS guy!!!


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The sweetest melody is an unheard refrain

I was going to blog about how it is the 1st anniversary of The Killers Live from the Royal Albert Hall DVD coming out – and reminisce about how ridiculous I became when Amazon pre-order didn’t work and I had to wait a day and then couldn’t stand it – and went out and bought a copy so I ended up with two in hand because I was such an impatient fangirlie. And this was after having gone to NYC for 5 hours to see it on the big screen the week before!

BUT – in pondering where I had seen Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Vanderpump before, I IMDB’d her to find that she looked familiar because she was only in one of MY FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEOS OF ALL TIME ABC’s Poison Arrow!!!

Poison Arrow is from this album which I love – to this day – beyond all reason:

How much do I love it? I still listen to it. Frequently. In fact I listened to Date Stamp just this evening. The Lexicon of Love is one of my All-Time-Favorite-Albums-Ever. I love the album art work (on the inside was the rest of the band “behind the curtain” as if it were a show), the theatricality, I love how they wore suits and hats and were very debonair and classy, I love how the entire album had a theme of glossy romance and heartbreak and femme fatales telling lies and breaking hearts. It really is a concept album I’d say. Even as a kid I didn’t have the language to say what that concept was, exactly – but I knew it seemed exotic, clever, glamorous, sexy and so very dramatic. And it still does upon the thousandth listen. I wore out the cassette I got in 1982 and had to buy it on CD when I was in college, it’s timeless.

This discovery led me to YouTube to watch the video (where it is impossible to find, hence the link above), but instead saw that in 2009 ABC had performed The Lexicon of Love in it’s entirety at Royal Albert Hall. To that I say OMFG ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?? Do you know that since I got this album when I was 10 damn years old I’ve wanted to see a big stage production of it?? I just lends itself so well with orchestration and big posh spaces for Martin Fry’s fabulously dramatic voice.

I have listened to this album so much – but I have never heard any of it performed live! Martin is still so dapper and his voice sounds great. I’m always surprised that ABC isn’t cited as an influence by Brandon Flowers. Sleek catchy 80’s English Pop by well-tailored men singing about jealousy and betrayal?? I mean, isn’t that Hot Fuss??