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Hair Bands

20 Mar


Every musical era has its corresponding hairstyle… Beehive, Pompadour, Afro, Mop Top, long, short, straight or curly but the birth of the music video pushed music and hair into a symbiotic art form.  The relationship between hair and music cut across all the music genres of the 80’s with one defining characteristic shared  “Big Hair”.   This led to the term “Hair Band” to describe bands that were noted as much for their hair as music.  Hair Bands are often singularly associated with Glam and Metal music but some of the best Hair came from the New Wave and Punk movement. Whether spiked, teased, gelled, mohawk, coloured, beaded or rat tailed the 80’s had a lot of hair.  Here are some of my favourites from bands that may have not gotten their full recognition in the 80’s.

Flock of Seagulls, Mike Score

Platinum Blonde

Mary Jane Girls

Kid n Play

Billy Idol

Twisted Sister, Dee Snider

Taylor Dayne

Boy George



Thompson Twins

Howard Jones

She’s A Maniac!

17 Feb

This is how I remember Jennifer Beals in Flashdance 1983.

I’m sure there was more to the movie than this but at the age of 17 there wasn’t much else about the movie I can remember.       

Maybe for this also!


The movie spawned the fashion of over sized sweat shirts and leg warmers with a bit of help from Jane Fonda and the Aerobercise fad.  Hot on the heels of “Fame” 1980, Flashdance helped  to popularize the dance movie genre. Foot Loose, Heavenly Bodies, Breakin and Dirty Dancing  and many more were to follow.  The soundtrack had 2 hits: She’s A Maniac and Irene Cara’s What A Feeling.

Only 20 at the time of the movie,  Beals plays 18 year old Alex  who welds by day and dreams of dancing at a prestigous academy, while working as an exotic dancer but not the kind that actually strips.  As most dance movies there is not a lot of plot.  Still it was the 3rd highest grossing movie of 83.  Beals has continuously worked throughout the years, best known for her work on the L Word and starring in a new Police Drama entitled Chicago Code, premiering February 2011.

Jennifer Beals Chicago Code 2011

Jennifer Beals Chicago Code 2011


What Type of Day-Glow Were You?

16 Feb

What Ronald Reagan was to 80’s politics Day-Glow was to 80’s Fashion.  Both took the world to the brink of disaster and the effects are still lingering.

Day-Glow cut across all musical genres and genders.  Ouch!

If you are a child of the 80’s you surely had some accessory in hot pink, yellow, red or green.

Even the coolest legacy of the 80’s “PUNK” could not resist using  Day-Glow colours as a proud symbol of rebellion against the establishment.  Little did those angry young Brits know who they had to thank for this fashion disaster. ..

THE VALLEY GIRL!  reborn as  2011’s  Gossip Girl!

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