leave your inhibitions at the door
Hi folks – As of this writing I’m desperately trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. So I present to you a gently recycled post from a couple of months ago. Enjoy!
I’ve been dreading this day for quite a while – the 80s are back. This retro-80s movement’s been around for a year or two, but I guess I’ve been in denial. I scoffed at the hipsters wearing boat shoes and Lacoste shirts. And I easily dismissed all the spandex I’ve seen in the windows at American Apparel. I even laughed-off the news of the Footloose remake coming in October. (Yes, you read that right)
But it smacked me in the face at Lollapalooza. Both The Cars and Big Audio Dynamite were there. Ween covered Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, Cee Lo did the Violent Femmes, and Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr gave a rousing version of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love”. And you couldn’t turn around without seeing one of these…
In the 90s, there was a huge 70s revival – a ton of funk cover bands were all over Chicago, bell bottoms came back, and television gave us That 70’s Show. While I’m not an Ashton Kutcher fan, I can’t fault a show that gave us Mila Kunis.
But this is different. I went to high school and college in the 80s, and that’s when you really come into your own. When you think of your all-time favorite songs, the first time you fell in love, or epic parties – those all happened in high school and college. Sure, there’s a lot of positive things for me to reminisce about, but with the good comes the bad. So I know there’s going to be a boatload of therapy for me coming soon as long-buried memories start sprouting up.
What can be so bad, you ask? Well, this week’s Guilty Pleasure for one. When I was in college, I listened to a lot of The Clash, but eventually moved on to New Wave. Sure there were really good bands from then that stood the test of time – New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure – but Dead or Alive wasn’t one of them. These guys are known for “You Spin me Round (Like a Record)” but that was a HUGE hit and was used recently by Flo Rida. Nope, not guilty enough.
I think it was Mark Twain that said, “The measure of true guilt is a video full of androgynous cowboys sashaying in a corral, highlighted in pastels.” Mr. Twain, I have just the video for you –