This Week’s Theme: The 1980s
I firmly believe David Lee Roth said it best: “When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 80s”. So many people look back on the era and cringe at the bright and bold makeup choices, big hair, shoulder pads, and Olivia Newton-John inspired legwarmers. But me? I embrace it. I embrace it all. Here are some of my favourite 80’s items and 80’s inspired items.
The Goldbergs: I’m ashamed to admit that ABC was already a season and a half into the series when I discovered it, but it’s all good now, fate has brought us together. Here’s the synopsis courteous of the show’s official Facebook page: The Goldbergs are a loving 80s family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bridesmaids) is a classic “smother” while Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin, Curb Your Enthusiasm) is a gruff, hot-tempered father. As the youngest of three kids, Adam is a camera-wielding future director who’s crushing on an older woman and getting schooled in the ways of love by a shameless Don Juan of a grandfather, ‘Pops’ (George Segal, Just Shoot Me). It’s such a fun concept and is based on the creator, Adam Goldberg’s, life while growing up in the 80s. At the end of each episode, an episode-related clip from the real home movies he made as a kid are shown.
Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi: I probably own more Kat Von D lipsticks than any other brand. She’s paved the way for unique colours and, as a vegan, she is diligent that her products are not tested on animals. I bought the shade “Backstage Bambi” specifically for the most recent Duran Duran concert I attended. I did a full on 80’s look for the show — and received many compliments for my efforts. Anywho, Everlasting is paraben-free and long-wear, which has a great matte finish. So often my skin is already shiny, ergo, I tend to avoid glossy lipsticks. There are so many other beautiful shades in this series, a few favourites are: Nosferatu, Lolita, Brick Red, and L.U.V. Backstage Bambi (or any other) will put you out $24 CAD — but it’s worth it.
I think I’ve got the look down, all I need now is a time machine.
Paper Girls: From Image Comics’ website: SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN launches a brand-new ONGOING SERIES with superstar Wonder Woman artist CLIFF CHIANG! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure. Stand By Me? War of the Worlds? The 1980s? Sign me the fuck up. The first time I read the pitch for this I was 110% sold. Not only that, but I adore Brian K. Vaughan’s work (with the exception of Saga, which for some reason I just can’t get into). This series is a wild ride, so hold onto your Debbie Gibson-inspired bowler hat.
Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger: By now, if you haven’t figured it out, I’m a massive Duran Duran fan. I’m not one to associate myself with “fandom names”, but damn, call me a Duranie. I was torn between this album and the Rio album, but since pretty much everyone is familiar with Rio, and the hits that were born from it, I decided to spotlight this underrated (though the band’s first and only #1 UK album) gem. This is one of my favourite records to listen to on vinyl. It adds so much atmosphere to the somewhat theatrical vibe Seven has going on. Three singles were released from the album: the first was “Union of the Snake” in 1983, followed by “New Moon on Monday” and “The Reflex” in 1984. Personally, I think New Moon is one of the band’s best songs, both lyrically and melodically.
Running on Empty: You can argue all you want, but River Phoenix was one of the best things to be born from the 80’s entertainment womb. Again, I was torn when choosing a film to feature in this section because there are just so many great 80’s movies. I finally selected Running on Empty because after deciding on Duran Duran’s Seven and the Ragged Tiger, I figured why not keep the underrated theme going? There is so much to say about this film. First of all, it was written by none other than Naomi Foner. Name doesn’t ring a bell? She’s also known as Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mama. Both Foner and Phoenix were robbed of Oscars that year. Though she did take home a Golden Globe. Here’s the plot thanks to Wikipedia: The story revolves around parents Annie and Arthur Pope (Lahti and Hirsch) who in the 1970s were responsible for the anti-war protest bombing of a napalm laboratory. The incident accidentally blinded and paralyzed a janitor who wasn’t supposed to be there. They’ve been on the run ever since, relying on an underground network of supporters who help them financially. At the time of the incident, their son Danny (Phoenix) was two years old. As the film begins, he is in his late teens, and the family (along with younger son Harry) are again relocating and assuming new identities. As always, River captivates and, dare I say, carries the film. RIP, sweet angel.
Happy May! Hope it’s filled with good 80’s tunes and John Hughes marathons!