The occasional thoughts of a writer addicted to Africa. My novels: Far Horizon, Zambezi, African Sky, Safari, Silent Predator, Ivory, The Delta, African Dawn, Dark Heart, The Prey, The Hunter, and An Empty Coast. My non-fiction: Part of the Pride by Kevin Richardson and me, War Dogs by Shane Bryant and me, The Grey Man by John Curtis and me, The Lost Battlefield of Kokoda by Brian Freeman and me, and Walking Wounded by Brian Freeman and me.
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Friday, February 20, 2009
Warning, warning, 80s music alert
The things I do to promote good causes, Legion of Fans (LOF)...
Those ceaseless wildlife fundraisers over at Painted Dog Conservation Inc in Perth have come up with another novel way raise money to support Wild... I mean, Painted Dog research in Africa - a night of 80s music.
The idea is that you pay them money and a range of musicians who were big in the 80s promise not to play any of their songs.... No, I'm only kidding.
Some of you Western Australians out there probably dig 80s music (most likely those of you who didn't have to live through the decade). No, I'm only kidding again.
What I recall most about the early 80s - before I met Mrs Blog in 1987, I hasten to add - was the stunning array of provocatively clad female musicians. I loved Belinda Carlisle (all of the Go Gos in fact), Bananrama, Debbie Harry (in fact, I hearted Debbie Harry), Rene Gayer (hearted her, too), and various other strumpets of the day. I could take or leave Madonna, but my flatmate, CF, was such a fan of her music that he was first in line at the local newsagents when Playboy carried a spread of her early photos.
And who among us Aussies, LOF, could forget out own home-grown Bananaramas, the Chantoozies? OK, memory a little hazy? Try: "Wanna be up, don't wanna be down..." With me? No? Then how about Sons and Daughters - that's Ally Fowler on the right who also starred in the TV show Sons and Daughters in which, if I'm not gravely mistaken, she got it on with a boy who turned out to be her brother. Or something like that.
Anyway, I hearted the Chantoozies (even that saucy minx Tottie Goldsmith, second from the right, though Ally was always my favourite), so I urge you all to go and surrender to some of their big-haired magic.
The Absolutely 80s show will be on Saturday the 7th March, 2009 at the Belvoir Function Centre in the Swan Valley, Perth .Tickets are $35pp for the show. Part of the proceeds will go to Painted Dog Conservation Inc