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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

To purchase tickets, call 08 9455 6073 or email lemonj@ozemail.com.au

There will also be some 80s blokes playing and the rest of the line up is Kids in the Kitchen, The Models and Uncanny X Men.
Who was your favourite 80s singer or group, LOF? CONFESS, CONFESS... You're among friends here, so don't be embarrassed.

16 comments :

ali g said...

Dire Straits

Crookedpaw said...

Dribble, dribble, drool, drool, incoherent burbling ... Hottie Goldsmith... burble, burble, drool ...

dozycow said...

Bryan Ferry (great voice), Prince (brilliant musician)& Pink Floyd. Also BB King, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Baby Animals, AC/DC........

rhodie-jeff said...

I'll go with Ali g.
Jeff

Chairman Kaga Doppelganger said...

If my memory serves me correctly, in the mid eighties you where an amateur stalker of the lead singer of a band called "Man Overboard", aka Deborah Conway

tonypark said...

Quite right, Chairman. How could I forget Man Overboard?

(Deborah, if you're self googling please don't be offended. I'm sure you know what you mean to me).

ali g said...

Hey Jeff
Remember in the eighties cruising up the Northern beaches from Sydney with Kate in our yellow Triumph Stag with the top down listening to Knopfler & Dire Straits on the tape player [before cds invented] Warm balmy weather, sunshine and the smell of the beaches..heady days..heady days. great memories

Jas said...

Bloody Hell Tony ... not mainstream at all are you ;) Obviously a connoisseur of fashion over substance. Where's the great bands of the 80s; The Smith's, Dead Kennedys, New Order, Pet Shop Boys even Sigue Sigue Sputnik (alright maybe not Sigue Sigue Sputnik but they were in the Ferris Bueller Soundtrack so that gives them some credibility). Breasts and short skirts aren’t everything … hang on what am I saying. Sharleen Spiteri from Texas nothing more need be said.

Heidihi said...

Wham all the way. Was very upset when they split up and even more upset when George Michael annouced he was gay!

Mom said...

Julio Iglesias

Muriel said...

Neil Diamond - the man with the chocolate voice. (I so wish I could be at your event!)

rhodie-jeff said...

Ali - you should take to writing for a living! Was driving behind you. Switching between the Straits and 'Wanna know what love is'. One of our 'getting drunk under an African sky' songs.

ali g said...

Jeff..Kate says Julio also sang 'Wanna know what love is'.. Would've included Neil Diamong but was more 70's for me Muriel. Had 'Hot August Night' on an 8 track cartridge player back then [probably you kiddies wouldn't know what that was] Played it to death till Knopfler came along. George Michael HeidiHi was ok till he sort of became 'the terror of the toilet block' et al.. Pink Floyd always good & Brian Ferry but then they were more seventies to me those chaps Dozy.
Jas has me stumped dunno any of them. Debra Harry I hated..[sorry Tony]
Probably all time favourite was 'Doug Ashdown' 'Winter in America'

tonypark said...

But wait, Ali G, you forgot Ricky May and John Rowles.

This is the last (or perhaps the first) time I transgress from fashion into musical tastes.

I am overwhelmed by the comments and thank you for ALL your support and feedback (as does my internet friend, Deborah Harry).

Julio, mother?

rhodie-jeff said...

ali - 'Foreigner' does it for me with 'Wanna...' So much nostalgia there. So much Africa. Stick it on U tube at week ends, pour a quadruple brandy-and-coke and decompress my tearducts. Sad old git I guess but don't give a toss.
Have a cracking day,
Jeff

dozycow said...

If ever there's a song guaranteed to reduce me into a puddle it's Foreigner's Lou singing "I Wanna...." one of my Top Ten favourites of all time