Tuesday, August 13, 2019



Hall and Oates was on the radio this morning, Maneater, and I just couldn't help humming along to that great old song. Then the humming turned into singing, then the singing turned into swaying, then the swaying turning into full out dance-athon! I brought out my old 80s dance with the swaying arms and the two steppin' feet.

Dancing to 80s music
It felt good to groove to my 'classic' music. Love a good Hall and Oates Tune.

I'm a MANEATER - Hall and Oates funny
I always liked their look, trendy 80s fashion eh? Wonder if they'd survive in today's digital world where singing and looks are revamped using computer-stuff.

Hall and Oates before photoshop HAHA
The next song that came on the 'classic rock' station, after my Hall and Oaties' Maneater, was Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. The song that would probably be dead and gone had it not been for that car scene in Wayne's World. Well of course I rocked out to it and sang every word, even the high pitched oohs and yaaahs.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen and Star Trek meme 
Then, by request, a Toto song came on. My second fav Toto song, Hold the line, where they are a little more rock than, well whatever Africa is. I can picture the video where they have big hair, scruffy beards, and a keyboard. Classic 80s.

More TOTO and more cowbell
I still love Africa by Toto, and it's on all of my playlists...or what we used to call mixed tapes.

Toto Bless the rains meme
Speaking of tapes, er cassettes. The other day I was cleaning out some junk and found pre-cassette things called records. Aka vinyls. Apparenlty they are really trendy now. I sold a bunch of them online to some hipster guy with big glasses for $5 each. He was looking for anything "80s". Well, luckily that's all I had.

Yes, I still have my WHAM records
I joked around with the guy who came to pick up the records that I had something in common with Joan Jett - that I loved Rock 'n Roll. He didn't laugh.

Joan Jett I love Rock and Roll 
I also gave the kid a lesson in 80s history. When I handed over the Motley Crue albums I showed him a picture of the CRUE dressed in drag. I thought it might shock him a bit. Didn't. Guess I'm getting old and out of the loop?

Awkward 80s fashion - Motley Crue drag
 I told the guy I was a roadie for The Police back in the early 80s. I had to explain that the Police was a band, with Sting as singer. He told me he gets Sting and Bono mixed up sometimes. Who does that?

Roadie with the Police back in the 80s and still rocking today
As he was leaving, the hipster guy asked me if I still listen to 80s rock. What kind of question is that? Of course I do...I'm not sure why he was asking? I even kept my hairband hair.

Yes, I listen to 80s rock
80s hair. A big mane of it. Apparently, that was THE reason Patrick Swayze was chosen to star in Dirty Dancing.
Dirty Dancing movie audition - Swayze won it with the big hair
Now that my garage is cleaned out I can set up my punching bag, which I bought in the 80s, and practice my kung-fu, b/c as Carl Douglas says, everybody was kung-fu fighting...and if they all are, I want to be ready.
Really? EVERYONE was kung-fu fighting?
The only 80s era song that gives me the creeps is Tiffany's I think we're alone now. I'm not sure why, but when I hear it all I think of is high waisted jeans, ill fitting shirts, tinted glasses, and fu man chu moustaches. uuh, I'm getting shivers.

I think we're alone now
So, if you are like me and love your 80s music, keep it alive by playing it loud and playing it often. Oh and if you run across some punk who says they don't like 80s music. Well...

When someone says they don't like 80s music

Thursday, August 1, 2019



The songs of the 1980s get stuck in my head all the time. Some of the lyrics repeat over and over. No, I don't think anything is wrong with that b/c it happens to a lot of us. We are not getting old, as Bruce Springsteen says, we are just reliving our Glory Days! "They'll pass you by Glory Days. In the wink of young girl's eye. Glory Days!"

Bruce Springsteen - GLORY DAYS
I often get the Eurythmics tune in my head when I watch the weather forecast. But only when rain is expected. "Here Comes The Rain Again".

Eurythmics - Here Comes The Rain Again
If there is no rain in the forecast I typically go for a little run. I put on my old 80s windsuit, get out the walkman, and crank up the 80s tunes. My favourite mix tape starts with Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up. I tell my 80s music, "I'm never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna turn around and desert you."
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
 And, then I go for you my workout. When I say I go for a 'run', I really mean brisk walk. But, I'm still reminded of RUN DMC and their collaboration with Aerosmith - Walk This Way. And I do. I "Walk This Way" in my 1980s style Adidas!

I'm not stylish, I'm just cheap. I keep the same shoes for forty years. Which is why I have the original Adidas shoes. Like Run DMC says, "it's like that. And that's the way it is! Huh!"

RUN DMC - It's like that
When I get home from my run, er brisk walk...alright, slow walk. Then I relax. I put on some Frankie Goes to Hollywood and listen to the lyrics, "RELAX". Thanks Frankie.

Frankie says RELAX
Then I sit and think for a bit. I find sometimes my mind drifts to bad pun kind-of jokes, or as my kid's call them, "Dad-Jokes". My favourite is a play on George Harrison's hit Got My Mind Set On You. I picture George thinking of the letter U. Get it? I got my mind set on U? Drum roll please.

George Harrison - Got my mind set on you meme
Then I sit around and wait for my kids to call me. That's a sure sign I'm old. While I wait I get Blondie's CALL ME repeating through my brain. "Call Me Any-Anytime!"

Then I head off to bed. I take a moment to think of the best bed I ever slept on. It was in a hotel in the early 80s. The bed had a 'magic fingers' vibrator which was so relaxing. Reminds me of the AC/DC song "YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG". B/c the bed literally did that, if you put enough quarters into it.

AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long joke

Monday, July 29, 2019


80s BOOK REVIEWS - Licence Renewed / James Bond

I love 80s music, 80s graphic design, 80s fashion, 80s architecture, 80s computers...all things 80s. Which is why I've been turning the pages of books published in the 80s. My latest read has been License Renewed by John Gardner (not Ian Fleming).

Check out the book cover:

James Bond Licence Renewed
You can tell right away this book is going to be a classic James Bond story, but modernized for the 80s! Judging by the jumble of images: you've got handgliding (new to the 80s!), you've got an excentric looking old guy who is obviously the villian, you've got some horse racing (80s gambling at its best), you've got a blond haired beauty wearing a nice conservative early 80s outfit, then you've got the car in the front. A SAAB! A car fit for any secret agent in the 80s. No more old 60s jaguar. All the classic ingredients for a good spy adventure story.

The novel begins with a classic Bond story - a deranged ultra-rich man appears to be teaming up with terrorists to destroy the world. The theme is very current for the time, nuclear energy and nuclear explosives. The evil villian this time is a disgruntled nuclear scientist who also happens to be connected with a line of Scottish Royalty. He is on a mission to monopolize the world's nuclear power and he does it by scheming up a plan to take numerous nuclear power plants hostage and threaten the world with nuclear catastrophe that will destroy the world as we know it.
In a predictable fashion Bond gets tangled up in this potential world destroying scheme and is sent undercover to infiltrate and possibly stop this crazed madman. From that point on the story goes from suspensful scenes to tasteful romps in the bedroom, from villians revealing their secret plans to action filled few words - a BOND story.

James Bond - Villian's girl is my mistress #likeaboss

Even though this book was not written by the Bond creator, Ian Fleming, Gardner does a great job of putting together a page turning, action packed, suspenseful novel that is worthy of the Bond franchise. I did feel he overdid the stereotypical Bond descriptions in the beginning of the book - almost as if he felt he had to overcompensate his Bond knowledge and prove he was worthy of writing a Bond novel. But, apart from that I didn't want to put the book down. I love that it was both modern (for the 80s) with the nuclear theme and the updated cars/gadgets, but still stuck to the over-the-top undercover spy stories of the past. A great book.



Friday, July 12, 2019



The 80s, a time when technology was simple and BIG (like the hair). Now everything can be done on a smart phone. Those poor old electronics are now obsolete, useless, outdated...I bet they do have a grudge against modern 'phones'.

80s technology vs the smart phone
At least the music of the 80s and the icons of the 1980s are still going strong in pop culture. Like the latest documentaries on Freddie Mercury and Elton John.
Another One Bites The Dust, literally
Remember Billy Idol made a cameo in The Wedding Singer...oh, I guess that was like twenty years ago, but to me it seems recent. Oh great, another feeling old moment. What I do remember about Billy Idol is singing his songs wrong. Mony Mony I used to sing as Pony Pony and I'd ride my imaginary pony around the room!

Billy Idol misheard lyric - Mony Mony or Pony Pony
Now I'm just an old guy listening to Classic Rock on the radio, playing my air guitar when Def Leppard comes on.

Def Leppard rocks the leg guitar
 No Young Turk anymore Rod.
Rod Stewart aint no young turk anymore
I'm more concerned with the numbers on my odometer than phone numbers scratched onto walls saying call Jenny for a good time - 867-5309.

Jenny 867-5309 Funny
My fashion sense is not as bold as it used to be. In the 80s I was dressed to thrill, whip it, or moonwalk. I can still whip it good, but it's more along the lines of making whipped cream from scratch!

Whip It, Whip It Good