353 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Nov 20 2014
John Hancock-Tease: Debbie Harry Comments (0)

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I was obsessed with Debbie Harry because my older cousin had been into Blondie, so I felt this was one easy way to be cool. Of course, solo Debbie was very uncool; she couldn't even buy a Top 40 hit. But it was too late, I'd bought all of Blondie's albums and was drinking up Debbie's first two solo record, so was dying to hear her follow-up.

I wrote a fan letter to...somewhere. I don't know. I probably found an address in a British teen mag, the only place you'd find a 40-year-old popstar's address pre-Internet. Months later, a gorgeous postcard arrived with a fab autograph on it, urging me (on the back) to listen for a new album in 1989, which turned out to be Def, Dumb & Blonde.

I was livid that the USPS had stamped all over the autograph and picture, but I was also dying that the Greta Garbo of pop was re-emerging soon. I couldn't have even imagined then that Blondie would reunite and embark on tours so often I could afford to skip some of them, and that I would eventually meet her a few times. If the postcard had said that, I might have dropped out of college.

 
Nov 17 2014
Ebola Aid Comments (0)

Band-Aid

The latest incarnation of “Do They Know It's Christmas?” is here, featuring everyone from One Direction to Seal to Bono and Sinéad O'Connor (whose voice I don't even recognize)...

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Do You Like It A Lot, Do You Like It? Comments (0)

Tony-Moran

It's been 30 years since Phyllis Nelson's “I Like You” burned up the dance floors. Now, Tony Moran feat. Debby Holiday are bringing it back to life...

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Nov 12 2014
Like A Thirtysomething Comments (0)

Madonna

Madonna's Like a Virgin album turns 30 today. Billboard has a track-by-track review. For my money, there isn't a bad song on that album.

 
Marilyn Lives! Comments (0)

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Popstar Marilyn, after years of drug abuse that made him seem destined for an early grave, seems to have bounced back into good health, at least according to this feisty interview. Gavin Rossdale and the new Band Aid project for Ebola don't come out without a scratch.

 
Nov 08 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Tina Turner - ONE OF THE LIVING Comments (0)

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Tina belts her Thunderdome hit live in Japan in 1985...

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Material World Comments (0)

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The big Madonna auction from Julien's Live seems to have gone well. Madonna's “Material Girl” gown, which has been altered fairly dramatically since Madonna's wearing of it 30 years ago, went for $59,375, and many non-iconic, incidental sorts of pieces like belts and blouses went for ridiculously high prices.

Veronica-MayaVeronica Maya made a boob of herself aping “Material Girl” on Italian TV last night...

Most surprising to me, the series of rather lovely Herb Ritts images (some never-seen, others seen, sold for 10 or more times their estimates. For example, a common shot of Madonna bending over, cupping her breasts, sold for $28,125—the image isn't worth a fraction of that, or shouldn't be. I don't get it?

RittsWhat about this image makes it worth $30,000???

SusanThe other big-deal entries were Madonna's A League of Their Own uniform at $31,250, Who's That Girl Tour '50s-style dress at $50,000, her  Evita ball gown at $43,750, a Desperately Seeking Susan earring at $34,375, a Susan jacket (which has been shown to be Rosanna Arquette's, not Madonna's) at an insane, Marilyn Monroe-level $257,000 and Madonna's dress from her wedding to Sean Penn, which topped out at an exciting (but anti-climactic, considering the jacket's performance) $81,250.

Tell me again how Madonna is over.

 
Nov 03 2014
Mantiques: Tony O'Dell Comments (0)

Tony-O-Dell

Teen heartthrob Tony O'Dell got his start playing a teenager in an episode of CHiPs called “Trick or Trick”, and is probably best known for Head of the Class (1991). What a hot piece! He was 25 in this clipping—back in the '80s, children who read teen mags lusted after adults, not teenagers—get it straight!