05 June 2006

"Shall I Take You To A Restaurant That's Got Glass Tables..."

The piccy shows a 1980 sew-on patch. Why don't we ever hear the likes of Mirror In The Bathroom on the radio these days?

"I'll Spread Manure In Your Bed Of Roses...


Oi - Rude Boy - don't forget yer titfer!

1980 was a seriously Ska'd year.

The 70s interest in the 60s scene brought about the creation of bands like the Jam, the film Quadrophenia and a revival of Mods and Rockers style. 1979 saw a ska revival bubbling up in the charts. Although Ska was a revival, the groups had a very turn-of-the 80s attitude.

Madness were very much part of the scene when they first charted in September 1979, but soon brought us their very own "Nutty Sound", incorporating elements of Ska, fairground music and other things. The Madness logo seen above seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s.

The Dukes of Hazzard - "Yee-Harrggh!!"

Bo, Luke, Daisy and the good ole General Lee feature on the front of this American "Dukes of Hazzard" bubble gum packet - copyright 1980 WARNER BROS. INC.

Bo and Luke Duke aimed to keep Hazzard County the sort of place that good ole boys would want to live in.

The Dukes of Hazzard began on the BBC in 1979, which was also its American debut year. In 1980, the Beeb placed the show in its Saturday teatime slot and it became a legend.

01 June 2006

Liquid Gold: "Dance Yourself Dizzy - This Is Dynamite..."

"D-D-D-D-D-D-Dizzy!" I love this thing! Liquid Gold tried to make Eurovision 1981 for us, but were beaten by Bucks Fizz .

Kelly Marie: "My Head Is In A Spin My Feet Don't Touch The Ground..."

In the promo for Feels Like I'm In Love, Kelly Marie was seen dancing her way around London with two jolly sailors. Later, she was seen on stage performing the follow-up, Loving Just For Fun, with a couple of tight-trousered men doing some robotic dancing. So men took a back seat for a change.

Kelly recently recalled doing a performance way back then with no underwear on. Her knickers had got caught in her boiler suit zip, and, as she was in a hurry to get on stage, she simply changed into her next outfit and went on minus the entangled garment.

Those were heady days.