22 March, 2007

I vote that we bring back the 80's!

I was having a chat today with my friend Naidu (or 'Fartface Naidu' as I like to call her, affectionately of course. She calls me 'Poopyhead' okay? So don't judge.)
Anyway we were talking about the 80's and it totally sent me on a nostalgic ride.

My mom back then, for reasons still unknown to me, had recorded 1987's Grammy awards, a 'Wham' (or'Wham! UK' if you're particular about these things...) documentary and one random episode of 'Top of the Pops'.
When you were in Lagos back then, you didn't have the privilege of being very up-to-date with the music scene. So for literally years, the only music videos I had watched were the ones from these tapes.
I had by-hearted all the lyrics from the songs in the 'Wham' documentary. Careless Whisper I would expertly croon. Wake me up before you go-go ? No problemo. I thought the neon shirts in that video were THE SHIT. I yearned for them. Club Tropicana was awesome back then. I had the biggest crush on George Michael and his Lady Di hairdo. Semi-naked men playing the trumpet and jumping into pools? Fun! I thought it was THE SHIT. Last Christmas is still one of my all time favourite tracks.
The only song I remember from the TOTP episode is Kylie Minogue's 'I should be so lucky'. I guess the other songs must've really been shit.
And the Grammy's...they were awesome...Michael Jackson when he still looked slightly black is always a good thing to see.

Apart from the music, let's not forget the other important things from the 80's.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. How awesome were they? I LOVED them. I had a teensy crush on Donatello (he was the one with the purple band.) Yes, yes in hindsight, having a crush on a turtle mutant who's color was purple is VERY disturbing but hey! Such is the innocence of childhood, so let's just drop the subject, oh-kay?
Speaking of the TMNT, have you guys heard about the new TMNT movie coming out? It's with 3-D animation and all that stuff. Call me old-school, but I'm not a big fan of that. I'll choose a badly-drawn 2-D cartoon any day.
Speaking of badly drawn, remember He-Man and his twin sister She-ra?? "By the power of Grayskullll, I am Heeeee-MAaaaaaan"
Weren't they amazing? I remember stomping around the house in my mom's heels, brandishing a broomstick, pretending I was She-Ra. She was da bomb (who says that anymore?). Sigh. I love heels.

Forget TV, remember the dressing??
I would love to put up old pics of my mom and her friends with poofy pants and bad poodle-hair but I think she'd murder me. But think about it...if we bought the 80's back, there would be no such thing as bad taste! When everything is so bad, how bad is really bad (which incidentally was the 80's)!?

This is essentially what the 80's represented, people- Being non-judgmental.
People were allowed to dress, say, do whatever they wanted and nothing was considered a disaster. People were happy with their bad clothes and bad hair and bad make up. Everyone was just content and reveled in their bad taste.


I say forget bringing sexy back.
Bring back the 80's, baby.

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22 Comments:

Anonymous medha did the happy dance and finally said..

HE-MAN ROCKED!!!! LIKE TOTALLLYYYYYY!!!! :D I used to watch EVERY episode of that show. 80's in india would be a totally different thing. As far as tv and music is concerned, dint know who the hell was george michael or kylie minogue, but used to religiously watch mahabharata and ramayan EVERY WEEKEND!!! ('Main samay hoonn...'). Circus, fauji, nukkad and jungle book were like my top most fav shows on doordarshan. Oh and for dressing, i used to wear the minniest of the mini skirts (yeah i was quite a wild child! ;)) and pretty lil frocks with matching socks (the lacy ones) and tiny heels! Haaaaye, those carefree days.. please come back to meeeeee!!!!!

:)

6:24 PM  
Blogger tetracyclops did the happy dance and finally said..

How can I ever forget He Man. Being just 5-6 years of age and living in a nondescript town, my understanding of English was limited to my story books and people blurting out such long monologues was considered to be quite a feat. Still, who cared what they said. For all I know, Skeletor was hurt most of the times and I got really happy seeing that!

80's was a fun period, staying in small places where you are considered to be good. I recall the time when I started playing cricket, and also developed a very bad nasal voice (which I could align with Mukesh (an old Hindi singer)). School was fun as I didn't do much. Started playing tennis, and immediately fell in deep love with Steffi Graf (she had promised to marry me if I took milk regularly, my mom told me so).

then came the 90's, innocence lost!

good post, ma'm!

8:56 PM  
Anonymous renegadefade did the happy dance and finally said..

hmm.. i used to live in a small city in the late 80s and the only english music cassette i had was the 1987 Grammy Awards.. used to sing Addicted to Love as 'chupi-chulo'.. yeah, a much simpler time..

9:26 PM  
Blogger rossoneri did the happy dance and finally said..

Ah! mahabharat was cool! i remember it took me over a month to learn to use bow and arrows (they were too big for me!!!) and then graduating to better and more irritating things like slings!!
80s rule!!

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Jay did the happy dance and finally said..

Hun, back in the 80s, sex was ILLEGAL!

Well, for you and me anyway.

Bring it back?

No fucking way.

3:25 AM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

Hmmm... He-man. As kids we enacted different characters of He-Man. Abhi was Man-At-Arms. I fail to recollect who I was. From my size, I prolly must have been battle cat! Teela and the Sorceress were these imaginary hot chicks... and we eventually managed to mix He-Man with playboy.

@Jay: When did that ever stop you? :P

10:30 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

medha - oh oh i remember the mahabharata! my grandparents taped every single episode for me hehe
uhh ok medha...frilly lacy frocks...probably another reason why the 80's should stay in the 80's heh heh

tetra - i always equated steffi graff to tennis as what madhuri dixit was to hindi cinema! aye good old 80's!

renegadefade - lol! definitely much simpler days (thank god for downloadable music now!)

rossoneri - that reminded me of dennis the menace! was he in the 80's too? god u sounded like a kid monster! :D

jay - DUDE! we were KIDS back then...i thought kissing made you pregnant (nono my parents didnt tell me that..weirdly enuff i just assumed it)
aww come now jay...a few legalities never stopped you ;)

apoo - HAHA i can SO imagine abhi volunteering to be man-at-arms
haha who was he-man then?? oh ewwww dont defile and porn-ify the legend of he-man with your filthy fantasies!!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous medha did the happy dance and finally said..

HAHAHAH! YOU KUTTTIIIIIII! :p
I looked absolutely gorgeous in them ok!! :p hehehehhe, okok FINE. Hmph!

:p

1:38 PM  
Blogger Urban Bourbon Ninja did the happy dance and finally said..

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... hmmmm....

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Uraban Pro did the happy dance and finally said..

I totally second that! 80s was about being yourself... experimenting... discovering... experimenting again... failing... being nonchalant... bad movies... classic cinema... rock-n-roll... of being born (literally and figuratively)... I totally support your move to bring back 80s!!

Damn it... Mahi you are a freakin' genius... why didn't I think of brining back the 80s! Ironically, neither of us can bring it back... but we could wish.

1:15 AM  
Blogger The Dude did the happy dance and finally said..

the 80s ruled! nice post...

3:45 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

medha - :P

ninja - cowabangaaaa?

urbanpro - :D yes FINALLY my genius is recognised and given due credit. pfft took u long enuff.

the dude - dude, i totally agree :P

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous did the happy dance and finally said..

mahiyu mahiyu u write soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo welllllllllllll

haha..the one thin i wont forget abt 80's is the big Hair..no need to set ya hair..e bigger the bettter...

That SHLD soooooooo come bak
hehe

10:50 PM  
Anonymous minku did the happy dance and finally said..

btw naidu is gona kill u whn she reads this
hehe

10:52 PM  
Blogger tetracyclops did the happy dance and finally said..

buddy, there is some teenage mutant ninja turtle movie which is blasting at the box office. u might be interested?

11:37 AM  
Blogger The Dude did the happy dance and finally said..

ive seen the promos for the new TMNT movie and it looks totally badass!
graphics and effects like nothing in a cgi based movie before and from what little i could tell - not as cheesy as the old turtles movies (part 2 and 3 anyway..)

4:41 PM  
Blogger Renovatio did the happy dance and finally said..

There are ninja turtles movies? Oh wait yeah, with the guy from mortal kombat I think... I remember learning english myself over my first week in the states watching cartoons... was two or so at the time...

3:58 AM  
Anonymous medha did the happy dance and finally said..

MAHI!! UPDATEE!! :p

:D

7:51 PM  
Blogger abhinav did the happy dance and finally said..

Every time I think that this girl would be slightly more regular, she gets back to me as if trying to prove that she really wants to inherit the earth!

~tetra

10:59 PM  
Blogger Drops Of Jupiter did the happy dance and finally said..

My brother was born in the late 80s and I was suffering from chronic jealousy, so dad would buy me a he-man action figure for every trip I made with him to visit mom& bro at the hospital. I sulked my way into an awesome he-man collection! I HAVE THE PAAAWWWWWERRRRRRR

and don't bring the 80s back mahi, I was thin back then, I could pull off leggings..not anymore.. not anymore..

Cowabungggaaaaaa!

(I have a strange pizza craving now)

5:35 PM  
Blogger Raindrop did the happy dance and finally said..

A-Ha, Duran Duran, Boney M, Dschinghis Khan!

Did you ever see the he-man movie? I absolutely loved the soundtrack!

I'm an 80s born girl, can't help it.

There, now you've made me play all my Dschinghis Khan mp3s.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Mint Chutney did the happy dance and finally said..

I need some clarification: Was your only problem with Donatello that he wore purple? Did you forget the fact HE WAS A RADIOACTIVE REPTILE??

That being said I heart 80's music but you gotta that Sexy Back is kinda catchy..

5:51 AM  

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