It’s an ’80s Kind Of Day…

I’m feeling pretty sad today.  Sending out lots of love.  I know some people who need it.  I’m thinking I need to save some love for myself too I guess.  On sad days I find that my immediate remedy is ’80s music.  That usually helps.  And so, because I’m not in the mood to write more here is a list of 5 of my old favorites.  Thought it would be fun to share them with ya!  What are your favorites?

1. Tainted Love By: Soft Cell

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the video before.  I’m kind of scared now.  Love the black eyeliner but what on earth are those wing things in his hair?  And what’s with the mini skirt he’s wearing?

2. A-Ha: Take On Me

I mean who doesn’t love this video?  It was so cool for the times.  The animation rocked!  Not sure if I’d be freaked out that an animated hand was reaching out of the book at me or not…I mean if he was cute…anyway, the idea of going between both worlds is classic. And don’t we all just wanna save the sweating cute guy at the end?

3. Starship: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

OK so Starship used to be Jefferson Airplane but who cares?  They sang a song I just loved way back when for one of my favorite ’80s movies, “Mannequin”.  Loved seeing the old clips from the movie here in this video and hey, they’re even cooler because they “look” like they’re on the movie set at times too.  And wait, are those mannequins of them or are they REAL?

4. Michael Jackson: Billie Jean

I just had to add this one to the list!  Michael Jackson defined the ’80s.  And who doesn’t remember this Billie Jean gal blaming Michael Jackson and saying he’s “the one”?  Of course, I was a kid at the time it came out and had no idea what he was being blamed for but I didn’t care.  Billie Jean IS NOT his lover!  OK?!  Brilliant aspect of the video: everywhere he steps the floor lights up underneath him and then the bed lights up too?  I tell ya the spotlight was on him from then on wasn’t it?

5. Cyndi Lauper: Girls Just Want To Have Fun (or to put it better: Girls Just WANNA Have Fun)

That Cyndi.  Always causing trouble wanna-ing to have fun with that crazy hair and funky make-up!  Don’t think I remember all those silly graphics in the video.  I think I wanna be in a video and sway back and forth the whole time.  And would you look at that?  Don’t we all just wanna have fun?  Look at all those people dancing.  Hey, who’s that “normal” guy coming to see her with flowers?  Don’t think I remember that part either.

Hope you enjoyed my trip back in time.  I know I did.  I needed that.  Do you have any you want to share?  Please do.  I love seeing old music videos.

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11 thoughts on “It’s an ’80s Kind Of Day…

  1. Kendra

    I LOVED the Violent Femmes. I thought I was edgy… 🙂 This song still makes me smile, and the video is awesome, because of all the mullets…

    • Nahleen

      When I’m walkin’ I strut my stuff…let me go on….Awesome! LOVING THE HAIR! Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Can you just create video play lists for me all the time? I never had cable so haven’t seen ANY of these! And the 80’s are the decade for smiling, sometimes cringing, but always fun!

    • Nahleen

      Om well…all the time???
      Cindy, I didn’t have cable FOR-LIKE-EVER and hadn’t seen a lot of these till a lot later. I don’t think I had ever seen the Soft Cell Tainted Love video until yesterday when I posted it. It’s just one of my favorite 80’s songs. And yes, I love my 80’s! They are awesome! Glad you liked it. Thanks for reading!

  4. Jolene

    Oh Nahleen. Now you’ve created a monster. Here’s a few of my 80s favorites:

    And believe me, I could go on (and on, and on, and on).

    • Nahleen

      Jolene!
      Yay! So glad to see you on here!
      Wow! Great choices. What can I say? Adam Ant–cool mic. I’m sure he thought so. Love the crooked camera angles and he’s just soooo dramatic. And of course, Madonna–I want that bow. I wonder if it was heavy on her head? I always wanted to dress like her. ABC–Classic. Love it. Don’t think I ever saw that video till now. Soooo theatrical and fancy. They worked really hard on that one. The spaghetti eating guy was scary! I know he was the Look of Love for me. Nothing as sexy as a guy shoving pasta in his mouth.

  5. Jolene

    Oh wait, one more. I can’t possibly talk about the 80s without talking about Duran Duran. OMG I was so in LOVE.

    • Nahleen

      Of course! Duran Duran. Loved them. Don’t know that I was in love though. Such a deep song. Too bad you can’t really tell because of his silly outfit. Great artsy first shot.

  6. Great playlist! I can’t ever think of the 80s without Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth.

    http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/8I_WavHGBdA?version=3&hl=en_US

    • Nahleen

      Good ole Debbie! Or Deborah as she calls herself now right? Love could only be in her dreams you know. And we were the Electric Youth weren’t we? Did you ever try her perfume? Woo! I think I can still smell it this many years later.

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