Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s: C is for Cameo.

cameoWe’re going back to the 80s once again, and with this challenge, I’m finding that not only do I have to wrack my brains around band names, but which bands to feature. There are just so many good bands and music to chose from! This month, we dive into the letter C , and with my band of choice, we’re going to get funky. 😉

Cameo began with ten band members in the 1970s, under the band name of New York City Players (so it’s a good thing they decided to change their name). A soul influenced funk group, their first album, ‘Cardiac Arrest’, went gold and their music became popular on the dance floor. Their biggest hit, ‘Word Up’ was released in 1986 to critical acclaim. During the 1980s, they released up to nine albums, but during the early 1990s, members of the band began to go their separate ways. As of 2009, some of the original band members continue to perform.

What’s not to love about the clip for Word Up?  There’s LeVar Burton, better known as Geordi La Forge of Star Trek: Next Generation fame (yes, I’m a Trekkie). Then there is the policeman doing a strip tease, but seriously, you just can’t go past that bright red cod-piece!

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter C include:- Culture Club, Crowded House, (The) Cure, Cold Chisel, Choir Boys, (The) Church, Cheap Trick, (The) Clash, (The) Cars, (The) Communards, Cutting Crew.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter C can you think of? What are some music video clips you enjoy watching?

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Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s: B is for Boom Crash Opera.

boom_crash_operaContinuing this month is my A-Z Challenge theme of 80s bands. This month, the letter B put me in a bit of a conundrum – I couldn’t decide which one of two 80s bands to base this blog post on; the two bands in questions being The B52s and Boom Crash Opera. Both bands played a big part in my life during this decade. Sure the B52s are known as ‘The World’s Greatest Party Band’ (which is appropriate for the 80s) and are great to see live, yet when I think of Boom Crash Opera, I’m reminded of listening to them whilst driving around in my first car – a feeling of freedom and independence.

An Australian band, Boom Crash Opera were formed in 1985, and their debut single ‘Great Wall’ was released the following year. It would go on to win Best Debut Single and a self titled album followed in 1987. The album would go on to become gold and in 1989, they released the single ‘Onion Skin’ ahead of their second album ‘These Here are Crazy Times”. This album spent 40 weeks in the Top 50 and achieved double platinum status. In the years that followed, they released a couple more albums, but the band at this time were beginning to break up. The band continue to perform and release material; some of their songs have even been remade or used during political campaigns.

It is believed that this song is meant to be about drugs, but hey – it’s just a darn good song (and my favourite). 😉

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter B include:- The B52s, The Bangles, Big Pig, Blondie, Bronski Beat, Bananarama, Bros., Blancmange.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter B can you think of? Is there a particular band that stands out when you think of your own independence during your teenage years?

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Back to the 80s

Back to the 80s: A is for A-ha.

A-haA few months ago, I was considering taking part in the A-Z Challenge for the first time. In the end, I didn’t take up the challenge, however, I did come up with a theme. As some of my stories are set during the 1980s, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself in coming up with names of bands popular during that time (and some letters in the alphabet were quite a challenge).

Starting this month, I’ll begin with the letter A and post each consecutive letter once a month. I’ll be focusing on one particular band each month, with a video of one of their songs.

A Norwegian band, A-ha were formed in 1982 and achieved their biggest success in 1985. The song ‘Take On Me’ became an international No.1 hit, and the music video was ahead of its time, winning six awards at the MTV video awards in 1986. Their second single ‘The Sun Always Shines On TV’ was also a success, and the video became another award winner. In total, the band released three albums during the 1980s. In 1994, the band had a break, only to reunite in 1998. The band split after a world wide concert in 2010.

Other bands formed or who had hits in the 1980s starting with the letter A include:- ABC, AC/DC, Australian Crawl, Adam and the Ants, A Flock of Seagulls, Aerosmith.

What other bands of the 1980s that begin with the letter A can you think of? Have you ever taken part in the A-Z Challenge?

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