Desperately Wanting to See Susan?

The 80’s is back! If not in time, then it’s certainly in demand – you’re here reading this blog. Old clothes thrown out at the beginning of the 90’s are slowly being spotted on the high street again, and the crazy hair style reminiscent of the great boom and bust era are once again all the rage – for some.

The merger of two iconic 80’s themes was attempted back in 2007 with Desperately Seeking Susan the Musical.  Theme one, and obvious from the title, it was based on the hit 80’s romantic comedy movie which starred Madonna in 1985.  And if that wasn’t enough, it featured the back catalogue of Blondie songs in an attempt to get the heart beating and the nostalgia really flowing.

What of the plot?  Well Roberta Glass is a suburban New Jersey housewife looking for escape from her boring life, and Susan is a street savvy New York Drifter, who with her boyfriend lead a far from dull life involving jewel heists, magic shows and rock ‘n roll.

This classic rite of passage film caught a tidal wave in the 80’s (although the critics panned it – heathens) and the musical suffered the same fate – it too was panned by the critics. When you consider the music that this show was set to, it’s a real tragedy that it couldn’t sustain more than a two month run between mid October to mid December 2007.

But still, if a show can’t pay its way, it’s gotta go!  Nostalgia don’t mean diddly if it can’t pay the bills!

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Simple Minds get their mojo back –

Simple Minds, misunderstood perhaps? Some great songs, certainly.

Simple Minds get their mojo back
Both bands spent most of the 1980s as globe-trotting musical behemoths, plying their trade in vast stadia, with the drums and bass mixed loud as Armageddon

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Lady Gaga Video Leads To Apologies To Madonna – Crystal Air Productions (sat…

Doesn’t matter which decade does it? Hypocrisy is alive and kicking. Long Live Madonna!

The Guardian (blog)

Lady Gaga Video Leads To Apologies To Madonna
Crystal Air Productions (satire)
LOS ANGELES (CAP) – The new music video for the song Telephone, featuring Lady Gaga and Beyonce as scantily dressed, highly sexualized lesbian mass
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Microwave Ovens

Do you remember your first microwave? Ours was a Christmas present to ourselves, back in about 1985. The first thing that we cooked was the Christmas pudding – it turned out like a wee rock!

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microwave ovenIf there was ever a kitchen appliance that was associated with the eighties, then the Microwave Oven is surely it. These wonder devices entered our homes with the promise of quick and convenient cooking, which was certainly true, but there was also a great deal left out of the marketing campaigns, as we all discovered when our household finally got one.

It may surprise you to discover that the microwave oven wasn’t actually invented in the eighties though. A patent was filed in the 1930s that proposed the groundwork for the method that microwave ovens use, and in 1945 it was found that microwaves could have a heating effect when a radar engineer discovered that a radar set had melted a chocolate bar in his pocket.

The first home microwave oven was launched in 1952 in the US, but it failed to catch on due to it’s expensive price tag. In the 1960s further models were released by various companies but it still failed to catch on, again due to expense and the unfamiliar technology. By the late 1970s prices started to come down, and by the time the 1980s arrived the cost was low enough for many normal families to consider buying one.

Cost however was not the only barrier stopping microwave ovens from coming into peoples homes. Scare stories about the effects of radiation of different kinds soon got linked to microwave ovens, and people were paranoid about these devices leaking rogue microwaves and slowly cooking them to death. Devices were even sold which were like mini Geiger counters for microwaves, which you could wave around your microwave oven to make sure it was safe.

Add to this fear the fact that you should not use metal containers in a microwave, and that anything you did use needed to be certified “microwave safe”, and it’s a wonder they took off at all!

Probably the biggest disappointment when you finally got a microwave was the look, texture and taste of the food once it had been cooked. Microwave ovens do not brown the food, so you end up with pale food that somehow doesn’t quite taste right.

Baked potatoes are a great example of this, as they were the poster child for many a microwave oven advertising campaign. “Why take an hour or more to make a baked potato when you can do it in minutes in a microwave?“, the adverts cried. How about because you want a fluffy inside with a thick crunchy skin to munch on afterwards?

Nowadays microwave ovens have fancy digital controls and lots of preprogrammed cooking options, but in the eighties it was typical two dial controls – one to set the cooking power, the other a timer dial. Hands up how many of you remember having to turn the dial clockwise then anti-clockwise in order to accurately set the time you wanted! Today you can also get microwaves combined with convection ovens and grills which help get round the browning problem.

The microwave oven is still a great invention, and over the years we’ve got used to the taste of microwave ready meals. Also, there’s one thing you can do in a microwave oven which you can’t do in a regular oven. Next time you have a packet of marshmallows, try popping one on a plate and putting it in the microwave, just don’t leave it in too long unless you enjoy cleaning up marshmallow explosions! Widgets Search for Microwave Ovens items on
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Prince: Financial troubles for the purple one? –

Prince may well have been 1980’s music, but it looks like he’s in a bit of a pickle, tax-wise…

India Talkies

Prince: Financial troubles for the purple one?
We Gen Xers love the purple one; he was one of the highlights of our 1980's music era. However if a regular citizen owed that much money, there would be
Prince, The Purple One, Owes Back TaxesE Canada Now

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Susanna Hoffs gets under the covers – The Daily Yomiuri

Oh wow! I loved The Bangles. Manic Monday, Prince’s gift to them is just the tip of the iceberg!

Susanna Hoffs gets under the covers
The Daily Yomiuri
Amid the synth-pop and glam-metal that dominated mid-1980s American radio, the Bangles seemed an anachronism. The all-female Southern California quartet

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The sound of the suburbs and literary tradition – The Guardian

Some very interesting stuff here – in what is basically an interview with XTC’s front man Andy Partridge. If there was a band from the 1980’s that’s under-rated then it’s XTC.

The Guardian
The sound of the suburbs and literary tradition
The Guardian
One of the most evocative items in Partridge’s oeuvre is “Respectable Street” (1980), set in a place where to play your music too loud is to risk

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UKLabour: Labour’s new poster – a stark reminder of life under the Tories …..

Now I’m not pushing any particular political viewpoint here, but I firmly believe that much of the energy in 1980’s music was derived from outright hostility to the Tories. Does this mean that if they get back in to power in the next month or so that we’ll have a similar musical decade to the eighties? Well maybe – however, another big contributor to the eighties scene was punk-rock and there’s not been anything like that for a good fifteen years…

Labour Party
UKLabour: Labour’s new poster – a stark reminder of life under the Tories
Labour Party
The Tories, they will say, would take Britain back to the dark ages of the 1980s by failing to support economic recovery and put at risk Labour’s policies
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Malcolm McLaren dies at 64; punk rock godfather managed Sex Pistols – Los An…

If Malcolm McLaren was the Godfather of Punk, then he must be in some way responsible for the vibe of early 1980’s music too. of course he fell out with Adam Ant – check the lyrics of Stand and Deliver, but he delivered Bow Wow Wow and of course his own musical offerings, including Double Dutch. And I loved that programme he did about Thomas De Quincy and his Confessions of an English Opium Eater. Top notch stuff. RIP Malcolm.

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Calmer chameleon: Boy George on doing drugs, doing time and stomping the ……

Love him or loath him (there’s no in between) young George O’Dowd certainly was then and is now an 80’s icon. There’s no denying his musical or pop-cultural abilities and the knack of spotting what was what really did make him stand is perhaps a shame that his addictive personality contributed to the implosion of Culture Club and the subsequent problems he himself encountered.

Calmer chameleon: Boy George on doing drugs, doing time and stomping the
After 16 years of sobriety, in 2003 he fell back into the drug-taking ways that claimed so much of his life during the 1980s, and began again to use heroin, and more »

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