Back to the Future

Is Back to the Future the best film of the 80s?  Well probably not, but at the end of the day, who cares?  Released in 1985 the film featured one of the 3 versions of “The Power of Love”.  No prizes are on offer for remembering the other two acts who had songs with the same title, but our hero was of course, Huey Lewis (and the News).

I think that Back to the Future grabbed me because of the irresistible hook of time travel. What would it be like to go back and see how our parents met?  What would it be like to go forward into the future and see what becomes of us and / or our children?  Perhaps the only slightly disconcerting aspect of the film is that fact that Marty is able to have such an impact on his father that there is the dramatic role reversal with him (George McFly) and Biff Tannen at the end of the film.  But then of course, George was only standing up to (and beating) the bully, so perhaps it’s not so bad eh?

I can never remember, but it was either this or Ghostbusters that was the first film I was allowed to go to the pictures and watch on my own (well at least without me mum!).  Ultimately B2F is a feelgood movie and along with the rest of the trilogy, good always seems to win out over narrow mindedness or meanness, anti-social-ism, call it what you will.

Step Back In Time With 1980’s Fashion

The 1980’s were good times on both sides of the pond. When we think back to the 80’s we think of new wave, big hair, Pacman, Dallas, Reagan & Thatcher, Charles & Diana, FGTH, Wham!, Back To The Future, Ghostbusters, and the list goes on….

If you are feeling a bit nostalgic for those days – you can hardly deny it, you’re reading this, LOL! – why not tog yourself up with some classic 1980’s fashion? Of course Madonna was probably the hottest (female) pop star of that decade and today you can buy 80’s Madonna costumes that are perfect for when you attend or throw a 1980’s theme party.

There are some awesome 80’s T shirts that are on the market today that feature some of the other big acts from back then including AC/DC, Iggy Pop, U2, Prince, Michael Jackson, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, another list that just goes on… Who can forget Bob Geldof the charity rock concerts, watched by millions of thousands of fans worldwide? Concerts such as Live Aid, Band Aid and USA for Africa were historical and monumental events.

Then there’s television series, again The Racoons, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Diff’rent Strokes, The A Team (all American I notice), yet ANOTHER never ending list…

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80s T Shirts – Back To The Future

Wow! This was the top film for me in the 80’s. It was one of the first that I went to the pictures on my own, rather than with family. On the face of it the story line is a little complicated, but let’s face it, it isn’t really. Perhaps when you throw in the second and third films there’s scope for a little confusion but not THAT much. Anyway, fancy a T shirt? We’ve got lots!

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Lewis, Huey (& The News) – The Power Of Love

1980's music. Huey Lewis and his chums with The Power of Love.

The ‘theme’ song from my favourite movie of the 80’s was first released in the UK in August 1985 as HUEY 1 with a b-side Bad Is Bad.  By the time that Back To The Future had been released in the UK, the track had been re issued as HUEY 3, now a double a-side with Do You Believe In Love? It is this version that I bought on 22nd February 1986 after I’d seen the film on 11th January.

The Power Of Love certainly had legs, sticking around in the UK Singles Chart for a total of 22 weeks, split equally between each release. On its first release it made number 11, bumping around in the teen-numbers for a good month.  It made its highest position of number 9 in its second stay in early ’86.  It’s a full on Rock n Roll riff, possibly a little ‘safe’ – it certainly scored with the punters – and I was a big fan.  I bought three of the group’s singles in total, but this will forever be associated with the film.

Check out this video. Stick with it, it’s a bit of a remake but kind of cool: