Lion of the Blogosphere

I love 80s hair

Just Another Manic Monday, great music video, great hair!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm

Posted in Music videos

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  1. Why do you always link to youtube videos instead of embedding them?


    March 23, 2015 at 12:22 am

  2. Watching this, I was struck by how much it sounds like Prince’s “1999.” Never noticed before. Looked it up, it turns out he wrote this song!

    March 23, 2015 at 12:26 am

    • You think it sounds like “1999”? Huh. I don’t see that at all. Still, had no idea Prince wrote it.

      Side note: this line from Wikipedia wins the award for “Most pedantic sentence on the entire internet” — “Lyrically it describes a woman who is waking up on Monday, wishing it were still Sunday.”


      March 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

  3. jjbees

    March 23, 2015 at 1:10 am

  4. Women looked better in ’80s jeans than they do in today’s jeans.


    March 23, 2015 at 7:10 am

  5. I love 80s hair

    As you should.

    Samson J.

    March 23, 2015 at 7:26 am

  6. More music videos with lots of luxuriant 1980s hair.

    Oswald Spengler

    March 23, 2015 at 7:46 am

    • Naughty Naughty, a No. 1 hit I’d never heard of.

      power pop

      March 23, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    • This set of videos is a good little game of “which one doesn’t belong.” Walk The Dinosaur is the answer. The 80’s seem like a strange decade.


      March 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  7. “Walk Like an Egyptian” is arguably an even better showcase of 1980s hair.

    Susanna Hoffs and company at their sexiest.

    Oswald Spengler

    March 23, 2015 at 8:43 am

    • Could “Walk like an Egyptian” be released as a single today? Something tells me that it would be too politically incorrect. Am I being paranoid?


      March 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      • Liberalism and its PC doctrines destroyed the healthy hedonism that was once part of American culture. People now are more generally uptight and clueless about race, sex, and whatever equality rights than ever.


        March 24, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    • Susanna Hoffs during the 80s remind me of Jane Badler, who played the lizardess fatale from the TV series V,, also from the same era. And both are of Jewish descent!


      March 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  8. In general, the advent of music videos was terrible for music quality because you had to bash people with a simpler hook since part of their brain was re-focused on the images.

    Here’s a ’70s band with talented vocalists and songwriters but BOTH of their lead singers were follicularly challenged and music videos were NOT their core competency.


    March 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

  9. Susannah Hoffs is 56 now and looks better than most women do in their 30’s. Phenomenal genes.


    March 23, 2015 at 9:05 am

    • Yes indeed. She and the late Rebecca Schaefer were my favorite hot Tribeswomen back then. Current models include Milana Vayntrub (Lily Adams, the store manager on the AT&T commercials) and the more geeky Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory.


      March 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  10. Interesting: I like 80’s clothes, but not the hair.


    March 23, 2015 at 10:41 am

  11. Hawt!


    March 23, 2015 at 11:01 am

  12. Hey, you right! Embedded videos *are* annoying — as several of your commenters just proved.


    March 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    • “you’re” not “you”.


      March 23, 2015 at 12:40 pm

  13. The 80s were a very happy time. Hair was big, Gipper was President, Stallone was knocking out the USSR, and America hadn’t yet felt the full diversity style repercussions of illegal immigration and the 65 Act.


    March 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    • The 80s were not a happy time. It was a dark era with the looming Cold War and the remnants of the defeat of Vietnam, It was however, a time when people tried to be happy. Being happy in the 80s was a healthy activity, where as today, it’s seen as sheepish or foolish. We were fully aware of our “enemies” back then. Today, we don’t!


      March 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    • It’s not quite that they were happy exactly–it’s just that the modern world is politically so awful that it makes you mentally re-contextualise the 80’s in the light of what has happened since. But seeing as the 80’s don’t exist any more, when thinking about it them does feel ‘valid’ to think of them as a relatively happy time: because the last twenty five years have indeed happened, and we can all see that the feminists, Muslims and gay/transgender rights fanatics circling the corpse ever closer.

      Prolier Than Thou

      March 23, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    • The country went to hell by the early 90s.

      Music sucked for almost two decades after 1990 and movies became, and still are, garbage after 1995-1996.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      March 23, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      • The 1980s were the last full decade that the United States was a more or less intact society with a recognizably cohesive culture. Since around 1990 and the fall of Communism, the post Cold War era has been marred by the rise of state sanctioned multiculturalism and ever more strident political correctness. America and the West have been fractured and riven by incessant culture war, with nearly all victores going to the radical left.

        Oswald Spengler

        March 23, 2015 at 8:41 pm

  14. Lion, please consider reviewing the video for Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘I Really Like You.’ The character that Tom Hanks plays in it is sort of how I imagine you, only a little older and without the bracelet and weird ring.


    March 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  15. Fun fact: Prince wrote “Just Another Manic Monday.” More fun fact: Wikipedia is the gift that keeps on giving. Most fun fact: I didn’t even know about this song until reading this blog post.


    March 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    • “Wikipedia is the gift that keeps on giving.”

      Actually, I would say that the gift that keeps on giving is Lion’s blog.


      March 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  16. Big hair is great. What do you think about mixed race woman (black/white)? Don’t you think it looks cool when their hair is natural and is real big and has a lot of volume?


    March 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm

  17. Peter will soon tell us about a different kind of 80s hair.


    March 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

  18. Where is Peter? I’m sure he has a thing or two to say about 80’s – ahem – hair.

    Sgt. Joe Friday

    March 23, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  19. And by the way, curious that I never hear any Monday songs (like this one and the Mamas & Papas “Monday, Monday”) on the radio on Mondays.


    March 23, 2015 at 7:14 pm

  20. Everyone has their blind spots.


    March 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  21. None a y’all know nuthin’ about the 80’s, man. It was a mixed bag. First of all, cars sucked. Unless you were smart enough to get in early on the Honda/Toyota thing, you couldn’t drive more’n 50 miles without being terrified of a breakdown. Second, chicks were great. You actually had luvin’, not just sex. ‘Course, herpes was starting to be a problem, so in that sense it was a stepdown from the ’70’s. Next, here”s something I bet you’d never think of: public sector unions hadn’t muscled up yet, and there were few blacks in those positions, so everything worked. If there was a problem, you could actually call somebody responsive. That makes a big difference in the quality of life. And whoever said they worried about the cold war, that’s crazy, man. People were too busy rockin’ out to Flashdance to worry about rooskies. Nobody had no granite countertops, guarantee you that. Oh, and here’s another thing I bet you didn’t know – if you wore anything but cotton, you got teased, like if you had a pink gazebo on your lawn. The emergence of polyester post-1995 really blows my mind. Finally, you didn’t have Iranians, Lebanese and Moroccans running “Italian” restaurants.

    so old fashioned

    March 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    • This video encapsulates why the USA was so great :

      That confidence, that unparanoid carefree attitude. Now we live in a world where people are afraid to be filmed or to say or do anything. If you approached people at a 7-11 now they would call the police on you etc. etc.

      The world in which this was filmed was carefree, secure, happy. We should try to be more like that.

      The big hair, the music, the attitudes were a product of their time, of a world that was only going to get better.


      March 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm

  22. I’m a bit surprised that so many guys here seem to like big hair on a woman. Isn’t this usually associated with prole women? For as far back as I can remember women with big hairdos have been portrayed as dumb tarts. Think of “Working Girl” when Melanie Griffith’s character Tess has her 80’s puffy hairdo changed to a flatter, shorter bob. She tells her friend cutting her hair that if you want to be taken seriously, you need serious hair. Maybe guys like big hairdos because subconsciously they think women who have them are more likely to give sex. Just wondering.


    March 24, 2015 at 10:56 am

    • I was too young for the 80’s, especially the early and mid 80s.

      It seems like young guys back in the day had access to racy and sexual images on prime time TV, that were passed off as appropriate. I’m sure they were jerking off to cornball shows like Solid Gold featuring its sexy dancers and Star Search and its swimsuit models.


      March 24, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      • There was no internet porn in the 80s.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      • ??? Times SQ during the 80s was a seedy porn haven.


        March 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      • And one of the reason the seedy porn places disappeared is because you can now get all the porn you want on the internet.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        March 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      • Most normal parents would be outraged if today’s cultural climate featured shows like Solid Gold, where dancers flip their mini skirts to show their undies and slap their buttocks in high heels, dancing to a tune like Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl, on prime tv where young kids are often watching.


        March 24, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    • Short hair looks good on a woman too. I even like it when women shave their heads. It’s very futuristic looking, very sci-fi.


      March 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      • Barf!

        Samson J.

        March 24, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    • Maybe guys like big hairdos because subconsciously they think women who have them are more likely to give sex.

      Well… you’re right, this is actually something that men do and would think, about other things at least. But perhaps I should clarify that I don’t actually find big hair all that appealing; I just like it as a symbol of the 80s in general, which were awesome.

      Samson J.

      March 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      • The 80s pop culture was more titillating, in terms of sexual arousal. Women were commonly seen as sex objects in the open, in non-porn situations.


        March 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

  23. best song from the hair band decade, and all that will be remembered more than 50 years from now, is…obviously

    Robert Gabriel Mugabe

    March 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm


    Shooting Film

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

    “Retro Photos of America’s Malls in the 1980’s”

    Throughout the 1980s, as America’s downtown districts declined in importance and the “big-box” stores began their slow march across the country, malls became increasing central to American popular culture, dominating the social life of a large swath of the population. In 1989 Michael Galinsky, a twenty-year-old photographer, drove across the country recording this change: the spaces, textures and pace that defined this era.

    “In 1989, I drove across the country and documented malls across America. I had a cheap Nikon FG-20 and an even cheaper lens – but I had a lot of passion.” Galinsky said. “I shot about 30 rolls of slide film in malls from Long Island to North Dakota to Seattle. It was hard to tell from the images where they were taken, and that was kind of the point. I was interested in the creeping loss of regional differences.”

    Malls Across America is filled with seemingly lost or harried families navigating their way through these temples of consumerism, along with playful teens, misfits, and the aged. There is a sense of claustrophobia to the images, even in those that hint at wide commercial expanses – a wall or a ceiling is always there to block the horizon. These photos never settle or focus on any one detail, creating the sense that they are stolen records of the most immediate kind.

    “At the time, the mall was the new public space, the new community center where people would interact,” Galinsky later said. “This was pre-Internet, pre-cellphone, there was smoking in malls, it was before the Gulf War. It was this weird moment in time where things were getting ready to change.”

    Oswald Spengler

    March 25, 2015 at 12:56 am

    • Overweight/obese people were bountiful back then, just as much as today. The plump image of Americans probably took off coincidentally with America’s mass consumer culture. I say the mid 80s, is when our United Statesmen/Stateswomen began to swell up like balloons in mass proportions.


      March 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

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