Monday, August 18, 2008

Where art thou, 1980s?

It's just a personal preference, but I enjoy the crazy fashions, music, and sensibilities of the 1980s (minus the crushing corporate culture and rampant Reaganism, of course). I had to endure the 1990s, which for the most part I found miserable, and the 1970s revival that I found lacking. So towards the end of the 90s and the advent of the 2000s, I was looking forward to the inevitable 80s revival. It snuck up in the form of VH1 Classic-type escapades and "vintage" music collections, with big sunglasses and movies based on classic shows, and nods to synth in rock and modern covers of 80s songs. This was all well and good, but I was waiting for the big push.

Well, it appears that the 1990s revival is not only around the corner, but already establishing itself. Why, there are children that just graduated from high school that were not alive for a single hour of the 1980s, so it's not a shock that today's college students and nostalgia buyers are into that wretched decade. What bothers me, though, is that the 80s revival was such a bust. It seems like the most we got was some sorority girls in leg warmers and white t-shirts hanging off one shoulder. Where was the big hair? The shoulder pads? The neon? The horizontal striped shirts?

Anyway, in honor of a missed opportunity, here's a Phil Collins video for Sussudio, which features at least 80% of all fashion stereotypes from the decade.

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