80's Night at the Royal
They call it ‘the decade that taste forgot’, but
the eighties was the formative era for anybody aged 35-45.
The Phoenix Action Group are holding an 80’s night tonight
to raise money for the campaign against the OVERdevelopment
(their caps) of the Phoenix Industrial site. If you fancy
going dressed up for the occasion, here are some memory joggers:
The rise of Madonna and the New Romantics: Duran Duran, Culture
Club, Japan. Men in eyeliner, girls in padded shoulders, big
hair, brick-sized mobile phones. ZZ Top, Van Halen, air guitar,
Bruce ‘the Boss’ Springsteen. MTV, Simon Bates’
My Tune, Radio Oooooone. The Steve Wright Show: Get some therapy.
Platoon, The Big Chill, Wall Street, Indiana Jones, Rambo,
Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers. We got half a tank of
petrol, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.
Hit it! Brookside, Eastenders, The Young Ones, The Tube. Jools
Holland, The Dead Kennedys, Echo and The Bunnymen. The Smiths,
The Smiths and The Smiths. The Simpsons. The Reagans. George
Bush Senior. Perestroika, Glasnost and Tiananmen Square. Margaret
bloody Thatcher. The Miner’s Strike, Nicaragua, The
Falklands War, The IRA. Ian Botham’s runs, Ian Rush’s
goals, John McEnroe: You cannot be serious. Gary Lineker’s
hat-trick against Poland, Diego Maradona’s ‘The
Hand of God’. Max Headroom, Mike Tyson, Bret Easton
Ellis. Sensimilia. Bananarama. Robert De Niro’s Waiting
Ta-lking I-tal-ian. Rubik’s Cube. Go there if you dare.