Why does this sound exactly like Chilly Gonzales?
Looking at all the vids I’ve posted, I’m struck that the alternative pop stars of thirty years ago seem to portray far more gender-fluid images than now. I wonder why that is?
Even the ones that weren’t gay were perfectly happy dressing like “girls” in a way I just can’t imagine equivalent alt bands doing now.
And let’s not even examine the current pop punk / hardcore scenes which are so unremittingly macho, boyrock, heteronormative and gender-conformist as to often make me queasy. The bands seem to be an endless line of frat boys in backwards baseball hats and shorts, bellowing about how sensitive and not like the other boys they are.
Maybe that’s why a Conchita seems so revolutionary and refreshing now, like a cold glass of water in a desert.
I saw The Cure in ‘81, the first gig I went to see on my own. It was scary, full of old people who were, like, 25! Argh.
So many goths. The reek of hairspray, more from the boys than girls. I was a young Indian kid in a sea of pale faces made even paler by make up. Pixie boots, Oxford bags, trench coats and black nail varnish / lipstick by the lorry load.
They fucking ruled, I loved it.
I remember a straight lad at school admitting he fancied Marc Almond a bit.
You really can’t overestimate what Soft Cell did for gay visibility in the early ’80s.
BABY DEPECHE MODE 32 YEARS AGO!
I remember one ep of Oxford Road Show where I’m sure they got Dave Gahan to host it. And they had DM and Yazoo playing? And then Dave asked Vince about leaving DM and it was all the most awkward thing ever.
BABY PETE TONG 31 YEARS AGO!
The Passions with their quintessentially ’80s anthem.
Today, I will be posting a load of vids from one of my fave shows as a kid: THE OXFORD ROAD SHOW.
I love Robert Elm’s awkward intro here, so fucking ’80s.
HERE, KIDS, HAVE SOME POP MUSIC! BUT THINK ABOUT POLITICS WHILE YOU’RE BOPPING!
femmeviva said: I have actively tried to find something more than merely problematic about harrow boy there. It would be hard without asking his mom. Anyway, I find it hard to not like him.
But why are you trying to put yourself off him? He seems like a throughly good egg to me!
Any time an ubergeek like Cumberbatch becomes a romantic icon to millions, I’m happy! :-)
Benedict Cumberbatch’s first ever Comic-Con Interview with Josh Horowitz (x)
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