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Who do the voodoo like Cyndi do?

Two things have become very clear to me since I started my blog.

  1. I’m quite obviously obsessed with the 1980’s (I honestly did not realise this); and
  2. Cyndi Lauper is everywhere.

In my post about the Goonies, Cyndi was in my head singing “its good enough, its good enough for me oh why eye eye eye eeeeyyyeeee.” When I wrote about Girls Just Wanna… again, there was Cyndi. And then this morning I woke up with an intense need to watch another 1980’s piece of cinema – Vibes, starring the one and only, Cyndi.

Seriously only watch this film if you're a huge Cyndi fan

Oh Cyndi darling, is this some crazy voodoo spell you’ve put on me? Were you some sleeper cell, giving me subliminal messages via 80’s pop music over 20 years ago? So that one day I’d wake up, watch all of your films and even quite possibly purchase your greatest hits on iTunes? (I did just do this BTW).

I honestly think she is pretty awesome. She was bucking the trends way back then. I couldn’t be bothered likening her to some of today’s artists because well, I don’t feel the need to prove anything.

I love the funny little squinty thing she does with her eyes. So there you go, Cyndi, it seems your plan has worked and worked well.

PS Your song True Colours still makes me cry. Peace out C-Girl.

I'm not sure if Cyndi needs glasses but I think its endearing.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Tune In...

 

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Girls Just Wanna…

If you were a girl growing up in the 1980’s, you should remember the following to be the gospel truth:

  • Fluro clothes were in;
  • You made up dance routines (in the above clothes) to songs like Funkytown;
  • You crimped your hair and usually wore it in a side ponytail;
  • You had sleepovers at your friend’s house, watched Dirty Dancing (and hit pause when Johnny got out of bed so you could stare at his bum); and…
  • Sarah Jessica Parker had not morphed into Carrie Bradshaw and was not the definitive goddess of fashion.

In fact, SJP was just starting out and starred in one of my favourite terrible 80’s movies….Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If you’re not familiar with it, here is the plot synopsis in 10 words or less.

Awkward new girl is a great dancer and charms hot guy.

Ok, so that’s 11 words but the movie does go for 90 mins. Also gracing the screen is the rebellious Helen Hunt and the annoying Shannon Doherty. It has everything going for it, iconic 80’s fashion, dancing to iconic 80’s music and smooth moves from an iconic 80’s dude.

Despite the fact that SJP is of course, the heroine in this movie, I think I identify more with Helen’s character – Lynne Stone. I mean who doesn’t love a girl in a grasshopper hat??? No one, that’s who.

Um excuse me, have you seen my pet grasshopper?

So yes, I know it’s a daggy movie. But it brings back great memories for me. So either watch it and accept it for what it is or don’t. If you do, I guarantee you’ll be singing Cyndi Lauper for days.

Lynne, where is Hoppy? And why do you insist on wearing animals on your head?

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Tune In...

 

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Goonies Never Say Die!!

Have you ever watched a movie so many times that you think your childhood was defined by it? Hello world, meet The Goonies!

“Listen, okay? You guys’ll never believe me. There was two cop cars, okay? And they were chasing this four-wheel deal, this real neat ORV, and there were bullets flying all over the place. It was the most amazing thing I ever saw”
-Chunk
 
“First you gotta do the truffle shuffle.”
-Mouth
 
“I’ve got an idea. Why don’t we just spread chocolate all over the floor and let Chunk eat his way through?”
-Mouth
 
“Yeah! thas whah I said, boobie twaps!”
-Data
 

My brothers and I watched it over and over, wishing that Mikey, Data, Mouth and Chunk were our real life friends and we were all Goonies together. I have an over-active, romanticized imagination at the best of times so this was not hard for me to do. Realising that it was probably never going to happen and that no, we wouldn’t get to hunt for “One-Eyed Willy’s” treasure, so began the seemingly endless formations of our own groups. Some of the ones I can remember were:

  • Formed a treasure hunting group with boys next door – The Skulls or The Meatheads (there is debate on the name).
  • Formed a new aged group with school friends – The Buddhas
  • Formed the ultimate rock group to worship and adore her – The Madonna Group.

Subsequently, I remember being hauled into teachers office to discuss how these groups made others feel left out and a group hierarchy made some members feel belittled. And so ended the forming of the groups.

I emphatically believe that The Goonies has truly stood the test of time. Movies of a similar vintage i.e. Robocop has not faired so well. Although it’s probably still worth watching, even if it is to wonder how we ever thought the special effects were so good.

I can still watch The Goonies with absolute pleasure. It defines all that is good about the 1980’s, my childhood and treasure hunting. Here’s to the Truffle Shuffle!! (Even Peter Griffin gets in on that action). Watch it this weekend!

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Tune In...

 

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