Wednesday, December 8, 2010
An 80's Christmas: Big Hair and Big Shoulders
...And let's not forget the leg-warmers!
The 80's were something, eh? Cabbage Patch Dolls, Fraggle Rock, Madonna, New Wave and Alexis & Krystle.
It wasn't a great decade for Christmas music.
I worked in the Caribbean a few years so there was a lot of Feliz Navidad. Roch Voisine and Anne Murray (aren't they one and the same?) came out with their Christmas albums and Paul McCartney out cloyed himself with 'A Wonderful Christmastime." (released in '79)
The best selling Christmas compilation album "A Very Special Christmas" was released in 1987; the proceeds going to The Special Olympics.
Musically, Madonna and M. J. ruled the world (nod to Tears for Fears). It was a decade of "me first" and "greed is good" - plus ça change!
But it also gave us "Christmas Vacation" and "Scrooged".
G. & I watched Pee Wee's Christmas Special the other night - What was k.d. thinking? It has to be the gayest show I've ever seen!
Guest list: Cher, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard,Zsa Zsa Gabor,Whoopi Goldberg, Charo, Annette Funicello, Del Rubio Triplettes and Oprah Winfrey. ( Oh, let's not forget the Marines honour guard!)
Watch it on Youtube: "Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special". (k.d's performance, below)
"…This year, to save me from tears, I'll give it to someone special …SPECIAL"
What's your most cherished 80's Christmas memory?