Saturday, January 26, 2013

Flashback to the 80's

I'm just sitting here catching up on things, and these old songs are running through my head. No idea why because I don't have the radio on, and I haven't heard them in forever and a day, but each song takes me back to a specific place and time.

This one takes me back to the Disco.  When I went to middle school (we called it junior high), there was a "Kid's Only" Disco, and it was the place to be.  My friends and I would practice our little dance routines each week, lol.  Anyone remember the contests where a person strolled the floor and if you got tapped you were out? Man, those were fun! :)



Then there was the skating rink.  If you were an 80's child, chances are high you hit the skating rink, and this song always, always had a run.  When it came on, everyone rushed to the floor (this and 'Another One Bites the Dust).



El de Barge was on the scene and we'd sing this at the top of our lungs thinking we were sooooooo sexy before we even knew what sexy was, LOL! Glad no one ever got videos of that mess.  I think it was hairbrushes that we used for our 'microphones.'

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I always had my radio on when I fell asleep (remember all stereo systems were so big they looked like furniture?!) and my mom changed the station to country one time to be funny (she's a card like that), and I woke up to this song.  I remember being groggy, not wanting to get up at all, and processing the lyrics while they played.  It made me laugh, and I became an instant George Strait fan.  He's still my favorite country singer today.



And then there was Grease.  I wasn't allowed to see Saturday Night Fever (and years later when I did see it, I knew I hadn't missed anything ;) ), but I was allowed to see Grease.  Instantly I was in love (with the show and John Travolta, lol).  I still sing this song today in random outbursts, and every one of my kids does too, which makes me laugh.



A couple of years ago, the local state theater in a town close by was showing a Grease Sing-a-Long.  I asked the kids if they wanted to go.  The two youngest were all-in (they just like to go places, lol) and my daughter ended up singing all of the songs.  My second-oldest, however, was 17 at the time, and just said, 'Sure,' on a whim (he was humoring his mama, he's sweet like that).



We got to the theater, and he (the 17-yr. old who is not a Grease fan) was sitting on the outside aisle.  The place got so crowded that people started lining the walls standing up (there's an upstairs balcony full of seats, not sure why they didn't go up there...) and singing/dancing to the tunes.  My son was mortified, and it was HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  He spent a lot of time texting while we were there (probably telling his friends he was in misery). Bwuahahahahaha
How about you, any songs that just take you right back to being a kid?

77 comments:

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Ah the 80's. Good times. Songs that take me back to being a kid are usually Madonna, MC Hammer, and the like lol.

My Journey With Candida said...

They sure don't make songs like they used to!! That is so funny that your son was so mortified.... poor baby!! I remember taking my Daughter and my Hubs 2 kids to a 50s band. They hated it. LOL.... they laughed at us doing some of the old dances.

Vicky Fida said...

OH! MY! Have you any idea what you just did to me? LOL! That was a trip down memory lane, for sure! WOW! I remember and loved every single song you posted (well, except for the country song!). The skating, the hair, the clothes...! Thanks!

mail4rosey said...

Can't Touch This, lol. I loved that song.

mail4rosey said...


My first concert was w/my grandma to The Glenn Miller Band Orchestra (of course he'd passed but it was the original band). She loved it so much it was contagious, and I still love it today because of her (despite the chortling/guffaws of my family). :)

mail4rosey said...


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and the slide show of Greece on your sidebar(awesome!).

Lizbeth McGow said...

Best ERA EVER!! I'm still stuck in the 80's!!! lol oh well! and I'm sooo happy to see know I'm not the only one who loved the good old times...it's funny because something like music can really bring people together no matter where they are or how they were brought up. I grew up in a the tropical country of Panama, where we speak spanish and dance to salsa beats, but I think the MTV generation was speaking to me so loudly back then that it left a permanent good impression on me, lol..and here I am still loving it! Thank You for this post! Have a Great Weekend!

mail4rosey said...


It was a common factor that drew people together (and still does). I'm not sure my kids'll be able to say that...at least not about music. They literally have thousands upon thousands of songs available at the touch of a button today, so I don't think it's as special. They'll probably be our age saying, "Remember Mario? That was the bomb!" lolol

Sue at the Little Shack said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping in at the Little Shack and following along! I've signed on to follow you as well! On the topic of 'oldies but goodies' (gosh! I that makes me feel ancient!) we bought ourselves a satelite radio this past fall and it has the most awesome stations! Hits of the 60's, 70's, 80's 90's!!! So many songs I used to listen to and enjoy. It's amazing I can still remember most of the words! Take care!

Donna George said...

Love Shack!! I heard it the other day and it was so much fun!

Deanna Lyn said...

yes the 8o's were great times, but so was the 6o's LOL! i am that old.i miss those good old days

~ Noelle said...

oh... I used to love the skating rink!!!!!
black velvet was one that would have everyone rushing to the rink!!!!
for me. my childhood was New Kids On The Block! :)
and yes, I would have had a blast at the Grease sing along... LOVE LOVE LOVE that movie ;)

Xmasdolly said...

Hey Girl, thanks for stopping by and this Post would be great for Monday's Music Moves Me. Why don't you link this Post with us. Screw the theme these are great :) So you stayed in the same cabins at Cedar Point? Those dam flying bugs were everywhere. We even got pics & movies of the swarm we saw. It was really weird. Practically covered this huge tree! They were in the cabin, but only on the ceiling resting I think. hahaha Love all these old tunes & yes I remember the stroll game. I use to go roller skating every Sunday at Fleetwood Roller Rink & during the intermissions we'd take our skates off and danced. Wow what memories!

Michelle G said...

I remember all of those! And skating rinks. I actually cracked my wrist at a skating rink. The 80s were so much fun! I loved being a child of the 80s!! Thanks for the memories and for stopping by. :) Hope you have a good weekend and stay warm. My hubby took the kids sledding. Not sure if they'll come back happy or cranky b/c of the cold! And too funny about your son and the Grease performance BTW! LOL

mail4rosey said...


I remember most of the words too, and you're right that is amazing. :)

mail4rosey said...


My youngest has that on his little kid's MP3 player. It was his dad's fave! :)

mail4rosey said...


TONS of good music from that era...Build me up Buttercup, Groovy Kind of Love, Do You Want to Know a Secret, Chapel of Love... I could go on. :) Wasn't Bobby Vinton a 60's singer too? My mom and gram loved him. I remember Blue Velvet...I loved that song.

mail4rosey said...


Grease transcends generations (although it skipped my son's generation, haha). Maybe it's a girl thing? :)

Black Velvet! I loved that song too, totally forgot about that one!

mail4rosey said...


Cedar Point is one of my all-time favorite places to go, and no matter where we've lived (FL or MI) we have gone every single summer. We used to stay with my gram and grandpa, but they're both passed now, so we stay in a hotel. We've only stayed in the cabins once, but it was fun. We picked a rainy weekend to stay that year (boo) so it was nice to be so close to everything (so we could go back when the sun came out). No bugs, thank goodness. :)

kristi said...

Well, not so much the songs as the moive Grease. I will never forget going to a sleepover with a bunch of girls from school and we watched Grease together. We were all pretty innocent so hearing all the swears and the ref. to sex was so thrilling to us! lol THAT was fun! I used to like DeBarge - "All this Love" (I think that was title...) One thing I don't miss about the 80ies is the hairstyles. I had the biggest hair and looked absolutely rediculous!!

How about you? Did you like your hair in 80ies? :)

mail4rosey said...


You've got free time? Complete, 100% free time? That's awesome. :) Even if they come back cranky they'll probably want to tell you sledding stories, which'll happy them up. :)

mail4rosey said...


All that AquaNet! I loved it in the 80's, I wouldn't today. Can you even imagine running a curling iron through your hair w/that hairspray thing going on? And I know I did... Can you even imagine using AquaNet? hahahahah

Mommy's Heart said...

this post really took me back to 80's when I was just born :) I am sure I would love them too if I was of age at the time you are describing. My husband loves lots of 80's songs and he frequently find himself at a loss when he tries to talk to me about the singers from this era :( May be I should bookmark your post and surprise him with my knowledge one of these days.Just a thought! :)

mail4rosey said...

My husband is 6 years younger than me, and he likes the era just before mine that I was too young 'to get.' I can't even think of an example... it's funny because I like music from my grandparents' era, my mom's, and my own (and some of my kids' too), but his is the one I skipped.

Anonymous said...

Skating rinks were the bomb!! The 80s were my favorite time! The music, clothes, side pony tails, the cartoons...everything about it I just loved! Husband and I still prefer to listen to 80s radio stations on long road trips.

mail4rosey said...

Side pony's, lol, I had one of that I rocked w/my legwarmers. Good gravy! Leg warmers. I forgot those too, but everyone (including me) sure liked to wear them.

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Sandra Tyler said...

I loved the 80s and still love disco. Still the best dance music. We are kindred spirits!

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a great post Rosey!!!
I'm a child of the 70's so mine are Grease too - but also all those kitchy songs like
Me and You and a dog named Boo
It never Rains in California
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody
to name a few - and I constantly break out into songs from my era - which constantly ages me lol
AND I was a real Disco mama in the 80's lol - I love to love ( but my baby just wants to dance - he needs to dance - he's got to dance ) LOL
XOX

Colette S said...

American growing up life is sure different from an island girl's :)

But I think we heard the same music some of the times :)

All I remember (one song stuck in my head right now) is Under the boardwalk! haha.

But yes I loved listening to oldies as a kid.

I think I still need to watch Grease :)

Love your memories.
You probably should ask your son how he felt that time :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

What fun memories! I was more a child of the '60's and '70's but one '80's song I particularly remember (and that drove my daughter batty) was Don't Worry, Be Happy. Hehe, it would mortify her when her friends were around and I'd start singing it.

Jen said...

LOVE the 80's!! I wish I had been a teenager during them.

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mail4rosey said...

So many one hit wonders, it's amazing they all caught on, isn't it?? I get on an 80's roll here sometimes and the kids just quietly go into a room where they can't hear it, hahaha

mail4rosey said...

I know those songs, and have 3/4 of them on my iPod. I hear you singing all of the time over at your blog. :)

mail4rosey said...

I like that song. :)

Did you have live music on the streets growing up? That's my mental depiction of growing up an island girl, and I would love that too!

mail4rosey said...

My mom used to sing that one all of the time too. We had family over around the holidays and that was one of the trivia cards pulled in a game we were playing. I was the only one who got it right...I could not believe no one remembered that song, it was EVERYWHERE during its time. It was fun too. :)

mail4rosey said...

If you had been Jen, you would have wrinkles popping up about now. Be oh so careful what you ask for... :) not that I have any starting to show (*cough* around my eyes *cough*).

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Pat Hatt said...

haha I enjoy Grease, not sure I'd want to be in theater like that watching the show though, would be horrifying but funny. I enjoy most music from the 80's and 70's better than that of today most any day.

Anonymous said...

thischickwins said:

Stacey Q- Two of Hearts. Somewhere out there is a VHS tape with me singing this to myself.

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mail4rosey said...

Gotcha back, thanks for visiting.

mail4rosey said...

See it must be a gender thing (not wanting to see Grease like that)! :)

mail4rosey said...

You should totally transfer it to DVD before the tape gets old. I bet it's priceless! :)

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Rosey, I was blessed with a mixed culture of music and my mother was very young and brought along her 45s from her teens (she was still a teen), father liked country, and I liked the Beatles, Elvis, the Monkees and countless others. Mom had Brenda Lee, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Patti Page...I love the collection you offer here.

Rina said...

I am still a little kid in 80s but I love Grease and New Kids on The Block (they are on the late 80s right??) many of light jazz tune from the 70s and 80s I cherish now because I just found them when I am older. But things that I remember from the 80s are thick high hair, curly, green and blue eyeshadow, shoulder pad and break dance :D

alissa apel said...

When I was in grade school we used to roller skate to Madonna. I didn't know what a virgin meant. LOL Cindi Lauper, Prince and Michael Jackson were a hits to! The song "Gloria" was another roller skating song. We liked that one because one of my friend's mom's name was, Gloria.

Theresa said...

I love 80's music. I think I listen to I love rock n roll at least twice a week. It's on my ipod, and I always have to listen to music when I'm cleaning.

Man, some of those videos were CHEESY! lol

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So funny! Music definitely takes me back. Sometimes I can hear a song and remember a very specific memory of what I was doing when I heard it. Like I remember the first time I heard The Cardigans song ("love me love me, say that you love me") while I was on the bus waiting to head home in 7th grade. Wow, haven't thought about that one in a while haha!

Masshole Mommy said...

I just heard that Joan Jett song on the radio the other day. I cranked it up and started singing along - my boys thought I was NUTS!

mail4rosey said...

Totally relating, my family loved all kinds of music. I still like some of just about every type of music that's out there. :)

mail4rosey said...

That eyeshadow! I thought it would never come back in style, but I see blues creeping up again (in the media).

A lot of the fashion of the 80's is making a comeback (leggings and flowered pants come to mind). It makes me laugh. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's funny to hear the lyrics today and realize we had NO clue as to what some of them meant. I've had that happen too. :)

mail4rosey said...

Oh my gosh, I didn't see a ton of them, but when I see them now I think the exact same thing. That "I Love R&R" one was cheesy! LOLOL You are spot-on w/your call there. :)

mail4rosey said...

Ohhh, I like that song. I haven't heard that one in awhile either! I had kids who were pretty old then...you're a lot younger than me. ;)

mail4rosey said...

My youngest rolls his eyes. My second oldest gives me the deadpan look. And my third oldest politely keeps quiet. :)

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menopausal mama said...

Thanks for taking me down memory lane! The 80's were fabulous times. GREAT blog post!

mail4rosey said...

I'm following back, thanks for the visit.

mail4rosey said...

It seems so long ago now, doesn't it?? But you're right they were fun. Thanks for visiting.

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Kenya G. Johnson said...

You nailed it on all of these. I started laughing at Another one bites the dust as a skating rink song. Oh I could name a million. Flashdance, She's a Maniac, YMCA and another one on that album that I can't think of. John Travolta was SO gorgeous wasn't he? Now if there was a sing-a-long for Debarge, I will nail and kill it at the same time.

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Ooohhh, great songs! I was obsessed with Grease as a teen and my mom took me to a local production for my birthday one year. I loved it!

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mail4rosey said...

Yep...those all played at my skating rink too. And John Travolta was gorgeous...he was in that TV show too (Kotter) when he had all that pretty hair.

mail4rosey said...

Woot, another Grease fan in the house. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I know, it's hilarious, and when I think of one, ten more instantly come to mind. I've been in an 80's frame of mind all day. :)

Joyce Lansky said...

Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I remember kids thinking they were cool by walking around saying, "Disco sucks." I loved disco too.

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janice smith said...

Oh my goodness! You hit all the biggies, I think. What a trip down memory lane. Kudos to you for getting all of your kids to accompany you to that singalong. I don't think I could talk even one of mine into going with me. Sounds like a blast!

mail4rosey said...

I remember the Disco downfall days too. I am grateful that the polyester suits the men wore back then never came back into style. ;)

mail4rosey said...

They know where their bread is buttered. hahahahaha Thanks for stopping by. :)

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I loved Greece, every girl here wanted to be the next Olivia Newton John , I also loved Bros and new kids on the block but my all time favourite was Madoona singing like a virgin while not know what it meant, awkward moment o think about :)

mail4rosey said...

We wanted to be ONJ too, and when her 'Physical' album came out, we still did. :)

Kenya G. Johnson said...

Macho man was the song I couldn't think of. Yes Welcome back Kotter. He was Vinnie Barbarino!

mail4rosey said...

Macho Man...ha, that one was reaching, I haven't heard that for so looooong. My mom had that album, prolly still does, haha