The 80s Revival

When I was 17, I was actually a pretty cool kid.

I might not have realized it back then, though I think I kind of did, since I didn’t want to become 18 then. I loved being 17. It meant freedom, free to do what you want because you’re young, and not yet the responsibilities that come along when you’re an official adult. So I guess I kind of knew that this age was brilliant. I don’t know though if I realized that I was pretty badass.

You know, I had the guts back then. I was the girl who wore fish net stockings to a catholic school. No doubt I was the only girl there in at least six years that did that. Supposedly people didn’t approve of that, but I just didn’t care. I liked the way it looked and I still like it, but don’t wear it anymore. Back then I was different and didn’t mind it the least. More the opposite. I’ve always wanted to be unique. The thing is, I just was unique over at my high school. Some people would call it weird – I can’t really disagree.

It took a long detour, but via other stuff I got in touch with 80 music back then. It was a discovery. A

What "gothic" has become for the people. Source

What “gothic” has become for the people.
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treasure I opened. It all started with the ‘gothic’ groups Within Temptation and Evanescence and a lot of drama. Oh my god I am so gothic. Life is tragic. I must be a fallen angel. That kind of stuff. But then I discovered what real gothic was and like that I dived into a world of good beats and mohawks. Thanks to a forum, appropiatly called ‘The Batcave’ (this was also the name of a club in London where a lot of new wave and 80s groups performed), I got to know more and more about it. Yesterday I wanted to go back to that forum, but apparently it’s been shut down due to lack of action. It made me a bit sad. It was the first time I put myself out there on the Internet. I didn’t have a blog or Facebook back then, so this was my first public account. Exciting. It made me admire a good mohawk (it’s a rarity still), it made me listen to a lot of good music. Music barely anyone knows by now. Along my discoveries: The Cure, Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins and more obscure things. Oh, and it made me like piercings. A whole lot. We all know that this effect never really left me.

80s

This makeup. YES. Source

Since those days I’ve always liked a good 80s beat and a good mohawk. You barely see that in the streets these days. Such a pity. I’m certainly way more open-minded than other people seeing what I have listened to (the best names to mention: Sex Gang Children, Alien Sex Fiend, Virgin Prunes) and what I like. I’m not the one who should judge… At all. So I don’t.

A proper mohawk

Then I turned 18, inevitable, and though I never stopped liking this music, I stopped listening to it so frequently and found new groups and new genres and it all stapled. I cannot stick with one specific kind of music. It’s only now, three years later, that all of sudden I started digging in that genre again. And oh, how I love it! It’s like talking to an old friend again. I missed these things without realizing it! All these songs that stuck with me when I was 17, suddenly I found them again and it was awesome. I’ve been having a little 80s party the last few days. I know I should be studying, but doesn’t that go better with some badass background music?

Mohawk meisje

Both proper mohawks via this site. Just discovered, such a great collection!

Certainly one of the best parts of this ‘re-discovery’ is that I realized I truly like this music. I didn’t listen to it just for the sake of being unique and different, I listened to it because it’s my thing. That’s good to know. In my opinion it makes the younger me even more awesome, for just doing what I liked instead of trying to fit in or trying to standout. Maybe I don’t have to try to stand out at all. Maybe I’m just naturally the weird kid. That’s fine with me πŸ˜‰

PS: I never died my hair black (I want to be blonde until I go grey), nor did I sport a mohawk. I’ve got four earrings and that’s as far as piercings go. I did wear a lot of black though, which I still do. That’s a tough one to eliminate.

Last but not least, one of the first songs that drew me into this kind of music and which I will always like. Plus, it’s the Sex Gang Children. Now you can tell everyone you know them.

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  1. Always have had a soft spot for punk/80s music and even a bit of gothica here and there. But with goth music, I am much more into Moonspell than those other 2 bands. I always found them too annoying, whereas the lyrics of Moonspell just right.

    If we ever meet, I am totally demanding to see you in 80s make up. Fact! And you are a cool kid!

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    • Who could have guessed that we both share a soft spot for something? πŸ˜‰ After all you like Tool as well.
      I know Moonspell way less, time to check those out!

      If we ever meet, I promise to do that – we’ll make it a public 80s revival! πŸ˜‰

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  2. The Cure now turns up occasionally on oldies stations.

    Nice thing about being older, is now you can hear new music and see how it evolved from the stuff you loved.
    (And you’re still one of the cool kids.)

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    • Yeah, sometimes they play The Cure but over here they seem to know only ‘Friday I’m in love’… Pity.

      As you say! This period certainly had a lot of influence on my current taste. I’m still a big fan of everything that has an 80s beat :).

      Thanks – and remember: birds of a feather flock together! πŸ˜‰

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  3. NotAPunkRocker

     /  June 2, 2014

    Oh no, they still think “Friday I’m In Love” is the epitome of the cure. Like “Rock the Casbah” is for The Clash.

    And yes, you are definitely still a cool kid. But I’m a dork, so take that for what it’s worth πŸ™‚

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    • Yeah, they seem to know just one song and think that’s relevant.

      Yay! But you’re cool too! You dye your hair! For god’s sake! That’s awesome! πŸ™‚

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  4. Here’s to wearing black. I rarely wear anything other than that! And about the music, LOVE The Cure πŸ™‚

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    • I’m trying to do something about it, but you know, black combines with black and anything else – isn’t that perfect?

      The Cure is great! πŸ˜€

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  5. Using vanity as a form of rebellion.

    I like it.

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  6. I’m kinda sad you didn’t have a mohawk, you would have rocked it!! lol

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