The 80s R.I.P
I'm a product of the 80s, like many of you I'm guessing. I grew up on and love 80s hair metal, 80s hip hop and, well, a lot of the music that came out in the 80s. This has no effect on how I dress or look or anything else but I figured I would post a photo just to show that Bret Michaels and Axl Rose have nothing on me when it comes to the hair department. Sorry guys, but it's true. I'm keeping the 80s alive in my own little way. This is all natural, from the colour down to the length. It's been 5 years since my last hair cut and before that I had dreads the same length.
Now, come to think of it I do wear a lot of black too. Always have a skateboard or surfboard under my arm. Several beat up guitars sit in one corner of my room, a set of technics 1200s in the other, crates of Pat Benatar and Run DMC vinyl and boxes of spray paint line the final corner. I do wear a black, paisley bandana quite often. Flipped back baseball caps are on otherwise.
The 80s did have quite an effect on me I guess. At least music was real then, with the exception of Milli Vanilli. I could feel it. The scene now sucks. I'm not going to lie. The noughties have destroyed music. I can't think of an artist from the last 10 years that will be remembered twenty years from now. The music just doesn't feel real. Angst is fabricated. Love songs have no feeling. Artists are fighting for things they don't know about or understand just so they can be seen as standing for something, attracting scene kids to their shows. Boots and torn clothes are disappearing from the mosh, slowly being replaced by designer sunnies and thongs. At least in the 80s only girls (and occasionally guys) wore thongs, but they were the right type of thong, the singular one that would alternatively be named after a guitarists 4 string, unlike the plural ones that are worn today in a much less atractive place. I'm yet to see an artist from the noughties headline a major festival and be in turn be the major drawcard. It's still 80s and 90s bands, even at the end of the new milleniums first decade bringing fans to the shows. I guess some things will never change.
The only thing that seems to have carried over is too tight jeans. Way too tight jeans. Jeans I will never wear. That is the only part of the 80s I can't see myself succumbing to and yet it's the only part of the 80s that seems to be thriving strongly today.