If you were a child growing up in the mid 1980s, you will definitely be familiar with Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. These cards (which peeled off to become stickers) parodied the Cabbage Patch Dolls, which were also very popular in the 80s. Each card featured a cartoon version of the doll with some comical abnormality, and an equally funny name which related to their ‘condition’, written at the bottom of the card.
Although they were supposed to be light-hearted, some of the pictures were actually quite disturbing, but as a kid, the more disgusting something looked, the better, and these cards were one of the best things about the 80s, if you were a kid!
Back in the 80s ‘Shame guy’ was a phrase widely used among young people. It was usually uttered when something embarrassing happened. For example, if someone tripped over in front of all their friends or got cussed out by their parents, again, in front of a group of friends, or even one friend… In other words any kind of public embarrassment was worthy of a ‘shame guy!’ No one wanted to be on the receiving end of a ‘shame guy!’, but boy did it feel satisfying saying it to someone else.
The years 1988 and 1989 were extremely pivotal for me when it comes to music. This period spanned my first year of secondary school, the time I really started buying music for myself. So, unsurprisingly a lot of the albums I bought then, with my own pocket money, shaped my early teen years and still mean a lot to me today.
When I was growing up in the 1980s a lot of the TV shows aimed at young people used real life animals as characters, to appeal to us. Black Beauty, Lassie, Gentle Ben, Woof, Benji, Zak and the Alien Prince… The list is endless. However the one that always stands out to me is… Yep. The Littlest Hobo!