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THE A TEAM: L-R: Face, Murdock, B.A & (front) Hannibal

THE A TEAM: L-R: Face, Murdock, B.A & (front) Hannibal

‘(Ten years ago / In 1972), a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire… The A-Team.’

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zap_policeThere have always been boy bands – teenage phenomenon’s with overly styled hair and cheesy dance routines, who are flocked by millions of young girls everywhere they go.

It is one of those facts of life we have come to accept.

But The Police, well, they were a MAN band. Yes they did have the millions of young female fans and were a phenomenon (thankfully the cheesy dance routines were a no-no and their hair was just blonde) but they were men.

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image-5-for-beyonce-love-on-top-gallery-865353760Beyonce’s new music video Love On Top debuted a few days ago, and before the full version even hit the ‘net, peeps were saying it appeared similar to  the video for New Edition’s 1988 single If It Isn’t Love. As a big NE fan who actually remembers their vid when it first came out (showing my age again), I too thought exactly the same thing, due to the dance studio location, formation of dancers with mics and old school choreography.

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Take-Me-Home-Tonight-PosterWhat is the next best thing to a film made in the 80s? Anyone???? The answer is a film made in a later decade but set in the 80s!

*Thinks for a moment* Well for the most part anyway, as for every Boogie Nights and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, there is a Glitter. Eek!

But still,  I was pretty amped this week when I came across a trailer for upcoming film Take Me Home Tonight.

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article-1350311-0CE5160B000005DC-33_468x559Spotted at www.dailymail.co.uk

Back in the late 80s, they were the teen queens of pop, vying with one another for chart supremacy.

But now Tiffany and Debbie Gibson seem to have put all of that behind them, and become the best of friends – even going so far as to star together in a TV movie.

And the pair were all smiles on Monday night as they attended the world premiere of the film – the special effects laden monster movie Mega Python vs Gatoroid – in New York.

Debbie, now 40, and 39-year-old Tiffany both looked terrific as they posed together at the screening, which took place at the city’s Ziegfeld Theatre.

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In my opinion adverts from back in the day were way better than what’s on offer now. Maybe I paid more attention to them as a kid, but it seems advertisers were ALOT more creative with their ideas back then.

I have so many favourites from the 80s and 90s, too many to include in one particular post in fact , so I will do it over a series of posts (which will no doubt span over many).

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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!

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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.

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