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1981

1981. The year that Chris Boucher murdered Christmas! Yes, we have reached the year of that episode of Blake's 7. Stunned silences up and down the country. It must have been a fairly off-putting year for SF fans in general actually, as this was also the year when Tom Baker finally handed back his TARDIS key. Not soon enough for me, I must admit, but fanboys still weep to think of the Pharos Project tower. Goodbye jelly babies, farewell lengthy scarf. Hello, me becoming a Who fan. But we had to wait until the beginning of 1982 for that.

Good stuff at the cinema in 1981. I don't think I'd been since the alleged trip to see Bambi in 1976, but I managed to go twice in 1981: to Superman II and Clash Of The Titans. Of the two, it's only the latter that I own, although they're both good movies. Clash Of The Titans absolutely blew me away as a little kiddie in the cinema. I suppose the SFX look a bit rocky by today's standards? I'm no judge, I'm afraid. Half the time, modern CGI FX just look like cartoons to me, and I can't see what all the fuss is about (aren't old trailers slow, though!). All that aside, and modern fancy FX or no, there's no beating Christopher Reeve when you're making a Superman film. Got taken to see that by a family friend who well nigh adopted me that year. Six months later he emigrated to South Africa, which just goes to show that you can never really know what's going on in somebody's head. He used to send photographs of himself from Johannesburg, in his ambulance driver's uniform (complete with sidearm). Hello, political awakening. Goodbye something else.



Shakin' Stevens performing with Legs & Co, which couldn't very well be more 1981 if they were all wearing deely-boppers:



The Who, coming back after a brief, Keith Moon-flavoured absence, with You Better You Bet. This was probably the first time I'd heard of them, and I've been fond of this song ever since. I know it's no Baba O'Riley, but it's fun.



And, inevitably, Adam & The Ants doing Stand & Deliver. Because how could I not?!





I realise this is very poppy, and I probably should have included something like Ghost Town by the Specials, which summed up the political scene this year so well. But I can't include everything. And consider yourselves lucky - I could have treated you to Joe Dolce's Shaddup Your Face. (That was never going to happen). Good year for music again, though. Swords Of A Thousand Men! Wired For Sound! And, once again, there's the other end of the scale. Olivia Neutron-Bomb with Let's Get Physical. The sodding Birdie Song. Godley & Creme with the most terrifying song ever written: Under Your Thumb, in which a commuter fights for his life whilst under attack from a psychotic ghost. Oh, blimey: Do The Hucklebuck. I loved that. *red face* And Toyah! Teenage rebellion was very orange in 1981...

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emeraldarrows
Nov. 29th, 2015 05:15 am (UTC)
I loved the old Superman films as a kid. Haven't seen them in years so I should watch them again. Same with Clash of the Titans. I did enjoy the remake but there was something special about the original. (:

Ahhh, I LOVE "Stand and Deliver". :D
swordznsorcery
Nov. 29th, 2015 08:01 am (UTC)
You should definitely rewatch CotT! Wash that horrible remake out of your brain. :p I love that film. There's just something about a Ray Harryhausen monster that really works for me. All the impressive CGI in the world can't beat one of his models. Probably me showing my age!
emeraldarrows
Nov. 29th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)
I'll always prefer old special effects to CGI, tbh. I think CGI works okay for some films but its over-used and doesn't have the charm old effects did, imo.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 29th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
CGI does have its uses, certainly. They did some beautiful things with it in "Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell" recently (sand horseys!). I think it's best when used sparingly perhaps, and mixed with plenty of real stuff. But I do love the old models, wobbles and all. :)
meathiel
Nov. 29th, 2015 10:50 am (UTC)
More Adam ... yeah! :D

Shakin Steven was my first live concert - but that was a few years later, I think. I guess 83 or around that time.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 29th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
Cool!
liadtbunny
Nov. 29th, 2015 03:20 pm (UTC)
I used to love Shakin' Stevens when I was wee and then I had a driving instructor who loved Shaky and we used to sing his songs in the car. Didn't pass...

I prefer stop motion etc to modern CGI because it's real. CGI dates much more badly I think. I like the fighting skeletons best, though I get confused with my Harryhausans, everything melds into to one big monster-mash up.

Another vote for Adam and his Ants and Tenpole Tudor:)

Neon womb! As played on 'Shoestring'.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 29th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
The skeletons were from "Jason & the Argonauts", which was quite a few years earlier (the sixties, I think). They were amazing, certainly. They've turned up in a few places since, courtesy of various homages.

"Neon Womb", yes. Toyah trying to be moody, whilst still distinctly orange. :)
oonaseckar
Nov. 30th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Just thinking about Adam Ant makes me sad, considering everything that he's gone through. Great song though.

I do like Olivia Newton-John's 'Xanadu'. If we're going in for the True Confessions bit.
swordznsorcery
Nov. 30th, 2015 08:06 am (UTC)
He has had a tough life. He put a new album out a couple of years back though, which does suggest that he may have turned a corner.

That blasted song! My sister loved it, and tortured me with it for months! I'd probably quite enjoy it if I gave it a listen now.
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