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1983

Two of my siblings got driving licences in 1983. Mobility! For a little while anyway. Mobhanded about the countryside, in a wobbly van roughly the colour of cowpats. It had a dodgy handbrake, was religiously opposed to reverse, and it wasn't a good idea to open the passenger window - and it definitely wouldn't have passed any modern emissions tests. But it moved. We went to see Superman III in it. Not a great film! I liked it at the time though. The woman being turned into a walking computer actually seemed pretty scary back then. Saw Return Of The Jedi too - believe it or not, my first Star Wars film. I was mostly wondering who the Jedi was, and where he had been, but it wasn't a bad place to jump in at, Ewoks notwithstanding. Still waiting for a Han, Chewie and Lando spin-off though!

Otherwise, this was the year that saw The A-Team, Simon & Simon, Remington Steele, TJ Hooker and Knight Rider all hit British shores. Folks, we have reached peak eighties telly! As long as I live, I think I shall always be a bit confused by shows that don't have shoot-outs, cars flying randomly through the air, and heroes locked in warehouses that are suspiciously easy to break out of. This is clearly the default state of television. They don't even bash heroes over the head and tie them up in car crushers anymore. Might mess up their hair, I suppose. Although if AJ Simon can manage with his fuzzy mop, you'd think anybody could. 1983 was also the year when we got the Bo-and-Luke-free season of The Dukes Of Hazzard. Bit baffling back in those days, when we couldn't get on the internet to find out what the bloody hell was going on! Still, they came back soon enough.

Music wise, I suppose 1983 was the year of Wham!. They'd had a song out the previous year, but they had about three hundred in 1983, and my sister never stopped singing them. For the first time, when she was singing something I actually didn't mind. I've always been a fan of Wham!. I should probably be embarrassed to admit that, but I'm not. Otherwise, Keith Harris and Orville singing Orville's Song proved to be the only thing that would stop my baby sister from crying whilst she was teething. Please forgive us, but we bought the bloody thing, thereby helping them climb dangerously close to #1. I can still sing it. Unbelieveably though, it's not the worst song to hit the charts that year. Rene & Renato probably win that, with Save Your Love. (I'm not posting a link to it - just believe me).




Bless them, they're having such a good time. And look look look! Peter Powell!



These guys always seemed to be enjoying themselves too. And look! Peter Powell again! Well I never, now isn't that a coincidence.



My favourite Madness song. Sadly devoid of Peter Powell, which is a great oversight:





I'm not saying much about books, am I. Just imagine an endless waterfall of Willard Price, Franklin W Dixon and Enid Blyton, and you won't go far wrong. Also anything remotely shark- or dinosaur-flavoured. This led to me attempting to read Jaws when I was staying with my grandparents.

Yikes. The book is a lot naughtier than the film...!

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sabethea
Nov. 30th, 2015 09:30 pm (UTC)
I SO TOTALLY DID THAT WITH JAWS.

(Also, I am reading all of these posts and loving them, but I can't think of any sensible comment-y comments and there's no 'like' button (FB has made me a bit lazy) so I have failed to comment usually, but am still totally reading!)

Edited at 2015-11-30 09:31 pm (UTC)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:23 pm (UTC)
Commenting is hard. I am often very bad at it!

It was a very badly behaved book. It lured me in with nicely descriptive gory bits, and then blindsided me with unexpected naughtiness. :D
alec_towser
Dec. 1st, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
Oh, the A-Team. I love that show and all of its gratuitous car-flipping. And the Aquamaniac! I'd love to see an Aquamaniac movie, just to see how bad they are. XD

Also, Enid Blyton books were some of the best parts of my childhood. :)
swordznsorcery
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
They should totally do an Aquamaniac film! I wonder who'd play him though. And they'd want to do it with CGI, when clearly it should always be a man in a dodgy suit!
meathiel
Dec. 1st, 2015 06:25 am (UTC)
I have to admit I even had a Wham! t-shirt back then ... haha ... And dressed up as Boy George for carnival ... uhm ...
swordznsorcery
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Cool! I bet that was fun.
liadtbunny
Dec. 1st, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
In warehouses with stuff that can be made into explosives and welding gear;p Saturday night TV today is bobbins, after Dr Who and SCD are over it's back to taping films off movies4men.

'Return of the Jedi' is the first film I can actually remember watching, the plot wouldn't have made sense to wee me, even if I had seen the others.
swordznsorcery
Dec. 1st, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
What is it with bad guys that they persistently lock their prisoners up in places so carefully stocked with escape gear?! One of my favourites is an episode of "Remington Steele", when he builds a trampoline out of his bed, bounces up to the ceiling, and then legs it through a skylight!
liadtbunny
Dec. 2nd, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
Lol, are beds that bouncy? Hmm, best not try!
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