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"Flash! I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!"

I suppose 1980 is the year of John Lennon. I don't know that I remember his death so much as the shockwave it caused. It was clearly something really big; something that everybody everywhere was talking about - and then Imagine was everywhere, for the next year. Good things happened that year too though; in the telly department especially. My eldest sister had been a fan of Blake's 7 since it began, so I was aware of it all along. It didn't really engage me to begin with though. Vague memories of finding Servalan a bit scary, and of wondering why they kept Avon around, as he was clearly a bad guy(!). And then, in 1980, Blake went AWOL, and Tarrant and Dayna turned up instead. I've been a fan ever since. :)

I must have been growing up that year actually, as it was the year that Grange Hill won me over as well. My brother was the same age as Tucker and co, and had been watching all along, but it wasn't until series three and four, which both first aired in 1980, that I began to watch properly. That was when Stewpot's year joined (still my favourite GH group). Stewpot, Precious, Pogo and Gripper. It was properly good back then, and well worth a rewatch.

Musically, 1980 was a heck of a mishmash. Adam Ant first caught my attention, with his white stripe and his big boots. Ska was catching on - The Specials had probably been around a while, but I was noticing a lot of stuff for the first time. Madness were getting bigger; and meanwhile Dennis Waterman was singing I Should Be So Good For You, which I don't mind admitting I still love. Actually, if you look at this handy link here, you can see the biggest hits of 1980, and it really is a weird mixture. Some truly great pop, ska, rock, etc; and in the middle of it all, the likes of Doctor Hook and the St Winifred's School Choir, the latter with the most terrifying song ever performed on TOTP. And dear gods, Liquid Gold with Dance Yourself Dizzy. I can't have heard that song in a good thirty years or more, and now I have the chorus prancing about inside my brain, like some ghastly spectre raised from the dead. Please send help. Urgently.

There's Keith Michell there as well, mind, just squeaking into the year's top one hundred, with Captain Beaky. We lost him last week. I highly recommend his 1960s swashbucklers The Hellfire Club (1961) and Seven Seas To Calais (1962), should you be in the mood for some swords and fisticuffs. Yes, I know that's a pretty tenuous link to 1980, but I was raised in a swashbuckle drought.

Adam & the Ants with Antmusic, one of my favourites of theirs:

I had a belt rather like that, courtesy of one of my flamboyant aunt's periodic clear outs. Sadly, boot-wise I only had a pair of green wellies! I badly failed New Romantics 101. :)

Grange Hill, season three, episode one, which debuted in January of 1980:

Flippin' heck, Tucker! This era of the show is fun, as it was developing past its sometimes rocky beginnings. The original intake had new little brothers and sisters joining, and the expanded cast, of kids and teachers, made for a much better show. Good stuffs. Oh yes.

And to wrap it up, a Blake's 7 fanvid. This is ostensibly a Dayna vid, but it's inevitably almost a Tarrant one too, since they're generally stapled together. As ever, beware of end-of-series-four spoilers:

And I think that's enough to be going on with!


( 15 fierce growls — Growl fiercely )
Nov. 27th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
So unplug the jukebox and do us all a favour that music's lost its taste, let's try another flavour ... ANTMUSIC!
Nov. 27th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Precisely! :)
Nov. 27th, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
I've got an ear worm now ...
Nov. 27th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Good. ;)
Nov. 28th, 2015 06:26 am (UTC)
Aw, Tarrant and Dayna! I'm impressed you were watching at the time - but then, as you say, older brothers and sisters. (I was the eldest so I didn't have any of them. I just led my little sister into watching the 90s DW repeats with me. She broke her heart when Jo Grant left and I got into trouble with Mum.)
Nov. 28th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! Poor little sister. I never really got to lead mine astray, as she was always determined to hate everything I liked, on principle!

(I do like that icon :) ).
Nov. 28th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
She enjoyed having her heart broken - she kept asking to rewatch the Green Death, which was why I got into trouble, because she cried each time. :lol:

And thank you! :-)
Nov. 28th, 2015 07:24 am (UTC)
Also, random, but James Maxwell gets everywhere btw - here he is with Adam Ant (he also met Adam Adamant, so he's well up on Adam(ants).)

(I found it on the net the other week: it's from a Royal Exchange 1985 production of Entertaining Mr Sloane.)
Nov. 28th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
That's fabulous! I assume James Maxwell was the brother, and Adam was the dodgy lodger.
Nov. 28th, 2015 06:21 pm (UTC)
I don't really know the play, but I'm pretty sure Adam Ant was the dodgy lodger, yes. And probably as to the other. (Ed? I think. Sylvia Syms was the leading lady.)
Nov. 28th, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
A lonely woman meets a handsome young man, and offers him a room in her house. Then her closeted brother turns up. They both fancy the lodger, but he's a psycho. He kills their father, and they cover it up, and wind up in a weird threeway relationship. It's a bit notorious, as it plays into the old trope of gay men being predatory and dangerous. Rather a successful film though, starring Beryl Reid.

And yes, Ed is the brother.

Edited at 2015-11-29 12:42 am (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
Ah, plays, always so cheerful! :-)

I have the Royal Exchange Theatre book and it has a full list of all the productions from 1976-1998, so I haven't gone round looking up every single thing JM was in/directed/translated/adapted yet. (You can take obsession too far...) Still, Adam Ant looks like a cheery sort of murderer there. JM has a dodgy moustache as usual; I can see that even from this angle. (Talking of obsessions. :lol:)
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah!! I like 'Stand & Deliver' best. Pop groups are so dull these days, dressing boringly and singing about lurve and going to niteclubs, zzz. Also double drummers rule.

Don't tread on an ant he's done nothing to you...
Nov. 28th, 2015 05:10 pm (UTC)
Growing up in the middle of the New Romantic era does tend to make modern music look very dull, doesn't it! I like some modern rock bands, but I can never quite understand why anybody would want to go see them live. They just stand there in dull clothes, and gaze at their shoes.

And so many bands today don't even have one drummer, let alone two...
Nov. 29th, 2015 12:08 pm (UTC)
I do like a nice, mechanical Linn drum *legs it*
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