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1984 was a pretty sucky year, for reasons that I'm not going into. Partly because it was miserable, and partly because I'd get shot if anybody found out I'd been posting about it! But it's not a year that I remember especially fondly. Still some good stuff though. For instance - Manimal! Only eight episodes. There should have been so many more. We also got Blue Thunder that year (cops in a helicopter); Airwolf (vigilantes in a helicopter); and Matt Houston (rich playboy PI with a helicopter). Clearly 1984 was the year of the helicopter. British TV didn't do too badly that year either, although the budgets rarely extended to helicopters. The Bill and Casualty both started that year. Both went on far, far too long, and became ghastly parodies of themselves, but they were both excellent to begin with. Dempsey & Makepeace started, and so did Robin Of Sherwood. Peter Davison ran away when we'd barely got to know his Doctor, and Rentaghost and Crackerjack both ended, probably rather later than they should have done. (And anybody who didn't just yell "Crackerjack!" is being glared at. Just so you know). How did I manage to do anything else, with all this telly-watching?! I think days must have been longer back then. Probably got chopped in half later by the Conservatives, to save money.

Elsewhere, 1984 was the year when my mother decided that, since I never mixed with people my own age, or spoke to anybody ever, I needed to start going to youth club. Oh joy. Consequently, for the best part of a year, I spent an hour every Friday evening in a room full of noisy people. I still didn't talk to anybody, but I suppose I was not talking to them in a different environment, which was possibly at least part of the idea? When she realised that it hadn't worked, she enrolled me in a local Evangelical Bible group instead. What the bloody hell that was supposed to accomplish, I still have no idea. A safe environment, I suppose! Given that the area's three worst problem children had been enrolled as well, presumably in a last ditch attempt to sort them out, it was an experiment quite hilariously doomed to failure. Anyway, we clapped our hands a lot, sang a lot of songs, and I didn't talk to anybody. I'm sensing a pattern. Being the only introvert in a family with seven noisy extroverts takes some careful explaining! Especially when you haven't heard of the word "introvert" yet.

Oh, 1984. You were a problem year. Perhaps that was inevitable, once George Orwell wrote that blasted book!

Three songs that seem to shout "1984" at me particularly loudly:

First up, Wham!'s Freedom, because it played so often on the youth club juke box, that to this day, those choruses still conjure up images of the place:

Second, Queen's Radio Ga Ga. On the radio endlessly, not that I'm complaining. And the video is so brilliantly eighties!

And thirdly, probably the song of the year - Springsteen's Born In The USA. Seen here played live in London in 2013, solely for reasons of maximum Mighty Max Weinberg.

Crash bang wallop. :)


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Dec. 1st, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC)
I love Manimal! Wish it had run longer.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
It was great. There's a remake in the works (there's a remake of everything in the works at the moment - nothing may come of it), but I am watching out for it with suspicion.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:05 am (UTC)
We really seem to have had completely different TV from you Brits ... I vaguely remember Airwolf.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
Vaguely remembering it is probably the best way to remember it. ;)
Dec. 2nd, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
The only helicopter related prog I remember was 'Airwolf'! I liked 'Knightrider' better because the car talked. As an UK child of the 80's I spent it being confused about what Vietnam was. Obv it was a big deal in the US because it was mentioned frequently in 'Airwolf' and 'The A-Team'.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
You had to be a Vietnam vet on telly in the 80s. And the 90s. It was short hand for "I know what to do with a gun", I think. They'd all been out there, even the ones who clearly wouldn't have been old enough.
Dec. 2nd, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, Airwolf. I can't say it was good, but I can say I had a bit of a thing for Jan Michael Vincent. Who always seemed to be playing characters 15 years his junior, but then hello Hollywood.

I've spent years now pretending not to remember Wham and not to have Wham!Rap as a permanent long-term earworm. ('watch your mouth babe you're out of line!') help help help. What are you up to with these flagrant professions of allegiance? Isn't it illegal?
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:26 pm (UTC)
If you get the chance to see "Airwolf" again, got for season one. It is genuinely excellent. The production company got scared by it, as they'd accidentally made a mature programme, and they majorly dumbed it down for season two (not helped by JMV's epic substance abuse). Season two is bad. Season three is painful. Season four has a complete cast change, and is outright hilarious. I recommend that one purely for the insanity.

'Watch your mouth, babe, you're out of line' is from "Young Guns". Not "Wham! Rap". Go back to Wham! school. :p

Edited at 2015-12-02 08:27 pm (UTC)
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