Saturday, November 10, 2007

Howard Jones, 1985

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Top Gun 1986

Top Gun hit the theaters in 1986 (when a 7PM movie was only $3.85 for a student) and remained in the theaters for what seemed like forever! My buddy Neil and I refused to see Top Gun at first because a cute neighbor of ours, Jennifer, was head over heals in love with Val Kilmer … and we were jealous. We would tell her, “He ain’t all that, he’s got big teeth!”
Anyway, I finally broke down and saw the move in early 1987. Top Gun stayed in the theaters for almost a year. This was back in the days when movies didn’t come out on video – if you missed it in the theater, you had to wait for the television networks to pick it up. Once I saw it, I was hooked and immediately bought the soundtrack. I also fell in love with Kelly McGillis. (she has since hit the wall, hard!) LOL
Look at this list of actors:
Tom Cruise as Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell
Kelly McGillis as Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood
Val Kilmer as Lt. Tom 'Iceman' Kazansky
Anthony Edwards as Lt. (j.g.) Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw
Tom Skerritt as Cmdr. Mike 'Viper' Metcalf
Michael Ironside as Lt. Cmdr. Rick 'Jester' Heatherly
John Stockwell as Cougar
Barry Tubb as Wolfman
Rick Rossovich as Lt. (j.g.) Ron 'Slider' Kerner
Tim Robbins as Lt. (j.g.) Sam 'Merlin' Wells
Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Sundown
Whip Hubley as Lt. Rick 'Hollywood' Neven
James Tolkan as Stinger
Meg Ryan as Carole Bradshaw
Adrian Pasdar as Chipper

The soundtrack to the movie was also one of the most popular of all time. It included "Take My Breath Away" which became a #1 hit.
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Monday, October 29, 2007


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Sunday, October 28, 2007

My Weekly 80s Play List

Here is this week's 1980s playlist as I see it. I have all of these songs in my collection and will be spinning them throughout the week. I get all of my 80s music from Rhapsody. They have the widest selection I have found.
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

How to tight roll your pants, 80s style

The coolest kids in 1986 had tight-rolled pant cuffs. Of course, I was one of those cool kids. From what I can remember, tight-rolling hit the St. Petersburg, Fl area in about 1986, and remained a fashion trend until about 1990.
Many have speculated just where the fad started. I believe it came from the boy-band craze surrounding “New Kids on the Block.”
Below, I have demonstrated the steps in properly tight rolling your trousers. Some kids back in the day used safety pins to hold the rolls in place, but that was a definite amateur way to do it. A properly tight-rolled pant leg would at least withstand the rigors of your first and second period classes before needing a refresh.
I also notice that the Old Navy pants I am wearing in the pictures were not made for tight rolling.
The best “pegged” cuffs were achieved on Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans, and Bugle Boy khakis. Some may also remember the Bugle Boy pants that revealed a little design on the underside of the pants, so when you tight-rolled them, you'd reveal a paisley pattern on the rollup.

Start by pulling the cuff out completely.

Next, fold over as far as possible without cutting off the circulation. If you have "cankles," tight rolling is not possible.

Roll cuffs up twice. Notice how the crease extends all the way up to the knee. This is important to achieve the proper "pegged" look.

Next, lose the socks! No respectable 80s kids wore socks! LOL

The finished look is clean, neat and cool.

Thanks to fellow blogger and friend Bryan Seddon for acting as photographer for this post. You can see Bryan's blog here.

Please share with me some of your memories about "pegging" your pants? Ladies, did you tight roll too?...I cannot remember.