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Ticket giveaway! A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes and more

Do you think he could see through that hair? Photo: Courtesy

Do you think he could see through that hair? Photo: Courtesy

[Update at 2:10 p.m.: We have our winner! Congrats to "David," who was randomly chosen to recieve the tix to tomorrow's show. Thanks, everyone, for playing and sharing your memories. Barbie Dream House! I had one of those, too. And to have Don Henley/Tina Turner as your first concert is a rather cool thing. Glad to see I'm not the only one who still appreciates the '80s. Looks as if I'll have some stuff to give away next week, too, so make sure to check the blog for updates.



Susanna Hoffs started the week with some ’80s nostalgia (even though she’s promoting a wonderful new solo record) and there’s a wicked cool ’80s bill coming to Buckhead Theatre to cap things off.

A Flock of Seagulls, Naked Eyes and Gene Loves Jezebel will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, bringing their respective rundown of hits (”I Ran [So Far Away],” “Space Age Love Song,” “Always Something There to Remind Me,” “Promises, Promises,” “Desire” and “Jealous” to name a few).

So get out the hairspray if you want to try to emulate Flock singer Mike Score’s famous hairstyle because I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to a synth-lovin’ fan. (If you want to buy tix, go here.)

All you need to do is leave a message below with your favorite ’80s memory and I’ll randomly choose a winner at 2 p.m. Friday (the winner can pick up the tickets at will call the night of the show). So no, the stories don’t factor into whether or not you win, but I’d like to read them!

Good luck.

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Alex Rhodes

November 1st, 2012
6:42 pm

I was born in 1989 so that wasn’t pretty much my happiest memory from the 80’s. Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed Transformers and GI Joe growing up!


November 1st, 2012
9:46 pm

Born at the beginning of the decade so I had plenty of time to enjoy living through the 80s! My favorite memories consist of watching all the amazing kids’ TV shows (Punky Brewster was one I was especially obsessed with), wearing mismatched neon clothes, crimping my hair, wearing slapstick bracelets, and rolling down my socks. And of course with awesome 80s music as my life’s soundtrack!

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Amherst Lordjeffs 94

November 1st, 2012
11:04 pm

The thing that strikes me about the 80s is that the music seemed much more innocent. While it may have lacked the deep political themes of the 60s and early 70s, the music did reflect a somewhat radical shift in the paradigm of popular American culture. From the big hair to the power ballads to Ghost Busters and ET, the 80s were my teenage years, and all those memories (good and bad) will forever remain an integral part of my identity. I mean, I still tear up when thinking about Pat Benatar fight dancing in “Love is a Battlefield.” And I remember watching the JoBoxer’s “Just Got Lucky” and Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ “Come on Eileen” on TBS’s Night Tracks!!!


November 2nd, 2012
12:25 am

My favorite 80s memories- hanging out in Savannah from 2-6 am. The city was ours with nary a soul stirring. We would climb to the rooftops of the buildings and look over our “kingdom” and talk about life, love, and the future. We would hang out by the river, on the steps of the cathedral, and at the cemetery with Button Gwinnett- there we would play hide and seek. A time before cell phones, internet, and locks and barriers to prevent you from exploring. We had many adventures- oh the tales I could tell. I would not trade these memories for anything in the world. Music takes me back to this time- even if it is just for a moment.

Amy Bielawski

November 2nd, 2012
12:59 am

That was my time… 1983… new wave bands, falling in love for the first time, music vids that hardly exist today. I went to punk dances at school, where we jumped around to Devo, Flock of Seagulls, GoGo’s etc. but unfortunately wasn’t allowed to go to concerts until I went away to college. When I finally got free, my first concert was Iron Maiden/Quiet Riot… really wanted to see Quiet and Maiden was quite scary to me. I missed a lot of the new wave concerts because I didn’t have the money. So my experience has been that I now get to see the bands that I missed at that age… kind of sad in a way, but cool at the same time.
I guess I would have to say that my fondest memory is visiting my cousins in Detroit and getting to watch all of the vids at the time and sitting around singing the songs which of course included Flock of Seagulls, Wall of Voodoo, Naked Eyes, Culture Club, Duran Duran.. etc. It was so freeing to be there and to be happy in that time. I also remember skating with one of my cousins to Little Red Corvette….ah the memories.
In college, we dressed up as Vanity Six for Halloween because we were all obsessed with being them and hoping to meet Prince…
I could go on, because there are so many memories of the 80’s that are pretty cool and certainly shaped the person that I am. But more importantly I think the music of that decade (though unfortunately made fun of) is truly something that is now becoming evident in the significance of the music scene. And as I said earlier today… vindication.. sometimes it just takes time.


November 2nd, 2012
8:39 am

The 688 Club! Saw a bunch of bands there including REM and Jason’s Nashville Scorchers one cold January night. Also, was on business in NYC in 82, and saw A Flock of Seagulls at the Peppermint Lounge. Would love to revisit those days.

Mike Hopperton

November 2nd, 2012
9:07 am

Well my favorite 80s memories are being relived in my 12 year old daughter who dressed up as Madonna for Halloween. She thinks 80s music is wonderful and is a big fan of Michael Jackson (of couse we had to go see the Cirque show “Immortal” so she could hear and see all of his music and dance moves being performed. I’ve share with her all of the things I did growing up as a teenager graduating highschool in 1986. Our homecoming theme was Purple Rain, so Prince was dominating the airwaves my Senior Year.

On the movie front, we have allowed her to see some of the classic movies of the 80s – “Ghostbusters”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Back to the Future” just to name of few. It is so neat to have kids enjoy the things that their parents loved. Long live the 80s!


November 2nd, 2012
9:17 am

I recently had to rank my 10 favorite songs of all time. A solid handful,we’re from the 80’s, and on my iPods/phones/pads, I am repeatedly drawn to that decade. First off, I consider R.E.M & The Replacements as the two best American bands ever. Their influence is all over countless bands that have evolved from their true respective indie, and garage, styles. Second, the Clash & the Smiths produced some of my favorite music ever – and for totally opposite reasons. I never got to see the Clash, but when I saw Joe Strummer, he played some of those great Clash songs. It was goosebump inducing. I did see the Smiths, and Morrissey still can get there when you see him. Johnny Marr made some of the most melodic Britpop ever, and Morrissey’s lyrics remain some of the funniest ever written, with a biting, Oscar Wilde-esque wit that was an apt critique of this side of the pond as much as that side of the pond. And how about Elvis Costello? His catalog is almost without parallel. Even though they came out in the late seventies, his first two records remain linchpins in the new wave genre, and sound as fresh right now as they did then. The 80’s will likely be the last decade with a significant number of bands to last for decades. It’s output already surpasses the 90’s, and I highly doubt that many artists starting out in the new millennium have the chops to last for as long as many artists have from the 80’s. Sure, there were many one hit, or one album wonders, but the decade that gave us XTC, Police, Madness, B-52’s, Pretenders, Squeeze, U2, X, Joe Jackson, Graham Parker, Echo & the Bunnymen, Psych Furs, Church, Go-Go’s, Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order, Midnight Oil, and countless others, is a decade that might get less credit than is deserved.

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November 2nd, 2012
9:18 am

Of the entire decade, one would be hard pressed to find a more perfect pop song than “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)”. Tons of bands work their entire musical career and never create a song closer to musical perfection than that gem.


November 2nd, 2012
9:28 am

It should read: a solid handful were from the 80’s. Freakin’ Apple.

Nikki Mark

November 2nd, 2012
9:38 am

I would play with my Barbie Dream House in my room while listening to Billy Idol!!

Magda Elena

November 2nd, 2012
9:51 am

I was in college during the 80’s and clearly remember going to class at 7AM with the same zebra-print long- tube skirt, members only jacket, rubber bangles and mesh hose I’d been wearing a few hours before at a dance club. The look on my Advanced Calculus teacher face was priceless. Oh, to be young and clueless…

Keith H

November 2nd, 2012
10:03 am

So many memories from the 80’s, it’s hard to choose 1 but seeing my first concert Tina Turner and Don Henley opened up was pretty awesome. My Aunt and Uncle took me.

Cara H

November 2nd, 2012
10:13 am

Oh the 80’s!!! What a great time. Some of the things that come to mind when I think of the 80’s are big hair, lace gloves (like what Madonna wore-had at least 3 pair-LOL), leg warmers and those plastic charm braclets-oh and the jelly braclets and shoes. Wow, as I write I keep thinking of more, I could go on and on. Have you noticed that some of the 80’s items are making a comeback? Like Neon??? I don’t think we will ever get back to the Big Hair days though. Such good times and good memories!


November 2nd, 2012
11:46 am

For me the memories of the ‘80″ is all about music. I remember going to see the Hooters at the sold out Tower Theater in Upper Darby PA. The opening band was an English Band called The Outfield. It was a great show. There were lot’s of other great show and bands. Good memories! :)

Mary Winn

November 2nd, 2012
12:10 pm

My favorite 80’s memories are about high school dances, big hair, whitewashed jeans and dancing to Madonna’s Lucky Star with a giant bow in the front of my hair. I still listen to 80’s music now with my kids and we’re making new memories all the time! Also, my first concert was Hall & Oates in 1983! It was fantastic!

Brandon Woodson

November 2nd, 2012
1:02 pm

My parents bought tickets and took me to see the Jackson’s in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville for the Victory Tour! I was about ten years old and loved it! This was on the heels of my first concert – Culture Club!