Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The tracks of my (early) years, part II

Following on from the blog post I did last month about songs that reminded me of my early childhood, circa 1984 and therefore aged about 4/5 I've been listening to some music today and decided to share with you the next stage of my life - circa 1988, usually known to me as the SAW years. (C'mon. You don't need me to spell it out surely?).

I know that is incredibly sad. I know that the music is a little bit cringeworthy but the fact is I was about 8/9 years old so it was perfect for me, and do you know what? I still enjoy bopping around to some tracks from The Hit Factory. And yes, a couple of years ago I did in fact purchase a "Greatest Hits of SAW" album.

So scoff if you like, but here I share with you a couple of tracks that remind me of the carefree days of being a youngster and staring up at my Brother Beyond posters.

Hazell Dean - Who's Leaving Who  Classic SAW. I wonder whatever happened to Hazell Dean?

Sinitta - Toyboy Shamefully still a song and video I love. Honestly. I planned to rock this outfit for an 80's party a few years ago but chose to go Fame-style instead (and still rocked it...). Check out Simon Cowell in the video.

Swing Out Sister - Breakout This is such a classic 80's video and reminds me so much of being a child. I think it in fact reminds me of my sister and it was probably the soundtrack to much hair pulling and biting.

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere I absolutely loved this song as a little girl, and I still do. Can't believe it's as old as it is!

The Beach Boys - Kokomo Ahh just hearing the start of this song transports me back to a time where I watched Cocktail over and over and over again. Probably not an entirely child appropriate film, huh.

Of course, the other loves of my life were the usual suspects - Kylie, Jason, Big Fun, Tiffany, Kim Wilde and of course The London Boys. I was very sad to hear that they'd both died in the 90's. Oh and Debbie Gibson. Loved, loved, loved Debbie Gibson. I wanted to BE Debbie Gibson. Hell, perhaps I still do.

Oh, let me leave you with one more song. I swear I just listened to this song for the first time in about 15 years and it brought an actual tear to my eye. I'm not sure there is another song that quite reminds me of my childhood as much as this.

Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram - Somewhere Out There

Right, I'm off to search out a DVD copy of An American Tale and weep over the fact that these songs are like 25 years old.

So tell me, what songs remind you of this period, late to mid 80's and what were you doing at the time? Were you an 8 year old like me? Do you even remember know songs? (Mr M doesn't even remember who Debbie Gibson is...)

love & kisses
Mrs M x


  1. Debbie Gibson! Sweet memories!
    In fact two days ago I listened to her and "Lost in your eyes"! I wrote a CD with all those old 80s songs and I'm listening to it while driving.
    It makes feel happy and carefree again!

  2. I don't remember any of them! And I am the same age (ish) as you! Clearly I was Not Cool.

  3. We are pretty much the same age, and similar musical memories. And Somewhere Out There also had me crying the other day. I hadn't heard it in years, I absolutely loved it as a child. Great tunes!

  4. I was 12 in 1988 and your song memories are pretty much the same as mine. I adored Debbie Gibson, Tiffany and SAW (and also have the SAW Greatest Hits album). The first album I ever bought was Kylie. Might have to have an afternoon on YouTube revisiting my youth!

  5. How sad about The London Boys - I remember buying a single of theirs (on vinyl, of course).

    Another big SAW fan here - I was obsessed with Kylie and Jason - even had an "Especially For You" T-shirt... :-)


  6. I stood in front of mirror, microphone, aka brush, in hand singing my heart out to more than one of these. Mum has since told me she used to peek in and p**s herself at me, Thanks Mum! Nat


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