Girls Write Out
Friday, August 18, 2006
You youngins!
You know nothing of our suffering! The other day, I was showing my daughter the video, "Stand and Deliver" by Adam & the Ants on, because she's my little 80's chick. Anyway, I was thinking, you youngins have it so easy! You can just call up a video and it's there at your leisure. But WE -- we children of the 80's, we had to come home and watch MTV with breathed anticipation that Adam might come on, and dance his little pirate/highwayman self into our living rooms. We were at the mercy of veejay Martha Quinn -- who luckily had her own little crush on Adam. We had to beg our Moms for "just one more video" hoping he'd come on before dinner and we had to set the table.

But kids, just pull it up at your leisure. You have Tivo, YouTube, you can befriend your faves on When my girlfriend went to London, I had to give her money to get me all the British Adam Ant paraphernalia, but you just get to go to Ebay and buy from the worldwide garage sale! Life is so not fair. I was a stalker too early in life.

And while I'm harping on things, can someone please explain to me the difference between MTV and your local porn channel these days? Blech!! The 80's had class -- remember Sting in "Don't Stand So Close to Me". The raciest we got was J. Geils singing about his baby is a centerfold, and girls in ugly babydolls dancing around. Let me repeat dancing, not gyrating!! Ah, the times, they are a changing.

I guess the moral is, I was obsessive too early in history. The good news is that they make really great jeans for 40 year-olds now, and the hair dye is better than ever. This 80's memoir is dedicated to Beth!

Happy birthday to my best friend, who has seen me through all my crushes and stages. Example: On the day of our Adam Ant concert in Concord, had to go to my paleontology class at Ocean Beach, where the professor was ticked because the nudists were sunbathing in front of the geology rock lines. ROFLOL You just can't make this stuff up.
Or how I saw her through the dating incidents with "Fish Hands" and the guy she dated in college ( can't remember his name) but I do remember he was dancing in his chones on the roof of the fraternity at the time. -- Oh yeah, that one was a keeper!

Now, we're old and stable...sort of. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL!! We're 40 & Fabulous!!!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 1:20 PM  
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At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE the 80s. My best friend Sarah Elisabeth loves the 80s even more than me. There is just something about the 80s. My sister secretly likes the 80s. My favorite 80s movie is TOP GUN. That soundtrack rocks!

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Dancing in his chones? What's a chone?

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Chones is the Spanish word for underwear. He really was a nice kid, just a dork. And I was glad that didn't last long. LOL

At 11:40 AM, Blogger CHickey said...

I can't remember his name, but remember the guy who sang with girls looking just alike behind him. The girls had slicked back hair, bright red lips and tight black dresses. They hardly moved at all. Or Tears For Fears?

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Robert Plant. Addicted to Love. : )

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I mean Robert Palmer. : )

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh PLEASE! You're calling THEM babies? You're the baby! Give me sixties music any day. Good grief, 80s is what my daughter listened to. LOL

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Forties are GREAT!!!! Old enough to tell the world to go take a flying leap, and young enough to have a ball! That's why I'm stayin in that decade - not getting any older as far as the rest of y'all are concerned. :o) Forget growing old gracefully!

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

You're right, Colleen, about the 60s music. And the 50s. Great rock 'n' roll! The King - Elvis. The Beatles ... and the age of innocence.

But I'm still staying in my 40s - 49 forever.:o)

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

My son Jonah is totally in love with Elvis. It's interesting, all the kids' movies today invoke either 80's music or Elvis, so you have a connection with your kids, it's very cool!

At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

80's big hair rocks!

At 6:14 PM, Blogger One More Writer said...

I'm so glad other people love the 80s, too. My kids roll their eyes when I put the 80s station on XM radio in the car and turn it WAY up!

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Lauri said...

Have you seen Laguna Beach on MTV? It's addicting. I was born in 1977 so I'm one of the younger children of the 80s, but this is addicting.

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Haven't seen Laguna Beach. I have a new Tivo system in my life (from Dish Network to Cable) and I currently feel television handicapped. : )

One more writer, I have to say it makes me crack up to hear my six year old sing, "Stand and Deliver" with her little English accent. We have some new friends from London and they were like, "What is she singing?" LOL They knew Adam.

At 1:23 AM, Blogger tiff said...

I'm so proud to see you use the word, younguns. My preacher says that's a way of knowing a good southerner!

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

But I spelled it wrong, Tiff, does it still count?

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

FYI Kristin, VH1 has a channel known as VH1 classics. It's pretty much all 80's, maybe early 90's from what I've seen.

I watched a Jets video the other day, I've Got a Crush on You or something like that, and I remember watching them perform on TV. The video was kind of cheesy but still entertaining. It was nice to hear a song that didn't have swearing or references to sex in it. I'm a Gen Xer 80's kid and proud of it. :)

At 8:56 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I loved MTV in the '80s. Yeah, it's gotten bad. I don't have MTV on my cable, but I've been in hotel rooms and happened across it.

Can't stand it.

At 2:05 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

This discussion is so The Wedding Singer--lol.

My 50-&-fabulous husband just doesn't get that movie--says he was already into his 'jazz' stage!

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I know, Julie, that you're not implying there's ANYTHING wrong with the Wedding Singer. Am I right?

I showed my daughter I still had my Adam Ant World Tour '85 shirt. Now that's pathetic. She wore it in the neighborhood. LOL

At 5:15 PM, Blogger T. Suzanne Eller said...

My children were born in the 80's and so that is a bit of a blur (three children in 19 months - twins!). : )

I love 70's music better anyway.

Suzanne Eller

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

You're right, Kristin, that's exactly what I mean--there's NOTHING wrong with that movie. Now if only I could convince hubby of that...haha!

At 10:44 PM, Blogger krustydog said...

I know this is a bit out dated for when this thread started. But as a 30 year old i consider myself a child of the 80's and 90's, though I love both. When I look and music, movies, and tv today I think "wow we had much better music, movies and tv." Someone mentioned about having an old concert t-shirt. My thought was of course you do I have kept them all.
This to say Totally the 80's RULE!


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