One good thing about my neighborhood is that we like to party. We like to have parties, go to parties, plan parties, have impromptu parties. But my favorite kind of parties are theme parties.
Last March, it was the St. Patrick’s Day party. We all dressed in green, wore plastic green beads, ate fish and chips, and drank like Irishmen. In December, it was an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. I won first place. Not sure if I should be proud or ashamed. And most recently, I held a #DisneySide party where we celebrated everything Disney from the cupcakes to the cocktails.
Tonight, we’ve got a brand new theme party to attend: Celebrating the 1980s! That’s right. I’m heading to a party to celebrate the decade that brought us legwarmers, headbands, Hypercolour sweatshirts, and Rubik’s Cube. It was the decade of my first kiss, my driver’s license, and my high school graduation. It was also the decade of my musical awakening.
I started the decade listening to anything I could get from Columbia Record & Tape Club, like Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Huey Lewis & the News, Duran Duran, and, shamefully, Lionel Ritchie. I advanced to New Wave and embraced the likes of Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, and A Flock of Seagulls. I ended the decade a megafan of U2, Tracy Chapman, and John (Cougar) Mellencamp.
I’m happy to report that, while I still know all of the aforementioned musical groups, my tastes have, ahem, matured a bit. But when I needed to come up with a themed outfit or “costume,” I decided to turn to the musical roots of the 80s.
Instead of going with the side ponytail or off the shoulder Flashdance looks, I thought of going with a style similar to mine in the 80s: asymmetrical plaid top, pin-striped skinny jeans with zippers at the bottom, suede ankle boots, and a bad perm. Then it occurred to me. I could finally embrace the 80s look I always wanted.
I didn’t want to be Madonna. Ever. I wasn’t into Debbie Gibson or Cher. I fancied the glamorous 80s ladies like drama queen Morgan Fairchild or supermodel Carol Alt.
Couldn’t I be one of them?
I’m opting for the glam automaton look of the models in Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love” video. Turns out, it’s pretty simple:
- Slick back your hair
- Put on a short little black dress
- Coat on 80s style makeup (found this awesome makeup tutorial here)
- Put a blank, soulless stare on your face
If you want to see what a short, less-thin, middle-aged version of this looks like, be sure to follow my Instagram stream.
My husband, who likes to get in on the fun but is a bit less of a risk taker, is planning to put on his old flight suit and aviator sunglasses and go as Tom Cruise from Top Gun. I suggested that perhaps he might be better suited to the role of Goose.
Either way, music and movies are a totally awesome way to relive the 80s. So if you’re having a night of wine and popcorn all snuggled up with your remote, I’ve put together a list of some of the most tubular movies on Netflix available for watching RIGHT NOW through streaming.
And that’s the end of my top 20 1980s movies that you can watch RIGHT NOW on Netflix. And it’s also time to start telling me what’s missing from this list. Trust me, there were plenty of 80s movies that I wanted to put on this list but they’re only available as DVD from Netflix, not for streaming.
Tell me your favorite 1980s movie that you’d love to see on this list and maybe Netflix will indulge our inner Valley Girls and like, totally, put them on streaming!