Tag Archive | 1980s

David Bowie – Videos Before Their Time

David Bowie, aka David Jones, was a pioneer in music videos. He always had theatrical, artistic looking movies, almost. He even admitted to being a mime trapped in a man’s body!

I just thought I’d put together a little compilation of videos I though were very unique:


1969 – “Love You ‘Til Tuesday”


1969 – Space Oddity (Original Video)


1974 – “Life On Mars”


1977 – “Heroes” – and how many commercials use this song? Well, the toned-down, less angst-ridden version…


1979 “I Am A D.J. (I am what I play)



1980 “Fashion”



1980 – “Ashes To Ashes”


1983 – “China Girl” – As a teen, I remember a major controversy with this one. It was reviled for sounded misogynistic or racist – fetishization of Asian women, white supremacy, and mentions swastikas. Actually, it’s not glamorizing, it’s pointing out how racist people can be…just watch. Iggy Pop co-wrote this.


1984 – “Blue Jean”


1987 – “Day-In Day-Out” – another one loaded with controversy. This one was banned in the US. Just watch it…notice how it could’ve been filmed today.



1977 – “Heroes” from the Bing Crosby Merrie Olde Christmas Special



Bing Crosby & David Bowie – “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)”



David Bowie Funny Moments – Part I, II, III




THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “Pinballer” Black and White T Shirt!!

Thanks to Christian in Austria for buying this cool “Pinballer” ringer shirt! Please send me photos of you (or your gift recipient)!!

Delta makes totally tubular 1980s-themed safety video – TODAY.com

Delta makes totally tubular 1980s-themed safety video – TODAY.com.

From Delta’s YouTube channel:


As a tribute to Delta’s first safety video premiering in the 80’s, our latest version is 80’s themed to continue our emphasis on safety in an engaging way.
The safety video was filmed over 20 hours on a Delta 777 in Detroit. More than 100 people including 20 actors, 80 extras, six flight attendants and a pilot are featured in the video dressed in 80’s fashions including authentic Delta flight attendant uniforms, leg warmers, hair scrunchies and neon colors. There are also cameos from some of our favorite 80’s stars including basketball player Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who had a cameo in the movie “Airplane”, as a Delta first officer. We also have our favorite ’80s alien, Alf, and even an original member of Devo, Gerald Casale, safely storing the popular energy dome. 

We introduced safety videos designed to be constantly updated with fresh scenes to reward even the most frequent of frequent flyers for paying attention. Watch the full video here and be sure to let us know what you think!

RE: Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” Isolated Tracks | That Eric Alper

Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” Isolated Tracks | That Eric Alper – great article!! One of my favorite songs of all time.

“Rio” is my favorite album.  Duran Duran is still around after all these years. No surprise.

Granted, Hungry Like The Wolf is a weird song if you listen to the lyrics. I get it, but it’s odd. HOWEVER, the musical arrangement is amazing. Hard to believe these guys were so young when they wrote it. Nick Rhodes is a masterful genius, and there’s no denying he was the savory underpinning of this great band. He was quite the orchestrator, literally. Oh, the flack I caught from my parents because they “looked like girls” – but who’s laughing now?

This revelation about the song I’d not heard before (article cited below):

“The lyrics were inspired by Little Red Riding Hood…”

U wot m8? I guess it makes sense now…?

Anyway, read the article and enjoy these isolated tracks that collectively make up a great song:

THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “Couples Skate” Tshirt!!


Back in the early 1980’s, you could find me in a roller rink every weekend. Now if I could find a man who’d couples skate with me…

Couples Skate Tshirt
Couples Skate Tshirt by CousinBelles
See other Couples skate T-Shirts at zazzle

“Arthur George, 90, and wife Joyce, 89, continue to enjoy their lifelong passion of roller skating, and show few signs of slowing down. Video by Bernard Weil.”





Blame It On The Boogie – Jermaine Jackson

Don’t blame it on sunshine, moonlight or good times – blame it on the boogie.

I have a keen sense of nostalgia, probably talking ad nauseam about my recollections of life in the 70’s, 80’s ad 90s’, but it’s the disco era I remember most fondly.

From my young point of view, I didn’t realize that the 60’s were a MAJOR coming-of-age for America…the Vietnam war, Woodstock, birth control pills, women’s rights and the moon landing were just some of many things that changed this country forever. Gone were the “Leave It To Beaver” days; issue in The Sonny & Cher Show, The Brady Bunch, The Jeffersons, Happy Days, The Partridge Family, Good Times, What’s Happening, One Day At A Time, etc. Some of these shows even involved the cast singing and/or dancing. Variety shows were immensely popular, and Lawrence Welk is still one of my all-time faves! But I digress.

There were also musical groups who had cartoons…as a youngster in the early 70’s, I watched the Osmonds and Jacksons on TV as often as I could, and both singing families had their own cartoons – did you know that? Check out the Osmonds cartoon opening sequence, and both families together in the same Saturday morning cartoon promo. I understood America’s fascination with a singing Mormon family – the clean, seemingly innocent family of singers and dancers who sang of cutesy things. I thought Donnie was cute – still do. However, the Jacksons will forever hold my interest. Several are accomplished musicians, as well as singers, songwriters, arrangers, producers, and dancers.

Yes, the family has had – and still has – it’s darker moments. Let’s step away from that in this article and focus on the musical contributions that one Jackson 5 member has made to popular music and the world as we know it.

The following was a video for the song “Blame It On The Boogie” by the Jacksons – it was the studio version of the video, but it’s not the only one. There were many others (search on YouTube) that prove they were certainly pioneers in music, video and marketing. Barry Gordy knew what he was doing as the king of Motown.

Jermaine Jackson – of late, has been associated with much controversy, but musically, he’s a talented singer, dancer and musician. Do you remember his string of hits in the 80’s?

What you may not know is that Jermaine Jackson can play bass – very well. That man can jam! As a fellow (or lady) bass player, I can vouch for his chops, seen and heard. One day I’d love to see him play live, but YouTube will have to suffice for now. There’s been talk of his ‘ferocious’ bass playing skills on TalkBass.com, and they would know. Here are some clips for your enjoyment – dare I say, “Enjoy Yourself”?

Since the Jacksons were produced by Motown, it’s obvious Jermaine learned from the available talent pool. In this transcript from a Larry King Live interview in 2003, Jermaine says he’s mostly self-taught, learning by watching James Jamerson and Larry Graham (Sly and the Family Stone).

This is the same interview where Larry makes an embarrassing comparison: “… you were like the black Osmonds“. Larry. Shut. Up.

Oh, I could go on with a million links, but just peruse YouTube for Jermaine Jackson playing live; he’s just amazing. Very talented. And should get props for it. I wish he’d get back in the music business singing and playing. The family has some amazingly talented stand-outs, despite their questionable upbringing, and I wish the best for Jermaine and his career.

Playing the low notes 𝄢,
Cousin Belle

THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “FLORIDA Retro Neon Palm Trees” Tshirt!!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH – I don’t know if this is for a holiday or special occasion, but enjoy it all the same!!

THANK YOU To The Customer Who Bought My “Pinballer” Black and White T Shirt!!

I hope your shirt comes out awesomely – and maybe one day, some cool wearer of said coolness will take a photo of themselves portraying aforementioned awesomeness!!


Pinballer Black and White T Shirt
Pinballer Black and White T Shirt by CousinBelles
View Pinball T-Shirts online at zazzle

Rehoboth Beach Bunny + Rainbow Hearts Tshirt – Authentic Retro (Not For Sale)

Nah, you wouldn’t want this one….but I saved it!!

It was made in about 1980 at a Tshirt shop on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s two shirts in one – rainbow hearts on the front (with embroidery FTW!), and a decal bunny on the back. Purple was my favorite color back then, and I wore the crap outta this shirt. I saved it, being something I’ll always treasure and keep.