You've got your Justin Biebers, your One Direction band members but in my day (in my late teens and early 20's) it was James Reyne, amongst others. He was the lead singer of the Australia iconic rock'n'roll band of the 1980s "Australian Crawl" and was reknown for his excellent good looks but terrible singing. He could hold a tune but no way could you understand what he was saying. You had to buy the album and hope that the lyrics were on there so you could find out what the hell they were singing about.
I found out he was playing at one of my local pubs last night and boy, did I want to go. I just loved all their songs and him. The mini concert was free and it was at a (usually) kid friendly hotel and it was my weekend with the kids so why not take them. I'm not usually one for taking kids to pubs or clubs but I just couldn't miss out on this opportunity to see him. Next thing was to convince my 5 year old son to go. Mr Grumble Bum, who was still getting over his bug and not 100% wanted to stay in for movie night but I said we'd go for a couple songs and come home, which we did.
I heard "Beautiful People". This one came out when I was in my last year of high school. Oh my goodness, the memories!
He did "Fall of Rome".
And there was the song "Hammerhead". (Olivia Newton John sang backing vocals on this original track.) Just fantastic. There were a lot of young people in the crowd just talking probably never heard any of these songs before but the people of 'my vintage' were rockin' it, as I was with the kids. We had our first little rock'n'roll live concert experience together and my daughter loved it. Just hope they have good taste in music like me but I doubt it.
And who could forget him in in the mini series "Return to Eden"? As much as he was evil in that show, I just loved him. Oh well, its as close as I get to a night out now. A 6pm, 3 song boogie at the local with my kids. It was heaps of fun.
And this is me (on the left) aged around 18 years old, circa 1982 with my friends on a night out in the city dressed in vintage glam. I'm in my Mum's wedding dress, a pale blue Irish linen dress, with gloves and pointy vintage shoes. Ah, those were the days. My kids weren't even a glimmer in my eye in those days!