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March 2017



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Bonus! Cognitive dissonance.

Devo, "The Girl You Want," circa 1980.

Terrible video quality in the clip, but man, check out the audience in the barettes, the granny dresses, and the FREDs, staring down at these boys in their glittery sharkskin suits, skinny ties and LEGO hats, taking the '80's right between the eyes.

That's Science Fiction, right there, boys.


Two things. (1) Hee! (2) Will looking at an audience from today look that strange twenty years from now? Yes. And damn, what a thought. Pulls me right out of my comfortable fantasy that what's now is... everything, and not just another accumulation of weirdness.

I rather feel like I just realized my skirt has been caught up in my nylons in the back and my arse is showing. ;)
((gleefully moons future generations))
It's a moment on the cusp of history. It's like watching early Beatles concert footage, or Ziggy Stardust right at the beginning of the seventies. There's the people on stage, and the audience, and they're standing on opposite sides of a culture gap.

You can see the schism.

I see. I totally missed the original point, then. :)
No, I think your point stands.

Because they both look pretty silly from here. *g*
I amuse myself sometimes by trying to imagine what of our current commonplaces would look insanely dated in fifteen years.

I still have some of my vintage 80s slouchy-bright-colored-socks (the ones we were supposed to wear two or three pairs at once) ...
I remember the first time my friends and I saw Devo for the first time: it was on Saturday Night Live. We were appalled.

Today, they don't look or sound odd at all. Which, come to think of it, is appalling to me. No wonder I don't listen to the radio any more.
*g* I listen to music that's four hundred years older than I am, so I figure it's incumbent on me to try to keep up.

It helps having friends in their early twenties who send me stuff.
When I viewed first-season 'Dark Angel' live on the air the first time through, I found Original Cindy's dialogue almost entirely incomprehensible, and distinct both from all other characters (except when they deliberately talked like her to tease her) and from anyone i'd heard in real life.

By the time I bought the DVDs, suddenly 'mainstream' street slang had caught up to whatever subculture the writers tapped in to write for Cindy, and suddenly she was no longer at all distinctive. It was weird.
I figure at some point I'll have to declare that I am through being cool. Which would probably be taken the wrong way... :)
*g* I have been a great big huge nerd all my life. What I find entertaining as hell is that, now that GenX is moving into a role of economic and social power... suddenly, being nerdy is *cool.*
Yes. I am so much cooler than I was fifteen years or *cough* twenty years ago, and I haven't changed all that much. ;) Still the same nerd I always was...
I grew up in a tiny little town where the 80s didn't start until 1986 or so. What are FREDs, please?
According to the person who explained them to me, "Fucking ridiculous eye devices."

or "Field regulation eye devices," if you happen to be in the army.
Ohhhh! I had those! Shades, in every weird-ass configuration available. Including those oval ones that Sting had in his "If you love somebody" video.

I'm not going to mention that I still have them. No. Because that would be weird.
The audience was staged...and about 90% of us were Subgeni. :)
*g* I think you're misunderstanding my point.

Subgenii? Fucking protestants. ;-)