Glitter, wigs, being a bit of a mess? Whilst 80s dancing legends Pam’s People high-kicked their way through many a routines on Top of the Pops (RIP) Ke$ha now combines all Pam’s outfits into one and rolls around New York feeling like P Diddy.
1981 saw single ‘Spellbound’ reaching number 7 in UK charts and the goth-glam look of Sixousie Sioux mixed with her strong vocals and monochrome harmonies glimmer through in Dum Dum Girls aesthetic.
Are you looking for asinine beats, pretty smiles and songs with really easy to learn lyrics? The generation gap might mean Bananarama are a product of Stock, Aitken and Waterman’s vivid pop dream rather than the high-waisted golden touch of Simon Cowell but both pretty much echo the same aspirations and nonsensical lyrics. I’M YOUR VENUS/ I’M YOUR FIRE/ YOU’RE DESIRE | I MISS MISSING YOU.
A pretty obvious connection to make perhaps; both pioneering fashion icons, both not afraid to flash the flesh and both probably caught up in cults for the super-rich-Kabala-influenced-lifestyle. Madonna crazy-paved the way for Lady Gaga to come with her paper mache creations and pastiche of ‘Express Yourself’… We kindly say ‘pastiche’ and not ‘rip-off’.
It’s all about whom you’re associated with, really. Karla Devito sound tracked ‘The Breakfast Club’ with her song ‘We Are Not Alone’. With Molly Ringwald dancing round the library this songs credentials were mightily enhanced and its place in the 1980s cinematic history assured. Warpaint’s contribution to the album ‘A Tribute to David Bowie’ also enhances their credentials as their cover of ‘Ashes to Ashes’ showcases their musical ability, sweet vocals and flair for style.