On the run up to Adam Ant’s show on September 21, we at the Granada got in a nostalgic mood and started imagining the show’s attendees appearing in 80′s outfits and hairstyles. Because most of us here were in diapers in the 1980′s, we have to resort to stereotypes about common looks from music videos and movies of that time . Here is a profile of styles we expect to see at the Adam Ant show at the Granada on September 21st:
- Hair Rockers
The labels Hair Rock and Hair Metal applies to every rock band at the time by that had guitars, were wildly popular, and weren’t Judas Priest. Hair rock style included guys wearing clingy pants, spiked jackets and thick, well-maintained hair that gives this era or rock its name.
- New Dandies
Adam and the Ants were no doubt part of this alongside Prince and David Bowie. Wanting to emulate the original dandy Lord Byron, these guys wore stuff out of the 19th century like cavalry jackets and ruffled shirts. If Charlie Murphy was right in his True Hollywood Stories skit about Prince on Chapelle’s Show, the most effeminately dressed dude got the most women.
- Track suited b-boys and emcees.
- Friendly Punks
What do you know, Adam Ant sort of fits here too. Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper and Madonna represented this style the most in the 80′s. The highlights of this style was bright, off-shoulder shirts or sweaters for women, copious bangles, dyed or bleached hair, and a leather jacket in the summer.
- Linebacker suits
It wasn’t just artists and musicians that dressed ostentatiously. Even regular working people dressed as if color or shape were meaningless. Men and women’s workwear included sharply-angled shoulders, bright colors, and cell phones the size and shape of bricks. Get this, kiddos. Cell phones back then could only make phone calls.