Retro Recap

My smile from the Tumble 4 Ya blogfest still looms and I just can't help it---I want to share my summary observations from the fest. Think of it as an after party. ;)

The Guys:  The fellas' crushes seemed to be fairly evenly split between rocker chicks (like the girls from Heart, Stevie Nicks, and Cyndi Lauper) and the girl-next-door types.  My favorite quote from the fest is from the Armchair Squid, who said of Ally Sheedy's character in St. Elmo's Fire: "The eyes, the hair and the impish smile just made you want to gather her up in a blanket for the evening" Awww!

A notable lady missing from the guys' 80s crush list was Princess Leia:

Really boys, did ya not see Return of the Jedi?

The Girls:  I'd have to say the top ladies' choice is a tie between the boys of Duran Duran and, well, this isn't exactly a person, but...the Volleyball Scene in Top Gun.  Don't act like you don't know exactly what I'm talkin' about.  Here, Pk Hrezo has a lovely video at her place.

I was very happy to see some of my own 80s crushes show up---like John Cusak (I was a Sure Thing girl) and Adam Ant (and also a Goody Two Shoes gal)---but there were two boys who were quite special to me that didn't, so I feel I must give them tribute here: 

Michael Hutchence of INXS

Egads, how did I not pick him for my #1?!?
Michael Hutchence was simply the sexiest man to ever swagger.

I was never  a big poster girl, but this guy was allowed to hang on the living room wall in the college apartment for two years:

Robert Smith of The Cure
It wasn't so much the looks, but the angsty voice, the words, the freakin' Cure. *sigh*
(Perhaps it was also the modest, unrequited crush I had on the boy who made me the mix tape featuring Robert Smith et al...perhaps.)

Okay, NOW I think I'm done with this.  But if you have any overlooked 80s lovelies to add to the list, I'll be more than happy to hear all about them. :) 

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sure I saw Jedi but the princess doesn't play a guitar.
It was a fun blogfest!

Cherie Colyer said...

Michael Hutchence was a hottie. And I don't remember Princess Leia wearing so little close. Now I see why guys liked her so much. What a fun blogfest. :)

Luanne G. Smith said...

Oh, you know I was going to put Robert Smith on my list, but I thought things were getting too long for a bloghop. SO many crushes in the 80's. And I saw Michael Hutchence in a bar once after one of their shows. Couldn't quite get his attention though. Darn. :)

And, yeah, I was a little surprised at how much love Ally Sheedy got from the guys. Kind of sweet.

DL Hammons said...

Never was much of a Princess Leia fan. She did rock that costume though! Hubba Hubba!!

Heather Murphy said...

What a great poster of Michael Hutchence!

Jennifer Lane said...

Wow, great choices of the hotties that were missed! Michael Hutchence makes me sad--what a loss. I'm trying to remember if anyone mentioned Matt Dillon. He's a heartthrob in my opinion! Thanks for hosting such a fun fest.

Janie Junebug said...

I remember that volleyball scene. Meeeeeow!


Anonymous said...

I love The Cure, and Michael Hutchence was gorgeous.

I remember many of my male classmates preferring the ladies of rock.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I didn't really have any 80s crushes, though I have plenty of 90s crushes. I will say that I always thought that Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling) from Sixteen Candles was cute.

Suze said...

Afterglow! I love it!

And yeah, weird that no one mentioned the icon in the metallic bikini ...

Susan Oloier said...

That was such a fun blogfest, Nicki! Thanks for co-hosting it. Wasn't there a Friends episode about Princess Leia and the gold bikini?

M Pax said...

I was surprised by no Leia, too.

I adore both Michael Hutchins and the Cure. I'm still huge fans of both bands. Michael's story ended so tragically. Sniff.

JJ said...

Hello my friend. I am sorry I have not been around for a little while. I have once again embarked on a new venture. I will write about it in the future. What a crazy life. In any event, I just wanted to say hello. I am still alive and well, living in St. Augustine.

PS: BTW, I became a Jedi Knight.

Old Kitty said...

I was sooooooooooo a Spandau Ballet, anti-Duranie 80's girl so spit-spit to Simon le Bon Bon Bon and co and mega swoon to the Kemp Boys! LOL!

I was also in love and very scared of Toyah. Yay!

Take care

Theresa Milstein said...

Princess Leia was definitely hot in that movie!

I did love INXS as a kid. But his suicide was pretty disappointing.

Kittie Howard said...

Hmm, wish I'd worked on those abs more!

Tara Tyler said...

i missed this post!
and 2 michael h things,
1) went to a small venue inxs concert, stood right up front!

2) dated a guy that looked just like him! whoo!