Thursday, 7 October 2010

Aha! My Friends

There won't be any question of the day tomorrow because I'm off to London to see Aha in concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

It's the LSO who is the real Aha fan but after dragging him to the Film and Comic Convention in July I knew I needed to treat him to something special, and the Royal Albert Hall is special. Stunning is the word I'd use. I've only been there once before and that was to see the legendary film music composer Ennio Morricone and I was blown away by the venue, the music, and the amazing atmosphere. If you ever get a chance, go.

Aha will be performing their entire Hunting High and Low album, containing several iconic tracks from my childhood, with a 30-piece orchestra and screen projections. It should be an experience to remember.

Can you believe it's been 25 years since their Hunting High and Low album? Do you remember 1985? What were you doing that year? Share your jumper dress and pixie boot moments with us all.

In 1985 I was 13 and a geek. I was in love with Nik Kershaw and David Bowie. I know, they couldn't be more different. I remember watching the Take On Me video repeatedly and the whole family watching Aha on the Royal Variety Performance. If I remember correctly, they sang The Sun Always Shines on TV.

I'm not sure what year jumper dresses and Pixie boots came out, but I wore them. I had a grey and pink striped jumper dress and burgundy pixie boots, which I wore all the time. Those were the days.


  1. I love the sound of your flashback outfit! Especially love the idea of those pixie boots! And burgundy! Wow!

    In 1985 I was at Uni doing an Arts degree pre teaching!

  2. 1985 I was too busy starting out as a career woman and contemplating my (first) marriage in the coming year to be interested in music at all. It was all power dressing and padded shoulders for me.

  3. Have a wonderful time!

    In 1985 I was living in London, so busy trying to scratch a living that I can't even remember what I was wearing. Probably something from a charity shop. Amazing how little my life has changed :-)

  4. Have a great time!

    In 1985 I didn't have much going for me yet, mostly palling around with the likes of Teddy Ruxpin. I was 3. :)

  5. Let's see, I was 15 and I think that was right about the time I decided to cut all of my hair off and get it spiked on top. A genuine, 80's style she-mullet!

  6. I was 7 so was probably watching M.A.S.K, Thundercats in-between rubbing two-pence pieces on the metal of my brother's Scalextrix track to see sparks.

  7. 1985!! I was doing my O levels!! And loving AHA - especially that lovely Take on me video!!! Awwwwwwwwww! Pixie boots and jumper dresses. Check, check! :-)

    I hope you have a wonderful time at the Royal Albert hall!!!! Lucky, lucky, lucky you!!! :-)

    Take care

  8. Have a lovely time Ellie and LSO.
    In 1985 I was at Liverpool Uni being a Psychology undergraduate! :O)

  9. AHA! Wow! I had no idea they were playing in London and at the RAH - so close to me! Have fun!

  10. I was at uni. Had the pixie boots, wanted but couldn't afford or justify a sweater dress (so am loving the return of the fashion this year!). Hated Aha - too teenybopper a band for the sophisticated twenty year old that was me!

  11. I was in Catholic school - so no pixie boots or anything - but the uniform was burgundy. I do love me some a-Ha. Have a great time!

  12. Greyscale - I loved those burgundy Pixie boots and wore them until they were practically unwearable. LOL. An arts degree sounds wonderful - I wish I could draw. Sadly stick figure people for me!

    MorningAJ - LOL. I'm just trying to picture you with the Eighties Joan Collins or Melanie Griffiths look! I did have a two-piece shoulder pad outfit I wore to an interview once. In burgundy of course!

    Joanne - off course now you can get designer clothes at charity shops and some of it looks practically brand new. We live in a throw-away culture, so things have changed!

    Liz - you were a toddler? I think you should count yourself lucky to have missed some of the more unfortunate Eighties fashions - ra ra skirts and the shell suit are two I can think off!

    Janel - the mullet. Fantastic! Dare you to post a picture of yourself sporting that hairstyle.

    Lee - I remember. I think I babysat you once. Didn't I have to call the fire brigade? LOL.

    Old Kitty - so you were part of the cool upper classes we all wanted to be like! Our year were the GCSE guinea-pigs. LOL.

    Madeleine - thank you! Pyschology, now that's a tough subject to study! My niece did the AS last year and it was hard work. I bow down to your superior intellect.

    Talli - thank you! Wouldn't it have been cool if you were going and I saw you?

    womagwriter - yay! Another person who had Pixie boots. I went through the too sophisticated thing with Take That - so beneath me. Now I love them. LOL.

    Carolyn - I went to a Catholic primary school. The uniform wasn't burgundy but the gym kit was. And we were taught by nuns. LOL. They didn't like me much - talked too much! Can you tell?

  13. Hi Ellie, enjoy your London trip. I have heard a lot about the Royal Albert Hall. Its supposed to be wonderful!

    BTW...your mum and my mum badly need to meet, as they think alike. My mum too thinks that publishers are taking me for a ride by asking me to be a part of so many anthologies. She doesn't understand that I do it for visibility.

  14. Oh Ellie, I hope you have a fabulous time!! Let's see, in 1985, I was married, working full-time in an office, very tiny and petite, and in my 30's! :)

  15. I hope you have a wonderful time, I'm sure you will.

    I remember lots of off the shoulder baggy tops mostly.

  16. Oh, lucky you, have a great time!
    I love 'The Sun Always Shines on TV'
    1985 I was busy crimping my hair and wearing great big bows in it! The girls at school had a crush on Michael J Fox with 'Back to the Future' coming out. (Love that film) I was a bit weird because I fancied Rocky (Stallone), I had boxer boots... Hehe.

  17. Have a wonderful time! What i wouldn't give just to go to London LOL

  18. The Sun Always Shines on TV! Oh my did that bring back memories! I have so many favorites from the eighties. Duran Duran of course.

  19. Hi Ellie, there is an award for you on my blog.

  20. 101 Followers! You've done it! :O)))) x

  21. Rachna - The Royal Albert is a magnificent building. Because of the shape and height the acoustics are not the best you could get, but that is quickly forgotten when you see the beauty of the concert hall - simply breathtaking. Yes. It does sound like we need to get our mothers together!

    Becky - LOL. I remember the tiny and petite days. Where did they go?

    Debs - thank you! I did have a wonderful time. I remember baggy tops, and lots belts too.

    penandpaints - thank you! I used to crimp hair too, but not the bows. Aah. . .Michael J Fox. Do you remember watching him in Family Ties? Such a funny show.

    Summer Ross - thank you! If you ever get the chance, do go to London; it's an experience worth having. You'll be exhausted by the time you leave, though. LOL.

    Margo - I was never a big fan of Duran Duran, though they did film their View to a Kill video on the Eiffel Tower the day before we went!

    Madeleine - thank you!


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