I’m In the Mood For a Huge Chunk of 80s-Flavored Cheese

How about you?

I mean, there is nothing about this video that is not 80s. It may be one of the most 80s videos ever. That hair! That synth! That hair! Those clothes! That hair!

49 Comments on “I’m In the Mood For a Huge Chunk of 80s-Flavored Cheese”

  1. Lol I remember this era all to well! :-)

  2. Matthew Appleton – Ashburn, VA – A dad and loving husband who is also an easily distracted sf&f junkie, LEGO enthusiast, Phillies fan, and writer wannabe who really has too many other responsibilities to be working on his many different on-going projects.
    Matthew Appleton

    I don’t know which I love more: the drummer’s zebra-striped shirt or the keyboardist’s playing style.

  3. They were going to shoot this in a welder’s shop instead of a loading dock, but they were afraid all the hairspray would catch on fire.

  4. Hairspray and curling iron + 1/2 hour = ready to go out for the evening. I remember it all too well…very young in those days!

  5. One of my favorites! I actually hunted down a copy of the CD this was on so I could listen to it again.

  6. The 80s was my decade (I graduated high school in 83). I don’t remember this song or video at all. Are you sure it’s not a parody, like this one?


    I clicked Play fully prepared to one-up you with my submission. But no. I can’t think of a more 80’s song than yours.

    For your consideration as a runner-up:

  7. Man. The 80s look hideous. I must’ve been on a field trip overseas for ten years or something. I managed to miss all that. Thank God.

  8. I was wondering if I was going find a picture of a nice bit of aged Wensleydale, but instead I got music that I think I avoided hearing the first time around.

  9. The 80’s wasn’t really like that. Not for me. There must have been something about us that kept us from cringing every time we turned on MTV (which played videos like this 24 hours a day back then), but no one I knew actually dressed that way, or wore their hair that way.

  10. Ok, not quite 80s, but the video has an 80s vibe, and the song reminds me alot of Bowie’s trippy space oddity phase. I saw the last twenty seconds on a local video program on Saturday and I haven’t got it out of my head. I think I’m memetic patient zero for Olympia

  11. Oren Levine – Jazz pianist and composer in Washington, DC. Also a digital product and technology professional working at a small DC nonprofit

    100% free of acoustic instruments or natural fibers! Even Aretha went all synth in the 80’s https://youtu.be/pOjjxXwjglM

  12. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.

    Okay, Scalzi – I’ll grant you, that’s so Eighties Cheese that the only thing missing are Crockett and Tubbs breaking with with their guns stylishly drawn.

    But somehow, I feel you’re missing another side of Eighties Cheese – the first-time director throwing everything but the kitchen sink into a music video as his Hollywood Calling Card – like with this little power ballad from REO Speedwagon:


  13. Jon Chaisson – Writer, obsessed music listener and collector, okay bassist and guitarist, hoopy frood. Questionable logical circuits, but he gets by.
    Jon Chaisson

    Not gonna lie, I was a huge Giuffria fan. I kinda sorta liked all those metal-synth bands in that weird era between 1983 and 1986. [Thankfully, 1986 is when I discovered college radio and I never looked back. ;) ]

  14. Her hairstyle is very similar to mine in 1984-ish when I started law school. My hair is absolutely straight so took lots of hair spray and feathering of bangs to get that spiffy lift in place. None of the guys at law school had rock star hair, though…those were the Reagan years. More prep than pop!

  15. Indeed, sir. I think you have discovered the archtype against which all 80s pretenders will be judged.
    Let’s recount the 80s-ness of it:

    — Big blonde metal hair on dudes
    — Arm bands as male jewelry
    — leather jackets with those weird shoulder wings
    — solid color, high-top Reeboks
    — satin tight pants
    — animal print tight pants & sleeveless t-shirts
    — female hair sprayed within an inch of its life
    — big fur coats
    — corded “antique” phones (good catch, @rufaroz)
    — overly wrought, sparkly glass “diamond” jewelry
    — sequined dresses
    — guitar player has that shaggy Randy Rhodes haircut (their guitar player looks like a mad pixie)
    — big ol’ aviator sunglasses
    — her makeup: that super eyeliner – fabulous.
    — the ruffly Jessica McClintock dress on that gal in the restaurant – enough ruffles for a whole prairie of ladies.
    — men with one dangley earring.

    The only thing we’re missing is a bandana. But maybe the scarf he wears makes up for that. Loverboy always had the bandana thing covered.

  16. Man, I broke out in hives at the 1:30 mark of that Giuffria tune and had bail out. But this cure worked like a charm! Mucho Pedro points to the first person who can identify the key of this song.

  17. MrsBug: don’t forget the guitar with pointy ends all over! Every 80s hairmetal guitarist played one.

  18. “This video contains content from VEVO. It is restricted from playback on certain sites.”

    Thank you, youtube, for being a pain in the ass.

  19. Thank you, KROQ, for your unlicensed days – I could hide from the hair and the metal, and pretend the 80s were all about punk, New Wave, and the beginnings of “alt rock.” Oingo Boingo was about as synth as my 80s got.

    Animal crackers in my soup,
    Lions and tigers loop-de-loop …

  20. Matthew Appleton – Ashburn, VA – A dad and loving husband who is also an easily distracted sf&f junkie, LEGO enthusiast, Phillies fan, and writer wannabe who really has too many other responsibilities to be working on his many different on-going projects.

    I know it’s a bit late to add this now, but I just relistened to the song without watching the video, and I was struck by how much this sounded and felt like a Journey torch song — right down to the singer’s eerie resemblance to Steve Perry.

    What was it you said once, John — it’s Steve Perry’s world and we’re just living in it?

  21. All that hair spray. The only era I can think of that outdoes the 80’s in that area is the current one. Given the choice between spikes and flowing locks, I’d take flowing locks.

    The 60s were easy. Just brush and go.

    I’ve seen this recent look described as “sleek and sophisticated.” I wonder if the current generation will wince as much as we do at 80’s hair when they look back on the sleek sophistication of the 10’s :-)


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