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Friday, 27 October 2017

Blondie - Debbie Harry - 70s and 80s Fashion Photos

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Debbie Harry's Schoolgirl Look
Debbie Harry Fridge Magnet
Back in my school days (yes, it was a long, long time ago!) many kids associated Blondie purely with lead singer Debbie Harry, although Blondie was actually a band, and a damn fine one, too. It's not hard to see why. After all, she oozed sex appeal and became a style icon, and many of her looks can still be seen on the high street today.

Harry's designer friend Stephen Sprouse can claim responsibility for many of those looks. He created every style you can imagine using denim, black leather biker jackets, camoflauge, wayfarer and aviator shades, pink and girly styles, nautical stripes, animal print catsuits - the list goes on!

I find it amusing that in 1998 Britney Spears caused controversy by wearing a school uniform for her video "Hit Me Baby One More Time". How quickly we forget that Debbie Harry had done this two decades earlier!

After forming in 1974, Blondie became pioneers of the punk and new wave scene. However, it wasn't until 1978 when they acheived mainstream success with their Plastic Letters and Parallel Lines albums. It was the band's gender-swapping cover of the song "Denise" by Randy & The Rainbows (which became "Denis") that gave the band their first taste of success, which peaked at #2 here in the UK.

Blondie Parallel Lines album sleeve

The cover of the band's 1978 critically-acclaimed album Parallel Lines is probably their most iconic, and is recognised the world over. The songs were just as memorable, too, with hits including "Hanging On The Telephone, "Sunday Girl", "Heart of Glass" and "Picture This".

Debbie Harry in a white dress by Chris Stein

Yes, it's that white dress again! This Blondie 2018 calendar features images taken by the band's guitarist who is also an acclaimed photographer. Calendar also available in the U.S.

Debbie Harry in short dress for Greatest Hits album promo
Debbie Harry Short Dress Poster (UK)

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Debbie Harry Sailor Popeye Tee
Debbie Harry Sailor T-shirt
Cartoon characters frequently appear in fashion trends, and one of Debbie Harry's most memorable looks was from 1978 when she wore a sailor hat with a Popeye T-shirt. This T-shirt for men is available at Amazon.com, although it's not available in the UK, sadly. However, there are usually several being sold on eBay.

Debbie Harry adopting wild hair and animal print in 1983
Wild hair and animal print
Blondie The Hunter

Now this really was a wild look, and it was created for the front sleeve of the 1982 album The Hunter. 

Debbie Harry wearing an animal print dress
Debbie Harry Poster (UK)

Debbie sometimes dabbled with animal print which became popular with rock artists. Rod Stewart is another animal print loving artist that springs to mind. 80s glam rock bands regularly wore animal print, and if you want to recreate a rock look, then add leopard, cheetah or zebra print clothing to leather and/or denim.

Blondie Atomic bin liner and Vulture T-shirt

One of the most memorable videos from the 80s was "Atomic", in which Debbie wore her iconic bin liner outfit with a ripped Vultures raglan sleeve T-shirt. 

Atomic Vultures replica T-shirt

This would be a very easy look to replicate for a fancy dress party. Redbubble have a replica available (above) in the same colours. However, the women's tees are not available in this colour which is bizarre, apart from a T-shirt dress.  There are several sellers on Etsy and the prices are really decent here.

Just add a large bin liner (you will probably have to add an extra liner or two to get the length) and a blondie wig and some ripped black tights or leggings and you have a costume!

As worn by Debbie Harry T-shirts

Blondie 1970s Camp Funtime Poster
Blondie Camp Funtime Poster (UK)

Posters are actually a great way to observe many of Debbie's fashion styles. You can easily recreate this iconic look using a "Camp Funtime" winged totem pole Tee which I found at Amazon.

Camp Funtime Debbie Harry T-shirt
Debbie Harry Camp Funtime T-shirt UK
There are several sellers selling this Camp Funtime Tee at Amazon.com in the U.S.

Debbie Harry (1979) wearing an "Andy Warhol's Bad" T-shirt
Debbie Harry in 1979
Andy Warhol's Bad T-shirt as worn by Debbie Harry
Andy Warhol's Bad T-shirt UK

Unfortunately, the U.S. T-shirt is poorly rated by customers. However, you can also buy this design at Redbubble.com who ship worldwide.

Andy Warhol's Bad T-shirts at Redbubble.com (Worldwide shipping)

Andy Warhol's Bad was a comedy film produced by the legendary pop artist himself. Debbie Harry wore the T-shirt on stage (with vertical striped leggings) in 1979 and it also features on the front cover of the European edition of Blondie's Atomic single.

Another iconic image is this punk pop art design which you will see all over the web these days in various forms. A leopard print background has been added to this one.

Blondie Punk Pop Art Print
Blondie Punk Pop Art Print (UK)

A nice range of Blondie posters can also be found at Redbubble.

Blondie Punk Pop Art Face T-shirt
Classic Blondie Pop Art Face T-shirt Ladies (UK)

Blondie T-shirts are still as popular as ever and are regularly being bought from our 80s website (via links to other sites). During the pop and rock festival season the sales will, no doubt, explode. If you're off to a 70s or 80s party/festival or retro music event then a Blondie tee is a fine choice.

Blondie T-shirts at Amazon UK

Blondie T-shirts at Amazon.com (U.S.)

Blondie T-shirts at Redbubble (Worldwide shipping)

Redbubble have a great range of designs that have been created by independent artists. Some are merely copies of classic designs, but there are many original designs, too, so they are well worh checking out and the prices are decent, too.

eBay also have a wide range of new T-shirts and the prices are ultra competitive.

You can view a whole range of 80s T-shirt ideas for adults at our website SimplyEighties.com.

Finally, I want to leave you with this awesome record sleeves poster. Click/select the image to see its full size.

Blondie Record Covers Poster at Amazon.com

Unfortunately, this is not avialable at the UK store and the seller does not ship to the UK. However, I found the same poster being sold at AllPosters.co.uk

Don't miss the Blondie page at our website which is packed with photos and videos.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Awesome 80s Wall Clocks - How Cool Are These?

Collage of 80s Wall Clocks

I discovered some very cool 80s themed wall clocks today while browsing Redbubble, and there are literally hundreds of amazing designs created by independent artists which I haven't seen at any other store. In fact, the choice is pretty overwhelming and I could cover an entire wall with these clocks - there are so many great designs.

If you just want go and view them all then here's the link;

80s Wall Clocks at Redbubble

Worldwide shipping is available and you can change your currency on the bottom right of any page.

To give you an idea of what's available, I created the montage above which is the ideal size for posting on Facebook. However, let's take a look at some more of my favourite designs that I've picked out below and just click/select the image to go straight to the item at Redbubble. The prices are actually very decent, too, with most of the clocks available for just £20.

By the way, you can choose from different frame and hand colours, too, which is not something you can do at many stores.

80s Geometric Memphis Pattern Wall Clock
Geometric Memphis Pattern Clock
I love 80s pastel shades and this design is uncluttered and stylish

80s Sunset and Grid Clock
Sunset and Grid Wall Clock
A classic neon grid and sunset design which looks perfect as a clock

80s Block Colour Clock
Block Colour Geometric Clock
ATV Television Ident Wall Clock
ATV Ident Wall Clock
Well, I just love this one! Associated Television was active from 1968 to 1982, and anyone who grew-up in the 70s and early 80s will certainly remember this ident.

Back To The Future Logo Clock
Back To The Future Logo Clock
Here is a logo and movie that just about everyone recognises from 1985. Choose the black frame to match the background. A white frame works well as a good contrasting colour.

Cafe 80's Wall Clock
Cafe 80's Wall Clock
Sticking with the Back To The Future theme, this design looks very cool indeed, particularly with a black frame.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum Wall Clock
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Clock
Well, this is a must have for any Speccy fan and looks great with a black or white frame. However, there are lots of other Sinclair themed clocks available.

My Little Pony Rainbow Wall Clock
My Little Pony Rainbow Clock
My Little Pony toys first hit the shops in 1981 and grew a huge following during the decade. I particularly like this design, but there are plenty more to choose from with a retro or more modern theme.

BBC1 Retro Clock
Retro BBC1 Wall Clock
This is a clever idea to use the old BBC clock as a background. Just Brilliant!

BBC2 70s Wall Clock
BBC2 70s Wall Clock
Well now I don't know which one to get - maybe both! But wait, there's more...

BBC Two 80s Logo Clock
BBC Two 80s Clock
In 1986, BBC2 launched this new logo which was used until 1991. 

80s Triangles and Grid Wall Clock
80s Triangles and Grid Clock
Who doesn't love an 80s triangle? I love the soft, pastel colours.

This one has a similar theme but is slightly bolder.

80s Memphis Art Wall Clock
Memphis Art Wall Clock
If you like bold patterning then this eye-catching design may be more your style.

Neon Grid Triangles Wall Clock
Neon Grid Triangles Clock
Grids, triangles and neon streaks feature in this striking design

So these are all of my favourite designs and I hope you like them, too. Redbubble have, by far, the best range of clocks I've seen with an eighties theme, and the prices are excellent. Don't forget that you can change the colour of the hands which is is very useful if you actually want to see the time! 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Gorgeous 80s Mugs We Found at Etsy

80s Mugs Collage

Whilst browsing Etsy a few days ago, I stumbled upon some gorgeous mug designs with an 80s theme. Now, when I discover something, I really need to share it with the world, otherwise it leaves me incredibly frustrated. So that's just what I'm going to do in this post. No, not get frustrated, silly - share some magnificent mugs. So let's get started...

Now, if you can resist the urge to buy at least one of these irresistible mugs then you are a stronger person than I am! I've already bought the abstract art mugs in blue and pink featured below, and I'm finding it incredibly hard not to buy one of the ZX Spectrum mugs I've also featured.

We've all seen the "Choose Life" T-shirts designed by Katharine Hamnett for Wham! Well, how about a mug with the same block letter design? The original design featured black letters on a white T-shirt, but I also like the reverse colours design as featured above.

I just adore 80s artwork, and this mug is one I could stare at all day. However, I need to stop drooling and continue to write this post! You may or may not be delighted to know that this mug is also available with a pink design...
80s Abstract Art Mug

This abstract block colours design by ZebraFishHome certainly has an 80s vibe.

This bright and colourful mug designed by FoxyMug is the perfect item for anyone who wants to show their appreciation for the great decade.

This mug will certainly remind you of your childhood, and contains photos of classic toys including the View Master, the phone with a face that everyone had back then, the Rubik's Cube (I still haven't solved it!), My Little Pony and some others I recognise but have forgotten the name of!. It's very nicely designed and would make a lovely gift for someone of a certain age.

Well, this is a clever design and uses the Rubik's Cube as a background. Remember when roller discos were all the rage? Actually, the only time I went to one was on a school trip to Paris. I was utterly useless and never ventured into a roller skating rink ever again! Nonetheless, I love the quirkiness of this mug and it would be the ideal gift for anyone who tried to solve the cube whilst dancing to Odyssey on roller skates.

You may remember the unicorn and rainbows craze that started in the late 70s/early 80s, which seemed to gather pace after the release of rainbow and unicorn themed My Little Ponies by Hasbro. This mug with it's amusing message and starry background is must have for any unicorn fan!

You may also like these;

See all Unicorn Mugs at Etsy

This colourful, neon pop arty cassettes design will remind you of the time spent trying to record the Top 40 without the annoying DJ's voice. I love bright colours, and, therefore, love this mug!

I also found these gorgeous mugs with a similar theme...

If you're a fan of George Michael, then will you be able to resist this next item?

Just love this design by VictoryScreechLabs, and the 80s background adds a nice finishing touch.

Now, this is a clever design and is proving to be very popular indeed - love it!

  you can't decide which one to get!

Above are more popular designs by VictoryScreechLabs. Love the 80s backgrounds and the photos really stand out.

Can you imagine having lived through the 1980s without watching a John Hughes film? This Pretty in Pink mug by SouthernGirlBigCity features the characters from the movie and the low price makes it good value, too. I don't normally like photo mugs, but this lady has managed to convert me with her tasteful designs.

She has also designed these 80s movie mugs in a similar style;

I also came across a full range of these ZX Spectrum mugs by NepsisDesign. As I write, each mug is just £5.99 plus shipping. Each mug features the Sinclair ZX Spectrum logo on one side, with popular 8-bit game graphics on the other side, such as Jetpac as shown above. They really look magnificent and would make a superb gift idea for Speccy fans.

As mentioned, there is a full range of these mugs which you can discover using the following link;

ZX Spectrum Mugs at Etsy

Nintendo Game Boy Mug

This Game Boy mug looks fantastic and judging by the number of reviews, is proving to be very popular, too.

There are many designs available by HighRezDesigns with different game screens. However, there are several suppliers selling similar mugs, and you can see them all with this link;

All Game Boy Mugs at Etsy

Of course, Atari is another tech company that was huge in the 80s, and just about everyone had at least one of their consoles/computers, or indeed played the many games released by the company.

I like the big and bold display of the Atari logo on this mug which is also good value. However, there are some awesome Atari 2600 game themed designs available by ModernRetroLiving who also do a fantastic range of Atari and Nintendo mugs and T-shirts.

You may also be interested in;

80s Mugs (UK) at Simplyeighties.com