Click pic to open the Wham Rap! video in another window … “Man or mouse” Andrew Ridgeley establishes his group’s clubbing credentials in the opening shots of the Wham video by reading my cover story on Club Culture first published in The Face in 1983 and in recent years the No 1 read at Shapers of the 80s!
❚ OVER THE PAST 14 YEARS Shapers of the 80s has received 2.2 million views, according to year-ending stats measured by our host, WordPress. Our 850+ published items total half-a-million words, which is several times more than most books, so it pays to explore the various navigation buttons. Here are the half dozen posts which remained among the most popular with readers during 2022…
➢ Photos inside the Blitz Club, exclusive to Shapers of the 80s
➢ 69 Dean Street and the making of UK club culture – evolution of the once-weekly party night (1983)
➢ Why Bowie recruited Blitz Kids for his Ashes to Ashes video in 1980 from the club-night founded by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan
➢ 20 gay kisses in pop videos that made it past the censor
➢ First Blitz invasion of the US —
Spandau Ballet and the Axiom fashion collective take Manhattan by storm (1981)
At the Underground club in NYC 1981: Melissa Caplan rehearses Bob Elms, Mandy d’Wit and Sade Adu for the Axiom runway show. Right, Ollie “the snip” O’Donnell goes to work on singer Tony Hadley’s hair. Photographed by © Shapersofthe80s
➢ Posing with a purpose at the Camden Palace — power play among the new non-working class (1983)
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Tagged 69 Dean Street, Andrew Ridgeley, Ashes to Ashes, Axiom fashion, Blitz club, Bob Elms, Camden Palace, David Bowie, gay kisses, Mandy d’Wit, Melissa Caplan, Ollie O'Donnell, Rusty Egan, Sade Adu, Spandau Ballet, Steve Strange, The Face, Tony Hadley, Wham!