❚ THIS IS AS FAR AS any Christmas gift guide is gonna go at Shapersofthe80s. How can you beat your own Bowie Paper Doll for £7.50? In fact, two cut-out dolls plus many outfits worn by Bowie himself. Exclusively designed by I Love Mel and available through stockists across the world and online at Shopbop (or Google for others).
As well as the Bowie version, Mel Simone Elliott showcases Paper Dolls for Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Adele and others, among a novel range of gift ideas on her charming website. These include prints, paintings and tongue-in-cheek temporary tattoos.
Mel says I Love Mel started out life as a few badges that were made and handed out to make her feel better after her boyfriend dumped her. On graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007, Mel began designing fun, printed products such as colouring books and paper dolls and I Love Mel became less of a badge and more of a brand. She has a range of colouring books but Shapersofthe80s readers will love the CMG’80s title to take them down Memory Lane.
+++ ❚ Breaking news from PopJustice: “We haven’t quite figured out exactly what’s going on in it yet but Lady Gaga’s You & I video, which has appeared online this evening a few days ahead of its intended debut, has exceeded expectations almost as much as the Edge Of Glory video failed to meet them, and makes us just as happy as The Edge Of Glory made us sad…
❚ LADY GAGA WAS OFFICIALLY the most played artist on UK radio last year. Bad Romance, the first single from her album The Fame Monster, topped the annual airplay chart compiled by music licensing company PPL, with Alejandro at number three. The previous year’s chart was topped by Lily Allen, who has since retired from the music business.
1 — Lady Gaga: Bad Romance
2 — Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind
3 — Lady Gaga: Alejandro
4 — Plan B: She Said
5 — Kylie Minogue: All the Lovers
6 — Olly Murs: Please Don’t Let Me Go
7 — Ke$ha: Tik Tok
8 — Florence and the Machine: Rabbit Heart
9 — Train: Hey, Soul Sister
10 — Kings of Leon: Sex on Fire
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MORE INTERESTING THAN MOST PEOPLE’S FANTASIES — THE SWINGING EIGHTIES 1978-1984
They didn’t call themselves New Romantics, or the Blitz Kids – but other people did.
“I’d find people at the Blitz who were possible only in my imagination. But they were real” — Stephen Jones, hatmaker, 1983. (Illustration courtesy Iain R Webb, 1983)
“The truth about those Blitz club people was more interesting than most people’s fantasies” — Steve Dagger, pop group manager, 1983
“See David Johnson’s fabulously detailed website Shapers of the 80s to which I am hugely indebted” – Political historian Dominic Sandbrook, in his book Who Dares Wins, 2019
“The (velvet) goldmine that is Shapers of the 80s” – Verdict of Chris O’Leary, respected author and blogger who analyses Bowie song by song at Pushing Ahead of the Dame
“The rather brilliant Shapers of the 80s website” – Dylan Jones in his Sweet Dreams paperback, 2021
A UNIQUE HISTORY
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VINCENT ON AIR 2022
✱ Deejay legend Robbie Vincent returned to JazzFM on Sundays 1-3pm in 2021… Catch Robbie’s JazzFM August Bank Holiday 2020 session thanks to AhhhhhSoul with four hours of “nothing but essential rhythms of soul, jazz and funk”.
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UNTOLD BLITZ STORIES
✱ If you thought there was no more to know about the birth of Blitz culture in 1980 then get your hands on a sensational book by an obsessive music fan called David Barrat. It is gripping, original and epic – a spooky tale of coincidence and parallel lives as mind-tingling as a Sherlock Holmes yarn. Titled both New Romantics Who Never Were and The Untold Story of Spandau Ballet! Sample this initial taster here at Shapers of the 80s
CHEWING THE FAT
✱ Jawing at Soho Radio on the 80s clubland revolution (from 32 mins) and on art (@55 mins) is probably the most influential shaper of the 80s, former Wag-club director Chris Sullivan (pictured) with editor of this website David Johnson
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