Saturday, 2 April 2011

The 80s: The Era That Changed Me Forever!

Once in a while, while trying to draw inspiration for work, I find myself trying to remember who or what inspired me to go into makeup and yes the usual suspects come up. Marilyn, Elizabeth, Audrey etc. Yes yes yes these glamorous women of Hollywood are indeed powerful influences when it came to makeup and hair but if prodded deeper into the recesses of my childhood memories, one character always shines through and She's Truly Outrageous! Jem & The Holograms!
A US cartoon series that ran for 3 years in the mid-80s. It involves a music company owner Jerrica Benton who uses her deceased dad's holographic computer to project her alter-ego Jem and with her sister & friends Kimber, Aja, Shana and later Carmen, they form The Holograms! Filled with cheesy 80s pop music and as a rotund kit obsessed with fashion, colour and clothes, this cartoon had it all! Bright coloured hair, block colour makeup, the bluntest, heaviest fringes this side of Toni & Guy, leggings, shiny lurex, it makes Top Shop kids look very tame and pretentious! I still remember nicking pink chalk from school (yes kids we used chalk back then!) and crushing it to apply on my little sister's face in a poor but later very influential attempt to mimic all the looks she had in every episode.

It wasn't all fun and games with Jem and crew, they had rivals and boy were the vicious and wild! Fronted by rich bad girl Pizzazz, Roxy, Stormer and later Jetta, The Misfits were everything Jem & the holograms weren't. Everything Jem stood for in pink and beautiful colours, fashion and positive music, The Misfits indulged and contrasted, in loud, clashing animal prints, acid colours, naughty chaos and a total disrespect for the law! 
I loved how the makeup was a disarray of coloured slashes, asymmetry and scratch lines. Way before a certain Lara Stone, Pizzazz was rocking the bleached brow look with fury and 80s cockiness! 

So sure, the cartoon tackled issues important to a child growing up such as reading, lying and friendship but to 9 year old rotund boy in Asia, bored and crazy about fashion, makeup and colours, it would prove the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the magic and power of makeup and clothes! So does anyone actually remember this series? What impact did it have on you? Comment please, I'd love to know that I'm not the only one who's sad enough to remember this and admit to it!




21 comments:

  1. I wouldn't have remembered the names, but as soon as I saw the images I had a flashback to my childhood!!! Weird! LOL I'm going to have to YouTube this now.... x

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  2. @LeanneOCD: O the memories eh Leanne? Didn't the colours and fashion excite you?! Hehe xx

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  3. I loved this cartoon! I was soooo into cartoons in my youth! Especially manga style ones! I'm STILL a little into them! I had SUCH A BIG CRUSH on AstroBoy and Speed Racer! But I hated the Misfits! They were so mean to the Holograms! I always refused to be one of the Misfits when my friends and I would play games and pretend to be them! Ha ha! xxx

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  4. @Rebecca: Lol! Come on didn't you think sometimes Jem was sooo good it was annoying?! The Misfits rocked tho with their crazy dos & clothes! hehe glad you rememeber this, was seriously wondering if I was one of the few who does! Thanks Bex xx

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  5. I cant believe it!!! Someone who remembers Jem other than me! :)
    I LOVED Jem and the holograms! I had the dolls, which were far superior to Barbie & Sindy I have to say AND I had a stage that doubled up as a pretend keyboard guitar :D
    The stage was also, wait for it... a cassette player (remember them) which I played Jem and the holograms again and again... Ahhhh them were the days, happy sigh.
    They inspired me too! I totally wanted to be a popstar and without even realising it, I also started my make-up and hair training, trying to copy them.
    Unfortunately... I sold the job lot, along with a video and annual for £30!!! It was at the brink when I reached the age to be embarrassed at having toys... Gutted now!
    Especially as I still have my Shera, Swiftwind and Rainbow Brite... Why these and not THE band :(

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  6. @HeatherBmakeup: Haha Rainbow Brite & Shera, wow i loved those too! You sold it all??!! OMG they would be amazing now and yes my sister had the tape, I think i killed it by playing it so much! Aww thanks Heather, you and the rest have given me faith that we really did live in an era that was amazing! Rastamouse? Tellytubbies? Humph, no comparison at all!! Thanks for taking the effort to comment, much appreciated! K x

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  7. I totally loved Jem & The Holograms!!! I've recently found them on Netflix.

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  8. I had a Jem doll she was fab microphone and all and lots of glitter :)

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  9. @Cat: Hey Cat, thanks for reading and commenting and I am sooo on to that site now! Lol! x

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  10. @Louise: What? A doll cum microphone? Wow we were soo behind in Asia! How fabulous! Thanks for commenting! x

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  11. Although I don't actually remember Jem and the Holograms - probable because I was too busy having babies in the 80s! - I remember the glam rock era well, and loved reading the post and the comments. I like the punky look of the Misfits so would probably have wanted to be in that band...lol.
    Thanks for the post Kenneth, loved it.
    Catherine x

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  12. @CMLewis: Hey Catherine fair enough but you would have been soo right for The Misfits with your rebelious character! LOL thanks lovely lady for reading and always making the effort to comment! x

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  13. I remember this! I had a Jem doll and her earrings lit up which I thought was extremely cool.

    Now though, I think I like The Misfits better - their look is a bit more edgy and daring.

    And...I've got the theme music stuck in my head now!

    Bx

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  14. @GlossGalore: How come everyone seems to have had the doll?! I never say any of that in Asia! Yup I've been watching on Youtube! Thanks GG! x

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  15. @clionasweeney2 April 2011 at 19:03

    Loved them! They were like Barbie's naughty cousins :-D
    Loved the BIG hair and big bright colours.

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  16. I remember this but was too old for it, I remember my sisters watching though and I suppose I caught bits of it!

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  17. @Charlie: You're never too old for cartoons, esp when it's Jem! The fashions, colours and hair dos! I bet you had some of it while growing up. XX

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  18. Oh, I watched this and loved it. I remember having a doll too (to go with my enormous collection of Barbie's which I played with well passed what was normal for a young girl). I was always fascinated with the styling. My weapon of choice back then was pink water soluble felt tip. No dolls face or hair was safe! x

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  19. @ModestyBrown: hey Jane, I couldn't stop laughing when I read the bit about the marker! I was the same with my sister's dolls, they all had unique haircuts/styles, dresses made my me and dolled up faces! Incredible the stuff we did as kids huh? Thanks for the comment! Made me smile! x

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  20. I'm loving that you've written a whole feature about Jem, I loved that cartoon it rocked! 80's fashion and makeup, cheesy tunes - what more can you ask for?! x

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  21. @Hazel: HI Hazel, you've said it all, what more could youa sk for eh? I am so glad you feel that same! Thank you for making the time to comment! x

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