Friday, February 10, 2012

I'll Tumble for Ya Blogfest

Ahhhh, the eighties. Good times. Like totally a fer sure awesome time to grow up. The purpose of today's blogfest is to meet new friends and show off the babes that adorned your walls in the eighties. Don't spaz. Just read on.

I was boy crazy in the eighties. Boy. Crazy.
And this boy had my heart.
Ponyboy Curtis. And C. Thomas Howell. Ponyboy is still my favorite literary character of all time. And Tommy Howell's photo is still on my bedroom wall (okay, maybe not, but his avatar is frequently on my computer screen. I follow him on Twitter! He's a hoot and a holler!).

This musician had my eardrums.
Ahhh, John Taylor of Duran Duran. Even though I'm a rocker girl now, I still go see Duran Duran in concert. I'm No-No-Notorious for that.
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But then my pop loving eardrums turned to rock 'n' roll. And this guy was on my bedroom door in the late eighties. Remember the band Winger? Yes, Kip Winger. Don't judge me. I was only seventeen. Seventeeeeeen.
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Lucky for me, two/three of my 80's babes have tweeted me their fave reads for my Book Recs of the Rock and Famous site. Read John Taylor's book recommendation's HERE and Tommy Howell's faves HERE. Listen here, Kip. I'll be askin' for your picks next.

Check out more hotties from the 80's at the blogfest list at Nicki's blog!
Who is your 80's babe?

37 comments:

DL Hammons said...

I've seen Ponyboy and John Taylor mentioned several times today, but the Kip Winger is a new one. Hmmmmm. I guess a young girl could swoon over that. :)

What a fun blogfest!

storyqueen said...

I was in college in the 80's, but I loved Duran Duran, U2 and the Police. They were the Trinity of Awesome.

Shelley

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think Kip is why Winger was so popular.

Susan Fields said...

Another JT girl! Man, I loved him!

Julie said...

I forgot all about Winger! 80s hair metal bands were so fun. I loved the Outsiders and was nearly traumatized by the movie, I cried so much when Johnny and Dallas died. The 80s were such an awesome decade. :)

Heather Murphy said...

I saw Winger in concert back in the day. He looked good in person too :)

SA Larsenッ said...

Ponyboy...yup!! And you chose Winger. You really are a girl after my own heart. Check out his hair!!

Laura Pauling said...

The eighties rocker hair totally cracks me up. I mean serious. Will there ever be a decade where the hair is so misunderstood by later generations? B/c at the time it was totally hot!

Matthew MacNish said...

Drew Barrymore. She's almost exactly my age, and I fell in love with her on ET.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I LOVED Duran Duran. I also swooned over Dennis De Young of Styx and REO Speedwagon and (don't judge me for this one) Air Supply. :-)

Nicki Elson said...

Your Rock and Famous site is so cool! I've got to see what John Taylor's recs are -- he's shown up on some other blogs today as you can imagine, so I know there'll be other girls all squeally for that info. ;)

Thanks so much for joining this fest!

Kelly Polark said...

DL - I figured Tommy & JT would be all over blogland today!
Shelley - I love that. The Trinity of Awesome. And 2/3 of those bands still tour today! Amazing!
Alex - I have to agree. He is why I went to the concerts for sure.
Susan - Sigh.
Julie - The 80s were a unique, fun decade to grow up in. ANd yes, 80s hair bands. I still go to see them in concert! And I watched The Outsiders so many times, I could say the lines along with the greasers.
Heather - I've seen Winger three times, and yes, Kip was lookin' good to teenage me!
Sheri- Definitely some crazy 80s hair! And ya gotta love Ponyboy!
Laura - 80s hair is in a class of its own.
Matthew- She's a cutie!
Shannon- I listened to all those bands in Jr. High. REO Speedwagon was my first concert!
Nicki- Thanks for checking out my other blog! It's fun to find out what others are reading!

Christine Rains said...

Great choices! I think Bon Jovi got better with age. I was a Coreys fangirl!

M Pax said...

I can see how that rocker guy ended up on your wall. Nice.

Yay for Pony Boy and another for Duran Duran hotties.

Lauren said...

Ponyboy! Oh yes, I agree there!

Sue Vorenberg said...

Tommy Howell and my main one was Ray Davies of The Kinks!

Susan Oloier said...

Yes!C. Thomas Howell and John Taylor were way up there for me, too. I love this blogfest. It's taking me right back to the 80s!

Suze said...

That is a great pic of JT.

DEZMOND said...

the 80s were just the cutest decade ever :) I adored Cyndi Lauper, Belinda Carlisle, Alf, Golden Girls, Tina Turner, Kate Bush....

Theresa Milstein said...

Stay golden, Ponyboy. Loved that book and movie!

Nice to see John Taylor here too.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

My cousin adored Kip Winger. I mean, loved him. For me, it was Duran Duran - in their various line-ups - all the way. No other crush has ever been able to get close to the one I had for DD! I love your other blog, too. That is such a cool idea, and it's even cooler that the people participate!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I was in law school with only one night out for 3 of those years. Then I met my husband in India. Love at first sight.

Kelly Polark said...

Christine- Many girls LOVED JBJ in high school (and they still do!)
MPax- No surprise that a rocker turned up! ;)
Stay gold, Lauren.
Sue- Tommy is still a sweetie, isn't he?!
Susan - I had to play Duran Duran on the way to school this morning after reading blogs!
Suze - Agreed.
Dezz- It was a fun decade with fun pop songs and rockin' rock songs.
Theresa - Glad to see another Outsiders fan!
Lara - Thanks! I am always pleasantly surprised when musicians/actors agree to tell me their fave books.
Natalie - Whoa! Three years with one night out. And you never know where you will meet your true love!

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Kelly,

Thanks for the comments and your husband has *great* musical taste :)

PS... *anyone* who can call C. Thomas Howell "Tommy" gets a Totally Rad thumbs up from me... you have a new, very imppressed follower:)

julie fedderson said...

I heard Seventeen this morning on the way to work. I did love men in tight leather pants.

Wait, I still do.

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome choices! I love Ponyboy too! :)

fallen monkey said...

To this day, I will still bust out my Duran Duran without shame. :) "Her name is Rio, and she dances on the sand..."

Arlee Bird said...

Winger sounds vaguely familiar, but I couldn't tell you what any of their songs were.


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The Armchair Squid said...

Stay gold! The Outsiders is a great book, too. S.E. Hinton was all of 17 years old when it was published.

Stephen Tremp said...

I lot of women have opted for John Taylor. Good to see Duran Duran still touring after all these years.

Lydia Kang said...

Holy Chest Hair, Batman!

That last one made me laugh, I'm sorry! I was a Tears for Fears fan and U2 fan. The Duran Duran thing kind of flew by me.

Jennifer Lane said...

Stay gold, Kelly. ;)

James Garcia Jr. said...

Great post! I loved the veiled and not-so-veiled references! I have that Winger CD, by the way. I also still whip out the Duran Duran every now and again.
Let's see... I had Lita Ford on my wall, and Paulina Porizkova. Who else? Oh, and I had a huge crush on Nancy McKeon and Justine Bateman...

Have I said too much already?
;)

-Jimmy

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Kip lived in Santa Fe, NM when we lived in Albuquerque. Sadly, I think his wife was killed by a drunk in NM.

Trisha said...

Kip Winger is totally the kind of rock star I'm into. hehehe

Suzanne Casamento said...

LOL! I love this post! I'm with you on the C. Thomas Howell. Loved Ponyboy.

As for rockers, I remember saying I wanted to have Bono's babies.

Good lord.

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh yeah... Howell was a hottie for sure. What about Soul man?? lol So 80s.