Like, OH MY GOD! It’s totally awesome you came back to find out what my favorite S’s are from the 1980s. Like the most rad tv show, movie and music from the 80s.
I had always been a fan of the daytime soaps. As early as kindergarten, I would sneak away and watch Days of Our Lives as my mom watched it. And my Grandmom watched the CBS soaps Young and the Restless, Guiding Light and As the World Turns (which I became totally obsessed with toward the end of high school through college and until in ended in 2010). But Santa Barbara was all mine – I started watching it when it debuted in 1984 and quickly became obsessed especially with Eden and Cruz. Coincidentally, our family took a trip to the west coast in 1984 and we visited Santa Barbara. I still love Soap Operas today, but unfortunately the genre is almost extinct with only four shows still on the air Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Young and the Restless and Bold and the Beautiful – and I watch all of them except the last one.
St. Elmo’s Fire
The Brat Pack started with not only one of my favorite movies of the 1980s, but with one of my favorite movies off all time (not top 5, but definitely top 10) St. Elmo’s Fire starring Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Emilio Estevez and Andie MacDowell. This movie makes me ache in a sad, nostalgic way. I think the friendships and closeness these college friends portray reminds me of my group from high school. I literally start tearing up every time the movie starts when the credits are running and the seven friends arm and arm in their caps and gowns walking across College Park (the University of Maryland where I went to school), and the theme from St. Elmo’s starts (not the “Man in Motion” but the instrumental theme). Just the first few notes of the song gets me every time – much like the first few seconds of The Way We Were
(on a side note, I also loved the Superman movies – all of them starring Christopher Reeves)
Like OMD’s “If You Leave,” Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is the quintessential 1980s song and one of my all-time faves. It is from the great John Hughes’ movie The Breakfast Club, which I did not choose for my favorite B movie of the 80s because the Back to the Future trilogy edged it out as my favorite. Other great songs from Simple Minds include “Alive and Kicking” and “Sanctify Yourself.”
Thank you for joining me on my trip back to the totally tubular 1980s as I complete my Blogging from A to Z Challenge. What was your faorite tv show, movie and band or song from the 80s starting with the letter S? Please come back tomorrow to read about my faves from the 80s that start with the letter T. And be sure to check out the 1970s from A to Z here.