Thursday, 5 March 2015

A to Z of the 80s - G is for Gag Me With A Spoon

Enough Said
by Jo Michelmore

My love of Eurovision is well documented and many messages from many friends today brought me the news that Guy Sebastian is going to represent Australia in Eurovision 2015. Yes, well, speaking of things that have me proclaiming "Gag me with a spoon!" the 80s weren't all good either. The years between 1980 and 1989 weren't all sequins and chardonnay and power ballads and Colors by Benetton and prawn cocktails and mix tapes and Ray Ban Wayfarers and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, you know. Some of it was awful. So people came up with sayings like "gag me with a spoon" in the 80s, because, I suppose, what else would you say when..

...the 80s was the decade that spawned Axl Rose of Guns N Roses. Those pants. The padlocks. The belt that isn't a mesh window, thank goodness.

Gag me with a spoon.  Enough said.

They were also the years that gave us George Michael. "I will be your father figure, put your tiny hand in mine..." And the hair. On his head and his face.

Gag me with a spoon. Enough said.

The 80s were also responsible for this guy, Glen Mederios. Like a younger, cheesier, less attractive version of Ricky Martin. And those pants. And that unbuttoned shirt.

Gag me with a spoon. Enough said.

And in case you're still not convinced, the 80s were also responsible for Gene Simmons, who still has the self importance of a whiter, longer tongued version of Kanye.

Gag me with a spoon. Enough said.

Which brings me back to my original point. Guy Sebastian. Eurovision. And when it was announced he was going to be participating, he was wearing this denim-on-denim-on-denim ensemble.

Which is straight outta the late 80s, which is the decade that spawned the saying that came out of my mouth when the Eurovision-Guy news landed on my phone over and over again this morning.

Gag me with a spoon. Enough said.

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