FLASHBACK: A 1983 Dance Party on a Saturday Night

Well you know how it is,…You have something really important that you need to do — maybe write a report, prepare a presentation, update your mileage document for your accountant, invoice a client,…but instead you go onto YouTube. Big mistake. This is my story of what happened a short time ago…


When I should’ve been working on my Linkedin talk for next week’s New Start Scotland Exhibition, I decided to look up a track “Runaway” by an obscure band 1,2,3. Unless you’re of a certain age, and grew up on watching MV3 every night at 5pm, you probably don’t know it. In fact, even if you did those things, you still probably wouldn’t know it. But someone out there did, thankfully, and uploaded this sort of random, mismatched video to YouTube which I happily watched.

Playing this tonight, while making dinner, was like reconnecting with “an old friend” – thirty years later…It was nostalgic, comforting, familiar and a happy memory of a simpler time. Back to a time when I used to go dancing every weekend at Mothers in San Jose or Stargaze in Fremont. A time when every day was spent listening to the Quake (KQAK).

I thought this was effectively a nobody-band, but thanks to Wikipedia, I just learned a lot…Like the fact that it was produced and recorded by Bobby Orlando. Not a name I recognized at first, but boy do I know his work...”West End Girls” anyone? Or how about the Flirts “Jukebox (Don’t Put Another Dime)” (on the Valley Girl OST incidentally). I am happy to report I’ve got this 12″ single back in California in my dusty vinyl collection. (You may be too young to understand what that actually is, and if you are, I feel bad for you right now young’un).


Well, once I heard that 1,2,3 track, then I decided to try to find some other random gems from circa 1983…and found this one! Some more fond memories of dancing around to this one back in the day (and again earlier this evening) followed.

Once again I’ve just learned that Language was a band centered around a Glaswegian Steve Hale. (Isn’t the Web an amazing thing?) Who knew?

Anyway I still, to this day, have this 12″ single in back in California too…

So after those two crackin’ tracks, I wondered where else to go on my magical musical tour of 1983, and next it had to be this German track with, yet another, Scottish connection…

Robert Görl – “Darling Don’t Leave Me” featured none other than Annie Lennox on backing vocals. What an absolute sublime song (and video for that matter) this is!

Incidentally, I can’t remember if I have the 12″, but I definitely have the whole album from ole Robert…

What next? Well, I had to search for Debbie Deb. At that point, I had to make a tough decision – namely to choose When I Hear Music” or “Lookout Weekend” – both were fantastic tracks. Debbie Deb’s story on WikiP did make me a little sad, to be honest, as I think she should be a millionaire for those two tracks alone.

As it’s the weekend we’ll go with that one, besides the video (though not “official”) is kinda fun in an ‘Electric Boogaloo’ sort of way. Not sure why it’s only two minutes of the track, and cuts off in an excruciating fashion (maybe that’s all the kid had to do for his assignment), but it’s a belter none-the-less.

So I have another five videos stored in my Spundge 80s Dance Party notebook, ready to throw out into the mix, but too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing.

Maybe I can continue with another five videos next weekend….We’ll see.

In any event, I will leave you with one more random synth-tastic track…Blue Zoo (Blue who?).

Wow that was so good to hear that one again, and their other one that I’d totally forgotten about – “Love Moves in Strange Ways” (and it does). That song used to end up on my 80s compilations a lot. Well, now that I am having some serious flashbacks from this dance down memory lane, I’d better call it day, or rather a night…


Book Cover - Essential 80s Pop TriviaSo if you’re from that era, and love your 80s music (or you know someone who is and does) – I’ve got a few (hundred) copies of my 80s music trivia book for sale for 6.00 GBP (Appx $10.00 – FREE SHIPPING). Written exactly 15 years ago now, they gotta be collector’s items at this point, and they might be a good Christmas gift for the music freak in your life.

Until next time, “I’m Thea, saying see ya…” 🙂


  1. “Language – Touch The Radio Dance 1983” · inmotion68 · Oct. 24, 2008 · YouTube
  2. “Blue Zoo – Cry Boy Cry” · flemwad · May 10, 2007 · YouTube
  3. “ONE TWO THREE ..Runaway [FAN VIDEO]” · bobbyovstheflirts · Sept. 25, 2012 · YouTube
  4. “Robert Goerl – Darling Don’t Leave Me” · bgfoto · June 20, 2008 · YouTube
  5. “Look out weekend” · sethmisek · Aug. 29, 2006 · YouTube

Thea’s Top Social Shares (of Late)

So last night, a gentleman made a comment about “weekends” at a networking event I attended last night, to which I replied “you get weekends?” What are those?

Seriously such is the life of an SME. It’s Friday night, firecrackers are going off outside my window (for the third time this week), here I am scouring the Internet – both for content I can share on social media, and for ideas for my Linkedin talk at next week’s New Start Scotland exhibition.

Then I thought it was time I updated a blog. It’s so much easier to tell people WHY they should be blogging for business (to highlight expertise, to help with search engine rankings etc) than it is to actually DO blogging – consistently and well…Thankfully tools like Spundge (which I am writing this in) make things a little easier for me.

In any event, I need to make this brief as I have some Christmas movies to watch on SKY 321, I mean I have a workshop to write before I call it a day. So here was something I found entertaining, it was shared by my friend Mat from Silicon Valley Installation Company and it did make me snigger just a little…

Who remembers those renting those ole video tapes AND having to rewind them before returning them? Classic.

Now I realise this next share is dated just a little (2011) but it was shared to me today (by my dear friend Heather who always shares great content with me) – so it sort of fits in with my “Thea’s Top Social Shares” sort of theme…

There are three videos – this is the first of them (you can find the next in the series on Youtube, I reckon you’re smart that way)…

Then there is a follow up video  2 years later. I recommend you taking the 10 or 15 minutes out and watching all four. I have been inspired by them, and hope you are too.

Wasn’t that great?

It’s been 7 years (exactly) since my biggest adventure ever which was driving solo across the USA meeting my site members from soyouvebeendumped.com. On that journey, I filmed the whole thing as I  called in on family and friends too. This video has definitely got me thinking about my next “adventure” – how about you? What will yours be?

I might just fly to New York and take another road trip to Michigan this time – with my aforementioned friend Heather – who is the best friend I’ve never met!

There have been some other good social shares of late (lots of them), but after the week I’ve had, I just can’t concentrate. Must_try_harder next time! I’ll leave you with this one which, if I recall correctly, was shared by my friend Andrea from Gifts From Fairies….Enjoy it.

10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

10 Life Lessons You Should UnlearnOctober 14, 2013 · The Huffington Post · Posted: 10/14/2013 11:09 am EDT Follow: Lessons About Life, Lessons In Life, Lessons Learned, Lessons Of Life, Life Learned Lessons, Life Lessons, Life Lessons To Unlearn, Love Life Lessons, OWN Empower Yourself, OWN Experts, Wrong Life Lessons, OWN News By Martha Beck In the past 10 years, I’ve realized that our culture is rife with ideas that actually inhibit joy. Here are some of the things I’m most grateful to have unlearned: 1. Problems are bad. You spent your school…Open this article

Hope to see some of you at New Start Scotland next week. It’s FREE! (Tickets here).


  1. “Found: Lost Pictures of New York Blizzard” · toddbieber · Jan. 17, 2011 · YouTube
  2. “10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn” · Joann Pan · Oct. 14, 2013 · The Huffington Post
  3. “Video Stores Explained To Modern Kids” · buzzfeedyellow · Oct. 22, 2013 · YouTube