80’s Fashion Rocks!
I sooo loved the 80’s! It was a carefree time where we ran wild and free following our hearts and chasing our dreams. In between the parties, concerts and club hopping I pursued my dream of singing. I’d worked my way through some girl groups and a couple local bands, before cutting demos with a group of talented music producers at Don Davis’ legendary Groovesville & United Sound recording studios in Detroit, MI.
When Warner Brothers Records picked up the project, we went through several names before I came up with “Incorporated Thang Band (ITB).” Bootsie Collins and George Clinton executive produced “Lifestyles of the Roach and Famous,” ITB’s only LP. The LP comprised of music by various P-Funk musicians/writers/producers was basically finished when us girls and our band leader laid vocal tracks. The last minute and very limited studio work didn’t bother me, as I was happy just to be a part of the group. I laid down some background and co-lead vocals on several cuts and was surprised at the quality of my performance with no previous exposure to the music.
We shot the video for the first single in Los Angeles at Tommy Chong’s film studio. The girls were the main focus of the story line, but we complained about not being included the performance segment. We protested being made to look like background singers and not group members. George informed us that the group format would change and we’d become the main focus, if the LP didn’t do well. I never counted on this happening, knowing there had been other funk family girl groups with few LP’s and short careers. The record company withheld any substantial marketing support and we got only one strange video with little radio or television video play. The album went gold, but the band folded and my dream ended. Overall, I spent about 6 years pursuing a career in the music industry learning a lot and living out part of my dream. In the meantime, we had lots of fun putting together crazy outfits, wearing flashy jewelry, lots of makeup and really big hair. I went on to finish college and also obtained a post-graduate degree in Education.
I was an 80’s fashionista, rocking every Body Glove, Swatch, Ocean Pacific, Norma Kamali, Guess, Betsy Johnson and Fiorucci dress I could. We wore ripped jeans, stilettos, big earrings, body chains, rubber dresses, wild hair, long nails, clown lips with way too much gloss and heavy eyeliner. Our style was heavily influenced by punk rock bands, Prince and Madonna. The only thing I have left of those crazy days are four ear piercings, three on one ear and one on the other. I will forever miss the fun and excitement of the 1980’s! The “Me Decade” may be over, but the best of 80’s fashion will never die!