Best Three Things About Jem and the Holograms

For those of you that didn’t grow up in the 1980s, you were deprived of one amazing animated series Jem and the Holograms.   It came out recently on DVD in 2011 and has now been included on Netflix.  It’s simply great (and truly outrageous).

Jem and the Holigrams was like a soap opera for kids and pre-teens.   It had music, romance, action, drama and comedy.  It was like Glee but 1980s style and animated.  It had great characters – Jem/Jerrica, her sister Kimber and the other Holograms, The Misfits, and of course Synergy.  It had the ability to keep you coming back for more – week after week, even when it focused all on Glitter and Gold Jem, it was still worth watching.  Now as I watch, some parts were cheesy but it’s still fun to watch.  I even remembered some of the songs which was crazy but also fun to sing along with. To be honest,  I even have the theme song on my iPod and everytime I hear it, I smile (and of course sing along)…Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame, oohhh….This show made me want to be a superstar!

My obsession about the show after all these years should leave no doubt that it would make it into my blog.  There are so many best things about this show but I’ve narrowed it down to three.

1.  The Songs

2.  The Characters – especially Jem (she was my favorite)

3.  The Outfits

For those of you that did watch the show, you know what I’m taking about.  Songs like: Deception (Jem & the Holograms); Click/Clash  (Jem & the Holograms and The Misfits); Glitter ‘n Gold (Jem & the Holograms); I Got My Eye on You (Jem & the Holograms); and Makin’ Mischief (The Misfits).  There are so many others.  The songs in this show really made the show.

The characters, and there were many of them.  Jem/Jerrica, Rio (her love interest), the Holograms, the Misfits – Pizzazz, Roxy, Stormer, The Singers and Synergy – just to name a few.  I loved watching all of them.  Their stories, love interests and the awesome colored hair they all had.  Seriously Jem pulled off pink hair, Aja with Blue hair, Stormer with dark blue.  It was great.

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The final thing that I thought was the best about Jem was the outfits.  They were crazy, all over the place but so very cool to a young girl watching.  One of the great things was that if you had one of the dolls, they actually sold the outfits that they wore on the show.


And for the others out there who are fans, here is an awesome Jem Mix! Enjoy

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Best Three Fads of the 1980s

For this post, I wanted to focus on some fads that had a profound influence in my childhood.  As a child of the 80s, I had the chance to experience all of the three fads (and some of the honorable mentions) and to this day, they are things that I look back on with fondness.  As fads – they came and then did disappeared for a time but like all fads – they came back.   Unfortunately their re-introduction did not do as well as the 80s versions.  So, this post will pay tribute to the originals (because they are always the best).

1. Cabbage Patch Kids

2. Slip’ n’ Slide

3. Jelly Shoes

Honorable mentions: Legwarmers; Slinky; Rubik’s Cube; Jazzercise; ‘the preppy look’

Cabbage Patch Kids

The top pick for me had to be the Cabbage Patch Kids.  Like so many children, I was lucky enough to a cabbage patch kid that looked liked me with brown hair and brown eyes.  Her name was Anita Lee because that was what was on the birth certificate provided in her packaging, that is what her name became.  Anita and I went everywhere together.  We even had the same outfits.  Yes, that is right.  For Christmas one year, Santa provided both Anita and I the same pair of pink and teal pajamas.  The Cabbage Patch Kids were such a great toy – simple but one that had a lasting impression and that is why it made it as the #1 best pick

The  Slip’ n’ Slide.  It was a great invention that provided hours of fun and lots of laughs.  It was crazy how far you would slide on one of those things.  Honestly, I remember my father setting it up on our front yard, and everyone would have a turn.  It was amazing, exhilarating and simply the best way to spend a hot day.

For those that remember, I’ve posted a 1988 slip n’ slide commercial.

The last thing on my best three fads list had to be Jelly Shoes.  Like so many other girls out there, I had so many of these shoes.  There is not much else to say expect, they were jelly and that was very cool to a kid.