Friday, February 10, 2012

Tumble 4 Ya Blogfest: My 80's Crush

The I'll Tumble 4 Ya, the 80's crush blog fest.

Growing up in the 80s was actually kinda cool. We got videos games, MTV, and I got to play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons.

A lot.

An obscene amount really.

One thing that will always be linked for me in those early years was playing D&D at my buddy Jon Cook's house and watching MTV.
We got to watch MTV when it was good and at an age to really enjoy it.  Music seemed to explode in a variety of styles.  Plus it opened up the world of women to my young mind.

But unlike many of my friends though, my first crushes were not models or even actresses (though Brooke Shields holds a special place in my memories).  No my first crushes were rock girls.  Singers, musicians or any of them.  I loved Joan Jett (I still love Joan Jett!), Shelia E., Terri Nunn, Dale Bozzio, and others long forgotten.

But none of them could hold a candle to Stevie Nicks.

Not only did I love how she looked, I loved (still do) her voice.  I have been known to still blast "If Anyone Falls" in my car while driving home.  I am not ashamed to admit it.

I think I wore out two copies of "The Wild Heart" on cassette and at least one (maybe two) copies of "Belladonna".  That's not counting the Fleetwood Mac tapes I'd make to feature her only.  Well except Mirage and Tusk, they are kind of perfect as they are. (Interestingly two of my favorite Fleetwood Mac songs "Hold Me" and "Don't Stop" don't even feature Stevie).

Plus, and lets be honest here, look at those pictures.  What do you see other than an incredible woman?  Yeah, a witch.
Now lets be 100% clear, Stevie is not a witch. At all.  She likes to dress like that and she calls her production company Welsh Witch.  But in my 13 year old mind (and before the internet) I didn't know any better.  So my first witch character was loosely based on Stevie Nicks.  I am not the only one who did that either.

That first witch of mine, whose name by the way was Stephanie (yes Stevie's real name), later came back to life in a way as Megan Maclay, nee O'Kelly, the mother of Tara in Season of the Witch.  My first Witch book has a ton of spells that involve voice or singing in some way or another.  All because I expected my witches to be able to sing.  Maybe too much D&D and MTV at the same time.

I even used Stevie Nicks as part of a "casting" for a write-up I did for an older Sabrina the Teenage Witch. My friend Thom Marrion did the teenage version (actually in her 20s) and I did the older version.  I should post those here sometime.

I think though the first video I ever saw of her was "Nightbird" on "Solid Gold".  What I liked was that it was obvious she was not lip-synching like everyone else had been. Plus the song is amazing.
Anyway, here are some of her videos from that golden age when Stevie was on MTV while I was working on my first witch character.

She still looks and sounds great today.

Here is the list of others participating bloggers.


DL Hammons said...

Excellent choice!! I was a huge Nicks fan as well. Her voice is so unique. Thumbs up! :)

Heather Murphy said...

As a female bass player in the 80s I always looked up to Joan Jett, but Stevie is an icon as well

Julie Flanders said...

Oh my gosh, this post brings back memories of going to my best friend's house after school to watch MTV as my parents' didn't have cable. I was totally obsessed with MTV. And who can forget Solid Gold? Stevie Nicks was awesome then and still is now. I love her voice and her style. Great post!

Wymarc said...

I just lost a half hour looking at old Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks videos...and it was time well wasted. Thanks for bringing them back to life for me.

Anonymous said...

We once played in a Labyrinth (the movie) themed game but as all of the characters were male, the Goblin Queen was played by Stevie Nicks.

Was I the only one who found music video inspirational for characters and adventures?

Susan Fields said...

I was always much more into musicians than actors, also. And I absolutely loved MTV back in the day when they played music videos all day long and I was just the right age to be able to watch for hours.

Arlee Bird said...

I was a big Stevie Nicks fan. And Sheila E was hot in looks and musicianship. "Glamorous Life"--yeah!

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Johanna Garth said...

New follower from the blog hop and I think I'm starting to develop a crush on this whole 80s crush business.

Definitely had a girl crush on Stevie Nicks. Actually, still kinda do. She has such an amazing voice!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I don't think I've ever heard her solo stuff - except for that song on the School of Rock soundtrack. Consider me a little bit more educated - thank you :-)

Nicki Elson said...

Okay, I'm glad I didn't guess - I NEVER would've thought of her, which is odd because now that you say it, it makes total sense. Right when I saw the picture of her w/ the hood was my "aha" moment. I like one Stevie Nicks song - Landslide. That's a great one.

So, did anyone pre-guess Stevie?

Carrie-Anne said...

Great choice! I remember hearing someone on VH1 (before the network jumped the shark) saying that Stevie's voice always sounds like she's just had sex or is about to. My favorite spin instructor (who's in Florida for the winter) plays mostly classic hard rock and metal, and Fleetwood Mac is among his soundtrack.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

@Nicki yes!
Bob guessed correctly and he won the $10 gift card.

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M Pax said...

Stevie was great. I don't think there was a kid in school who didn't have the Rumors album.

M said...

Awesome. I loved Fleetwood Mac; Nicks has such a great voice. Once an older guy I worked with (I was in high school at the time) told me I looked like Christie McVie. And then was surprised I knew who that was.

~M Pepper Langlinais

Tara Tyler said...

she was definitely unique and talented!
nice choice!

have a hearts & flowers weekend!

Christine Rains said...

Awesome choice! I was a big fan. Sometimes wished I could be her.

Suze said...

Stevie's my girl! Huge fan. She has such a pristine, bewitching sound and I love that pic of her in the hat.

I recommend the 'Freaks and Geeks' episode 'Discos and Dragons.' Think you'd appreciate it.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I just left a comment somewhere else about there being something special about musicians :) I never understood about people's fascination with Stevie Nicks, but I always wanted to be Joan Jett. She was/is cool!

Susan Oloier said...

Stevie has the best voice! My brother used to play D&D :-) And MTV was so much better then.

Luanne G. Smith said...

Oh, great choice. Love Stevie Nicks. I remember, too, everyone calling her a witch. She was just mesmerizing. And I still listen to her songs.

Anonymous said...

She's a great pick... Loved her music and can totally see why you had the hots for her:)

The Armchair Squid said...

Nice! The influence of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie is still heard in female singer-songwriters today. I shall always love the Mac.

Jennifer Lane said...

I might have to download If Anyone Falls to iTunes stat! Great choice. Stevie is a great artist and singer.

I recall those good ole days of MTV. Remember the Peter Gabriel video Sledgehammer?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I watched MTV for the ladies as well, although Nancy Wilson was my crush. Didn't care about the band - I just wanted to watch a sexy woman play guitar!
And what's wrong with playing a lot of D&D?

Trisha said...

Stevie rocks!! I love musicians too, though my crushes tend to be on the guys.

OMG, I forgot to mention my Labyrinth-crush on David Bowie. hehe

Theresa Milstein said...

I wished I could look like Stevie Nicks when I was younger. And I'll admit I used to sing along to her songs looking in the mirror. (Maybe I shouldn't admit that.)