Happy National Retro Day, Embracing 1980s

Published February 27, 2022 by Maryanne
Me, teenage punk rocker, 1980

I’m ecstatic that it’s retro day! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being in my late 50s – and unlike many others my age, I do love much of the music today (Billie Eilish, Sierra Ferrell, St. Vincent). However, I have to give credit to the 1980s for shaping who I am today. Music was always my life. Early 1980, I saw The Clash, and it empowered me. I was always bullied in my childhood and teens, but once I got into punk rock, I fought back. People still didn’t leave me alone, but showing I wasn’t afraid was really cool. I am so proud of my young self!

Me, 1985

Then by mid-80s I was a working girl and changed my style altogether. Yet, I fell victim to the “big hair.” This is me in the Bahamas, 1985.

Me, on the right, NYC, on stage with Pharaoh, 1986

From 1985 to 1986, I was part of the stage show for Pharoah, a 1980s glam rock band. Who would have known back then I’d marry the bassist, Dennis Lords, in 2011?! I was shy and barely talked to him, but I always thought he was cute!

Me, Summer 1987

By 1987 big hair was on its way out, but I still held on to it. Around this time many people told me I looked like Pia Zadora, who was a famous singer/actress, big in the 1980s. I was known as “The Pia Zadora Girl.”

Me, with Tiny Tim, 1988

Lucky me, I got to meet the late Tiny Tim in 1988 when he performed in NYC. My hair was now all grown out, but still “big” on the sides.

Me, 1988 photo shoot

Late 1980s, a softer variation of “big hair.”

Me, 1989

From 1986, onwards, I started getting into goth. But not being one to follow the crowd with a typical gothic look, this was my version of it, black hair, but embracing color like red and a pink lei at a party.

When I look back at the 1980s, I think of music, having a variety of friends, and the fact that my beloved grandmother was still alive. It was a time of going out A LOT. It was a time of seeing bands all the time (which I still do). And it was a time for dancing (which I only do on rare occasions). It was a time for clothes and experimenting with hair and make-up. I experimented plenty, because in your 20s you never feel “good enough.” While they were fun times, I look back and cherish, but I certainly DO NOT want to re-live them. Plus the fact that it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that my writing career took off. But that’s another decade I’ll revisit another time. 🙂

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com.

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here: https://eroticbooknetwork.com/product/love-cats/

Maryanne is also available for book editing and coaching. Rates are competitive.

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