Ginger Perry and Michael Trundle on That '80s Night, their new night at Beauty Bar
What is it about the '80s that are so culturally transcendent? Is it just nostalgia?
GP: The '80s had such a strong influence on EDM that I think it's always going to be something people go back to.
MT: A lot of it is nostalgia. But it's such a broad-reaching genre. People that are into electro don't necessarily like rock. People don't tend to cross genres -- they like what they like. But the '80s, man...people love the '80s. Well, maybe not everybody, but most people. But I think a majority of the people who come to this night didn't listen to '80s music in the '80s.
I don't think anyone under the age of thirty can say they listened to this when they were teenagers. But they remember hearing these songs when they were little kids on the radio, and there is that love for what seems, from that perspective, as a more innocent time. And it's just great music. It's the only decade of music that is its own genre.
How does that music differ from what is made today?
MT: I don't particularly care for Lady Gaga and Rihanna and all these Top 40 artists -- it all kind of sounds the same. They've gotten the pop thing into a formula. And I don't feel like that was the case in the '80s. And that's why there were so many one-hit wonders back then. You don't really see as many one-hit wonders anymore: An artist will become big and then put out forty albums, and every song on the album is a single, because everything is so produced and so commercially crafted.
Whereas with the one-hit wonders, it was bands that just had one really great song and then you never hear from them again. Like how many people could name an A-ha song other than "Take On Me"? They may not know the name of the album or even the name of the band -- but they can sing every word of that song. And you don't really see that as much anymore.
That '80s Night has advertised itself as an event where guests should "dress appropriately." What does that look like for you?
GP: I don't care what people dress like, as long as dancing is the most important part to the crowd.
MT: Well, I was kind of a death-rocker back then and still am. So I'll probably just dress how I always do -- in black.
Are there any other themes that you'd like to tackle for a dance night?
GP: F yes! The roaring '20s! That party would be a blow! People would be so zozzled, it would turn into a petting party!
MT: There are some, but nothing I'd like to do once a month. I like to have freedom -- like at Lipgloss, I play everything: '80s, '50s, new stuff. But I would love to do a one-off post-punk night, lots of Joy Division, the Cure, that sort of thing. Maybe a goth-y type thing some night. I would love to do a disco night. But I don't know how successful those nights would be. With an '80s night, people immediately know what it is -- it speaks for itself.
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