We had such fun last weekend, watching St Elmo’s Fire and having an 80’s disco afterwards, at this, our first official event as the entity called ‘We Do Good…’ The idea is that the strapline changes according to the event. In this case it was We Do Good 80’s Disco, Film, Badges, and Hair Crimping! The main surprise of the evening was how many of you wanted to come into the ‘Crimping Salon’ to have your hair done. We may have to invest in another set of crimpers! Also, towards the nether regions of the evening, we found a few of you had snuck back in there to re-do your lovely 80’s make up and touch up your crimps. We will definitely bring this back next time, and with improved lighting!
It was both comical and alarming to find out quite how much our reaction to St Elmo’s Fire had changed in the intervening 30 (!) years since first watching it as teenagers. I had no idea that every main male character had such appalling behaviour! I think I was just stunned by the beauty of Rob Lowe (which I still managed to enjoy, despite the lines he had to say and the way he treated his female friends). Big shout out to Sarita, my friend from school who I watched all of the 80’s teen films with first time around: she lives in deepest Kent but she still managed to join in and make it to the party.
Before sharing some photos I just want to say a big thank you to all of you who came. It’s you who made it so much fun. We will be back with more of the same! For now, either keep in touch on this blog or at our new Facebook page: We Do Good Disco. We will shortly be popping up at the Telegraph Hill Festival with a silly event combining our two passions of bingo and disco, which will be called (wait for it) Disco Bingo. You can buy tickets for that here.
You can click on any photo to see it better (if you dare) – let me know if you want any photos to be removed. Thanks to Ruth and Emma for some of the photos.
See you next time!
Launch of the New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival 2016
Doors 7.00pm, film 7.30pm, Friday 22nd April 2016
The Duke, 125 Creek Road, Deptford SE8 3BU
Screening of Summer of Sam followed by DJs (Hatty of Dino Collective and Bazooka Joe’s, and Funkwars)
No ticket required, no entry fee.
More details here.
Bananarara is a new evening based on the music of 80’s pop, brought to you by public demand. From 70’s extravaganza Bazooka Joe’s, we have moved on a decade to bring you the best of the 80’s, whilst not forgetting the same happy, feel good atmosphere.
You might not even realise that you like 80’s music – many people curl their lip Billy Idol-style at it, lumping all of the chart hits into one big 80’s memory. But on preparing the night I remembered and relived just how much good stuff was written. And it was going to be a challenge to fit the best into the time we had on the night.
You know, there was tons of good music during the 80’s, whatever ‘tribe’ you were. Apart from the pop music, there was soul, punk, goth, grunge, ‘Madchester’. But let’s face it, at Bananarara we stuck to what people come to an eighties party for. And seriously, with this much time between then and now, it was so great to dance (and sing) along to the hits again, even if I had heard them (and tried to tape them from the Top 40 on the radio onto a portable cassette player) at least 42,000 times back then.
Some of the most legendary music stars EVER made their name and, arguably, wrote some of their best tunes in the 80’s: from Madonna to Prince, from Michael Jackson to Elton John. I can’t even say if I liked it back then (but aged 11 I really remember watching the video on TOTP) but playing I’m Still Standing by (now Sir) Elton John just felt so right.
On the night itself we were delighted to celebrate two birthdays (a real eighteenth! and a cough twenty-first). Many happy returns to Yewa and Angela, thank you for bringing your own party to us – but Angela, don’t think we didn’t see you sneaking off with mini chocolate bars in your pop socks!
You may not ‘approve’ of nostalgia but we believe there is nothing wrong with it, not only can it be fun but it can also be life-affirming and positive. We wanted to remember the old days happily; it was ridiculous how many of the lyrics have stuck with us all for so many years. Then again, I was age 8 to 18 during the 80s. No wonder it had such an impact on me, at such a formative time in my life, and despite turning my back on it for some years, I am so pleased to be back.
We will return with another Bananarara and I promise you we will play Footloose, Fame and all the other dance-related songs starting with F that you requested. Thank you to everyone who came to the inaugural night, yes all of you lot who dressed up and did brilliant air-guitar and singing with us (it was especially great to see all three of you men, thank you for dressing up so perfectly – I’m not going to forget the appearance of Phil Oakey for a very long time).
See you in 2016 for more lacy cropped tights and shoulder pads. Come on (Eileen) have a laugh at the photos with me and see how many Madonnas you can count.
With thanks to the Hill Station for the warm and friendly venue.
Happy Christmas and here’s to more music, singing and dancing in the next year.
The thing about Freetime is that you never quite know what to expect.
Apart from good music of course.
Freetime is the one where we get to play what we want. No theme, just a space to play stuff, where you get to come and hang out with us in your ‘freetime’ if you want to. No pressure, nothing to pay on the door, just nice friendly vibes.
On Friday we were back to our favourite Freetime venue, the Ivy House, which has been saved by the people and is London’s first co-operatively owned pub, and all the more special for it (quick confession, I am a shareholder, but that doesn’t mean any of the above is untrue).
Music-wise we played Audio Bullys to Congo Natty via Marvin Gaye, The Beat and Ibibio Sound Machine. Kit-wise we got through two mixers and three decks, having to make a quick detour home mid-set to pick up our own equipment. We played everything on proper old vinyl. Dancers were typically shy at first (apart from the ‘there’s always one’ guy who couldn’t sit down from the off) but by the time we got to the jungle face-off between djs D Rex and Kamakiri, everyone was a junglist and was forming circles to out-skank each other on the dancefloor. We had some winners in the crew who had travelled from Cardiff to spend some freetime with us, but there were definitely a few contenders!
Technical hitches aside, we had a blast and here comes a massive big thanks to all of you who joined us. It was a lovely mixture of regular Dino Collective fans, old pals and I think we made a few new ones. Welcome to Freetime courtesy of Dino Collective, and if you want to keep updated, you can subscribe to this blog or join our Facebook page.
Here are some photos. Comment if you see yourself!