Kremmling: Remember the 80s
September 26, 2008
Residents and guests in Grand County have a chance to relive the 1980s with a festive, end-of-summer celebration at the Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill.Wanting to do something a little different this year, the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce, sponsor with RMB&G and Grand Mountain Bank, has the event taking the place of the annual country dance with band Whisky Trip. Chamber Executive Director Kacey Beres said the board thought this would be a great opportunity to get more business into our local establishment so they would see a direct benefit from an event and that it will be a fun way to bring different age groups out together and enjoy great music from the 80s.Party highlights include 1980s-style attire (greatly encouraged), drink specials, and 1980s music presented by DJ Michael Turner of Turner Productions of Winter Park.When planning what to wear for the party, think about the culture and change that was in abundance around the world in the 1980s. At the beginning of the impressionable decade the first computer-generated graphics gave the world arcade games like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and Frogger; and computer technology entered mainstream movies such as Tron. The Rubiks Cube craze puzzled the retail market and cartoon characters like the Smurfs, Strawberry Shortcake, GI Joe, and Transformers became popular.The fashion of the 80s is said to have incorporated trends from several different eras, including ancient Egypt, early 20th-century British royalty, Edwardian-era buccaneers and 1970s punk rockers. The big glam metal hairstyles of the 1940s made a comeback, and new styles surfaced which incorporated more color and expression (mullets, mohawks, hair crimping and the Miami Vice-inspired designer stubble five oclock shadow).People began to use video cassettes and wear Raybans, and Nike shoe sales soared. Aerobics rose in popularity with Olivia Newton-Johns (Lets Get) Physical as Americans began to be more health-conscious and fad diets became popular.With the use of synthesizers, keyboards and drum machines; unheard-of electronic sounds and the uprising of Music Television changed the music world in the 1980s boosting new wave and synthpop, heavy, thrash and extreme metal; alternative rock, reggaeton, hip hop and rap, and contemporary Christian. The time also turned out several albums in aid of Ethiopian famine relief, USA for Africa efforts, nuclear disarmament, racial harmony, and AIDS awareness.Talent to surface in the 1980s included INXS, Midnight Oil, Iron Maiden, KISS, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Beastie Boys, Rush, R.E.M., Violent Femmes, The Cure, The Human League, and Men at Work.The decade is also known for the uprising of women in the workplace, the CD and boom box, the first launch of a space shuttle (Columbia), and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Other costume ideas, from hit television, include inspirations from horror and John Hughes Brat Pack movies, The Cosby Show, Cheers, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Remington Steele, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Dallas, Dynasty, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Untouchables, Scarface, and the final episodes of M*A*S*H and Doctor Who.The community sounds like theyre ready to go. Itll be fun a good time to have everybody in, said Ken Bentler, RMB&G owner for about seven years with his wife Heather. So have fun and do some dancin. Get out and support the chamber.