EMMA LEE UEA LCR, Norwich
UEA LCR, Norwich
There are some things that were 'Acceptable in the Eighties' that are best left there - shoulder-pads, bubble perms and capitalism, for example.
But at the UEA LCR last night Scottish electro pop wiz Calvin Harris showed the crowd that the decade which also gave us fluorescent towelling socks wasn't all bad.
I guess the best description of his music would be “now-tro”. Using old-school synthesisers and electronic bleeps as his starting point, Harris takes all the pop fun the Eighties had to offer, and gives it a saucy Noughties twist.
Along with Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys and Kate Nash, Harris's big break came via MySpace - barely a year after posting his first tracks on the site he was lounging at the upper reaches of the charts and had the likes of Kylie Minogue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor chasing his production skills.
- 1 A47 reopens after it was closed for six hours due to crash
- 2 See inside this idyllic family home up for sale with NO nearby neighbours
- 3 Broads Authority moves to prosecute pub over caravans - again
- 4 Former coastal restaurant up for auction
- 5 Where you can see the Red Arrows over Norfolk today
- 6 Motorcylist in 50s in hospital with serious injuries after tyre shop crash
- 7 M&S to close 32 stores as part of move away from town centres
- 8 Thousands expected to attend huge four-day steam extravaganza
- 9 What's next for 'the biggest development in the region?'
- 10 'You look just like her' Shop worker mistook The Queen for look-a-like
The crowd was so youthful that I thought I had mistakenly stumbled into an episode of the teen drama Skins.But the combination of glo-stick waving and an adrenalin rush as tracks like Colours, Merrymaking At My Place, and summer hit The Girls, with its sleazy bass line and even sleazier lyrics, soon rubbed off on me.
Yes, it's good news that the Eighties are back. But I still couldn't be persuaded to wear a snood again.