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he best thing about the Hall and Oates Jingle Bell Rock video is: Everything. It’s the way they bop almost-but-not-quite in time with the music. It’s the cheesy special effects. It’s the rockin’ granny. It’s so very tongue-and-cheek, as if Daryll and John created it not for their contemporaries, but for the future.
Some of us just have too much personality for this decade. If you think you can’t handle the monotony of a desk job, maybe it’s because you were really meant for the lifestyle of a rocker. Specifically, a head-banging, hair-whipping 80s rocker. For decades, The Rainbow Bar & Grill in LA has been a premiere meeting place for musicians and their fans. But in no decade did it rock harder than the 80s, when bands like Mötley Crüe would frequent the bar and raise hell.
In anticipation of ABC’s upcoming series WICKED CITY, we paid homage to 80s rockers (and rockers at heart) everywhere.
“Olive” (not her real name) is a woman who worked at Tower Records on Sunset Strip for two-and-a-half years in the 1980s. In honor of the premier of ABC’s WICKED CITY, here she recalls her various brushes with the rich, the famous, and the intoxicated.
“Tower was a respite for people. You’d come there and see some celebrities walking around—Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg. Everyone came to be seen. You buy records, maybe see a celebrity, maybe get an autograph, and that would make your day.”