BACK TO THE FUTURE WITH WE SING 80s07 Aug 2012
Our indispensable guide to recreating the 80s vibe
Aside from all the hard work that Wired put in when producing the Wii’s ridiculously popular We Sing karaoke series, we have put in some extra hours of research recently to help you prepare for the release of We Sing 80s.
By research, we of course mean, watching all the Brat Pack films back to back on VHS whilst blasting out an 80s mix tape that includes Whitney Houston (RIP), Bananarama and The Smiths, on our Sony Walkmans, (retro, huh?).
So, pull on your legwarmers and adjust those shoulder pads, as you read Wired’s easy to follow guide to helping you release your inner Ferris Bueller!
Whenever the opportunity presents itself- throw in a sax solo. There’s no need for a context when it comes to pulling out a good ol’ sax solo, it’s unnecessary. All you need to know is sax = cool. Understandably, not everyone is a dab hand when it comes to the sax. In these cases it’s preferable to enlist Rob Lowe, but allowances can be made.
Discover Your Hidden Talent
Molly Ringwald could perfectly apply her lipstick using just her cleavage, whilst Matthew Broderick’s flawless, albeit mimed, performance of ‘Twist and Shout’ still gives us the shivers. So yes, an impressive yet bizarre skill is an 80s must have and the perfect ice-breaker at any rad dance party.
Stick to the Sherbet
The consumption of copious amounts of substances, that attracted 944-driving-filofax-wielding types, seems pretty synonymous with the 80s. But, being quite the responsible types, this, we are quite happy to avoid. So, we suggest abundant amounts of dip dabs and flying saucers instead. It’s all about that (natural) sugar high.
Don’t Trust Kiefer Sutherland
We’ve all seen ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘The Killing Time’ and ‘Flatliners’ enough times to know that this guy is bad news.
This is an easy one. Whenever you’re in a tricky situation and questioning what path to follow- take a moment, breathe and think, ‘What would iconic 80s film director and producer John Hughes do?’ The man was a genius- follow this rule and you’re on track for a guaranteed happy ending.
Lastly, and maybe most importantly, compile a killer 80s soundtrack for your life. This is imperative. The 80s were defined by the music of the era and 30 of the decades best tracks will be available on We Sing 80s to blast out at the top of your lungs. So, get yourself ready- the next time you’re on the bus, stick Simple Minds on your iPod, look moodily into the distance and slowly raise a fist into the air. Yes, NOTHING is cooler than feeling like Judd Nelson.
So, there we are, our top pointers to help you release your inner Ringwald’s and Nelson’s. Stick to these simple, yet crucial, 6 steps and you’ll be more than ready to hit the high scores on We Sing 80s.
Feeling nostalgic? Check out this great tribute to the late and great John Hughes, the master of the 80s.