Totally 80s is a musical concept that’s been around for a while, bringing together artists from the same era and showcasing them in a gala performance. This particular show was upgraded from The Gov to the Thebarton Theatre due to high demand and the room was filled with big hair, puffy sleeves and plenty of day glo bangles and tops.
First act up was Men Without Hats, with their hit “Safety Dance” – a wonderful way to start the night. Maynard (of Maynard F sharp Crabbs fame) as MC, resplendent in a canary yellow suit, was a perfect choice to introduce each act. Moving things along quickly, Real Life hit the stage with ‘Send me an Angel’ causing one of many mass sing-a-longs.
Stacey Q was up next, and kept the high-energy vibe of the room going, which was quickly followed Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. As ‘Walking on Sunshine’ amped the crowd, it became clear how many great songs were released some thirty years ago.
Suddenly the youthful LIMAHL, best known as the founder of Kajagoogoo, sprung onto stage. This was his first time in Australia and he even took a selfie with the crowd to remember the occasion, handing out a signed poster to one lucky punter and photos to the crowd.
After a short break to recharge, we were treated to a sexy rendition of “Boom, Boom, lets go Back to my Room” by Paul Lekakis. Surprisingly, this was also his first time performing in Australia.
Many people in the crowd were eagerly waiting Berlin to hit the stage and Terri Nunn didn’t disappoint. Dressed in a flirtatious black dress and with a stole over her shoulders, she ‘took our breath away’, before riding a security guard’s shoulders through the audience to get closer to the crowd.
Finally it was Martika’s turn to entertain. There was a poignant moment when she performed ‘Love… Thy Will Be Done’, written by Prince, before lifting the energy again for the end of the show.
Totally 80s is everything you could imagine in an 80s show: glitter, glamour, and a chance to think that you’re sixteen years old again, listening to your favourite songs on the radio.
Check out the photo gallery from the night:
Review and photos by John Goodridge