Best of the 80s
IT'S ALL SO VERY BIZARRE, IT CAN ONLY BE THE 80S
Big hairdos? Check. Dayglo stilettos? Check. Ra-ra
You guessed it, the decade that taste forgot reared
its ugly head again last night, as the Best of the 80s Tour rolled into
The acts on the bill were former punk princess
Toyah Willcox, Altered Images star Clare Grogan, Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot
of Curiosity Killed The Cat fame and Nick Heyward.
Volpeliere-Pierrot kicked off the gig, and the
40-year-old singer had the hardest task of all in warming up the crowd.
A former teen pin-up, he still had the dance moves,
and although his voice remains strong, he appeared fairly spaced-out during
his 20-minute set.
After sensing the audience wasn't warming to his
songs, the lanky six-footer took it upon himself to jump down into the
audience to try to rouse the crowd. And when that didn't make any odds,
he showed his annoyance by mumbling "there's nothing happening here" and
leaving the stage.
But it was nothing compared to the antics of Nick
The former Haircut One Hundred frontman wandered
on wearing a brown cord jacket and red scarf combo, looking more biology
teacher than pop star. He then spent the majority of his time spouting
some nonsense about a failed relationship, his bandmates' star signs and
dolphins... the oddness of it all was only topped when he held aloft a
huge sword and started screaming "freedom".
Fortunately, though, the girls were on hand to
restore some sanity to the proceedings.
First up was Clare Grogan of Altered Images, and
despite this being her first time on an Edinburgh stage for 23 years, the
Scottish singer had the crowd dancing in no time.
Her charisma is enormous for such a small lass,
and her raucous rendition of Happy Birthday rolled back the years.
Looking 20 years younger in a red Parisian showgirl's
costume, thigh-high black suede boots and matching gloves, Toyah kept the
tempo high with her upbeat renditions of It's A Mystery, Thunder In The
Mountains and Echo Beach, before an unlikely cover of Guns N' Roses' Sweet
Child O' Mine showed she still likes to rock.
Listening to the banter from the crowd on the
way out, they all seemed to agree that Toyah and Clare Grogan were the
stars of this 80s revival show.
As for Nick Wayward and Ben Whatshisname? Couldn't
they have gotten Kajagoogoo or Tears For Fears instead?
Edinburgh Evening News