I’ve always wanted to own a proper pair of creepers. For me, they’re just so reminiscent of Duckie Dale from Pretty in Pink (“I remain now, and will always be, a Duckman”). When I was a teen in the 80’s, creepers were a bit out of reach on a minimum wage budget. Then I sort of forgot about them in the 90’s and early 2000’s. With my 80’s nostalgia in very high gear lately, imagine my luck when I found a pair of classic black suede ones by T.U.K. on sale at Hot Topic. I knew the perfect outfit to wear with them, blending a couple of 80’s trends, wearing a bright neon shirt with a checked headband and badges. I wore this outfit to the office for a little bit of a dress down Friday, and also for my mom’s surprise birthday party. It’s quite the casual, yet put together outfit.
Outfit: T.U.K. Black Suede Original Creepers and Union Jack pin from Hot Topic; Topshop black denim pinafore dress (old, but here’s one similar from ASOS); Unknown brand neon shirt, checked headband and tights; The English Beat pin from their 2013 concert at the Belly Up (post here); Vintage tie; Rebecca Minkoff Jody “C” leather pouch; Eva glasses in sepia c/o Bonlook
Our families during my mom’s surprise birthday on January 25, 2014. My mom is holding a picture of my father.
Last Friday, I went with my girls to see The English Beat in concert at Belly Up in Solana Beach. For $20, it was a steal to see Dave Wakeling’s version of the band (basically, the US version), so we made it a girl’s night out by starting the evening out with dinner, then ending with the concert. We arrived during the end of the opener, 2 Tone Sounds, and waited patiently for The English Beat to take the stage. I’m glad we decided to go to the Friday show because the Saturday show sold out! The Belly Up tavern is a great venue because any show feels completely intimate. The only issue I had that night was some of the rambunctious crowd members who seemed to think it was cool to pick a fight every 15 minutes. Can’t we all just get along and enjoy the music? While Rholnna and Janice got fed up with being shoved around, Regi and I braved the crowd and stayed on the floor. Eventually, the crowd started to disperse and we had enough personal space around us to dance.
I loved hearing songs like “Save It For Later”, “I Confess”, “Best Friend” and “Mirror in the Bathroom” because those were standards that I heard on 91X when I was a teen and I remember the videos like it was yesterday. I was then very pleasantly surprised when I heard “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” because that was something that I didn’t hear on the radio at all and came to know it because I played it over and over on my cassette player. But I was even more surprised to hear General Public songs, including my favorite “Never You Done That” and every 80’s radio staple, “Tenderness”. I know that Ranking Roger heads up the UK version of The Beat, but I think I like Dave Wakeling’s version because when I close my eyes, I can imagine feeling what it was like to see them back then, and Dave sounds just as fantastic as ever.
I couldn’t recall song order, but here is a rough estimate from my memory. I’m sure I’m missing a song or two:
The Tears of a Clown
Hands Off…She’s Mine
Twist and Crawl
I’ll Take You There
Save It for Later
Can’t Get Used to Losing You
Whine and Grine/Stand Down Margaret
Never You Done That
Ranking Full Stop
Mirror in the Bathroom
It was quite a fun night, and even more fun to people watch when you are completely stone (freezing) cold sober. Janice and I are at the start of our Whole30 for the New Year, Regi had a long drive that night and Rholnna doesn’t drink, so it was waters all around for us. There were lots of ladies jumping the stage, drunkenly shaking their groove things, and we all just happily chuckled from the crowd. Even with the gratuitous stage grinding and near scuffles, I will definitely catch The English Beat when they come back in town to have a ranking good time, full stop!