Five songs that marked the 1980s
SO many songs, so little time.
Electric 80s is a two-hour show that revisits all the big hits from the 1980s.
Singer Jen Jeavons explained the show is designed to delight the most hardcore fans of 1980s music as a fully-produced 1980s extravaganza.
"If you are a 1980s fan, expect to have the night of your life," he said.
"Many people are surpised when they come to see the Electric 80s show, because they come expecting to be a bit of a little 1980s band with people dress up in a costume or two, singing a few 1980s songs, but it's way more than that.
"It is a fully produced show, two hours of non-stop 1980s entertainment".
Jeavons said all six band members personify the bands they tribute on stage.
"There is a back line with keys, drums, base and the lead guitarist, plus us two main vocalists Ros and I," she explained.
"We all perform a heap of different characters during the show.
"We have ten to 12 costume changes each during each two-hour gig."
They tribute bands and artists such as Devo, Billy Idol, Madonna, INXS, Divinyls, Van Halen, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Eurithmics, Cindy Lauper, Bon Jovi and more.
Fans of some of the artists that were really big in the 1980s get treated to medleys of their biggest songs, while other bands get the full-song treatment.
"Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Guns'n'Roses, the Footlose soundtrack, Madonna, INXS and others get medleys because they have too many good songs to do just one," singer Jen Jeavons said.
"We only have two hours and we have so much great material," she said.
"The 1980s offered such great variety in music and we tap into each style, from rock to pop, techno", she said.
We asked the Electric 80s band members what their favourite songs from the show were:
1. Let's Hear It For The Boy / Footloose (Jen Jeavons, vocalist)
I've always been a pop girl so my favourite kind of '80s is happy pop.
Lucky for me we do heaps of great '80s pop in the show - but this one is probably my favourite.
Footloose is such an iconic 1980s movie and Let's Hear it for The Boy is one of my all time favourite '80s pop hits as it reminds me of happy carefree Saturday mornings in front of Rage and Video Hits.
2. Boys in Town by Divinyls (Ros Loxton, vocalist)
Chrissy Amphlett was amazing and had a bit of an unhinged rock chick energy and when I'm in that Chrissy outfit on stage with the band, I totally channel her and belt it out like I am actually her. She was so iconic and awesome.
3. Jump by Van Halen (Jon Rouse, keyboards)
As the guy on keys, for me it has an epic sound that everyone immediately knows from the very first chord I hit - followed by a screaming keyboard solo where I get to put our guitarist in his place.
Such a definitive and unforgettable 1980s rock moment.
4. Hit Me With Your Best Shot / Love is a Battlefield by Pat Benatar (Ralph Muller, vocals and guitar)
My favourite Electric 80s song would be the Pat Benatar medley.
I was an instant fan of Benatar when I first heard Heartbreaker back in 1979 at the tender age of 18.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot was one of her biggest hits and, as the guitar player, it rocks and I get to play a smokin' solo.
Then there's the segue to the totally different and sparkling Love is a Battlefield.
Benatar deserves to be represented in our set because she was such a powerful female artist of the era and our vocalist Ros delivers such a fine performance.
5. Don't Change and New Sensation by INXS (Tim Mason on bass)
Ralph and I played Don't Change together when it was a chart hit.
Sometimes I pick up on the lyric in a song as the rest of the time I'm flat out remembering where I put my bass.
I know everything must change and nothing lasts forever no matter how much we try to hold onto the good memories.
Also the frequency of the opening keyboard line resonates deeply within my soul, its kind of sad but uplifting.
I know that's a contradiction but music can bring so many emotions together.
- At the Woodburn Evans Head RSL, 11-13 McDonald Pl, Evans Head, on Saturday, July 9, from 7.30pm. $25.