Posted by: malia | January 10, 2015

saturday 9: dancing with myself

Saturday 9: Dancing with Myself (1980)

1) This song is one of Billy Idol’s biggest hits. Can you name another?
yes! was this song only from 1980? gosh! i thought it was later than that. billy idol also did “white wedding” (“it’s a nice day to start again…it’s a nice day for a *sinistervoice* white wedding”) and “mony, mony” which is a cover, i believe, and he did “rebel yell” (“she cried more, more, more…”), and “eyes without a face” which i really didn’t care for that much. oh, and “flesh for fantasy”? i don’t think i liked that one much, either. ha. sorry, ’80s girl right here. 🙂

2) When is the last time you danced around your home?
just a little while ago. 🙂

3) In this song, Billy says he dances with his own reflection. Is there a mirror in the room you’re in right now?
yes. i hate it. my whole closet door is a mirror, and i don’t like it! blah!

4) Dancing with Myself is also the name of Billy Idol’s 2014 autobiography. Let’s say you’re going to write your life story. What do you title it?
well now that i’m thinking about ’80s songs…”goody two shoes”? heehee

5) This month, Billy resumes his 2014-15 concert tour in New Orleans. Have you ever been to Louisiana?
no, i haven’t. i didn’t even know he still toured. wow.

6) In 1980, when “Dancing with Myself” was first popular, VHS players were all the rage. Do you still have yours?
yes, i do! about 11 years ago i had a class of 4th graders who just could not believe that i hadn’t even owned a dvd player. “how can you not have a dvd player?” they asked. “i have a vcr. that’s good enough!” i replied. and if i still had a working tv, i would still be using it. 😀

7) In 1980, The Love Boat was getting good ratings. Have you ever taken a cruise?
no, but i was looking into it. i wanted to take some sort of vacation with my son but after reading some reviews about cruises i decided not to do that one.

8) Sally Field won her first Oscar in 1980 for the movie Norma Rae. Five years later she won a second Oscar for Places in the Heart and delivered one of the most quoted acceptance speeches in Academy history. Do you remember what she said?
“you like me! you really like me!” i think. haha. i hadn’t seen it, but i know it’s oft quoted.

9) In 1980, People magazine named Stephen King one of the most intriguing people of the year because he had two big paperback bestsellers — The Dead Zone and The Shining. Do you have a favorite Stephen King book?
no, but he’s one of my mom’s favorite authors. every time he has a new book out either her or my aunty would get it, and then they’d let each other read it (along with my grandma). we would see each other every sunday when we all met at my grandma’s house, so one aunty would say hey i have this book, and then my mom would take it and read it and the next week she’d bring it back and my grandma would read it and then the next week another aunty would read it. they loved his books. even now i still see her reading his books every now and then. i couldn’t get into them. i scare too easily.



  1. Love your answers this week. Great to hear from an enthusiastic 80s girl.

    • thanks! the ’80s music scene was such a big part of my life that i do get a bit too enthusiastic i’m afraid! heehee!

  2. I have my closet mirror on the inside of the so I have to open it to see it.

    • i’d much rather have that! at least it can be hidden away!

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