Scoot: The Molly Ringwalds personify the popularity of 80s music!

August 19, 2018 - 12:08 am


The music that defined the decade of the 80s is special, not only to those who witnessed its popularity, but also younger generations that were not even born until the fad of the 80s had passed.  So why have younger generations adopted 80s music as their own?

Different genres are part of every decade, but only one genre defines each decade.  The genre that defined the 80s was an upbeat and danceable synth-glam rock sound that was a visual as it was musical.  MTV invaded households on August 1, 1981.  Technology has a way of influencing musical trends.  MTV became an alternative outlet to radio for artists to get exposure to their new music.  The image of 80s music resulted from the demands music videos put on artists to be distinctly visual: Duran Duran, Madonna, Devo, The Cars, The Bangles, David Bowie and Billy Idol are a few 80s artists that we remember visually as much as we remember their music.

In the past 10 to 15 years, night clubs and bars across America have packed crowds in with nights that featured the music of the 80s.  In the French Quarter of New Orleans, One-Eyed Jack’s, has established Thursday nights as their 80s night and it has become a destination for locals and tourists.  The 80s night crowds everywhere have veterans who were coming-of-age during the 80s, but these nights are more dominated by younger generations that were born long after the peak of the 80s, and yet, they know every word to Madonna’s “Into The Groove” or “Just Like Heaven” by the Cure.

Music always reflects the political and social trends of the era in which it becomes popular and the 80s are a perfect example of that.  In the 80s, the Baby Boomer generation made up the largest percentage of America’s demographics.  At that time, Boomers, the original anti-establishment rock generation from the 60s, were moving into a different phase of their lives.  They were having children, buying houses and BWMs and became conspicuous consumers.  Many left the cities and moved to the suburbs and that helped create a more politically conservative attitude.  Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 and reelected in 1984 and, in many ways, America’s economy was soaring.  Overall, the 80s was a booming decade and the music reflected and the thriving ambiance of the generation.

After disco crashed and burned in the late-70s, dancing was not as popular, but that all changed with the new dance sound of new wave music, which was fueled by another British Invasion.

The Molly Ringwalds are one of America’s more popular bands that brings to life the music and the visuals of the 80s.  They play to packed houses and the band has become regulars at different House of Blues venues across the country.

Last night, The Molly Ringwalds played to a crowd of 800 to 1,000 at Southport Hall in New Orleans and the demographic spread mirrored the crowds at 80s nights at every club and bar in every American city.  The Molly Ringwalds are based in New Orleans, but they have created the image of being a Brit band from Sheffield, England and will speak with British accents on stage and in interviews.

The band members, Sir Devon Nooner-lead singer/guitar/keyboards/ flute, Lord Phillip Wang - bass/vocals, Dickie English - keyboards/vocals, Platinum Randi Wilde - lead guitar/vocals and Sir Liam Thunders - drums/vocals.  The official website for the band describes the experience of their shows - “They dazzle and engage their audiences with energy and passion, while taking them on a musical journey filled with all the hits that transcended the 80s and defined a generation.”

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer you a backstage pass into the dressing room of The Molly Ringwalds, which fulfills the chaotic image of backstage settings in the 80s!

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