It’s gotta be a strange twist of fate

A little Olivia Newton John magic for a Friday! If you haven’t seen Two of a Kind you really need to. It’s like when Danny and Sandy grew up, became criminals and lived in Manhattan in the early 80’s.

You know I always wanted Olivia Newton John and John Travolta to end up together… ❤

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Y is for Yazz

So predictable. A time travel/1980’s/YA books blog blogging about Yazz on Y day. Well jeez, what did you expect?

Also not a lot of good stuff starts with Y. I was going to do a long moany post called “Y is for Yes A-Z is nearly finished I can have my life back”, but I decided to try to be a little more positive and just post this awesome uplifting song about plastic populations (or was that the name of the band?!) and actually the lyrics are kind of sad if you listen to them. I guess the whole point is that the only way is up, so usually people are feeling pretty down when they say that, but then why the hell is everyone so happy? Must be the outfits. Or the large amount of bleach that has been used on Yazz’s hair.

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V is for Vinyl (10 of my faves!)

“Vicci, can you please turn the record over?” says the voice of my childhood. I roll my eyes and do it anyway. What a pain! When are they going to invent a machine that turns the record over by itself?! 

But now I love turning records over. You wanna hear it? You have to make it happen! These days we get pissed off if Spotify doesn’t have some random obscure song from 1981 that no one else even remembers. Spotify should have it dammnit! Grrrrrrrr! Why can’t I listen to that song immediately?!

But records are great. You have to go out and buy them, and then put them on, and then turn them over, and OMG how about trying to skip a track? That takes some serious vinyl skills right there.

Here is, in no particular order, 10 albums that I think just sound better on vinyl… 

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U is for Urgent

One of the bands that has been heavy on my Spotify (what the hell have they done to Spotify?! Seriously!?) playlists while I’ve been writing my novel is Foreigner, and I couldn’t resist sharing this video… and those JEANS! WOW!

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N is for No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen

This N post is really just an excuse to declare my love for the great Bruce Springsteen.

A couple of versions of this song below, and the lyrics so you can sing-a-long! Everyone loves a good Springsteen sing-a-long right?!

We busted out of class had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school
Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you’re tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
I’m ready to grow young again
And hear your sister’s voice calling us home across the open yards
Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own
With these drums and these guitars

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There’s a war outside still raging
you say it ain’t ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover’s bed
with a wide open country in my eyes
and these romantic dreams in my head

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I is for Icehouse

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Growing up in Australia these guys were basically the soundtrack to my childhood. They were also the soundtrack to a couple of years ago when I was living a little in limbo. I had Electric Blue on repeat on my iPod for about three months while I tried to work out what I was doing with my life. Icehouse therapy? I totally recommend.

Their music was, still is and always will be awesome, and so was Iva’s hair.

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I have so many favourite Icehouse songs that instead of posting one link here I had to post my top 5. Enjoy! x

The song that sorted my life out. Do you think this has anything to do with why I decided to devote my life to writing a YA novel about time travel? Lol! 😀 x

Indiana Jones eat your heart out!

You’ve gotta be crazy baby to want a guy with nicer hair than you.

This killer Aussie vid always makes me way more homesick than Men at Work’s Down Under.

And I nearly forgot, I can touch the fire!

F is for Futurecop!

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Futurecop! are another band that could totally be listed on the soundtrack to the movie based on the book by me.

Their Facebook page describes their music like this:

“Imagine riding a unicorn through the clouds, towards the Northern Lights whilst wielding a lightsaber and simultaneously transporting the listener directly to both their childhood past and their future! “

Like, hello. How awesome does that sound?! Also, their website is amazeballs. Yes I said amazeballs. I just want to crawl into all the gifs and go to sleep there for a couple of days.

And this video like, blows my mind with awesomeness.

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