You always remember your first time.
It never seizes to amaze me, the things you can dig up on the internet. Zum Beispiel, just recently I happened, by pure chance, to stumble upon THE defining video of the 1980s: the trashiest of eurotrash, the popcorniest of Italo disco, it can only be sultry Sabrina’s Ã¼ber-camp ‘Boys’. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance of downloading this treasure… chest.
You need to understand that this video made me feel all kinds of otherworldly and interplanetary urges in the 1980s – a fact I instantly and vividly remembered as I stared the 67mb file in its face. Oh, I rejoiced, heavily. Here it was, a rare opportunity to go back in time and visit my sweet adolescence over again – if not for more than 3 minutes and 47 seconds! What bliss!
The video itself is among the worst ever made, easily. But back then, as an impressionable youth of the happy-go-lucky 1980s, my one-track mind certainly didn’t notice any flaws in directing and editing. DUUH – it was all about the casting and the acting, believe you me!
Do pick it up if you can, because it is me-mo-ra-ble to the maximus. The many images of Sabrina, again and again stepping out of the very wet swimming pool, her excuse for a bikini not quite following her movements, well well Derek Bell, such are the very things you build a lad’s life on.
[[Bonus cocktail information: ‘Boys’ was banned in many European countries. Sometimes they used to show cut versions on the Top Forty Lista in Finland – talk about reasons for anarchy!]]
So, did this sensational landmark of pop history stir me up again, all grown up and living in the future – also known as the 21 century? Well, a little, admittedly, as I couldn’t close my mouth or stop smiling. Strangely enough, I never did see any hints of humour in the video in 1987.
More than that, I saw a certain young ghost… I saw the likely lad.