This week Mirror80 spotlights Neon Noir, the ’80s-fabulous genre that colorfully updated Film Noir. We kicked it all off Monday by connecting Neon Noir television and films of the ’80s with its recent revival courtesy of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Tuesday we explored elements of Neon Noir, from ’80s Deco flourishes to shots of city skylines. Yesterday we brought you Neon Noir decor, complete with leather sofa and potted palm. Today we share our top picks for exploring and celebrating the world of Neon Noir, from film and music to style statements:
Neon Noir Nightclub by Noir Deco
This video is Neon Noir to the max. From mini-blind motifs to ’80s glam girl imagery, this piece featuring art by Syd Brak will not disappoint:
Neon Stripe Plates by Fitz and Floyd
“Burning Bar” by Tangerine Dream
This song from the soundtrack to Michael Mann’s Thief takes the Neon Noir synth sound to a new level. With frantic urgency, the track by German electronic group Tangerine Dream makes me want to jump into my getaway car of choice and go for a high-powered night drive:
“Night Call” by Kavinsky
We couldn’t leave the Neon Noir soundtrack realm without including this track by Kavinsky, which haunts the opening credits of Drive. Mellow yet powerful, it’s the ultimate pensive cruising music:
Vintage Neon Line Earrings
The Illustrations of Manuel Nunez
In 1986, artist Manuel Nunez created a series of illustrations for a Pioneer Electronics ad campaign. The result: depictions of polished beauty. The illustration above and a companion piece are available for purchase through The 80’s Gallery. Check out their amazing blog post featuring Manuel Nunez, his artwork and the L.A. look.
A special thank you to compostthis, Heritage Supply Co. and The 80’s Gallery for making this blog post possible! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Friday Video Pick, which will wrap up Mirror80’s week-long tribute to Neon Noir.