In the grand tradition of me starting the new year with new schedules and goals and January completely NOT going as planned, we continue through the early part of 2018. My first “chill out in the new year” post was going to be this very playlist. Fast forward to February, and here we are! I’ve come to learn that fresh starts don’t automatically happen on January 1st, and that life is largely out of our control. The best we can do is wait for things to calm down and know that there will be periods of time where we’re driving the boat again.
This ’80s/’90s Chillout playlist overlaps a little bit with Mirror80’s ’80s Sophistipop playlist, especially with selections like Swingout Sister’s “Twilight World” (I SO want to wear a suit like Corinne Drewery, and have her haircut, but alas…) A little DISCLAIMER: MANY OF THESE VIDEOS ARE MORE RELAXING THAN ACTION-PACKED. And that’s kind of the point today. Just sayin’…
If you’re a fan of all things New Order, you may recognize the photos in this post as a nod to cover art from Bernard Sumner’s side project with Neil Tennant and Johnny Marr: Electronic. “Getting Away with It” is the first track on the playlist. You may need to crank up the volume, but it’s so worth it. Enjoy lots of whitewashed shots that exemplify today’s “fresh start” theme, and be on the lookout for these other motifs throughout the playlist: flowing fabric, dreamy settings (hello beaches), and a general chill vibe.
The last video in the mix is Ephraim Lewis’ “Drowning in Your Eyes.” This amazing song deserves its “grand finale” spot on the playlist, and I did my best to find a video that’s higher quality than the one posted. But no such luck. I figured some visuals (even blurry ones) were better than nothing.
And we can’t forget The Beloved’s video for “Sweet Harmony,” also known as “that video with all of the naked people.” It reminds us to come together and solve the worlds problems, and the overall feeling is that everything is going to be OK. Especially if you’re a supermodel and you know how to strategically sit with your leg overlapping your privates.
Last but not least, can you spot a teenage Denise Richards in Double’s “Captain of Her Heart?”