EIGHTIES ICONS as remembered by TIM BOOTH of JAMES
MARAGRET THATCHER: “She summed up the Eighties, she certainly dominated how things were seen in this country, ambition without caring who you tread on. She was like some weird twin of Madonna, with the emergence of the power woman, working in a male world and beating them at their own game.”
MORRISSEY: “It was very weird with Morrissey because I knew him and I watched him become an icon. When you see behind the scenes, you realise what an illusion it is. It was just so bizarre the way that he was worshipped. What was good about Morrissey was the sensitive male aspect. I think it allowed people like Jarvis Cocker to come through now.”
NELSON MANDELA: “Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech is one of the most inspiring pieces of writing I’ve ever read. He goes to prison for what he believes in and then maintains his dignity and integrity , even in an incredibly vicious regime. Gorbachev and Mandela are the two most amazing men of that time, incredible icon archetypes.”
LOADSAMONEY: “He was an absolutely brilliant character, I found him hilarious. Harry Enfield really got it spot on with him. He sent up the worst aspects of the Thatcher era which was basically making lots of money. It stated the whole philosophy of capitalism in a nutshell. I don’t think the character would make the same sense today.”
ALSO REMEMBERED: Sam Fox, Ronald Reagan, Marilyn, Bob Geldof, Prince, Madonna, Roland Rat.