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If I told you one of my favorite images of the 80s came from the Police, conventional wisdom might suggest it’s Sting taking off his shirt in the video for “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”. But, that would be wrong. Sorry. No, to me, one of the best (ahem, sexiest) bits of imagery from 80s music is beanpole Stuart Copeland in bright-white tennis shorts, magnificent floppy mop of hair, lanky legs, making an ass of himself in the “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” video. Love it. It was geek rock before we had any idea what that was. Le sigh. While I take a moment to fan myself, fellow Ellora’s Cave author Brenna Zinn is here, talking 80s, naiveté and The Police, which makes me just as happy as Stuart Copeland’s knobby knees.

Brenna Zinn

Class of ’85, Currently: I’m a full-time author and babysitter of three huge English Mastiffs

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: The Police – “Every Breath You Take” was the song known as OUR song between me and then boyfriend. But I was such a radio/music hound, almost any song from the early 80s reminds me of high school. Men At Work, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Men Without Hats… good times, good times.

I also worked at the local university’s arena selling popcorn and drinks at concerts. REO Speedwagon and John Cougar were two concerts I remember working at. I remember several people asking that I not fill their sodas completely to the top and not knowing why they would want that. Now that I’m over 21, I finally understand. I was SOOO naive.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Mainly the album covers from the multitude of records I bought. They still look great. My husband and I framed several album covers and hang them on the wall in our place in Austin. It’s our rock-n-roll condo. Everything in the place is either associated with music or cycling.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: Every hair band ever known to man. I didn’t see what the big attraction was. Still don’t. I didn’t even like AC/DC until I married my husband. He wanted to make sure our unborn baby had good music taste, so he’d put on AC/DC, plug in these huge earphones, then put the earphones on my belly. My daughter, who is now 22, knows every AC/DC song ever recorded. She and my husband go to AC/DC concerts together. I elect to stay home, eat chocolate ice cream, and watch Ghost Hunters on television. It works out best that way.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: I mentioned above that I used to work concerts at the local arena. I didn’t actually attend a concert until I was 18. I saw Prince during his Purple Rain tour. That was a total eye-opener. I felt as though I had just passed some rite of passage after attending that show. Suddenly I was mature and worldly. (Did I mention how naïve I was?)

Best high school make-out song: “Every Breath You Take” by the Police and “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister. Oh the memories I have making out in the back of a 1964 Mustang.

Brenna Zinn is a multi-published author of erotic romance, including Rise of the Dom. You can find out more about Brenna at brennazinn.com and follow her on Twitter @BrennaZinn.

The fabulous cartwheeling Valerie Haight joins us today for a funny-ass trip down memory lane, all in celebratory anticipation of her novella Happenstance, which will be released December 23rd by Turquoise Morning Press. She tells an awesome story about her senior prom, which sounds like something straight out of a John Hughes film. I can totally see Molly Ringwald out there on the dance floor, thumbing her nose at the lame-ness of her fellow-students, superfloofy as all get-out.

Valerie Haight

Doyle High School, Livingston, LA, Class of ’94, currently: Administrative Assistant aka Proper Gopher and Author

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: “Wonderwall” by Oasis. I drove a white ’89 Ford Festiva…I’ll wait while you snicker. It held 8 people if you count the runt tossed into the hatchback space. Yes, *nervous laugh* of course we obeyed seatbelt laws! Gas was 99 cents a gallon and we drove every inch of the Baton Rouge asphalt in that peppy lil baseball cap.

Band you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: Pink Floyd. “Another Brick In The Wall”. “Hey! Teeeea-cher!” Grrrr! I still hate that song.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: Que the violins! I never attended a concert in high school. I did dance with myownself at senior prom to Spin Doctors “Two Princes”. I was a new senior. I hadn’t grown up with those kids and I was fairly certain I wouldn’t see most of them after graduation. (This was before Facebook, people.) We had this ROCKIN’ awesome live band and they were playing their hearts out to a ginormous, empty dance floor. What was a cartwheeling fool to do? I hopped out there and rocked out to the entire song! My dress was short, superfloofy and did most of the rockin’ for me. Me and that dress! We made memories that night.

Best high school make-out song: “Name” by Goo Goo Dolls. Best. Kiss. Ever. Sorry, where was I? Oh, right. Looking him up on Facebook. LOL.

Karen! Thanks so much for letting me participate in your high school questionnaire! This is so much fun and brought back some seriously funny…and devious memories!

Valerie’s debut novella, Happenstance, will be released December 23rd by Turquoise Morning Press. Look to her FB Author Page for info about that, as well as her short story Magnolia Brides in the TMP wedding anthology out June 2013. You can follow Valerie on Twitter @Valeriebrbr.

Fellow contributor to Felt Tips, the world’s first office-supply themed anthology (yes, really!), AmyBeth Inverness is my guest on RNRHS today. She has all sorts of memorable 80s moments to share with us, including the awesomely 80s song “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats. Ah, to have been a fly on the wall during the band meeting when they thought up their band name. I mean, really. If any band name screams, “Being in a band should get us tons of chicks, but there’s no way it’s happening now,” it’s Men Without Hats. I’m sure someone (probably the drummer, but that’s pure conjecture on my part) quickly chimed in with, “We should put a court jester in our video. Just to seal the deal.”

AmyBeth Inverness
Longmont, Colorado, Class of ’89, currently: SciFi and Romance writer

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: The first song that came to mind was Phil Collins’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”. This seemed to be my mantra throughout my teenage years as I never did manage to have a boyfriend. Well, there was one, when I was sixteen… he was a wonderful guy whom I broke up with (WTF was I thinking?) after just a few months. He and his boyfriend are now living happily ever after somewhere on the west coast.

Then another song came up on my 80’s list on the ipod. “Wild Wild West” by Escape Club. It was approaching number one on the charts right around Homecoming my senior year. I remember dancing so hard and for so long that, when this song came on I couldn’t resist dancing even more so I just fell to my knees and danced that way! They played the extended dance mix too, so the song was extra long.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I didn’t have memorabilia, but I had albums. My parents had a large record player in the living room, and I could put a whole stack on. Of course, that meant playing side A of all the records, then physically turning the stack over and listening to all the B sides. When I turned 13, my “special” gift was a cassette player of my own. Not a boom box… just the simple tape recorder that’s a little smaller than a shoe box. I started with Men at Work’s “Down Under” and progressed to Hall and Oates, Amy Grant, and Phil Collins.

Of course, although records weren’t considered memorabilia at the time, they are now. I had a copy of “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats on one of those mini vinyl records. I might still find that buried in a box somewhere!

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: I used facebook last night to poll my old classmates. Everybody loved Michael Jackson, and so did I. It’s the harder rock that I didn’t like… I was very much a goody two shoes and I stuck to Fleetwood Mac (I actually named my daughter after one of their songs) and other softer stuff. Everybody else liked Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. I’ve gained an appreciation for the poetry of Iron Maiden, but I still can’t stand to actually listen to them.

I was more into movie and television stars than music idols. Although every other girl I knew thought Tom Cruise was the hottest man alive, I just didn’t get the appeal. He went to college in Boulder, Colorado, just twenty miles from my High School, which made the adoration even worse since it actually was possible for my friends to get a glimpse of him.

I had two big crushes. Ricky Schroder, who was and is very much the image of the “nice guy.” Then there was Christian Slater… no, I didn’t get into the whole Heathers thing or Pump Up the Volume. I fell in love with him when he was playing the shy and vulnerable guy in Untamed Heart and Bed of Roses. Whoops… it looks like I’m getting my college years confused with my High School years!

Best show or concert you saw in high school: I’m 41 years old and I can still count on one hand the number of professional concerts I’ve been to, and none of those were in High School. I did get to relive a little of my repressed youth after I met my husband and I finally got to go see a real band play at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. It was The Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over tour and it was fantastic. The only strange part was the odd smell coming from the people sitting in front of us, which my more-experienced soon-to-be-hubby quietly explained to me.

Incidentally, one of my High School classmates, Mark Trippensee, is now in an Eagles tribute band called The Long Run… as well as a Rush tribute band called Rush Archives.

If this was Classical High School instead of Rock and Roll High School, I could tell you about getting dressed up for the symphony, either going to see the city’s orchestra, or playing cello in my High School orchestra. Music was a huge part of my life then, but the famous names were Bach, Beethoven and Brahams. I was a huge Ork Dork, and I loved it!

Best high school make-out song: Honest to God, I never made out with anybody in High School. I kinda wish I had, but really never had the opportunity. Other girls remember fending off boys left and right, or saying “not yet” to boyfriends who wanted to go all the way. I didn’t even have a kiss until I was in college. But there were definitely songs that made me wish I had someone to make out with… Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” and Journey’s “Open Arms.”

A writer by birth, a redhead by choice, and an outcast of Colorado by temporary necessity, AmyBeth Inverness is a prolific creator of Science Fiction and Romance. AmyBeth’s short story The Peanut Gallery Rebellion is in the America’s Next Author competition! Read it HERE, and if you like it, click VOTE. It does not require a log in to do so. You can find out more about AmyBeth at amybethinverness.com.