We saw the signs of an 80s epidemic before we stepped into Rams Head Live. The Legwarmers, an 80s cover band, had an impressive following that culminated in men and women wearing leggings, neon headbands, big hair, wigs, huge earrings, zebra and leopard print, and the odd person who had a “Frankie Say Relax” t-shirt on. The show was sold out and we had missed the memo about dressing up.
The Legwarmers put on a show which started out very strong. The bros and sorority girls that made up the majority of the standingroom only floor were quite the hilarious (and drunk) bunch, if you watched them like they were on the National Geographic channel. These girls and guys had clearly already had their outfits picked out since they have 80s themed debaucherous nights while they are at school. And, for good measure, there was a guy dressed like Edward Scissorhands!
They danced more than hipsters do, which is not a blessing in disguise even though our esteemed Editor at Large has complained about that before. It means that they enjoyed themselves and had no problem getting very close to you and bumping into you. But I’m not really describing The Legwarmers, am I?
They covered Pat Benatar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Berlin’s Metro, Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Madonna, and lots of other songs. Towards the end it kind of fizzled out and we left. They did a grand job doing the actual songs and because of the diverse talent on the stage, you could almost feel like you were back in the 80s.
Perhaps the saving grace of The Legwarmers is the guy who plays the trumpet in one song and sings back up the rest of the time. He managed to steal the show in his Hawaiian shirt, short cut-off jean shorts, and enthusiastic clapping. You can see him in the video and in the pictures. He was definitely hilarious and kept the show low brow, the way it should be.
All in all, it was a great experience. I have realized that people in the 80s probably went to a lot of shows without ever seeing the performers because the hair of the people in front of them was so big.