By all accounts, the radical 80s prom Friday night was a smashing success! Thanks to Lindsay Beyerstein, Emily Douglas, Jean Stevens, and Nancy Goldstein for their organizing efforts. Thanks to Jill Filipovic, Twanna Hines, Jamia Wilson, and Deanna Zandt for being our fashion judges (with an extra thanks to Deanna for hooking us up with the Bowery Poetry Club). And thanks especially to my partner Marc Faletti for putting a ton of man hours into the content creation—both in terms of editing a video reel that played during the prom, and, above all, making the mash-up hour that was raved about all night long.
Speaking of….if you were there, and you want to relive the memories, or if you weren’t able to make it, but you want to have your piece of the fun, the mash-up hour is now available for download at WAM!’s main site, for a suggested $10 donation. It was hard going through all the fab pictures to figure out which one suited the album the most, but both Marc and I feel this picture really captured the spirit of the event.
Marc is a man of many talents, but his mash-up abilities rate right at the top. All of these songs were created using only music from the 80s, and all of them were well-received at the prom.
Lindsay Beyerstein took many fabulous photos of the event, and they’re all my favorites, but I have to admit a special fondness for this one of me yelling god only knows what into the microphone (actually, this is probably me encouraging the packed dance floor to sing along to George Michael’s “Freedom” during my DJ set).
Deanna took some awesome pictures, and the prom committee also set up a cheesy photo area, so that you could get your official prom photo taken. Except, unlike in high school, no one is telling you how to pose or who to pose with. I was particularly fond of this one of Nona Willis Aronowitz and Shelby Knox:
But they are all hilarious. I wish we could have had more prizes for the costume contest! Certainly, the dude in the gold dress deserves a special shoutout for sheer awesomeness.
Anyway, donate your money and download your mash-ups. And if you didn’t get a chance to come out to this one, have your own 80s dance party in your own, totally radical style.