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Going Bananas for Bananarama!

by James on November 23, 2017

Bananarama, the ultimate 80s girl group, got many a nostalgic pop fan whipped up into a frenzy when they announced a reunion earlier this year.  Almost 30 years after she left, Siobhan Fahey has reunited with Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward putting all the water under the bridge and they’re off on a nationwide tour selling out arenas left, right and centre! Considering all our love and expertise in all things fun and retro we couldn’t very well miss out on this spectacle could we!?  Imagine our delight when we managed to secure tickets for our local venue, the Colston Hall in Bristol, and last night was the night when all our Bananarama dreams came true!

The stage was set with moody synths and a dramatic entrance from the girls in shimmering tight black outfits complete with angular shoulder pads (in what must have been a bit of a nod to the power dressing of the 80s!) to one of their classic tracks Nathan Jones.  It was clear straight away that their music had been suitable beefed up and highlights such as Cruel Summer, Robert De Niro’s Waiting, I Want You Back, Venus and I Heard A Rumour sounded really fresh and modern but still instantly recognisable.

The chemistry between the three of them was electric and Siobhan Fahey joking about how it took her faaar too many years to realise how much she missed the other girls was a really sweet moment.  The three of them also performed the hit Stay which was originally by Shakespeare Sister (the band that Fahey formed with Marcella Detroit after leaving Bananarama) which must felt like a ‘coming full circle’ moment for Siobhan.

The encore of Love In The First Degree seemed to come far too soon and the almost 2 hour set felt like it was all killer, no filler. It really was a masterclass in bringing a vintage act back with a bang, let’s hope they don’t call it quits again after this tour as I would love the chance to see them perform again!

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What more is there to say about Prince!? Hugely admired and respected by music fans and critics alike, Prince was a musical powerhouse during the 80s scoring hit after hit with his catchy singles combined with a flamboyant stage presence and extravagant dress sense.

He was arguably the biggest pop star on the planet during that time (with tough competition from Michael Jackson and Madonna!). Purple Rain, When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, Raspberry Beret, U Got The Look, how can you choose a favourite single of his when there’s so many classics to choose from!?

We’ve got a huge selection of Music T-Shirts at TruffleShuffle and it made me very excited when we got the opportunity to add some Prince T-Shirts into the mix.

Women's Black Prince Purple Rain T-Shirt

Men's Black Prince Purple Rain T-Shirt

Purple Rain was his sixth studio album and the first to feature his band, The Revolution.  It was also the soundtrack to the film, Purple Rain, which is an absolute 80s classic.  It features the singles When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy and of course the legendary title track, it certainly has it’s fans as it’s the third best-selling soundtrack of all time!  Pay tribute to this classic album with our T-Shirts which feature the moody and atmospheric cover art.

Women's Purple Prince Logo T-Shirt

Men's Purple Prince Logo T-Shirt

Featuring the classic Prince logo against his favourite colour, purple, this classic tee will really make you stand out from the crowd!

Women's White Prince Take Me With U T-Shirt

Men's White Prince Take Me With U T-Shirt

Take Me With U was the fifth track to be taken from the Purple Rain album and this tee features the cover artwork in all its fabulous eighties-ness! “I don’t care where we go, I don’t care what we do, I don’t care pretty baby, just take me with you!”

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Emblazoned with the faces of British icons including Louis Theroux, Sir David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley, London label Homage Tees pay tribute to the subculture greats that deserve some serious props. We’re huge fans of the late-90s styling and right-side-of-ironic vibes – it’s no wonder these tees have been picked up by bloggers and celebs everywhere wanting to show love for their irreverent idols. Designed by an anonymous founder, Homage Tees are by the people, for the people.
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If, like us – you skipped all the boring stuff like real news and weather updates and went straight on a hunt to locate your Star Signs for the week ahead, then this is the t-shirt for you. Are you going to fall in love? Are you going to become stinking rich? We don’t know – but we do know how cool you’re going to look when you bag yourself a Mystic Meg t-shirt. ‘Today, you will find the most perfect retro t-shirt you’ve ever set eyes on, and you will be compelled to buy it.’
We are ther-oux trying to find a cooler t-shirt than this. Whether you love Louis shadowing our fave celebs, taking part in weird weekends, or producing amazing documentaries – this is the tee for you! Totally 90s tastic with a nod to the geeky and awesome Louis Theroux.
We could listen to Attenborough’s voice all day, but when that kind of appreciation is simply impractical when boring duties get in the way – you definitely need a plan B. A cool 90s-tastic t-shirt combined with mysterious hawk? Sign us up please!
No amount of style can match the elegance of Princess Diana, but we can try our hardest with this awesome 90s-style tee.
Other greats include Art Attacks Neil Buchanan and the oh so Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley!
Neneh Cherry and Janet Jackson…in style.

For all these amazing new styles, check out our range of Homage Tees and pick up your fave today!

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Perhaps one of the most influential, interesting, iconic and talented people ever to hit the stage and screen, David Bowie was not only our childhood hero through the cult film Labyrinth, but also someone we have known and loved our entire lives for his simply genius music.

Always on the hunt for a good bit of tasty knowledge to sink our teeth into, we thought we would do some digging and pop together some cool facts we’ve recently learned about the legend himself. Sit back and enjoy our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About David Bowie…

> His eyes are actually the same colour – Perhaps hard to believe we know, his eyes are the same colour, however after a fight as a kid his left eye was left permanently dilated which gives it the appearance of being darker.

> As impressive at it is, Bowie was in a total of 10 bands; The Hype, Tao Jones Index, Tin Machine, The Buzz, The Riot Squad, The King Bees, The Lower Third, The Manish Boys, The Konrads and The Hooker Brothers.

> He released the first downloadable single from a major artist – Back in 1996, Bowie released his single ‘Telling Lies’ on his website. Given the dial-up speeds back then this might have taken around 11 minutes to complete. How did we have the patience back then?? Well worth the wait though huh.

> He did the voice (gurgling) for the baby in the song “Magic Dance,” in the movie Labyrinth.

> He was buddies with a young Elton John – When he was 17, Bowie (who was then still David Jones) loved to meet up with his friend Reginald Kenneth Dwight (who later of course became Elton John) at the Soho’s Giaconda Cafe, to hang out and talk about music.

> He really didn’t like the song ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ – A classic clip of the man himself with music veteran Bing Crosby singing together shows Bowie singing a song called ‘Peace on Earth’ while Bing sang ‘The Little Drummer Boy’. Bowie’s part, ‘Peace on Earth’, was written for him so Bowie didn’t have to sing a simple duet of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, so they turned it into a mix of the two. Awesome stuff!

> Letting the numbers speak for themselves, David Bowie sold more than 140 million records in his lifetime.

> His first television appearance was in 1964, at the age of 17, he was interviewed on a BBC program as the founder of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Long-haired Men.

> David Bowie’s best known duets are of course with Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, and Bing Crosby. However, have you seen this live duet of ‘Tonight’ he did with Tina Turner?

>In 1980, he starred in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.

So there you have them folks. Hopefully we’ve given you a little extra glimpse into the life of this extraordinary man who shook the world and stamped his mark on it forever.

Help spread your love for this cult icon with a little help of our huge range of David Bowie TShirts or Labyrinth Merchandise. So many items from here we’ll sure be rocking for a long time to come.
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Calling all you Bowie fans! We’ve got a real treat for you here. Working hard once again, we’ve been super busy designing some amazing new Bowie Tees for all you fans out there to snap up and we’ve come up with a real cracker featuring the place that helped to make Bowie just who he is…The Marquee Club.
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The Marquee Club is a real legend of the streets of London and has seen a whole host of the biggest names and bands ever to take to the stage. Often defined as “the most important venue in the history of modern pop music”, this venue is just about as cool as they come and has seen more styles and genres develop that almost any other.

This iconic stage was first opened back on April the 19th 1958 at 165 Oxford Street, London (now at 90 Wardour Street, Soho). Since then is has seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Pink Floyd, Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, The Police, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Sex Pistols and of course… David Bowie!

Starting his music career at a young age in a number of local bands, Bowie soon launched a solo career which was through The Marquee club’s very own label ‘Marquee Artists’. David Bowie became a bit of a regular name with The Lower Third and The Buzz and also took up a residency there.

After his launch of ‘Hunky Dory’ back on the 3rd of February 1970 which featured “Changes” and “Life On Mars?”, Bowie simply became too big for the limited capacity of the Marquee Club. It was this last legendary gig that had inspired out latest exclusive David Bowie T-Shirts!

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If you’re looking for a fantastic way to show your love for one of the most iconic artists in music ever AND the legendary club that helped to launch him, these latest designs are the just what you’re looking for!

Grab yours today for just £19.99 only at TruffleShuffle.co.uk.

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You heard it right superhero fans!

Yep two of the most iconic comic book characters will be getting a little makeover this summer which is… you know… is kind of a big deal.

According to our sources, the redesign will come as a result of DC Comics’ “New 52″ re-branding which was revealed at their Covergence event. Looking to introduce fresh new looks and perhaps a more modern element to their characters while really emphasising the traits that they are really looking to focus on from each character, these new designs are a far cry from the designs of old….heck Superman doesn’t even have a cape!

So! What’s all the fuss about you cry? Below we’ve grabbed some sneaky peaks of what to expect from the new comic book characters. Go take a peep…
Superman

Picture Via Nerdist.com

So as you can see, pretty different right? Giving off a much more aggressive look and feel, this (slightly taller?) cape-less superhero certainly looks more like your average guy rather than something a bit more like a costume.

Rocking a simple Superman T-Shirt, jeans and boots, one thing’s is for sure….it’ll make changing costume much easier but perhaps wont do wonders as a disguise. Just saying.

Wonder Woman

Picture Via hitfix.com

As many of you die-hard fans will know, Wonder Woman is no stranger to weird new looks and costumes. She’s had tight shorts, leather jackets, capes, swords and whips in her collection at different points.

This new look however is pretty different from her usual get up. Showing far less skin, she will be rocking this super battle-ready suit complete with blades which gives off a much more aggressive look.

So what do you think of these latest looks for these iconic characters? Let us know but leaving a comment below.

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