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!
Everyone loves Pusheen, the cute and cuddly grey tabby cat who loves sweet treats and naps… Hey, we can all identify with that right!? We’ve got a fab new range of Pusheen Gifts and Pusheen Merchandise that is bound to tickle the fancy of any fan and I’ll show my personal favourites below.
This adorable plush backpack is made from the softest plush material and padded to look 3D, it really brings Pusheen to life and you will want to take her everywhere with you!
SO cute!! We’re in love with this adorable Pusheen doorstop. Made from super-soft plush fabric and filled with weighted beads, it’s the purrfect way to keep your door open (and a smile on your face!)
Have a very meowy Christmas with this super-cute Pusheen light-up globe! Featuring Pusheen and little sister Stormy dressed in their festive finest, combined with the Winter Pusheen hanging ornament they both make cracking Christmas decorations!
Perfect for decorating the house, these fridge magnets and photo clips add some Pusheen magic to your surroundings!
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.
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.
Featuring the classic Prince logo against his favourite colour, purple, this classic tee will really make you stand out from the crowd!
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!”
Happy Video Games Day everyone!! Whether you’re a fan of Nintendo, PlayStation, X-Box, Sega, mobile gaming or even retro classics like Atari or the Commodore, today is the day to shut those curtains tight, stock up on snacks and game the day away!
In celebration I’m going to list the favourite gaming moments I’ve had throughout my life and would love to hear some of your own!
This is where it all started, my first ever video game on the NES! A truly iconic game that has stood the test of time, I’ll never forget discovering the Mushroom Kingdom for the first time. Mario is still going strong too, every one of his games is almost guaranteed to be an exciting play!
The very first Pokemon game on the Game Boy! Everyone had their own favourite starter (mine was Squirtle) and who can forget catching their very first Pikachu!? There were 151 to catch in this first game (did anyone manage to get a Mew?) which seems like a tiny amount compared to the 800+ there are now!
ROUND ONE, FIGHT! My first introduction to Street Fighter was with the second game on the SNES, with only eight characters to choose from it was easy to try them all out and find your favourite, Chun-Li FTW!
The very first Mario Kart! One of my all time favourite series, from humble beginnings on the SNES we are now up to our eighth instalment with a deluxe re-release on the Nintendo Switch which I think is the best in the series.
“Kick! Punch! It’s all in the mind” I was obsessed with this quirky PlayStation game when it first came out and have fond memories of free-style rapping over every song (usually messing it all up!)
Being a huge fan of Japanese RPGs, Final Fantasy VII came along and blew me away! A huge expansive story and world to explore that I probably sunk 80+ hours into and probably my favourite selection of characters from the Final Fantasy world. A remake is due to hit the PS4 in the next year or so and I can’t wait to play it again with updated graphics!
Bringing us bang up to date is the brand new Legend of Zelda game on the Nintendo Switch, possibly the finest game of the whole series (although I’ll always hold a candle to Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy!) it’s a perfect example of how exciting video games can be!
If all this talk of gaming has got your trigger finger itching for some goodies it would be well worth checking out our selection of Gamer Clothing and Gamer TShirts as well as some of the other assorted giftware we have. We’ve got a great selection and I’ll include some of my favourites below. Enjoy Video Games Day everyone!!