This first piece is about the fact that a love of Cher in the 1970s might constitute a clue that young man might be gay.
Christopher also sent me his ode to the video "We All Sleep Alone." He reminded me that it’s the 30th anniversary of Cher’s 80s comeback. Wah?? I’m so damn old! Christopher calls this era the "Jovi/Desmond Child" period. I would call it the "Jovi/Child/Diane Warren" period although the Warren is lingering. How shall we celebrate it, he asks me knowing full well that this is not my favorite era of Cher and I am not inclined to celebrate it.
He also wants to commemorate Cher’s big 80s hair of that same period (okay, something I CAN get behind). Of the “gargantuan” wig she wears in “We All Sleep Alone” he says, “It is truly stupendous, particularly as she is wearing it without irony--it is like the greatest, grandest expression of 'Big 80s Hair' I can think of. The Wilson sisters probably had the biggest real hair, but Cher beats them handily if wigs are factored in.”
Christopher also had some good things to say about the video itself and why it’s his favorite video of Cher’s:
- "The apocalyptic feel of the set: very Mad-Max-boudoir, with the scaffolding, the tattered, torn grey sheets."
- The aforementioned hair.
- It's one of his favorite Cher songs of all time. He loves its "atmospheric, dramatic, truthful qualities and the way the song is a strange blend of the quiet and the bombastic. Bonus points for all the heavy bleating."
- "The canoodling with Rob (full-on mullet, natch)."
- "That she had the balls to base a whole video around the concept of her writhing around in a negligee on a satin-sheeted bed (I know the song is about "sleeping," but still...). Bonus points for the tastefully glittery effect on the negligee and that the sheets are black satin (so Goth!)."
- "Her astonishing body, which might be seen as being in its most impressive incarnation during this period; i.e., it's one thing to be in your 20s and have the astounding body she had on her TV shows in the 1970s, but another thing altogether to be 40 and still look like this. It defies reason."
- "That the song proved prophetic in terms of her own journey. Unlike Babs, she really does sleep alone at this point in time." [We guess, but we don’t really know because Cher has been private about it for years. CS doubts this is the case.]