Jem and the Holograms
Hot pink hair? Check. Awesome neon outfits, preferably with animal print and leg warmers? Check. Synth drums? Check. Keytar? Ohhhh check.
If you checked all those items off in your head like we did, then you’re clearly pretending to be a member of one of the coolest fictional girl bands of all time: Jem and the Holograms. The cartoon, which aired during the prime years of 1985-1988, focused on Jerrica Benton. Jerrica ran Starlight Music House by day and by night (surprise!) she slipped into her alter ego as Jem. Of course, she would never have achieved this without the help of a holographic computer* by the name of Synergy. (Show’s over, Synergy!) Only the band members knew of her alternate identity. Oh and the president… (Dude, it was a serious situation. She had to tell him.)
Jem and the girls were constantly trying to be upstaged by a rival band called the Misfits. Pizazz (awesome name,) Roxy (even better) and Stormer (she was the “sensitive” keytar player… Judges say? Terrible name choice for that character) and Jetta (fail.) Pizazz came from a family with money and her life goal was apparently to discover the Jem was actually Jerrica. However, not being the brightest crayon in the box (but she may have had the brightest hair color… Hey-oh!) the truth was never found out and Jerrica’s secret stayed safe.
Despite the fact that your mom would never in a million years let you dye your hair hot pink or neon green or electric blue, you still had big hopes and dreams of one day being as cool as Jem and the Holograms. Even if it didn’t happen (and let’s face it, it didn’t) we’re still glad that Jem was so bodaciously eighties.
*We here at Best of the 80s would just like to point out that the future always seemed so much cooler back in the 80s. 2010 so far has been a bust. No flying cars, no holographic computers… Just another reason the 80s were so awesome.
We ♥ Jem and the Holograms.
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