You’ve probably never heard of Jem and the Holograms before, and that’s why I’m here, Lunchers. Jem and the Holograms was a cheesy 80s TV show that featured an all girl band that doubled as a group of costume-wearing, ever-vigilant crime stoppers. To fit with the wonderful world that was the 80s, they sported bright, big hair, shoulder pads and the show itself underlined a particular interest in fashion. Each 30-minute episode followed a serial plotline that featured original songs by the band as well as others, and a nail-biting cliff-hanger.
So what does this have to do with today’s pop-culture? I’m glad you asked. Let’s start with the recent resurgence in shoulder pads. ‘Dynasty’ may be long gone, but Alexis Carrington’s signature look lives on in videos including The-Dream’s ‘Love King’, Rihanna’s ‘Hard’, and an assortment of performances by the 80s-doused pop super starlet herself, Lady Gaga. Which leads me to my next topic.
The ‘poker face’-pop tart not only dons the shoulder pads with grace, but thrives on a strong emphasis of the world of fashion, and (if you look closely) has resembled the likes Jem and the Holograms themselves. Click the link to catch the girls in action - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmi4rkz4YmE&feature=related
But that’s not all…
I don’t know if Jem and the Holograms was the first show to include music in their programming on a regular basis, but they are certainly not the last. Fox Networks’ breakout hit ‘GLEE’ has become a cultural phenomena, single-handedly keeping the music publishing industry in business (highlight episodes include, Britney, Madonna, and Gaga herself.).
So are all of these things coincidence? Maybe part of some ‘pop-culture freemasons’ who simply like to toy with societies ‘flavor of the decade’? Maybe I just have too much time on my hands. The point is, ‘Jem’ may have had a jet-setting heel that may have come and gone, but it’s complete structure is one that artists, writers and producers alike seem to keep in the back of their creative closets. Diamonds may be forever, but ‘Jems’ never seem to go out of style.
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Jem (also Jem and the Holograms) is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988 in U.S. first-run syndication. The show is about music company owner Jerrica Benton, her singer alter-ego, Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures.
The series was a joint collaboration by Hasbro, Marvel Comics, and Sunbow Productions, the same team responsible for G.I. Joe and Transformers. The creator of the series was Christy Marx, who also had been a staff writer for the aforementioned programs. The animation was provided by a Japanese animation studio called Toei Doga (now Toei Animation).
The show was originally designed to appeal to both girls and boys, with a mix of action/adventure, drama, music, and fashion, however as the show progressed, the audience became almost entirely girls.Jem Episodes