The 80s are back!

Bold clothes and even more colourful music, the Eighties have never really gone away, in our hearts anyway! So if, like us, you still love listening to the music, check out our fab Festivals Guide, and the iconic images and stories of photographer Neil Mackenzie Matthews. He not only snapped the biggest names of that time, he partied with them, too….

Simon Le Bon & Kim Wilde

“Believe it or not, this snap was taken after a blind date arranged by Flexipop!, the first magazine I worked for. It was irreverent kind of like if Private Eye were a pop mag. We asked Simon Le Bon who he’d like to have lunch with for a fun feature, and he instantly said Kim Wilde. So, we took them to lunch at this restaurant in St John’s Wood, London, and afterwards I took some snaps – this one’s just outside the restaurant and was used on the cover. Simon was really into Kim – it was like watching a schoolkid trying to show off. He was jumping over parking meters, all sorts. But she really wasn’t into him! They had a nice lunch but, sadly for Simon, it all ended there. He did alright, though – he ended up marrying a model, Yasmin…”

[continued with Patsy Kensit, Spandau Ballet & Sade.]