Portland, OR, mom Lori Ferraro loves the ’80s. “Movies, fashion, television, giant hair … pretty much everything makes me nostalgic for that decade,” she says. Her son, Sam, is now 5, but he’s been steeped in all things 80s since birth; at age 2, he told his mom his favorite song was “Whip It” by Devo. Like most 5-year-olds, Sam loves to draw, “furiously and with great passion,” Ferraro says. “We mostly listen to ’80s music at home and in the car and one day after hearing “Hold Me Now” by The Thompson Twins on our way to school, Sam came home and drew this for me.” It’s the first photo, below, a Pictionary-like interpretation of the song lyrics. Now as Sam and his mom listen to all the hits from Ferraro’s favorite decade, Sam is drawing them one tune at a time. His super literal drawings are so simple, and as a result so funny. Ferraro says, “I hope you enjoy scrolling through the hits of the best decade of music ever through fresh eyes.”
Hold Me Now | Thompson Twins, 1983 1 of 12
"Hold me now ... warm my heart." Ferraro says, Sam "said it was us. He went on and on how much he liked the song and wasn't it so pretty? I agreed."
She Blinded Me with Science | Thomas Dolby, 1982 2 of 12
"She blinded me with science! And failed me in biology." *single tear*
Mickey | Toni Basil, 1982 3 of 12
First of all, this was one of my favorite songs as a kid, which is probably why this picture made me laugh out loud. Of course a kid today would draw Mickey as Mickey Mouse. "Oh Mickey what a pity you don't understand, it's guys like you Mickey, oh what you do Mickey, do Mickey, don't break my heart Mickey!"
Eye of the Tiger | Survivor, 1982 4 of 12
"It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight, rising up to the challenge of our rival. And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night, and he's watching us all with the eye ... of the tiger."
Hungry Like the Wolf | Duran Duran, 1983 5 of 12
"I'm on the hunt I'm after you. A scent and a sound, I'm lost and I'm found, and I'm hungry like the wolf."
Blister in the Sun | Violent Femmes, 1983 6 of 12
"Let me go on like I blister in the sun, let me go on ... big hands, I know you're the one." This one is so much LOL.
Lucky Star | Madonna, 1983 7 of 12
"You must be my Lucky Star, 'cause you shine on me wherever you are. I just think of you and I start to glow, and I need your light and baby you know ..." Love the shamrock!
Purple Rain | Prince, 1984 8 of 12
"I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain." Nailed it!
Eyes Without a Face | Billy Idol, 1984 9 of 12
"Eyes without a face, got no human grace, your eyes without a face." Hilarious.
Hot for Teacher | Van Halen, 1984 10 of 12
"Got it bad, got it bad, got it bad, I'm hot for teacher." 1+1 = 2, boo, me and you!
Man in the Mirror | Michael Jackson, 1988 11 of 12
"If you wanna make the world a better place, you've got to look at yourself and then make that change." Woo!
Smooth Criminal | Michael Jackson, 1988 12 of 12
"He came into her apartment, he left the bloodstains on the carpet. She ran underneath the table, he could see she was unable. So she ran into the bedroom, she was struck down, it was her doom."
This one was done by my daughter, who is 8 years old, and who is currently obsessed with all things Michael Jackson.
Ferraro invites any child 8 years and under to submit their 80s song artwork to be showcased on the site. For more info on how to play along, click here.
You can check out more drawings at Drawn to the 80s.