Posted by: Chelsea Novak | December 21, 2006

Glamour and Glitter, Fashion and Fame

In the line up at Starbucks a colleague of mine confessed that she’d be spending a lot of time on YouTube recently, watching episodes of Jem. My reaction to this was delight in knowing that I could see the cartoon that shaped my girly psyche (for better or worse) and also dismay that I could see the cartoon that shaped my girly psyche (for better or worse).

Like most girls of my time I LOVED Jem. Loved the hell out of it. Whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was almost 100 per cent of the time “singer.” Who ever thought up the show was a frickin’ genius. I’m sure my entire family was scarred for life by my repeated (aka perpetual) listenings to the tapes that came with Jem dolls.

After a conversation with Tash (one who totally surpasses me in diehard Jem fandom) today, I decided to have a look at the shows. Would they live up to what they are in my memories? The plots themselves are terrible, the animation dated, but one thing continued to strike a cord with me; the Jem music videos.

They were each about a minute and a half long, silly as all get out but completely awesome. I managed to find my favourite one, from the episode “Stiches” where Jem and the band are trying to inspire their drummer Shana (also their clothing designer) to create something amazing. The result The Mood I’m in:

Oh it makes me want to dye my hair pink. Bless you YouTube.

Update: It would be unfair if I didn’t unclude my favourite Misfits song as well, We’re off and runnin’.

Today’s sing-a-long song: “The Jem Theme Song” by Jem and The Holograms.



  1. Jem is truly outrageous!

    My best pal got all the seasons on DVD from her boyfriend, I watch them at her place every time I go back home to Ktown. I still get far too excited about the whole thing.

  2. Like most girls my age, I also loved Jem.

    I wasn’t very popular in school.

  3. see

  4. I think you are a little hard on the plots. Some were quite lame but others fairly deep. Overall the characterizations were very solid for the 80’s.

    I just finished my take on Jem with lots o’ pics if you are interested.

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