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Child Illustrates 80s Pop Music

Lost in Your Eyes, Debbie Gibson

Little Sam Burnett first heard Devo's song "Whip It" when he was about two years old, and he couldn't get enough. The experience had a huge effect on him, and he began to obsess over 1980s music after that.

The next song that Sam's mom (also an 80s music enthusiast) intoduced him to was "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins. Sam became hooked on the genre. He even created a drawing that illustrated the song, and has been doing it ever since. Take a look at Sam's illustrations over the years. His charming visual interpretations of the music are classics.

See a bigger collection of Sam's 80s music artwork here. 

Crazy for You, Madonna

Sharp Dressed Man, ZZ Top

Too Much Time on My Hands


Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, The Police


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I see it now! It looks like someone took a Sharpie and cleared up fuzzy details, like the body shape in Sharp Dressed Man, and the magic hat. Maybe in the original, it was hard to see what the child was trying to draw. It doesn't really change the concept.
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Haha. Before I couldn't see it, now I can't unsee it. :) (Deleted previous comment because I didn't want you to think I was arguing with you.)

They've had some press in the last few months, which I've now reviewed. In the comments of this article, a reader had the same suspicions you shared. Although to be fair to the kid's mom, many of the drawings on their Twitter account look fine, and I haven't seen anyone question them on Twitter, which I'd certainly expect with that platform. I'd love to think the boy is just a really unusual little artist.
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Lisa asked me to provide my detail on my suggestion. For example, in Sharp Dressed Man, the red outline of the body in pen seems in stark contrast to the crayon in-fill work. Same for Every Little Thing.... Fairly fine detail with the bunny, in contrast to the hat. They just seem like they could be from two different hands. But I have no proof otherwise and don't mean to take away from anyone's joy. Just an observation...
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