Why Are You A Child Of The 80s?

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I was born in 1976 heckyeah I remeber the 80's some of my favorite things of the 80's are rainbow bright I had one and I took the othe one I still have from my sister. I have to monchichi figurines and i have some original mcdonalds toys. I also remember max headroom i think that is how you spell his name. Growing up in the 80's was deffenitly fun and interesting.
From: alida murray

I'm definitely a child of the 80s, I was born in 1977 so was old to enough to take on and remember everything about the 80s when it came calling, i had the funnest of times with my care bears..CARE BEARS STARE!! We can't forget strawberry shortcake..remember the scented puff of strawberries when you squeezed her stomach, rainbow brite and her sprites, popples, cabbage patch dolls, my little pony..and yet he-man..skeletor..castle greyskull, stomper trucks, cartoons on the tv like smurfs, snorks, chipmunks, the list goes on, let the music play..worries for another day..let the music play..down in fraggle rock.. heading down the street with your big-wheel, or sitting in the yard with your sit & spin, challenging the atari..hitting the arcades, playing pac-man, donkey kong, asteroids, joust, all the while slurping on an atomic fireball, and chomping reeses peanut butter cups, they were only a nickel or so right..cards with a stick of bubble gum..and we can't forget garbage pail kids, we owned the collection..for halloween you were punky brewster, q-bert, a transformer and had quite the collection of plastic suits and almost paper masks to choose from, i should mention punky might have been your every day warddrobe, and if you wore plastic shoes in the winter, remember how frozen and heavy they'd get, not to mention sound like glass while walking down the hallway in school with your smurfs lunchbox, jem underwear, and ribbons in your hair, the rope kind..and as you got a little bit older neon bangle bracelets..jelly bracelets and shoes, keds, slap wrist blankets..slouch socks, leg warmers, and the first time you wanted to be madonna or cyndi lauper..aww, or maybe wanted to get a mohawk but had a mullet..and you can't say you haven't owned a michael jackson coat with the zippers or a sequined glove, not to mention the poison or motley crue t-shirts..heading down to the roller rink and skating along listening to the footloose soundtrack, or songs like centerfold, cruel summer, and so on..going to the movies to watch karate kid, police academy, back to the future, willow, never-ending story, even la bamba..ferris bueller was one of the coolest..and so were the nerds :)can't forget pee-wee herman either, kids incorporated, reagen was president, and by 2000 we were all gonna be living where?? the moon? oh yeah!! It was here you learned the facts of life and always wondered.."what you talkin bout willis"..wanted to be a duke boy and actually tried jumping in the car through the windows..alyssa milano was someone you wanted to look like, and if not her then daisy dukes..and yeah knowing who shot JR? How bout knowing someone who was totally valley..only in the 80s..as was John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith..I hope this brings back great memories for someone..as it does me..always proud to be an 80s kid..an era i'll never forget..
From: Misty Brooks

im from seattle so my memories of the 80's have alittle differences. but the hot thang for us as well as clothing was "ZEBRA" shirts. that had a big Z than covered the entire front of shirt. of course tight leggings w/ socks that matched the color of your zebra sweatshirt. then we use to have "ESPREE" everything sling back shoes, and these huge mail/laundry cotton bags. and of course espree was in large letters too. wearing button earring, bamboo earrings that were huge worn by salt n pepa in their first videos. i wish i could find them in silver now. because thats all i wear now. but i still wear large hoop earrings all the time.AND i keep my boys up to date on old skool ,i havent heard much about ol skool hip hoppers out there. where are my bboys and bgirls, breakers, writers,scratchers, boppers ... i remember when someone would compete against someone else re:breakdancing and a circle would form immediately and it was like being on the red carpet if yu were in the front row. i remember sitting down with fellow artists and write in the piece books, and go out and tag all over buildings and as an adult i choose legal walls but fortunately society has go educated and provides urban artists like myself areas where we can express ourselves. but i still get a kick off seeing trains done up and other walls too legal or ill legal. i remember wearing normandy rose jeans, james jeans too, going to a clothing store called "the squire shop" they had some rad threads. having sex and not worrying about anything. accept for what people thought about you and then who cared much. ATTITUDES were so layed back and happy. it seems like when you saw a guy/girl that just as long as they were cute or had good hair or light skinned that that was all that mattered. now its all about the blingbling and $$$$. where is the love? i miss good dance music like bananarama, klymax, pebbles, goodgirls, prince, madonna (at her best) cant forget seduction, mary jane girls, hip hop in its rawest and unsampled form. pure hip hop,pure fun , pure hit me up and let me know of any kool groups or gatherings occurring.
From: celeste

I was born in 1980 and had an older brother and an older cousin around to show me all of the cool stuff that came out. I absolutely loved the cartoons and the toys - He-Man, GI Joe, MASK, Thundercats, Lone Star, Voltron, Transformers - I would watch them religiously after school and played atari and nintendo when I couldn't go to the arcades. There was a small pizza place with an arcade in it a few miles from my house and all my friends and I would go there after school and play pac-man, gun fighter, asteroids, and centipede. Things were a lot more fun back in those days - everything now has some form of grief attached to it and nothing can just be plain old good fun anymore. Best movie memory - Phoebe Cates getting out of the pool in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
From: JEff

I have reached the age (born in 1974) where I look back nostalgically at the 80's not just occasionally, but pretty much all the time. Here are a few of my memories. 1) I had a huge record collection. Then a huge tape collection. I had "Slippery When Wet" by Bon Jovi and "17" by Chicago...that was a great one. "You're the Inspiration"..."Hard Habit to Break"...songs that still get to me when I hear them now. 2) My first real kiss was at a dance my freshman year of high school...the dance's theme was "Under the Sea", although "The Little Mermaid" was a few years old by then. We kissed to "Love Bites" by Def Leppard. We also did that wierd 80's dance where the girl's hands had to be around the boy's neck, and the boy gave himself a hernia trying to bend over far enough to get his hands around her back. And then you just swaaayyyeeeddd. Back and forth. Endlessly. And the last song of the night was Journey's "Faithfully". To play something else was blasphemy. 3) I wore acid-wash jeans. Oh, the shame. I also did that thing where you fold over the bottom hem and roll the leg up...I'm sure it had a name, but I have no idea what it might be. 4) Reebok was at the height of fashion, but we couldn't really afford $40 for a pair of shoes (can you believe that 40 bucks was considered expensive for shoes??) so we got Pro Wings...the Payless copy of Reeboks. 5) Swatch. Ahhh...beautiful, beautiful Swatch. I wanted one sooo bad. Finally got one. Broke it two weeks later. 6) Rap music (at least the rap that made it to the radio) was so...gentle. "Parents Just Don't Understand"..."U Can't Touch This"..."Ice, Ice, Baby"...the hardest we got was the Beastie Boys. 7) I watched the Challenger explosion, Live Aid, the Iran Contra Hearings, and the first video on MTV without knowing how significant each event was ultimately going to be. 8) Favorite show...I was a HUGE "Greatest American Hero" fan...I was shocked when I found out later that it only ran for a short time. Like most things when I was that age, it seemed to last forever. 9) Pro wrestling. Sure, it's cheesy now...it was even more cheesy then. But it was cheesy with Style. 10) I grovved along with the Smurfs, was a closet Fraggle Rock junkie, and openly hated My Little Pony and Care Bears. I will now admit that I did think Cabbage Patch Dolls were kinda cool. A ripoff, but a cool ripoff. I know most people feel like this about the years that make up their childhood and adolescence, but I really feel like we were un a cusp; innocence, which we had been losing steadily since Vietnam, was on it's last legs; finally ended by Gary Hart, Iran Contra, and finally Desert Storm. Before the 80's we had never heard of aids, ebola, mad cow disease, or SARS. Now they dominate the news. You know, I like who I am now, and I like where I'm going. But every now and then, when everything seems too much, I still feel the need to throw on my old tape (yes, that same one) of "Slippery When Wet" and realize that sometimes, yes, I DO give love a bad name.
From: Robert

I graduated high school in 1984, so I guess that would make me one of the quintessential "children of the 80's". And of course that means that my 20th class reunion is this year. Boy do I feel old. I do hope that more of the 80's fashions come back though.
From: Dawn

I AM A CHILD OF THE EIGHTIES! I was born in 1977 and remember so much about the 80's. My uncles were in high school during the 80's and I remember the big hair, the leather they wore and the studded belts that they made and actually wore LOL! I remember Skid Row, Motley Crue, Lilian Axe, Bon Jovi, Scorpions, Guns-n-Roses to name a few. I also remember Cyndi Lauper, NKOTB, Madonna (when she was good), I remember when Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen came out and I begged my grandmother to get me the cassette for my birthday (and she did). I thought Michael Jackson was the coolest! I remember being in love with Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains, Michael J Fox from Family Ties and Tony Danza from Who's the Boss. I remeber going YEE HAW when the Dukes of Hazzard song was over! I remember being in bed and hearing the song to Cheers being played on the tv downstairs and singing the song. I remember wanting to be a goonie and I fell in love with ET. I remember Punky Brewster being my idol LOL! I loved and collected Garbage Pail Kids. I remember when taking a lunch to school wasn't cool and leg warmers were the coolest! (I miss those leg warmers!) I remember laying on the front steps looking up at the clouds and thinking were the care bears having fun that day. I loved my cabbage patch kids (still have them), My Little Pony, The Wuzzles, Popples, Kids Incorporated, Punky Brewster, The Smurfs, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, You can't do that on Television, the original Double Dare, Lassie, Dennis the Menace. I remember my beloved Snoopy Snow Cone Machine and my pound puppies and Lotsa Lotsa Legs! I remember when my 3rd grade teacher told us about the tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger and crying about those who lost their lives. I remember being able to get lost on your bicycle for the day and your parents not having to worry about you getting abducted (just as long as you were home before that street light went on LOL!) I remember the school roller skating and pizza parties (when there were skating rinks and people didn't need to worry about lawsuits and insurance.) I remember going to school and being safe and not worrying about drugs and guns! I loved my atari and wished I still had it. I remember getting the first nintendo with Mario Bros and Duck Hunt ~ wished I still had that too! Anyways, the 80's were an era like no other ~ one that I wish we will see again soon. Kids today have no idea what it is like to live life freely and fun. They have to worry about drugs, guns and violence, abductions, etc. Not the kind of world that I would have wanted to grow up in that's for sure!I also remember parents having control and never once telling my mom or dad I'm gonna call the cops on you. Don't know why society is so different today with the crime, drugs, guns, lawsuits, lack of morals, etc. Maybe if the 80's are revived people will change too!
From: Kathy

Whatt great years, I remember the 80's like it was yesterday. I was born in '77 so the 80's was my childhood years, I remember coming home from school watching he-man and getting my figures out with my Castle Graskull and Snake Mountain and Saturday morning tv, like going live, and those great programs like Knight Rider , the A-Team and Street Hawk. Great films like the karate kid after watching that film I used to think I was some Karate expert - L.O.L. - and those Karate Kid figures too and Star Wars was the best film ever and Star Wars figures, lets not forget the ZX Spectrum plus 2 computer where the games used too take ages to load. Great days great memories!!!
From: mark little

Yes; I was a child of the Eighties, I was born in 1973 but grew up during those years, and remember G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, the Smurfs, Moncheces, and of course the Ninja Turtles.
From: sue

OMG the 80s!!! What could be better, I was born in '86 so I really don't have fond memories of stuff, when it actually happened but my parents where stuck in the 80s forever and now so am I. I mean there is nothing better then the 80s, Day Glo clothes, Jelly Shoes, Fraggle Rock, My Little Pony, the Goonies, this stuff is soooo awesome. And the music, there is no better music then 80s, all this rap-crap us teens are supposed to listen to now ha; give me 80s anyday. The Breakfast Club, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the 80s were also awesome because all the music made sense, you could understand what they were saying and you could even relate to it, today's music I have no idea what they're trying to say, and our movies (unlike 80s movies) are boring and based on sex. The 80s style needs to come back, the big hair and all, I LOVE THE 80S!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: amanda williams

You know you're a child of the 80's if you... * Owned Parachute pants * Wore Glacier glasses (sunglasses w/the neckstring & guards on the side?) * Love Hobie t-shirts * Treasured Ocean Pacific t-shirts w/the original logos * Feathered your hair a la "All the Right Moves" * re-enacted the "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll" scene from Risky Business * Wanted a Firebird straight from Smoky & the Bandit * Remember the change-over from the old Trans-Am and Camaro to the early 80's homogeneous body style * Voted in mock Carter vs. Reagan elections in 5th grade * Used the first microwave oven - as big as your garage * Watched Betamax video tapes
From: Brian Koester

I was born in October of 1971. I still have a crimping iron. I still buy electric blue eyeliner. I own more cassette tapes than cd's. I bought my 12 year old son a Rubik's Cube for Christmas this year, along with a "Back To The Future" video and both Ghostbusters movies. I saw Poison and Tesla in concert and I still know every word to Pretty in Pink (drives my husband crazy when I make him watch it with me!). I rented Footloose for my kids last weekend and had my 10 year old daughter rolling her eye's as I belted out "Let's Hear It For The Boy" at the top of my lungs. I still get teary eyed when I hear "We Are The World". My sons favorite shoes are the Converse Hi-tops I bought him when school started this year. The very first video I saw on Mtv was "The Salt In my Tears by I forget who [Editor: Martin Briley] Friday Night Videos were totally cool. My Valley Girl name was Tiffany. I had a pair of big hoop earrings with a real key dangeling off one of them (a la Janet Jackson). I still own a Members Only jacket. I had a pair of parachute pants and several pairs of biker shorts. Stirrup pants ruled! Especially with a long button up shirt (collar up) and a chunky belt! I think I still have blisters from my jelly shoes and I never did figure out how to keep my little toes inside the holes. Rave is still the only hairspray I will use, Mega Hold. I still blow my hair dry with my head upside down, although I no longer use hair spray while my hairs still wet! I still have my Thriller album. I remember watching my hot neighbor breakdancing to Jam on It. I paid $40 for a pair of jeans with holes all in them and my mom freaked! I almost ruined our washing machine by tossing a handful of rocks in there with the rest of my jeans to get that 'stone washed' look (I didn't know any better). My favorite pair of jeans had all my friends signatures on them and were worn pulled up to right below my knees. With slouch socks and hi-tops, of course. We had a ball at the skating rink making a train and singing along with Fly Girl. We saw C.H.U.D. at the movies then walked miles around the mall looking for cute guys. We went trick or treating up and down our street by ourselves. In the dark. Nobody worried. Now I won't even let my kids walk around inside Wal-mart without me. I tell my kids all the time about how great the 80's were and how much I miss the way things were 'back then'. I wish they understood what I was talking about when I say 'No Gnu's is Good Gnu's With Gary G'nu'? Am I still stuck in the 80's? Yes. And I'm not ashamed of it. I'll tell anyone who will listen that it was the best decade ever. The 80's will always be totally tubular.
From: Rhonda

I was born in 1973. The 80's were the greatest times I can remember in my life. I loved the 80's movies like Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon, Popeye, Superman II and III, and going to see the Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, and that's when I saw my first James Bond movie in the theater; Octapussy. I can remember waiting for the next showing of "Urban Cowboy" to come on because we came in late for the first viewing and wanted to see the begining. "Porky's" was legendary at that time for me because I was to young to see it, but I heard all about it and all us kids couldn't wait to be old enough to see all the filth. I was only 7 when the 80's started, so I had lots of the toys. My G.I. Joes and He-Man figures got a lot of play. My brother, and I would make forts in the dirt and have G.I. Joe wars, and then go inside and play with our Castle Grey Skull. Then take out my matchbox and hot wheels and go to the park, so we could race them down the slide, wearing my E.T. t-shirt, and those really short shorts with the white line going down the side and around the leg, and in a pair of socks that went up to my knees, with a couple of stripes around the the top. Watching the "Dukes of Hazzard" was an almost religious experience. Every Friday night I'd watch the "Duke Boys" and then watch the beginning of "Dallas", so I could hear that catchy tune at the start of the show. I had all of the "Dukes of Hazzard" trading cards. I had my first racord player back then, and loved listening to my Smurf albums, and this old "Puff - the Magic Dragon" album I got for christmas. Fraggle Rock was the bomb and MTV was actually cool, and fun to watch. Muscle shirts were in, and all I wanted was some parachute pants. I thought my checkered slip on vans were the coolest thing ever, and I got my first pair of skates to wear when I went to the skating rink. Then came the Reeboks and the Swatches, and the OP cloths. The Fat Boys were in full swing, and I begged my parents for a members only jacket. Do you remember when the movie "The Day After" came out, and president Reagan came on tv before the broadcast and warned americans about how real and heavy this movie was, and that parents might not want tho let their children watch it. That sucked because my parents wouldn't let me see it. It made the world seem so scary, and had you feeling like the Russians were going to nuke us at any moment. That was around the time I got into the 80's heavy metal, and all the songs and lots of the bands had names or were about nuclear holocaust. At least the ones I listened too. my favorite was Ozzy's "Ultimate Sin" with songs like "Thank God For The Bomb" and the band Megadeath(measure unit for people killed in a nuclear blast) and Nuclear Assualt. I never was into the hair bands, but I did have "Slippery When Wet". I had one of those jean jackets with the big back patches, and patches of bands all over the front and the sleeves. Metal then was so much cooler than today. They went well with all the 80's slasher flicks like "Friday the 13th". The glory days of Tom Savini, the greatest special effects artist ever. I watched a lot of cartoons back then too. I remember the first time Thundercats" were introduced one night before it started coming on during the afternoon. Silverhawks was another good one. My favorites were the saturday morning cartoons of the early 80's like Gilligans Planet and Superfriends. I couldn't get enough of the Smurfs for a while either. remember watching smurfete being created by Gargamel on a prime time special, so she could infiltrate and bring ruin to the Smurfs. Prime Time was good then too. Alf and Valorie (which became the Hogan family) and family ties, and that VERY SPECIAL Different Stokes when the dumb redhaired kid Sam gets kidnapped. It wasnt as good as the Mr Horton episode where he get Duddly to take his shirt off, and play Tarzan while he took pictures. The 80's were the best. Too bad we can't just go back in time, and relive the good old days. [Editor: My words exacty]
From: chris fernandez

I was born in 1985, so I dont remember much of anything from the 80's, however I was raised with the music, the movies and everything else. I'm known as that 80's chick, some people gets stuck in the 60's, or revert back to a generation they don't remember, but wish they lived in feel more comfortable in that me with the 80's. I love the music, good rock basicaly died with the 80's, I love the clothes (although ill admit some stuff was scary) but i loved how you could just about wear anything, and it was ok. The movies were the best, the 80's did it best, and people have just been coping them since, so let the 80's live I say.
From: Chris(Christina)

The time of innosince. Where things were easier and just better all along. I was born in May of 1980, and here we are now almost 24 years later. I remember Care Bears and My Little Ponys, Smurfs, Kid Sister, Cricket, Rainbow Brite, Skip Its, jumping roping, dodge ball, New Kids, scratch and sniff stickers, all most all of them were just disgusting, Gabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids, puff a lumps, console tvs, watching She-Ra/He-man , WWF with Hogan and Andrea the Giant, Shawn Michaels as one of the rockers - before all of these guys were old and beat up - and the WWF cartoon, Pound Puppies and Purries, Strawberry Shortcake. Really good movies - without tons of sex, and swearing, and total violence - Nickolodeon, the great shows they had on some of the best games show of all times. The 80's were the best, I though my childhood was just the best, then the 90's hit, and I swear it all changed my parents got divorced, we moved, the shows were different and sucked. The music just wasn't what it used to be. Neon color, bananana clips, jellies hade them in tons of colors, rollor skates, big wheels, playing G.I. Joes with my brother, british knights. It was a time to just be a kid and have fun being outside not having to worry all the time. Now it isn't safe to be outside people being shot, stabbed, kidnapped, raped, murdered, even the sun has turned on us have to put sun screen on to be outside because of skin cancer. Kids now a days I feel sorry for them they have no imaginations, you can't buy a toys that doesn't say something, or move, basically the toys play by them selves. Kids now have t.v.'s, vhs's, dvd, computers, cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, etc..., why would you play with toys that do nothing. I remember being a kid, and we were lucky enough to have a computer, and I remember a floppy disk actually used to be a black thin FLOPPY DISK. Now they have cds. Kids have to worry about everything now parents have to work and so do kids picking up the slack of the parent, kids don't just have an ocational fight, like when we were in school, now there are gun shootings. My oldest daugter started kindergarten this year, and a few weeks ago so had to do a book report, it was just a little bit of work but still I remeber in kindergarten finger painting, and kids that ate paste, nap time, now they are doing book reports, and learning about fractions. Now they are bring back our eighties, but I think it is too little too late. These kids won't now the joys we had growing up. It is a real shame for that because the 80's ruled. I know that people always look back at there younger years, and say I can't believe I had my hair like that, or wore those clothes, I don't because that's what the 80's were about, and things change but not always for the better. I am a Child of the Eighties.
From: Siobhan

Ahhh.... What can I say that hasn't been said already by all you fine folks? Just thinking about that time in my life causes a smile to come to my face... When was the day we started sounding like our folks? " I remember, back in the day, when I was a child....? " The 1980's for me, was the best time of my life, I was born June 25, 1977 and grew up in the 80's.... Anyone remember "Kidd Video" or "Heathcliff"?.... How about going to the drive-in with your friends or family? I loved friendship bracelets, who remembers that show "I'm Telling!"... I always wanted to win those prizes...or even watching "Bozo", with the Grand Prize game at the end. Though I graduated in 1995 from high school, the nineties were not so good for me.... The 80's were the best times for growing up, all the shows were family oriented, and our mothers didn't have to worry about us hearing cuss words and seeing naked people on tv, unless you happened to sneak a peek while the grown-ups were watching Porky's or something like that. Even though I was a little chubby back then, I still thought I looked, um "radical" in my rolled up jeans, and shirt that you tied at the bottom with a clip.... I think that's probably the only thing I don't miss; realizing that those clothes weren't made for everyone... Later dudes!!!
From: diana villanueva

Born in 1972 and in the early 80's Strawberry Short Cake was the NOW toy for girls, I had Strawberry Short Cake, roller skates and I was just too happy. And going roller skateing was the thing to do in the 80's for preteens. Wasn't long that Madonna was on every radio station, causing all kinds of problems for teenagers, because parents thought she was just too sexy, and the words to her song Like A Virgin caused parents to call department stores, and demand to not sale her tape. Cartoons were really cool back then, Ghostbusters was a fav of mine, and also the littles, oh and the Smurfs, and the Electric Company that use to come on then 3 2 1 contact. Movies: Star Wars, Top Gun and Superman, I remember neon paint splatered on tee-shirts was way too cool. Rolling the bottom of our blue jeans to make them really tight around the ankles. Hair was really big, and full of hair spray, at least mine was. Growing pain was the best show on television, because I was in love with kirk cameron.
From: Rhonda

Geeeez I'll never forget that decade. Every time I spend some time recalling, I get the shivers. Do you remember Michael Jackson, he's my man: Thriller, MTV, the Grammys (8 Grammys in a row), Bad... What a genius (he still remains a genius btw). Do you remember those sitcoms: Diffrent strokes. Jennifer slept here. Punky Brewster. Crazy like a Fox. Miami Vice, Remington Steel, Knight Rider, the A-Team, Hulk, jaja...I'm crying. I'm sure some day, they will invent the time machine, please reserve me a ticket back to the 80s... Hey, I will never forget He-man... Since then, I doubt there could be anything like it. I still have my complete set of He-man toys. Scooby doo, Pac-man, Spider-man, Transformers and G.I. Joe, I remember when music, was real music: MJ & Madonna ruled (and don't forget the Victory tour with the Jacksons). And what about NKOTB, Menudo... Geez. My mom took me to a Menudo concert, which I will never forget... And look who turned up being a superstar: Ricky Martin. What about the electronic stuff: imagine having a cell phone back in the 80s? Weird huh? Well, I still have my Apple computer wrapped in some corner... Those were the fun days. Saturday mornings sitting in front of TV, and taking a ride in our bike to the park, gathering round our friends houses: 80s: please come back.

I found this site, because as I was sitting eatting my daughters Scooby-Doo ceral, and I began wondering, what happened to Kaboom ceral, it was so sweet, it was disgusting but we ate it anyway. I searched and found this site, I loved my Atari and my red Nikes, with my soccer socks pulled up. Remember wearing legwarmers, even when your legs didn't need warming? I had a Charlie Brown lunchbox but always wanted a Dukes of Hazard one. I began remembering the candy we ate... Airheads, ringpops, dippin' stix (i only ate the stick!!), bazooka, hubba bubba, POP ROCKS, What else? Now and Laters, whatchamacallits? sugar daddies... I know some of this stuff is still around, but it's NOT really the same.
From: dana wolford

Kids of the 80's - you remember; Friendship bracelets were ties that couldn't be broken. You know all the words to "Ice Ice Baby". You wanted to be on "Jim'll Fix It". You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before he had plastic surgery. You wore one of those slap-on wristbands at some point, or (heaven forbid) one of those T-shirts that changed colour with heat (Global Hypercolour). You had slouch socks and puff painted your own shirt at least once. You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, Wax off". You were upset when She-ra, Princess of Power and He-Man got cancelled. You can remember watching Saved by the Bell. You remember Madonna in her cone stage. You knew "The Artist" when he was humbly called "Prince." You even wore fluorescent-neon clothing, if you can call it clothing. Not only did you wear fluorescent-neon clothing, but they were mismatched with fingerless gloves and toweling socks. You could break dance (ok, you wished you could). You remember when Amiga was a state of the art video game system. You remember M.C. Hammer. You can still sing the rap to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air". You can remember when it was Jazzy Jeff and The fresh Prince, and NOT just plain Will Smith. You own any cassettes. You carried your lunch to school in a Gremlins, ALF or ET lunchbox. You have ever pondered on why Smurfette was the ONLY female smurf. My Little Pony, Gummy Bears and Transformers are familiar to you. You ever had a Swatch Watch. You actually spent countless hours trying to perfect the "Care Bear stare." You believed that "By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power!" You spent hours in the basement building and re- building Lego cities. Big wheels and BMX's were the way to go. With your pink (or blue) portable tape player, you sang to Kylie and Jason. If you ever owned Polly Pocket or Micro Machines. If you ever made Ken fall in love with Barbie. You know what " Psyche" means. Partying "like it's 1999" seemed SO far away. You knew that Transformers were "more than meets the eye". You wore a banana clip at some point during your youth. You actually thought "Dirty Dancing" was a REALLY good film. You were led to believe that in the year 2000 we'd all be living in space. You know what leg warmers are, and probably had a pair. You wore biker shorts underneath a short skirt, and felt stylish. You had to change into play clothes after school. You recorded songs off the radio with your boom box. Somehow you still know all the words to songs played on VH1's "Big 80s". Your arm was full of rubber bracelets. You wore those wide, colourful shoelaces. You still don't like going in the sea because of Jaws. You remember Now compilations that had the pig on the front cover. You never questioned why the A-Team were always imprisoned in places that had sufficient tools to build an armoured tank.
From: J_UK20

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