Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I 80's were the absolute best! I was born in 1976 and have many many fond memories of growing up in the 80's. The best were wanting to be a Valley Girl, My Little Ponies, Poochie, Smurfs, C3-PO cereal, listening to Thriller in the dark, hanging out at the arcade at Putt-Putt in Greensboro, N.C., cramming into the bathroom at my friend's 8th birthday party to sneak a peak at her dad's new issue of Playboy featuring a young Madonna. Every girl wanted to be Madonna - jelly bracelets, bangles, lace bows, and lace gloves with the fingers cut out. I had huge crushes on Ricky Shroder, Paul McCartney, Rick Springfield, and Christopher Atkins. I never went anywhere without my Pound Puppy in tow and was absolutely obsessed with the Disney film "The Parent Trap II" starring Carrie Kei Heim and Brigette Andersen (R.I.P.) Although I was old enough to remember the 80's, part of me still wishes that i had been born a few years earlier so that i could experience the early 80's as teenager. In third and fourth grade i desperately wanted to be older so i could wear fluorescent pumps with my jordache jeans to school and go to The Rocky Horror midnight show at the Carolina Cirlce with my friends. It would be so great if we could go back and live as a child in the 80's forever. What great memories. The 80's were the bitchinest!!!
From: DonnaK

Born in 82 here. Fun times were had by all. Growing up with the most dangerous toys in history. Sharp EVERYTHING, GI Joes that would snap from those stupid rubber bands in them. Ahh the days. And I must mention that Gem was a plague on us all. Thank God I'm a guy and my sister didn't hang around me with that teeny bopper crap. And then came the 90s which I must mention some of. "Donkey Butt" "My Baby Daddy" and "Baby Got Back" Ahh who could ever let go of such wonderful songs with such great messages? Thinking back it kind of depresses me to be living in the here and now. I kind of miss big hair and shiny clothes and my mom making me wear stuff that looks like it's from...well..the 80s. Sigh...I miss my childhood
From: Kyle

Ah, the 80's... my memoirs are somewhat different from the others here.. I was a goth, from 1985 onwards.. silver spiked hair, black denim, leather, black lace, studded and or spiked belts, collars, wristlets, razorblades, pointy boots, funeral hats, fishnet, black blazers, safety pins, dangly earrings (skulls, chains, razorblades, daggers, crosses, 5 inch hoops...), neon t-shirts. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, Skinny Puppy, Bauhaus, The Cure, Strange Boutique, Xmal Deustchland... who could forget it? Even the pop culture of those days was far better than what we have now... being born in 1970, I saw a lot of the 80's.. really enjoyed it.. there was a different air then... a different feel...
From: Fetisch

I was born right when the 80's got going. When I was little I had a Glow Worm and a Care Bear. I remember when they came out with Cabbage Patch Kids... I remember my mom waited outside Sears until they opened, and rushed into the store with a bunch of other parents to grab a doll off the shelf to buy me one. I remember watching Pinwheel and Today's special... and waiting on You Can't Do That On Television to come on. Growing up, I copied off of my brother a lot and always took his advice, and he told me how kids his age rolled their jeans in the tight cuffs, and the girls fluffed their bangs in a little puff and hairsprayed them. I desperately wanted the Guess jeans, but had to settle for the Palmettos. I even remember having a school picture taken with me wearing a off the shoulder sweater. I had the typical toys along with an enormous Lego collection that is worth a great deal now. I remember my brother buying a pair of stonewashed parachute pants and my dad not letting him out of the house in them. Gotta love the neon colors and the pastels too. Remember in school folding your notes in that little way to pass to people? My neightbor had Garbage Pail kids that I always wanted. She always had Big League Chew and Hubba Bubba gum to share... what ever happened to that stuff?.....eesh remember when Tang was king! wow....Paula Abdul rocked too. Whatever happened to that stuff?! Eesh I am older than I thought I was.......... I still have jelly shoes... :c)
From: Virginia

born 9/18/1975 quotes from the 80's: "I heard they said someday bell-bottoms would come back in style. no way man, it'll never happen." "Check out those buddy shoes" "You got your wardrobe on a blue-light special!" "that's bogus" "I know you are but what am I" and many others that I can't think of right off hand... it was a time when you could connect to a local BBS with your atari 800xl with a 300 baud modem, and anyone you talked to knew what they were doing (their was no logon to the internet button to click).. ahhh my first computer.. my grandmother bought it for me at "k-mart" for $100.. plugged that bad boy in and spent hours copying BASIC source code out of the back of PC Computing magazines.. just so I could watch a bouncing smily face circle around a triangle in an endless loop, and then lose the program because we couldn't afford to buy a 320K floppy disk drive to save it on... man I wasted most of my childhood....
From: Rick Nuthman

Well I grow up in New York, Born and raised, and there was so much to do Here, Remember, alot of these trends began here or go more play when NY got a hold of them. I remember going down to Delancy street ( yep there really is a Delancy Street ) and getting our leather jackets, puma sneakers, Lee Color pants ( with the everlasting stitch ) if you have to ask then you just don't know. Big rope chains, Adidas shell toes with the Big laces, Name Buckles Belts, Mock Neck Shirts, then you had to run to the F train cause they was trying to VIC ( Means: rob you ) people. Growing up in NY was the bomb and we saw it all, we did not have to go to it, it came to US. All the Rappers in the 80's were at block parties and street fairs, so you got to see all of them, right there in the place, Run-Dmc, LL cool J, Flash, all the uptown rappers. Big up to my Native New Yorkers, here is one that we can remember, going to the Blockparties and watching the DJ cut it up, all powered by the street lights, while some of us played Linqurlario or street football ( the white car is out of bounds ), or playing Stupe ball, or running bases, or Freeze tag on the Monkey bars, or Skellies ( Those who know, say yep yep ), or we can go the Fire hydrant way and scrap the can on the sidewalk and spray them cars. Now that's NY style!
From: james tyler

why do i like the 80's. simple i was born in the 80's and believe me it was the best era. the clothes, fashions, moviestars and the cars. everything you name it.
From: maryum

I was born in 1984...yeah mid-eighties...but I'm a huge metal-head...I'm stuck in that era...it rocked...not only did we have the best music but the fashion was killer...I still follow in the 80's fashion...I dress in denim jackets...stoned washed jeans...bandanas...chain-braceletes...necklaces...converse and stuff like that. I think that the 80's were the era that revolutionized it kicked major butt...for me the best music was 80's...stuff like Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, KISS, Alice Cooper, Alice In Chains, Iron Maiden, Poison, and many many more bands that made a huge impact on many of us...nowadays people have different styles and crap..but we gotta admit that if it weren't for the 80's those styles wouldn't be alive now...the 80's brought the best and yeah I'm still stuck in the 80's!!!
From: Sayra

i love the eighties!!!! even though i was born in '87, my idol is Mr. T... i saw him on one of those new 1-800-COLLECT commercials for the first time, and i had tears rolling down my cheeks... one of my all time favourite songs is "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats, and i own many a Popple.... well, i can't talk long, but i shall leave you with this: THE EIGHTIES LIVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Tegan

I was born in late 1969, so that made me a senior in high school in 1987. As a teacher today, I feel sorry for all the kids. They have to worry about someone walking into school and blowing their heads off. I only worried about that when I had a mouthful of poprocks and a friend dared me to slam a Jolt cola. Bright colors, short skirts, and working out (did we ever!) were all the rage. Girls acted like girls, not like girls with all of the bad attributes of boys. Boys acted like boys, and that was okay. No one was sued for sexual harassment for mooning the cheerleaders, and shocking your parents meant putting a ring in your ear, not your nose or some other body part. It was a fun, happy time where no one cared about making you depressed (i.e. "The Safety Dance"). Friends wore matching bracelets and a fight would always end with the two guys sharing a beer.
From: Jake

i love the 80's because i was born in '83, however sometimes i wish that i had been born sooner so that i could have been 17 in the 80's. the 80's long hair boy bands are my favorite, but i guess if i had not been young i may not have appreciated Popples, Heman, My Little Pony Tales, The Carebears, Rainbow Brite, the Smurfs, Ghostbusters, Thundercats, Fraggle Rock, and who could forget about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. the cartoons were so much better then, or maybe that's just because i'm older now, but i doubt it. and what about the tv shows and sitcoms?!?! The A Team, Diff'rent Strokes, Three's Company, Alf, Punky Brewster....it just goes on and on and on. i can't even begin to tell you everything about the 80's and i didn't really "live" through it, but i did experience it, if only just a little....
From: megg

I was born in 1965 so I lived in the 80's in my teen years. The 80's was the last decade of the good ole days. Cars were better, tougher, Speeding tickets were cheap, gas prices was ok unlike today, unleaded gas and no computers to screw up your car when hot rodding them, parts were cheap and more interchangable. As you can tell I'm a car nut. Richard Petty,(the King) was going strong in the 80's and Cale Yarbourgh, was always at his rear bumper. I was a hot rodder with a 77 Pontiac LeMans, sport coupe with a done up 350 with a set of 3:23 gears in the back to blow away any kid with dad's 4 door or a piece of junk they bought for $400. Near the end of the 80's (88 to be exact) was the end of "GOOD CARS" Front wheel drive was forced down the consumer's throats and if they wanted rear wheel drive they were limited and usually $10,000. more than the average FWD. Back in my early high school years, 80 to 82, the cars to have was the Camaro, Firebird and the Cuda, by 88 it was the Iroc's and Mustang 5.0's. The 90's and on seem to have perverted to Honda's and lowered pick up's, why someone would lower a pick up truck I have no idea. I never heard too much about gangs in my area, (Southern Ontario) They started to get big in the mid 80's and just got worse. I guess as time goes on more and more people needed to get a hobby and a life, guns were for cowards who were too chicken to use thier fists and that hasn't changed at all. Never had the term Politically correct, in the 80's and if you define that today it's called "Afraid to make a stand" and that's what's going to run our country into the ground.
From: Rob H.

I guess I cant say too much about the 80's since I was born in early 1986, but i do know that my early toddler years were from the 80's and they are the fav memories of my life! The tv shows(Jem, Care Bears, Rainbow Brite,etc..)The clothes, some movies, food.. and yes believe it or not I remember mostly as far back as late 87, 88 and 89! I just luv the memories and hope that I will always remember that the 80's well at least the late 80's for me were the best ever!
From: Calli

Ah the 80's. That decade will go down as the "fun decade". Times were good. Everyone seemed to be happy and full of life. Life wasn't as expensive and people actually smiled at each other rather than "mad dog" people like people do now in this decade. Life now is boring, expensive and full of shallowness. I miss the music, cartoons, clothes and it seemed everyone wanted to get to the beach. I'm not a republican but I think Reagan made the country great during that time. I grew up in Orange County, CA and felt I was in the epicenter of everything great during that time. Things I liked best about the 80's were alternative and new wave music, people being happy-having some money, candy, breakdancing, john hughes films, checkered vans, karate shoes, friendship bracelets, "psyche", He-Man and She-Ra,facial scrub, just plain good, good, good times.
From: Cru Jones

I was born in 1970, so from 10 to 20,I was a total 80's boy...God where do I even begin! Does anybody remember going to fairs back then,well remember those mirrors,usually with rock stars on them,I used to have tons of those!!The first album I ever bought was "The Game",from Queen!! My first ever favorite musicians were The Stray Cats, Men At Work, and John Cougar!! I remember watching MTV the very fist day when "Video Killed The Radio Star" came on!! My sister was a huge fan of Duran Duran, and had like every pin-up of them!! I remember that magazine called "Dynamite" which featured "Bummers" those were cool. How about that song "Valley Girl" by Moon Unit Zappa!! Awesome Song!!! And the flick with the same name, with Nicholas Cage!! yeah!! I remember this show that would come on late nights on Friday and Saturday nights!!It was called "Night Flight", the coolest show in the world, How about "Radio 1990","Solid Gold",and "Friday Night Videos"!! I remember when MTV had the Friday Night Video Fights, and Def Leppard's "Photograph" went head to head with "Cum On Feel The Noize", then got beat by Journey's "Seperate Ways". That was too cool. And all those rollerskate nights, skating the slow dance to "Open Arms"!! I have a great collection of 80s tunes!!
From: Johnny

Why not? Most entertainment appealed to working folks, and movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" were a HOOT!! Too bad they don`t make movies like that any more, I`d go to the movies. As it is, last movie I cared to see, in a theatre or at home, was "Maverick" with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, and there are thousands of people who feel the same way, but I guess the media moguls don`t care, they want to push their own agenda.
From: GR

I was born in 1982. When I think about the eighties, the things that are most clear to me are the cartoons. When you nowadays talk about for instance Galaxy Rangers, Jayce and the Wheel Warriors, Bionic Six, The Centurions etc people look at me strangly. It's such a shame that so few people remember these great cartoons. I'll never forget the eighties because the cartoons from the eighties were superb. Nowadays you have good cartoons but they can never be as good as the cartoons of the eighties. Ready to prove it again!
From: Winoe

I was born in 1970. I'm into the music of the 70's thru the 80's (the 80's of course being my favorite). Although the 80's made many of us rather idealistic, its power had little affect on me, for I had the antidote: Dio, Quiet Riot, KISS, W.A.S.P., Motley Crue, Dokken, and Ratt to name a few. I also love the 80's movies: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Caddyshack", "Ghostbusters", "Sixteen Candles", "Secret Admirer", "This Is Spinal Tap", and "The Jerk" are just a few of my favorites. Favorite T.V. Shows include: 3's Company, Cheers, Taxi, Dukes of Hazzard, The Inredible Hulk, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts Of Life, Hardcastle & McCormick, Alf, Silver Spoons But the NUMBER ONE reason I love the 80's so much is because that is when I found my wife to be, on August 25th, 1989, at a Fair Dance. My eyes met hers out in the parking lot and I knew - right then - that I just had to have this girl. About a half can of Rave Hair Spray held her long blonde hair nice and high above her head and the tight black mini skirt she was wearing.... OMG ! ! After finally getting up enough courage to ask her out, I was floored that she actually said "Yes". It was a perfect begining of the rest of my life with the woman of my dreams, the one I Laugh with...Live for...and Love...and it was also the perfect ending to a great decade... The 80's.
From: Shawn Sampson

I was born May,1976......and I will never forget the 80's. It was the greatest. I lived in a group of gravel roads In Louisiana..full of family. Every day it was warm enough and everyone was home, It seemed like we played baseball in my Uncles field..anywhere from 10 to 15 kids..(and everyonce in a while,adults). We played without fighting...or arguing...without keeping score..just a group of kids playing ball until it was too dark to see or we decided to go behind my house and crawfish. We'd tie ham on shoestrings and find a string to tie the string to..then we'd catch them and throw them back in. I had a tree house on the side of my house..where we and my best friend,played with the Cabbage Patch Kids..Strawberry Shortcake.."RealBaby"..and any other dolls we could find. My three older brothers would get me on the trampoline and together try to bounce me high enough to touch that just out of reach limb. Going to the Slidell Mall made my weekend. Lego Blocks could keep us busy for hours. My favorite Atari games were Pitfall and Frogger. Favorite Tv Shows..The A-Team...Carebears..Smurfs..not so much then,but now Three's Company..Simon and Simon..He-Man..Chips..The Duke Boys..Everyone said i looked like Punky Brewster..etc..etc. I remember going to see ET with two of my cousins...The Gremlins...Fox and the Hound..Annie..had the necklace and everything..Old Yeller still makes me Cry..Where The Red Fern Grows Music...I could go on forever.. We played with toy guns day in day out......none of my brothers,myself,or anyone else in my family has ever shot a soul. We weren't afraid to sleep in the front yard....It was a safe time....a great time. I'd go back again in a minute...and go back to my hometown in a minute..i moved when i was eleven..but the time spent there was a childhood heaven.
From: Kristal

I love the eighties and everything about it. The music was the best. Life seemed so much simpler back then than it is now. I was born in 1971 and was thankful that I got to be a teenager in the 80's. I had my share of parachute pants, jellies, and dressing like I was a member of Duran Duran. The movies were some of the best too. Classics like "Fast Times at Ridgemont HIgh", "Sixteen Candles", and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off". I really miss them days and it is nice to see other people can identify.
From: Stacy E.

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