Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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Now, I won't try to gloss over things and say that the 80s were a time of perfect utopia. There was the cold war, and there were crisis is the mideast and Africa. However, I was born in North America in 1972. So -- for me, the 80s were a wonderful time. At the age of 10, in 1982, I was in love with the music and fashion of the 80s. There are no words to describe how cool good 80s fashion was (yes -- there was bad 80s fashion, too). Sadly, people who slam the 80s nowadays, seem to only hold up the bad examples of fashion and music. They seem to have forgotten all of the great things. I listened as underground electronic and post-punk, morphed into the coolest aspects of 80s synth-pop. Then, I followed the remains of the underground into the realm of Goth and Industrial -- through the late 80s. All-in-all, the best mainstream 80s years were from 1980 to 1984. That was the height of amazing films (Blade Runner, Legend, TRON, E.T., Star Trek II, the Thing, Empire), cool TV (Air Wolf, Knight Rider, Kidd Video), and friggin' amazing video games (too many to mention). The concepts and ideas were varied and original. Through the 90s and even now, creative people seem to be starved for ideas. However, I sense a new era of creative explosion, just around the corner. I wouldn't be the least surprised if it included a vast number of 80s elements. I'll never forget the films, TV, games, and fashion of the 80s. I'll also never forget the long summers with my walkman headphones on, listening to the radio and wishing I was old enough to get into the New Wave nightclubs. That would have rocked! Keep the spirit alive, and remember the great things about the 80s. And -- hey -- while you're at it, check out what my friends and I have done to bring a bit of the old 80s spirit back. You'll find tons of cool stuff on our web sites: www.blitter.com and www.MannequinDepressives.com Cheers! Oh, and Barry -- I think the song you're thinking of is called "Friends of Mr. Cairo" by Jon Anderson (of Yes) and Vangelis.
From: Nebulous

I LOVE THE 80'S!! THEY ROCK MY SOCKS!! i love the music and dancing and especially....THE CLOTHES!! i wish it was the 80's again!!
From: lindsey

The 80's Are Very Hot And Sexy,i Love Evreything About It The Fashoin,even Videos And Music,also In Evrey Decade And Evreybody Is Beutiful And Sexy.but The 80's Were Great.

The Sexist Decade With Gorgous Hot On Your Coller Artists.

Well...I'll do a summary. I loved the 80's because of The Cure, John Cusack, Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars :) and of course the rockin' cartoons. The 80s' pop culture will reign forever!!!
From: Becca C.

I was born in 1986 but let me tell you something I love the 80s! Movies, Music, TV, You name it! On night at church one of my friends from youth group said that I was stuck in the 80s. and he's right! I like to collect old 80s TV Guides but I don't know where to find them but Ebay. I cannot stand the 90s My parents divorced in 1990. I am sick and tired of all this junk Ricki Lake, Sally Jessy Rafael, and junk! MTV SUCKS! Even my father can't stand it! Speaking of which any of you with Vintage MTV, or America's Top 10, or Night Tracks Please email me and let's set up a trade! Jamey Greek
From: Jamey Greek

From being lucky enough to see the greatest band of the time, Van Halen, in my home town of Manchester in the UK,in 1980, to getting married in July,1990 (well just missed out by 7 months!), and all the mad times in between;- the music, fashion, attitude, PARTIES,Stadium Rock, Jilly's rock club on a Saturday night,THE MULLET...Gone but definately not forgotten!, ROCK ON THE EIGHTIES!!
From: Chris McDonagh

I was born in 1980 and I have so many great memories of my childhood. The music videos of that era were so original, MTV and VH1 actually PLAYED videos - yikes! It was such a fresh, original medium - in the early days some of the bands had no idea what they were doing, they just made them up as they went along. They had concept videos (like a movie where the band got to "act" interspersed with them performing their songs). The bands had such a great look back then! No one interesting looking these days except Madonna (always and forever a fan). I loved the fashions! I remember wearing big giant hoop earrings, gold spray glitter in my hair, legwarmers, bright neon colors, blue eyeshadow, jelly shoes and bracelets, rows and rows of bangles, and my Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox. In 1987/88 Beverly Hills Teens was my favorite cartoon. I still have most of the episodes on tape to this day. I also liked Thundercats, Transformers, Galaxy High, He-Man and She-Ra, Rainbow Brite, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Smurfs (who could forget the Smurfs?), Hugga Bunch, Popples, Punky Brewster, Jem, you name it, I had it as a toy or saw the cartoon on TV. And Fraggle Rock - I LOVED Fraggle Rock! Since I was so young when most of the music came out, I rediscovered the great 80s sound. I love to collect 80s pop/New Wave music on vinyl and watch 80s movies. It was the last decade for really good music. A lot of music now sounds the same - it's so boring! I even "brainwashed" my mom into liking cool 80s music - now she tapes all these videos from VH1 Classic - soon she will have more 80s videos on tape than I will! I wish John Hughes would come back and make those teen-angst movies like Breakfast Club where the kids are cool and the parents/authority figures look stupid. I loved watching TV shows like Family Ties and The Facts of Life. I miss Devo and their red flower-pot hats. I miss the New Wave style of music with choppy beats, pumping bass lines, synthesizers, and robotic vocals. In the 90s I went through my teen years, but I still remained "stuck" in the 80s. People used to tease me because I listened to the "old school" music and dressed up 80s sometimes at school. I even went through a phase where I wore one earring because Jennifer from Family Ties wore only one earring to impress the in-crowd at school, remember that episode? I love New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Madonna (even her new stuff), The Style Council (UK folks will know that band), Swing Out Sister (considered later 80s, but they are still making music today), Bangles, Go-Gos, Duran Duran, ABC, Squeeze (the "Hourglass" video ROCKS!), too many to name here! I remember trips with my parents in our silver Ford LTD station wagon. I remember in 1988 my friend Lisa and I rode to Disneyland in style - in her dad's company limo! We also saw some important historical events, like the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. I remember in 4th grade my teacher had a little piece of the Berlin Wall and we all handed it to each other to look at it. Even though those days are long gone, I will always have my memories. 80s FOREVER!!!
From: Corinne Paris aka New Wave Girl 1980

Because the eighties have exclusive rights to phrases like "beat the living crap out of". Awesome!!!!
From: Tracy

I liked the eighties because people had fun. Teenagers were teenagers and had less worries, the videos were expressive . I remember as a kid and watching my teenage brother and sister they were excited to go the pizza parlor and hang out at the mall. I miss those tiems. The videos today are more serious. I wish they could lighten up and let kids be kids . Fashion definately made a statement everyone was individual and ideas were fresh and new. Peace!
From: Milla

2 words.... JOHN HUGHES...before he did Home Alone and family oriented movies. I loved Weird Science and Sixteen Candles...they had an innocence and didn't throw all that sex and violence in your face to get to the point. Even though it might have been a little cheesy at times it set the standard for teen movies.
From: jeanette

The 80's are so cool. I am glad I could do a report in school about it. I can't believe that the clothes are comin' back. My mom saved all her clothes too. I could wear them.
From: Sunni Daze

I love the 80s! I was born in 1984. I wish I had been born about 15 years earlier. I remember the cute cartoons and funny shows on television, the neon-colored clothes I wore and the cutest toys available in stores. :) The music, the movies, the videogames, the clothing, the make-up from the 80s.. it's simply the best! I love it :D
From: Lein

The Eighties Was Good And Bad For Me. My Parents Passed Away In Eighty Eight, But I Met And Fell In Love With The Best Person In The World.. She A Eighty Five Senior, Im A Eighty Four Senior. We Both Love The Eighty.. Great Memories Of The Eightys They Rock!!!! Long Live The Eightys.

...breakdancing, electro, michael jackson, grange hill, hot 80's summers with swimming pools, the pudding bowl haircuts that my brothers had, the scientists working in calafornia on the latest microchip technology, green hills, back to the future, early neighbours episodes, and too much decent music to go into. A feeling more than a decade.......Peace.
From: Joseph

I LOVE POPPLES! Like, besides, New Kids, they were the best thing ever! If anyone knows where I can find a Popples steering wheel cover, PLEASE let me know. I still sleep with my Popples sheet and pillow cases so the steering wheel cover would be PERFECT! Also - in the 80's we still lived in L.A. and not in the crappy state of Missouri - boy do I miss those days!
From: Johnna

Wow, I don't even know where to start. The 80s were awesome. I was born in '82 and I remember the 80s perfectly. It was a terrific time to be a kid. The music and the clothing styles were cool. I especially loved the cartoons growing up. I watched 80s shows like Smurfs, Care Bears, Fraggle Rock, Transformers, He-Man and Ghostbusters all the time. Those cartoons were perfect for kids' entertainment. I remember Ronald Reagan as the very first president I ever saw on t.v. He was really neat to me as a child and still is. If I had to choose my very favorite childhood year during the 80s (and it's not an easy choice), I would choose 1986 as my fave year because my family and I did lots of fun activities that year, plus I saw lots of great cartoons. The 80s were a wonderful time.
From: jon

I was born in 1983 and I still remember the 80's like it was yesterday. I remember: putting my hair off to the side in a pony tale, mom dressing me in those sturrup pants for winter. I remember tying my t-shirt in a knot because that was the latest style - I also remember that having a hole in your jeans (the knee) was soooo cool. I had dressed up as a California Rasin in grade 1. I still have a few little things from the 80's. Such as popples, my little pony dolls, a cabbage patch doll mom gave me when I was 2 - I still have a tape of the mini-pops, New Kids on the Block (the right stuff), and I even have Barbie and the Rockers, and Vanilla Ice. The tv shows I used to watch were: Rainbow Brite, Carebears, Smurfs, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Romper Room (I see Anna and Ryan.....), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Wuzzles (a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and when you add it up, you get a lot of laughs), Flinstones, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, Woody Woodpecker, the show called, "Out of this world", Sesame Street, and last but not least, the Fred Penner Show. I absolutely loved the 80's, but I wouldn't want to go back. Things change.
From: Erin

I was just surfing the net and came upon this 80's sight. After reading some of the posts I started remebering things I had not thought about in years. I was born in 1970,(that part I remeber) I had forgotten all the cool bands and fads from that decade. I remeber sitting in my 4th or 5th grade class and watching MTV for the first time. Our teacher let us watch history in the makeing. I also remeber the slang we used back then. I use to surf a lot when I was a teen and we used slang words and phrases like "knarly dude", "RAD", "Stoked". There were many more but I just forgot what they were. Gosh, I remeber the popular surf name brands back then. Stuff like Rip Curl, Gotcha, O.P. and Lightning Bolt. The music was great; bands like Iron Madin, Scorpians,Black Flag. To bands like Tears For Fears, REM, New Order, Depetch Mode, Thomson Twins, The Cure and a whole lot of other bands. All the 80's bands defined that decade and open doors for many styles of music today. Break Dance music open doors for rap for example. Only, Rap wasen't as violent in the 80's as it is now, at least as far as I can remember. It's good to know so many younger people are jumping in on the 80's experiance. It's never too late to join in on all the coolness and fun of that decade even today. Hang loose and stay stoked people because the 80's live on!
From: Zeke

i like the 80's because i really like the cloths
From: kayla

This is one page of many, check out the intro at Why I Love The 80s where you can add your own memories as well.