Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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There are many reason to love the 80's! The 80's was the last decade where one was able to be original whether it be through fashion, music or style in general. One reason it died took place in the early 90's with Nirvana taking the "Alternative" lifestyle and making it acceptable to frat guys. After that, everyone got tatoos, piercings, etc. The only way to be original nowadays is to literally tatoo your face, split your tongue or something else drastic. I remeber being inspired by seeing brand new things, ideas, fashion & music. Musically speaking, there were so many different new and exciting genres emerging (Hip Hop, Techno, Alternative, New Wave, Industrial, etc)I believe that creativity is being hindered at the moment by all of this sameness & pre packaged processed ideas. There are always exceptions, but look at where music, film, tv and even self expression are at. So many of today's bands are put together by some old guys in suits, who decide what we are sold based on looks and entertainment value. I feel extremely fortunate to have had my teen age years during the 80's. The last great decade of creativity (my opinion).
From: chris

The 1980s...a time that was as fleeting and evanescent as youth itself. I love the 80s because I was an arcade hound in my youth, wandering rapturously though the neon-drenched crystal palaces that were the classic arcdes of the early to mid 1980s. What joyful innocence - a pocketful of quarters or arcde tokens, the keys to entering flashing arenas of optical adventures and sensational soundscapes. I still remember the sights and, yes, even the smells of the classic arcades and the now legendary games that lined their walls... In so many ways, that era was a time of contradictions, emerging from unhurried, unhasty modes of living, when quainter rhythms prevailed. 1980s Arcade games were a symbolic microcosm of that transitional period, the unheralded precursors to life at the speed of light. If I had a time machine, my first destination would be an arcade, circa 1981-1984.
From: Elan Levitan

Growing Pains, Famiy Ties, Punky Brewster, Charles in Charge, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Smurfs, The Bernstein Bears, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teddy Ruxpin, Fraggle Rock, Pippi Longstocking, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Mr. Belvedere, The Hug-a-Bunch Dolls, My Buddy, Cabbage Patch, Skip-It, Etch-a-Sketch, The View Master, Hoola Hoops, Sweat Bands, bright colored clothes, big earrings, holes in your pants, jelly bracelets, and all the classic 80's music are a few things that make the 80's decade the best ever!
From: Rachel

Three words: "It's a Knockout!"
From: Daniel Raffaele

I graduated from HS in 1980. In my opinion the music that was made between 1978 and 1985 was some of the best EVER. I couldn't even begin to make a "top ten" list of 80's songs, but ten favorites are: 1. Now The Plimsouls 2. Rock and Roll Girl Paul Collins' Beat 3. Out of Control U2 4. Sooner or Later Huey Lewis & the News 5. What's He Got? The Producers 6. Senses Working Overtime XTC 7. Someday Someway Marshall Crenshaw 8. Another Nail for My Heart Squeeze 9. Melt With You Modern English 10. Second Choice Any Trouble You didn't hear a lot of this on the radio but that was half the fun.
From: Glenn

I'm 37 years old and have lived through three full decades of music that I can remember. Nothing has touched the 80's uptempo pop feel. I still listen to all my 'albums' and have now converted most of them to CD format. I have only bought a few CD's over the past few years of new artists. Haven't been able to find any I like as much as groups like Pet Shop Boys and Erasure.
From: Suzan

The 80's was a coming of age time for me. I joined the Navy in 82 and was stationed in Hawaii and California from 83-86. All the great music and going out to clubs dancing and partying!!! What a great time to be a young adult!! Did I mention that the drinking age in Hawaii was 18 then?!?! Ha-ha!! If only I had a time machine......
From: Tim

I was born in 1972, so the 80's was my playground so to speak!! Battlestar Galactica, and the best ever "V"!! Love that movie. That's when collars were up and pants were "tacked".. it was fashionable to wear socks with pumps and to wear your sweatpants mid calf. ha! Fame and Flashdance was the craze! The bigger, danglier the earrings the better! The 80's were a time though often tried to be imitated, something that you can never do again. It was awesome... Love it!!!
From: Jazz

Man, I wish it was the 80s right now. The 2000s totally suck. Life was better back then. You can have a party without a drive-by shooting happening. Zion( a suburb north of Chicago)was better. The toys were cooler than toys today, most of them did not require batteries. I like the TV shows and movies of the 80s like Back to the Future(1,2&3),Howard the duck, Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, Dreamscape, Goonies, Fast Times at Ridgemont High,Runaway Train,Valley Girl, Earth Girls are Easy, and many more.The TV shows I like are Gimme a Break, Knightrider, Perfect Strangers, the old school He-man, Miami Vice, Cagney&Lacey,Dallas, Smurfs,Snorks, CHiPs, Family Ties,the Dukes of Hazzard,MTV when it had videos,and many others. TV nowadays sucks, it is nothing but crap, and they are constanly repeating the same old stuff. Life was better back then.Life was better back then.Zion( a suburb north of Chicago)was better. You can have a party without a drive-by shooting happening. The KKK didn't live in Zion. Riding your bike around Zion was easier. If you went down the streets in Zion in the 80s and early 90s there would be kids outside all over the place playng and having fun and teenagers being out late at night without getting shot. If you're in Zion nowadays no one is outside any more(most kids today are confined to their back yard or outside with parental supervision so the don't get abducted), you can get hijacked on your bike, there's even an 11:00pm curfew for anyone under 18, and it's like you have to wear a bullet proof vest to parties. What kind of bullsh*t is this? And the KKK lives next door to me. All I listen to is 80s music. I even tried to dress 80s, but everybody in school makes a statement. They don't believe me when I tell them that I'm trying to bring back the 80s. Unfortunately, I was born in 85 and I wish I could've been born 10-15 years earlier. Hopefully somebody will invent time travel, so I can go back to the 80s.
From: Billy Duncan

I was born in 1989. I have not lived through out the dacade, but the researches that I gone through made me feel as if I have. I undrestand that the head years were the hardest because of all the COLD WAR challenges. My family had faced lots of blue moments, and they are still not over! I gave very hard times to my mother, and everyone else who was there for me. Others wished that I would've died because I was a girl. Today I'm 15. I'm almost perfect in everything. Sooner or later everyone who's only hope was I were glad that I was alive, and totally regret what they had once wished.

I was an Army Brat in the 80's so I lived in different places. One of them was Germany. What I remember most about the 80's as a child is that I felt safe. I didn't know about the dangers of the world. oh yeah and my pink Converses and matching pink denim jacket. (Remember Punky Brewster?). I dressed pretty good for a 2nd grader.
From: KelliAnn

The eighties were possibly the best years ever!! Who doesn't remember parachute pants, triple layers of socks, high top sneakers, and bangle bracelets up both arms?? Movies of today can't compete with the great ones from the eighties...Sixteen Candles, Footloose, The Breakfast Club, Top Gun, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. And let's not forget Flashdance!! Cartoons can never be topped either! How can you top the Care Bears, The Smurfs, Strawberry Shortcake, He-Man, and Ghostbusters?! More greats from the eighties...Nintendo, Atari, The Goonies, the A-Team, G.I. Joe, Gabbage Patch Dolls, and Mr. T. And unforgettable is what could quite possibly be the best car from the eighties...THE IROC-Z!! And the music...Motley Crue, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, and Run DMC!! It all came together with the the once great MTV!! The eighties is the decade everyone wishes they could have grown up in!!
From: Sarah

I was born in 1972, and let me tell you how awesome the 80's were. I have three children now and if they only knew how things were before. Everyone got along, music was great, my parents were not afraid to let me go somewhere. And kids didn't talk to their parents with attitude.
From: Thurley

Well... The music ; Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Bon Jovi ; everything rocked! The movies ; Back to the future ; Star Wars ; Ferris Bueller...Dukes of Hazard on TV... The fashion was so cool! I was wearing Levi's jeans with Doc Martens boots and a Perfecto leather jacket! Even cute skinny girls were wearing spandex stirrup pants and leggings... WOW!!! AH!! Those long and silky legs in stirrup pants that my girlfriend used to wear!!! Girls had also cool sexy make-up! I really miss the eighties...
From: Ben Williams

I was born in 85'. i never really was old enough to soak up the 80's then but there are so many things from the 80's that i relish now. 80's movies and cartoons can never be beatin.Top-Gun, ferris beuller's day off, the breakfast club, back to the future,A nightmare on elm streetthunder cats, ghostbusters, transformers, G.I Joes,He-man, and the smurfs. Not to forget the sports. the greatest running back in hostory( walter payton) and the greatest basket ball player ever( michael jordan). Not to forget mike tysons dominating years. the 80's were great. I just wish that i could go back as a teenager so i could have lived and enjoyed the 80's then instead of having to do it now.
From: Trevor k Waugh#32

I Was Born In 1959. So, I Lived Through Over 4 Decades. The Best Decade Was The 1980's. Everything About The 1980's Was Cool. Music Of The 1980's Being The Most Important, Was The Best. I Have Alot Of Memories Of The 1980's. I Would Love To Relive That Decade If We Could. There Werent The Problems Like There Are Today. I Live The Century Stinks. Feel Free To Email Me To Chat About The 1980s'.
From: PAM

I was born in 1981, so I got to experience a great deal of the 80's. Just recently I decided to go back and make my own list of "You know you're an 80's child if..." The amount of info I got was amazing. Memories of my childhood came flooding back to me. I remember all the toys we had, such as skip-it, pogo balls, and roller-racers. Children still played OUTSIDE, and used their imagination. Very few children stayed inside all day, infront of a TV playing videogames. The TV shows were much better too. Classics like Care Bears, My Little Pony, Fraggle Rock and Rainbow Brite. Then you had the shows not everyone remembers, Land of the Lost, Salute Your Shorts, Hey Dude, and You Can't Do that on Television. The movies rocked. I was too young to watch most of them, but I go though my mom's old movie collection and get to watch movies such as Back to the Future, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Breakfest Club. The styles are really un-forgetable. I can remember going to my early years of school in nothing but neon pants, puff painted T-shirts (along with T-shirt ring), neon convers, and my hair crimped (with a lot of hair spray). Recess was filled with jump-rope, wall ball, and making gimp keychains or friendship bracelets. MTV still played music videos (my mom said every time she would turn on MTV I would sing along to every song even though I was only 2 or 3). I loved Madonna and Paula Abdul. Even the food was better. Every cartoon had their own cereal. Kids Meals had much better toys. To me the 80's were the best years. I sit back and can remember more of the 90's, but wish I didn't. If I could go back to the 80's I would, just to get more Care Bears (lol)
From: Dawn

I enjoyed the 80's in my younger years.I was merely a teen but it was some of the greatest times in my life.I remember one summer in 85 when some friends and i got a little durnk and drove around our town square backwards.We did this just for the fun of it. It was all fun and games untill we got arrested."Good Times".Many great movies came out in the 80's movies like "Top Gun", "Nigtmare on Elm Street", "Ferris Buellers Day Off" and so on.There were many great cartoons in this time as well such as "Thundercats", "The Smurfs","He-Man","Care-bears"and so on.Well all im saying is that there was many good things about the 80's.Im glad i was around for it.
From: hunsucker77

I was born in 1981 so I'm pretty young but I do remember the 80's. Who can forget Silly Putty, crawling spider that you throw on the wall, Care Bears, paint splattered jeans, jeans with the knees ripped out, Michael Jackson, Chic, My Two Dads, Small Wonder, banana clips,Pizza Party board game, Hungry Hippo, Nintendo(which I didn't get until 92)He-Man and She-ra. My dad was He-man and I was She-ra.I wnated to be friends with Rudy from the Cosby show.Life was fun in the 80's.
From: Denise

You need to ask? I was born 1964. When th "real" 80's hit I graduated 82'. What times were ahead of me. The greatest music of ever. The greatest styles. Still innocent compared to today, but still ahea of the 70's, dancing, lot's of wild girls to fall in love with, lots of fun. Met the love of my life then and blew it, but had the greatest fun of my life from 85 to 89. When I die my idea od heaven will be to be sent back to then (85 or so) and live it over and over.In my 20's, the world was our oyster, GOD, I can't get over the music. Still wear my Jordache jeans but they are hard to find. Acid wash is impossible. Still use hair spray, but can't find high top Reeboks anymore. Dancing,Dancing, DANCING! Moonlighting was boss, the greatest. In the 80's girls were honest, and the best. Everything was new and meant something. Life started sucking about 1992. If there was ever a way to invest in a time machine, I'm in for a million. Take me back to 83' or 85'.
From: Ben White

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.