Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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.

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Oh yeah, and for all those who live in the UK, remember the old massive 5p's, 10p's and 50p's? And remember Opal Fruits?! Pah to Starburst!
From: wing

In was born in 1987. Man what an awesome year for the 80s. In a way it was in the height of the 80s dynasty. Though I can't really remember a whole lot from the 80s (I have a few short memories of being a toddler in the 80s, haha) I have a lot in common with it, like the kind of music I listen to. Def Leppard, Night Ranger, Huey Lewis and the News, and so on. There are so many bands, and most rock! The trends were awesome too. Skateboarding old school style, Atari (which I own a 7800 and have over 40 games). The movies, like Back to the Future, PeeWee's Big Adventure, The Goonies, Secret to My Success, This is Spinal Tap, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, and on and on and on....... Go 80s... exclusively signed - an kid of the 80s!
From: Ryan

Hey all... I was born in 1986 so I don't have much of an idea about the 80s, so I need your help!! I'm going to a 21st birthday party in a month or so, and I've been given the theme of "80's punk"-what do I wear?! Some suggestions from friends include fishnet stockings, short tartan skirts.. any other suggestions?? Thanks heaps guys!
From: Jess

Well, I was only alive in the 80s for 11 days. But, I'm so obsessed! I wear leg warmers and Doc Marten's and I really dress the part. My friends laugh at me, and people stare a lot, but I don't care. That was the GREATEST decade! I'm also really into 80s bands like The Cure and The Clash. I stole all my mom's old records! C ya!
From: Jennifer

I was born in 1978, so I got to enjoy the glory days of the 80s. Everything, from music to clothes to food to people to lifestyles...oh man, EVERYTHING...was just simply brilliant. Life was just so good back then. Everything was just simple and easy-going. I miss the old days and thinking about how the passage of time can alter what was once a beautiful lifestyle you took for granted into just sweet memories now gets me sad. I can still remember my first Nintendo system haha and how much hours I used to spend playing Mario Bros, Castlevania, Metroid, Zelda etc etc. Or how me and my friends would dance out on the streets like Michael Jackson singing Bad, Thriller, and Billie Jean all together. Hahaha - oh life was just so good!! We had no internet back then, but who cared anyway about chatting and all that stuff? Heck, we had so many activities on our hands and so little time to fill doing all those great things that even if we had Internet I doubt we'd have had the time for it! I loved my Atari...playing PacMan and Space Invaders. None of this 3D crap, eye-tiring crap they now have for video games hahahaa. My first movie experience in a cinema was Rambo. Sylvester Stallone just rocked back then!! Oh I better stop before I get all mushy here now....*sigh* what wonderful times. I wish the 80s were back!
From: Ali

I was born in 1968, so I was a teen in the 80s. I was really into music videos. MV3 was great - a local channel showed that and new wave videos 24 hrs a day - so I was able to see early videos from Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, etc. When MTV started, I'd go to a friend's house and all we did was stare @ MTV. The only fashion fads I took part in were Izod polos - I could only afford one so I picked my favorite color and wore that often. Sometimes I'd stick the collar up (ew). I'd wear polos under my sweatshirts - sometimes w/the collar up. We had big flat rectangular combs with a picture on one end (mine was an ice cream cone) that we'd stick in our back pocket. You had to make sure that everyone could see the picture. When our family got Atari we played it all day, all night for months. I made an Atari log book where we'd record high scores. I figured out how to go on forever in Pac Man - I followed the same path over & over and could never be eaten. So, that game got boring. I loved Adventure, Pitfall, and Kaboom! We had a lot of iron-on shirts made - I had one with Pac Man pictures on it that said "Pac Man Fever!" That was a popular song then. I also liked to watch "Square Pegs".
From: Heather

I am a total fan of the 80s. I was born in the early 80s. I remember watching the Smurfs, Care Bears and all of the other wonderful cartoons of that time. The cartoons of that time rule over the cartoons of today. And the music was unbelievable. It was the best music of all time. I wish that was all the music that we had because today's music really sucks. And remember the clothes and the hair styles? It was a time when nobody cared about having to have a beautiful body and awesome clothes. You were just yourself. And remember tight rolling the bottom of you pants with the colored push down socks. That was the time. Now we live in a corrupted time where our children are starving themselves and stealing to try to meet the demands of being skinny and wearing the perfect clothes. What has the world come to? Why couldn't it be the 80s all over again?
From: Lynette

The 80s were the greatest era ever! I love the 60s and 70s for the music, but I just don't think you can beat the 80s as far as everything else goes. I so miss the 80s. The films were excellent (unlike today) and so was the music (unlike today) and so was the fashion (unlike today), which rips off God knows how much from them!
From: Kelly

I loved the 80s because it was a great time to be a teen. Also because of CHiPs and Erik Estrada!
From: Anita

I wasn't born in the 80s, i was born in 1991, but I wanted to share this because of my father. My dad was like an 80s jockey, he smothered me with all of his 80s music, when he was deployed to Iraq(yes, he's in the army) he went to an electronics store, and sent me a boxload of 80s movies, and CDs. The night he sent me that, I watched all the movies, the Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont high, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Predator, Aliens, The Running Man, etc. And I stayed up listening to Billy Idol, Van Halen, Boyz 2 Men, Kool and the Gang, and a whole lot of new wave 80s. I honestly hate all the new music coming out. My school recently had a dance, and they played with a whole lot of crappy slow rap music, and nobody knew how to dance, they did weird moves , like jumping up and down, and moving left and right, slooooowly. Everybody dresses like they're sloppy kings. Me, I dress 80s style, and I honestly dont care what other people think, because I'm acting the generation that I missed out on. Plus, nobody dances cool, my dad is currently teaching me how to really dance, (kinda like from Flashdance, or Footloose). I do sooooooo wish that I was born in the 80s, maybe things woulda been better for my time.
From: Anthony C. Domeier

I miss the 80s! I was in high school and into mostly into "New Wave" - Blondie, The Cars, B52's, Devo, etc. All the 80s music was great - new and fun to dance to! Everything was about style and fun. Going to "Rocky Horror" was popular and something different. Looking different (hairstyles, etc) was also cool. For a while I wore my hair ultra short and spiked on top. Miss it.
From: Kallin Curry

I was not born in the 80s...I didn't make it by 2 years (I was born in 91) but I love everything about it, even though I wasn't actually there. I love the music, lingo, clothes, movies, just everything! I especially like the rock from the 80s and I think the music from the 80s is so much better than anything on the radio today (with exception of Velvet Revolver which is basically Guns N' Roses-whom I am totally obsessed with-without Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin). My mom is always telling me I should have been born 15 years earlier.
From: Paige

I like the 80s for a number of reasons. I don't think I will like or love any other period of my life as much. I was in school, there was rock music, the greatest rock bands like Guns n' Roses, Skid Row to name a few were formed. My dad was around and I did not give a darn about the world. There was less traffic in my hometown and less pollution. Long hair was in. The stupid boy bands who suck were not there. I hope someone invents a time machine in my lifetime so I can go back.
From: Brian (Bp's) - Bombay - India

I love the 80s!!! I'm almost 17 and go to a boarding school. Me and my roommate listen to 80s music all the time and watch 80s movies too. Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, A-Ha, Pat Benatar, Real Genius, Heathers, everything 80s. My siblings are almost 10 years older than me so I grew up with the 80s all around me.
From: Lesley

Being that we've been sort of force-fed to relive the 1980s with the VH1: I Love The 80's series and countless DVDs focusing on 1980s TV series, I have become extremely nostaglic of those olden days. There was a time where it seemed not all that long ago that I was a kid in the 80s. I actually at one time detested the 1980's. I refused to listen to 80s music and wear any clothes resembling 80's looks. I just thought it was a horrible time for both of those fads. Yet, when I began watching the I Love the 80s series, I began to feel a little bit of warmth for those days and even feeling as if they passed me way too quickly to even appreciate the childhood I had. I was born in early 1982, so I guess I was fairly an early 80's child as compared to the mid-decade 80's kids who can't quite remember all that much from that decade. I think some of my earliest memories start in late 1985. I remember getting Christmas gifts including a She-Ra castle, some Cabbage Patch Kids, and magic sets. Some of my first musical memories were listening to my Dad's oldies. I remember that the car my Dad had from the 1970s was pretty cool because that was considered "recent." One of my brother's best friends had a brother who had a girlfriend who was rich enough to own a Corvette. And we all know Corvettes were the coolest, raddest thing ever! Especially a RED one! I remember going to our Metro 4 Movie theatre and thinking that having 2 screens was a big deal! Our other two theatres were build in the 1930s and the 1950s. One was called the Stamm and looked like something you'd see from that time. Now the Stamm is just a faded light from it's former golden days. No longer does the neon lights flash in the sky of the downtown of our city. The El Campinal was our other theatre. It was also a 1 screen theatre built in the 1930s. Now it's a playhouse. And as for the Metro 4, it was shut down in the early 1990's and replaced by Hollywood Video. I remember reading tabloids about the death of Christina Onassis in 1987. I remember the big deal about the end of the USSR and West and East Germany reuniting as one. I remember playing on a Apple Macintosh was an extreme privlidge because hardly anyone I knew owned one, or even a computer at that. For those of you who missed the 1980s or wished you had grown up in that decade, don't worry. Soon enough you'll be missing the days of the 1990s and wondering where all that time went (I'm still thinking that!). I often wish I had grown up in the 1960s or 1970s because it seemed like such a timeless era and so full of remarkable cultural changes, but now looking back to the 1980s, I can still reflect that it had it's own specialness to it - and in a sense that specialness may be hard to ever recover.
From: Kristen

I have listened to New Wave, Industrial, Gothic, and of course the real Punk for over 25 years now. And I would love to talk and rekindle the days with some new blokes on here. ALL THE BEST, Timin.
From: Timin Forker

I love the 80s because everything made in the 80s was made best. All the TV shows are out again and all our toys from Popples to Pogo Ball are all coming back. One thing I remember from my childhood is the Snorkles and Care Bears. Even the Smurfs are all back in the lineup for kids to watch everyday. The good old 80s. Now that was life done right!
From: La Shell James

I never lived in the 80s, but it seemed to kick butt! I am gonna bring it back, so any ideas on clothes or whatever, I am trying to find as much as I can. Thanks!
From: Adelle

I was born early 1966, so I turned 14 in 1980 and 23 in 1989. As far as world events go, the decade started on a sour note (the Iranian Hostage Situation) and it ended on a much higher note than we ever could have anticipated (our jaws dropped at the Fall of the Berlin Wall, and the demise of communism in eastern Europe). It was a fantastic decade for music, I can't think of a decade, other than the 50s, that had such an impact on the nature of music, the songs are timeless. The clothing styles in retrospect were quite tacky, I distinctly remember that Feathered Hair was *big* and (for females) a form of the miniskirt made somewhat of a comeback, as did pumps, which I have always liked. (for men) I remember later in the decade, pink shirts for men were all the rage I remember having a pink polo shirt myself, and the IZOD alligator was inescapable. Automobiles were memorable, but not for very good reasons. Yes, the K-Car saved Chrysler, but you have to admit, that is one company that had some shoddy workmanship, virtually everyone I remember that owned either a Dodge Omni or a Plymouth Horizon had nothing but trouble with those cars, and when I see one still on the road, my mouth practically gapes open. On the whole, I really enjoyed the decade, it was a wonderful time!
From: David P.

The eighties were amazing! I was born in '72. The make-up...I can't possibly imagine going to class now with all of that, like I did 20 years ago. I must have looked like a freak in my Madonna wannabe outfit and tons of make-up. LONG LIVE THE 80s!
From: Claire Anderson

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.