Why Are You An Eighties Fan?
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Despite being a one hit one for Fiction Factory, "Feels like Heaven" has to be the greatest 80s record ever made. I could listen to over and over again, and it just brings memories flooding back. Listening to it now in fact, along with another classic "Wishful Thinking" by China Crisis. The 80s mean a ton more as well, but this is a good start.
From: Darren Dilnott
I was born in 1980, and even if I don't remember my first years that clear, I feel like I belong to the 80s more than any other decade. No matter when you were born you will probably remember your childhood as the best time of your life. The 80's however was special in so many ways, a decade which more than any symbolizes the transition from a low tech to a high tech society. The user "gmpep3/Rob D" sums it up in a very good way: "those years were special...and of an innocent nature. I remember the Cold War, and technology just beginning to make it's breakthrough. My memories are of a time without computers...of outdoors and bigwheels and bmx bikes and playing in the local creakk and etc., where the world was the sun and bright green grasses and etc. Now, I see concrete and cars and competition and corruption. Is it perception, or simply that the 80s were special? Rob D." In addition I remember the toys, the music, the TV shows, the hip sports, the expressions, the breakfast cereals and that you spent more time with the ones you love. Nowadays people live hectic, act egoistic, are depressed and only see problems. Is it just me or were life easier and people happier in the 80s? No matter what, I will always remember my childhood years and the 80s with love, I hope you do the same. Thanks for listening! Fredrik (Sweden)
I so loved the eighties and still do. It was the decade of decadence. Everything was so over the top. The hair, the clothes, the make up. I got a perm and I curled my bangs up and teased my hair and sprayed it out at the sides so that it looked like I had wings or sometimes after I did the bangs, I would put my hair in a banana clip or a flourescent clip that looked like a butterfly which I would use to pull the sides of my hair up to the middle. I used Aqua Net by the gallon. I wore pink and blue eyeshadow with blue eyeliner and blue mascara. I wore crystal pale pink lip gloss and thought I looked so totally hot. And the clothes, well, like oh my god. Parachute pants, Farlow jeans/bubble gum jeans/stretch jeans. With two different color scrunch socks and Balloons sneakers or wrestling shoes or Keds or LA Gear sneakers. Or wearing ankle socks with heels. Or suede boots over stretch jeans or leggings. Those skirts with the biker shorts underneath. And the off the shoulder sweaters with big belts or cropped sweaters. Button down shirts with tails in back. Flourescent everything. Jelly shoes, bangle bracelets, long earring in one ear and stud in other, fingerless gloves, lace, alice bands, dresses with leggings underneath. Cavaricci's, Jordache, Farlow, B.U.M., Sassoon, Capezio, Bongo, etc. Shoulder pads. It was outstanding. Alf, Mork and Mindy, Bosom Buddies, Charles In Charge, Out of This World, Growing Pains, Who's The Boss, Head of The Class, Square Pegs,WKRP In Cincinatti, 21 Jump Street, Miami Vice, Star Search, Just The Ten Of Us, Hill Street Blues, E/R (not ER), FAME, Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Show, He-Man, She-ra, Transformers, Thunder Cats, Bionic Six, Snorks, Beverly Hills Teens, Kids Incorporated, and so much more. Poison, Motley Crue, Quiot Riot, Warrant, Enuff Z' Nuff, Ratt, Faster Pussycat, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Stryper, Trixter, Cinderella, Winger, Britny Fox, Twisted Sister, Vixen, Lita Ford, Pat Benetar. I was so going to marry Bret Michaels, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx or one of those other hair band hotties. I loved my Atari and my Commodore 64. I had a Pogo Ball, a Slip and Slide, a Kent scooter. I had beeds on the spokes of my Huffy ten speed. I had roller skates. I had all the Strawberry Shortcake dolls and loved the movie where she went to Big Apple City for the bake off. I had Care Bears and my brother had a Teddy Ruxpin and GI Joe. Barbie, Jem, Dolly Pops, Fashion Plates. Guys with mullets. There is so much more that I know I have left out, but it isn't the eighties anymore, and I am a working class dog, and must get back to work. The eighties was awesome, they were so much fun. I still love the eighties. You can take the girl out of the eighties, but you can't take the eighties out of the girl.
I was born in 1979, and even though I was sheltered as a child by my family, i remember a lot of good things about the 80's. A lot of things were creative back then...the music, t.v. shows, clothes, and etc. On saturday mornings i remember getting up early to watch the smurfs, alvin and the chipmunks, rainbow brite, strawberry shortcake, care bears, captain kangeroo, And Degressi Junior High. The good shows & movies from the 80's were E.T., The Muppets, The Care Bear Movie, Punky Brewster, Small Wonder, Mr. Belvedere, 227, Good Times, Rags to Riches, Annie, cartoons like Bambi and Dumbo, Snow White, Benson, Shera, The Littles, The knowles, The NeverEnding Story, & The Electric Grandmother. I remember fashions like the high heels with spandex, bubble gum pants in the bronx ( spandex with different colors ) , jelly shoes, Door Knocker Earrings, pants with a gray color on the front and black on the back. & Big Boom Boxes. I liked Slick Rick, Kwame, UTFO, Spoonie Gee, Biz Markie, Salt n Pepper, Run D MC, and breakdancing. I think that things in the 80's were alot more original, creative and fun. Also some of the commericials and songs from broadway, like "I love NY", & A lullaby on Broadway....
I was born in 1979, and even though I was sheltered as a child by my family, I remember a lot of good things about the 80s. A lot of things were creative back then...the music, TV shows, clothes, and etc. On Saturday mornings I remember getting up early to watch the Amurfs, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Captain Kangaroo, And Degrassi Junior High. The good shows & movies from the 80's were E.T., The Muppets, The Care Bear Movie, Punky Brewster, Small Wonder, Mr. Belvedere, 227, Good Times, Rags to Riches, Annie, cartoons like Bambi and Dumbo, Snow White, Benson, Shera, The Littles, The knowles, The NeverEnding Story, & The Electric Grandmother. I remember fashions like the high heels with spandex, bubble gum pants in the bronx ( spandex with different colors ) , jelly shoes, Door Knocker Earrings, pants with a gray color on the front and black on the back. & Big Boom Boxes. I liked Slick Rick, Kwame, UTFO, Spoonie Gee, Biz Markie, Salt n Pepper, Run D MC, and breakdancing. I think that things in the 80's were alot more original, creative and fun. Also some of the commericials and songs from broadway, like "I love NY", & A Lullaby on Broadway....
OK, I was born in 1989. This sux vecause I didn't get to live in the 80s! But my mom and dad did - they were 60s babys, so they lived their teen years in the 80s! This is something that I wish I could have done! But I consider myself an 80s person because I grew up with all the 80s stuff, not to mention music! OMG, I love 80s music!!!! I hate this latest generation of music! I hate the trends of today. I dress, listen, and live in the 80s! The one thing I LOVE most about the 80s was HAIR METAL!!! And I'm lucky enough to have hair like that today! Yeah!!! Even though I didn't grow up in the 80s, I still love that era! People say that I'm in the wrong era and that I belong in the 80s. Yep... they're right!!! RAD!!!
From: Jessica Rosas
I was born in 1975. One of the best parts about the 80s is that no matter how bad things got at the time, you always knew that all would turn out well, and it always did. That's because the 80s had an energy in the air that was fantastic! You could simply step outside in the morning & inhale it's wonder & magnificence! You know how people say "you only realize how gret it was until it's gone? Well, God as my witness,I absolutely knew at the time that life was awesome almost everyday and that each moment could last forever. Thank God for the 80s! j
I was born in 1975. I've been obssessed with the 80s since the 80s (that's right, since the 80s). My star sign is SCORPIO, and true to my sign, I've been trying to penetrate the mysteries and wonder of that glorious decade. I've been studying astral travel and time travel for quite some time and one day I finally got to project my mind/spirit to the place where I grew up and I was walking down the passage of a building and trying to touch the walls. Then I heard some strange laughter. I did not know where it was coming from. I then started getting scared and aborted the "mission". It lasted for less than a minute. I only managed to do this once back in 2000. You have to be spiritually evolved to do something like that or you could have a frightening experience. Nowadays I use music and movies to take me back in time, such as Love Changes Everything by Climie Fisher, Last Christmas by Wham!, Take On Me by Aha, True Blue by Madonna, and many more. Movies such as Mannequin, Secret Of My Success, and others.
It's so funny to see all of the kids born in 1988 talking about the 80s. I hate that you missed it--it truly was the best time to be a teenager. I was born in 1970 and was 12 and 13 years old when all of the really good stuff started happening. MTV's first days, New Wave music, the Valley Girl phenomena (if you haven't seen the movie you are not a real fan of all things 80s--it is absolutely the best and has the best soundtrack of all time. The other 80s movies that are more well known are great too, but they don't hold a candle to Valley Girl). Everyone in my school had big hair, and really wore the Valley girl striped shirts and mini-skirts. I had leg warmers AND parachute pants (yes, even girls wore them). Girls now are so stylish and put together in high school, but I think our style, while goofy looking now, was so great in retrospect. The 80s was such a "movement"--everyone dressed b/c of the music of the time--New Wave, Punk, Madonna, Hair Band, etc--which is so cool. I recently downloaded all of the songs from the Valley Girl soundtrack on to my Zen Touch, and had to laugh...when Valley Girl first came out, I was still making tapes (Remember pressing the "stop" button at just the right time, everyone?)and was nowhere near owning a computer. I had a typewriter in college in 1989 for God's sake! And still, all these years later, that music from Valley Girl is still the absolute best. The Plimsouls? Sparks? Johnny are you Queer, and Eaten by the Monster of Love?? Are you kidding me?? So awesome. Totally, totally, totally.
From: A Ro
Why do I love the 80s? First of all, I was born in the mid 70's. Secondly, let's be honest with ourselves folks. The music in the late 60s & 70's had more depth, alot of it was about peace & anti-war. The 90s saw the rise of rap music also being anti-system. In the 21st century we have good music and some crap music too. BUT the 80s music for the most part did not care for all of the above. Madonna was singing Holiday and getting into the groove. Belinda Carlisle wanted heaven to be a place on earth. All that Whitney Houston wanted to do was to dance with somebody. Prefab Sprouts told us that somethings hurt more than Cars & Girls. Cyndi Lauper just wanted to have fun. Kim Wilde made us all wish that we were Kids In America. My point is that the music of the 80s reflected what our state of consciousness was at the time and that was about innocence, enjoying life & new adventures. That's why I love the 80s! Does anyone know where I can find the tv series DO OVER on DVD? It's about a 34 year old guy who accidentally gets transported 20 years back to the 80s. He gets to relive & redo his teen years. Don't we all wish?
To me the 80s was like how hippies were to the 60s - dedicated to their time and always informing the younger people what it was like in the old days. Also, to me the 80s was about rock music and low graphic video games, and of course classic TV. I still have an original NES and it works! I still miss old Nickelodeon. Who remembers You Can't Do That on Television or Double Dare? I'm slowly but surely collecting the old shows on DVD such as Super Mario Bros Super Show and The Legend of Zelda. Also uou should not feel bad about remembering your childhood or school life of the 80s. Who remembers being in grade school and watching Fat Albert or The Letter People? Remember Computer class in school with the Apple IIe's? Who remembers The Oregon Trail or Word Munchers?
From: Gregory Mazurkiewicz
OK, I have to admit that officially, I'm a child of the 70s being born in 1958, but the 80s were the most enjoyable and memorable time of my life! As a 20 something, I had to suffer through the disco years and very boring music. In the late 70s, that changed with a wild new band from CA called Van Halen! I remember the music from the 80s as being so diverse and unique. Arena Rock, Hair Metal, New Wave, bubblegum pop, rap, reggae, techno, etc. I miss running home on Sunday night to record my favorite bands on "The King Biscuit Flour Hour" concert broadcasts. The great shows, movies, and fashions (loved the girls of the 80s, big hair, tight jeans and high heels!) Remember when MTV showed actual videos? Being glued to the TV watching Live Aid? The Breakfast Club, Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, etc... The technology introduced in the 80s changed the world; CD's, cell phones, the PC, cable TV, digital audio, VCRs, all in the 80s. The 80s will live on forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The 80s were very special to me because my big brother was born in 1980, and when I was born, he basically made me his video game apprentice. At the age of three, he gave me his old NES, the ledgendary classic from the 80s. He taught me how to play the games and the madness began there. He started me off on Megaman 2 and I basically played the whole thing through before I was 5. Also, during this time I mastered some others, like that Bart Simpson one, where he's skating all over the mall,( I forget what it's called). I had a little trouble with certain games, Marble Madness for example, but I LOVED my NES more than any other possession I had at the time. My brother also gave me his Cabbage Patch Kid from the 80s. I can remember being very young holding the doll and watching as I made his pacifier spin around in a circle on the kitchen floor. Even though I was a kid who had lots of toys, I used to get my brothers old toys too. Like Voltron, man was he cool. He transformed into like a million different things! I had My Little Ponys which my mom had saved for me from the 80s to play with. I LOVED those little ponies and I played with them every day. My mom also saved a Strawberry Shortcake doll from the 80s which I used to play with everyday as well. As I grew older, I like the 80s even more. The movies, the music, the toys, just EVERYTHING about the eighties is really special to me. My brother was someone I emulated and aspired to be like, so whenever he liked something I wanted to get in on it too. So when I was either 2 or 3 I watched all the 80s starwars movies, played with my brothers old Kenner action figures, and the lightsabres. I grew up with alot of 80s culture and I really feel like I'm an eighties kid.
From: Mandy D.
I was born in '67. I loved the Eighties. I did my uni training, and spent the last and best years of my school life in that decade. The music was great (although in my opinion it started to go downhill from about '87-88), the fashion was cool, summer lasted all year. I just can't ever think of a time from that decade when I was unhappy. Great TV shows too. What have we got now? Music for sheep (all sounds the same), the fashions seem to be a rejuvenated late 60's/early 70's (look at the group Jet to see what I mean!) It's like todays youth have got no idea, and there seems to be this prevailing thought that the eighties were totally naff, and should be avoided and forgotten at all costs. I hate living in the present day. I hate the music, the tv shows and the fashion. It's like those times never happened. Musically, during the eighties there was always something different to listen to. No two records sounded alike. Look at it now. I couldn't name one Top 40 chart record in the charts today, or one Top 40 artist. Today everything's rap/hip hop (with those obligatory hand gestures. What are they all about??). Seems like were stuck in this never ending circle today. If I had a time machine, it would be 'Goodbye 21st Century'. Only one group breaks the mold today as far as I'm concerned. The Modern. They state themselves that they are going back to that early 80's synth sound...so refreshing among all the chod that's out there today! God bless the 80s!!
From: Mark in the UK
It was a great time - the music and the drugs and the leather pants. Some things are hard to forget. Even now when I look back, I wish those days never ended.
From: Alex Harris
I wasn't born in the 80s, but I gotta give it to the adults, they had it goin' on. The music, style,and everything was so.....retro. I love everything about it! I listen, dress,and act like the 80s. I think I'm going to bring it back. Michael Jackson is my husband and Prince is my boyfriend - I've got to have both!
I remember the very first Cabbage Patch Kids. Women fighting in stores to get one for their daughter. I had one which is collectible now. My mom and I had to wait in line for a chance to just buy one at a Wal-Mart. I entered my name at least 40 times, got to pick one of only 15 or 20 and my mom bought it for me...it had short, blonde curly hair and the maker signed the dolls butts and mine was signed in black ink in his name. Xavier Roberts...
My best friend and I had Teen Beat and Tiger Beat magazines with Kirk Cameron and Corey Haim pics all over our walls. We also loved Chachi and Ralph Macchio. I still like to watch the first Karate Kid movie. My 8 year old son watched the Goonies with me the other day and he actually liked it. Wow - I feel old!
ok,you guys are gonna think this is crazy but,i absolutely adore the 80s! It's my biggest obsession! But here's the catch... I'm not from the 80s at all. I was born in '92 and I love listening to the 80s music, movies, and TV. I even have some magazines from my brothers and sister growing up in the 80s. I love them! I just think everyone tried out whatever they wanted, sung whatever they wanted, and wore whatever they wanted! Coming fom a 13 year old from the 21st century, the 80s rocked!!!!!
I think the eighties was a great decade. Even though I was born in 1986 and didn't experience the decade since I was too young to understand; I appreciated more as I got older and time went on. Now I'm 19 and enjoy the 80s music like Duran Duran, One to One, Spoons, Tears for Fears, Cyndi Lauper, and many others great in the 80s. Some of the 80s fashion was very creative and wild and wouldn't mind wearing some of the styles. 80s movies and TV shows also offered much variety and quality of story. If I had a time machine, the 80s would definitely be on my list to visit.
From: Paul C
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.