Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I was born in '73 and the 80s were a blast! It was my favorite decade. I remember the 80s well. The fads and fashion but most of all the music and the music videos on MTV and VH1.
From: Destiny

I was born in 1972, the 80s were the best! I lovd playing atari, astroids, pacman. The music was the best and still is the best you can understand the words! Today's music is awful with all of that rap. I loved Rick Springfield, The Cars, Twisted Sister, Van Halen, Whitesnake, loved the hair bands. Remember the school dances? I miss those, the cartoons were good too Super Friends, Smurfs, and The Flinstones were awesome and even more the Jetsons. Things were easier then not like today. Keep the memories coming!!
From: Hannah

I love the 80s because it was my childhood. The fashion and music are what stand out most for me. Nothing better then ratted hair, Madonna, and the Breakfast Club.
From: aymee

I was teen in the 80s. The 80s had the best music and TV shows. My all time favorite band Air Supply was huge in the 80s. You could find Air Supply in all the great teen magazine, like 16, Tiger Beat, Teen Scene, Rock Line and Teen Beat. My favorite Soap Opera General Hospital was so big, that Luke and Laura's Wedding was broadcast on the radio. The Sitcom were the best. Facts of Life, The Cosby's Show, Family Ties, Different Stroke, Cheers, Growing Pains and Happy Day in 70s & 80s. The other great TV shows were Love Boat, Little House on the Prairie, Dynasty, The Colby's, Falcon Crest, Miami Vice, Our House and Life Go On.
From: Debra D.

I love everything 80s. I was born in 1986 so I didn't get to "experience" the 80s like I wish I had. Something about that time era that really makes me wish I was born in 1970 so that I can remember my teenage years during the 80s. I love the fashion, TV, and the music is just awesome. Throughout my middle school/high school years that's all I listened to, 80s music! Anything from pop, rock, you name it. I still listen to a lot of 80s music and my husband thinks I am a lunatic. He was born in 1977 and I sooo envy him. I remember having a My Little Pony, Bright Lite, and wearing spandex pants that had a 'hook' at the bottom. When I listen to music from the 80s I get memories of my mom cleaning the house in 1989! Odd I know! But those are good memories. Amen to the 80s. And I agree the music now a days is totally whack. What happen to music with substance and romantic music like Careless Whispers??? =D
From: Sonia

I was born in 1960, which means I was in my roaring 20s during the 80s. It was fantastic - the social upheavals of the 60s were a memory; the recovery and feel-good 70s were a doorway through which we ran into the 80s. Big hair, techno, great music, a feeling that anything was possible, and I was in my prime. There was no better year in my life than 1986 - I was in my mid-twenties and had all the energy in the world to live the 80s kind of life.
From: Rick

I was born in 1990, so I did not live that wonderful period, but I consider mysel as one of the wildest fans of the 80s! Those times were AMAZING from different points of view: fashion (clothes were so original and beautiful), hair style (who doesn't love men with mullets!?), art, literature (I'm a huge fan of Bret Easton Ellis' books) and, last but not least, music. The bands of that age were fantastic! Culture Club, Depeche Mode (I'm in love with Alan Wilder!), A-ha, ABC, Soft Cell, Kajagoogoo (Limahl is so cool!), Spandau Ballet (I think Martin Kemp is so sexy... the ultimate prince charming! With those incredible blue eyes... *_*) and many more; these groups really rock! And what about movies!? I adore every single film of the so-called Brat Pack! Emilio Estevez in particular, he was a juicy hottie!... I wish I could turn back time!
From: R.K. Davies

I love the 80s for all the reasons that have been mentioned already. I was born in 1975, so all my memorable childhood years spanned the entire decade of the 80s. Someone mentioned the garbage pail kids- I remember those and used to have a few cards myself. My parents bought me a Cabbage Patch doll when they first came out, back when you had to order them from the company. I still remember seeing "Return of the Jedi" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" when they first came out. Or the music that is forever imprinted in my memory. We actually listened to music as a family back then because it actually was decent and awesome to listen to. The cartoons rocked and of course I remember waking up to watch Muppet Babies, Smurfs, etc. TV was great too. Again, we watched as a family. TV shows today are trying too hard to be realistic. And we actually had time to play. I didn't have 5 hours of homework a day or private lessons or whatever, yet I was still an A student and had plenty of time to play. And real play where we pretended or played outside till it got dark and there was no fear of being kidnapped or molested. There were also so many landmark events in the 80s, like the fall of the Berlin wall and the unification of Germany. I still remember the moment I found out about the Challenger accident and how the whole country grieved, not like today where people don't even care about the space program anymore. Anyway, I better stop before I stop crying. I love you all - my brothers and sisters of the 80s!
From: Heather

The music was awesome, but aside from that, the fashion! Acid wash jeans and poofy hair were it. And, OK Bremerton, Charly B Sweatshirts!!! We all had them. We all saved our allowance for them so that we could wear one and be cool! Check them out, they're back - charlybsweatshirts.com. No kidding!
From: Sara

I was born on 22th September 1971 in Tallinn, Estonia. Estonia was occupied by the Soviet Union, but now is the independent state again. In the Summer of 1980 the Games of the XXIIth Olympiad took place in Moscow and their Sailing Regatta was held in Tallinn. Estonian athletes in Soviet Olympic Team wins in Moscow Olympic Games four gold medals, one silver medal and two bronze medals. From 1st September 1980 to 31th May 1988 I`ve learn in the 1st Special Internate School of Tallinn. I love the 80s because life was simple, secure, happy and innocent. In the school I had some buddies and in September 1984 I was fall in love with the teacher called Endla Raud, because she was so nice, smart and warm and she too likes the music as I. I remember her with good words. Pop music of the 80s is so happy, melodious, full of soul and energy. I like the hits of the eighties: Cherish(Kool&theGang), Suddenly, Too Shy, Tonight I Celebrate My Love and many many others .In February 1985 my older brother buys the stereo turntable system Radiotehnika 101, stereo amplifier Radiotehnika Y101 and stereo tape recorder Nota 212 and builds two speaker systems. Stereo listening was in the 80s so great experience to me: guitar plays in left channel,piano plays in right channel, vocal, bass guitar, synthesizer and percussions plays in both channels. Music of the 90s and 00s is so crappy and dark, nowadays artists as Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg are unsightliness, nowadays cartoons, movies reality shows and commercials are so crappy and pointless,childrens grow up too fast.In Estonia most of the people are poor.stressed and frustrated, because Estonian government, parliament and many businessmen are injusticeable and greedy. I want to go back in to the 80s!
From: Andre

I was born in 1968 and my high school years was during the 1980s. Why do I still look back at the eighties with fondness? The bikes were big. The cars were powerful. Women wore long hair. The music was great. The fashions were from another planet. This is just a few reasons why I loved it!!!!!!!!!!
From: Leon von Solms

I was born on the last day of 1957. I turned 21 in 1979. The 80s were my 20s years. I had parties almost every night. The music was great and so were the styles. I still have dreams of the 80s some nights. It was the best decade of my life. If I could time travel I would go back to the 80s and live there for eternity!
From: Larry

I was born in 1989 but grew up and spent all of my childhood surrounded by 80s music, toys, movies, and TVtv shows. So, I've always felt a strong connection to that time for giving me my childhood and everything that I love. However it's not enough and I feel that I, like many others was born in the wrong decade. I would have loved to have REALLY been growing up in the 80s and to experience how life would have been for me back then. I'm now almost 20 and I'll never stop loving the 80s!
From: K

I love the 80s so much because I was born in 1981 and I remember a lot about the 80s. My uncle would listen to all of the 80s music all the time. I grew up around that music. My most favorite song of all time is "We Built This City" by Starship. Any song that comes on from the 80s era I will know the song and name even if it was in 1980 it came out I will know it! LOL!
From: Courtney

I agree with the poster named Dave that the 80s were the best times in the world. The 2000s depress me. I knew personally,only one person besides me that loved the 80s and I don't have that particular friend anymore as he married and moved away. Everybody I currently hang with has no use for the 80s, while I totally loved(and still do)that decade. I didn't have any use for the grunge junk of the 90s like Curt Cobain and all that stuff. I've been collecting 80s music videos for years as well as CDs and movies and have a huge collection of it all, but nobody to share listening to it with cause it's so hard to meet others that love the 80s too! Seems like I have to rely on boards like this one. Thank God I found this site. I absolutely hate the 90s and 2000s. However, the early 90s had groups that came from the 80s and lasted for a while into the 90s, like Roxette amd the Eurythmics. I wish I had another friend like the one that moved away,that was totally into the 80s. I recently picked up on music video set that includes Dio's "Rainbow In The Dark". Awesome video.
From: Dennis Teel

Having been born in the late 60s, I spent my teen years during the 80s. It was the greatest times of my life. What can be said of the 80s? There was the big hair and parachute pants. Checker board Vans and pegged jeans. Kids brought cardboard to school so they could breakdance. We listened to Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Twisted Sister and were blown away when Megadeath and Metallica released their first LPs. MTV stood for MUSIC Television , and actually played music videos. We all stayed up late to watch "Headbanger's Ball". The A-Team was cool and we all watched Hawkeye say goodbye. The coolest movie ever(and still is) was "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" , we stood up in our seats and cheered when Rocky beat the "juiced up" Russian , you could hear the kids playing war in the neighborhood screaming "Wolverines!!!!!" . We had Jason(and his mother) and Freddy for a good scare. We spent our time playing sports outside and not on a game system. Cruising up and down the strip on a Friday night was the thing to do , and we spent that time jumping from one car to another. The future looked bright , though it now looks shaky , we had our whole lives ahead of us. Our music, movies, and TV shows are now considered "classic" , our kids look at our pictures and laugh at our dated clothe , though the photos themselves look faded and dated with age. And ask what were we thinking? We are now looking down the barrel of yet another decade and neither the 90s or the 00s hold a candle to the 80s. I love the 80s and look back on them fondly.
From: Brian

I loved the eighties because the music was so good......I enjoyed Human League, Prince, Hall and Oates, John Cougar, Journey, REO Speedwagon, The Police, Micheal Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, Madonna, Lionel Ritche, Quaterflash, Pink Floyd, Whitney Houston, The Gap Band and so on. That decade really defined me.
From: Kip Burt

I don't know where to start as to why i love the 80's. But this is certain: The 80s weren't just about fashion and fads. It was the way people carried themselves and family-family-family!! You just can't duplicate the 80s in 2009 because times have changed so drastically for the worse! In the 80s when breakdancing came out, that was a way for your crew to go against their crew (enemies). Nowadays, people are shooting as young as 12-13 yrs old which is the end of their elementary school yrs and the beginning of jr. high school. The 80s for me ment rockin' my Van's, Espradrills, Cherokee shoes, Dr. Scholl's clogs, Flojo's, jelly shoes, Hush Puppies, mocassins, karate shoes and Nike and Puma shoes. Pooka shells, friendship bracelets, initials to put on your Members Only jackets. Hang ten, lightning boltz, dolphin shorts, OP wear. ski jacket vests, bomber down jackets, Sergio Valente jeans, Vidal Sasoon's, Jordache jeans and Levi's 501 straight leg jeans. Leg warmers, wrap around shorts, polka dot clothes, cut sweat shirts with a tank top underneath, angora sweaters, tide dye clothes, velcro wallets, iron-on's, vinyl records, and (I dont if any one rememberS) going to Casa De Candles and getting the little business like looking cards that would say things like "with this cards you owe me 10 kisses" or "Things are tough and times are hard, here's your f*** Christmas card"..ect ect. Bonnie Bell lip gloss, roller skating but we called it roller boogie like when Olivia Newton-John came out in "Xanadu" initial buckles for your belt. oh, and Hello Kitty, the little twin stars and My Melody. I could go on and on but those were the days!! Oh and feathered roach clips and ear cuffs. Those were the days!!
From: Christina E. Escalante

I was not alive in the 1980s, but I was an egg in the 1980s. At least that is better than not existing in the 1980s. I am always very sad that I didn't get to see what happened outside of my egg during the 1980s. I know I can listen to the music now, but the good music stopped in production. I want to know why it went away. At least I think I could hear the music outside when I was a fetus. I think I can remember... I never got to see what it looks like though. I never got to see the clothes or play the video games. I don't understand why I wasn't chosen to be born in the 1970s! I should just be happy I could hear the music when I was a fetus.
From: Pillbug

Yes, I remember "You Can't Do That on Television". I was in love with Alasdair Gillis. Whenever you said, "I don't know", you got green slime poured on your head. It was great!
From: kwiklip

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.