Why Are You A Child Of The 80s?
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Van Halen baseball jersey for each day of the week and one extra in case mom was behind on the laundry. School lunch money being spent on Pac Man and misc other video games. MTV ruled my world. The 80's rocked!
lol! omg, the 80's! I remember listening to "Walk Like An Egyptian" - Bangles, tons of times lol, I remember my Jem Doll in 1986 that had earrings that lit up, and Punky Brewster was my favorite show. I wore he-man shoes even though I was a girl, and loved Tiffany! I remember that Rio was just as popular as Ken in the world of Barbie, and that all my Barbies had massive big hair.. I remember blue eyeliner just on the bottom inside of your lid. Crispy Critters cereal (my fave, had there books too). My friend's older brother had Garbage Pail kids cards (yuck)! lol, and I remember all the CabagePatch kids my friends had. I LOVED Kids Incorperated, and Micky Mouse club, and watched it daily, faded bleached denim, and wearing black leggings under denim shorts just like Janet Jackson! Rollerskating was the coolest; and nights when you went to the local fair, you HAD to hairspray your bangs up in the poufy curve, and I always remember that garish metalic pink Aqua Net can. I remember McDonalds was huge, and Pizza Hut, and that's where you ate at all the time. I grew UP on MTV. I remember watching in the mornings (sometimes it seemed all they played at 7:00 in the morning was Madonna and Phil Collins) ha! but would watch MTV all day! Remember the Poltergiest? I remember the names Monica, and Veronica were very popular, oh, and Heather, Mandi, and Tiffany. I remember it was my goal to have big curly hair, tan skin, wear college girl clothes, hang out at the beach, and have a boyfriend with a letter jacket when I got older! The Beach Boys were cool, oh and watching Full House! I remember typewriters were cool, and hearing Poisen, GNR, and Warrent on the radio.. Buttons that you pinned to your pants; rolling up your jeans tight around your ankles lol, windbreaker jackets, my little pony, carebears, and strawbeary shortcake! haha the 80's were great! lol
I was born in 78 and I remember some of the craziest things about the 80's. I remember the glow worm, carebears, strawberry shortcake, transformers, and popples. I remember Perfect Strangers, Punky Brewster, Silver Spoons, and Bossom Buddies. I read the entries on this site and it gives me chills. The 80's were such a good time, we didnt have to worry about war and drugs. Our biggest fear was that we wouldnt get a Cabbage Patch doll for x-mas. I remember after school specials and atari. I work for Claires Accessories and we started getting in all the old "toys" like the care bears and straw. shortcake and rainbow brite and popples in...I completely freaked out. All the youngers girls I work with couldnt figure out why I was so pumped about these "toys", these are not just "toys" these are memories I said. But there are not exactly the same...we never had strawberry scented bobble heads!!! I am so glad I found this site, now I know that I'm not the only one who still remembers all great stuff the 80's brought us.
I was born in 1977, but my older sister was born in 1974. That is how I remember most of the 80's music. I wasn't into rock and roll until the 90's, but my sister always had the radio on listening to Debbie Gibson, and all the other great 80's artists. I remember all the shows like Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony, Today's Special, She Ra, He Man, Mork and Mindy, Punky Brewster, I remember that the only thing that could get my sister out of bed before 10a.m. was the show Kid's Incorporated! It came on at 6a.m. She would jump out of bed and beat me to the television! I had a crush on Jordan Night from NKOTB and got to go to a concert when I was in 8th grade! I loved the 80's! I think it's great that some of the fasion trends such as the slap bracelets, jelly bracelets, and krimbers are coming out again.;) I was so excited when I found out they brought Care Bears back into the stores. I now own two of them!;) I'm so glad I found this page. It has brought back many fond memories.
I'm a child of the 80's. 83 I was born. Everything about today is so cold and clinical. I remember summers being hot throughout, and nobody hated anybody for more than a day. The cartoons were the best thing a growing imagination could wish for. You had mysterious cities of gold, transformers, thundercats. TMHT, He-man, She ra, Bravestar, Visionaries, Willy fog, Denver the last dinosaur, Care bears, Teddy Ruxpin, The racoons, . I have dreams sometimes and I'm this age (19) in the 80's and I'm just happy. Cause I can enjoy it, lovong it now, more than I did then. I know other people feel the same.
From: Raphael M
Born in 1971, and I can't believe all these people writing in born in the early 80's can remember the 80's cause I sure don't remember the 70's. Anyhow, the 80's were when music actually had guitar solo's. Yeah we folded our pants tight around the ankles and I still think it looks cool. Jean jackets, wrestling shoes, my '79 camaro. People make fun of 80's metal until they really start listening to the musical work behind it---a lot of bands might have acted nuts and painted their faces and all, but they knew how to play thier instrument. Whatever happened to those pajama type pants? Now those were comfortable--you know loose and thin with just a drawstring. I dated my wife all through highschool so I love the 80's love songs also, "hands to heaven" "hold on to the nights" "angel", etc., etc. Nice memories fella's, but hey live for today ok?? Cool rays, relax, chill---remeber Ton Loc?? Wild Thang and Funcky Cold Medina Awesome dude, rock on---("now that's cheesy")----Enjoy the memories
i was born in 83 and i remeber watching lady lovely locks,raing bow bright,roses petale,care bears,My little Ponys,THe snorks, fraggal rock,heman and sherra,and last but not least GEM !!! they should still be on the air...I miss watching those SHOWS...I seen the cartoons today that kids watch and they suck...we shoould make somethin where we can get a hole bunch of people to sing so we can put them back on the air!!
Ohh my gosh! I miss all the TV shows from the 80's! I wish they would put the reruns back on TV! Maybe like on Nickelodeon or something! That would be sooooo cool. They already play reruns of "The Smerfs" on Cartoon Network and "Alf" on the Hallmark channel. So why not all the others too? Hehehe! I use to love all shows! Remember Evy from "Out of this world" and how she would put her fingers together and it would make everyone freeze but her? And her dad was an alien in that little white clear looking box that would glow blue when it opens! Remember Vickie the little robot girl from "Small Wonder" and how she would always wear the same dress all the time? It was a red and white dress with poke-a-dots! And her best friend Margaret I think? And her little brother was this short chubby kid. I loved that show! I wish I could see an episode of it AGAIN!! That would be so neat. And also.. Punky Bruwster, My two dads, and soooo many more! Maybe there is a web site or company that I could write to, so that I can help get those reruns on air again! If anyone knows any info on how/who/where... let me know ok please? My e-mail address is: LegallyBlond1980@aol.com Thnks!!!! :)
I totally am obsessed with the 80's. I find it to be an era of time which is so completely different from today's. The freedom back then, to the strict laws, and change in values. The 80's was a generation when women were proud of their feminity, by wearing bright makeup, puffy dresses, etc. It was the time of Dallas, Dynasty, Night Rider, Facts of life, Different Strokes, Romper Room, and Three's Company. Children were able to play in their backyards, carpets in homes, mittens, socks, and shirts knitted by hand. It was the time when nobody cared what you wore, like tight jeans and baggy shirts. Eating home cooked meals. A time when you could smoke in peace. Wow what a great time. XXoo
From: Tina Doucette
Man am I glad people like to reminisce about the 80's. I enjoyed all of my life during the 80's. I was born in 1980 and I remember watching Punky Brewster (man was she hot, to me anyway) and I loved Fat Albert, Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, He-Man, Voltron, Transformers, She-ra, The Smurfs, The Snorks, Samurai Pizza Cats, Monkey Magic, Johnny 5 (hehehe that was a great show), all the John Candy films, Ghostbusters, Space Balls, and wasn't The Wedding Singer a great movie to remind us of our lives? I'm 22 now, and I can tell u life was better back then, there wasn't so much to worry about, no one had a care in the world, and Michael Jackson told us to Beat It, and he assured us Billy Jean was not his lover. I'm glad to read everyone's comments, keep on remembering the 80's.
From: Craig McEwan
This won't be long but I want to say I'm definitely a child of the 80's. I remember all the fun TV shows like Jem and Hollograms, Fraggle Rock, Strawberry Shortcake, SheRa and so on, but the music was obviously what brought me up. I hate when people look back on the 80's as a horrible era, but I only remember all the good stuff that came out of it. IT WAS TRULY GREAT. Although I'm only 18, I can still appreciate that time in my life. Long live things like Degrassi and early Punk Rock, long live Synth bands and snap on bracelets, long live Fun!
I was born in 1977 but my fave 80's memory was when I was 4 1/2 and my sister was born in 1982. I remember playing dolls w/ her and having Barbie ride My Little Pony. I lived in a neighborhood w/ lots of kids our age. My best girlfriends-BFF 4ever!; would come over and we would exchange charms from our plastic charm necklace. I had that thing for the longest time, but now I can't find it. I think I had like twenty multi-colored charms on a thick, red plastic chain. I only have a few of the charms left now. My fave were the baby bottle charms. I would take the tops off, fill them w/ milk or water, and 'feed' my baby dolls. I loved my clothes. We lived near an outlet mall then that is now a parking lot. I wore lots of Sasson in pink and gray. I went roller skating all the time, everyone had their birthday parties at the rink. It was the only time I could listen to pop rock, my mom didn't allow my to listen at home. I remember Madonna; my mom said she was a bad girl. I have a cousin who was born a year after my sister. He had He-man and G.I.Joe action figures. We all had Care Bears, I still have mine,the pink one w/ the rainbow belly, Cheer Bear, he's in bad shape. We even had a Care Bear club. Cabbage Patch dolls! Need I say more. I had two, my sis had one. But I knew a girl who had them in the double digits. I wanted a Swatch so bad, but my folks felt I was two young. Family vacations in the mini van, the SUV of it's time. The 80s were a wonderful time for me, I remember sleeping in a Smurf comfortor, reading Charlotte's Web and Highlights, the mag for children. Seeing Pres. Ronald Reagan as a kind grandfather figure and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as a proper, but sweet English auntie, Princess Diana as a grown-up lady and Prince Charles as her dear husband. Fergie, the red head funny girl of the bunch, the Windsors own Carol Burnette. British new wave music-Duran Duran, keytars, synthesizers, rock ballads, teen pop princesses and boy bands-the best, of course, New Edition (Candy Girl!). Teen-age girls in off the shoulder sweatshirts and mini skirts all emulating Molly Ringwald, Lisa Bonet, and Phoebe Cates. Unfortunately, all good things must come to end. Mine was in 1990 when I turned 13, gangsta rap and grunge music exploded on the mainstream scence as well and grunge clothes. Bad, whiney Gen X movies. The Gulf War. Knowing kids who commited suicide, got pregnant too soon, and got AIDS too. Thank you for letting me remember the '80s.
I was born in 1982, and now watching reruns of Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice, I noticed the stars never wore socks. It was a big thing to wear expensive suits without socks or wear jeans without socks. Even though it's 2003, I do and I think it's great.
I got my first walkman, and it came with a Michael Jackson casette tape (Thriller) and that was sooooooooooooooooo cool.
From: Perry Falconer
I am a child of the 80s because I am the original DEPECHE MODE fan!!
I suppose you could say that I was made in the 80's, I was born in the year 1980. I can remember Madonna and Micheal Jackson performing on MTV. I can remember falling in love with Jodan Knight too. My fondest memory is of the REAL cartoons that I used to watch. I am a cartoon buff now as much as I was back then. My little sis and I used to gather in front of the TV every afternoon at four and watch She-Ra, He-Man, Thundercats, and every morning before school Jem and the Holograms. When I was a girl I wanted to be Jem. I kept a lot of my toys from the 80's and still collect them. My friends make fun of the music I still listen to...Madonna, Michael Jackson, U2, Huey Lewis, Steve Winwood, and Richard Marx and others. I still wear my hair short and spiky, and yes every once in a while you will see it in a shade of green or pink! Call me an 80's child at heart!
SORRY BUT I DON'T CONSIDER BEING BORN IN THE 80'S REALLY DEFINES BEING AN 80'S CHILD. WHAT IT REALLY MEANS IS YOU WERE PARTYING IN THE ERA , WERE YOU OF AGE?, NO ONE REALLY CARES IF YOU WERE 10 YEARS OLD AND STILL HAVING MOM DROP YOU OFF AT THE ROLLAR SKATE RINK. BEING AN 80'S CHILD YOU WERE MOST LIKELY BORN BETWEEN 1960 AND 1970. YOU HAD BIG HAIR, WORE SPANDEX AND LEATHER, LOTS OF JEWELRY, MAKE-UP, AND BANDANAS. MASSES OF PARTIES THAT WERE ALL HEAVY METAL ORIENTED AND YOU DRESSED UP LIKE YOUR FAVORITE ROCK STAR. THE GROUPS YOU LISTENED TO WERE JUDAS PRIEST, BLACK SABBOTH, OZZY OSBOURNE, SKID ROW, RATT, ETC, ETC.. THE MUSIC WAS ACTUALLY BETTER THEN AND YOU COULD RELATE TO IT AS YOU LAYED IN YOUR BED UNDER YOUR BLACK LIGHT AND STARED UP AT ALL YOUR POSTERS ON THE WALLS OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS, AND YOU EVEN HAD THOSE VELVETY BLACK LIGHT POSTERS. YOU RUSHED TO THE BOOK STORE EVERY TIME A NEW EDITON OF HIT PARADER AND CIRCUS MAGAZINE HIT THE SHELF. YOU HAD ENOUGH HEAVY METAL ALBUMS TO STOCK A RECORD STORE. MTV WAS YOUR GOD AS YOU SAT FOR HOURS WATCHING EVERY HEAVY METAL VIDEO THAT CAME OUT AND THE HEADBANGERS BALL WAS WHAT YOU WATCHED LATE SATURDAY NIGHTS AFTER COMING IN STONED AND DRUNK. THIS WAS BEFORE MTV STARTED TO SUCK AND BECOME TALK SHOWS. THIS IS THE 80'S CHILD
I had the pleasure of a double 80's experience. I was born in 1980 and spent the bright golden years of childhood, learning wisdom from the Muppet Babies cartoons and waking up at 6 on Saturday morning to watch Where's Waldo? and Pee-Wee's Playhouse. My younger sister and I used to root for Pee-Wee in his movie "Big Adventure" when he's racing the bike at the beginning. The next phase I had of 80's rediscovery was when I travelled to East Germany in 1999 to study art & culture. Over there it was like falling into an 80's revival movement all the nostalgia was there, but it was new to them. The Simpsons had just premiered there and Simpsons merchandise was everywhere. It was incredible. I finally got to see the 80's from a teenage perspective. I always wondered what it was like at the clubs my babysitters would go to, and I finally got to see. It was quite special to me to see it from two vantage points, it was the golden years for me, a complicated simplicitity, back then it always semed like I always knew exactly who I was and what I was doing here.
I was nine years old when the space shuttle challeger exploded. I was sick. My father was on a business trip and saw the shuttle take off and then explode...he threw up right at the table. I will never forget that moment in time for as long as I live. He still can't talk about that without tearing up.
I was born in the middle of 86'. I guess I'm a more a child of 1989 than I am a child of the whole decade. 89' was the year where I could start remembering things like Saved by the Bell and Alf on NBC. Me and all my cousins had all their birthday parties at Showbiz Pizza and Putt-Putt. I remember back when Mike Tyson was the baddest man on the planet and beat, not bit, everyone in sight. I remember all the Disney programs, and the Nickelodeon ones like Super Sloppy Double Dare, Clarissa, Roundhouse, and all the old 50s shows on there. I remember Sanford and Son and the Jeffersons on TBS, and I remember American Gladiators and Fun House. Arsenio Hall was a talk show host and was known more for being Semme from Coming to America rather than an apple a day suckup who is Ed Mc Mahon's successor on Star Search, in which I remember him hosting. I remember Divorce Court before Judge Mablean Ephraim came along and made it into a phenomenon. I remember a time when Hulk Hogan told everyone to say their prayers and take their vitamins and that he used to not cuss. I remember Don Cornelius on Soul Train. I remember when New Kids on the Block was the only boy band out there because all the people from the ones from the present were on Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. I remember Remote Control on MTV. I remember Small Wonder and Silver Spoons. Oh what a difference does a few second-in-time memories make to make me a child of 1989. I am a child of both the 80s and the 90s, and since I remember 89' the best, I call myself a child of 89'. All my brothers and sisters of the 1989 children, holluh back!
From: B J
This is one page of many, check out the intro at Child of the 80s where you can add your own memories as well.