Why Are You A Child Of The 80s?

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Hey you guys are right the 90's wreck it all. Remember MTV when it was alot better. Can't forget about VH1. I can remember my older sister trying to keep up on Madonna's new trends. The television shows were much more better and funnier and made more sense then the ones we have today. I loved the Garbage Pail Kids and Transformers and still have them. I still remember the Go-Go Bots and all the other cartoons of those days. I can still remember the most part of the 80's. I wish they could come back and I can still be playing with my Big Wheels of the 80's.
From: Esprit

I am sort-of a child of the 80's. I was born 10-12-89. But even though the 80's are over I still listen to 80's music. I can't stand rap. I like rock and 80's pop. But really I would classify me as a child of the 90's! I loved the 90's that's when I grew up, I loved all the stuff that came out like the internet. GO 80'S AND 90'S!
From: Michael

I was born in 82 and I miss the 80's very badly. I remember all the great times that I had back then watching MTV and watching my favorite shows on Nickeloden like You Can't Do That on Television and The Adventures of Pete and Pete the list could go on forever. I love the music of the 80's hair metal and 80's pop. I have almost every hair and thrash metal cd collection there is. I love horror movies from back then like the Return of the Living Dead parts 1 and 2. I think Thom Matthews that played Freddy was very cool and James Karen that played Frank was very funny. The 80's were the best decade around. If I could I would go back in a time machine and go back to the 80's and never return. The 90's just sucked, everything changed. Rap and grunge took over the music scene. I try not to let the things of the 90's and early 00's bother me too much. The 80's ruled and will rule again!!!!!!
From: Craig

Hi. I was born in 1970 so I was 10 when the 80's started. Oh how I loved them, the Auqa net hairspray, blue eye shadow, kapea's, seeing how much hair hairspray it would take to get your hair to stick straight out on the sides. It just was all simple back in the 80's, we got to have slumber parties in the back yard and sleep out there all night. Got up in the middle of the night to watch Princess Di and Charles get married. Friendship braclets, friendship pins, the barrets that you could put string in and wear them in your hair. Anyone remember the show's that were on TBS when it was "the superstation" before Ted Turner made more stations? They had those shows on after school one of them had a maid that was from heaven. Charles in Charge how many different families was he in charge of? Can you see "Sam" as a charmed one?
From: Lisa

Oh my god! Rainbow Bright, My Little Pony, Gummie Bears, David the Gnome, Pound Puppies, Puff the Magic Dragon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garbage Pail Kids, Smurfs... I was born in '85, but my brother was born in '77, so I grew up with all these '80's shows and toys. I still have his collection of Garbage Pail Kids cards somewhere... But watching all those cartoons... Yeah... Those were the days... God himself could not have pulled me away...
From: Paige

I am a child of the 80's simply because I really can't relate too much with children born in the 90's or later. I remember all of the good stuff happening in the 80's and kids born after that decade couldn't even dream of what the 80's would be like to them.
From: Anthony L. Peterson, Jr.

I was born in 1979. I remember my mother not letting me watch MTV because the men looked like women, now Poison is my favorite band. I saw the Challenger explode, and cried because there was a teacher aboard. The phrase "all skate, change direction" does mean something to me. I know every word to "We Didn't Start the Fire." They didn't mean a thing until I got to high school, World History. I had a Jem doll, and have my old Care Bear Doll, and my daughters play with Rainbow Bright and the Sprites. I can't believe that Patrick Swayze is 51, but still dream every time I watch Dirty Dancing that I'm Jennifer Grey. I am a child of the 80's, and very proud to admit it.
From: Becky Ruddy

This was out of a page of my yearbook... We are the children of the Eighties. We are not the "lost generation" nor todays lost generation; in fact, we think we know just where we stand...or are discovering it as we speak. We are the ones who played with Lego building blocks when they were just building blocks and gave Malibu Barbie crewcuts with safety scissors that never really cut. We collected Garbage Pail Kids and Cabbage Patch Kids and My Little Pony and Hot Wheels and He-Man action figures and thought She-Ra looked just a little bit like I would look when I was a woman. Big Wheels and bicycles with streamers were the way to go and sidewalk chalk was all you needed to build a city. IMAGINATION WAS THE KEY. It made the Ewok Treehouse big enough for you to be Luke and the kitchen table and an old sheet dark enough to be a tent in the forest. Your world was the backyard and it was all you needed. With your pink portable tape player, Debbie Gibson sang backup to you and everyone wanted a skirt like the Material Girl and a glove like Michael Jackson's. Today we are the ones who sing along with Bruce Springsteen and the Bangles perfectly and have no idea why. We recite lines from the Ghostbusters and still look to the Goonies for a great adventure. We flip through TV and stop at the A-Team and Knight Rider and Fame and laugh at the Cosby Show and Family Ties and Punky Brewster and "What you talking about Willis?" We hold strong affections for The Muppets and The Gummy Bears and why did they take the Smurfs off the air? The Polka Dot Door was nothing like Barney, and aren't the Power Rangers just Voltron reincarnated? We are the ones who still read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, Beverly Clearly and Judy Blume, Richard Scary and the Electric Company. Friendship bracelets were ties you couldn't break and friendship pins went on shoes-preferably high top Velecro Reeboks-and pegged jeans were in as were Units belts and layered socks and jean jackets and jams and charm bracelets and side ponytails and just tails. Rave was a girl's best friend, braces with colored rubber bands made you cool. The backdoor was always open and Mom served only red kool aid to the neighborhood kids, never drank new coke. Entertainment was cheap, and lasted for hours. All you needed to be a princess was high heels and an apron. The Sit' N' Spin always made you dizzy, but never made you stop. Pogoballs were dangerous weapons and Chinese Jump Ropes never failed to trip someone. In your underoos you were Wonder Woman or Spiderman or R2D2 and in your treehouse you were king. Did you know the President was shot?. Star Wars was not only a movie? Did you ever play in a bomb shelter? In the Eighties, nothing was wrong. Did you see the Challenger explode or feed a homeless man? We forgot Tianamen Square on CNN and bought pieces of the Berlin Wall at the store. Aids was not the number one killer in the United States. We Didn't Start the Fire, Billy Joel. In the Eighties, we redefined the American Dream, and those years defined us. We are the generation in between strife and facing strife, not turning our backs... The Eighties may have made us idealistic, but it is that idealism that will push us and be passed on to our children. The first children of the twenty first century. Never forget, we are the children of the Eighties.
From: Kelley Monte

These posts are great! I couldn't quit smiling! I could see me or someone I went to school with in every example! My best friend was in love with Bo Duke and we couldn't do anything on Friday's until after the show was over. We would even ride our bikes pretending to be The Dukes. I was obsessed with Rocky, or rather Sylvester Stallone. The Incredible Hulk was awesome! My sister had a boyfriend that looked like him (without the greeness). I remember this guy I had a crush on in school had these turquoise color parachute pants! I thought he was "so fine"! "Footloose" was the movie to see and Denise Williams singing "Let's Here it For the Boys"! I had to laugh when I read the comment about thinking 1999 was so far off and the one about promising to get together with old friends then to "Party like it's 1999", because I graduated in '89 and the idea that my 10 year class reunion was going to be in 1999 was one of the excitements of graduating for me. Don't know why really, I never partied that much anyway. I have a dear friend that died before we graduated, but she loved Molly Ringwald and Tina Turner and Paul Young. Those things remind me of her and the 80's. I also had the collection of high top Reeboks with the velcro in all colors. Red was my favorite, but I also had some black ones with hot pink on the bottom and on the shoestrings that went so well with my Black & Hot pink Coca Cola rugby shirt. I missed out on actually having a Swatch watch, but I did have a shirt. As a matter of fact I have a picture taken at school of me and a few of my friends when we all wore ours to school on the same day. Thanks for this! It has been great!
From: Dede

I was born at the tail end of 1980. I remember the days when Froot Loops had four colors, when Dunkin' Donuts was still around, when a neighbor's cat giving birth was a neighborhood event. The neighborhood getting together on the Fourth of July. I remember when kids wished on the first star in the sky and expected it to come true. When kids didn't need watches to know when to come home, mothers stood on the front porch and called. When the only people who had pagers were doctors and cell phones were a thing of imagination. The days when we thought by the time 2000 rolled around we'd be in hover cars and time travel would be possible. When Cub scouts actually *earned* their badges. When Trick or Treating was done in the neighborhood not in a mall and sitting in a hospital waiting room as the x-rays showed us what was in our candy. When we were taught how to "Walk like an Egyptian". The Conners and their star made headlines because of the Star Spangled Banner. When "I am your Venus" wasn't associated with a razor. When Happy Meals were on the dollar menu. When soda machines, phone calls and stamps were all 25 cents. When it was cool to wear leg warmers over jeans and to wear sweatshirts without shoulders. Watching Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Hard Castle and McCormick, Crazy Like a Fox, Family Ties, Punky Brewster, the Cosby Show and when Saved by the Bell was called Good Morning Miss Bliss and starred Hailey Mills. When the Wonderful World of Disney was on Tuesdays. Using my She-ra doll to play GI Joe with my brothers. Picture Pages with Bill Cosby, The Electric Company, Square One, Johnny Depp's start on 21 Jumpstreet, and Matlock. And so many of the other things people have mentioned. I wish I could say that life was simpler, but we all had our trials. We were just really having to start dealing with our classmates maybe being drug dealers, with the Challenger exploding, an attempt on the life of our president. The ending of the Cold War. Kids today have their challenges as we had ours. I loved the eighties even as I love today. I miss being a kid and this site has done a wonderful job of making me remember what was so good about those days.
From: Katie

The 80's were a blast!! I started high school in 1981. I was a teen and into my early 20's during the 80's I mean we had every kind of music imaginable. And we had all kinds of hairstyles and so many different clothing styles. We were the kings of cool!!! I miss dressing that way and wearing my hair in layers and spikes. So we could all look like the girls in the MTV videos. All the girls wanted to be Madonna. My daughters are now 16 and their school is having an 80's dance. Made me feel kinda old when they told me they were having one. But I must say I took them out to the thrift stores and they have the coolest 80's outfits ever!! Wait til I get ahold of their hair!! They are going to be the punkiest kids ever! Maybe they will start a new trend in 80's dress and style in the 20009's so these kids can stop wearing the 70's style and grunge. I mean neither of those eras have any style or imagination. I miss the 80's we rocked!!!!I'll be the person in the old folks home lisening to Duran Duran, and Def Lepard and AC/DC In my punk clothing and punked out hair rockin til I die!!!! It'll be crazy but weren't we all then???
From: Linda R

I'm only 20 now so was born in 83. But I only like the 80's music and fashion. I live in Swindon Wiltshire UK and I'm a singer/songwriter and college student. I find it sooo dificult to fit in, same goes with my music, I am to original and not a clonned "pop puppet". I visited Sony records they said I was a great singer/songwriter but even though my image is glam hey said "you're not modern enough", unless you sing like attomic kitten and look like them or simular then forget it. Who wants to have a riot outside record company(s) one time ? If yes or no email me anyhow and lets meet up if you sing even better.
From: sarah colvard

I am is born in 1985 and I get my first Teddy Ruxpin in 1987. I was 2 years old when I got it, and now I am 18 years old. I am on my fiveth teddy ruxpin and I have 5 teddy ruxpins. candice
From: Candice Harmon

I WAS BROWSING INTO THE INTERNET AND I SAW KID OF 80'S. ACTUALLY I WAS BORN IN 1980 AND I REMEMBER ALL KINDS OF STUFF. HE MAN, GI JOE, RAINBOW BRIGHT, ATARI, Garbage Pail Kids, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, Cindy Lauper, Micheal Jackson, and Nintendo in the mid 80s. And as a matter in fact, when I was about 7 I had to go with my cousin to the swap meet and buy under ground rap like NWA stuff like that, now its everywhere. I think the cause of all this is by the goverment and television to keep us occupied ETC, BUT IT IS A trip how technology can change your life in a whole different level. Different ways but oh well we are born and then we die and just make your life to be as best you can, cause if you live in the past you won't last. Anyways, that's my opinion so back in the days when I was a kid, but not a kid anymore wishing I was a kid again you know the rest of the song. God bless the 80's.

The 80's....I remember being told that I'm too 80's...and the weird thing was that it was true...I was born in 1984...so u would think I would be a 90's music hog..neh! Thanks to my dad, I first got into the 80's with the Scorpions, Metallica, and from my mom, Def Leppard, playing in the backround all of my life...I loved every minute of it! Now don't get me started on cartoons, and videogames...Captin N was awesome, as was TMNT, and Transformers, He-Man, and David the Gnome, come on I know u all remember that show! Now I'm in the Air Force, and some people look at me funny around the dorms when I put on classic rock at full volume, like Van Halen, Triumph, and Motley Crue; I gotta drown out the rap and the other music that's playing around me ya know!!I would love to live in the 80's forever, but alas, it will never be..I'm glad to have the memories though!
From: Daniel Spires

Ok guys. I know I'm not insane but I need to know the name of this cartoon, but for the life of me I can't remember it. There was a good and evil side. Everyone traveled by going across these wires which their backpacks created and moved them on. The reason they traveled this way was because the planet they were on had no ground. It was made up entirely of molten lava with hugh mountains and rocks coming up out of the surface. Thanks for the help guy. Oh and by the way G.I. Joes, Transformers, Voltron, Thundercats, He-Man, Silverhawks, and Starcom still kick ass.
From: DoomHammer67

My god THE best era of the world Is nothing more than the 80's. I remember coming home from school in a hurry to watch Thundercats (my fave 80's toon). Lion-o is the man! Also do you all remember the episode of Captain N and The Game Masters when capt N meets link and they fight horsehead! I loved that episode. I would love if they made a Zelda movie in the 80's or Blaster master, that was and still is my favorite game from the 80's. I used to stay up on weekends and figure how to get to levels 4,7 and 8. Now I have a tradition, on my b-day I HAVE TO beat blaster master. I love the 80s I would do anything to have them back, do you people remember the store Children's Palace? That place was so fresh, I wish someone took a pic of the place, it was shaped like a castle. I would shed a tear because I would love to see the castle again, too bad Toys R Us beat them down. I remember all the cartoons like Spiral Zone, Ninja Turtles, Thundercats, Silverhawks, Tigersharks ( I want to see the intro to that! because I don't remember it) Bionic six, He-man, She-ra, Shirt tales(god that was awesome), Disney's Gummi Bears, Wuzzles, Transformers (optimus prime is the Best Auto bot, not no dork like optimus primal, the original Transformer was the best HANDS DOWN.) Gi Joe, Hulk Hogans Rock n Roll Wrestling, C.O.P.S, the cybernetic cheif of police, the black guy he was sweet. Even though I am a guy I like My Little Pony cartoon and Rainbow Brite. Laugh if you want, I liked JEM and that one dude I remember on the USA Express, it showed a train and showed the logos or somthing on the train cars and told you what was coming on next, yes what a precious era. As a kid I loved Phil Collins and Peter Ceter (eg chicago). I was born in 82' and I am now 21 but what I wouldn't do to go back to the 80's. Before I end my entry I would like to point out somethings. Today's cartoons are stupid, they lack originality and fun, they are just really dumb, TV sucks now. I like the shows like Silver Spoons, Small Wonder, Out of this World, and Punky Brewster. Who can forget the movies, my fave FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, that ship is great. I loved ET, Mac and Me, Short Circut 1 and 2 ( they need a new one), No Hold's Barred, The Neverending Story, The Last Unicorn, The Secret of Nymph or whatever it is called, the Back to Future triolgy, Adventures in Baby- sitting, Spaceballs and Howard the Duck. I love more but I don't wanna write them all. I just love the 80's and I would love if a time machine existed I would visit all again, the music, games, cartoons and TV was the best, now it is either 3D or pure crap. Thanks for the memories all. SBZ 03
From: Scott Zettee

Hey all. Man, I am so a child of the 80's it isn't funny. I was born in 83. I miss the whole mood of the 80's, you know, when your whole world was MTV or Disney and you couldn't wait to get home watch TV? I miss classic Disney, they had some really great shows on TV, but now almost all of the shows on the channel suck. And the music was the best! "We didn't start the fire", "Lost in your eyes," "Take on me," "If you leave" oh, I could go on and on just thinking about what a great time I had back then. Since I was a child, what I miss most about the 80's was the fact I could have fun and be myself, not like now where I have to deal with crappy coursework which is being a pain. I was a kid and I could *be* a kid. At that time AIDS was the hardest thing we had to deal with. Now there are so many things we have to deal with, and I was just sitting here thinking of what life was like for me as a kid back in the 80's and I found this site and here I am, typing this bunch of sap up. E-mail me if you wanna talk about the 80's or whatever.
From: Lucy

I can relate to many things that I've read on here, too. Someone mentioned that if you said "they're going out with each other" it meant they were a couple. I remember Z Cavarrichis and Girbaud as being stylish. Baggy pants were cool at some point, and "sagging your pants" (or was this some time in the early or mid-90's) was cool to some males. Those slap on bands that were a fad of the times, and the teachers would not allow them, citing reports that someone had cut their wrist on them (there was a thin piece of metal inside, which made it potentially dangerous). I remember pee-wee football and the good times between practice, pep rallies, TP'ing people's houses for fun. On Friday night, the kids would go hang out and socialize at the rollerskating rink, and the DJ would play the music of the time, Ton Loc's "Wild Thing", Stevie B for when it came time couple's skating. Hanging out at the skating rink, playing the arcades there, Crazy Climber was the coolest thing to me (where u scale up a burning building saving people, and dogs even), and you controlled it with 2 joysticks (one with your left hand, the other with the right hand) and you'd control it by doing the climing actions (left joy up right joy down, and you'd alternate to make the character on the screen climb). I remember going to see Eddie Murphy's Coming to America with my dad, Nightmare On Elm street, She's Out of Control, Back to the Future, Karate Kid. I went through a baseball card collecting phase. I remember the Garbage Pail Kids collecting cards, too. Going swimming at the local waterpark, Wet'N'Wild, everyday during the summer days. I remember the music playing on the radio, Wilson Phillips, Depeche Mode "Enjoy the Silence", Paula Abdul "Cold Hearted Snake", "Straight Up". The NES (8-bit Nintendo System) was a big part of my life back then, as well as the succeeding SNES. Yes, I remember the ROB the robot and trying to get it to work with the NES game "Gyromite". A lot of cool memories from back then. I spent the 90's going thru middle school and high school. Not much going on in those years, though, except I always looked forward every week to the new episode of Star Trek, whether it was TNG, Voyager, or Deep Space Nine. I think I liked Deep Space Nine best. Great show.
From: Ted

I am definitely a child of the 80's. I was born in 77' and by the time I was 3 in 1980, everything was just beginning. I remember doing a lot of things that would occupy my time. Cleaning my room for the most part ( I am not a messy person in general )and doing the dishes. Playing with my Barbies, My Little Ponies, School, Cabbage Patch Kids, etc. When it came to watching television, I watched The Cosby Show, Dukes of Hazzard, Punky Brewster, You Can't Do That On Television, Sesame Street, Scooby-Doo, Rags to Riches, Care Bears, Smurfs, Looney Tunes, etc. I was in Girl Scouts from 1983 to 1990. I loved my music. I absolutely loved New Kids on The Block, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, George Michael, The Bangles. There are more, but I can't remember them all. Movies!!! My favorite area to talk about. I have not seen all the 80's movies but there are a lot that I absolutely love. To name some License to Drive, Great Outdoors, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, The Breakfast Club, Love Potion #9, BMX Bandits, Top Secret, Willow, Caveman, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Real Genius. I do remember sitting in my 2nd Grade Class when the Challenger exploded. Never forget that moment in time. I wish there was a rewind button and I would rewind to those times. I could just talk about the 80's all day. I do even get nostalgic 75% of the time. God bless those days.
From: Jennifer

This is one page of many, check out the intro at Child of the 80s where you can add your own memories as well.