Why Are You A Child Of The 80s?

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Having been born at the very end of 1977, I was most definitely a child of the 80s. I remember getting up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings to watch all those awesome cartoons; Thundercats, Jem, Muppet Babies, Gummi Bears, Smurfs, She-Ra, Yogi and Friends, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Care Bears, and Rainbow Brite were my favorites. Oh, to be ten again and watch just one more CBS Storybreak. I had tie-dyed t-shirts, banana clips, stone-washed jeans (were they EVER cool?) and tons of jelly shoes. I loved Fun Dip, Pop Rocks, Slush Puppies and ICEEs. I had a yellow Cabbage Patch Kids plastic lunch box and thought I was cool. I had a huge collection of Care Bears, Pound Puppies and My Little Ponies. I loved Poochie and Troll Dolls. I could amuse myself for hours on end with click-clackers and snap bracelets. A pink Huffy bicycle was my pride and joy. I didn't have an Atari but I remember playing Rat Race and Ms. PacMan on my Commodore 64. I loved reading Judy Blume and Saradipity books. Back To The Future was the greatest movie ever made, and no matter how bad your day was a McDonald's Happy Meal could make everything better. Remember the Food Changeables, I had an Ice Cream cone that turned into a robot. My music was Madonna, Whitney Houston,and Hewy Lewis and the News. I remember swinging on my swingset and singing at the top of my lungs. I skated every other weekend at the rollar rink, and always got a chocolate malted ice cream you had to eat with those tiny, flat wooden spoons. I was absolutely mad about scratch n'sniff stickers, I had a crush on Don Johnson from his Miami Vice days. Yes, the 80s are gone but as long as there are sites like this one they will live on in our hearts forever.
From: Terie

Graduating in 1987, I mostly feel sorry for the kids graduating today. They dont know what fun is. I remember playing sports after school. Then drinking in vacant fields around our hometown with everyone in our class, listening to everything from the Beastie Boys to Prince, until the car battery would die out, from leaving the cassette deck on to long. Now all those fields are strip malls and houses. A few other things that stand out: Haveing a girl come up to be after a basketball game, and tell me she just saw The Breakfast Club, saying it was the coolest movie she had ever seen. Thinkng I should have wrestled after seeing Vision Quest, and wanting to make a lot of money after watching Wall Street. The Clothes, the Music; a more simple life that kids will never see today. I ran into a teacher a few years ago who retired after 50+ years of teaching. He said our class was the best he had ever had. The best decade ever.
From: brett knapp

I graduated High School in 1987 so I pretty much grew up in the 80's. Jr. High I watched alot of three's company, and wore chic jeans with leg warmers (purple was my fav) and my favorite movie was ET. Hey Mickey your so fine, I was a new wave chic in High School thanks to MTV, and hated preps wearing Florenza. My favorite bands were Tears For Fears and Depech Mode. I shaved one side of my head and had long bangs. I wore basically anything that Cyndi Lauper would wear. My fav show was Scooby Doo, I loved Molly Ringwald and was afraid of Nuclear War. My boyfriend in high school made the "grandfather clause" so he could still buy beer. That was the highlight of my high school days. The Days of College my mother really began to worry about me. I wore all black all the time, Doc Martins even in the summer, and Manic Panic (Hair dye) of various colors depending on my mood. Not to mention "acting" really depressed, it was cool to be Dark and Gothic. I dated guys that looked alot like Robert Smith, and spent way too much time at concerts and clubs. The best thing about the 80's is definately the music, I listend to 97X BAM the future of Rock in Roll! (Sniff, Sniff). My son doesn't believe me when I mention that a "new" really cool song is actually an old 80's song remade. That's how cool the music was. They still wanna sing it. Chris
From: Chris

Ilove the 80's, because that was when kids shows were funny. When I was little girl my favorite show was Punky Bewster, and I love it when she went "Punky Power!!!", that was my favorite show, and each time I watched it I always laughed. P.S. I wish I could see it on Televison or have it on tape.
From: LatoyaVirginia Kidd

First off, I would like to say, that I'am Soooooooooo happy that I am not the only one stuck in the 80's. This is such a wonderful site. Here it is 2004 and (I was born in 1972), and I still love listening to the music of the 80's, and wishing all the great shows of then would come back. I used to love all the great cartoons of then, like all the Saturday morning ones. I used to love watching shows like Kids Incorp., Nightrider(Michael Knight - sexy, KITT - what a car!!), The Cosby show, Rosanne, Tour of Duty, Dukes of Hazzard (I Loved Bo), Punky Brewster, Dallas, Little House On The Prairie, Welcome Back Kotter (remember Vinnie and Wuan), The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The A Team, Three's Company, Family Ties, Out Of This World, ALF, A Different World, Small Wonder, Wise Guy (Vinnie was HOT and Sonny wasn't bad either). The 80's was something else; schools were safer then where I grew up. It was safer period. I can remember getting up really early in the summers, and staying out playing in the neighborhood way past dark. Rollerskating was a big thing, and clothes were so different. What is with these kids wearing pants that are so big that they are practically falling off. Kids were kids back then, and not like these kids nowadays, where they are messing around at a really young age. I guess I will close now, with just one more thing to say: the 80's were awesome!!!
From: Lena

While I may have been born in the 70's, it was the 1980's that formed the most memorable part of my childhood. I was in high school from 1985 to 1989. TV shows rocked, from V to Buck Rogers to Knightrider and the A-team. Transformers and Astroboy, and especially ROBOTECH. It was when I discovered girls, and Queen and Started my love affair with Role playing Games like Dungeons and Dragons and TMNT. We who lived the 80's will always remember and understand. Never shall we be able to relive those great times, as we grow older, and things ever more become fond but faded memories. Hurrah for the Eighties... Lest we forget
From: Kevin

Born in 70, i was 10 years old going into the 80s, they were the best times in my life, brought back a lot of memories, reading some of the comments posted. I remember maroon and grey stay press trousers, loafers, madness, spencer 20 pleats, ska and my gt pro performer bmx - oh i loved my bmx. Remember the sinclare 48k spectrum - what a laugh i had on it, no offence to anyone out there, but I don't remember many fat kids in them days, could have been somthing to do with the fact that we wanted to be out side running about, rather than inside eating big macs and giving their parents grief. What about 1,2,3 im free and british bulldog, tying thread onto the neighbours door knocker, and hiding round a corner, any one out there remember pink or yellow cardigans, you had to be a hard man to carry the pink one off though. Met my future wife at the bonfire in 85, merrydown triple vintage, mundies, buckfast and super tennents, alot of these things will bring back a lot of memories, to many people growing up in these times, espcially if you live in N Ireland, please excuse the spelling and any other mistakes - remember mitching?
From: anthony

Why I am a chiild of the Eighties. I remember my GI Joes, Star Wars action figures, and my wonderful legos. I was the luckiest kid on the block when I got my Comodore 64 computer. All the rest of my friends just had Atari 2600 or Colecovision. My first Powell Peralta skateboard, and meeting Tony Hawk when he was a teenager. I was in DogTown Skateboard shop during the Iran Contra hearings. We all got a great laugh when the scapegoat military guy, I can't remember his name for the life of me [Editor: Oliver North] said " they told me to shred so I shredded". The Z chanel and ON TV, to watch MTV was to rebel against your folks. I remember needing 2 dimes to call home, and a handful of quarters got us candy and soda from the corner store. I watched WWF with my uncle as the Hulkster fought Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddey Piper, Gary Heart and the Heart Foundation, SuperFly Snooka was my personal favorite. I remember jammin to Men at work, Wall of Voodoo, and Billy Idol. I loved the song "Playin with the queen of hearts" or whatver the actual title was. I remember being so upset when the MIGHTY 690 (690am) went off the air since fm radio had now taken over the airwaves. I secretly stayed up late Sunday nights, 10pm, so I could listen to Dr Demento on KMET 94.7 in Los Angeles. KMET the greatest rock and roll station LA has ever seen. I also remember listening in the late 80's, as KMET went off the air with Strawberry Fields Forever. I still find myself singing songs from the Muppet movie, "moving right along..diggy dum, diggy dum" ghostbusters, terrible horror movies that scared the pants off us then but are plain silly now. I will also never forget the day my Science teacher rolled the television set into the classroom so we could all watch the launch of the space shuttle challenger. Only to watch in horror as the events took place before us. My teacher cried as she turned off the set.
From: Dave Schibel

I was born in 1976 so I was age 4-14 in the 80s, but somehow I feel more like a "child of the 80s" than the 70s or 90s. I remember watching the Muppets, Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and "grown up" shows like Dukes of Hazzard (I loved Luke Duke), and Three's Company (RIP John Ritter, I loved him too). When I got a little older I was into all of the Brat Pack movies. I wanted to be Molly Ringwald, and Cyndi Lauper rolled into one. I was Cyndi Lauper for Halloween three years running, and then Madonna, and my friend was Rosanna Arquette's character of Susan (a la Desperately Seeking Susan). For Halloween everyone was a "punk rocker". I thought Porky's was the ultimate "risque" flick. I wanted to be older. I loved having my own telephone, and that was a HUGE DEAL amongst my friends. I remember thinking I was so cool with my Garfield phone, Wham. Buttons on my purple jean jacket, and Kaepas or Keds. I wore sweatshirts with the neon phone cord belt, and big plastic charm necklaces. I had 3 Swatch watches and it was sooooo exciting when I got them for Christmas (one each year), along with a Le Clic disc camera and Barbie McDonald's, and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy puppets. Those were some of my all-time fave presents from childhood. We had footless lace leggings under our shorts. The rich kids wore nothing but Camp Beverly Hills and Benetton, but they were made fun of for the HUGE bows in their hair. All of the cool boys wore Vans and OP sweatshirts every day, and most of them took karate like Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid. I envied the teenagers, the new wavers and punk rockers, they were my idols with their crimped Nice N' Easy blue-black hair, eyeliner, and puffy sneakers a la Robert Smith. I loved all of the 80s music, everything from Van Halen to Echo and the Bunnymen, I was too young to know the differences amongst the different types of music, and as an adult I'm kind of glad, because I had the exposure to ALL of it and I still love most of it (especially the Smiths and the Cure). Siouxsie Sioux in the "Peekaboo" video scared me when I was 7, and delighted me by the time I was 10. I wanted to speak with a British accent, and wear nothing but black. I also thought Samantha Fox was very sexy, and she was my idol when I got a little older. My mom was basically a pageant mom and she dressed me up in what appeared to be Catholic schoolgirl uniforms, with a giant kiltie pin. I had Republican parents and BIG spiral permed hair. My friends and I traded little safety pins with colored "friendship beads". We made extremely elaborate friendship bracelets out of embroidery floss. We worried about Nuclear War and AIDS. We thought President Ronald Reagan was cool, like a friendly grandpa type who loved jelly beans. When we got a little older the cool places to hang out were the pool or skating rink; gotta love that "couple skate" to Jeff Healey Band's Angel Eyes or something by Poison, perhaps. We ratted our hair up and sprayed on tons of Aqua Net, and Rave Level 4 hairspray to keep it that way. We jumped rope Double-Dutch, and we even jumped rope while bouncing on our Pogo Balls, mine was hot pink with a teal ball. At recess we played tetherball and 4 square and the game of MASH (mansion, apartment, shack, house) to find out what the future would hold. We secretly read books like "Go Ask Alice" and "The Thorn Birds", much to our teachers' dismay. We walked around the neighborhood wearing visors or baseball caps, and carrying a "ghetto blaster" radio with Bon Jovi and Run DMC at top volume. We sang to Kenny Rogers and The Bangles in music class at school. My friends all wanted to marry Kirk Cameron, Michael Jackson, or one of the Corey Haim/Cory Feldman team. I was into Judd Nelson and River Phoenix. NKOTB was huge but very short-lived, within a few months fans were denying ever having liked "the New Kids" as they were known. I remember thinking I was so cool, and tough, because I could watch all of the Poltergeist movies without getting freaked out. LOL. Those were the days, man...I miss them.
From: Angela Whitley

Being a child of the 80s was the best. Reading the other writings in this forum brings back memories of the good times, and I want to include my own. This could get kind of long, so feel free to stop reading when you want. My sisters (also 80s childern) always wore those "jellies" (is that the right spelling?) shoes, the cheap, clear plastic, sandal-like things that came in different colors and were designed with sparkles on them. I remember grade school stuff a lot: square dancing in gym class, "four-square" on the playground, which was like a cross between dodge ball, basketball, and hopscotch. Every Friday was "jams" day. Remember jams, they were something between shorts and pants, but felt like boxer shorts. I remember collecting baseball cards from the grocery store, and next to them at the checkout counter were big sacks of gum called "Big League Chew," which was packaged to look like chewing tobacco. TV shows I watched: Voltron, Thundercats, Transformers, Fraggle Rock, The Smurfs, He-Man (but not Shee-Ra), You Can't Do That On Television, 3-2-1 Contact, and everyday after school my friend and I had 15 minutes to run to his house to watch Square One because we loved Mathman. I recall the terribly trendy tunes and bands, like "Do the Bartman," "The Humpty Dance," "Vanilla Ice," "New Kids on the Block," (ugh - do i have to go on? lol). If you were a child of the 80s then you know the rest of what I mean. My sisters watched Rainbow Brite and Care Bears, and they had Pound Puppy and My Little Pony toys. When the Challenger exploded I wasn't even in school. My mom had pulled me out for a week to take the family on vacation to California, and that's when it happened (Yeah, my mom was cool like that), and therefore I missed the special lecture they held at school in the aftermath. In theatres I remember seeing E.T. and Star Trek IV, because I used to love the whales. I rode my Hot Wheels around our car port, and we had a trampoline in the back yard which, of course, we used when all the neighborhood kids came over. My grandmother drank Tab all the time (eck). My mom got a job where she had one of those massive mobile phones that looked like something they use in the military (they were not called cell phone back then). The most revolutionary computer game was "Logo," the little turtle who drew lines according to grid/line command inputs. Kids in school would stand in line just waiting to try it for 5 minutes. WHO SHOT J.R.??... Who even cared as far as I was concerned, I was a kid, and when Dallas came on I found it boring - lol. Of course I eventually had a Nintendo, but looking back I was surprised that you could rent video games as far back as the 80s. Super Pitfall, Marble Madness, Castlevania, Bionic Commando; and if there are other NES freaks reading this, how could you ever top Mega Man 2 - hehe. "New Coke" Who were they kidding anyways. Gosh, I'm sure there's TONS more thoughts/trends/concepts that I could say about the greatest possible era of childhood in the 20th century, but I can't write all day. If you were born too late to know about anything I've written here then I know it's not your fault, but you really should check out 80s web sites that are dedicated the greatest pop culture decade. It was fun, cool, and really really RAD!
From: John

Damn do i miss the 80's... Being born in '77, and all i'm definately and 80's child...I even still got a lot of the toys in mint condition thanks to my mom, toys ranging from strawberry shortcake to my little pony, rainbow bright,cabbage patch dolls, even adorable little sea wees,as well as garbage pail kids now who could forget those. Loved and still do 80's music nothing like new wave (yes the wedding singer is a favorite movie of mine because of the music and the whole era). I also absolutely love the 80's movies Sixteen Candles, Valley Girl, Breakfast Club, St Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, The Legend Of Billie Jean,what nostalgia. I really miss those days.
From: Kristen

I'm A Child Of The 80's too I don't Like Being Callled Generation X I Hate The 90's And the 00's so Much Everything Became Bad in the 90's Cause Of The 70's Crap Can Back I Hope The 80's Style Comes Back Soon
From: Patrick

I was born in 1975. I'm so proud to be a child of the 80's. Let me just add a few lines to Bowling for Soup's new hit " 1985"..... U.S.A for Africa, first year for Wrestlemania , New Coke had a brief stint, Ronald Reagan President, had ringside seats to Farm Aid, drank my weight in Kool Aid, Cyndi Lauper She Bopped, Way before Kid Rock, I was just a little guy in 19 19 1985 !!
From: Brian Mccauley

one day in the 80's (after watching the movie "War Games") I scared the hell out of my parents by pretending I had hacked into the government computer and was about to start a nuclear war...All I had was a commodore 16, but they hadn't a clue. Hilarious. [Editor: Nice touch!!!]
From: Jimmy

i was born in 1971, so i remember the 70's and the 80's. i guess the thing that stands out the most to me about the 80's is how fun loving things were. compared with the 90's and today, we seemed like children lost in our dreams. life itself was less complicated, and more enjoyable than the jaded mess we find ourselves in today. i relive the 80's at least once or twice a day.
From: chris

Be born in 1976 you could not understand that the 80s were the best decade to live in. The best music, clothes, televisions shows, and games. The decade that broght nintendo to the mainstream. The years of fashion such as Jelleys, Jams, Spandex, Pac-Man shirts, and lets not forget nikes, converse, and rebook pumps. Great shows like Double Dare, Finder Keepers, Thundercats, Transformers, He-Man, M.A.S.K., Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, A-team, Macguyver, the primer of America's Most Wanted, Pinwheel, You Can't Do That on Television, Dangermouse, Nick Rocks, and others. Yes the 1980s was the best decade to been alive who will forget the day the Berlin Wall went down in November 1989, the Great Earthquake series of 1989. Players like Dale Murphy, Cal Ripken, and many others were in their prime. Music from artist like Journey, Def Lepard, Bon Jovi, Posion, Winger, Warrant, and others made us feel alive, not like that crap of grunge. Yes, I do loved the 80s and I do miss them.
From: Alex McKeel

Born in 1978 making me 26, now I still have my He-man and She-ra figures: Teela, Skelator, Catra, Glimmer, Castaspella, Frosta, Angelica and - of course - He-man and She-ra, oh and Cringer too. I also had the annuals, which my dad brought down from the attic the other day. God, that brought back memories. I had a Jem doll too but can't remember which one, and I still know the theme song by heart "Jem is my name, no one else is the same, Jem is my name, Jem!" Oh my god. I had some mylittlepony's too but I never had a care bear, all my friends did but I never got one. I loved Who's the Boss and had a crush on Tony Danza, which reminding myself how young I was doesn't seem right today. My wall was covered with Michael J. Fox posters, and yes I did kiss the one by my bed goodnight, every night, and yes I did dream of marrying him one day. I watched Back to the Future and Teenwolf over and over again, and wished I was 'Boof' which I always thought was a wierd name. I remember as a treat every Wednesday and Friday I was allowed to stay up and watch Dallas (Wed) and Dynasty (Fri) with a glass of milk and a caramel bar. I think that was pretty cool of my parents. Dynasty was my fave because all the talk about oil use to confuse and bore me in Dallas. I think I watched Moonlighting a bit later becaue I remember having a tv in my room, and use to stay up and have it on quietly so my parents couldn't hear it. Must have been '87 I think. Did the same thing with Midnight Caller. Anyone else watch North and South with Patrick Swayze, god I loved that, the character Ashton was the best. They just don't make shows like that anymore. Even though when The empire Strikes Back was released I was only small, I still had lots of the toys and books. I saw Jedi at the cinema with my dad and that goes down as one of the most monumental parts in my life. I'll never forget it. I couldn't remember my name when I came out. They made some of the best movie's in the 80's, movie's that just transported you to another place. I don't know if it's because I'm an adult now, but the last film to leave me open mouthed, and in a daze after seeing it was Batman. There's just something missing from today's movie's, originality for one. I feel sorry for today's kid's that they don't get to experience that 80's magic.
From: Rebekah

Reading all this comments about the 80's brings back so many memories. I was a tomboy so I loved watching He-Man, Thundercats, GI Joe, and Transformers (the original) and especially The Justice League (not the one they show now on Cartoon Network). I also like the Snorks, Smurfs and She-ra, though I thought she wasnt as tough as He-Man, I also liked the Munchichies. I wanted to marry Superman (Christopher Reeve), or Kirk Cameron. I loves Growning Pains, Family Ties, Who's the Boss. Now it seems that everything we thought was cool then is "lame" now. That is so sad.
From: Lucy

hey, I was a child of the eighties being born in 1971. I was 8 when the decade came in. The eighties are the best decade ever, and for Jem who wrote that people who were born between 76-86 are the true child of the eighties; you are crazy, and don't know anything about that decade. People who were born between 1967 and 1982 are the true kids of that marvelous decade. jose
From: jose

I loved the 80's. Most of my memories when I was a child revolved around the T.V. I still have some of the old school cartoons on video. I taped She-Ra, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bares, My Little Pony, Rainbow Bright, and Popples. But nowadays all I can find is the modern version of these shows, and I have lost most of my tapes over the years, and it is good to see a website dedicated to my childhood memories. I miss watching all of these shows and playing with my toys. I just wish they could bring all of the origionals back, not the knock offs that they try to sell today.
From: Amanda Wilson

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