Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I grew up in the 80s and had the most fun in the 80s as well, I'm still a big fan and always will be.
From: Ken

I was born in 1985- I am a child of the 80s - the decade of decadence. The music rocked, the culture and fashion rocked, the attitude was cool...I always say I was born in the wrong decade wish I was older in the 80s I woulda partied hard! I was so young in the 80s - all I can remember is the music and the big hair! LOL!!
From: Chris Evans

I really miss the fun times record stores, roller rinks great clothing stores. I mostly miss the way the clothes fit. I am 45 and the kids now a days don't know the great things that were out. I never thought that all the stores would close up and things would come to what they have done to the clothes nothing fits right. I have saved most of my clothes that are comfortable and look better then some of what is out there. It was a fun time I will never forget. I hope that it will come back again.
From: Charlene

I love Sylvanian Families/Maple Town. Plus Thrash Metal and punk was so cool, before emo and Deathcore were around! Also the NES ruled the 80s SLAYER!!!!
From: John

Well, I love the eighties first cause I was younger. No I love them because everything was so much fun back then! I used to dream of Ralph Macchio and Kirk Cameron. The sitcoms were so cool. I lived in Australia, so my eighties memories are really fresh in my mind.
From: Aurora

I was born in 1967, so I turned 13 in 1980 and 22 in 1989, it was my coming of age decade. The movies were the best, the music was fabulous, MTV still played music (my kids don't believe it) and except for a limited number of overseas incidents we didn't worry about terrorism. I went to a small school so everybody knew everybody and you didn't worry about someone bringing a gun to school, if 2 guys had a disagreement, we settled it with fists and not guns. It was the decade I met my wife who I am happy to report we just celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary, and the 1st of our 3 daughters was born in 1989. I feel sad for anyone who didn't get to enjoy this decade, Michael Jackson was normal, Madonna just hit big, Sean Penn was best remembered as Spicoli, New Edition was huge, Def Leppard, Dokken, Journey, and the movies were fabulous also, Breakfast Club, Real Genius, Three O'Clock High, Fright Night. Thanks for your trips down memory lane, it was an awesome period and I'm glad I had the opportunity to grow up in the greatest decade ever, the 1980s.
From: Clark

I was born in 1981, so I got to experience the 80s as a young child. That was the best time to be a little kid! The cartoons were great. You had He-Man, GI Joe, Transformers, and the Hanna Barbara cartoons were rerun. Who remembers USA Cartoon Express? That was the best block of animation. Too bad Cartoon Network killed that one off. I also loved the (now) simplicity of Nintendo. The technology was fun, but one thing was different from the way kids "these days" (Now I sound like and old fart). live today. We got off our asses and went outside and played, whether it was hot, cold, snowing, or raining. We took our toys outside and played. Nintendo and TV were for nighttime and extremely cold weather only. I also remember when Disney Channel was like having HBO.
From: MCS

I was born in 1975, so I remember the 80s pretty good. I loved the 80s hair bands like Ratt, Dokken, and Poison. It was a time of just having fun! Life was different back then. I think life was more innocent in some ways. I miss the 80s. I wish I had a time machine so that I could go back.
From: Eddy Larosa

I am 40 years old and lived some of the best days of my life in the 80s. I loved the music, the clothes, the laid back party feeling there always was. Everything was much simpler then. Even my kids know (and 2 of them are in high school) that mommy is an 80s girl - LOL! My entire iPod is dedicated to 80s music and videos. I have all the 80s movies on DVD. It was just a carefree time back then. I want to go back!
From: Allison Roberts

It may have been a total blur looking back, but the 80s was one big party which in my world never ended!
From: Lila

I was born in the 1990s. You will not believe how angry I was to find out I missed out on the 1980s. Now I have to go around telling people I realize I missed out. If everyone could bring the 1980s back, I would have a better life.
From: Missed Out

I was born in 86. I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles then and now. Yes even though the turtles changed drastically. I love 80s music Madonna, Steve Miller Band, The Cars and much much more. I love the movies Back to the Future and short circuit if that was made in the 80s. Amadeus was a really good movie, they don't really make movies like that anymore. Our economy was better in the 80s then it is now and Jobs were easier to get. Phantom of the opera the Andrew Lloyd Webber version was part of the 80s. Phantom was being developed in the 80s and the original soundtrack with Michael Crawford was made in the 80s as well. I am a huge Phantom of the Opera fan. The things I remember most about the 80s is the toy commercials. I don't remember a lot I was 4 years old in 89 so I don't remember the 80's that much but I do remember the style the big hair and the Jone Rivers talk show and of course the toys and cartoons. Pee Wee's Playhouse was my favorite show when I was a kid. I still watch it from time to time.
From: Jay

Born in 1973, so I was 7-17 in the best decade. What can come close to the movies? Goonies, Back to the Future, Can't Buy Me Love, and Some Kind of Wonderful. The best cartoons: He-Man, Thundercats, and Transformers. You didn't have to feel guilty kicking a ball and swinging on a rope swing(without necessary insurance forms:). All in all the 80s was great fun and I gotta feel sorry for anyone growing up in any other decade!
From: Rob

Being 16 in 1985, living in south Florida and driving a Trans Am at the time was the perfect combination for 80s awesomeness. I will never forget how great things were at the time because everything seemed to click. The music was awesome, the general attitude was positive, fun was still allowed, political correctness was unheard of, gas was cheap, crimes were nowhere near as appalling as they are today, etc. That's why I love the 80s.
From: Ed

I was born in 1968, so I definitely consider the 80s to be my time. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. On one hand if you were middle class and sheltered, it was a peaceful, optimistic and innocent time. On the other hand it was when things got really hard for poor people. It was also the time when many of the social ills that plague us today began: Massive homelessness, gang violence, the crack epidemic and explosion in use of hard drugs, global warming and deregulation that allowed wall street to destroy our economy.
From: Nick Wood

Valley Girl, Fast Times At Ridgemont High (before Clueless and Bill n Ted's Excellent Adventure series - Spicoli and Phoebe Cates !), Sixteen Candles, Top Gun or Risky Business (Tom Cruise), Breakfast Club, the Terminator (I'll be back!), Nightmare on Elm Street (Freddy Krueger), Friday The 13th (Jason at Camp Crystal Lake), Big Trouble In Little China (before the Mortal Kombat video game), the wacky Police Academy series, Rocky III and IV, Rambo series, Predator, Weird Science (Kelly LeBrock was hot back then), the Goonies, Gremlins (Bright light !), Pretty In Pink (Molly Ringwald), Sixteen Candles (Long Duck Dong !), the Breakfast Club (Brat Pack !), the Lost Boys (featuring the two Coreys, Haim and Feldman), the Outsiders (Matt Dillon was cool), the Karate Kid (wax on, wax off !), Rumble Fish, the first Vacation movie (Chevy Chase and Christie Brinkley), Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Caddyshack, the Ghostbusters series, E.T. (phone home !), the Back To The Future series (Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly.) Scarface (Say Hello to my lil' friend) and other great flicks like Poltergeist (They're here !). Before Jessica Simpson, Lady Ga Ga, Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Miley "Hannah Montana" Cyrus, you had Madonna, Pat Benatar (love is a battlefield), Debbie Gibson (out of the blue and shake your love), Tiffany, Cyndi Lauper (wanna have fun), Kim Carnes, Olivia Newton John, Lita Ford, Cher (she's like a cockaroach), etc. Watch "13 going on 30" with Jennifer Garner. Great rental. I don't know about Adventureland. Prince and Michael Jackson (his THRILLER was BAD and DANGEROUS when he was black). I remember a time when MTV used to play music videos, instead of reality tv shows - like things from Men At Work (Down Under), Berlin (Take My Breath Away and the Metro), Samantha Fox (Naughty Girls Need Love Too), Yaz (Situation), Tears For Fears, New Order (Confusion and of course, Blue Monday), Animotion (you are my Obsession), ABC, Blondie, The Cars, Dead Or Alive (spin me around like a record), the Fixx, Flock Of Seagulls (Vice City video game song: I Ran - so far away..), Duran Duran (the Reflex), Afrika Bambaatta (Planet Rock), Grandmaster Flash (The Message), Sugarhill Gang (Rapper's Delight), Quadrant Six (Body Mechanic), Cybotron (Clear), Mantronix (Fresh Is The Word), Egyptian Lover (Egypt Egypt), Hashim (Al Naayafish the Soul), Man Parrish (Hip Hop Be Bop), Paul Hardcastle (19, Rain Forest and Moonhopper), Run DMC (Walk This Way with Aerosmith), Jody Watley (looking for a new love baby), Pebbles (Mercedes Boy), Technotronic (pumps up the jam), Chaka Khan (I Feel For You), Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Relax don't do it...when you wanna come), Kajagoogoo (Too shy), Human League, the Police (Do Do Do, De Da Da Da), Soft Cell (Tainted Love), Talking Heads (Burning Down The House), Thompson Twins (Hold Me Now), Kim Wilde (Kids In America), Wang Chung (wants Everybody to have fun tonight), Yello (Oh yeah !). The emergence of the Latin-based pop/dance genre, FREESTYLE ! Stevie B's Spring Love, before Lady Gaga there was Gina Go Go, Nocera (Summertime, Summertime), Tamara and The Seen's Everybody Dance, Cover Girls, Sweet Sensation, Pretty Poison (Catch Me, I'm Falling from the Hiding Out movie), Trinere's All Night and They're Playing Our Song, Expose's Come Go With Me, Debbie Deb's When I Hear Music), Jellybean (Sidewalk Talk with an unknown singer, Madonna) and Sa-Fire (Boy I've Been Told).
From: Kevin

Kid's stuff, commercials and Saturday morning cartoons: The Smurfs, Fat Albert, the Snorks, Care Bears, Jem and the Holograms, Duck Tales, School House Rock commercials (Conjunction junction, what's your function), Tootsie Lollipop commercial with the yellow owl, Smokey The Bear commercial, Easy Bake Oven toy commercial, Strawberry Shortcake, the usual Peanuts holiday special, Garfield, Bugs Bunny, Muppet Babies, Fraggle Rock tv series, the Muppet Show tv series, Transformers (now a movie series), G.I. Joe (now a movie), Masters Of The Universe (I have the power, Skeletor !), Robotech, Voltron, Thundercats (Hooooo !), TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - I remember watching the movies, like the one with wanna-be rapper Vanilla Ice.
From: Steve

Computers and pre-internet days: Before the internet, there were games like "Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy" and "Wing Commander." I remember a movies being made about these two video games. The second starring Freddie Printz, Jr. I remember having a Commodore 64-they had a slow modem (9600 baud speed) and all you could do was make text messages. The earliest ISP/internet companies were CompuServe, Delphi, Genie, MCI Mail, Quantum Link (later America Online), Applelink and bulletin boards. I remember watching the Matthew Broderick film "War Games" and thinking - is this the future of computers ? Pre-Matrix era...
From: John

I was born in 1976, and I had a lot of fun in the 80s! I remember pegging our pants, fleece pullovers, satin football jackets, ram horn ten speed bikes, dove running shorts (so cool), keds, jelly sandals, stirrup pants (yuck), jelly bracelets, glitter bracelets, dangle earings, charmkins, watchamals, wuzzles, chubbles, hubba bubba, kids inc., neon colors, Lee press on nails, water weenies, bermuda shorts, easy bake ovens, hollie hobby, model rockets, and my brother's science lab wich we used to make a radio, night time neighborhood hide and seek, sleeping in your backyard in a tent with the neighbor kids, truth or dare, prank calls (no caller i.d.) toilet papering the jerk down the street's house!, the drive in playground, ralph machio, and ricky schroeder (sigh), WKRP, Punky Brewster and Michael Jackson.
From: Samantha Baker

so just like some other people, i unfortunately wasn't born in the 80's. :( i mean i'm so so so jelous of the great music they have. now, everything is just the same rap over and over. that's why i'll just put a POISON or DEF LEPPARD cd. those are two of the best bands ever, and i love So much more rock music (especially glam and hair metal.) The men in those bands were smokin' hot. I love the long teased hair, and everyone had such great style too. I am just so jealous of people who got to be teens in the 80s. The 80s were the BEST. <3 :)
From: Bozzy

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.