Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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Born in 1967 so I turned 13 in 80 and 22 in 89, so that was my decade. MTV actually was watchable, we went from 3 tv channels to cable, before XBOX, Playstation, there was Atari! The music as the best, and the movies were fabulous, I guess what I really miss most about the 80s was just being a kid, letting the parents worry with bills and such things. Hopefully my children will also have that luxury, so far they have, and I hope they look back on their decade as fondly as I do.
From: Clark

I was born in 1971,so i guess i could say that i spent most of my teen years in the 80's. I love the pop-culture stuff of this decade. From fashion, to music, to movies, and TV. The hair-styles were so distinctive, everything was about color and variety, and unlike any other decade, it was the one that most reminded you of the words "melting pot". It was a time when cultures started blending together,when technology started getting better, and most of all, it was a time when the promise of a bright future was almost tangible. I was sad when things started to 'darken' in the 90's. I was too young in the 70's, but i felt it was just a little too wild and decadent for me. The 80's was a more gentle time. It was crazy and fun, but in festive kind of way.
From: Bobbi

I was born in 1967. The 80s remind me all the stuff we had when society was much more green and naive. We were more free than nowadays.
From: Dino, Portugal

You actually had to get up and change the channels!
From: Chris

Many great memories. No decade has been as good and none will be better. Making out with an older chick to the "new" song Purple Rain at Martin's Party in the grass drinking Black Flag Beer. Cruzin' with my buds in their lime green Datsun B210. Listen to Mix tapes you made on your boom box from the radio. No CDs No XM radio, No iTumes. You were the media delivery system. The first Mac in 1984, the awesome Superbowl commercial to introduce it. We who lived it cut our teeth on the first video games made. Stand up arcade machines like Astroids, Donkey Kong, and Pac-Man. The Atari 2600.. Damn that thing was pixelated! You would freak if you saw it, but could play it for days! We hated the Russians, we loved Star Wars, etc, etc. Sony tape walkmans, the real MTV, etc. etc. I could go on forever. The eighties ruled!!!
From: shenze

I have read many many entries here, and the one common thread I see is that the 80's were fun, upbeat and people were just plain cool to be around. I have to agree totally. I remember going out to clubs on Thursday nights to see live music. Everybody had smiles on their faces and they were really friendly. People these days seem edgy and take themselves too seriously. What ever happened to the simple joys of a good music video on Friday Night Videos. Yes, every Friday night we would get together and have a few beers and wait for that intro music to start the show. By the way you can see that intro on YouTube. It will bring back all those great memories in a big way, check it out. Also, like most of you, I would go back in a heartbeat. I miss those times dearly and think of them often. I turned 18 and graduated in 1980 and I'm so honored to have been a part of that perfectly fun decade. I'll let you all in on a little secret, there is a little corner in my mind that is still in the 80's....and always will be. Something tells me I'm not the only one.
From: Frank C.

Oh man I never realized how much I really missed the 80's. I was born in 79 and to me 1985 was one of the best years ever. Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, MTV, Nickelodeon's Double Dare and You Can't Do That On Television. The Cosby Show and Growing Pains helped us deal with problems and we have Dukes of Hazzard and BJ and the Bear for laughs. Do people even remember the shorts called Jams? Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, all showed us what one man armies were all about and America Ninja showed us how bad ass ninja's were supposed to be. Comic books were epic back then and had great story lines. Horror movies, USA's Saturday Nightmares and Night Flight showing Night of the Living Dead and Terror in Tiny Town every weekend. I felt like a part of me died when the the 90's hit but then again those weren't so bad either. I wish that we could get back into that frame of mind again. People are so uptight about everything and the world looks bleak.
From: Jason

I was a child in the 80's but would've preferred to have been a teenager. I feel as though I missed out on seeing all those great bands and films that will never go back to cinemas again. Plus the 80's had the best films of any decade. Examples: Back to the future and Indiana Jones series, Superman II, War Games, Star Wars sequels, Gremlins, The Goonies, Ghostbusters, The Burbs, Splash, Airplane, the list goes on.....It's still 1985 in my mind and it will never change.
From: Paul

I wrote before but I love the 80's soo much I have to show my feelings somewhere, most kids my age would laugh at me if I told them how I truly feel about the 80's. The girls were awesome! the movies were awesome! the music!, parties! I didnt live in the 80's but from the movies I have seen and the stories older people tell me, I cant compare my era to it. In todays era the people are plain boring man. The 80's were soo much fun, and just by me looking at the past videos and listening to the music I can tell how awesome it must have been. You people are very lucky to have grown up in the 80s here in America, you should be thankful. OH, the fun I would have had if I were an 80's teen!!! I WISH!
From: Ted

Why I love the 80's is because of the movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Weird Science. The Brat Pack was the coolest thing on earth. Jim Henson rocked the house with Fraggle Rock and a story was neverending. Imagination was the thing in the 80's. Alf, Who's the Boss, Punky Brewster,Different Storkes, Webster, I could go on and on. The cartoon were the things to watch especially on Saturday Morning. The channels were great with great character's like Captain Commander on USA. Also being scared was cool.
From: Tuna

Born in 78 but had 3 older brothers and a sister that exposed me to more 80s than my peers. Because it was Saturday mornings in pajamas with the feet, watching cartoons, Saturday evenings with a babysitter eating mac n cheese, watching Spies Like Us, Karate Kid and maybe sneaking Friday the 13th. It was such an incredibly focused decade on very specific clothing, attitudes, slang, and culture in general. The 90s or the 2000s are smorgasbords of anything and everything with no real identity. I'm a very happy person now with a family of my own but I sure sometimes miss those days.
From: Dlish

I was 10 years old when the 80s started, so i was able to really experiece all of it as a pre teen and later teen. i really could careless for the clothing but loved the music and the video arcades. spent countless weekends at the arcade playing all the latest arcade soon to be classics. 80-85 was the best part of the decade imo. by the later 80s it all started becoming tired and a parody of what the 80s were about. in retrospect, i thought the wholemiami vice craze was the beginning of the end for the 80s. everything got all pastel and dayglo looking.
From: Lee

My older sister went off to college in 87. However i was born in 1977. Double lucky year. Since we were very close I remember her taking me to the movies a lot. I remember seeing Ghostbusters, ET, Spies Like Us, Bill and Ted's Excellent adventure, Nightmare on Elm Street. Karate Kid 2, Rocky 4. And the pop music blew my mind as well as all the great rap music. 80's was the golden age of rap nothing like it. I mean i love rap now but 80's had it cornered. LL Cool J. Slick Rick, Ice-T, Fat Boys, DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemey, Eric B And Rakim, Biz Markie, Run-DMC, Whodini, UTFO, Beastie Boys, EPMD, Salt N Pepa, Too Short, Grandmaster FLash And The Furious Five among others. The Sitcoms like Cosby, the Dramas like Miami Vice. Not to mention my favorite thing Wrestling, which was the golden age. My favorites were Rowdy Roddy Piper as he could say stuff that kept you entertained. Also the Road warriors. Just so different then anybody else. Ricky the Dragon Steamboat, Bret Hart, Andre the Giant, Macho Man Randy Savage and Junkyard Dog. Wow the 80's and I was fortunate enough to remember the whole decade. Long Live the 80's
From: Dusty Day

I was born in 1960. Highschool basically sucked for me, but I found myself and my style in the 80's. I remember hitting the rock n roll bars and going to concerts with my crew, what a blast! Yes, I rocked a mullet, and ain't ashamed to admit it! Oh, the music, the clothes ,the parties, the girls, how I wish I could relive it all. It was a great time to be young and free.
From: Ron Green

I was born in 1973 and I'm very fortunate to have spent ages 7-16 in that gem of a decade called "the 80s". For me the 80s was such a fun time and everything was just better back then: the movies, the music and the television. I think the 80s was the last great decade for entertainment. When I was a kid, I could remember watching so many television shows with my family. Shows like 'Perfect Strangers', 'The Cosby Show' and 'Highway To Heaven'. Nowadays prime time tv is riddled with sex and violence: if I were a kid now, I don't know what I could watch with my family! Even shows that were a bit risque were so tame to what is shown now! Take 'The Golden Girls' for example, which is my absolute favorite 80s sitcom. Though sex was talked about a lot on that show, it was done in tongue-in-cheek way. And the music! Back in the 80s you could turn on the radio and almost every song was good! From the synth pop to the great freestyle dance music, 80s music was a pure treat. What do you have now? Rap! Rap! and more Rap! And the non rap? Well, Mainstream music today leaves so much to be desired. While there are some modern songs I enjoy, they are few and far between. And of course there are the movies. Compared to the 80s, I just don't find too many movies these days appealing. It seemed back in the 80s every week a new movie was out in the theaters I wanted to see. Now there isn't much out there to muster my interest. Nowadays it seems that the the majority of movies want to make some kind of "political" statement than to simply entertain. No thanks. Entertainment aside, It was just a more innocent time back then. Sure, there were bad things going on in the world and in America but it just seems like it has skyrocketed in the past fifteen or so years. When I played outside with my friends when I was eleven and twelve years old, I never had to worry about being kidnapped by someone or when I was in school I never even thought about being shot by one of my classmates. I didn't even think about having sex or worrying about getting a STD or getting pregnant. I was so content on being a kid. Now, sadly it seems like kids are trying to become adults at younger and younger ages. I sometimes feel sorry for the kids of today. With all this high-tech games and such, where's the imagination? Growing up, I didn't have a computer or a gaming system, or a cell phone or ipod or what have you and me and my sister and friends had a blast using our imaginations and making up our own fun. We played board games, rode our bikes, made up plays and stories and other things. I just remember, for the most part the 80's were a really great part of my life. Enjoyable. Long live the 80s.
From: Michele

I will forever love the eighties. I was 14 in 1980 and have fond memories. Times were happy and decent. I remember watching MTV all of the time (when music was real) with my friends. Yes, crime always existed but you saw it less and enjoyed life more. There was more respect in the world.
From: Mercy

I love 80s because I was eighteen years old and I fell in love for the first time. I remember Michael Jackson's music at the disco all the time. I loved so much of the fashion.

Saturday mornings in 1983 with my Atari 2600 & a box of Lucky Charms cereal! MTV when it was music television. I loved videos by Kajagoogoo, Naked Eyes, Big Country, Men Without Hats etc. Me and my friends could ride our BMX bikes around town and stop for Nerds and Now & Laters and Jolt Cola! I also miss unrapping a new pack of Garbage Pail Kids Cards and chewing that rock hard gum. If anyone had a younger sibling with a Teddy Ruxpin Bear it was great to exchange its cassette for one of your own even though its mouth wouldn't move in sync to it! Keep those cd's spinning on your Sony CDP -101 & keep the 80's alive forever!
From: Ryan

I miss the 80's because of Reagan and the rise the conservative movement. The country was at its peak of optimism over the last half century, during the 80's. Not since Reagan were voters so united under one president. The whole hopey-changey thing was less about idealism and more about results here and now. A lot of 70's dropouts became productive people (myself included) filled with genuine Christian views and it showed throughout the American culture.
From: Jeff

I hate the 80s. For most of it I was a frustrated virgin. Thank god the 90s arrived.
From: Fred Habuckle

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.