Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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Born in '66 I came of age in the 80's learning about life, feeling the pleasure and pain of love and loss with the help of fantastic music, great trends and a general feeling of good- will and hope. I will never forget 11 May, 1987, when I joined the Marine Corps looking for the next challenge in life, and running from the girl I wanted but couldnTMt figure out how to get. The song I heard getting off the plane for boot camp in San Diego was "Walking down your street" by the Bangles...to this day, when I hear it I immediately think of her with her perm and Madonna clothes, and flash to that day when my life changed forever...Such great music and memories. Long live the ~80TMs
From: Andrew

The 80s dance is tonight? ITMm So Excited, that I just canTMt hide it. ITMve got a Meeting in the Ladies Room, ITMll be back real soon, and then you can take me to Funkytown on Planet Rock where theyTMre bound to Pump Up The Jam, Let The Music Play and we can cut Footloose, Jam On It and do the Lambada. I know you want to Gimme All Your Lovin. I CanTMt Fight This Feeling anymore and ITMm Crazy For You. ITMm even wondering Is This Love. But U CanTMt Touch This, even with The Midas Touch, so there wonTMt be any Sexual Healing. ITMm no Easy Lover or Super Freak. ITMve Had The Time Of My Life, but I Guess ITMll have to say Goodbye To You and your Tainted Love, and weTMll go our Separate Ways. YouTMll be the Owner of a Lonely Heart. But DonTMt Worry, Be Happy, you can call JessieTMs Girl or Jenny at 867-5309, sheTMs a Centerfold, and after some Red, Red Wine, or a Funky Cold Medina thereTMll be No More Lonely Nights.
From: Anne Toale

I was born on Aug, 22 1956. I remember the 60s very well. Graduated in 1975. High School in the 70s was great. But there is no decade nor will there ever be a decade like the 80s. I was in my 20s and I can remember everything about the 80s. I'm a Hair Metal guy. Had waist length hair in the 70s when no one else did. (My hair is thin on top now but I still have hair to the middle of my back). The music scene in the 80s was absolutely insane. I went to several hundred concerts in the 80s. I not only loved the Hair Metal bands but also all of the Pop bands. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to actually meet a lot of the bands and performers. I still have my ticket stubs, guitar picks, Fanzines etc. from the 80s. I'll never give them up. I've talked to many younger people about the 80s and tell them that it's a shame they missed the best decade ever. I've turned a lot of those people onto 80s music, Hair Metal, Pop etc. The movies in the 80s were the best, that's why so many of them have been remade. But nothing can compare to the movies released in the 80s. Now it's 2011 and I'm yearning for those 80s days. The reason why I found this site is because I was listening to Lee Aaron's song "That Was Yesterday", released in 1989, (Female Hair Metal). Long Live the 80s, and they will live "Forever".
From: Rob

In 1980 I had just turned 16, I was a pretty shy kind of kid and had grown up in a small village in England. So when i attended technical college in Weymouth life suddenly started. Suddenly fashion and music and clubs were everything and i fell head over heels in love with the New Romantic movement. The Human League, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode.... I loved them all and still do. I loved the Burgundy colored Pegs and frilly shirts, the black suede loafers, Bowie suits, Zutes and the nights out discovering girls well that's another story. TV was cheesy but fun and I loved not the 9 o'clock news which used to have me in stitches. In those days Britain still had repect around the world unlike now. Life was simpler and it never needed to be complicated anyway. I am happy with my life and choices but I would give my eye teeth just to go back for just one day and relive those happy times.
From: Paul Miller

I was born in 1963, so I graduated in '81. I got a job a 'Swiss Pretzel' at the mall, and it was actually pretty fun. I lived with my mom back then and just wanted to earn money for all those wonderful clothes!!! I loved all those printed tights, leggings and even printed jeans...flowers, dots, stripes...you name it, they had it...elephants, lol, yep they had alot of different prints! Lots of matching accessories too! Large earrings, all kinds of belts, purses, hair ornaments, bows, etc. One of my favorite outfits was a white skirt, a black tank top with white dots, black jacket, white tights with black dots! I went to the theater to see "Back to the Future" at least 10 times. It was such a magical time, going to the movies with friends. Michael Jackson at his prime. I miss it so much. Times were so much more innocent, creative, and fun. People seemed less irritable. The only thing is that we've come far since then, when it comes to racial tension. I wouldn't was to backslide to that dimension for that reason. But I hope that the style and heartbeat of the 80's; (wasn't the music great!), comes back soon!
From: Nancy S

I was born in 1975, so for me I literally grew up in the 80s. I was just the right age to ring in the 80's and be able to remember and understand the decade in all it's glory. By age 5 my ability to remember events was fully formed, and I say THANK GOD because it was so worth remembering. The 1980's was a decade of massive expansion of technology, music, film, and culture. I truly believe it is the last decade to hold on to true American Morals and Values, where the American Dream WAS attainable. The 1980's gave me the fondest memories of life that I have to date. We had the best movies like the Star Wars Trilogy, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future, we had the rise of MTV, watched Michael Jackson revolutionize what a music video was with the blockbuster 17 minute Thriller Video, which was more like a mini movie then a music video, watched the Space Shuttle become THE vehicle to carry us into space, and saw the end of the cold war, the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, and the fall of the "Evil Empire" the USSR/CCCP. And lastly we see the rise of technology in the form of computers, which have now changed the world forever. The worst Nuclear Disaster in history occurred at Chernobyl which changed how alternative power sources were looked at, forcing us to realize the dangers of Nuclear Technology and Nuclear War. In the 80's I truly felt safe. Grumman was building the F-14 Tomcat right around the block from my house, Ronald Reagan was our President and he didn't take any crap from ANYONE. Patriotism was at an all time high back here in Long Island, NY. We had Saturday Morning Cartoons! There was nothing better in a child's life! We had McDonald's and Happy Meals, some of the coolest toy lines ever to be produced, and the "adult" world focused very much attention on children. Granted it was all to make money with the marketing of toys and cartoons BUT it made our childhood special. Our entire childhood lives revolved around Saturday Mornings! Unlike today where cartoons are on 24-7, we had them before and after school, and on Saturday Mornings. Saturday Morning Cartoons and Christmas went hand in hand in the 1980's. And it is the small traditions like Saturday Morning cartoons, the awesome toy, fast food, and movie commercials, to me are just a few of the things that solidified and signified the 1980's as what I feel should be considered as a Golden Decade.
From: Jay P

Born in 1979. I loved being a Child of the 80s. I wish so much I could go back and be a kid again. I miss it so much :(
From: Michelle M.

Born in 1976 but I had so many fantastic memories from the 80s. The music was incredible. I remember when Thriller came out on MTV. It's weird to think that at that time MTV actually played music videos. Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Motley Crüe and glam rock in general! There was basketball in the 80s with Jordan, Magic and Bird to name a few. How about WWF and Hulk Hogam? Chuck-E-Cheese was the place to be and Transformers were brand new along with GI Joe, He-Man, M.A.S.K and many others. Who cam forget the classic 80s movies? Rocky III and IV, Return of the Jedi, Revenge of the Nerds and TV was great. I could go on and on.
From: Pete

I loved the eighties, because there were so many neat toys and you could play all day and didn't have a care in the world!!!!
From: alyssia,39

I was born in 1997(13 now)but for some reasons, the songs right now (2005 --> 2011) don't really appeal to me. But the pictures, movies, music and the people from that era made such a unique environment that made me feel 'home'. Well, I'm now stuck with Justin Bieber's music which gives me mild epileptic seizures. So I hope the 80s music will rock on forever.
From: Mark John

I was born in 1979 so the 80's were carefree childhood years. I love Jem & the Holograms, Solid Gold, the Love Boat, The Littles, My 2 Dads, Punky Brewster, Out of this World, Alf, Ducktales, Thunder Cats, Square Pegs, Rags to Riches, THe Mysterious Cities of Gold. I love headbands, scrunchy socks, denim jackets, karate shoes. I loved Tears for Fears, Bros, Wham. So many happy and fun memories.
From: Loerlai

I was born in 1965 so I graduated in 1983 I really loved the 80s all the great movies! Karate Kid, Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club, and Purple Rain! The music is the best and every time I hear an 80s song, I feel young again! Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Ma. I can hear the theme music in my head waca waca! It was a great time and I was so proud to be a part of it! I could still get my hair to tease that big LOL!
From: Angela Sartin

I was born in 1970, so the eighties were my teen years. I love everything about the eighties. From the great movies to the awesome music. What other decade can you have movies like Teenwolf, Back to the Future, and Secret Of My Success? The eighties were all about making it big. No one sat around and felt sorry for themselves. They went out and made something of themselves. No other decade can beat the eighties. Miami Vice Rules!!!
From: David T.

I miss it all. I was born in '65 and was in high school then college in the '80's. I just wish I could go back. I felt there was so much more hope and inspiration then. The music is still great. Most of the music I listen to is from the '80's. Eddie Money's right. I wish I could go back and live there forever.
From: Rich

I was born in 1964. I hit the 80s when I was 16 years old. The 80's were the best years to grow up in. I remember the good, the bad and the stupid things I did during the 80s. During the 80s everything seemed to just fit, music, movies, TV, school, partying and of course, the girls. Today (2011) everything sucks! If I could go back to the 80s, I would in a heartbeat.
From: Chris

I was in the U.S. Army from 1978-1981.The most passionate kiss I ever had was with my girlfriend,Christina,in Wertheim,Germany.I wish things worked out between us and although she did not speak any English,I would have married her in a heartbeat!Honorably discharged after 2 1/2 years,I came home.I forgot to mention when I was in Germany I got tickets to game 6 of the world series from my uncle who was a scout for the Phillies,they won!!!I went to college in Maryland for Emergency Medical Technology(had been a medic in the Army).I became a paid firefighter/emt in Talleyville,Delaware in 1984.I wish I had stayed there for my entire career(got on a big city fire department in 1989 and did not do as well nor had the friends like in the smaller department).Enjoyed all the great music,saw Huey Lewis and the News live in 1986.Got right with God in '86 also-awesome being on the straight and narrow(things are much better with a clear head and strong body).I still to this day look back in retrospect how I would have changed many things during this time.The '80s were the best time of my life!
From: Lee

I was in the U.S. Army from 1978-1981.The most passionate kiss I ever had was with my girlfriend,Christina,in Wertheim,Germany.I wish things worked out between us and although she did not speak any English,I would have married her in a heartbeat!Honorably discharged after 2 1/2 years,I came home.I forgot to mention when I was in Germany I got tickets to game 6 of the world series from my uncle who was a scout for the Phillies,they won!!!I went to college in Maryland for Emergency Medical Technology(had been a medic in the Army).I became a paid firefighter/emt in Talleyville,Delaware in 1984.I wish I had stayed there for my entire career(got on a big city fire department in 1989 and did not do as well nor had the friends like in the smaller department).Enjoyed all the great music,saw Huey Lewis and the News live in 1986.Got right with God in '86 also-awesome being on the straight and narrow(things are much better with a clear head and strong body).I still to this day look back in retrospect how I would have changed many things during this time.The '80s were the best time of my life!
From: Lee

The 80's were heroic and I was a hero!!!!
From: Lee

The 80's were heroic and I was a hero!!!!
From: Lee

What can I say? The perfect decade, the 80s up to about 1994-5 were incredible years...there was electricity in the air, there was a spirit to the age.I was so happy over here in the uk...just as in america as well it seems.The cartoons, the music, the sweets, the clothes, the movies, the family values, the optimism, the energy, the hope...what do we have now? A living hell pretty much...a society of pornography.
From: Luke

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.