Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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THE 80S ROCK!!!! That's all I have to say!!! I Love Family Ties! Everyone tells me how much I look like Justine Bateman (Mallory Keaton) from Family Ties. She is my idol and fave actress. Everything about the 80s kicked butt from the music to the movies to the fashion to the shows. And Ronald Reagan and George Bush were president!! I LOVE THE HAIRBANDS and BILLY IDOL!! Billy is still hott and rockin to this day( and he dated Justine Bateman..how is that for ironic!!) Any guys who look like Billy Idol or the hairbands (or if ya just love them)...and you think Mallory Keaton is Hott...email me at britty_77@yahoo.com (my name is Brittney) 80S FOREVER!!!
From: Mallory Keaton lookalike

I was born in 1981. I remember growing up on movies like 'The Flight of the Navigator', 'The Princess Bride', 'Highlander', 'E.T.', Back to the Future', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', 'D.A.R.Y.L.', 'Wargames', and so many more. Maybe they're cheesy to some people, but this was my childhood. They sparked my imagination and lit fire to my dreams. The memories will always be there.
From: Kurgan Harrogath

ah, the eighties!a time so fondly and frequently thought of, a time of strange clothes, classic kids TV, the coolest and best films, roxy music and nu romantics. god, they were happy days, they were also the days when I was growing up and rode my little bmx every day or pissed about on a skateboard outside my house until the sun started to go down and mum called me in for a bath and some classic television, lke beauty and the beast with her out of terminator, or kickstart which still does rule!!
From: Trev

I was born in 1987 but im pretty sure I know more about the 80's then alot of people around these days. I love Duran Duran and own every 80s movie made(litterally). I watch Valley Girl and Pretty in Pink both everyday. I think Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Jon Cryer, Nicholas Cage were very hott. I wish that I could have experienced the 80s durring the actual era but thats too late so I guess im stuck in the "00". All of my friends think the 80s is about bad clothes and bad hair. Sometimes i wish i could talk to someone who could actually communicate in my 80s language. Oh well, as long as I have a few memories, im happy.
From: Tina

I am 16 and was born in 1986. I lived 4 years of my life in the 1980s and i wish it didnt end. My whole life i have been trying to go back to the eighties. I watch 80s tv shows (cheers, growing pains, ect.), I watch eighties movies (goonies, lucas, breakfast club, terminator, nightmare on elm street) Listen to eighties music...but unfortunatley live in 2002. I have such a fond interest for everything 80s...toys, tv shows, movies, styles and their way of life. I wish their was some way that i could go back to the eighties, but i relized the longer i have waited the more distant the 80s become. i look back on the comercials from my Ghostbusters tv show that my mom had taped off of WLVI Boston in 1988 which is now UPN and i wonder if i will ever get the chance to live in the 80s again. The closest i can get to the eighties are from the movies and television from the 80s, which gets me angry and sad, but i guess thats what you get when your a child from the 80s growing up in 2002.
From: A

I was born in 1983 and although I was a kid during that decade I have some fond memories of the 80's. Everything from the music to the dances. Even the fashion. I still have items like my cabbage patch dolls, Nintendo and old school rap albums. I also search for other pop songs by the clash, Devo, New editions, new kids on the block and others. I would love for more 80's stlyes to come back. i know many would agree with me. Those were the greatest years.
From: Shelly

80's rule! The music, movies, tv, video games! They were all flawless! The best TV show was the A-Team. The best 80's band was Def Leppard. The best 80's movie was Better Off Dead. The best 80's video game was Pacman.I was born in 1985, but still love the decade! Everyone had the time of their lives in the 80's. I rip my jeans today, and get made fun of, but don't give a damn what everyone else says! I'll always love the 80's!
From: Chris (80's #1 Metalhead)

I was born in 1984 and I'm a little too young to realy remember the 80s but I really wish I could have been a teen during that decade. I find the movies are so much better (Young Guns, Lost Boys, Gostbusters, Stand by Me, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Star Wars and so on) and the music was great. Heck, I even like the 80's fashion better!
From: Julie

In the 80s, British music still dominated a lot of the world's charts, about 30% of America's Billboard instead of less than 1 percent now! Stadium rock dominated but original and artistic ground-breaking stuff was being produced in a greater frequency than we've seen in the new millenium. The 80s saw the explosion of the home entertainment industry really- VCRs and video games consoles. Despite the Wall Street image of the 80s it was a more family centred decade. Board games ruled.
From: EnglandsDreaming

there are so many reasons for loving the eighties. Atari, toys, cartoons, music, movies, break dancing, style, hairdos, jelly shoes, Ferris, Indiana Jones, Goonies, Micheal J. Fox, hair bands, great pop music and of coarse really bad dancing.
From: Beth Ann

i love the eighties!!! i was born in 1968 and was a teenager in the eighties. honestly, it really was the best time to grow up. i long for those days and wish for them back. i love the cure, the smiths, joy division/new order, pil etc... all my friends tell me i am in a time warp;maybe, but what a time it was, eh? it is now 2002, and the last twelve years have been like a black hole for me. i hate all the violence today. the world was far from perfect in the 80's, but far better than it is now. please,please,please let me get what i want and bring back the 1980's!

i was born in 1987, but i still think i would've liked it alot more to have grown up in the 80's then the 90's. the 80's had so many more bands that are good (ie: Dead Kennedys) and the leather and the patches and spikes are what i like, but if you dress like that now, u can get beat up pretty easily (where i live anyway...)
From: Danielle

I wasn't old enough to experience the 80s (I was born in 1983), but from what I hear, it was the best 10 years to be alive. I do watch a lot of 80s T.V. shows and listen to a lot of 80s music. It must've been a great decade.
From: Larry Larry 3:16 Griffin

I was born in 1979. The 80's had the best of eveything. Great cartoons like Smurfs, Superfriends, Scooby Doo, Bugs Bunny and Friends, Kissyfur and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Great game shows like Press Your Luck, Price is Right, Tic Tac Dough, The Joker's Wild, Card Sharks, Sale of the Century, Hot Potato, Dream House, Blockbusters, Family Feud and all the other game shows in the 80's. Great prime time shows like MacGayver, Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Cosby Show, Gorwing Pains, Who's the Boss, Head of the Class, Perfect Strangers and Mr. Belvadere. Other shows I like in the 80's are American Bandstand, The Great Space Coaster,and Land of the Lost. The commericals were great in the 80's the jeans commericals(any brand) were my favorite. The Folgers coffee commerical at Christmastime with Peter comming home was another great one of mine.
From: Matt Jicha

I was born in 1974 and I also loved the 80's. I loved Michael Jackson when Thriller was popular and Prince when Purple Rain was out. I also really loved the Jets and still do. I remember watching the Smurfs, Punky Brewster, Who's the Boss, Growing Pains, the Cosby Show, Family Ties, and all those good 80s sitcoms. And Cabbage Patch Kids. I could never forget how hard it was to get one!!! Playing pacman on Atari and watching the cartoon!!! The 80's were the best!!!
From: Sarah

I was born in 1982. Anyone can say what they want about me being young, but i have a very strong memory and could never forget what the 80's have done to me. First off, the cartoons such as He-man, Transformers, Thundercats, GI Joe, etc (i could go on forever). The TV shows such as Whos the Boss, Cosby Show, Miami Vice, Cheers, Wonder Years, etc. That can go on forever as well. Also the toys, the toys of today are just pathetic, same with the cartoons. Nothing will ever beat He-man, Transformers, GI Joes, the wrestlers of yesterday, just cant beat it. Todays wrestling sucks, back in the 80s with Hulk Hogan, incredible. Today its all about garbage. I hope someday it all goes back to the 80s, the white pepsi can, the old commercials, the movies such as, indiana jones, karate kid's, back to the futures, goonies, lost boys, stand by me, corey feldmans movies...nothing can beat it....especially the 80s rock. Best in the world...to some it all up. THE 80s KICKED AND STILL KICK A$$.
From: L-Roy

My teen years were the 80's (born in '71)... Everything I loved about the eighties can be summed up in two statements: 1) Girls in spandex. 2) Real Heavy Metal (Twisted Sister, AC/DC, Quiet Riot, etc...)
From: AntiSane

Neon colors, Phil Collins, Hannah Barbara, Madonna, rubber bracelets, plastic charm necklaces, The Brat Pack, what is there not to like ? The 80's was the best. It is so great to be able to remember the 80's. It is my favorite decade so far. The 80's hold so many special memories for me there is not enough words in the dictionary to describe it. I love the 80's and always will. I might not be able to go back to the 80's physically, but mentally I can.
From: Melissa Scribner

I was born in 1955, so I'm fortunate to have other decades to compare the 80's to. What am I saying...there IS no comparison to the 80's! Although the last years of the 1950's were still relatively uncomplicated and innocent, and bring back mostly good memories, after that (and after I was old enough to comprehend the atomic bomb) it was pretty much all downhill: air raid drills, scary educational pamphlets that explained radioactive fallout, presidential assassinations (I can't tell you how upsetting it was to watch "Uncle Walter" Cronkite cry on TV), Vietnam, counterculture upheaval, hideous unemployment and stagflation, and everything at the end of it all tied up with a great big disco ribbon. Enough to make any child of the 50's tired, tired, TIRED. Not to mention the hideous music of the 70's, the first seeds of self-satisfied political correctness, granola hair and clothes, crappy makeup, and cars that looked and drove like army tanks. So when the 80's arrived, I sure didn't expect anything but more of the same. Seeing as you still couldn't even get a fast-food job in 1980 (at least in the Midwest), let alone do something constructive with your college degree, there didn't seem to be much else to do but collect unemployment and watch people's noses cave in, post-Studio 54. Not a real promising start. Then all of a sudden, what we all know and revere as "The 80's" kicked in. I hate to sound so dramatic, but it really was as though the sun broke through and just kept on shining for years. Everything seemed to open up, and best of all, lighten up. No more earth tones. No more macrame. Bad personal hygiene and whining were out; style and enjoying your life were actually okay! And as someone else in this forum put it, in the culture of the 80's, there was a place for everyone. Not to mention a JOB for everyone. Time to put all that other crap in the past, cash your big ol' paycheck from EDS, and go buy a pasta machine! As for fashion--WOW! We women could look pretty again (and boy, was I lucky that I looked ten years younger than my actual age) and men, even prettier sometimes. It all seemed to work, the asymmetric haircuts and the pastel suitcoats and the big earrings and Flashdance tops. I had suits with padded shoulders and a Princess Di dress that pulled out all the stops. Turned-up big collar, long basque waist, full swishy skirt, and gigantic Princess Pouf sleeves. Worn with ballerina flats, of course. The best part about the 80's was the music. It hadn't been so much fun to listen to music since Motown came on the scene in the early 60's. Just like the fashions, popular music was diverse and bright and just plain happy. Music to dance to, laugh to, and fall in love to. Music to make you feel good about the world and yourself. If that makes me sound like a grinning, shallow idiot, so be it. Everyone has their day, and for me, the 80's were my time to truly be alive, to be young enough to still be lighthearted and old enough to handle (most) of the responsibilities of adulthood. I only wish we'd had a few more years like those before everything began to suck again. It was hard to watch them slip away. So I've been fortunate enough to live through, and evaluate, 5-plus decades--and by far, the 80's were THE golden years; incomparable and impossible to repeat. Although it sure would be fun to put on the Di Dress again. Maybe I'll check the local Goodwill.
From: Too Shy-Shy

I was born Sept,5,1981. I loved watching Kids Incorporated, Alf, Growing Pains, The new Mickey Mouse Club,MCGyver, Many more shows. I loved the toys the banna set bikes, Care Bear dolls, Rainbow Brite dolls, The computer games, Life was so much simpler being a little kid in The 80's. Felicity
From: Felicity

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.