Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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As a matter of fact, I do remember the popples, strawberry shortcake, pound puppies, my little ponies, the chipmunks, RAINBOW BRITE, and others. I was born in 1987 so the only thing I really remember from the 80's was the awesome cartoons( oh yeah, I forgot, Jem and the Holograms!!!!). But I bet the 80"s were way cool. You know, it is so hard to find all of the cartoons nowadays.
From: Cheryl

i was born in 83 and the thing that i remember most about the 80s is the cartoons. most definately the best cartoons ever. they don't make 'em like that anymore.....
From: dee

I totally agree that the 80's was the best decade to grow up in. I had the full experience of the 70's and needless to say there wasn't much of anything to do. The 80's rolled and so did MTV VH1 and cable t.v. HBO,Cinemax. Videos games were aslo hitting the scene as well. Dragons Lair, Pac-Man, and so on. I truely miss the 80's and sometimes I wish I could go back relive those time over again. That decade was how can you say it, a definning point in life when we all saw how the world picked up the pace and everything seemed to start moving faster. I also had fears of nuclear war and while i was in high school there was a possibility of us going to war with Lebonon(Spelling?).I also remeber when some of the big names bands were just starting out too. I remeber going to movies almost every friday nite. I remeber also when "Red Dawn" come out. Me and my cousin were so pumped up about that moving that went to an old camp ground and pratcied manuovers in case that did happen lol. And yes the girls lol. something about the 80's had an effect on the gals too. even though there are some very beautyful women noe they don't hold a candle to the women of the 80's. maybe one day someone will inveny a "Flux Capacitor" so we can go back relive those days for just a moment. Bu for now we just have to rember the good times we all had and try to recapture pieces of "our" in music, movies. books, etc...
From: Bobby Gilchrist

i was born in 1987 but i come from a family where the 80s were not quickly forgotten. my mom + dad were not okay w/ all the things the 90s brought, so my house got stuck in the past. i was the only kid at lunch in elementary school who had a thermos filled w/ kool aid instead of "juice packs." no one knew what i was talking about when i mentioned fraggle rock or the letter people. i embrace the 80s full on...i'm convinced i should've been born in the 70's so i could've really experienced the decade! Baby Alive was my favorite toy as a little girl and i will never get over it that all of our My Little Pony sets were sold in a garage sale my mom had! despite how shallow everything was, and that there were so many real issues, the 80s will surpass any future decade with its culture and memories!!!
From: Laura

An 83er here. A long list could be made about what i love about the eighties but you've all listed it. I suggest ya go out and buy and 80's car (amc eagle if i have any say in it, but trans am or camero wouldn't hurt) and live it out. Ignor the stupid mondern expensive clothing (salvation army has your stuff) and buy war games on dvd (vhs copies are gonna be worn out). Be yourself. If you like the time as much as me, give it a try. Peace
From: Doug

Why am I an 80's fan? Because white people had a style of their own in the 80's, ripped jeans, concert shirts,skull rings, sword earings, bandanas on the leg, and arm (left =single/ right = dating/ both = your a fruit and doesn't know what the whole things about). born in 69 the 80's made my teen years the best times of my life. During the peek of the 80's (85) I was 16 traveling around with a carnival during the summers - every town we hit there were major partys'.long hair Head banging, beer drinking, quarters playen, other dudes girlfriends laying, no waiting for the rabbit to die -- prayen! beach partys',T-tops off the Iroc - and Concerts! Then the small trends that sputtered, parachute pants, fat shoe laces, break dancing, caverichi's (sp?) and spandex (FAT CHICKS SHOULD NEVER NEVER NEVER WEAR SPANDEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)and the best thing about the 80's - I spent most of it playing video games in the arcade, when My parents would complain - your brains will rott and and your wasting your life away playing games! (NOW I GET PAID FOR IT!!!!! ha ha ha) (I vote we put rapp where it belongs - under the hood of a ford!)
From: Craven Morehead

i was born in 1987...but i wish i was born earlier so i could have been a teenager in the 80's...cuz how could u not luv the 80's!? the movies were frikina awesome, they had awsome music,Madonna got her start, and 2 words CHRISTIAN SLATER....the movies were so awsome cuz one decade produced ferris buellers day off, heathers, summer school, AND airplane...plus much more! how more great can a decade get
From: Caitlin

I would like to compare the best decade of all time - the 1980's - with the worst decade of all time - the 1990's - by analyising the culture in terms of the mindset of people, not necessarily the pop-culture, although the 80's have it all over the 90's in that respect as well. In the 80s, people said what was on their mind. This created an open and honest society where nothing was held back, although at the same time, people were careful not to express their views in such a way that it made others feel bad, unless they deserved it. The result? The Age of Excess. In the 90s, due to the whole "policical correctness" garbage, people were so scared of saying what was on their minds that they lashed out. This created a very cynical, closed off and angry society. The result? VIOLENCE. The 90s were without doubt the worst decade in human existance. Okay, so I've only been alive since 1979, so I don't have much to compare with, but as the 2 and a bit decades that I have been here have been so opposite, I think I am qualified to give my opinion. In the 80s, if you looked directly at a stranger, the result was a friendly smile and maybe even a "G'day." In the 90s, do the same thing and you got a suspicious leer, and maybe even a bullet in your brain. In the 80s, children were happy, well adjusted beings growing up in a colourful, magical world where people were friendly and the streets were safe. In the 90s, children were depressed, withdrawn beings growing up in a drab, lifeless world where people were sadistic and the streets were dangerous. In the 80s, the worst part about going to school was getting homework. In the 90s, the worst thing about going to school is the knowlesge in the back of your mind that you may not come back alive. In the 80s, Columbine was just a town in Colorado. In the 90s, well, you know the story. In the 80s, musicians played instruments. In the 90s, musicians? In the 80s, if a child suicided, it was front page news for a week and people were genuinely shocked and horrified. In the 90s, if a child suicided, he became another statistic. In the 80s, it didn't have to make sense for it to be fun. In the 90s, it had to make sense, not be fun. In the 00s, we are struggling to get back to simpler times. As the children of the 80s are now adults, the fortunate few who survived the age of lost innocence, we are desperate to put that horror behind us and move on with what we know. The 80s are back in some small measure. The culture of society is gradually changing as we try to re-capture that simpler time. We need, however, to go one step further. We need to stop thinking that everything that we say will be scruitenised by others and construed into insults. Dispense of political correctness - we are not politicians and I doubt whether any of us give a damn what politicians think. Don't just think about the 80s in terms of "remember when." Live it. Conciously make an effort to live as if it were the 80s. It will never be the 80s again, but at least we may slowly get back to that midfullness of a happy, open society where fun is king. That way, when someone who was born in 1999 is a few months away from celebrating his 24th birthday, he can look back fondly on the 00s and say "remember when..." We owe our children at least that. Let's not have another 90s.
From: Daniel

I was born in 1968, so I was 12 years old when the 80's started in 1980, and my entire teen years were spent in the 80's. Lets start: 1980(12yrs old): video arcades are exploding and a new type of music called new wave is spreading all over the radio. Colors are beginning to explode in fashion as people are waking up from the drab seventies. 1981(13): A new chicago radio station called B96, comes into existance formerly being a classical station. Plays the same 10 songs over and over. Abracadabra, Betty Davis eyes, etc. Arcades continue to grow. Something called MTV comes into existance and changes the way style and music is delivered forever. Read dynamite magazine, listened to Flock of Seaguls, watched Martha the VJ on MTV. Marveled at the Police, loved the song Keep Feeling Facination from the human Leaugue. 1982(14): Got into Thomas Dolby, and the new clothes fashions. Hung at the mall, loved the movie Valley Girl. Valspeak invades the midwest chicago area from the west coast, courtesy of Frank Zappa and his daughter. Loved the Go gos, IZOD fashion and the preppy handbook, hello kitty, and boatshoes. Wore my Izod shirt with my collar up. 1983(15): More malls, more new wave. Got into metal, as Quiet Riot exploded this year, as well as the new L.A. metal scene. Got into Adam Ant. Video arcades were peaking. Hung at a video arcade in Northbrook Illinois (northern suburb of chicago) called the Peakcock Palace, right next to strike and spare bowling alley. Can still hear the sound of Omega race and the change token machine as I come in the front door. Loved Robotron, Tutenkamen, Zaxxon, Pole Position. Can still feel the excitement of being in that dark arcade and hanging with my friends. 1984-85 (16,17)Hung at Northbrook court with my freinds, 80's fashion was peaking, girls with big sprayed hair and neon braclets with flashdance shirts.
From: Mark

I like totally love the 80s! The music though isn't the best but the parachute pants rock! My favorite thing was spraying every single hair on my head up with hairspray! At school when talking with friends people talked about trying to like brush through their hair before they went to bed. They said that their hair had broke off!!! I am so glad it wasn't me! Yikes! Gottago! Here comes my bro who hates the 80s. I know, I know. I will have to kick his butt!
From: Jessica

Ok first of all...I was born in the late 80's. But...From hearing and seeing all of the great things the 80's had to offer is awesome! The 80's gave us all of those great artists like Madonna, Prince, Cindi Lauper (gurls just wanna have fuuunnnn!!!)Duran Duran, Boy George, etc. The decade had great movies like Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Stand By Me. Oh and Who could forget all of the great songs like "We are the World," and "Thriller"? The styles in the 80's were so cool like the big hair and bright clothing. Some great new toys came out also like Strawberry Short Cake, the Care Bears, He-Man, Transformers...aaahhh the 80's was a great time...
From: Manda

I ws born in 1978 and was fortunate enough to grow up in the mid eighties with skateboarding, G.I. Joe, Thundercats, the Muppet Show , and the Transformers!!!None of this Barney and those four British puppets stuff. These were the days of skating at Kona skate park in Jacksonville,FL and wishing to be a part of the A Team. Never can I forget Back to the Future(part1) and Rad (one of,if not, the greatest movie made. Long live the days when Pizza Hut restuarants were cool and slip on checkered board slip on Vans were the greatest thing around....I wish I was a kid again....these were the greatest times of our lives and I will never forget them.
From: John V.

I was born at 7:31 p.m. this day 26 years ago (May 6, 1977). I was 2 when the 80s began and 12 when they ended. I love the 80s. The cartoons, toys, music, video games, and television were the best. Music from the 80s was all upbeat and whether it was a fast song or a slow song, you could always find some way to dance to it, unlike some of the music from the 90s and most of today's music. Also, none of the music from the 80s sounded boring. Most of my current cd collection is made up of 80s various artists cds (greatest hits, etc.). Also, rap from the 80s and early 90s was clean (hardly any cursing--if any at all for that matter, no singing about sex, drugs, violence, etc.). Some of my favorite songs from the 80s include "Big Time" by Peter Gabriel, "Shake You Down" by Gregory Abbott, "Your Love" by The Outfield, "Bust A Move" by Young M.C., "Angel" by Aerosmith, "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead Or Alive, "Once Bitten Twice Shy" by Great White, "Out of the Blue" by Debbie Gibson, "Ride Like The Wind" by Christopher Cross, "Sweet Freedom" by Michael McDonald, "My Prerogative" & "On Our Own" by Bobby Brown, "It Takes Two" by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, "I've Done Everything For You" by Rick Springfield, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" & "I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, "After All" by Cher & Peter Cetera, "Him" by Rupert Holmes, "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" by Peabo Bryson, "Make Me Lose Control" by Eric Carmen, "Waiting For A Star To Fall" by Boy Meets Girl, "Wild Wild West" by The Escape Club, "Dirty Laundry" & "The Last Worthless Evening" by Don Henley, "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic, "Angel Eyes" by The Jeff Healey Band, "Jeopardy" by The Greg Kihn Band, "Always" by Atlantic Starr. I know I have others I just can't think of them right now. The toys included GIJOE, Thundercats, Transformers, Silverhawks, Go-Bots, Star Wars, Dino Riders, The Super Powers (i.e. Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Penguin, The Joker, Lex Luther, etc.), Voltron, Willow, Visionaries, Centurions, Chuck Norris, and my all-time favorite Masters of the Universe (MOTU). I don't know the exact amount, but I probably have 80% of all of the MOTU toys Mattel made and am still trying to find the rest. Television was great then too. The Generation X sitcoms of the 90s & today are ok (which according to some sources I am a Gen-Xer and to others I am the start of the Gen-Yers), but nothing will compare to family-type sitcoms of the 80s which almost always had some type of moral/value taught at the end of each show. Even though Friends, Will & Grace, Almost Perfect, Seinfield, Mad About You, Wings, Scrubs, Good Morning Miami and other sitcoms from the 90s and today are good shows, none of them compare to Family Ties, The Cosby Show, Full House, Different Strokes, Silver Spoons, Head of the Class, Perfect Strangers, 227, Empty Nest, Growing Pains, Who's The Boss, Alf, Valerie/The Hogan Family, and others from the 80s (with some of them lasting several years in the 90s). I find myself watching Nick At Nite every night. I really don't have anything to say regarding the drama shows from the 80s since I wasn't able to stay up past 8 p.m. on school nights and 9 p.m. on weekends until I was 14. But for the ones I have been able to find and watch on cable channels today, the dramas from the 80s were great--The A Team, Miami Vice, Moonlighting--(however, some from the 90s and today are pretty good too--especially ER, Chicago Hope, Judging Amy, The Practice, The West Wing, and Alias). One good thing about today's tv is that it seems like the family-type sitcoms are trying to make a return (especially on ABC). I hate all of today's reality-based shows and yet to watch one. Even the game shows of the 80s were better than today's. The cartoons of the 80s looked like real cartoons and not drawings with bad coloring (which is what most of today's cartoons look like to me anyway). Also, cartoons of the 80s weren't ones that started in Japan that eventually came to America (unlike most of today's cartoons--Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, etc.). Some of my favorites include Scooby Doo, GIJOE, Thundercats, Transformers, He-Man & The Masters of the Universe, Captain N The Gamemaster, Snorks, Alf, The Comic Strip (Tigersharks, Little Monsters, Karate Kat, Street Frogs), Alvin & The Chipmunks, Wuzzles, Gummi Bears, Ducktales, Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers, Smurfs, Lazer Tag Academy, Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Superfriends, Voltron, Popeye & Sun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenwolf, Galaxy High, Kid Video, Mr. T, etc. Also, video games from the 80s looked like video games and weren't the bloody, violent type that today's are. I never did have an Atari, but I still have my 8-bit Nintendo and every now and then I can get it to work. None of today's video games will compare to the Super Mario Bros. series, Pac Man, Galaga, Q-Bert, Centipede, Gradius, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Tetris, Dr. Mario, Burgertime, etc. 80s & Early 90s Pop Culture was the best. My 21-year old brother hates cartoons and said that the music, video games, and tv of the 80s was the worst because it wasn't real enough. But the way I look at it, I get enough of the real world every day and when I want entertainment I want to get away from the real world and enter a fantasy world. Pop Culture started to go down in the mid-90s and really dropped in the late 90s and hasn't recovered yet. I better end it hear or I could be typing all night. P.S. The only request I really have now is that someone develop a channel where they show nothing but 80s cartoons.
From: Danny Ball, Jr.

I love the 80's because of one guy:Corey Feldman!
From: Nikki Beach

Like, Oh My God...The Eighties! I was born in '77 so I feel like that was the best time to be a teen. I have an older brother so I was getting exposed to all the great music of the time. I would steal all his cassettes (before I had my own) and dance around my room. One thing I notice now is that I really miss the synth! I loved Cyndi Lauper and Madonna and would emulate them anyway I could. My first record singles were Kajagoogoo, The Eurythmics and Michael Jackson. I REALLY wanted my MTV, what happened to that?! I would spend hours glued to MTV, taping my fav videos, and watching the countdowns. I totally remember getting all dolled up to go roller skating, donning a ton of black jelly bracelets, the teased hair and speed skates...you weren't cool unless you had speed skates! My first pair of skates had Garfield on the ankle with a wrench pocket (so I wasn't THAT cool)...hilarious! I was totally into Jem and the Holograms, but secretly held an affinity to The Misfits. I watched Fraggle Rock, The Smurfs, and does anyone remember The Monchichi's? I was hooked on Nickelodeon's The Third Eye, and You Can't Do That On Television. Wow, I'm like TOTALLY dated!
From: Andrea

i love mtv,love evreything about it,the 80s rocked realy hard,i love robert jhon mutt lange,the n.o1 producer,loved sexy bands like duran duran,def leppard etc.it was a beutiful crazy decade.it realy gave me a magical time,i enjoined it.it was the time of your life,evrey music was cool,ecspecailly heavy meatal,evrey band was cool,music videos were incvented in cool color.i love the 80's alot,i love evrey decade,but this was the biggest glorious decade were we had classic albums like pyromania and thriler.had the cooolest vjs on mtv like jj jackson and martha quinn on mtv,and the biiges bands and movies like fotloose,i still have loads things in the 80s.its way better than that crap we have today
From: zara khan

Born in 1969 the 80's were the coolest/hardest.I was always a huge guitar lover/player,fromthe time I was 8 it was all you would find me doin'.I played in metal bands,death bands.but have always loved bands like Iron Maiden,judas priest,black sabbath,(dio is playing in the backroundas I type).But now I have two kids who love this stuff too.It is really cool to see my honor rolled 11 year old rockin' out when i jam an old maiden, sab,or ac/dc tune.Some say the 80's are gone.When Ihear my kid walk down the hall singin'I WANNA ROCK,......you gotta laugh. peace,love ...shit metal up your ass.
From: Rick Robb

man where do i begin the eighties were the best ,iwas born in 71 so i was a child and ateen in the eighties i miss it so much the music especially ,madonna sang good songs back then and duran duran ,bonjovi,hart,the bangles ,man thelist goes on and on the music now days turns my stomach it has no beat to it at all and the groups are so bad i cant even let my children listen to it ,even my mom loved music of the eighties in the eighties ,evrything was so different then ,no school shooting that i know of and good television shows, i know we can never go back but i know ill always cherish those memories in my heart ............anyone have a rubix cube with the stickers taken off?
From: lana

I was born in late 1977 and I loved the 80's! I loved the music and I could listen to the radio for hours and never get bored! I also loved the arcade games from that decade too. The TV shows were great, the cartoons were great, and the movies were fun! I also like the fact that there were a lot of stores to choose from to find your favorite toys at that time! Now it's all Wal-Mart. The 90's were just horrible in my opinion. The 80's always seemed cool and sunny, the 90's dark and cloudy. The 80's had just enough technology to make things interesting, now we might have too much! There was only one good thing about the 90's, The Lion King! I did really like that movie. I'm not saying that there aren't movies that I like now, but they seem so dark compared to the 80's offerings.
From: Jason Sloan

I was born in 1972 so I grew up totally in the 80's. I remember sitting in our dining room watching the very first MTV video, watching our first movie on HBO and running to fix real stove top popcorn during the "intermission", playing with Strawberry Shortcake, Huckleberry Pie Man, and Apple Dumplin'. I had "Curly Perm Barbie" whose hair would straighten out in the water, and curl back up with the "special solution." Two toned jeans,Tiffany styled hair,Granny boots, and bangle earrings were the only thing to wear to school. Prom was really cool-we rode in a two toned Monte Carlo with t-tops. I wore a royal blue tea-length dress with dyed match long gloves, satin shoes, and matching purse. Oh, don't forget the side swiping French twist with tons of Aqua Net. My date wore a white tuxedo (pants, shoes, AND jacket) with a royal blue bow tie and cumberbun. Growing up in the 80's was wonderful. I wish my own kids could experience going to the drive-in to see Grease 2 or Return of the Jedi. Or go to the roller skating rink and think they're really cool stomping their skates to Stroke Man.
From: Loreyn

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.