Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I was born in 86 so i was 3 when it ended.I have a few memories like listening to Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" on the car radio and the mall filled with neon signs. I had cabbage patch kids and i watched Pee Wee Herman on Saturday morings.I remember those "Cheer" commercials where he stirs the shirt in the liquid and the old M&M commercials where they jump in pool of chocolate at boot camp. I had a rainbow brite book. Fall of 99, i came upon a video of music videos my dad recorded. It was the top 100 music videos of 87 with your host Adam Curry. There I saw commercials for Three Musketears and Sega. I saw Fleetwood Mac's video for "Sweet Little Lies" and U2's video for "With or without you".I saw all the big hair and eighties fashion. I fell in love with the music. The fashion sucked but the music rocks. I love all the music.Belinda Carlisle(They say in Heaven love comes first, we'll make Heaven a place on earth, Ooo Heaven is a place on earth), Bruce Springsteen, U2, Heart, Starship,Rick Springfield( Jessie is a friend, Jessie is a good friend of mine), Madonna,Whitney Houston, Whitesnake(Hear I go again on my own, going down the only road I've ever known, Like a twister i was born to walk alone) Genisis, Huey Lewis and the News( That's the power of love), Go-Go's( I went to one of their concerts over the summer, I was the youngest person there) I'am also a big fan of the movies. The Back to the future series( The second is my favorite), For keeps? with Molly Ringwald, Stand and Deliver with Edward James Olmos( Tough of guys don't do math, tough guys deep fried chicken for living, You wanna wing or a leg man?) and all the other movies. I still have to see the Breakfast club though. I LOVE the eighties. I consider myself a child of the eighties. THE EIGHTIES KICK ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Alicia

Well, I was born in '84, and so I don't really have all that much experience from the 80's, but all I have to say, was even though I might have been a kid back then, I know it rocked!!!!!! The moives, music, shows, cartoons!!! Man, compared to the 90's...80's was the bomb. I listen to the music of today, I admit, but on a certain station here, we have an 80's hour, and that's the only hour I look foward to everyday!!!! When I put in movies, I have to say, the one that really rocked for 80's music, was "Footloose." Wouldn't you agree?!? The music was meaningful, it had actual words you could understand, and hey, you could just plain dance to it. One of my cousins that grew up in the 80's says, "It was the best time of my life, I'd give anything to go back." I even say that now, even if I have no idea what was really "hip" back then!!! ^_^ All in all, to sum this up in a nutshell....the 80's were the best, there will never be anything like it, and I guess we all just want to go back to that time.
From: Trace

I was only a little kid in the 1980's but I remember all of the cool cartoons like "ThunderCats" and "Jem". Oh, and all the toys! This site brought back some great memories! The eighties music was cool too! Cyndi Lauper forever!
From: Kevin McGrath

As a kid I loved watching cartoons like He-man, She-Ra, Gi-Joe and Thundercats. Some of the best things happend and came out of the 80's Like Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3. Even the best music came from the 1980's. (Ie Michael Jackson) And that is part of why I loved the 1980's
From: Larry

i was born in 85' and don't remember much about the 80s, but think the music, and the television shows rock. they're awesome,man!!!!!!!
From: shaina

How do I love the 80s; let me count the ways. I loved waking up each morning with the thought that today was another amazing day on Planet Earth. Simple Mind's "Don't You (Forget About Me)" would be playing on the radio, as I would go into the kitchen to fix me a bowl of Quisp cereal. I would turn on the television to catch the Smurfs, and then later, Pee-Wee's Playhouse. Quite often, I wouldn't understand the jokes Pee-Wee told, because they were more geared to the adults. Later, I would go outside and smell the fresh air, thankful to be alive.I would ride my Schwinn around the neighborhood and visit my friends. Then I would go inside again and play Pac-Man, Asteroids or Berzerk on my Atari. Then I would catch all the latest videos by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson and Duran Duran on the unbelievably good MTV. I couldn't have imagined life without MTV in those days. Then my dad would take my sister and me to hang out at the Mall. I would spend hours at the Arcade, as my sister would shop at Merry Go Round's with her friends. Lunch would be at McDonalds, then a treat at Baskin and Robbins or Orange Julius. I simply had to go to Spencers to buy more stickers for my incredibly large sticker collection. My faves were the scratch and sniff stickers. MMMM, I can still smell the popcorn scented ones. On Saturday nights, my mother would take my sister and me to the movies. I remember watching ET, Gremlins, Raiders of the Lost Arc, and Top Gun. Aliens scared the Hell out of me. I couldn't sleep for an entire week. After the movie was over, we'd walk in the warm summer night air to the car, parked several blocks away. I didn't know the meaning of fear. Nothing bad ever happened. Life was wonderful and kind, and full of fun and laughter. Life was a party, and I was the guest-of-honor. The days drifted into one another, and I never imagined the party would come to an end. But, like all great parties, it eventually does end, and the guests scatter, returning to their homes and their day to day lives. Can anyone come out and play now???
From: Michael-Dante

best thing about the 80's was without doubt the music. it *belonged* to the uk! the smiths, the cure, the the.. need i go on? i suppose the states produced guns n' roses at the eleventh hour, but that was the last decent band from the west to this day..
From: wither

"Like, Oh my gawd"!!! The 80's really rocked. No other era can compare itself to these wild and crazy yet innocent times. The music, the movies, the tv shows. Thinking about the 80's era brings a melancholy feeling of happiness. (Kind of like that "Christmas" feeling.) Too bad we can't hit the "back" button so we can relive these times over and over again. I will always listen to my music loud and proud. Rock on 80's fans!!!
From: Marta E.

Im proud to have been a part of the 80s, alot of major albums, musicians and historic events occured. At the same time it was also a period of very uptight and conservative styles that I hope never resurface, such as pegged jeans, tight perms, izod shirts, and tight clothes. On the other hand it was exciting being a part of the music scene when Prince, Madonna, and Micheal Jackson exploded. Those were great times. And even at its worst, stuff like New Kids on the Block is tolerable to the over produced, overhyped shallow stuff being shoved down our throats 2day. It was a time of excess, there was also a flood of bad music and ugly clothes, shallow movies, and stupid sitcoms. ET is the bomb tho, thats the only movie that can still make me cry.
From: Tom

ahhh the eighties, my teenage years. I was a teenager during the eighties in England. It is a time when I think back and remember ra ra skirts, leg warmers, fluroescent clothng, wrist bands, friendship bands, great movies, and music that seemed so much more innocent, except for Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood of course haha but goodness can that song still make me dance!
From: Lisa

Loved the 80's. I was in college and everything was easier. Like the clothes the best. Acid washed jeans, parachute pants, t-shirts, polo shirts, mullet hair (still got it, won't cut it...)Leather jackets (still have Members only and "bon jovi" in leather and leather pants (still use them too)). My only off set was wearing a cowboy hat--what do you want I was born in Georgia? The music was better (rock was real rock and new wave was cool and R&B was sweet and smooth) miss Human League, Dream Academy, the Pointer Sisters, Metallica, the Jets, Val Young, Mary Jane Girls, Corey Hart. Those were easy goin' times for me.....
From: chris

I think somebody near the top said it best: All the rules in fashion, music, slang, and attitude that were so strict in the 70s and 90s were loosened up in the 80s. People could just be themselves and there was a group out there for them. Overall, it seemed like there was a much more mature yet innocent attitude in the youth back then. It seems like today's teens have gone back to the sex and drugs attitude of the 60s and 70s, as if they've forgotten the lessons teens learned in the 80s. I was born in 1983 so I missed out on a lot of great stuff as a high school student in the 90s, but as a kid, I often tagged along with my brother and sister who were a decade older than me. They had so much fun in high school that wasn't centered around sex and drugs. Showing off dance moves on the sidewalks, ten-speed bikes, roller skates, heading down to the public pools (probably something you wouldn't want to do now), or taking a blank tape and singing cover songs just for fun. Once, my sister and her best friend roped in three guys from accross the street into doing a cover on Material Girl. Can you see any high schooler of the 90s doing something like that? And what about Halloween? Almost nobody goes Trick or Treating anymore. People are too scared some sicko is going to put razer blades in the candy! What the hell is wrong with people today? But the worst loss since the end of the 80s is the music! When did it become that a song has to have lyrics that would turn your hair gray to be a hit? Whatever happened to songs becoming a hit because they had such a good beat that made you want to get up and dance? Come to think of it, what happened to dancing? What's with this bouncing up and down, grinding, mock-epilepsy crap? I think people have become so insecure anymore that they're afraid to be themselves. Don't try to tell me you wear 60" waist jeans because they're comfortable. I'm not buying it! Quit hiding yourselves behind baggy clothes and shallow idols like Eminem or Christina Aguilera. Cyndi Lauper said it best, "Your true colors are beautiful..."
From: Regular Joe

can we say MOUSERSIZE?!!?!?!?!?!? i used to wake up extra early to watch this aweseom show!!!
From: julie

doe sanyone remeber the candy bonkers???? they were the best!! and you cant do that on television, and zoobalie zoo...if anyone remebers that please write on here a website i can go to or something because i cant find the anywhere!!! i got my first crimper in 1st grade. my aunt go ti t for me and it was the coolest. pippi longstocking was a fave movie of mine and fligt of the navagator!! need i say more? i loved that kid!! and his striped shirt!
From: julie

4 words hip hop and breakdancing
From: Eric B

'Believe it or not, I'm walking on air . . .' Great tv shows ('Is that a fact?'), great movies (Save Ferris!) and great music ('Lets dance in style, lets dance for a while'). Need I say more. Oh, and fashion - I love my 'Daisy Dukes'! ;)
From: Tricia

I'm only 16 years old, but I have to say the 90's are lame,I would love to be able to go back to the eighties and experience the punk rock and good 80's movies. Corporate crap is too big now, and no one knows anything but what they see on TV and whatnot. I really want a pair of checkered lace up Vans, I used to have semi checkered Vans but they weren't as cool looking as all checkered ones were. People today look back at the 80s as stupid or just old, but the 90s is crap, MTV basically decides what is popular music wise, no one tries to be original anymore. I feel like I missed out big time with growing up in the 90s.
From: Mike

I loved the 1980's. I was born in 1978 and remember growing up with the likes of Fame, Timmy Mallet, and Crackerjack. I used to wear cycling shorts with little skirts over the top, leg warmers, goomies, puff ball skirts and crimped hair. And do you remember those reversible mickey mouse sweatshirts??!! Music, fashion, and toys have never been the same since!!! My first album was Five Star, followed by Kylie. I had Strawberry Shortcake wallpaper, a victorisa plum writing set and I went to see a show with Roland Rat. Hope you all enjoy the nostalgia as much as me......
From: Ruth

I usually don't get caught up in the whole nostalgia thing, but I must admit that every time I hear Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" I think about Memorial Day weekend 1985, when a bunch of friends and I went down to the Jersey Shore to play arcade games, go on the water slide, and just hang out on the beach. And boy were some of those fashions weird. Can't say i still own any skinny leather ties or Chuck Taylor hi-tops, but I might still have a pair of Devo sunglasses hanging around. And yes, I'll admit it, I did have a Flock of Seagulls haircut at one point. It wasn't all fun though. The Reagan administration provided plenty to get angry about, and helped me develop into the left-wing raical I am today!
From: Tony

i want born in the 80's but it must of rocked if they had the carebears and my little pony!!! My room is basicly a my little pony shrine along w/ the carebears! I've loved them ever since i was a wee little thing...i still watch them and collect everthing i see of them.i would love more! (hint, hint)!
From: Kathrine

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.