Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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.

This page currently edited by: stingr22. Past editor: Junior

Why am I an 80's fan? Let me count the ways: I was born in 1967. At the beginning of the decade (01/03), I started my teen years (13). My early teen life was a cross between 'Over the Edge' (Matt Dillon film, look it up-http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079688), and every John Hughes movie ever made. We wore parachute pants with short sleeved shirts and skinny ties. And got away with it. Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Vans (shoes) We got busted for pot/beer/speeding, and were let go every time (37 years old, no record whatsoever, despite getting caught many, many times, for a variety of infractions). If my kids find this site, I've lost all credibility. Keg parties. No Death STD's. Big hair/no hair. There was a wide range of hairstyles for both boys and girls. Smoking areas at school. There was actually a designated smoking area. I'm going to quit now, before I start to sound like my dad: 'When I was your age, yadda, yadda, yadda...' I do feel that the 80s were a great time to be a 'pre-adult'. Despite the Cold War, and all the baggage that came with it, I had a shitload of fun... Peace.
From: Sean Murray

I was lucky I was born in 1969, so I grew up as a teen in the eighties. There will never be another era like it. The music was incredible. We had The Cure, Alphaville, the Pet Shop Boys, and don't forget Falco's Rock Me Amadeus. And believe it or not, MTV used to play music videos when it first came out. The clothes use to represent our attitudes such as holes in our jeans and tank top t-shirts, walking around in the city with a boombox next to our heads..I was lucky I was there.
From: jerry

Hello, I am the current editor of this page, and doing so, I read each and every submission that is sent. One thing I have noticed (besides the fact that spelling and punctuation are a lost art), is the number of "80s snobs" out there! This came to light once again from the post Heather submitted. It seems that a lot of you that were teens in the 80s totally discount the experiences of the younger people that remember that decade for something else entirely! Personally, I was a teen in the 80s, and to me, that was the best time to grow up! The music, movies, fashions, the attitude, and so many good times! That is my perspective. Someone younger might say that they loved the 80s because of Full House, He-Man, and Debbie Gibson. That's great! We all have fond memories that are fun to share. DO NOT criticize others for their perspective on life. Just because they are not your views does not mean they are to be discarded. I enjoy some things from the 70s (when I was a kid) that teens at that time could care less about. No big deal. These are my memories and I cherish them. So do us all a favor and lighten up:~D
From: stingr22

I was born in 1963 so you would think I would love the 70s more than the 80s, but no way. The movies, TV shows, and the music were awesome. I was into rock and new wave. Ronald Reagan was a great president and I felt proud to be an American. My favorite year was 1984, which I consider the best year of my entire life. There will never be another decade like the 80s. That's why I appreciate VH-1's series "I Love the 80s". I really miss those good old times.
From: Lenny

I was born in '85. That's why the 80s rocked. Ha... Just kidding. No I really like the 80s b/c of the really bad style. It's hot.
From: Alia

Jeepers, I can't believe its already 2004...the 80s are starting to seem so far away. But anyhow, I was born in 1976 so I'm old enough to have many fond memories of the 80s. Although My "prime time" was in the early 90s (my late teens/early 20s) I feel i have a greater connection to the 80s because that's when I grew up. I would have to say that my favorite sitcom of the 80s and early 90s was Roseanne. As far as music goes my favorites included: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Gino Vanelli, XTC, Mr. Mister, The Beastie Boys, and sooo many more. I had that "feathered" looking sort of 80s hair and never went anywhere without my black and white Converse low-tops. Those were the days. And even though I didn't buy my first vehicle until the early 90s, it was a 1984 Pontiac Fiero. Da** I miss that car. Back in those days I was cool, but I haven't quite updated to today's trends. Some may call it a fashion crime, but I still own a pair of Converse shoes and even wear 'em out every now and again. I think I'll be stuck in the 80s for ever, lol. Oh well, I'm sure I'm not alone...
From: Mike

I can't believe nobody is talking about cartoons or toys. I love 80s toys like Tranformers, G.I. Joe, Thundercats etc. I was born in 1980, so I was just a kid in the 80s but I still remember my toys and TV shows on Sunday mornings. You can check the 80s toys pages - there are lots of them, like Tranformers Online Encyclopedia or Yo Joe (G.I. Joe figures and vehicles pics).
From: seba

OK SO I WASN'T BORN IN THE 80s!! No I was not born in the 80s, I was born in 1990, sadly.. But I love the 80s as well and I find myself mad for not living in the 80s! grrrr I would have fit in soo well! I love Molly Ringwald, she's my idol, I've even dressed like her for "Favorite Superstar" day at school.. And I would totally date Farris Bueller if I lived back then. I love 80s New Wave music! And I like Duran Duran, Blondie, Thomas Twins, and oh my gosh like alot more.. And GnR...My generation copies everything from past decades, they can't come up w/ anything like by themselves... 1980s were soo fricken awesome and it sucks I wasn't offically alive then but I still like to consider myself.. "An unoffical child of the 80s" Peace Out Liberty 1984 rocked (I think...)
From: Liberty

Born in 1966. Childhood in 70's was great: disco, funk, punk, emerging new wave, Village People and Saturday Night Fever... But the 80's.... oh, what joy. Objectivity? Yes I was young and full of life then, had no particular problems, but... nevertheless it was THE DECADE, perfect time, even air smelled better than the last 14 years. And the music - that's just the fact - never before or after more colorful, melodic, optimistic, happy as hell, if you wish. Hundreds of styles, quality concerts (remember the best of all times - Live Aid?), unforgettable music videos, everything... And as they were kind of prophets our dear darkies or goths (Cure, Mission, Sisters of Mercy...) ended the unique era.
From: Duke

Music kicked a**, movies were great, people were happy, Reagan was president, we ate carbs, we didn't talk on cell phones 20 hours a day, people exercised, there were no stupid Atkins diets, girls dressed preppy and not like sluts. Let's face it, it was just a happier time than the world is today. Turn the clock back, please.
From: Tim Osterfeld

Yes, Tarryn I do remember Fraggle Rock, my kids had the movie and it use to scare the crap out of them. I have lots of memories of the 80s, but pub bands were the best!! Shaz of Oz

Oh my god, this site is spinning me out! I was born in 1976, so I grew up watching Buck Rogers and my most fav Wonder Woman, who can forget the gold bracelets that could fend off 1-3 bullets, and her invisible plane, oh yeah and her gold rope!!I loved the 80s and everything about it, it was so , how should I say "tame". I'm soo loving this site, keep it up!
From: Maima

Technically, I'm not a child of the 80s--I was born in 1988 and don't remember the 80s at all. But I LOVE the 80's! The music (and the videos)...the movies...the crazy clothes styles--everything was so awesome! Even though I don't remember the 80s at all, I could tell you more about music and movies of the 1980s than I could tell you about music or movies from now! I know I would have fit in back then. It's almost as if I actually DO remember the 80s. Life was so much simpler back then, too. There weren't any cell phones, senseless diet fads, trashy TV shows like you see now, and no girls running around looking like sluts just so they could look like Britney Spears (because there was no Britney back then... haha). And oh man I hated it so much when those stupid teen magazines used to compare N*Sync or the Backstreet Boys to Duran Duran. The way I see it, there are NO similarities between them. Because Duran Duran was obviously more talented. To sum it all up--I am an 80s child at heart. And I always will be. :)
From: Rachel

I was born in November 1983 so I lived 6 years of the 80s. The 80s had real comedies. 1. The Young Ones 2. The Black Adder 3. Only Fools and Horses. What we have now is cheap reality TV.
From: Glenn

Hah. Ok so I'm here, thinking I might do an 80s thing this year for Halloween. So I thought I'd check it out, I guess refresh myself on how to look "80's". Well, I ended up checking everything out, and 2 hours later, WOW. I have friends that are 30 years old, and friends that are 19. I'm well, lets just say, I was born in the early 80s and I remember all of it. ;) I think it's awesome that people love this stuff- it's my childhood, and it was a happier time, for SURE. Yeah, we all had our problems but we weren't afraid like we are today. No wars, no terrorism, no fear. We were, well, happy. At least I was. The decade for me, holds many memories; the early years that had the beach days in the conversion van with the 8 tracks, to the summer afternoons laying out in the sun with my mom listening to Blondie and Madonna on the silver boombox, tagging along with an older cousin on her date to see Karate Kid Part II, to the cool Saturday morning cartoons (Smurfs, Snorkels) and later on, the Cavarricci Pants, NKOTB and Milli Vanilli. I was there for it all, and I loved it all. Even still. So yeah, I'm going to look like a cool kid straight out of 1985. I'll have my bright pink Izod, my tight jeans, my white Nike tennis shoes. I'll sport my shades, at night. I might even wear 3 watches. And half of my friends will remember it the first time around, and half won't. And that's alright. Because we all want it again.
From: Shawn

Well,in the 80s, most of the very hard rockers from the 70s had not yet faded but were not as popular anymore. Bands like Led Zeppelin were replaced by bands like Guns n' Roses. And singers like Pat Benatar and Blondie began to get famous. But I just have one thing to say...I love the 80s!
From: Tony martinez

I love the 80s. I was born in 81, and I remember my mom getting one of the first Cabbage Patch Kids dolls when they came out. Besides having my room decked out in New Kids On the Block, I had all the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake stuff you could think of. And even to this day I have my Care Bears and all of my Rainbow Brite stuff in my room. Thanks for an awesome decade.
From: Shawna Barnhill

I think that anyone born in the eighties is born with this instict to love it! I was born in 89, and I vaguely remember it! I LOVE the eighties. I think everyone who loves it should try to bring it back. My fav thing about it was Madonna, fashion, hair, make-up , Michael Jackson (Thriller!<---- my Fav. song!)!!
From: Shannon

In the 80s, a movie like 'Electric Dreams' made the very idea of computers communicating with each other seem so totally blow-your-mind amazing. These days, we just take it for granted. Bands like Culture Club ruled the airwaves so they should! Just listen, or rather don't listen to the sh** of today's top 40! Men wore make-up and it was OK for a boy to look like a girl, as long as he could sing. That didn't stop my dried up old school principal from making an example of one of my best friends, in front of the whole school, just because he brought a Boy George poster to school. She said he should rather bring a pic of Jesus (insert Twilight Zone music here.) Fond memories include dancing around friends' parents' loungerooms to Culture Club, INXS and Cyndi Lauper. Oh, and my folks bought their 1st VCR (a Betamax!) and I was able to watch Star Wars and Superman, over and over again.
From: Dee

The 80s were a great time to be a child or young adult. Overall, I think they were a much better time for anyone than the current times. I was born in 1980 and can appreciate the memories I have of a decade that seemed a lot more realistic than today. There are so many reasons to feel nostalgic of a time that has long passed - it all seemed simpler and more fun. Essentially the 80s were the best time to experience pop culture. The television, movies, music, entertainment, etc. were all great. Movies of today are mindless and not entertaining and the music is just a mess. The 80s were serious and enjoyable at the same time. One of the best standouts in the 80s was the use of synthesizers in many songs - synthesizers added a great sound and I definitely miss the presence of them in current music.
From: Laura

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.