Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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The 80s were fab. I was born in 1970 so when the 80s arrived I was at the right age to enjoy the fab music - new romantics, big hair etc. and of course go nightclubbing. The batwing dresses and stilletos with matching beads, bangles and earrings - wow... what an era! The likes of Wham!, Duran Duran, Madonna, Queen - what great artists - you couldn't get any better!
From: Sarah Richards

I love the 80s because the hair, the clothes, the make-up, the style. But most of all, I love the 80s because that was when the greatest show EVER!!!!!!!!! was started and almost finished... "Who's the Boss?" was filmed 1984-1992. I LOVE THE 80S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And Tony Danza was a total babe in the 80s, so it all makes sense lol.
From: Cherisse

Hi! I was born in '82. The 80s just rocks. The cartoons, movies, music, fashion... Everything just compliment each other so well, making it the best decade of all time. How I wish I was a teenager in the 80s. Anyway, the 80s live in my heart forever.
From: Daniel

This my Eighties (in no chronological order): New Romantic music (Duran Duran, ABC, Heaven 17, Human League, Spandau Ballet, Haircut 100, Kajagoogoo, etc.), the A-Team, John Hughes movies, X-Men comics, Alyssa Milano, Max Headroom, KROQ (Poorman, Richard Blade, Dusty Street, Freddy Snakeskin, Swedish Eagle, Jed the Fish and April), Buckaroo Banzai, the Ghostbusters, buying Monkey Boots at Thrash, Darth is Luke's daddy, the Bounty Hunters, playing Zork and Atari (2600, 5200, and 7800) and Nintendo, Now and Laters (banana and chocolate), Bonkers, and Razzles, My Pac-Man Rubik's Cube, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, ON TV - then cable TV, The Young Ones, Stingray, 120 Minutes, 21 Jump Street, Thundercats, Argyle socks, Clive Barker, Converse, School Burritos & chocolate milk, Star Hits, ... to be continued...
From: Blake

I am 38 so I was a teenager/high school kid during the 80s and it was the best! I remember the advent of MTV (when they played videos) and the 5 original VJs, including the adorable Martha Quinn (what a crush I had on her!). I remember Camaros and Firebirds changing again and computers complicating cars. I remember thinking how cool I was because I typed my papers for school on my dad's IBM PC. I remember how it actually meant something to go to a school dance and you actually danced (then took off early from there with the girl you really liked for a long time). The girls' hair never seemed that big to me... Seemed like everybody you met chewed Dentyne gum. The girl I will never forget (that I lost) gave me a little blue plastic Grouchy Smurf that rode on my dashboard for years. I remember sex in a car (not my first time either) with the theme from "The Breakfast Club" (Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me") on the radio. How about Swatch watches, Sweats by EBE, the whole "preppy" craze - man, Izod shirts, khakis, Polo stuff (before it became stupid "Polo Sport"), "Members Only" jackets (every guy had to have at least one), watching "Friday Night Videos" and "Night Flight" (USA Channel there), if you went to a wild party, you just drank beers and nobody was really into drugs - just a few stoners with their pot and that was all. We all went to see "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and people talked like "Spicoli" after that. Did I mention girls were so much prettier then? People actually cared how they looked. We all loved AC/DC, Ozzy, Van Halen, and even Night Ranger. It was still cool to like OJ Simpson. Gotta admit to my little crush on Madonna when she did "Like A Virgin" and the bad movie "Desperately Seeking Susan". We all excelled at Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, etc. The Arcade at the mall was the social place to be seen and meet girls. "Loverboy" was all over the radio. We'd go to "Under 20 Night" at dance clubs and dance to cool music, not techno crap like now. The whole "Flashdance" thing was big then and girls would be dressed like that, with the leg warmers. If you were not out or you had a girl over to watch TV, it was between the Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas or Knots Landing. Also, all the girls knew way more than anybody should have about General Hospital. Guys wore jeans that let girls look at their ass and their package - NOT THEIR CRACK. Guys wore clean tan work boots with those jeans. Little Subaru 4wd wagons with white rims and bad pinstripes were all over the place. Cadillacs were huge. ZZ Top concert freakin' RULED. When every radio station played "We Are The World" on that particular day, everybody listened. We watched "Live Aid" on MTV. They did "Farm Aid" too. Getting an Alpine stereo tape deck in my car was the best! Remember watching "Puttin' On The Hits" where people would lip sync to their fave songs for prize money, and not for a living like today's "musicians"? No, you had Billy Squire yelling "Stroke Me, Stroke Me!" and Def Leppard doing "Photograph" and everybody cranked those songs in the parking lot at school. How many of my fellow 1980s fanatics wish they could get in the DeLorean time machine from "Back to the Future" and dial it in for 198_ (you fill in the blank) and get there by hitting 88 mph and having enough electrcity. We all went to see the Terminator, way before Arnold was ever dreaming of being California's Governor (and man, was that Linda Hamilton a.k.a. Sarah Connor HOT). Prince was weird until "Purple Rain" brought him into light for some. We went roller skating, too, at a rink.
From: Zackster

I was born in the 70s and the 80s were my life because the programs and the pop music where 10 times better than what we have now on TV (in Holland.)
From: linux user

I was born in 1987, so I missed all the fun but still remember the Transformers and the great toys. The best thing is probably my 1986 Z-28 Camaro that I love.
From: Maverick

I was born in 1988 (I'm 15), but I wish I was 15 in the 80s. I love a lot of music: Duran Duran (especially Simon), Spandau Ballet (especally Tony) and the rest. I'm going to see Tony in concert in April next year and am looking to find tickets for Duran Duran. Also Human League are playing in 'Rothes Halls (I'm Scottish!) Anyway rock on the 80s!!!
From: Mrs Hadley

I was born in 1986, but my father had always been fond of music of all types (he's Mexican and I was born in Mexico, than moved to Italy, where my mother's from, at the age of 3), so I listened the best 80s music in my childhood. I soon (when I was 9-10) became a fan of house/techno music of the 90s, but I recently rediscovered 80's music, and I rediscovered with it a part of my life! I love 80s dance music and especially Wham/George Michael (still like some of his new songs), Michael Jackson, Billy Ocean, Pet Shop Boys, Fox the Fox, Bandolero, Quincy Jones and many more... Of the late 80s disco/house music I especially like Lisa Stansfield, Inner City, Technotronic and all these great artists/groups that made the 90s disco music happen. I wish I was born 10 years before! But I think the early 90s still made part of the good times that were the great 80s... I also wish to remember the great videogaming consoles of the 80s and especially the first microcomputers like Commodore 64 and the beloved Amiga... We can now write on this website thanks to them!
From: Rafael

I love the 80s because they had the best music and they dressed really cool. I was born in 1988 and I wish I could have had more time to grow up in the 80s than what I got. The music these days just don't compare to 80s music. I got the chance 2 summers ago to see Def Lepperd in concert and that by far was the best. The crowed was wild and it seemed like my brother, cousin, and my brother's friend (and of course myself) were the only young people there. Who cares, right? As long as you can ROCK OUT TO SOME ROCKIN MUSIC WHO CARES ABOUT THE AGE THING RIGHT?
From: Shannon

Why do i love the 80s? Come on, that's so easy! I love everything about the 80s! Duran Duran, Flock Of Seagulls, Squeeze, Run DMC, Family Tties, Rainbow Brite, Cabbage Patch Kids, Michael Jackson, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, Say Anything, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Porky's, Can't Buy Me Love, Big, Splash, Valley Girl, Better Off Dead, 21 Jump Street, Degrassi Junior High, and lots more!
From: alison

I was born in '89, so I never really lived in the 80s, but I love the clothes. There was so much more variety in style then. Now you're either "in" with the latest fashions and brands or you're out with the nerds. Then there's the ever-popular punk style with studded belts and surplus store boots they stole from the 80s. I wish I had been a teen in the 80s, not only for the great music videos but for the crazy hair. Individuality was the key, and you could get away with wearing some *CRAZY* clothes and hairstyles you'd never find now. One thing I hope they'll never bring back are the high bangs-those were absolutely insane! (P.S. long live Stryper!!!!!!!)
From: Wendy

So me and my "gang" made this thing. We made the 80s. Then we got TV people, clothing lines and stuff like that to help bring back this time. I mean this will be perfect. I spent a while e-mailing shops and what not, but I like to think I made a difference. I wish it were the eighties. I just barely made the decade, in 1989. Leg warmers (well, why not) coming back, hair, clothes. And now we've got rap. Where everone is exactly the same. Big shirts, big pants for the guys. Girls really slutty tight clothes, make-up, and of course, lip gloss. The 80s were so original. I only wish that technology wasn't going to take over. Im going to miss you mortals.
From: I heart Ferris Bueller

I feel soooooooooo left out. I was born in 1990, and didn't get to experience the 80s at all. Let me tell you that I hate rap, and am sick and tired of the boring clothes this decade has to offer (by the way, no one cares what color your boxers are - to all the teenage guys out there that sag). I mean, just look at the 80s, there was so much more freedom and life was happy. You could walk out of the house in wacky clothes and bright blue eyeshadow, and would anyone care?? NO!!! These days, kids my age have kids of their own!! Whatever happened to innocence?? But there is something to smile about... I think the 80s are coming back!!! Look around!! The other day, I saw a girl wearing spandex with a skirt over it and bright green Converse All Stars. I practically cried. Now hopefully the 80s are going to make a full comeback!!! yay yay!
From: Aideen Hurst

WOW... I hate this! I was born the last years of the 80s, so I hate everything about today, I so wish I could go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: cassie

I was born in 1982 so I was an 80s little kid and didn't understand anything about pop culture then, but I loved the toys and cartoons. Every Saturday morning my mom would wake me up early to watch cartoons. Rainbow Brite, She Ra, Smurfs, Muppet Babies, Garfield, My Little Pony. She would put a blanket and pillow on the floor in front of the TV for me to lay on and bring me some juice and breakfast. When my cousin Craig and I would play together, it was always so easy to use our imaginations and pretend we could do anything. Me and my friend Crystal met in the first grade, and we could go anywhere or be anything just by using our imaginations. Like we were mermaids at a creek in some park. It didn't cost any money to have fun either.
From: Jennifer

To me, I'm definitely an 80s fan. Unfortunately, I was born in 1992, just 3 years after the 80s were gone. But, I was raised to love the 80s thanks to my parents. I would mostly be watching Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Footloose and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I would be daydreaming what I would do if I played hooky with Ferris. I would go home straight after school just to watch any 80s music videos they would show on MuchMoreMusic (Canada's answer to VH1) and Pop-Up Video as well. Whenever my parents are not watching, I would take any Madonna, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Cyndi Lauper or a Whitney Houston cassette. I was happy when we will all sing "Do They Know It's Christmas" for our concert (even though my friends don't know the eighties.) I was even mostly shock when this was the decade when John Lennon has died and when I saw the girl from famine twenty years from now on Oprah. I would try hard to have a little 80s spirit kept to myself while I act like a normal child right now. So, whenever I listen to either Duran Duran and George Michael or wondering which Breakfast Clubber I am, I'm an 80s girl inside in my heart.
From: Robyn

The 80s were a time of great music, great fashion, and great people. I may be 14, but the 80s rocked hard.
From: Christina

I was a teenager in the 80s and it was awesome! MJ broke records with 'Thriller' and 'Bad'. Breakdance came and dancing has never been the same since then..Excellent movies like 'Back To The Future', ET, Karate kid and more! I really painted my fate and destiny in the 80s.
From: rizal

I love the 80s because of the clothes they had and the skating style. The music and everything looks so cool! The long, frizzy hair with the ripped acid washed jeans. The best 10 years in the world's history was in the 1980s and my favorite, Fast Times at Rigdmeont High with Jeff Spakoli is one of the best movies of our time!
From: Gibby

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.