Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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OK, here's why the 80s rocked. Hypercolor shirts, slap bracelets, leg warmers, real MTV. Computers, CDs, and video games. Add to that the death of disco, and the rebirth of the British Invasion, specifically Punk and New Wave music. It all worked in the 80s. The hair was big, big, big, and the shoulder pads almost as high. Even the Miami Vice stuff worked at that time. David Bowie made a comeback, and best of all, the Niners ruled football!
From: Joe Bruin

Hi!! I was born in 1983 in Argentina and I didnĀ't have the opportunity to know much about music in the 80s until some months ago... when I became a huge fan of its music... ErasureĀ's "Oh Lamour" and Depeche ModeĀ's "Enjoy the Silence" are some of my favourite songs of that period of time, The Bangles, Camouflage also. What I love most of the music is its rythm, the lyrics, the songs are fascinating and they make me feel like another person... ItĀ's like IĀ'm everywhere else when I get into the 80s world. Everything from those years is amazing!!!! IĀ'm totally in love with that music!!
From: Natalia

I absolutely love the 80s... Michael Jackson! Prince! Madonna! Blondie! Duran Duran! New Edition... 80s music was the best..the style with all its neon colors were great!! Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Purple Rain! The 80s was and is the best decade.
From: Sara

Born in '77, I was a true child of the 80s. Turned onto the 80s sound, my cousins were always talking about Bryan Adams. My first album(YES, VINYL!) was Platinum Blonde, there was only two songs on it, given to me by cousin, I listened to Cryin'Over You, OVER AND OVER AGAIN!! I remember that is wasn't a BAD thing to like Micheal Jackson. Watching Thriller gave me the CHILLIES, and trying to imitate his moves. Always gave my parents a laugh, Oh, and I still have my Cabbage Patch doll, passed on down to my daughter.
From: Bonnie

All of my friends think I'm a goober for holding the 80's so dear to my heart. And frankly, I love the 80's for all the wrong reasons. The music was lame (but I remember every word to every song) the fashions were weird (but the leg warmers, giant purses and the hair cuts were cool!) and the language was unique (totally, gag me with a spoon!), but I still hold a special place in my heart for all that weirdness. Even now, I can hear a song from a certain year of the 80s and immediately be transported back in time to a certain place, room, time or see a certain person which connects me to that time in space. I wore Michael Jackson's glove and Madonna's half-shirt with my shoulder bare- to school- and did the Humpty Dance at every school dance for 2 years. And being a TRUE child of the 80s, I remember TV of the 70s and 80s like The Electric Company, The Hulk, Dr. Who, Lawrence Welk (only when my parents forced me to watch it on Friday nights before they went to "The Club." Also, He-Man, Sigmund the Sea Monster,the Wizard of Oz being on 1x every year, the Hobbit every Thanksgiving and March of the Wooden Soldiers every Christmas. Any true child of the 80's got some sort of a "boom box" for Christmas with tapes to play in it. That's right, TAPES. (still have them, thank you) I remember when the drummer from Def Leopard lost his arm in an accident, and MJ got burned filming the Pepsi commercial and I cried at the news of both. No matter how much my friends make fun of me, I'm not so ashamed that I would deny my 80s heritage. You'd have to live it to understand it. :)
From: Audrey Tilden

I was born in '83 and I remember a lot of cartoons when I was little and the atmosphere was just nostalgic. I miss the 80s so much. Things seemed so simple and plain when I was little. I miss it!!! Things are different now days and everything sucks!
From: Aja

Less profane phrases (like swearing) were used at that time, so that 80s musicians have been considered as gifted people!!!
From: Oscar

I was born in 1969, so when the eighties rolled around, I was a teenager. I am SO LUCKY to have been there to appreciate all the eighties had to offer. I had huge hair, loaded with tons of hairspray....wore little black rubber bracelets (as many as I could get)like all true Madonna followers. I loved going to roller rinks (when four wheeled skates were still it )!! Skin tight Jordache jeans rolled as tight as they could get around your ankle, 'cause that wsa the cool way to wear them....with your COLLAR UP polo shirt, and sperry loafers. Everything about the eighties was soooo carefree and wonderful, very unlike today. I hold on to many of my eighties items, because I know that one day...big hair will be back....and I will be ready!!!!
From: Jody

Everything about the 80s kicked butt. Especially the music. And you didn't have to look like Jessica Simpson or 50 cent to get noticed. Two of the greatest musical acts in the 80s were the FAT BOYS, and BIZ MARKIE. Do you understand what I am saying? The FAT BOYS,and BIZ MARKIE!! Biz looked like a retarted mutant, and the Fat Boys were obese, they rapped about food. They had a song called "All You Can Eat". C'mon! Music was about the music, not what you looked like. Your life is forfeit if you don't know the words to "Just A Friend" by Biz, or "Wipeout" by the Fat Boys.
From: Marred

I was born in 1966, so when the eighties struck I was 14. I pretty well remember it's when the big unemployment boom started in Europe thanks to yuppies and the stock exchange. An unemployment problem which hasn't been resolved to this date. Watch "Wall Street" with Michael Douglas for a different look on the eighties.
From: Mike

Hi, I was born in 1985, and I am so sorry that I wasn't born earlier to enjoy the 80s because they are the best era ever! But I can say that I remember very clear my early childhood, going on holidays with my parents, summertime, toys, little bit of music and tv, because I was too little to understand anything. I miss thr 80s so much, because these times are horrible, music, movies, TV shows and the lifestyle were much better in thr 80s but all we can do now is to listen great music from past times, as I do, and wear old clothes if we have them!!!!!! I ADORE THE 80S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Aida

The Goonies
From: Sam

I LOVED AND STILL LOVE THE 80S. The eighties were full of wonderful things. I was born in 1979. Whenever I have a wonderful memory, odds are it is from the 80s. I loved everything about it. There were wonderful movies, music, accesories, clothes, and sayings. I loved always learning a lesson at the end of your favorite show. You know what I'm talking about. The music would begin softly in the backround and the adults would come to the child's level and learn a valuable lesson. And sometime down the road you would learn from it. There are times still yet when something happens and I'm flooded with the words of Uncle Jesse, Joey, Bill Cosby, Melani,and everyone else. There was always a Molly Ringwald movie to break your heart and then put it back together. There were wonderful movies like Dark crystal, Neverending Story, The Goonies. and hundreds more. I love all the music - it just had more feeling to it. I remember my cousin who lived with us when she was in highschool and she would give me big hair and tight roll my jeans everyday for school. I think it was probably the best time to grow up. I worry about my daughter growing up in the 00s. I could walk across town to visit a friend and there is no way I would let my daughter. I am greatful for being an 80s child - I know what PURE really is. Yeah, there was enough coke going around but people were really PuRe. That's really the just of why I LOVE THE 80s.
From: Lizzard Queen

I was born March 1980 in Newcastle, England. As a teen i hated the 80s, I thought it was such a bad time for music and films, but now that I am older, I really appriciate the 80s, the films ARE cheesy but I love them all, I really like music like Echo and the Bunnymen, The Cure, and The Pixies. I love Lost Boys, Gremlins, Goonies, Freddy Krueger, the A-Team, and Wonder Years. The film Donnie Darko really sparked off my passion for the 80s.........80s FOREVER!!!
From: Simon Buglass

I also love the 80s. I was born in 1979, I'm French and I also like English songs. I think that it's a question of time: my father was nostalgic of the 60s and the 70's and I really thought that he was corny. Now I understand what he thought and why. I love the 80s because it helps me to recall my childhood.
From: Arnaud

I was born in 1970 in NY and grow up there. I Love the 80s! They ROCK! It was the best teen years. The music is the best! I love it all! Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Police, Mothey Crue, Led Zeppelin, etc. The movies were great - Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, The Shining, Friday the 13th, Footloose, The Last Unicorn. I just love The Muppet Show. My brother who was born in 1972 loves He-Man and Pacman Rock I still play. The 80s were a GREAT time and if I can change anything, I would go back to the 80s just one more time ;o) TTFN!
From: Mercedes

I'm a 1980 Singaporean baby so yeah, it started out perfectly for me. My impression of the 80s are the MUSIC(still the best, 90s was pretty alright but 2000, sigh) Tears for Fears/REO Speedwagon/Alphaville/Styx/Cutting Crew/Debbie Gibson/New Kids on the Block/Tommy Page & countless more oh YES KOKOMO - BEACH BOYS!!, the MOVIES - Back to the Future 1-3(i can literally quote every line)/Top Gun/Karate Kid/Rambo/Neverending Story, the toys/cartoons - He-Man, Mask, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Ultraman, the Electric Company, Square One TV, Curiosity, WWF where I believed it was REAL because IT IS!! Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Legion of Doom oh man!!. The magazines I read (Young Generation/Constable Ah Cai) Life just seems more complicated now. Please, bring me back to the 80s!!!
From: Paul Cheong

I love the 80s so much. It is way better, than the 90s could have ever hoped to be. One of the main things I loved about the 80s was Jem and the Holograms, Freddy Krueger, the Gremlins, and the music. I was born in 1975 and am lucky not to remember much before 1980. I listen to the oldies station at work now because they play mostly songs from the 80s and my younger co-workers look at me as if I am nuts because I will sing along to songs on there that I haven't heard or thought of since they were on the charts. Long Live the 80s, they are as Jem would say - "Truly Outrageous!"
From: Wulf

Oh man, the 80s... I guess everybody gets dewy-eyed about their childhood years but believe me the 1980s really did stink. The music was complete synthetic dross, withouth any charm or enduring artistic value, the fashions look crass and stupid even now and you had big Ronny Ray-Gun and Maggie Thatcher in power spouting free-market monetarism as the highroad to consumerist utopia. The 1980s were really a foul time, popular culture ground to a stagnant halt and we've never really got back on course after that cursed era of smarminess and smart-a** brats with giant hair and shoulder pads. Take it from me, the 1970s really were the decade but I guess you must have missed out on the real party. Too bad!
From: NGZ

Even though I was a kid during the 80s, I can still remember everything about it. I'll be an 80s fan forever. I can still remember great movies like Sixteen Candles and the Breakfast Club, and of course some great songs like "Take On Me" by A-Ha. But above all, we used to have some great cartoons in the 80s - I remember He-Man and She-Ra and I swear, every time I close my eyes, I see Jerrica Benton saying Showtime, Synergy... man, let me tell you, they should put the great shows back on, I miss watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
From: Remy

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.