Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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The 80s were the best, I miss them very much, I turned 13 right at the end of '79, so all my teen years and early adulthood were spent and I mean spent in the 80's, I fondly remember my friends and I walking downtown to spend all of our allowances on the arcade, boy those days are gone! When MTV hit the airwaves we all turned into couch potatoes to watch our favorite bands rock out. Television was great back then, When Miami Vice came on, I thought it was the best thing I'd ever seen, the pulsating music and clothing were to die for,the bright pastels were a fashion hit. We all dressed in the look. Friday nights are not the same these days, although I've purchased season 1 and 2, which keep me in a dream state to go back to the time. Recently I've collected roughly 900 songs from the 80s, the music can't be beat, this was a time when rap was just in it's beginning and was'nt so harsh, I think they call it old school now, but I sure miss New Wave! The 80s were totally awesome dude!
From: Michael

I have to admit, I just missed the 80s by 2 years. But I love it so much! Everything about the 80s just fills me with happiness! I'm sure in 10 years I'll be missing the 90s becuase ever since I was at least 5 years old, I was in love with the 80s. The fashion, the music, the movies, the...everything! I grew up on 80s music and there is like no music playing now that I like. I use all the phrases such as rad, gag me with a spoon, dude, like, whoa! and tons tons more. You probably think I'm a total geek and too young for all this stuff, but I truly love it!
From: kelsey

I feel like I should've grown up in the 80s. I was born in 1988. I love Prince's music and I love Purple Rain!!!!! I love the Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink all those good teen classics are aweseome!! Man, they don't come out with the same stuff they used to back in the 80s and early 90s like Pretty Woman and others!!! I hate stuff these days. Life seemed to be more simpler back then. If only I was a teen in the 80s!!!!
From: Irina

The time that I felt the oldest is when I was recently shopping at a local grocery store and they were playing songs I loved in the 80s.
From: Barbara Jones

I had to take a moment to spew on one of the many loves of my life: the 80s. Yes, I needed an outlet and this seemed to be the place for it. Who knows, maybe some wayward vagabond with the same affinity for the 80s will stumble our way and understand. Do you ever want to be teleported back to a time when you could sit on the floor playing Asteroids, listening to The Reflex(not because I actually love the song, but because it just seems right) by Duran Duran, chewing on Big League Chew, and sucking down a blue Slush Puppy (not a sub-standard Slurpy) but a Slush Puppy? How about hanging out in the corner Deli eating a Watchamacallit, waiting for your turn on the Beserk Game while "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike if I like the girl..." plays on the deli radio. Or listening to Herbie Hancock playing over the loudspeaker of the local roller rink(2002 for those of us from Suffolk County), while showing off your new parachute pants and black and red leather Michael Jackson jacket, and trying to show off your moonwalking skills. Watching the new Weird Al videos on MTV while rifling through a copy of the latest Teen Beat looking for new posters of Madonna or Paula Abdul to hang on your walls. For me, I was young for most of these memories and trying to be oh so much older. I was a preteen who wanted to be out at the club represented in The Crazy For You video showing off all of my untested dance moves, or going to crazy parties like the one in Weird Science. I had delusions of grandeur of how I would truly romance the girls in my neighborhood whom I contracted vicious bouts of puppy love for. You know, like the way Judd Nelson romanced Molly in the Breakfast Club. German New-wave... Der Kommisar; English Pop...The Thompson Twins, Dexy's Midnight Runners-what in the hell does this even mean, One Night in Bangkok... you must be kidding me - a song about a chess match that sounds more erotic than Frankie Goes to Hollywoods' Relax which by the way I was to young at that time to even understand the not-so underlying theme of that song. How did Cindy Lauper and Captain Lou Albano get together anyway? Would SNL have survived without Eddie and Joe? Was Tawny Kitaen the first rock video chick? She always will be to me. Pong was so antiquated, I like my video games to be realistic, like Donkey Kong. How did Rick Ocasek actually walk on water in the video for Magic? Did Phil Collins actually witness a man drowning? Honeycombs are big , yeah, yeah,yeah. I know you finished that diddy, don't deny it. Were the Snorks just some bitten, weaker version of the Smurfs like the fetching Mrs Murtha says, or did they come with there own merits? If your from Long Island I am sure you or someone you knew had a Billy Joel sighting. If my rants mean anything to you, than you are one of me, and I'd like to hear from you. terrencemurtha@msn.com Total Eclipse Of the Heart, Flintstone Kids, GI Joe, Billy Idol, Neon, leg warmers, feather roach clips(sorry that might have been a local thing), A-Team, WWF, The Goonies. Sorry, I just couldn't stop.
From: Terry Murtha

The 80s were absolutely amazing! I was born in 1991, but from what my parents said, the 80s were just the best. I mean, I'd do anything just to be able to dress like 80s you know? Side ponys and such. And Madonna is just fabulous! I love her! "Like a virgin..touched for the very first time" yeahh... that's a great song! I miss the 80s! 80'S FOREVER! WOOT WOOT!
From: mayaaa

The 80s were so much and it's so hard to explain it all, but everyone else here did so well. I remember all the bright colors, the cool toys, the movies and the shows. I collect 80s stuff now, I have about 40 Rainbow Brite dolls I collected and restored. Gotta love the music. Luckily alot of the old shows are coming out in DVD sets now. I especially liked the Facts of Life. I'm a goth now, but just to clarify, I'm still a child of the 80s. My black trench coat is covered in patches like rainbow brite. Everything is just so serious anymore, we don't just have fun. We need to take over the world and bring the eighties back all at once. We'll have Cyndi Lauper and A Flock of Seagulls and Duran Duran open it up, dance in the streets and everyone, EVERYONE gets bright rubber bangles. The problem these days is well, I'm a guy, and if I go out into the street wearing rainbow arm warmers a pair of con's with the tongues out and dancing around with a boombox on my shoulder - I'll get arrested and sent to the looney bin.
From: Wyn

Oh, how I miss the 80s!! I turned 14 in 1980, and my high school years were filled with cool music, lots of great concerts, off the shoulder "Flashdance" tops and big hair. I remember my sister - who is 3 years younger,and I watching MTV for the first time in 1981. We were amazed! Sergio Valente and Guess jeans, jelly shoes, rubber bracelets and dayglo shirts ruled! I'll never forget seeing Footloose and Ghostbusters at the movies, and in 1984, the first Terminator movie, when Arnold was just a scary actor. All the John Hughes movies were great too! I feel so lucky to have been a teenager during that time! It was still pretty safe to be a kid, and everyone seemed so happy back then. Thanks to everyone for bringing back such great memories!
From: Keleigh

I loooovvvvvvve the 80s because of the music. The music was amazing back then, and so were the performers! Unlike now, its just too dull. It's not as wild as it was back then.
From: Jennifer

It seems all, or most, of us here love the 80s music, more than anything... I love it too, especially music from around 1983. It had a very vital, very positive feeling. I LOVE it. (But then I also love music from decades and even centuries before I was born.) I love and miss the 80s, because I was born in the 60s. Which means (as others have said) that I really REALLY got to enjoy them to the fullest. But that is probably the only reason why I love and miss that era. In itself, it wasn't that great. (No era ever is.) Yes, 1988/89 was an amazing time for world politics. But I have to smile and, yes, even roll my eyes a little when I read about the "carefree" world of the 80s, up to and including the life outdoors and the "sun shining" and the "green grass"..:) What about AIDS? And, more importantly, what about all the ugly goings-on that WERE going on, in all areas, all around the world - only nobody got to hear about them (unlike now)? The world was as corrupt and unsafe in the 80s as it is now. Only now its ugly spots are more visible. And by the same token, grass is still green, the sun still shines, the great outdoors is still... well, outdoor. People don't really change. Only hairdos do. (Thank God for small mercies:-)
From: Cynosure

I love the 80s because MTV was born, the Wall came down, you could still Rock In America (oh yeah, alright), we had never heard the term "politically correct," the music and movie stars didn't whine all the time about every damn thing, you could cut the sleeves off your dad's shirt and wear it to school and be the envy of your friends, kids weren't so spoiled, your house didn't have to look like something on HGTV to be the place everyone wanted to be, your parents couldn't call you on a cell phone and tell you to come home, fake ID's still worked, you could cut your own hair and be the height of fashion, if the cable went out (or you didn't have cable) there was always FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS, The Cars, .38 Special, The Fixx, The Police and REAL Van Halen. Rap music wasn't about hating women, whitey and each other. You didn't have to get a Brazilian bikini wax to wear a mini skirt. Hell, you didn't have to wax anything! Dancing could be hot and sensual without always being a dry grind. If you liked a boy, you talked for hours on the phone, pissed off your parents and siblings, and had the opportunity to get the nuances in what he said by the tone of voice, the awkward silences, the nervous giggles. (You can't get that in an IM.)
From: Karen

Why do I love the 80s? I'm 13-going-on-14 and it's 2006. Why in the world would I love the 80s? Well, I love them because the Dukes of Hazzard was brand-new, and my aunt taped every episode for herself and my grandma, and I watch them constantly. Even though John Schneider's gonna be 46 on April 8th (is that stalking? my friends think it is)I am going to marry him if it kills me. He was young in the 80s, and 80s things are cool.
From: Rachel Ankrom

I sooo love the 80s, I was born in the best year...1982!!! I grew up listening to Madonna, Hall & Oates, new wave, etc....My parents were so into MTV, which I have to admit influenced my love for music today. I love all their toys as well, come on now...My Little Pony, Fairy Tail Birds, My Buddy, I can go on but I just wanted to say that 80s rock and I wish i could re-live as an adult that I am today.
From: Kathy

I have the best memories of Studio K and Cloud 9 at Knotts Berry Farm. They are seriously some of my best memories. I went to Videopolis a few times, but I spent 2 - 3 years at Knotts dancing and had a lot of friends there. IF ANYONE HAS PHOTOS FROM STUDIO K OR CLOUD 9, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME SO I CAN START GETTING A TRIBUTE WEBSITE AND A GATHERING SPOT FOR ALL OF US THAT WENT. slbecker71@comcast.net
From: Steve Becker

I was born in 1989, so I totally missed the 80s. But my dad had leftover videos magazines and stuff like that from the best decade ever. I wish I was born in 1971 so I could live my teen years in the 80s. From glam metal to new wave and all the other rad stuff from the 80s, I love them all. The 2000s suck cause all this emo and rap is killing the world. Big hair rules and so do the bodacious babes of the 80s!!!
From: Kevin

I have got to agree with a lot of people that the 80s have to be the best decade ever. Since I was born in 1982, and I was only 7 when the 80s ended, I stil remember some of it. I can recall playing The Smurfs on the ColecoVision that I used to have before it got damaged and a few other games, such as a Cabbage Patch one. I also used to have an Amiga system that I just adored from the time I was about 6 until I was 12, which had really awesome games. My brother, who is 4 years older than me, was into Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles and we would both watch that together and he would even have some of the items from that cartoon. Pound Puppies also rocked along with the Muppet Babies and a few others. I also thought that the toys were way cuter in those days like the Popples and Sweet Secrets, etc. My parents even thought thay were cool also. I won't go into any more detail, but I do remember some of the music and i had a Popple and other toys. I'm glad they bought a few of the old 80s toys back! The 1980s totally rocked!
From: Hannah Morgan

I was born in South Africa in 1975, so I got to enjoy everything about the (feel good) 80s - the bubblegum pop music was awesome! I liked Madonna, Whitney Houston, Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany, etc. When I die, I would ask God if I can relive my favorite years of the 80s before I go to Heaven.
From: Trevor

I was born in the mid-seventies, so I got to experience the best decade of all time! I credit that amazing feel good energy that was prevalent in the 80s to all our parents (the hippies) of the 60s & 70s, for creating that energy then expressed through us in the 80s!
From: T.J

I was born in 1982, so I was only 7 when the 80s ended, but I can still remember a few things about the greatest decade ever. The toys were awesome, the movies, music and video games also, etc. I can remember watching Muppet Babies, Pound Puppies, Gummi Bears, Pee Wee's PlayHouse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a few other 80s cartoons like that. I watched TMNT with my older brother, who had a few of their items. Guns N' Roses were pretty sweet back then,also. I have a few of their CD's also. I also remember listening to Madonna but I never went to her concerts because I was too young. I also had a Teddy Ruxpin, Popple, Sweet Secrets, Pound Puppies and Purrie, Keypers, Muppet babies dolls, Wuzzles, Care Bears, and a few others. For quite a while, I wore velcro shoes, I don't know when that started exactly, and carried with me a trapper keeper. I still use some 80s terms today, like narly, and rad, awesome and excellent. Also, movies like Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Breakfast Club,etc. are pretty cool. And I just experienced quite a number of songs by Human League, and wow, they are so great! I guess you can take the girl out of the 80s but you can't take the 80s out of the girl! I still listen to music from the 80s, which is my favorite, and watch the movies and some cartoons.
From: Hannah Morgan

Well...I was born in 1992...so that isn't very close to "The 80s"...but, I'm quite unusual for most 13 year olds...I've been obsessed with the 80s since I was in about 3rd grade...I'm in 8th now...But, since I have an older sister I got a lot of her old toys from her which were in the 80's. I love my PJ Sparkles bear very much. I loved Rainbow Brite, Lady Lovely Locks, Jem, The Smurfs, The Snorks, and Care Bears of course. All those shows were still on when I was a bit younger...I love 80's music of course too. It's just amazing. THE RAMONES LIVE ON!
From: Michelle

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.