Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I miss the 80s too! I grew up in Anaheim, went to Loara High(2 blocks from Disneyland). I remember spending almost every weekend at Videopolis and on some occasions Studio K at Knott's. I was a mod (you know, vespa riding, parka wearing). We always had so much fun scamming on girls at Disneyland. Anyone remember transfering stamps to get in for free? And the music.....what can I say, it was the best! I now finding myself listening to everything I can from the 80s. It just really brings me back. If anyone remembers me or any of what I was talking about, drop me a line at shawn.sheridan4@comcast.net laters....
From: Shawn Sheridan

Once upon a time in a decade called the 1980s, a group named U2 was formed. In this same decade they were all about making good quality music and less about Bono's African activism. Now after 1997's Achtung Baby(attention baby), they should've hung up thier guitar strings, their bass, and their drum sticks and retired solely on their laurels of what was great music, Angel Of Harlem, Where The Streets Have No Name, With Or Without You, and finally 1997's Mysterious Ways. Sadly, they never did. Now their music just plain sucks.
From: Amy

Born in 1970, I feel privileged to have been 10 years old in 1980 to 19 years old in 1989. Reason being is because my memory of the 80s is so strong that I feel I can relive it just by thinking about it. I would sit in front of my TV on Saturday mornings from around 7 or 8am to Noon every week for what is literally my all time favorite memory from growing up..."Saturday Morning Cartoons". I can even remember some of the more obscure cartoons like: Turbo Teen, Pandamonium, Rubik's Cube, Camp Candy, Karate Kid, Ace Ventura, and Men in Black (yes they were all cartoons). I could write in here all day long about the cartoons I used to love to watch, and whenever there is a release on DVD I am first in line. I even remember when the commercials in between the cartoons were cartoons themselves. Some were where they would show you how to make things like pouring your favorite fruit juice in an ice cube tray, covering it with plastic wrap, inserting toothpicks in the center of each cube, and freezing it for a snack. Then there was the whole School House Rock era where you would be watching your cartoon, then it would break...but instead of a commercial you would see something like "I'm Just a Bill" or "Conjunction Junction"...then it would go back to your show, so as far as advertisements go...there was no commercial. Now who could forget some of the live action shows on like: Shazam, Land of the Lost, Far Out Space Nuts, The Patchwork Family (that might have been 70's), Great Space Coaster, and anything Sid & Marty Krofft did that I didn't already mention. About the only thing on TV today that is even remotely close to as good as when I was growing up is a cancelled show on Sundays, where I am from, called: "Liberty's Kids". Other than that, and the cancelled "Disney's Fillmore" and "Kong: The Animated Series" (all still on in re-runs) there is nothing good anymore, and I won't even comment on Anime...that's just horrible. Well, I better close this or I will be typing forever.
From: Michael Cipriano

I was born in 1963. The 80s took me from my teen years to being a man. I graduated high school in 1982 anf from there it was 4 years in the marines, marriage and my 1st child. The 80s bring back wonderful memories I will carry for the rest of my life.
From: Brad

I was born in 1969. I was a child of the 80s. The 80s were the best time. I know every generation says that, but...I feel that the 80s was the last decade a kid or teenager could be just that. We didn't have to worry about being shot for our shoes. Although some of the fashion that was worn, someone should have been shot. How many people remember the torn jeans, bandanas and heavy metal shirts? I was the classic heavy metal freak! Motley Crue, Ratt, Poison, Cinderella etc. The movies of the 80's were the best. And tv, well if we had tv like that now alot more people would watch tv. The 80s were pure innocent fun! My kids are hooked on 80s stuff which makes me very proud. The 80s shall live forever!
From: Kim

I was born in 1975 and boy the 80s are the way things should be. Goodness it seems that CC you grew up where I grew up and had the same identical 80s experience down to "Da Fort" or the Woods and Sleigh riding on the "hill" in the woods with the stumped that we packed with snow to make a Jump ramp. My favorite movies was Stand By Me and Goonies i must have watched them bother a dozen times each. Not to mention Jem and the Holograms, josie and the pussy cats, Scooby, Tom and Jerry re-runs, Popey, Galaxy High, Teen wolf, Punky brewster, webster, differnt strokes, facts of life, Cosbyshow, Knight rider, Dukes of hazard, Fragle rock, the Birth of HBO and Cinemax, Atari, Nintentdo, Donkey Kong, and so many other shows...I also remember the sound tracks to my life like Run DMC, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Prince when he was Prince, Debardge, LL cool J and so many more...However i do remember how my parents thought the world was not the same as when they were kids in the 60's. I remember hearing stories that we have it easy because we have a school bus and didn't have to walk for miles in the freezing snow. I wonder if Nothing is new under the sun but we just think so. But to me nothing beats the 80's.
From: KJ

I was born in 1977 in Istanbul Turkey and I am still living here in Istanbul as a young woman. And why I love 80s? Because it was the happiest times of my life as a kid... Why? Because we had Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Flashdance, Golden Girls, Fame, The Beauty and The Beast, Murder She Wrote, Moonlighting (Blue Moon Detective Agency), and many more that I can not remember. It wasn't just the TV series, the movies, or the rock stars we loved. It was the most happiest world, the people, the happiest songs, movies, TV Shows... They were much more emotional and humanist those days than today. Maybe that's why we are longing for 80s!
From: burcu

I was born in 1972 and only remember a few years from the 70s (which I always thought of as ugly), so I always felt the most memorable years of my youth really began during the 80s. I actually remember New Year's Eve of 1979 and watching the ball drop on TV with Dick Clark and ringing in the new year as 1980. I remember my parents and grandparents sitting there talking about how "we will need to remember to write an 80 -something on our checks now after writing 70-something for so long!" Just a random memory right there. Now, who even writes checks anymore!? Everything is online or with a debit card! Things weren't so dire back then---(well, except for Dire Straits!) Remember that video? I actually remember MTV debuting--watching the first broadcast with all the original VJ's at my friend's house since my family didn't have cable...OR a VCR...another very 80s thing. That was before stupid early-90s VJ Steve Issacs destroyed the 80s-era music with his incessant promotion of Pearl Jam. The 80s were cool...I loved the music---especially the early 80s stuff (alternative and pop) and then the metal bands...I wasn't that into the dance stuff or boy bands---a lot of it was pretty cheesy, but it does bring back memories. But like I said, things weren't so "important" it seemed. Cell phones were just invented, but they were huge and expensive so not many people had them. The big thing for "important" people were pagers and mainly it was doctor's who had them. But I really don't miss the hair or some of the clothes like shoulder pads and puffed sleeves. My prom dress looked like a Smurf exploded. (LOVED the Smurfs, by the way--still do!) I remember loving acid-washed jeans and tapered pants but now I hate them. I do kind of like the funky early 80s stuff though...tights and long shirts are making a comeback...just need to add leg warmers! At 34 I'm a little old for something that trendy should it make a comeback but it would be kind of cute to see it again on a new crowd. But yeah, I miss the 80's pop culture...the movies, the music...and people were talking about time machines...speaking of which, Back to the Future is still one of my favorite movies, as is Ferris Bueller's Day Off. And of course I'll always watch The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Goonies, Weird Science STILL listen to Oingo Boingo almost daily!! Ahhh....waxing nostalgic...
From: Samantha

The 80s ruled! The clothes: Benetton sweaters, The Limited deep v-neck sweaters with a tank top or turtleneck underneath,parachute pants wrapped tightly at the ankles, Espirit, and those funky moccasin shoes with the rubber button thingys on the soles, jean jackets and leg warmers - ugh! The music: U2, Duran Duran, Thompson Twins, Poison, Rush, Paul Simon (Graceland Album), Bryan Adams, Billy Joel,INXS. The movies - well, the 2 that I love the most: Princess Bride - an absolute classic that is timeless, it never gets old! and the all time best: FLETCH. Chevy Chase has never been better - and any Brat Pack, St. Elmo's Fire especially. TV: Saturday Night Live - the forbidden show by the parents except on Friday nights ("I'm Gumby dammit" and Billy Crystal's "You loook maarrrvalous, darling!" Dallas, Falcon Crest, Hotel, The Cosby Show and what would an afternoon after school be without General Hospital in the days of Blackie (John Stamos, Luke & Laura, the Casadines, and of course Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) ahhh yummy. Hanging out at the Skyway Drive-in after a friday football game having consumed mass quantities of Sun Country Wine Coolers and of course Bartles & James too. But mostly I miss the simple times where we were only "wired" to our new cordless telephone and VCR while drowning our hair with Sun-in hair lightener. I wish sometimes the 80's had never ended... but as long as there are websites like this they will live forever. Party on dude!
From: Amy in Ohio

I love the eighties because of the fantastic movies, TV programs and MUSIC!!! I am an absolute pop culture fiend and not a day of my life goes by without thinking of the '80s and the great things it had to share. I was born in 1983 and have fond memories of growing up in the late '80s/early '90s; however, I am extremely envious of anyone born in the late '60s to mid '70s as they were able to experience the '80s as a kid to the fullest extent. Some people would look as me as living in the past but it's what I like and nostalgia is a huge part of my life. I love ANYTHING that is dated, primitive, retro, "cheesy," etc. Watching an old TV program or cartoon like Count Duckula makes me relive my Nickelodeon days of the late '80s/early '90s -- not to mention it had amazing animation (just recently bought on DVD by the way). Currently, I am on a quest to find every single pop, dance, electro, freestyle, synth, industrial, new wave, goth, pop-rock, hard rock, heavy metal, thrash metal and death metal song from the eighties (and ones from the early '90s that retain that '80s sound). An arduous task I realize but I am on my way. The toys of the eighties are great as well, obviously I was very big on them, from He-Man to Ninja Turtles to Madballs to Creepy Crawlers. I adored them all and thinking of them almost brings a tear to my eye. Also, Nintendo. Classics like Mappy Land, Megaman 2, Donkey Kong, Burger Time (hardest game EVER!), Excite Bike, Little Nemo, Double Dragon, Super Mario, Monster Party -- they all have a special place in my heart. Finally, there is the movies. Always a huge fan of horror and comedies, I consider myself blessed that I had parents who allowed me to watch anything I wanted. On their first theatrical run, I was able to see anything from PeeWee's Big Adventure to The Abyss to She-Devil to The Blob to War of the Roses to Beetlejuice and then some. I had many a great experiences going to the movies on weekends with my family listeing to radio pop songs in the car like Rick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" and Taylor Dayne "Tell it to My Heart" (two very memorable tunes from my past.) On a final note, Love live: The Breakfast Club, the synthesizer, new wave music and early MTV videos, heavy make-up, big hair, GOOD cartoons ala Count Duckula, Dinosaucers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Real Ghostbusters, Thunder Cats, The Noozles + many more -- also, slasher movies, Freddy Krueger, Freddy's Nightmares (remember that show? and other similarly themed horror TV programs -- Tales from the Darkside and Monsters being the other notables), cheesy commercials, thrash metal like Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, Blood Feast, the German thrash scene Kreator, Destruction, Sodom, Exumer, Paradox and Canadian thrashers Voivod, Annihilator, Razor alonside other West Coast thrashers Exodus, Vio-lence, Forbidden, Blind Illusion, Heathen, etc. etc.!!! I could go on and on with thrash metal. Also, long live crusty VHS tapes, those big porno style boxes some of them came in, vinyl, Dance Party USA, the USA network in general, American Gladiators, Press Your Luck, classic talk shows, Nickelodeon, MTV's Remote Control and so much more!!!! The '80s was one great, cheesy, fun-loving, colorful, crazy and absolutely amazing decade!!!!! PS. - Wasn't dining in at Pizza Hut such an '80s thing? Who the hell dined in at a Pizza Hut in the 90s? Thought so. As a matter of fact, I don't even KNOW where a Pizza Hut IS anymore!! Haha.
From: Bryan

I was born in 1984, so I was brought up with all those amazing cartoons (like She-Ra, My Little Pony and Lady Lovely Locks) and the best music ever! I never stopped loving anything from the 80's - except maybe some of the fashion. *laughter* Today, I miss those good old times so much. Especially the cartoons, which are very difficult to find. Since they are unavailable in my country and I can't buy things online, I'm searching all over the place for pieces to download online. Especially Lady Lovely Locks episodes. If anyone have any tips on where I can find those, feel free to e-mail me on: daiin@spray.se
From: Ida

I was born in 1972 and I love looking at pictures when my hair was totally "Aqua-Netted" and I had teased wings on the side, my collar turned up, my pants tight rolled and my reebok hightops in red. we listed to Q102 in cincinnati for the awesome music and watched Square Pegs, Facts of Life, Silver Spoons and all the great shows that were on. Life was so much simpler then and we had alot more respect for ourselves and others. I had to get satellite radio so that I can get lost in the 80's again. Now if Direct TV would come up with an 80s movies channel and highlight all the John Hughes movies...that would rock!
From: heather

I was born in 1991, so I never got to live in the 80s. Since I was a child, my parents always played 80s music in the house. Recently, we started watching 80s music videos on VH1 classic. Those videos are so funny! Singers seemed to be more creative then. Most people I know tell me that the 80s was the best decade ever and that everything (especially the music) was better. Although I missed this wonderful decade, I still love it!! Most of the music I listen to is 80s. Plus, I have a perm and a jean jacket covered in a million buttons!
From: Gina P

Why do I love the 80s? Oh man where to begin! I was born in 1973, so I have very fond memories of the 80s, first the toys, M.A.S.K., Transformers and GI Joe; it didnâ€TMt get much better than those three! Television shows, The A Team, Knight Rider, Silver Spoons, Different strokes, etc. The shows then were FUN not serious, not too violent (ok so A Team was violent :) ) but the rest were just fun. Sadly my son will never understand the joy of waking up in the summer, going outside and playing all day, only coming home to eat and check in. We didnâ€TMt have any fears of predators and other sick people like there is now. I love this site, and plan on visiting more and more let me know if I can be of any assistance in any way!
From: Chad

I was born in the summer of 1981, but I'm convinced that I should've been born in summer of 69 (BIG fan of the BA song although it had nothing to do with 1969). Well, at least I would have fully appreciated the best decade EVER! Apart from the prehistoric technology, the 80s rocked - the movies, TV, music , hell even the horrendous fashion was fun - it was the decade of FUN! The 90s gave way to anger and seriousness (boring!). Anyway, back to the 80s - my fondest memories were dancing to the sounds of Madonna (when she was still cool; not all this Kabbalah stuff), Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson. Would you believe it that my first celeb crush turned out to be gay? Yes, I wanted to marry George Michael (at 4 years old!) What can I say? He was HOT!! It's only now that I'm discovering other cool music of then - my favourite tunes at the moment are 'Summer of 69'. 'Heaven', 'Run to You', 'Living on a Prayer', 'You Give Love a Bad Name', 'Born to be my Baby', 'Wild Boys' and 'Jessie's Girl' I could listen to all of these any day over today's stuff. As far as movies go, any dance movie from then as well as 'Top Gun' (when Tom was still hot), 'Breakfast Club', 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Gosh! Can we go back to those days - they were so fresh and innocent; so exciting and so full of passion for life! So unlike today! 80s forever!!
From: Rushda

I was born in 1968 so all of my teen years were eighties years and I wouldn't have it any other way. I remember it as a time of awesome music with a wide variety of different types and styles of music and 99.5% of the music was great music! In the eighties you didn't have to scrounge for a good band, most of them were really good. The clothes were the same as the music, a wide variety of colors and styles. I personally mixed a little eighties stuff with 50s stuff as I always loved the clothes of the 50s also. Socially the eighties were a completely different story than now. Yes the same cliques were in place between rich and poor, nerds and popular, but to be considered anything more than a total dork you had to have a history of partying. You had to attended at least a few drunken bashes per year and be able to brag about it at school like it was the coolest thing you ever did. Nothing said cool like a story about puking all over the inside of someones car! LOL The other thing I remember that is totally different than today is the way girls now go around with no make-up on, no hairstyle and crappy sweatsuits, or other equally slouchy outfit. In the eighties you would NOT be seen without a full face of make-up, hair sprayed into a three hour do and your best outfit on. It was ALL about the image! To this day I will not go out without looking my best. (sans the mile high hair) I have that unshakable mind set that I just can't succomb to looking like a skag, I think that's a good thing though...
From: Mona Lisa Kyle Rosenblatt

I love the toys from the 80s. They are the best toys out there! For the most part I would say they were toys that could be enjoyed always - timeless toys that celebrated the innocence and joy of childhood. I now enjoy showing my 3 1/2 year old daughter all the toys I had and the shows I watched when I was little - Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Fraggle Rock, Rainbow Brite, Teddy Ruxpin, Cabbage Patch Kids, and My Little Pony. After I show them to her she immediately wants to get them. It's so cute! Tonight we looked up Rainbow Brite online after seeing a Rainbow Brite DVD at HMV so we could name the white character with Rainbow Brite. I recognized the character but couldn't remember the name! This led me to this wonderful 80s site and I will be coming back often. I often find myself bursting into song but only remembering half of the lines of a commercial jingle or tv show theme and wish I could remember all the words. The next time that happens I'll know where to come! Thanks for a great 80s site!!!
From: Jen

What can I say I love the 80s? I remember when MTV came out. I also remember what was on before MTV. I believe it was called Night Tracks and it came on at 11:00 p.m. I was very young in the 80s. I was five when the 80s started, so they were good times. I can't say I would want to go back because the memories I have I wouldn't want to change. I would want them to stay just the way they are. I would be afraid if I went back I would change something then all the good memories would be lost. The best times of my life where in the late 80s early 90s. I miss them and think of the trouble and fun things I did. I loved camping and playin bike tag with my friends. I'm a father now and I hope that all the good memories I have and the fun things I did I can give to my kids. Give them a little of the 80s spirit, (and we all know how fun love in it is) show them so they will love there childhood as much as I did. Its a different time more hate and crime however its the same place. I am moveing from the city to the country on some land with a big woods in the back close to where I played as a boy. I'm doing it for my kids so they can get away from the fast pace of the city and back to easy liven and a slower pace.
From: Moongoose

I'm a total 80s fan, even though I was born in the nineties. Everything was great in the 80s and everything cool happened during that time and good music was there also. Queen, AC/DC, Duran Duran, etc... I listen to frequently. THE 80s ROCK!!!!!!!!!!
From: CindyM

Born '68 graduated HS in '86. I loved the post-punk asthetic of edgy androgeny & retro-futurismo-apocoliptico. Back then, subculture wasn't something you could buy at the mallternative store - you had to apply DIY style & seek out the unusual. I love goth, which really came into it's own in the early 80s. Reagan, Thatcher, the threat of nuclear war, aids- all this oppressive stuff made you want to do some blow, dress up like a punk-rock transvestite vampire & dance away the tension. Others awoke horrified from the 70s hangover & decided to become born-again neo-conservatives; too bad they didn't have time machines to take themselves back to the fifties!
From: Nathan Parker

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.