Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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The Eighties were awesome!! I was born in 70 and the things that highly influenced me were Star Princes and Pluta paper dolls (conquering other planets while having a great bod and cool space outfit on was the best), chinese jacks (sooo much fun) and who can forget chinese jumprope, playing marbles, trading marbles, red rover rover (wait that was the seventies...I digress) red plaid shorts with torn up fishnets underneath, TheCure,Depeche Mode (I'm still a HUGE fan!!)the Smiths, black hair, red hair, a magic marker x on your left or right hand (what was that all about anyway??) And last bur certainly NOT least, midnight showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
From: Tonia

I was born in 1992, but I grew up(yet I am still a kid) on 80s music. Thanks to my parents, my life amounts to...Journey and Steve Perry. You have to love parents. When people come to my house they are very much surprised that I love the 80s while my parents are very modern in music terms.
From: Michelle

I love the 80s because... well, I was born in January of 1980, so I thought I'd like to know more about the decade I was born in the beginning of. It's kind of silly, but I just thought of that when I was younger. That's all relative, though. I really love the 80s because video games and music were much more fun back then(but the 90s before the Playstation were just as much so, IMO). The earliest pop-culture memory I have is when I was a toddler and I was watching the Disney Channel when they were giving out previews and they played Donald Duck and Goofy cartoons... boy, I miss those days.
From: ChrisRJ

Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, Billy Idol, Blondie, bright colors, pump heels and leggings, what else can I say? The 80s kicked butt!
From: Sarah

I was born in 1986, so I remember a little bit. And yeah, I used to watch Pee Wee's Playhouse on Sundays too.
From: Jennifer

I was born in the 90s, so I didn't get to live in the 80s, but I really love all the music, movies, and clothing. I listen more to 80s music than modern day music because it's so much better than what we have today! I love the Bangles, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses, Rolling Stones, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and so much more!!!
From: Mercedes

F.R.E.S.H was the word of hip hop. Adidas and Puma were the offical sneaker. Bally, British Walkers was the shoe. Kangol, Cazal frames, fat gold chains and name belts. Graffiti, break dancing and the DJ was still part of the hip hop culture.
From: paul allen

I was born in '75 so I was fortunate to have experienced the most enjoyable, fun and carefree decade in history. The age that 'Breakdance' hit the streets and the movie screens. My young mind was mystified with real creative music and dances that is so symbolic of the 80s. I met my first love whom I am now married to and it is such great fun to relive the memories over and over again. My kids are also growing up with an appreciation of my kind of music and movies from the 80s. Captivated by Superman, enthranced by Staying Alive, romanced by Dirty Dancing, it was 'the time of my life'! Chaka Khan's 'Ain't Nobody' still send chills through me when watching my Breadance (Breakin) movies. It was a magical time of innocence and growing pains but all the same everlasting memories. The Raccoons' theme song 'run with us' is a popular karaoke number for me. Thundercats, Gummi Bears, Dungeons and Dragons are all wonderfully reminiscient of the 80s, Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from Mannequin, Some Kind of Wonderful, and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun had me practicing the dance moves and singing the songs for ages in front of the mirror. Loverboy, Chicago, Richard Marx, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Gloria Estefan, Five Star, and many wonderful more, all rocked in the 80s, the decade of many vibrant memories!
From: Nattie

I love the 80s because I started college in the fall of '81, thus my life of "freedom" began. The 80s music to begin with, was colorful, fun, and actually had lyrics that you could listen to with kids around and not really worry about it. Today, everything is bump & grind and sleeze, with no real creativity but to ditto every other song. 80s music videos were entertaining and just great to watch!! Again, in this department, it wasn't a bunch of videos with just one thing to sell; sex. Music videos back then were funny, or great to dance to, and just really positive.
From: Mona

It was the pinnacle of society
From: Primal

I loved the eighties music and I still do today with the big hair like one of my favorite bands A Flock of Seagulls...They were so awesome. Madonna, Prince and many other 80s bands, the best years! which of course were my teenage years.
From: Jaxs

Because little kids acted like little kids then. No tweens, no Paris Hilton, No Bratz.
From: Jillian

I was born in 1994, and I love the 80s! It has the best music! Way better than these-days music! The 80s had the coolest style! I love the mullets and the style of clothes and everything! I think the reason I love the 80s is because, yes, indeed, my parents did play alot of it on the radio... and I have the "Live Aid" DVD. And indeed, that DVD has a variety of the best 80s artists... including Queen, Howard Jones, Spandau Ballet, Boomtown Rats, Paul McCartney, Nik Kershaw and alot more of the best artists! So, the reason I love the 80s is because it rocks and it has the best musicians!

I was born 1966. I graduated high school in 1984. The 80s were the best because of the hair. The Don Johnson sport coat with the sleeves rolled up and the dress shoes worn without socks. Man, hot summers working at the department store made my feet hurt. The thin leather tie and all that hair. I remember when MTV first came on and the VJs. There was Atari, Pac Man, Space Invaders - my favorite. Recording songs off the radio with at cassette player, and you were happy with the quality. We were more responsible, we had to be. No cell phones or e-mail. We actually had to make sure we had rides home or money for the pay phone. I loved the 80s.
From: Stan

I was 12 when 1980s arrived, so I saw it all! Radio was great, every now and then some fab song would make our hearts jump! Videos were amazing, the ultimate thing! Teenager movies, where teenagers were somehow dumb, but somehow interesting, and all of them had a bloody attitude. T-shirts, wearing a t-shirt MEANT a lot of things about your life style. The second British invasion folks! Thar was great, in every sense. We saw great legendary bands like The Cure, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Smiths/Morrissey, all the gothic, all the dark wave, all the bright new wave... It was cheap to go to study or work all dressed up, everyday was a special event for clothing and hair, yeah, big hair, crazy stupid gorgeous big hair everyone!!!! Swatch watches hanging from walls, posters with Morrissey or Robert Smith showing a depressed teenager, parties were more about music aand drinking in a real wild way, goth clubs, new wave discos, vinyl long plays and tapes, just that, VHS recorders, video collections. Gathering with friends to watch videos in somebody's house before going to a club or party. Girls could behave like "bad girls", dress like them, following young Madona style. Friends with a Robert Smith hair made you proud. God! Cold war was far better than today's scenario, great TV shows. Some great movies (Amadeus, Platoon, the Color Purple, Sid & Nancy, My Beautiful Laundrette, Betty Blue, The Hunger , with Bowie as a vampire -and a million more). Mickey Rourke used to be a hot, hot male, sexy and handsome. We had fun without cell phones and without the internet. Well, there are so many other things that made the 80s great, let me tell you to all those who didn't live those years, I wish you had been there, yeah, maybe those were the last years of a merrier world, and being young meant something, nothing was perfect, we were afraid of the aids thing, we heard all the time about some nuclear bomb threat. But I don't know, despite many of us dresed in black and heard Joy Division or Bauhaus, we weren't really down... In Latin America and Spain, a cultural movement began, for the first time rock and pop was sung in Spanish, and Pedro Almodovar began his brilliant movie career... Long live the 80s!
From: Cecilia

I loved the 80s because of the great cartoons like Care Bears, Rainbow Brite, and Gummi Bears, which taught kids good morals that the new shows today lack.
From: Kara

People were happier, life was simpler, music was better. In late May 1985, 8 of the US billboard top 10 were by British artists.
From: Dave Chesney

I was born in 1978 in Mexico. And one of the things I remember the most is my "Computer" class at school. I don't know about you, but I remember NO MOUSE, and only pressing CTRL+ALT in the screen to move â€oearound” …….and only see BLACK and GREEN! The screen was obvious black and the letter type was probably Times New Roman and green. I remember the diskettes where more than 5.25 inches square about 1 millimeter thick and they where all black and flaccid. And I remember making my secondary school thesis with only one letter type, and all my friends had the same as me … no style. What I miss the most is playing OUTSIDE … very rarely we used the Intellivision or later the Atari (PAC MAN) to entertain us, and me and my brother where loooooong hours building highways and playing with my â€oeSilvanian Family” puppet animals, â€oeMicro Machines”, â€oeLittle Pony”, Barbie, Ken and Skipper. And the Cartoons of the â€oeCare Bears”, and â€oeThe Robinsons Family”, â€oeMazinger â€"Z”, â€oeHere comes the Grump” in Mexico was â€oeEl Cascarrabias”. I can only laugh and enjoy remembering! What a great webpage, who had this idea? And about the music... Depeche Mode, "Tan tan na na na tan ta tan I Just canâ€TMt get enough, I just canâ€TMt get enough..." SinĂ©ad O'Connor with â€oeNothing Compares”, and R.E.M. with â€oeShiny Happy People”, and MADONNA of course all of them! Michael Jackson with the Video â€oeThriller”, and MC Hammer â€" â€oeU Can't Touch This” and Vanilla Ice. There is so much to remember … until I became older and the Nintendo appeared and then evolution into GameBoy and then PlayStation and now all the kids have lost their imagination and the ability to be CREATIVE! I really miss the 80s and spread the whole hairspray can on my hair and have a 2 meter hair look with my TIGHT LEGGINGS in all colors.
From: Ana Landeta

I was born in 1968. The change in music from the death of disco to the birth of grunge - and everything in between. Gasoline less than a dollar/gallon. Cheesy movies like CHUD and classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark. Atari 2600 and numb thumbs. The home computer market taking off. Hello to the VCR and CD... replace the vinyl and cassette collection - now the VHS tapes. The Walkman. Def Leppard's greatness and the fifty other terrible hair bands copying their likeness. Great shows like The A-Team and Knight Rider. MTV use to actually show music videos back then, yes, it's true! No reality TV.
From: Craig

I love the 80s because it was a beautiful time in my life. It was a time filled with a great deal of happiness and sense of innocence. My childhood was spent in the glorious 80s; it was a time of being so carefree; going to school, being in the midst of friends, and playing outside, but most of all not bearing financial responsibilities. I really like being an adult and the responsibilities and tribulations that you must bear being an adult, but there is nothing like your childhood. In retospect, I apprecitated every day of my childhood just like adulthood, but those memories will never be replaced. What a wonderful place in my life.
From: Tree

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.