Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I miss the music videos of the time such as Dire Straits "Money For Nothing". I also enjoyed watching all of the WWF wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. Cartoons like Voltron and Thundercats were my favorite.
From: David

I was born in the mid-seventies and grew up during the 80s. And while I was playing with my Smurfs, Transformers, Pound-puppies, Strawberry Shortcake...I was wearing 70s clothing still (bell-bottoms and curdooy's...holy moses...). I had a fro when I was in 2nd grade and then a mullet for a few years...mega holy moses. But I got out there...went to the roller drome and roller-skated (not this blading crap), banana seat bikes with cards in between the spokes and big wheels of course:) We, as kids, didn't have to wear helmets or any of that! We were tough! And we could ride on the sidewalks and/or on the streets. I don't know about you other older ones out there like me...but I had to walk to and from school! I also was a cross-guard in 5th grade. Fun times. Oh and there were the policemen, who we respected, that would stand on any given corner sometimes and just to be nice...handed out Brewer's baseball cards or what have you along with Bazooka bubble gum. They weren't there to scare/discipline you. Plus there were great block cookouts, parades on the 4th of July to the local grocery store and all the while on the huge boom-boxes we played a mixture of 70s and 80s music! I was hooked on my commodore 64 and old school Frogger, Boulder-dash, miner2049er, Q-Bert, the Wheel (aka: Wheel of Fortune)...etc... Man...you really can go on and on and on... I am glad to read so many of you, even tho it seems like most were born in the mid to late 80's appreciate our funky/fun/PC free era. All I have left to say is that the Goonies rule (as do the numerous other 80s movies...especially the honorific Brat Pack), Clue rules as the best board game ever (in my humble opinion), long live big hair, hair bands (and all the Memorex tapes I taped the songs on), head bands (the Boss!!! that's Bruce Springsteen to those of you who don't know), hacky-sacks, high-tops, Jolt cola, peanut butter bopper's (they are so yummy and are featured in the Lost Boys (look hard) and I gotta give kudos out to what could be my most favorite 80s song ever; One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head (hard to choose though considering there are so many good songs from this decade). Please feel free to comment happily to my comments. I'd love to hear if any of you remember some of what I put in my list that I hadn't read yet on this site. I have never done this before (posted something). Yep...I am kind of in the stone age...but I do have a cell phone and email! Take care y'all. This was fun and made my night here in snowy Wisconsin. Ugh!
From: Rebecca

What a great time to come of age! I was born in 1972 so I truly grew up in the 80s. I remember the awesome music, the cool cars (remember the 5.0 Mustangs) and the stylish fashions. It was a fun time time to be alive and I have so many good memories of the 80s that I could not begin to list them all here. Today it seems that innocense has been lost but I feel in the 80's we still got to be kids, then teenagers,and then adults. I miss my friends from those days and the great fun we had. There just won't be another decade quite like the 80s. Those of you out there that were fortunate enough to have gotten to expierience the "big hair" days, count yourselves lucky!
From: Brian

I love the 80s because I am truly a child of that era. I was born in 1965, so my teen years were spent growing up in the 80s. I was all about the malls and the music and the fashion (from big "New Jersey Mall Hair" to purple punk Mohawks. I lived for underground releases of Sex Pistols and the newest Hall and Oates. "September" by Earth Wind & Fire played at the first boy/girl Valentine's day dance I ever went to. My first car date was in a hot rod Camaro with an 8 Track that endlessly played Journey. I fell in love for the first time in 1980 to "Shining Star" (not the Madonna version, bbut The Manhattans). I think the 80s was the last generation that had a real soundtrack to describe itself, a fashion to set itsself apart (day glo babydoll socks good or bad!!!). Yes, its true, I do love the 80s!
From: Gayla

During the 80s, we were still under control of the Communist Party. We have nothing of things you used to have. But I remember special Pewex and Baltona stores where You could buy imported goods like TVs, toys or Donald bubble gum;) I loved everything from that era. Life was slower and people have more time for themselves. There was no overwhelming cell phone overdose mixed with computerization abuse. Memories, memories...
From: David

I was born in 1976, so yes, I am a child of the 80s. I know every generation likes to reflect on how innocent and simpler their times were, but I believe it's true of the decade of big hair and neon colors. There was no Internet, no cell phones (with the exception of that one weirdo who paid buckets of cash to use his big white brick of a mobile), and that decade had like, totally, the best movies ever. I remember discovering Pac Man, Galaga, and Moon Patrol in the local arcade around 1981. I remember being jealous of that guy in the neighborhood who was lucky enough to have scored an Atari 2600. I remember hot summer afternoons spent riding my bike to the local store and filling myself stupid with old school Slush Puppies (the kind where you were only supposed to use one squirt of flavoring, but instead you probably used about 10 just to make it extra sticky and sweet). I remember my Uncle Johnny taking me and his kids to see this new movie called "Back to the Future" and even though I had never heard of it at the time, I loved it. After that movie and "Teen Wolf" I became a Michael J fan for life. I loved that in the 80's MTV had hosts with personality, and they actually showed videos the bulk of the time.(for sure!) Man, but I miss those days. In some ways, I can't let go of that time. I still have an original Optimus Prime on my desk in front of my pc. I have a vintage He-Man on the shelf behind me. I have my original Nintendo hooked up to the same tv as my Xbox 360 and PS3, and it still works beautifully. If there's a greater gaming experience than the original Super Mario Bros, I don't know of it. I still rock out in the car whenever I hear "We're Not Gonna Take It!" I still say "sike". (sad, but true) I feel sorry for my son for never getting to experience trading Garbage Pail Kids cards with his friends, or that he'll never know the joy of standing in line for a chance to beat the high score on Defender. I miss the 80's. I'm such a nerd for those days. Did I say nerd? Neeeerrrrrd...NEEEEEERRRRDDDDSSSS! Oh, I'm sorry. I was just temporarily channeling Ogre from Revenge of the Nerds. Like, my bad. Totally.
From: Chance

I love the 80s because of Strawberry Shortcake,we had to be home when the street lights came on,leg warmers and mini skirts. We heard Toni Basil singing about some guy named Mickey, my sister would blast Journey for hours. The best was Schoolhouse Rock and Time for Timer. Saturday morning cartoons were amazing and we had the Michael Jackson craze. What about friendship pins? I miss the 80s! I wish my kids were growing up then instead of now.
From: jen

I still have my toy recorder from when I was younger that came with a light blue song book with Mickey Mouse on the cover with a record inside, but I don't have the record or book anymore, and My First Sony, but I don't know about the microphone. I used to have a few of my old cassettes from when I was younger, but I don't know if I do anymore. It doesn't seem to o long ago that they stopped selling those. Also, I used to just love TOYS R US. My parents would take my older brother and me there to buy us toys. I still go there now, but it doesn't seem to be as much fun.
From: Hannah Morgan

Even though I played outside a lot., I would still like to watch my cartoons and shows: Muppet Babies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; I would watch that one with my brother, Pee-wee's Playhouse, David the Gnome, Today's Special, Maya the Bee, Maple Town. Flintstone Kids, Pound Puppies, The Littles, Fraggle Rock, Smurfs, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Zoobilee Zoo, Heathcliffe, Dennis the Menace, Hogan Family, Perfect Strangers, Who's the Boss, and more. Best time for TV. Even though my favorite movie came out in 1990, which is Goodfellas, the movies from the 80s are still the best. My favorite one is probably Beetlejuice.
From: Hannah Morgan

I don't know how many of you remember the comedian Steven Banks, but I sure do! He put out a skit in 1989 that was so hilarious and I still have it on tape even though it's in pretty bad condition, but still watchable. I wish they would put it on DVD someday!
From: Hannah

I would probably have to say that Duran Duran is my favorite band from the 80s, even though I haven't discovered many of their songs up until the end of last year when I download tons of their songs. I'm really hoping that they will come to North Carolina someday soon, which is where I live. I would have to say, though, that the Beatles are my favorite band of all time. I eally don't know though what era had the best music. I love everything except country and today's rap.
From: Hannah

When I was much younger, back in the past, I had a silver handband with a bow on top. It kind of reminded me of the one that Whitney Houston wore in her video " How Will I Know" even though it wasn't exactly the same. I also remember wearing black stirups. I don't remember wearing leggings.
From: Hannah

I don't care what anybody else says, but the 80s had the best styles ever. I wish that I could have been a teenager or grownup during this time. Some things I didn't like were monster trucks, banana clips on the shirts, and I really can't think of anything else. At least they had a really awesome style and cool stuff back then.
From: Hannah

Band pins on my Levi's jacket, Billy Idol, Run DMC, Weird Science, Marathon bars, Pac Man, Asteroids, Battlezone, "USA!USA!USA!", 1980 US Olympic hockey team, Coca Cola before New Coke, "Gag me with a spoon!", MTV when it actually played music videos!
From: David Duarte

I was born on Dec,30 1975. The reason I love the 80s: BEAST MASTER ( admit it you love it). THRILLER VIDEO, MR.T, KIT and Michael Knight, THE e EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, BUCK ROGERS (TV), GREMLINS, FRITZ THE NITE OWL, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, CAVE MAN THE MOVIE(with Ringo Starr), Stomper trucks, TONKA toys, Legos, MUPPETS, HOHOHO..Green Giant, Avoid the Noid, Little Caesar's (pizza pizza!) never ending summers
From: Anthony

It was a happy go lucky decade - clothes, cartoons, video games, especially the music. There were many kinds of music for all tastes - new wave, freestyle, latin hip hop, metal, pop rock, rock, Hi-NRG, techno, italo-disco, and others. There were what my classmates called disco parties or block parties and everybody got together and danced for many hours especially during weekends. I met many friends who were into new wave and then when freestyle took over. Nowadays music is very boring and repetitive; games are more complex and you get bored with them easily; TV is about reality shows and boring sitcoms. I am stuck in the 80s, musically speaking.
From: Miguel

The 80s were a blast! I grew up in Chicago, so I listen to a lot of House music like My Mine, Chas Jankel, Lime,Gino Soccio and Ryan Paris. I also listened to Freestyle artists like Expose, the Covergirls, TKA, Seduction, George Lamond, Steve B, Debbie Deb, and Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam. Now that was great music, which I still listen to today! I miss the 80s.
From: Byron Benguche

Check out Zackster post. This sums it up great. I'll add Levi's jeans and cords black or blue. Jordache for the girls and those friggin' clogs. We wore boots, but for the life of me, I can't remember what they were called. Tan, over the ankle, with white or tan crepe soles. If I could post a picture, I would. Punk was coming in to being. Mohawks, dyed hair, safety pins and bleach stained everything; Chucks, jeans, and t's. The Clash, Rush, Judas Priest, Metallica and U2. Not to forget my punk friends, The Dead Kennedys's, Circle Jerks, The FU's, and Husker Du. Head Bangers Ball came on MTV. Super small Sony Walkman, the size of a cassette tape. I paid $110.00 and played this thing to death. Used 1 AA battery. Reagan was President. Grenada and the Falklands war. The Soviets sucked and Howard Stern came on the air.
From: Eeatenhogg

I was born just in 1980. So, I got all of my childhood from the 80s. The times were better, the people had mostly work and more money in their pockets which they could spend. They were more free in their mind. The movies were great, the music was the best.(The clothes not:-) Yes, today I say the same as my grandparents. The old times were better. I never understood why the older people say this so often,but today I know why. And yes, I say free I don't like these times today. It changed all too fast and most things in a not good way. Sorry for my English - I hope you understand.
From: Marcel

The 80s were great! Hart to Hart was on then and I also got married in the 80s. My daughter loves the fashions from back then. I am not too fond of the fashions, mostly because my sister and I had to dress like TWINS, and we are not TWINS. My 2 sons love the music from that time and a lot of the older music. My kids wish they had songs and television like they did way back WHEN as they say.
From: Sharon

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.