Why Are You An Eighties Fan?

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I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. I was born in 1971. To me the 80s was a very special time in my life. I love the music, the golden age of music I think. Bands/singers were very colorful & creative, they had their identity in music they created, played & performed. Every time I hear 80s songs, it always takes me back to the past, when everything was so much better, so free, so colorful. I will always remember You: 80s. I will go back if I can, GIVE ME BACK MY 80s..... please.....
From: Fiat

First off I was born in 1987 (hence the name^), I pretty much grew up from 80's pop culture because my two siblings were kids/teens in the 80's, a lot of 80's movies are apart of my childhood. The 80's had great music, fashion (sometimes extreme but thats why it's so awesome!), it was a colorful time, everything was full of life, the movies were great and even the bad ones were good (don't have that too much today), The 80's also had a futuristic pop culture as seen in a lot of movies, displayed in the fashion, and was evident in the new technology, everything was NEW, complete drastic change from the 70's. A lot of times I wonder how it would've been if I was a teenager/early 20's in the 80's instead, oh well I am proud to at least be born in the 80's and have older siblings who grew up in that awesome decade, long live the 80's, 90's and 70's!
From: 80sfan87

I was born in 1971 So I got the full range of the 80s. Arcades with games you wanted to play! Pinball machines, and Pong at home! WHAM and Prince where cool. I didn't do the hair helmet everyone in my school had. I had a V shaved in the back of my head like a duck tail, with a rat tail! Over sized polo shirts, tight stir-up pants,over sized socks bunched around my anckles and white ponys signed by Marylou Retton. And you know the shirt had to be the same color as the socks.The bigger the earrings the better. Jelly braclets and Jelly shoes where a popular items. Skating Rinks and teen dance clubs where hot. Then I got a Jeep and cruising the local strip mall with my friends was the thing. We didn't worry about gangs and shooting. We where safe to play in the park. Nancy Reagan was wanting me to Just Say No. And, the AIDS scare hit the world just as I thought boys where getting interesting. The world was changing fast. The Wall came down. You could by a piece for a price. Music changed from pop to alternative, for me anyway. People went from over processed hair to unkempt hair. Tight fitting clothes where out, clothes hanging off of you where in. It seemed Morals where thrown out with the Aqua Net! I sure miss the 80s
From: Crissy

What is not to love about the 80s? This has to be like my favorite decade ever. I have to admit that like a lot of people who contribute to this website, I too am a 90s kid. But boy do I wish I was a teen in the 80s! I mean the 90s and the 00s aren't that bad but they certainly weren't as great as the best decade ever. I love watching movies from the 80s. I mean c'mon, who doesn't love Brad Pitt and Michael J. Fox? Some of my favorite movies from the 80s are Back to the Future, Flashdance, Cutting Class, and any others. And the music. Oh my gosh, no offense but the artists we have nowadays have like no talent whatsoever. Every once in a while one comes along that actually is good but hey end up being one-hit-wonders. But people like Michael Jackson, Maddona, Cindy Lauper, Def Leppard (now those are legends that have withstood time and are still popular today) and many more. Honestly, whoe doesn't know Thriller?. And the fashion rocked!!! It was like dress up every day and anything you wore looked great. I've always said i belonged in the 80s because of my big hair and everyone seems to agree. Unfortunately, I'm one of the few people my age who knows that there was awesomeness before 1992. Everytime me and my friends come upon the subject of something about the 80s I always seem to know every thing and they're always lost. I don't regret being born in '94 but '74 would've been great too because I wouldn't have missed out on all of the fun and lived as a teen in the awesomeness that was he 80s!!!!
From: 80s fR3@k

I was born in 1978. Things I remember from the 80s... Mmmm let's see... The A-Team, Knight Rider, TJ Hooker and Street Hawk. Blue Thunder was a good movie and the series was also good. Cartoons include The Cities Of Gold, Dogtanian and the Three Muskerhounds, The Centurions, He-Man and MASK. Also listening to LPs of the Thompson Twins and Bon Jovi and (sic) Diana Ross. The 80s I lived through had skateboards, BMX bikes, Coca-Cola, yo-yo's and cola wars. Thundercats, Lego, the Falkands War, miners strikes, Blockbusters, Bullseye, American Football (Remember CH4s intro thing with the American Football helmet on the 4?), Falcon Brae (only remember that cause it was on after the American Football),Dynasty, Cosbys, Dallas and all the American soaps. Fast cars trying to hit 200 mph (Ferrari F40, Porsche 959 more to the end of the 80s) and some good music that at the time was OK or good but when you listen to it now it sounds even better (ala GTA Vice City. The Youth Clubs discos I danced to (probably pretty badly). Half pence, warm milk during primary school (Maggie Thatcher sorted that out!). Also calculators that you could buy and in 1989 I got a Commodore 64. Also I remember going to the beach and it was actually warm and you could go into the sea (or was that just me??). Watching the preview to Return of the Jedi then seeing it was just brilliant. TV that didn't go on for 24 hrs and stopped during the night and that mad girl with the drawing board or whatever it was. I can remember when video recorders were introduced and my family got one, I thought we could rewind live TV. Took 20 more years for that one!!
From: Barry Morgan

First off,I love this site. I was born in 1969 and lived my teenage years in the 80s (my wife says I still live in the 80s). I remember cruising with all my friends and listening to heavy metal (Ratt, Cinderella, Motley Crue - you get the picture). I remember the car to have was an Iroc Z Camaro! My favorite TV shows were Fantasy Island, Dukes of Hazard, Fall Guy, T.J. Hooker,and many more. If I had $20 for the weekend,I was set! I remember Lee pinstripe jeans, Panama Jack t-shirts, leather Converse shoes, feathered back hair (man I was cool). It's funny when I mention some of the bands from the 80s and my kids look at me like I'm crazy. Remember when MTV actually played music videos? That was awesome! If you like 80s music, check out pandora.com. You can build your own music library! I get to listen to 80s music everyday. The 80s rule!
From: Perry

Because the TV shows, movies and music, though perhaps not always the most influential or inspiring, were just plain FUN! Because we had a kick-a** president that most Americans actually LIKED! Because we didn't notice (or didn't care!) how silly we looked with our poofy hair! And just because things were easier to understand, without all the self-created "gray areas" we have today. I wouldn't mind an 80s revival one bit.
From: Melissa

Because we never were scared!!
From: Subliminal

I was born in 1976, so the eighties were full of fond memories. Playing the Atari and watching TV shows such as Manimal, Other World, and Automan to name a few. Arcades were big during this time, but sadly they are pretty much dead now. It was a great time to be alive.
From: Mike

I wasn't really born in the 80s considering that I'm 12 ,but my dad introduced me to it and I love it! 1980s, I would say IS and WILL ALWAYS be the BEST. Who dosen't love the big hair rock bands like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. If you can think of any band, I listen to it. Whenever someone ask me if I like this or that, I'm like, 'I don't know who they are' because I'm always listening to the 80s. I love the movies, actors, bands, EVERYTHING!!! what is the world coming to now a days.
From: Paige

It was on Halloween that I first met David. At first I thought he might just be one of my cousinTMs immature friends, but I was wrong. What attracted me to him was his shyness and how sweet he was to me. For example, he opened the door for me and would invite me to go ahead of him when we walked. That next day at school I gave him my phone number during last period. ItTMs funny that I didnTMt know he went to the same high school as me until that Halloween night. He called me and we talked about the night before, horror movies and about relationships. I was beginning to really like him and wanted to see him, so I asked him to come over that night. oeWell I donTMt know if my mom would take me over now”, he said. oeNo sneak over, ITMll leave my window open.” I said. oeI have never done that before what if we get caught?” oeWe wonTMt, everyone will be asleep.” I kept telling him. After we finished talking I decided to take a bath and make myself decent in case he decided to come over. Then I turned in for the night and made sure that my window was opened. With the cold November air creeping in and David on my mind I turned and tossed for awhile until I gave into sleep. Then about 2:50am I woke up to a voice saying oeCarla, Carla” outside my bedroom window. I opened up the curtains to see David standing there shivering. oeHi there” I say as I offered my hands to help him up into my room. With a thud he drops to my floor oeShhh” I put my finger to my lips We both sat quietly for a moment just in case my mom and dad heard. After a minute I knew we were safe. oeWhat time did you leave?” I asked him. oeAbout 2:30 am.” He said oeYou made it here quick”, I said. He smiled at me. I lay down and he lied next to me. He was still cold so I pull my blanket over him and myself. oeThank you.” he whispered to me. He put his arm around me and we quietly fell asleep. With a nudge I wake up. oeI think someone is coming in” David said. I listened. oeNo itTMs just dad. He gets up early.” oeWill he come in here?” He asked. oeHe never does.” I said reassuringly. He sighs and gets even closer. I turn and smile to him. His body is so warm. oeYou should go anyway. We have to get ready for school soon” I encourage him. He gets up and heads toward the window and sits on the ledge before dropping to the ground. He stops there for a moment and looks up oeWell, ITMll see you at school.” shuffling his feet. oeWell are you going to kiss me good bye?” I ask At my window sill, as the sun breaks the horizon we both share our first kiss together.
From: David

Born in 1974, I came from a big family and grew up in the 70s and 80s. The 80s were the best days of my life! The toys were so much better then and better built!!, Remember Tomy Omnibot, BigTrak, Evil Knievel, Star Wars, handheld Nintendo games, Garbage Pail Kids, Commodore 64, etc? My best memories are bunking of school with my best mate Kevin and goint to Brighton on the train and playing for hours on the arcade machines, like Double Dragon, Outrun, Afterburner, and Bad Dudes. It's probably why my house is full of arcade machines now as my love of these machines is still with me. School half term was great because me and my mates would spend all day on our BMX's or playing on my next door neighbor's Commodore 64, breaking your arm on those joysticks playing Dailey Thompson's Decathlon. I am an amateur musician and play guitar, and I always will say the 80s brought us the best music ever! It really annoys me when people slag of the 80s saying it's cheesy. At least the people didn't have to get butt naked to sell albums and actually wrote and sang their own songs. Personally, I think music now has hit rock bottom and we will never hear great tunes like the 80s bought us. There was so much to do back then and I have so many happy memories that will never go away. I don't like these days. People are rude, music is rubbish, and I can't call it Great Britain anymore. I'm just waiting for someone to invent a time machine, because I'm going back to the 80s!
From: Simon

Three words for you baby: Tears For Fears!
From: Celeste

I was born in 1972, the year of the radical rat! I loved the 80s! Those were the happiest days of my life. The cartoons! Voltron, Robotech, Thundercats, GI Joe, Silverhawks! So many to name! So many fond memories! I used to play my Commodore 64 all night long during the summer, playing Pirates! Space Taxi, and Mail Order Monsters! The Movies were great! Gremlins, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and Star Wars, Three O'clock high! I miss the 80's. I loved playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends. Such happy times for me. Ronald Reagan rules! Those were the days.....sigh.
From: Jorge

Growing up in the 80s, I now truly appreciate what great times they really were. 1982 was my favorite year. That was the year I had my first love. You may fall in love many times in your life, but your first love never fades from your mind. The music from that time. No matter what kind of day I'm having now, I can listen to one of my favorite tunes from that time period and I can just drift away. Devo,Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, just a few of my favorites. As I'm getting older, I'm lucky to still have friends from my youth and to share my memories with. They were truly the best of times. I will cherish them forever.
From: forever in the 80s

I've got three words for you baby...... Tears For Fears.
From: Celeste

Ah why I love the 80s? Well, lets see... I was born in April, 1980 when it all began, so yes indeed I was a true child of the 80s! But I wish I could have lived my teenage years through it as well, but being a child of the 80s was great also. The music was the best and I still to this day listen to it all the time. The movies were excellent. Bender, from the Breakfast Club: "Young man, have you finished your paper?" The toys were great and so were the cartoons. My favorite bands are David Bowie, ACDC, Van Halen, Depeche Mode, Wham, Cyndi Lauper, The Cure, INXS, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Human, Dead Or Alive, The Cars, Thompson Twins, Heart, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and so many more! I loved the "Party All The Time" video by Eddie Murphy. My favorite movies are Scarface, Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, the Rocky movies, Top Gun, Footloose (which is probably my favorite), Risky Business, Valley Girl, St. Elmo's Fire, Karate Kid, Adventures In Babysitting, Cocktail, and Porky's. I still remember my jean jacket with the Def Leppard patches and the Michael Jackson coat. I remember playing Atari and Nintendo. I loved Mario Bros, Punchout, and Rad Race. My favorite TV shows were Who's The Boss, Mr. Belvedere, Mork & Mindy, Bosom Buddies, Welcome Back Kotter, WKRP In Cincinnati, Married With Children, Fresh Prince of Belair, Facts Of Life, Different Strokes, Air Wolf, Dukes Of Hazzard, Alf, Punky Brewster, and The A-Team. My favorite cartoons were Smurfs, He-Man, G.I. Joe, My Pet Monster, The Dinosaurs, The Bernstein Bears, Alf, and Fraggle Rock. I remember the classic holiday cartoons like Garfield's Halloween, Charlie Brown Christmas, and Mickey's Christmas Carol. It was all so much fun! Forever 80s! I still live like I'm in the 80s though it will come back again. Long long live the 80s!
From: Joe J.

Oh there are so many reasons why I love the 80s. The movies, the music, the clothes, the shows, just the appreciation for life and fun that I can't say I exactly have anymore. I wish I was a kid again... I loved watching Saturday morning cartoons with my big brother (when we used to NOT fight actually!!). I miss all the toys I had like my My Little Ponies, my awesome purple Care Bear, and those friggen cute pink and white roller skates I had. Recently, though, I have started to collect Jem, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, and other stuff. I wear bright clothes most of the time, and have been collecting more 80s merchandise. It's just so much fun!! I LOVE the 80s!! Wish the era could be relived fully again!
From: *Nicole*

Three simple words... TEARS FOR FEARS!!
From: Celeste

Music, fashion, life. I wasn't born in the decade but I wish I was! :D The people were so fun and carefree. I LOVE the music. Their fashion sense was rad - especially the hair! I think I should have been an 80s kid!
From: kyleigh

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.