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Thread Review for Reasons why the 80's was the best decade ever. (newest post first)
danielgarrison Posted on 1:51 am on Feb. 10, 2017
There are a lot of people who miss those crazy 80-s. Perhaps, it was the best decade ever (for someone). However, every one, who is more than thirty now, remember those times including music, clothing, attitudes towards different things. By the way, I found an exclusive article on music - click on http://skywritingservice.com/blog/music-in-my-life-essay to see what exactly has changed!
Sirjames7777 Posted on 10:07 pm on Sep. 21, 2012
Big Hair, danceable music, glittery dresses, bright colors, gasoline under one dollar per gallon
Sarah1111 Posted on 3:14 am on May 19, 2011
I was born in 1980! I feel blessed to have grown up in that era. Some of my favorite things: Ghostbusters, madballs, bigwheels, the Smurfs, E.T., the list goes on.  Back then, I would watch cartoons on Saturday mornings then meet up with some of my neighborhood friends. We would play outside mostly.We would ride our bikes all over town. We would walk to the public pool and spend most of the summer days there - just relaxing and playing games. Then we would go home to our respective houses and I would eat dinner (with the family at a table) - then go to bed or watch a movie.

Now, I sense that things are very different for kids. It's almost like they grow up too fast. In the neighborhood that I live in, I don't see or hear kids very often. I'm pregnant so this concerns me. What will my child's childhood be like?

I talked to a friend of mine with kids. She said that now kids are too busy with sports and other after school activities.  That they spend more time on the computer. Creepy.

Maybe they have their own fun, that we just don't get. But, to me, I really think today's generation is missing out on the simple things that made life good.

Punching Pillows were  pretty cool too!  

80sRocker005 Posted on 2:05 pm on April 22, 2010
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80snut Posted on 10:52 am on Mar. 28, 2010
Synthesizers, big hair, teen movies, Rubik's cube...Ah, those were the days!
rconway4 Posted on 6:54 am on Mar. 17, 2010
Hi everyone,

I am a student currently writing my dissertation. The topic im researching is related to 80s fashion and whether or not it was influenced by political or social change happening at the time.

If you have any spare time could you please fill out the questionnaire attached. It's 11 short questions which ask about trends and influences etc. Any sort of input would be much appreciated. If the link doesnt work try copy and pasting direct into the search box.


slick1ru2 Posted on 8:41 am on Dec. 21, 2009
I was in my 20s, had a good job, was single and what a great period in my life. The incredible movies, the music, the concerts, the times out on the town. All unforgettable. I really miss the 80s.
Smash Ventura Posted on 11:55 pm on Jan. 18, 2009
I to have to agree...it was all new and all very exciting!
waiting for cable to finally get here....hunting at the kay - bees (rip) and toys r us for the latest wwf ljn wrestlers....or how about trying to finally defeat the legend of zelda....
the music was fun,the tv was awesome(peticularly nickelodeon and nick at nite) things just seemed so fresh then... i am thankful i was at the right age to have grown up threw the 80s

mercy Posted on 12:06 am on Dec. 23, 2008
Since the 80s sucked, musicwise (with just a few stellar exceptions), I entirely understand how you might have lived the entire decade firmly in denial, the wonderful sounds of the 60s blasting from your headphones, drowning out the pathetic mewlings of Rick Springfield.
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pikachu Posted on 7:01 am on Nov. 21, 2008
blocked o.. Okay, so I don't speak English, but I just had to come and write something. Because I love the 80's. But, I'm 15 now, so I never lived in the 80's. (in case someone's actually reading this, i have to say i'm from europe and i've studied english only for something like 5 years, so please don't mind the mistakes :D)

This is so strange, I don't think I should be here as a teen ager, in 2008 I mean. My friends don't like the 80's, they say people wore ugly clothes and their hair were--- I don't even want to remember what they said. And I completely disagree! I love the way people wore clothes. I love the movies from 70, 80 and 90's. I always become frustrated when even my sister talks disrespectly (i have no idea if i wrote that correctly!) about them.

By the way, I love Pack Man. I used to play that a lot when I was a kid. There are so many thing on my mind that I'd like to write, but I don't know how!

I could spend hours of listening someone, who lived in the80's, telling me what it was like. For example my parents, or teachers or something. Once one of my teachers showed us a picture of her and her all class mates (I don't know which year it was taken, but maybe 70's) and guess what! my class mates (well most of them) faked smiles and said to the teacher it was a nice pisture, but after the class they said how boring the lesson was!

honestly, I was mad. I didn't said it to them, but i'm sill mad even though it's been a year now. I would have loved to hear about my teacher's stories of the time when she was a kid. but no, everyone wanted to go to the break because the lesson was over. i really, really wanted to hear her speaking.

When I read the posts on this topic, i regretted i never even talked disrespectly (again that word! i just came up with nothing else) to my teachers. well i don't anymore, but a few years ago. and now I really am ashamed when i even look at them. maybe it was normal for a young teenager (13 years old or near that) to behave like that, but I should have known better.

This is getting pretty long, but i have to say i love the old music from the 60's, 70's and especially 80's. My parents gave me their old vinyls, including Earth wind and fire, Kool & the Gang, David Bovie etc. And i love them. I've got a player that plays the vinyls. I will never, never give or sell it to anyone. Okay maybe I should stop writing. There are still so many thing to say, but maybe i'll write later :D
Hollywood Rose Posted on 6:03 pm on Oct. 16, 2008

Quote: from Savonna on 6:15 am on Jan. 12, 2004
Remember riding through town, parking at one end, and then the other? We would all meet up somewhere, have a big party out in a field somewhere. Everything was about rock and roll, who's hot and who's not. lol. The concerts, they were the best. I gratuated in 86. My son listens to rap, it makes me wanna tear something up.

I feel your pain. I am one of the few teenagers (just - I'm 19) who listens to good music and thinks that it is blasphemy to call modern music "music". My favourite band is Guns N' Roses. I love guys with long and/or big hair, musicians with TALENT, and neon clothing. I was meant to be born 15 years earlier, 1965 or so! Living now makes me kinda sad. We have so much crap that we don't need, and kids grow up too fast. What's wrong with having a childhood where you know who Pacman is??
markfox2007 Posted on 3:08 am on Dec. 9, 2007
Yeah i was born in 1987. I wish that i was living in this wonderful decade. It sounds like a great decade. When the country (America) loved itself. And no hate, and good tv shows that teaches you about life and lessons, kids were kids, and children played outside more, and it was safe to go outside. Instead of today's, crap on t.v to many reality shows and tv shows about nothing, children grow up so fast and i must say are spoiled and are brats, and the hate in our society today, and anyone can say anything on tv and view anything and we have the terrorist war today.
metal80s Posted on 11:53 pm on Dec. 1, 2007

(Edited by metal80s at 11:38 pm on Dec. 27, 2007)
Jon262 Posted on 1:43 am on Nov. 15, 2007
This is not really on topic other than to really ask a question and kinda rant about the horrible quality of the kids and parenting today. Kids today are horrible. I would have never gotten away with anything like what they get away with when I was a child. I am not entirely sure where to lay the blame. I can't really say too much due to the fact that my life partner and I do not have any kids. I was a child of the 80's. I can remember when we looked forward to getting up early and watching cartoons on Saturday Morning. I can also remember my huge college of garbage pail kids. Ah... nostalgic thoughts. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone remembered the popcorn that when you popped it, it came out different colors everytime and you never knew what color it was going to be. I don't remember the name.

(Edited by Jon262 at 1:45 am on Nov. 15, 2007)
American Cowboy Posted on 3:58 pm on Sep. 2, 2007

I love the patriotism and prosperity of the 80's!

"Living in America" wasn't just a kikk azz song, it was a living dream of hope and opportunity. AMERICA WAS BACK, and you could feel it!
cdnut Posted on 11:45 pm on Jan. 19, 2007
I loved the 80's.  Great music, annoying cellphones weren't ringing constantly when you went somewhere in public, I was in my teens then & loved the classic arcade games -- jukeboxes were still everywhere (where I lived), 10 songs for a buck -- on "records" LOL
I wouldn't be a "cdnut" if it weren't for the invention of the digital disk, but still love the way music sounds on an
album or 45...

Went to an all 80's themed bar for a New Year's Eve party.  It was a blast! So many people were into it -- the music, the hair -- I even got the Parachute Pants out for the occasion LOL -- was one of about 25-30 others that did the same thing. I forgot you freeze your
--- off in them in the wintertime, though  

As said at the start of this topic, it was a much simpler time--alot of fun, & enjoyed living it all over again (New Year's Eve)

The Dude Posted on 11:16 pm on Jan. 14, 2007
1) The BEST mainstream music ever!!

The 80s and before were the best!!
Sinatra877 Posted on 7:42 pm on June 25, 2006
I know it sounds militaristic...but the military is an extension of political will.  The U.S. military increased five fold in the '80's and it influenced the history of the world by doing so.  It's all true.  The reason I wrote it is because the first person whom started this topic said that there were no "wars" on in the '80's and I find that just simple minded or they are caught up in their own little world with their blinders on.  It was a decade filled with uncertainties and had the potential to blow up in our faces.  Besides...I was in the service then and highly involved and a history major to boot.  What do you want?  It wasn't a peaceful decade by any means and the facts are the facts.  

We're suffering from some of our (U.S.) political decisions now.  No offense but it's troubling to see that folks living in a post 9/11 world still think the '80's was safe with nothing to fear.  Here's a interesting fact that folks don't really know...during the '80's the Soviets were under the command of one nuclear trigger.  They understood that it would be reciprocal if they shot it so the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policy worked.  The Communists had very tight control on their arsenal but now that it's the Russian Federation we're facing eleven nuclear triggers with less able men to choose wether or not to shoot them off.  Makes you all warm and fuzzy doesn't it?  On top of that...alot of them were made in the '60's & '70's and they haven't been maintained.  Therefore there will one day be a nuclear accident over there....it's actually more of a menace today than it was pre-'89.  

There I go again...being pessimistic.  I just don't feel as safe as I was back when I was a teenager in the '80's.  I loved it's perceived innocence.  
scubapro Posted on 9:34 pm on June 23, 2006
What is this the Military channel?  Lighten up Sinatra, Jesus.
Sinatra877 Posted on 2:16 pm on June 22, 2006
The 80's were quite troubling on a global scale.  Radical Muslims took over westernized puppet gov'ts.  Afghan Mujahadeen (early Al Queda) was being supplied Stinger AA missles to fight against Russian Hind 24's.  Carter Boycotted the 80 Olympics.  Greenpeace wasn't so peaceful.  The world was fearful of US/USSR tensions in Germany.  A Major was shot and killed at the Berlin Wall.  

Let's see;

'79 Gary Hart gets caught banging Donna Rice on his boat and it's not his wife.  He drops out.  Pope John Paul II gets popped by a Turkish bad guy.  Poland is revolting.."Solardinost" is the word.  Soviets invade Afghanistan and our defense system goes from Vietminization decrease to Cold War increase.  Eagle Claw One crashed in the Iranian desert making Carter a public scapegoat.  He's done some great work since though...

'80 Reagan takes office.  Hostages are let go...trickle down theory....Lee Iaccoa and Chrysler K cars, MX Missles, Abrams Tank, Bradley APC's, Aegis Class Cruisers and B-1 Bombers are reborn and all that...WKRP in Cinncinatti has great ratings and Loni was the bomb then or was it Jan Smithers?  Hmm...we did sell alot of AWAC's to Saudi Arabia really cheap and suddenly our gas prices went down...isn't that something?  My folks just bought a diesel car too...bastiges!

'81 Anwar Sadat was assasinated by Bin Laden's number two guy...the one with the doctorate for going soft on westernization and making peace with Menachem Begin but was let loose later. Our CIA was moving swiftly into Afghanistan to advise and fight Russians.  General Dozier was kidnapped in Italy by the Red Army Faction but released.  He was later conveniently retired without ever having a interview.  Guess the "company" debriefed him really good.  Operation Bright Star was an exercise with US and Egyptians just in case someone wanted the Suez again.  6-color deserts or "chocolate chip" suits were issued then.  BDU's were just making it to the troops from the old Army green.   Reagan was shot by John Hinkley because of a crush on Jodie Foster...that minx! Woof.  She's still a hottie.

'82 Lebanese/PLO were fighting against Israel.  Christian Phalangists against sh*t es I think.  Gemeyal was assasinated.  We sent a naval fleet there...a pilot gets shot down and captured.  Jesse Jackson goes and saves his ass...The Reverand does have a talent for that...there and later in Bosnia.  Who knows...hobby?

'83 We officially became peacekeepers in Lebanon and invaded Grenada under SEATO alliance in October 17th because of "detained" med students by Cuban advisors.  Kevlar Helmets replaced the old steel pots of sixty years service.   Romania's dictator is troubled that his country will soon see civil war...he's later hung, shot, stabbed and displayed with his wife both dead...Cheachesku or something like that?  

'84 This year kicked off alot of sh#t.  Let's see...A group of paratroops going to Campbell or coming from the Sinai was over New Foundland when it mysteriously blew up...killing over 100.  No one has come up with an explanation yet.  We started worrying about Daniel Ortega and Sandinistas and started training Contras in Honduras ( see 80's Dominio Theory) so we could "observe" in El Salvador with our Special Forces.  (5th and 7th  Group was at Bragg then, 7th later moved to Campbell) and 220 Marines from Lejune was killed in a suicide bombing of their barracks.   The Gipper got a second term.  While the Soviets lost Breshenev, Chernynko and Andropov...from old age (maybe).  Gorbachev becomes the new premier and he's a progressive one at that whom didn't get assasinated. Peristroika or something?

'85 The Red Army Faction and Meiner Bahnof gang gets froggy and planted bombs in the airports of Berlin and Athens I think and a few US GI Discoteche's in Europe killing a lot of folks.  And the US handicapped citizen was thrown off a ship (Achille Lauro) by a Muslim terrorist and Korean Airlines 007 was shot down deliberately by an MiG.   I got laid on Veteran's Day, Teacher's Holiday 1985 for the first time....about time too and I smiled for a week. Was Aquino assasinated by Marcos this year?  Not too sure...could've been '86.  

'86  I enlisted in the US Army Infantry that year as an E3 and monthly pay was $749 a month.  I still had to wear a steel pot in basic training when Kevlars were the norm in real line troops.  We were constantly having alerts.  An officer was shot and killed by North Koreans.  We bombed the bejesus out of Libya but only managed to kill Kaddafi's baby daughter and we called it collateral damage.  France wouldn't let us fly over with our F-111's.  We downgraded them then too.

"How do you get a French waiter's attention in Paris?"......"Order in German"  Ba dump...bump.

'87 Baby Jessica falls in a well.  WE WERE SO ENTRANCED WITH THAT!  Six GI's were killed in a bombing in Berlin.  The "Stars and Stripes" always had wanted pictures of the Meiner Bahnof Gang.  I was there.  New Pershing II missiles started to enter Miesau, W. Germany and the "Star Wars"/SDI was scaring Gorbachev promoting Glasnost.  Iran/Contra was hitting the fan and the first M2 Bradley's and M-16A2 models finally reached the frontline guys in Germany.  Europe had one of it's worst winters in over thirty years and I get pneumonia and spent a month in the hospital.  When it rains...it pours.

'88 Pan Am flight 103 went down in Lockerbie, Scotland by a bomb from Libya...payback. Lt. Col. Oliver North was convicted for the guns for hostages deal.  The CIA director Casey mysteriously passes away during the hearing.  Folks said Reagan didn't know squat and that he was getting senile.  Well,  I betcha he did...and he wasn't senile then.  But I still loved the Gip.

'89  Kinda of a slow year but in late December...I was an E5/Sergeant then...Noriega was out of control and I invaded 20 December '89 and was shot in the shoulder.  Ouch! That's gonna leave a mark and finally...

'90 as soon as I get out of Womack Hospital I get sent too Saudi Arabia via Germany for the 1st Gulf War.  But at least I made E6/Staff Sergeant for that one and it still sucked...

The fun never stops boys and girls.  Where is my Six Million Dollar Man doll with Bionic eye and Kung fu grip?  Where was the simple pleasure of stupid fun of a BB gun war...where you really got into trouble.  Or the simple pleasures of getting laid in the backseat of a '73 Mercury Montego steaming up the windows while listening to Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Zeppelin or Floyd?  Hit a water bong and find out alot of stuff you were told was just crap.  Oh  I long for the '80's but I'll always have those memories...so...have I forgotten anything that you guys want to add?  I'm the History/Military guy so I got what I remember.

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