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-- Posted by TonoFonseca on 2:52 pm on Jan. 27, 2011

I was born in 1990, and although I consider the 90s to be my decade, I feel oftentimes like I should have been born in 1968, so that I could have grown up in the 80s...

But anyways, I was curious if the people who were there could answer me this question: what was 1989 like?

What I mean is, were there still lots of new age people around, or was attire & style more toned down in '89?  Were people still holding tightly to the culture of the 80s, or was it like "this is all so old"?  Was the summer of '89 (excuse the Bryan Adams reference) a more sad one that previous summers, because you knew this would be the last summer of the 80s you would have?  Did people still like to listen loud to all the 80s tunes, or were people just sort of turning things off and biting their nails, sadly awaiting the end of the decade?  

I imagine I will get many different answers, but I still want to hear them.  

Thank-you much!

-- Posted by TonoFonseca on 12:59 pm on Jan. 29, 2011

I can only imagine what it must have been like between Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Eve of 1989... it must have been very sad, knowing that the 80s was drawing to a close...

-- Posted by like4sure on 3:59 am on Aug. 20, 2011

Hey Tono,
I was 14 in 1989 and remember New Years Eve. It was more of an amazement going into 1990, it just sounded different. I was too young to feel sad that the 80's were over.

In 1989 the styles were still very much typical of the 80's. It was very much an "anything goes" type of attitude. The first couple years of the 90's were very similar to the 80's. In my opinion, the general landscape of music, style, and everything else changed between 1992 - 1994. Music changed and computers were introduced. Our society also started becoming more politically correct and sensitive. I would say the 80's were pretty carefree (with a seatbelt).

-- Posted by InformalGreeting on 3:35 pm on Dec. 18, 2012

1989 wasn't much different than 1988 or 1990. It isn't as if the entire decade of the 1980s was a specific way and then at the stroke of midnight on Jan 1 1990 everything changed. The most popular music was probably "hair metal" from Bon Jovi, Poison, etc but plenty of people were listening to harder rock and rap as well. Clothing trends had changed some, less neon and more traditional prep clothing was in vogue where I lived, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

To me, the bigger shock had come earlier in the year when George Bush took the place of Reagan. Ronnie had exemplified the decade, and in many ways the 80s died when he left office. By the end of 1989 we really did live in a different world. The "evil empire" of Reagan had changed. The Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union was showing signs of becoming more open and democratic in nature. (We never imagined that the USSR itself would soon be gone as well.) So in many ways 1989 did mark a change from one life to another more than 1999 did into 2000 even, and certainly more than 2009 into 2010. But nobody was sad worrying about the decade ending. We were all focused on what great things the future held for us.

-- Posted by doriswilliams on 11:12 pm on Feb. 1, 2013

It is always nice to see the happenings in old times. I feel the most amazing thing at that time was their make up. They had some very dramatic styles of makeup.

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