We've had the 70's - Make Way for the 80's
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So, I will start us off with leg warmers, New Wave, the dawn of MTV and Martha Curry, punk, sixties vintage was cool when mixed with what would become the grunge look, China Beach the Police and the very end of the Cold War.
More as I remember - what do others remember?
Here's one for ya, early 80's, who got in trouble when your mom found out that Forever by Judy Blume and Flowers in the Attic had sex in them and you read them both in one weekend?
I also remember IROC Zs, giant belts and sweaters worn over leggings (who me?), Block Party Weekends on the radio, Friday Night Videos for those of us whose parents wouldn't spring for cable, really bad movies like Teen Wolf and Fright Night and watching Hill Street Blues with my mom.
Also the night soaps, or whatever they called those - Falcon Crest and all that. "Who killed JR?"
Toni Basil and "Mickey"....
You guys have mentioned a lot already especially leg warmers (and I see them in the stores now but not like we used to wear.)
Rap, yeah! Kids rapping to each other, kids break dancing in "center hall" at my Portland OR public high school. Rap was so great.
Cutting up your tee shirts and sweatshirts so they hung off your shoulders ala Flashdance? Safety pins in your clothes and ears. Old army clothing as fashion chic. Acid washed jeans and jeans printed with floral and paisley patterns. I know none of us will admit to owning a pair - I wonder what happened to all of them as I don't even see them in thrift stores. Members only jackets?
Reading Less than Zero and Bright Lights, Big City and Slaves of New York and thinking they were deep.
Africa by Toto and One Night in Bangkok, Tainted Love?
>4 anna_in_pdx: - Dallas, Falcon Crest, Knots Landing - my mom used to watch them all, and of course I had to watch them with her.
I'm 42, and turning 40 just wasn't that big a deal to me. I only act my age when I have to. :-)
What about Hall & Oates, Men At Work, Weird Al parodies of Michael Jackson & Madonna, David Letterman came on the scene in the 80s. U2! INXS! The Police.
Hair crimping, glow in the dark neon clothes. HA! Bicycle pants. Side ponytails.
Valley Girls! Like, they were so totally awesome, fer sure!
And the most important fashion rule of the 80s: the bigger the hair, the closer to God!
I guess that might be true in the USA but goth dominated my UK based 1980s musically - The Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Cocteau Twins, The Cult, The Cure etc etc. I adored The Smiths too. I was a pretty gloomy teenager.
I went to university in Manchester in 1988. Locally there was a big buzz about a band called The Stone Roses who were about to change everything.
As regards reading, I discovered Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in 1981 and 30 years later I'd still say it was my favourite book.
Naturally, my clothing was black with some added black and I used enough hairspray to create my own personal hole in the ozone layer.
Now that sounds like the 80's as I experienced them as well ...... perhaps i was a gloomy teenager as well ....
One of my favourite possessions is Radio series of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy naturally its on CD not mp3
Of course, if you were experiencing the 80's you most certainly listened to Hair Bands -Poison, Twisted Sister, etc. - back in the days when men had hair. :)
Robert Palmer, Culture Club, Huey Lewis and the News, Wang Chung, Tears for Fears - all pretty big back then.
I'd forgotten about buying those awful jellies - wasn't that foot sauna the worst? Plus they forced the skin of my feet through the little designs and made my feet look bizarre for hours after I'd taken them off. And didn't they make a funny squeak/ squelchy sound when you walked in them with the wetness? Or, I might be thinking of some other nasty 80's footwear.
Robert Palmer (the video with the band of girls in plain black dresses) Prince (still the man) Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael (when everyone thought he was straight).
Big Hair, Big shoulder pads, Big plastic earrings, only 1 tv in the whole house with 3 channels. Sunday was spend in my bedroom listening to Casey Kaem's with a cassette recorder trying to get a song recordered without anyone walking in the room. AH yes good times.
Big, big hair. And mousse came out in the early 80's. I used so, so much of it.
I also wore leggings with big, slouchy shirts over them, and always boots. Hair scrunchies. Liz Claiborne perfume. Splashed in Jean Nate.
Oh, and MTV actually played music videos for a while.
Today I was teasing someone who stayed up all night to watch the recent royal wedding. I mentioned as a little kid I watched Charles and Di's wedding. He mentioned he wasn't even born then; almost killed him.
I was too nervous to make the boxers work - too afraid someone would say, "Hey are those mens boxer shorts??".
On tv was the mini series--North & South--Lace--The Thorn birds--Deception with the always beautiful Stephanie Powers I always wanted her hair!
Music- the B-52's--The Bangles----Cyndi Lauper--Culture Club--Wham--John Cougar--Joan Jett--Prince
Movies- The Breakfast Club--St. Elmo's Fire--Purple Rain--Anything by, John Hughes!
The books I was reading are about as embarrasing as my pictures of that time..Flowers in the Attic--also Judith Krantz and of course I had to read the books that the mini-series above were made from.