The years 1980 to 1989 where the best to grow up as a teen!
I agree! Best music & movies of any decade.
Madonna & Cyndi Lauper!
I agree....started kindergarten in 1979 and was a freshman in 1989. The 80's ruled. Maybe I'm just nostalgic but I loved it all. It was an innocent time and I'm glad I got to have a childhood free of the internet, cell phones, and social media.
Jonathon Hughes had all of those movies!!
What Your Favorite ’80s Band Says About You.
BY John Peck
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Tears For Fears: You have used whiteout on a pair of white loafers.
Art of Noise: You have been paid to be furniture at a party.
Pat Benatar: You have had three or more Superball bruises at one time.
Air Supply: You have punched an arcade game hard enough to injure yourself.
Eddie Money: You have eaten several Shrinky-Dinks on purpose.
Bryan Adams: Your hair smells faintly like barbecue sauce.
Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Your shower smells like Skittles and unfiltered cigarettes.
Dead or Alive: Your pet smells like Goldschlager.
Tangerine Dream: You have a half-full can of Sanka at the back of your cupboard.
Devo: You have dissected a Nintendo game.
Simple Minds: You have tasted a scented pen.
Kajagoogoo: You have used AquaNet in self-defense.
Limahl: You have used Nair in self-defense.
Naked Eyes: You have almost been tricked into eating silly string on a saltine.
Gary Numan: You own more than one pair of sock garters.
Mike and the Mechanics: You have thrown a Rolodex at a raccoon or skunk.
Peter Gabriel: You know what Fimo tastes like.
Roxette: You have injured yourself with a Q-Tip.
Madonna: Your bedroom smells like Midori.
B-52s: Your laundry room smells like Midori.
Richard Marx: You have woken up to a dog licking your hair.
Wham!: You have made nachos while on ecstasy.
The Cure: You have several bracelets or rings you cannot remove.
Berlin: The last book you read used “countenance” as a verb.
This Mortal Coil: You know the act, scene and line that “this mortal coil” comes from.
Billy Idol: You own a piece of clothing that involves both argyle and leather.
Robert Palmer: You have used “argyle” as a verb.
Tommy Tutone: You have attempted to use a Polaroid picture as an ID.
Rick Astley: You have used a hairnet as a handbag.
Bangles: You have chewed gum while delivering a keynote speech or eulogy.
Psychedelic Furs: You have worn sunglasses through an entire tooth cleaning.
The English Beat: You have injured yourself while doing the Electric Slide.
General Public: You have injured yourself while doing the Centipede.
Madness: You have injured several bystanders while doing the Centipede.
Men at Work: You wear shorts with boots at least once a week.
Eurythmics: You have lost a mood ring in a hot tub.
The Smiths: You have read aloud to a hamster, ferret, or turtle.
Joy Division: You have been bitten by a cat while trying to dress it in period costume.
New Order: You own several fish tanks but no fish.
A Flock of Seagulls: You have destroyed a calculator watch in anger.
Men Without Hats: You have accidentally dropped a pager into a tub of frozen yogurt.
Nena: You have put a cigarette out in a piece of birthday cake.
John Cougar Mellencamp: You have put a cigarette out in anindustrial-sized jar of relish.
Loverboy: You have eaten relish as a meal.
Rick Springfield: Your wallet weighs over a pound.
Falco: You have killed a fly with a program from Cats.
Michael Jackson: You have exploded a beanbag chair by landing on it.
Huey Lewis and the News: You are hanging from monkey bars in two or more successive class pictures.
The Police: You have shattered a Rubik’s Cube with a rock.
Sting: You have tried and failed to shatter a Rubik’s Cube with a rock.
Big Country: You have a Highlander poster in a tube in the back of your closet.
Soft Cell: You mouth the words when you watch Highlander.
A-ha: You own a VCR with a copy of Highlander stuck in it.
Survivor: You have cut a Nerf football in half to see what was inside.
INXS: You have knocked someone over with an Aerobie.
Thomas Dolby: You have used a laserdisc as a shaving mirror.
Pet Shop Boys: You have woken up next to an empty bottle of Magic Shell.
Mr. Mister: You have forgotten soup in the freezer and ice cream in the microwave on the same night.
Wang Chung: You have a money clip with an amusement park logo printed on it.
Bauhaus: You know what LARPing is.
OMD: You have gone to a party dressed as a dark elf.
Culture Club: You have woken up under someone who was dressed as a dark elf.
Ministry: You have thrown up on someone who was dressed as a dark elf.
Cocteau Twins: You have spilled Zima on someone who was dressed as a dark elf.
Toni Basil: You have spilled Zima into a motel heating vent.
The Pointer Sisters: You dot your i’s with hearts.
The Pretenders: You are excellent at dodgeball.
ABC: You were one of the first ten people in history to drop a cell phone in a toilet.
Lionel Richie: You have shaved a word into your hair.
The Cars: You have hit a whiffle ball with a fake lightsaber.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood: You have woken up under your high school gym teacher.
Joan Jett: You have woken up on top of your high school gym teacher.
Simply Red: You have temporarily blinded someone by whipping your hair into them.
Europe: You think Europe is Asia.
Asia: You think Asia is Europe.
REM: You minored in something.
Cyndi Lauper: You have lost several silk scarves to escalators.
Starship: You consistently pay for extra cheese at Subway.
The Fixx: You have sunbathed in a suit.
Phil Collins: You have worn shorts while accepting an award or diploma.
Go-Go’s: Your favorite air freshener is Vanillaroma.
Bananarama: Your favorite air freshener is New Car.
Prince: You have used a hamster ball as a cocktail shaker.
Depeche Mode: You have drawn Tintin or the Little Prince in the margin of a math test.
Erasure: You have been caught kissing a copy of The Little Prince.
Thompson Twins: You have been spanked with a copy of The Little Prince.
Human League: You have been spanked with a VHS copy of The Neverending Story.
The Clash: Your safety word is “Nicaragua.”
Grace Jones: Your safety word is forty-seven syllables long.
Brian Eno: Your safety word is “10011101.”
Duran Duran: Your safety word is “Kim Wilde.”
Kim Wilde: You have forgotten your safety word.
that was worthwhile
I don't know about the best, but I certainly look back on them fondly. I think it was the last decade to produce original music, particularly early to mid-80s. I remember the second British Invasion. The Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Squeeze, Culture Club, The Cure, Depeche Mode--all these artists were original for the time and still are. I was in high school from '82-'86, which was the peak of this genre. By the late 80s, it was pop metal and new R&B and the new British Invasion was over.
I'm amazed at how well some of the music holds up.
I'm re-discovering the first 2 Pretenders albums after decades of not listening to them. The original band was Beatles-league outstanding.
Up the Neck and Day After Day are amazing.
Face it people, the 80s will always be remembered for the comic talents of Miss Lorna Patterson.
I was 16 in 1980, so that decade took me through my mid 20's. Fun times. It still kind of stuns me that it's more than 30 years later and I'm nearing 50 (in 2014).
Wow, time flies. It really seems like yesterday. I do really love the '80's and have lots of memories of them.
Dynasty VS Dallas!
We were the girls of the 50s
Stone rock n rollers of the 60s
And more than our names had changes as the 70s slipped on by
We were 80s Ladies
Ronald Reagan, AIDS, tanked economy, uh, no, elder-gay. The 80s sucked!
[quote]I'm nearing 50
Oh great, another eldergay thread.
It really was a great time for music and alternative fashion. Punk was over but left in its wake a renewed energy and creative spirit amongst youth. There was still a great DIY spirit going on. Anyone could be in a band. Anyone could look cool.
I loved all those New Wave bands from the UK. And the New York bands too, of course. And you could scour the thrift shops and find funky clothes and dress weird enough to unsettle your parents.
It was a time when "alternative music" actually meant something. You really had to be in the know about who the cool new bands were and where to get their albums.
I just laughed so hard at R16. Perfect!
Great music, great movies, great literature. TV shows began to suck for a while after 1983 or so. Donald Wildmon and Jerry Fallwell sanitized TV to a sickening level. Gone were great and edgy shows like Soap, The Jeffersons and All in the Family. They were replaced with banal, saccharine garbage like Punky Brewster, Mr. Belvedere, Family Ties, Cosby Show, and Webster. With a few exceptions like Magnum PI, Hill Street Blues, Star Trek: TNG, Newhart, etc. '80s TV sucked.
R20, what great literature are you talking about? Please don't say Bret Easton Ellis.
Two words: Kim Wilde.
She made everything else about the 80s (the fashion, the hair - including her own sometimes) bearable.
St. Elsewhere must be included in a list of great 80s TV.
Even though it continued into the early 90s, China Beach began its run in 1988 and its first two seasons were certainly highlights of 80s TV.
And let's not forget daytime....Soaps reached their zenith in the 80s. Before there was Internet, Instagram or Facebook, there were soaps to keep you coming back day after day.
Oh Lord, more idiotic 80s nostalgia.
The people who remember the eighties fondly were too young and stupid at the time to know how awful it was.
The 80s were the most superficial, trivial, deluded decade of all time. The 80s sucked.
I guess you spent the entire secade on anti-depressants and never cracked a smile. I was in my 20's and had the time of my life. Bad things happened but I kept on smiling and did have some great times.
After the 80s, the surveillance culture kicked in. It's affected every part of our lives and culture.
Looking back on it in hindsight, I get nostalgic for that period of my life and starting a life of my own, supporting myself, and breaking away from home.
But I recall DURING the time I was living it, I always pined for something ELSE. Not sure if that was indicative of how miserable Chicago was for gay people at the time, or if it was just a kind of an angst born of that period of my life?
At any rate, as good or bad as they were for me, things got much better.
Ah, the 80s!
Watching "Dallas" on Friday nights in my room and jerking off to Christopher Atkins in his bathing suit.
Then at 10 pm, jerking off to Lorenzo Lamas on "Falcon Crest".
Then feeling very guilty about it.
Still, fun times.
Nah, I don't get it. I'm this demographic and I don't get the hankering after this mostly naff music and shaky scenery on badly written and filmed TV.
Hell yeah I'd love to be young again..but young today.. in THIS cultural milieu -- MY culture
R28, I loved Christopher Atkins but I never watched him on Dallas. (I just watched The Blue Lagoon and The Pirate Movie repeatedly.)
The Cold War ended thanks to Günter Schabowski! Relatively few deaths, yet a continent was freed! Democracy & peace were breaking out all over the world, in Latin America, The Philippines, and elsewhere, though sorry, not in China :-(