- '80s music wasn't the worst. Not by a long shot.
- All hail the OP, Queen of Eldergays!
- OP you were listening to the wrong music. Venture out.
- [quote]Worst frikking holocaust (plague)
I think the actual Holocaust in the 1940s might have been just a tad worse, no?
- When is OP going to reach puberty and start using words like "Fucking"?
- I stay up late just for drunken, nonsensical posts like these!
- OP = 100 years old.
- Broadway was awesome in the 1980s -- and tickets were under $40!!!
- I hated the eighties, too. Everything was so superficial, so meaningless, so trivial.
Ronald Reagan was President. AIDS was rampant. Madonna came upon the scene. Nobody gave a damn about anything but money. I know every decade has its horrors, but the eighties was in a class by itself. I don't think there was ever a decade that worshipped avarice and selfishness like the eighties did.
- Too bad OP didn't get AIDS and die.
80s best decade ever
- You shut your mouth, OP.
- [quote] I don't think there was ever a decade that worshipped avarice and selfishness like the eighties did.
Apparently you must not know many young people from this decade.
The 80's was all about FUN and excess. The entitled assholes in our current decade are much, MUCH worse. Greedy, selfish, me me me me generation. Give me tje 80's any day.
- What r12 said -- in the 80s you could be a Gordon Gekko if you wanted to be, but you didn't [bold]have[/bold] to be in order to survive, like now.
- How COULD you, OP?
- [quote]Too bad OP didn't get AIDS and die.
Lovely, r10. Back at ya turd breath.
- The first generation to know it wouldn't do better than their parents.
- The fashion was tacky as hell, but it was a lot of fun.
- Both my parents grew up in the eighties. They loved it. It's ok if you hated it op, but not everyone did.
- R18 the late 80s style and big hair was fucking ridiculous!
However women looked MUCH better and were smoking hot (Priscilla Barnes for instance) in the early 80s, which had more of 70s feel, the Farrah do was still popular and it's one of the most flattering hairstyles on women and it's not that dated. The huge hair, shoulder pads and drag queen look of the later part of the decade is extremely dated.
- suck my pulsing asshole r15
- "The 80's was all about FUN and excess."
"Fun?" What was "fun" about it? As I recall, people were dying like flies from AIDS in the eighties. You call that "fun?"
It WAS all about excess, though: greed and money and partying. Wasn't that how Reagan was elected? "It's morning in America!" Spend, spend, spend! Party like there no tomorrow! Of course all that shit eventually hit the fan what with the country and its citizens drowning in debt and the Great Recession and the housing crisis and everything else. But I guess it was "fun" while it lasted.
- Fashion historians, HOW did '80s fashion evolve into what it did? It was just fucking atrocious.
- Only stupid people don't understand that fashion is arbitrary. And they always think that whatever came before now was worse because it's not currently accepted.
- [quote]no wonder that generation is fucked up and bitter.
Who are the 80s generation exactly? What age did you have to be in 1985 to be 'that generation'?
- I love that OP equates AIDS and feathered hair in his post--as if they were both equally catastrophic.
- Every decade has had its share of shit, but 2000-2005 tops any list by far. The absolute pits:
A Stolen election
The SARS outbreak and Anthrax scares
The Iraq War and the McCarthy-esque "You're with us or against us" bullying.
Hurricane Katrina and the third world nation that New Orleans became.
All of this in under five years.
And we still haven't recovered.
- Don't forget all the gay bashing -- led by empowered fundies.
- The 2000s decade was worse.
- I agree R26, it wasn't a very auspicious start to a new century., was it?
But for some strange reason 2000-05 don't seem as nasty as the '80s. Not as cold and deeply unattractive.
The '80s to me are like a person with B.O.
Even without AIDS I'd LOATH them and I'm old enough to remember them from Jan 1, 80 to Dec 31, 1989
- R22's pic...is that for real or is it a spoof?
This video captures the gorgeous '80s just as well.
'EVERYONE' started to look like Rod Stewart in the '80s.
- The US and the world heaved a sigh of relief when Bush left office. The 2000s was Bush era and the worst decade in modern history. We were living "1984." There is nothing positive that I can think of from 2000-2008.
- R29 As horrific as the AIDS outbreak was (and it should never be forgotten) there was a still a sense of hope that if people fought and banded together, change could be done. By the late eighties, things were starting to turn around, albeit slowly. But hope and optimism were alive. And the media wasn't as "Biased" in their coverage, to put it nicely.
The early 2000's, by contrast, were cynical, mean spirited and downright ugly. You had a blatant stolen election that was literally swept under the rug in front of our eyes. You had overwhelming evidence that the Iraq War was a mistake, but anyone who dared to question anything was labelled a terrorist sympathizer. SARS outbreak, snipers. And a Republican government that was pracitcally defiant in their agenda. Has there ever been another adminstration that made no bones in not giving a shit about the people than the Bush administration? Even Reagan made somewhat of an effort to act like he cared.
People were out there protesting, and it's like they didn't exist, thanks to a Republican owned media.
Terrible all around. When you have people who grew up during the turblent sixties saying they never imagined anything like this, that should tell you something about how bad it was.
- r32 not to mention that if you dare to be critical of Bush, your career literally went up in flames because of fanatics, and the President stayed silent through it all.
The only thing I hope because learn for the 2000s is never again.
- The 80s were only good if you had money. It was the time of the Yuppie. The time of "Greed is Good". The time of excess.
If you didn't have money, "trickle-down economics" often missed you, but nobody cared.
- I agree with OP, the 80s were awful. Thank god they're long gone.
- The 2000s were all thanks to Raygun.
- Well, historians have pointed out that Reagan restored the country's morale, allowing people to believe that personal wealth and big accomplishments were possible again.
By 1979 the national spirit was in the toilet. (See Carter's "crisis of confidence" a.k.a. "malaise" speech.)
Don't get me wrong: I believe that Reagan was evil and that Carter is a great humanitarian, but history-in-the-moment is what it is.
- [quote]However women looked MUCH better and were smoking hot
- The 80s gave us this song which is probably the best song of the last 25 years.
- [quote]The fashion was tacky as hell, but it was a lot of fun.
Everybody looked like an inverted triangle.
Agree with all who say 80's was bad but 2000's were worse. At least people had money in the 80's and real estate was cheaper.
2000's had all the shortcomings of the 80's, plus bigger terror and no money.
Everything went to pits after 9/11.
And don't get me started on the music. Long live the 60's, 70's and 90's
- "Everybody looked like an inverted triangle."
YES!! Volume and width on top, skinny and streamlined on the bottom. Everything I wore had shoulder pads, or was severely tapered.
See link for my hairstyle, which was truly atrocious.
- It seems like we're having 2 conversations in this thread. Those who judge a decade by its politics and those who judge it by its culture.
- [quote]It seems like we're having 2 conversations in this thread. Those who judge a decade by its politics and those who judge it by its culture.
What's wrong with either or both?
- [quote]Fashion historians, HOW did '80s fashion evolve into what it did? It was just fucking atrocious.
In the very late 70s glamour made a comeback (after the earthy fashions of the 1970s). Punk and New Wave took this theme and mocked it, by over-accessorizing, over-padding, over-layering. Fashion reflected the more is good and big is better theme... big shoulders, big hair, big bold colours and baggy shirts and sweaters, but always with a spirit mocking traditional good taste. It was basically the clown version of opulence, a 'fuck you' to the wealthy.
- OP, Frankie Says Relax
- One of the nice things about the 80s is that Manhattan was still relatively affordable, and the Disneyfication/shopping mall shit hadn't started yet.
- 1980 was the greatest year in music,and movies - you had excellent disco, metal, punk, new wave, country, and pop all at the same time. You had the movie Fame, and a host of other great films that I am too lazy to list. And alot of models and hot celebs were young at that time. There were great restaurants such as Mr Chows and the clubs were great too. There was uptown and downtown, 2 distinct socio economic locations
- I was just a little kid in the 80's, so I only remember a little bit of it. I think there were some great movies, music, and TV shows from that time, but it must have been hard being a gay teen or adult back then with absolutely NO equal rights. It was hard enough being a gay teen in the 90's, so I can only imagine how hard things were previously.
- The eighties were before my time (I was born in '92), but I'm sick of hearing about them. They sucked.
The worst presidents ever (Carter, Reagan, Bush)
NO good tv shows and only 2 channels (3 in large markets) to boot
The movies were ALL terrible. Police Academy? Yentl? Home Alone? Rambo?, and those were supposed to be the best? Sad.
The music was terrible. A bunch of squawky crap like Michael/Janet Jackson, KC & Sunshine Band, Liza, Cher, Barbra, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block, Cindy Lauper, Bette, Wham, Prince. No diversity and all music in the 80s sounded like video-game music. Ping, ping, ping, ping.
No good literature, terrible clothes, terrible hair (all mullets and big hair), bellbottoms, break dancing, platform shoes, gawdy jewelry, no home computers, no cell phones, AM radio only, listening to music on records and 8 track tapes, black and white movies and photographs, stupid comedy, AIDS, herpes, disco, rap music was dumb back then, bad food, ugly cars, ugly furniture, ugly houses and architecture, ugly people (GAWD, people were ugly back then-even the supposed hot ones). Just on and on. Dreadful. Glad I didn't suffer through that shit.
- Boys II Men appeared in 1991.
- Feathered hair was more a 70s thing. The 80s were short and spiky, then big big BIG!
- AM radio only? B&W movies? Are you being serious, R49?
- I'm grateful that I was born in the '80s, so that I didn't have to remember any of that awfulness and I got to enjoy a '90s childhood instead.
The early '00s were bad, but as a gay man, I would 100 x prefer to have lived through the entire 2000s multiple times than deal with the death, plague and homophobia of the '80s.
- R49 makes it sound like 80s were an apocalyptic decade which nobody survived but him being born born in `92 is the proof they have.
- Knots Landing, Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon Crest - the 80s were fabulous!
- r49 is clearly a joke post. No "diversity" in music? The 80s was when there actually WAS diversity in music. The music industry actually allowed songs to be hits without them "featuring" some ignorant rap interlude.
F&F for R10.
Toss out the trash.
- R49 is 21 years old. Doesn't know his ass from his elbow.
- I was born in the late eighties so I don't remember much about it. However, I do like a lot of the music from that era. I kind of agree R19. I was looking at a photo of Gia Carangi from the early eighties and I thought it was interesting that she didn't look very dated at all.
- I think this song by Lisa Lisa
I Wonder If I Take You Home
- Actually my guess is that r49 is quite old and claiming otherwise. References to "Liza" and "Barbra" using only one name? That's coming from an olderly.
r49 is what's known as a contrarian bitch.
- And Ready For The World's "Oh Sheila" are an example of fun catchy songs from the 80s.
- I also like this song a lot. I think the 80s had great music.
A-Ha "Take On Me"
- R49, I beg to differ. I was born in '65 and was there.
Good Movies: The Empire Strikes Back, Airplane!, Raiders of the Lost Ark, American Werewolf in London, Thief, Superman II, Blade Runner, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Road Warrior, Return of the Jedi, Terminator, This is Spinal Tap, Back to the Future, To Live & Die in L.A., Breakfast Club, Aliens, Ruthless People, Platoon, The Fly, Lethal Weapon, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Die Hard, A Fish Called Wanda, Naked Gun, Batman, Lethal Weapon II. None of the films you named were considered among "the best." Home Alone was 1990.
Good Music: U2, David Bowie, AC/DC, Queen, Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Depeche Mode, New Order, Front 242, Ministry, Danzig, Slayer, Duran Duran, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Huey Lewis & The News, Rolling Stones, Prince, INXS, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Heart, etc.
Good TV: M*A*S*H, Magnum PI, WKRP in Cincinnati, Taxi, Barney Miller, Newhart, Cheers, Miami Vice, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Hart to Hart, Golden Girls, Police Squad!, The Equalizer, Knots Landing, Dallas, Dynasty, Hill Street Blues, etc.
Note: Bellbottoms, feathered hair, platform shoes were the 1970s.
TV Channels: In 1980, when I was 15, we already had 30 channels (including HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, CNN, etc.) and had since the late '70s. TV and movies were in color at that time, Mr. Misinformed. In addition, we had VCRS to watch movies on.
8-Track tapes: Were being phased out by 1980. We had records, cassettes, and yes, CDs.
KC & The Sunshine Band & Liza: Not the '80s. KC was the '70s. So was Liza, for the most part.
Boyz II Men: the 90s.
Radio: We had AM & FM radio. Both were broadcast in stereo.
Disco music was mostly passe by the 80s.
For every ugly car, house or building, there were 10 beautiful ones.
Read a book or google the fucking 80s before you speak, mate.
I was there.
- [quote]Worst music
OP, have you turned on the radio in the last 13 years? Must not have, because you would realize that 80's music was WAAAAY better than all the AutoTuned shit you hear now.
- People always talk about the terrible '80s fashions. The early '80s weren't actually that bad. I look back at photos and that part of the decade was rather conservative. The second half of the '80s was the big hair, parachute pants, mullets, huge earrings, shoulder pads, etc.
I was just a jeans, T-shirt, and tennis shoes kind of guy in the '80s. I look back and don't really cringe. I still dress that way now. I just have less hair. I was never a flamboyant/trendy dresser. The people who followed the trends were the ones who look silly in retrospect. Same as today.
- R65 I agree. Autotuned music is so stale and bland. I like a lot of modern songs, but the production is just overpowering and stale. I hate the drum sound on virtually every album since the late 1990s. It does not sound natural. Drums used to sound like drums, even when they were electronic. Now, not so much.
Everything seems too polished and freeze-dried. The brick-walling of sound is really irritating too. No dynamics. No subtleties. Just a wall of noise.
Like the music, hate the production
- Oh and I love a lot of the songs from this particular group. It's fun and catchy and better than a lot of the music we have today.
Morris Day And The Time- "Jungle Love"
- r66, you're right, trendiness always looks ridiculous in any decade. It's just that stupid people pretend that whatever is currently trendy is somehow less ridiculous.
- R64, you have the worst taste in America.
Out of your enormous list, these were acceptable:
Back to the Future, Breakfast Club, Platoon,
This were good: To Live & Die in L.A.
You left out: 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink, Ordinary People, Raging Bull, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Top Gun, ET, Do the Right Thing, and on and on and on.
To quote you, "None of the films you named were considered among "the best."
Your list contains not one thing I'd listen to, not even with your ears.
I didn't watch TV until 1988. All I know you missed are thirtysomething and LA Law.
And bellbottoms were from the '60s, you boob.
- For all the 80s lovers (like me), here's your thread:
- A gift awaits Oh, Dear in R70.
- I hate the 80s too. Mainly because I recently found out that my VERY serious girlfriend at the time (we were living together, etc), and who would later become my wife, was cheating on me all through college. So yeah, pretty much anything from 85-90 reminds me that our relationship was an utter fucking lie.
- The fashion for both men and women was extremely ugly. What I hated the most, were the shapeless, oversized clothes (harem trousers!), the male mullet and the permed or quasi-punky hair for women. I was 15 when the 80s ended and I remember being incredibly glad when January 1,1990 happened. I personally think the period between 1920 and 1970 was the most aesthetically appealing time period. As for politics: it has sucked throughout mankind's entire history.
- Those who disparage the 80s are just jealous: we had more fun during the 80s than all the other years put together. God, did we have a good time.
- [quote]KC was the '70s.
Na na na na na na na na na no.
Baby give it up, give it up, baby give it up.
Sad and bitter that pop music is more diverse and eclectic than it was 35 years ago.
- Let's take a vow, shall we? Our vow for 2015 is NO MORE '80s THREADS.... EVER!
I was born in 1995. I cannot relate to the '80s.
The movies... All sucked except for Out of Africa, Ordinary People, Dirty Dancing, and Reds.
The music... It ALL sucked. A bunch of squawky disco singers, lame sugar pop, screechy heavy metal, and synthesizer garbage. At least the '90s had good musics.
The literature... was there any?
The TV shows... All sucked, especially the lame-ass Facts of Life, Different Strokes, Dynasty, and Golden Girls that you all seem to worship.
Other reasons for the '80s ban... AIDS, Reagan, Republicans, terrible pop culture, terrible fashion, terrible hair, etc.
Please, friends. Do us all a favor. No more '80s... ever!
- I loved the '80s. I'm with R64. Granted, shit happened in the '80s. Not all of it was good. AIDS sucked. The republican led government was a downer, but there were a lot of good times. I was in my teens and twenties during the '80s and I have some awesome (totally awesome!) memories.
R78, you dislike the '80s, you say, because you A) weren't there, and B) don't get it. I was born in 1965. I did not live in the '50s, however, I love much from that decade. Lots of great music and movies from the '50s. If you think those four movies were the only good ones in the '80s, you haven't seen very many movies.
- R78, you bumped this two-year-old thread to say "No more threads like this one."
You make no sense.
- Good '80s music: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Depeche Mode, Rick James, U2, INXS, AC/DC, Crowded House, Go-Go's, R.E.M., Flock Of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Culture Club, Metallica, Rush, Husker Du, Cyndi Lauper, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Soft Cell, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, New Order, Prince, Devo, Blondie, Cheap Trick, Guns & Roses, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, and thousands more...
Movies: The Goonies, Back To The Future, Raiders Of Lost Ark, Indiana Jones & Temple Of Doom, Aliens, Batman, Lethal Weapon 1 & 2, Ordinary People, This is Spinal Tap, Airplane, Naked Gun, Fish Called Wanda, Sixteen Candles, No Way Out, Near Dark, Gremlins, Top Gun, Hannah & Her Sisters, Star Trek 2,3 & 4, The Quiet Earth, The Fly, Drugstore Cowboy, Terminator, Empire Strikes Back, Breakfast Club, Terms of Endearment, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Blade Runner, Superman 2, Tootsie, Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, Excalibur, Caddyshack, Do The Right Thing, Witness, Return Of The Jedi, The Shining, Pale Rider, Untouchables, Blood Simple, Rain Man, Die Hard, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dressed To Kill, Used Cars, Thief, The Killing Fields, Places In The Heart, Gandhi, Paris Texas, Sid & Nancy, Nightmare On Elm Street 1, 3 & 4, Return Of The Living Dead, Re-Animator, Scarface, When Harry Met Sally, Princess Bride, Roxanne, Planes Trains & Automobiles, All Of Me, Arthur, Stripes, Private Benjamin, Raging Bull, Coal Miner's Daughter, The Evil Dead.... and tons more.
- [quote]Good '80s music: U2, Go-Go's, R.E.M., Husker Du, Cyndi Lauper, Blondie...
[quote]Movies: Ordinary People, This is Spinal Tap, Airplane, Sixteen Candles, No Way Out, Top Gun, Hannah & Her Sisters, Drugstore Cowboy, Breakfast Club, Terms of Endearment, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Tootsie, Do The Right Thing, Witness, Blood Simple, Rain Man, The Killing Fields, Places In The Heart, Gandhi, Paris Texas, Sid & Nancy, Scarface, When Harry Met Sally, Roxanne, Arthur, Stripes, Private Benjamin, Raging Bull, Coal Miner's Daughter,...
Oh, and you left out the best movie of the 1980s, St. Elmo's Fire.
- Worst President, that's for sure. Worst style, yes but I loved the music and still love it.
- To me, Hip Hop is the worst music, probably because I'm older. I never enjoy Hip Hop. I guess it reminds me of music from the '50s, which I hate.
- There was plenty of great stuff in the Eighties.
My fave ‘80s movies: Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Top Gun, The Goonies, Heaven Help Us, Pretty In Pink, First Blood, Rambo – First Blood, part 2, Stand By Me, Mannequin, Streets of Fire, Angel, The Dresser, The Outsiders, Moscow On The Hudson, Popeye, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poet’s Society, Platoon, Born on the 4th Of July, St. Elmo's Fire.
My fave ‘80s music: Bruce Springsteen, Starship, Heart, Dire Straits, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Dionne Warwick, Cher, Bette Midler, Chicago, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, The Outfield, The Bangles, Bananarama, Dream Syndicate, Air Supply, Sheena Easton, Vanity 6, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Bonnie Tyler, John Mellencamp, The Fat Boys, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, NWA, Wang Chung, Nu Shooz, Simple Minds, Taylor Dayne, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Jermaine Stewart, The Nylons, Matthew Wilder, Sheila E, The Time, Pat Benatar, Stacy Q, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Ambrosia, Charlene, Wham!, George Michael, Hall ‘n’ Oates, Glass Tiger, Grace Jones, Boys Town Gang, Lime…
- The 80s were a fun time to be a teenager. MTV owned a piece of all of our brains!
But I can only imagine it was a living nightmare for urban gay men one generation older than us '80s teens.
- R81, I love your list of movies (some great ones on there, buckaroo), but, personally, I would also add “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade,” “Brazil,” “Bronco Billy,” “Blow Out,” “The Right Stuff,” “Eating Raoul,” “Maurice,” “Body Heat,” and “An Officer and a Gentleman.” To be definitive for me. Great list, though.
- Most.Boring.Datalounge.Topic.Ever. Yaaaaaawn.
OP: Ron Reagan Jr? Patti Davis? Larry Kramer?
- Love love love love the 80's. Grad H.S., started college, made friends I'm still in constant contact all over the world, the start of the fall of eastern european communism.
Concerts i attended: Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, OMD, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Madonna, REM, B-52's, Siouxie S, New Order, Police, more but can't remember.
Loved Nick Rhodes. Wore hair, make-up and clothes like him. Wanted to marry Pete Burns...yes he once was hot!!!
First trip to NYC to visit my friend at F.I T.
Met Iman while there! Also Downtown Julie Brown kissed me!
Went to europe twice, lived 6 mo. in Europe, lived in Brussels Belgium.
Got laid by a guy for first time!! I came without him even touching my penis...so we did it a few more times!
So much more! So many more incredible memories and stories. Gotta call some friends from 80's now!
Thanks for the thread, original OP! Sorry your life sucks. Hopefully you've killed yourself and we don't have to deal with your whining ass! LOL!
- R49, you sound like an absolute idiot.
- And you, R90, suffer from terminal bad taste.
- No good literature, R49? That just proves how much of a dolt you are. There were so many seminal novels and non-fiction books that came out in the 80s, it would take me hours to list them all. Not to mention the rise of the American short story.
As I said previously, you're an idiot.
- I take that back, R92. The 1980s was the best decade for literature in my lifetime. Gay male lit, anyway.
- I don't recall much of that time after early Dec '80 or so...
How odd, was I on some kind of bad trip again?
- The ‘80s were awesome for me, though I understand why it would have been a horror for many gay men. I lived in a smallish city in Florida, and was fortunate to have been untouched by the scourge of AIDS (at least until the period of 1991-1998, then I lost many, many friends). Life for me was fairly carefree. I was very aware of the plague and made sure I took precautions. I wish many of my friends had done the same.
I have so many great memories. My friends and I were all at our hottest. Nights cruising the strip and beach with my buddies - jamming AC/DC, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Joan Jett, The Police, and Rush. Hanging with friends at the beach, Spring Break every year, dancing until 4 A.M. at my favorite club to the hits of Duran Duran, New Order, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Depeche Mode, Devo, Billy Idol, Erasure, Madonna, Prince, etc., partying and just being young (I was 16 in 1980 and 25 in 1989). Lots of cable-tv channels (with far fewer commercials than today), I loved “Night Flight” on USA Network. It was better than MTV, even though I loved “music-era” MTV.
The movies were fun and all had a certain charm. TV was, in my opinion, at a nadir in the ‘80s. There were a few good shows, but most were crappy sitcoms (like Webster, Full House, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Diff’rent Strokes, It’s A Living, Joanie Loves Chachi, etc.). I rarely watched TV anyway, except for Magnum PI, Dynasty, Miami Vice (it was on Fridays so I recorded it on the VCR), Hill St. Blues, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, Cheers, and China Beach. I still think of the ‘80s and smile. The ‘90s? Not so much.
- The fucking music was amazing: ABC, ABBA, AC/DC, Adam & The Ants, Adam Ant, Aerosmith, Aldo Nova, April Wine, Asia, Autograph, Bananarama, Bangles, B52’s, Beastie Boys, Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Blue Oyster Cult, Bon Jovi, Book Of Love, Bronski Beat, Bruce Springsteen, The Call, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Cher, The Church, Cinderella, The Clash, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, Danzig, Devo, Depeche Mode, Dio, Dokken, Duran Duran, Echo & The Bunnymen, E.L.O., Elton John, Erasure, Fates Warning, The Fixx, Foreigner, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Front 242, Gary Numan, Genesis, George Michael, The Go-Go’s, Godley & Crème, Guns N’ Roses, Hall & Oates, Heart, Husker Du, INXS, Iron Maiden, J. Geils Band, Janet Jackson, Joan Jett/Blackhearts, Journey, Judas Priest, Kansas, Kiss, Kim Carnes, The Kinks, Krokus, Lita Ford, Loverboy, Lords Of Acid, Madonna, Metal Church, Metallica, Megadeth, Michael Jackson, Midnight Oil, Ministry, Motley Crue, Motorhead, New Order, Nine Inch Nails, Night Ranger, Outfield, Overkill, Ozzy Osbourne, Pat Benatar, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Pointer Sisters, Police, Prince, Quarterflash, Queen, Queensryche, Quiet Riot, R.E.M., Rainbow, Ramones, Ratt, Replacements, Rick James, Rick Springfield, Robert Palmer, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Rush, Sammy Hagar, Samhain, Savatage, Scorpions, Skinny Puppy, Slayer, Smithereens, The Smiths, Soundgarden, Styx, Survivor, Testament, Triumph, Twisted Sister, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, U2, Van Halen, W.A.S.P., Wang Chung, Wham!, When in Rome, Whitney Houston, X, Y&T, Yaz, ZZ Top…
- [quote]A small portion of the music in R96's list was amazing: Blondie, Bronski Beat, Bruce Springsteen, The Cars, The Clash, Police, R.E.M., Ramones, Replacements, Whitney Houston.
Some was moderately alright: Cyndi Lauper, The Go-Go’s, Husker Du, Kim Carnes, The Kinks, Pink Floyd, Pointer Sisters, Rolling Stones, Roxy Music, Smithereens, The Smiths, U2, Wang Chung.
The rest of your list sucked moose cock, R96.
- I feel deep embarrassment for anyone who actively participated in the 1980s.
- My fave rave groups and acts – Cher, Romantics, Lone Justice, Madness, Josie Cotton, Moon Zappa, The Waitresses, Jackson Browne, Psychedelic Furs, Altered Images, The Monroes, Bow Wow Wow, Bette Midler, Kim Wilde, Berlin, Missing Persons, REO Speedwagon, Feargal Sharkey, UB40, Sparks, Plasmatics, Romeo Void, Split Enz, Supertramp, Bobby McFerrin, Eddie Money, Blotto, Suicidal Tendencies, Debbie Harry (solo – I hated Blondie with passion), Jefferson Starship, Starship, Blancmange, Real Life, Expose, Gang Of Four, Public Image Ltd, Wham, and Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
- My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult - saw in Tampa, FL. But my fav album of theirs, 'Sexplosion', came out in '91. (close enough...)
Communards, Jimmy Summerville, Gene Loves Jezebel, Nina Hagan (New York, NEW YOOORK), Scritti Politti, Peter Schilling,
'We are going to another disco......'
- Would someone be a dear and start a thread where people could post favorite 80's music vids?
- GOOD TV IN THE ‘80s:
1) Magnum, P.I.
3) Miami Vice
4) Star Trek – The Next Generation
5) WKRP In Cincinnati
6) Barney Miller
10) Cheers / Married… With Children
Also, The Equalizer, SCTV, Saturday Night Live (1986-1990), Golden Girls, Designing Women, V, Police Squad!, St. Elsewhere, China Beach, Hill Street Blues.
- Too bad Madonna didn't get aids and die.
- Can someone identify this 80's song - it was a disco track from 1988 or 1989 - "In the City"?? And the dancers in the video were trannies? The song had a kind of tribal fashion show beat - was released about the same time as Buffalo Stance and Edelweis, and they used to play it all the time at C-Street on Halsted in Chicago?
- Ten Awesome ‘80s Movies:
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Back To The Future (1985)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Shining (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
Also, Ghostbusters, Batman, Lethal Weapon, The Evil Dead, Near Dark, Superman II, The Changeling, Clue, This is Spinal Tap, A Fish Called Wanda, The Naked Gun, Die Hard.
- THESE WERE THE ONLY GREAT/QUALITY/INTELLIGENT MOVIES OF THAT WRETCHED DECADE: Moonstruck, Reds, Hope & Glory, Chariots of Fire, The Color Purple, Hannah & Her Sisters, Making Love, Ordinary People, Out of Africa, Room with a View, My Left Foot, Gandhi, The Dresser, Passage To India, Pennies from Heaven, French Lieutenant’s Woman, Places in the Heart, Silkwood, The Mission, A Room With A View, Broadcast News, A Chorus Line, The Accidental Tourist. EVERYTHING ELSE WAS POPCORN, FLYOVER EXCREMENT MADE FOR RUBES AND TRASH. STICK RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK AND STAR WARS UP YOUR KAZOO! I HATE POPCORN, WHITE TRASH MOVIE FARE! MY LIST ACTUALLY REQUIRED AN I.Q. ABOVE 75.
Musically, Barbra was still putting out quality fare. I loved Vangelis. He was great, even his music for that popcorn Blade Runner space crap. Cher was at the top of her game. I worshiped Frank Sinatra, still a stunner in the '80s. Other great ones: Sheena Easton, Bernadette Peters, The Nylons. Everything else was music for rubes.
- r106, you're a snob.
But I'm sure you know that already.
- R106's movie list is the best yet. I loved:
Chariots of Fire
I liked a lot:
Hannah & Her Sisters
Out of Africa
Room with a View
My Left Foot
Places in the Heart
- R106 I agree with everything you said in your post except the inclusion of "broadcast news" to the list of "Intelligent movies"
"Broadcast news" was white trash movie fare!
- R104. Are you talking about the group Inner City?
I can't think of what you are referring to. Any other details?
- Maybe R104 is talking about the '88 remix of "Hot in the City" by Billy Idol?
- R110, R111, Gawd don't you hate that - trying to remember a song, from a one-hit wonder, no artist, sucks - not Inner City (Big Fun, though it was that same time frame, yes), not Billy Idol - I recall that the dancers in the video were, in fact, trannies/cross-dressers - they were filmed in silhouette against a white background - the beat was unmistakable, I can even hum it right now, but what good will that do me. I should try and get my hands on a tablet with Shazam. One piece of the lyric I recall was "... In the city" and then the signature beat... Damn...
- I loved the 80s for the most part. Don't really get the music thing. 80s music is pretty broad. Did you not seek out anything different?
- [quote]80s music is pretty broad. Did you not seek out anything different?
- I love how posters are just proving that that decade sucked.
- R113. Music pretty much defined the 80's in regards to movies, fashion, pop culture, TV, etc.
If you are talking about 'didn't you sit around contemplating the universe?' and 'why weren't you protesting the plight of the Mexican grape picker', then no, most of us didn't because most of us posting now were in high school and college at the time.
Although I did take Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, among other while in college. But I studied while listening to XTC and I looked fabulous with my black eyeliner and broach pinned to my thrift store jacket.
- [quote]I looked fabulous with my black eyeliner and broach pinned to my thrift store jacket.
R116 flunked spelling. Too much eyeliner.
- R117. You are the one that has scoured each post looking for errors in order to post some snarky reply.
Are you always this unlikable or did you just find out you have full blown AIDS?
- Exactly, r49 is too young to have an opinion.
Go to bed, junior.
- The '90s gave us Caroline in the City, The Macarena, Batman & Robin, flannel and President Bush.
- Music of the 1990s was so much better = Paula Cole, Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morrissette, Smash Mouth, Spice Girls, NSync, Backstreet Boys, Sugar Ray, Everclear, Jay Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Brandy, Monica, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, Beck, Spin Doctors, Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, Liz Phair, Notorious B.I.G., Weezer, Hootie & The Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, 2 Pac, TLC, Oasis, Pulp, Coolio, R Kelly, Sublime, Hanson, Third Eye Blind, Chumbawamba, Deep Blue Something, Celine Dion, Puff Daddy, Michael Bolton, Britney Spears, Lauren Hill, Blink 182, Shania Twain... much better than crappy 80s.
Wimpy 80s sucked shit. 90s rules forever.
- So what, R118? You liked the '80s.
- R121, Your list is not much of a defense for the '90s. You have nothing "edgy" on there. All you've listed is a bunch of lame sugar pop and Top 40 garbage. The '90s had some awesome stuff, but not the pablum mainstream garbage you have listed. I love both the '80s and the '90s, but I would give the edge to the '80s for edgy, envelope pushing, and influential music.
- The nineties ushered in the world we endure now -- after the Wall fell in 1989, it was all over.
Notice how things have improved since we are mad at the Russians again? Cheap gas is just one example.
If we don't have an outside enemy, we start turning on each other, and tha is what the last 25 years have been about.
- I was born in 1965 and I loved the '80s. I had a blast! Great tunes, great movies, great friends, great times!
- I started gay life (going out, hooking up) late 80s. Small town boy in the big city, thought the video bars with dance floors were beyond awesome. I always think of this song and the super hot guy when I think of the 80s. The bars played the video over and over.
- R126, oh yeah! I'd totally forgotten about that one, thank you!!
- I hated the 80s, too.
- Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Queen, New Order, Ac/Dc, Rush, Cyndi Lauper, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Van Halen, The Cure, Madonna, Prince, Springsteen, ZZ Top, Danzig, and Erasure... Those acts defined the '80s for me.
- How about Prince, The Cars and R.E.M.?
- R102, I LOVED "Police Squad!" - LOL. Its sequel -"The Naked Gun" - is my favorite comedy ever!
- The Cars were at their best in the 70's. Late 70's.
- R126, '80s gay clubs were amazing. I loved the video bars.
- [quote]no wonder that generation is fucked up and bitter.
This irony is so rich, it must be fattening.
- Except for Springsteen, R129, poor you.
- My '80s = Devo, Blondie, The Clash, The B-52's, The Police, The Fixx, Stray Cats, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, U2, INXS, The Cure, Adam & The Ants, The Vapors, Gary Numan, XTC, Ramones, David Bowie, The Go-Go's, Madness, Oingo Boingo, Boomtown Rats, Rolling Stones, X, Cheap Trick, Joe Jackson, A Flock of Seagulls, Rush, ABC, Modern English, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lene Lovich, etc.
- R135, What the fuck did you listen to in the '80s? Chicago? Air Supply? I love R129's list. Those were some of my faves too.
- I moved "the fuck" to classical music, R137, I found popular music so shitty.
In the '80s, the only popular music I listened was by Bruce, Talking Heads, the Police, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt, all holdovers from the '70s (and in some cases, the '60s). I didn't buy a Blondie album after 1979, nor any by the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Clash or most other punk groups.
Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Mahler were my musical destiny in that hideous decade, and I have actually had moments in which I am grateful out loud that the popular music of the '80s was so repulsive.
In the late '80s, I discovered Joe Jackson, Billy Bragg, and the Replacements. In the '90s, I would find Alex Chilton, Big Star, and Chris Bell (gay, you know).
Kindertotenlieder was the perfect music for the first AIDS decade. And Mahler's 6th. Yay, Gustav. Yay, Alma.
- R121 must be a troll post. Smashmouth? The spice girls? You should be embarrased.
80s pop was very innovative. 90s? Not so much.
- 10% return on my tax free municipal bonds.
The 80s were fucking fabulous.
- Where did you people hear most of the music you are posting? Most of what's posted is far out of the main-stream. I remember Madonna, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, and Springsteen being played a lot on the radio, but I never cared for any of them.
In the '80s, I listened what was on my FM station of choice. Some off the top of my head: I loved Huey Lewis & The News (the only hard rockers I ever cared for), Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Bonnie Tyler, Juice Newton, Eddie Rabbitt, Air Supply, Elton John, Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Dionne Warwick, Cher, Bette Midler, Ashford & Simpson, Richard Clayderman, James Ingram, Paul McCartney, Sergio Mendez, Al Jarreau, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tina Turner, Boz Scaggs, Irene Cara, Donna Summer.
Those were really the mainstream artists who sold albums by the millions. Like I said, a few others like Madonna and Prince were big with the teeny-bopper set, but were not played on adult radio. I was in my 20's and 30's in the 1980's and did not care for whatever was on MTV. Acid Rock/Metal were popular with the unwashed degenerates, but most of those bands did not sell particularly well, as I recall.
I remember a few teens who tried to be "on the edge" liked Depeche Mode and the like, but those bands were not played on mainstream radio and did not sell in large numbers in the U.S. I suspect a few of you are trying to look "cooler" than you actually were in the '80s. Sure, you all listened to Mettalica, Madonna and The Cure. I'm so sure.
What I listed is what was played on adult radio and Top 40 shows like "Solid Gold." Main-stream is called main-stream for a reason. It's what we all liked.
- Oh, please, R141! Are you my mom? That's what she listened to in the '80s. She was in her late 30's and early 40's and that was HER music. I was in my teens and twenties during that decade and I did listen to Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Cars, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, and Madonna. Millions of us did. All of those acts were massive sellers (yes, even in the U.S.).
I did not care for most metal (acid rock was a '60s term, by the way), but millions did. Acts like Metallica, Priest, Maiden, Ozzy, Scorpions, Kiss, Motley Crue, Rush, AC/DC, etc. sold in the tens of millions in the '80s and packed arenas around the world (including the U.S. - which is where they did much of their business).
You obviously never ventured away from Adult Contemporary stations on your radio dial. Get a clue!
- R141, Huey Lewis and the News were not even close to "hard rock." They were a very mainstream pop band. A decent band, but far from hard rock.
- There was a lot of great music in those days. From a black perspective, some of my favorites were 2 Live Crew, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, Fat Boys, N.W.A., Salt n Pepa, M/A/R/R/S, Jermaine Jackson, Prince & the Revolution, Rick James, Teena Marie, Pointer Sisters, Zapp/Roger, Stacy Lattisaw, Stephanie Mills, Kool & The Gang, Billy Ocean, New Edition, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Marvin Gaye, Martha Wash, Kurtis Blow, Ms. Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Nenah Cherry, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Just-Ice, Nice & Smooth, Jungle Brothers, The Time, Too Short, Kool Moe Dee, Ice-T, MC Lyte, Eazy-E, Big Daddy Kane, Whodini, Geto Boys, Young M.C., and many more.
- R141. Not bad. I actually laughed out loud at a few parts. Post more like this in other threads!
- Android lounge music:
- My favorite horror movies from the '80s (with apologies to Oscar-bait movie snobs):
1. An American Werewolf in London - 1981
2. The Evil Dead - 1981 (wide release 1983)
3. Return of the Living Dead - 1985
4. Near Dark - 1987
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street - 1984
6. The Changeling - 1980
7. Re-Animator - 1985
8. Fright Night - 1985
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 - Dream Warriors - 1987
10. Friday the 13th - 1980
Favorite non-horror films: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, A Fish Called Wanda, Airplane!, Terms of Endearment, Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, The Terminator, and Back To The Future.
- I was born in '63, so I was in my prime in the '80s.
My favorite musical artists were - Alan Parsons Project, Yes, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Ministry, Genesis, Metallica, The Smithereens, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Husker Du, The Replacements, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Madness, The Smiths, U2, INXS, Duran Duran, Saga, Rush, and Golden Earring.
Movies: Lost in America, Local Hero, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Thief, The Empire Strikes Back, Batman, Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Superman II, Repo Man, The Quiet Earth, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Brazil, Airplane, Naked Gun, Heavy Metal, Excalibur, The Abyss, On Golden Pond, WarGames, Ferris Bueller, and The Dresser.
TV? Not much. I was too busy partying and living it up as a young gay man. I did love 120 Minutes on MTV and Night Flight on USA. I liked Fridays, Saturday Night Live (after early 80s slump), SCTV, and Cheers. I watched a lot of TV in the '70s but checked out around 1981 and did not start watching again until the mid-'90s.
- I agree, Reagan was the worst thing that ever happened to the country. The end of the middle class and the takeover by the super rich. The world will never be the same.
- Best '80s movies...
Chariots of Fire - best and most exciting movie ever made. Period.
A Room With a View
Out of Africa
Places in the Heart
Hannah and Her Sisters - the only great comedy of the decade.
Ordinary People - a little over-rated but still wonderful.
The Natural - I loathe most sports movies but this was a winner.
The Eighties were a wasteland for movies (thank Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Lucas for that). I preferred the theatre. Broadway was astounding in the 1980s. I could go on all day about it (and I have on our Broadway threads). Like I said, I mainly went to live theatre in NYC and read great literature.
- R151, Chariots of Fire, exciting? Jeezus. I fell asleep while trying to watch that thing back in '81. I tried again on TV a year or so later and fell asleep again. That movie was about as exciting as watching grass growing or paint drying.
- Gawd, R151, your movie list is the equivalent of horse tranquilizers.
- Talking Heads, Bowie, Martha & The Muffins, Oingo Boingo, The Waitresses, Joe Jackson, The Pretenders, The Cars, Blondie, Scritti Politti, X, Yaz, Yello, Devo, Madness, U2, Go-Gos, B52s, Split Enz, Sparks, Toni Basil, ABC, Katrina & the Waves, Soft Cell, Kraftwerk, Naked Eyes, Simple Minds, Elvis Costello, Vapors, Gary Numan, Los Lobos, Billy Idol, Romantics, The Knack, Iggy Pop, Dexy's Midnight Runners, David Johannsen, Smiths, Blotto, Bauhaus, Lene Lovich, The Nerves, The Cramps, Josie Cotton, Bow Wow Wow, Kim Wilde, Adam Ant.
- What production. Now this is the jam. Liquid LSD not included:
- Best music ever = Duran Duran, Human League, ABC, Kajagoogoo, Soft Cell, Wham, and Culture Club.
- In goes Ordinary People, thanks for the idea r151.
- What R151 said.
- Let's not forget
- My favorite films of the 1980s:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade
Empire Strikes Back
The Dark Crystal
The Princess Bride
Runner Up: Star Trek II, III, and IV.
- [quote]What [R151] said.
Uh, no. Except for Ordinary People, that list is a boring dreary mess.
- Uh, no, R161. You must be a boring, dreary mess.
- r151, r158 and r162 are obvious prisses.
- [quote][R151], [R158] and [R162] are obvious prisses.
I'd say they're majoring in pretention, minoring in priss.
- Music: USA for Africa, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Rick James, and Run-DMC.
Movies: The Color Purple, The Last Dragon, Do The Right Thing, Beat Street, Mississippi Burning, Coming To America, Purple Rain, Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Wiz.
TV: Cosby Show, 227, A Different World, The Jeffersons, Webster, Diff'rent Strokes, What's Happening Now?
- R165, LOL. I bet it would actually be Molly Hatchet, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Oak Ridge Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Loretta Lynn, and Alabama under music. LOL. We love KKKelt though.
- The '80s were tubular to the max. Like, Ohmigod! Fur sure. Totally.
The '90s? Like barf out. Gross me out the door. Gag me with a spoon!
- I hated the 80s, too.
- Olivia Newton-John owned 1980-1984.
Madonna owned 1984-1989 (and beyond).
- College at UT in Austin, Texas (1983-1987). Best time of my life. I loved the '80s. Austin had lots of hot gay studs in those days. Yummy. Lots of hot muscular blonds.
- I was born in 1972. I was a kid in the '80s but I have great memories. Seeing E.T., Dark Crystal, 16 Candles, The Goonies, Back To The Future, Explorers, Batman, playing with my friends, great neighborhood, terrific family and friends. I miss the simplicity of my life back then.
- R169, Please. Olivia Newton-Bore? Grandmadonna? It was Janet Jackson, all the way bitches!
- Another 80s thread? Hasta la vista, baby.
- R154 R156 You left out THE best.
- R151 was here yesterday all over this thread. He was insulting anyone who didn't listen to classical music or read the actual literary classics. In addition, he would point out any post in which the poster had incorrectly spelt a word or used a wrongly placed comma.
A real joy.
- Eurythmics, bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!
- R161, Ordinary people was awful. It depressed the shit out of me.
- Ah, the '80s. My first love (summer of 1981) was a hot blond who looked just like Leo Ford (much smaller cock though). I loved him so. I'm friends with him a Facebook now. I wish we could re-kindle.
- It is depressing, but so many are.
- Cameo, Slave, Dazz Band, etc.
- The early 80s punk was great - "Argy Bargy," "Eastside Story", "Evidently Chickentown". Then music got mainstream & mediocre (Madonna), just like the country.
- My twenties. The best time of my life. I turned 20 on Jan. 2, 1980 and 30 on Jan. 2, 1990. I lived it up and had the time of my life... cautiously, of course. I made it through happy and healthy.
- [quote]Ordinary people was awful. It depressed the shit out of me.
It had Timothy Hutton in a Speedo, and that's good enough for me.
- [quote]The 80s gave us this song which is probably the best song of the last 25 years.
- Also, he had a blue v-neck sweater just like one I owned, R183.
- [quote]Madonna owned 1984-1989 (and beyond).
I don't think so.
Miss Jackson came along in 1986 and swooped down on the music industry in all her dressed-up-to-here-in-black-dom and wrecked shop for the next decade and a half.
- R186 & R169, you are equally valid proof that the '80s was the worst of times.
- Janbot has arrived.
- "Well, historians have pointed out that Reagan restored the country's morale, allowing people to believe that personal wealth and big accomplishments were possible again."
Ronald Reagan was full of shit. But people bought into his jingoism and "morning in America" garbage. It was all an illusion, a beautiful dream that did NOT come true for most people. That worship of money was destructive and ruinous. Yeah, American's "morale" was improved during Reagan's Reign. But it was like believing in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. It wasn't REAL. It was all a big, fat lie.
- WW for R190.
- "allowing people to believe that personal credit and big credit were possible again."
- r191 lost, wandering aimlessly. desperately seeking something meaningful...
- Loved Evelyn Champagne King and just about every artist mentioned above.
I went to Evelyn's concert in a bad neighborhood BITD and couldn't get a cab. Not good, but Evelyn was HEAVEN to me, my baby gay self. I hope this brings back great memories.
I did survive my displacement, Evelyn was wonderful, a great memory.
- Most '80s music was awesome (Eurythmics, Duran Duran, Metallica, AC/DC, Flock Of Seagulls, Joan Jett, Guns N Roses, The Smith, etc.). I think '90s Top 40 music was the worst in history (Smash Mouth, Paula Cole, Shania Twain, Alanis, Sugar Ray, Goo-Goo Dolls, etc.). I love much of the music of the '90s, just not what was on pop radio.
- ACCORDING TO MY IPHONE....
SOUNDGARDEN - BLACK HOLE SUN
AC/DC - PLAY BALL
AC/DC - YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG
AC/DC - IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP
RADIOHEAD - CREEP
GREEN DAY - BASKET CASE
ROLLING STONES - SHE'S SO COLD
FOO FIGHTERS - MY HERO
OFFSPRING - COME OUT AND PLAY
BLACK SABBATH - INTO THE VOID
STP - INTERSTATE LONG SONG
NIRVANA - COME AS YOU ARE
KISS - C'MON AND LOVE ME
METALLICA - ENTER SANDMAN
DEEP PURPLE - BURN
OFFSPRING - SELF ESTEEM
- R196, Oops! Wrong thread, lol.
- I turned into a teen literally overnight towards the end of the 80's and the fashion was the shit (note THE shit, not shit) All tight lacoste polos and tennis fashion. Now I must say I am referring to the UK and also what a 13 year old wears to the school disco is hardly the basis for fashion but I loved it. Stayed the same right into 1992 although with slightly bolder colours. Also the music was amazing - forming the basis of my clubbing days in the mid 90's. All based on 80's samples and loops. Glory days but I don't believe you can say you lived properly in the 80's if you were only a kid. You know, no sex, drugs or cock and hole.
- [quote]You know, no sex, drugs or cock and hole.
And no medications to keep you alive yet.
- R199, we had condoms and lube. Those of us who used them properly are still here, happy and healthy. I was born in May of 1965. I was fortunate that I was of an age that when I was becoming sexually active in the gay way, AIDS was just beginning to get a lot of press (early-83ish). I was (thankfully) able to take the precautions necessary.
The '80s were a terrific time for me. I was very cautious, and here I am in 2015 (at age 49.5) and I'm still happy and healthy.
- Whatever decade the OP is from, was the worst decade ever.
- I hate the '80s too. Bad movies, bad music.
I do like Reagan. Yes, I'm gay, and I think he got a bad rap on AIDS. He wasn't perfect, but he funded research year after year starting in 1983 in ever increasing amounts.
Not a single person died of AIDS because of Ronald Reagan.
- I will turn 50 this coming summer. I have lived through half of the '60s, all of the '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, and over half of the '10s. I have been very happy in every decade of my life. Every era had good and bad. I focus on the good.
I am a naturally happy guy, so I tend to look at every era of my life in a positive light. The '80s were a blast for me. Think positively and be happy in your life. You only go around once. Live, love and smile.
- I loved the movies, my faves were War Games, Top Gun, St. Elmo's Fire, About Last Night, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Red Dawn, First Blood, Sixteen Candles, The Hitcher, Pretty In Pink, Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Young Guns, and The Lost Boys.
- LMFAO. I must be too young for this thread. I know absolutely NO '80s pop culture. I have never seen any of these movies or heard this music, except a couple of cheesy songs. Most people today know the 90s and beyond but it seems like earlier pop culture is completely forgotten.
- R202 = Adam (homophobe, nazi) Baldwin.
- R205, "most people today" actually lived through the 80s, idiot.
- Best '80s Songs....
Send Me An Angel - Real Life
99 Luftballons - Nena
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Sweet Dreams - Eurythmics
Let's Dance - David Bowie
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Undercover of the Night - Rolling Stones
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
Don't You Want Me - Human League
I Ran - A Flock of Seagulls
Union of the Snake - Duran Duran
- R208, Love you song list, though I would add 'The Promise' by When in Rome and 'Situation' by Yaz A/K/A/ Yazoo.
- r202 is perhaps the biggest piece of horseshit ever posted to this site.
- AIDS research was chronically under-funded. When doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health asked for more funding for their work on AIDS, they were routinely denied it. Between June 1981 and May 1982 the CDC spent less than $1 million on AIDS and $9 million on Legionnaire’s Disease. At that point more than 1,000 of the 2,000 reported AIDS cases resulted in death; there were fewer than 50 deaths from Legionnaire’s Disease. This drastic lack of funding would continue throughout the Reagan years.
- But there was no “AIDSgate” for Reagan; the White House agreed with the Religious Right that gays deserved what they got – they deserved to die.
Rev. Jerry Falwell, head of the Moral Majority, said, “AIDS is the wrath of God upon homosexuals.” Patrick Buchanan, Reagan’s Press Secretary, said AIDS was “nature’s revenge on gay men.” Antigay Gary Bauer, Reagan’s domestic policy advisor, kept Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (selected because he was an anti-abortion Christian fundamentalist) away from Reagan:
”[In 1986] President Reagan asked the surgeon general to prepare a report on AIDS as the United States confirmed its ten-thousandth case. Leaders of the evangelical movement did not want Koop to write the report, nor did senior White House staffers who shared Koop’s evangelical convictions. As Dr. Koop related to me, “Gary Bauer [Reagan's chief advisor on domestic policy] … was my nemesis in Washington because he kept me from the president. He kept me from the cabinet and he set up a wall of enmity between me and most of the people that surrounded Reagan because he believed that anybody who had AIDS ought to die with it. That was God’s punishment for them.”
- Early '80s music was great. The Cars, Devo, Blondie, The B-52's, David Bowie, Cheap Trick, Thompson Twins, Eurythmics, The Stray Cats, The Police, AC/DC, Queen, Kiss, Duran Duran, Gary Numan, Judas Priest, Van Halen, U2, A Flock of Seagulls, The Go-Go's, Pretenders, Roxy Music, INXS, Human League, Soft Cell, Adam & The Ants, Rod Stewart, J. Geils Band, Asia, The Cure...
- I will take 80s music over the current climate of no talent n1gger ass auto tuned Beyonce crap anytime. It all went downhill after shit like Mariah Carey and Nirvana became popular.
- Dynasty, Dallas, Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Flamingo Road, The Colbys, Magnum PI, Miami Vice, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, M*A*S*H, Soap, Barney Miller, Vegas, Taxi, Golden Girls, Newhart, Cheers, Jeffersons, Not Necessarily The News, Amazing Stories... AND lots and lots of MTV. I was a TV watchin' teen queen.
- Best Comedy Movies Ever: Airplane!, Caddyshack, Used Cars, 9 to 5, Bronco Billy, Stir Crazy, Private Benjamin, Stripes, Arthur, An American Werewolf In London, History of the World-Part I, Airplane 2: The Sequel!, Porky's, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Last American Virgin, 48 Hours, Tootsie, The Man With Two Brains, The Meaning of Life, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Vacation, A Christmas Story, All Of Me, Sixteen Candles, Top Secret!, Ghostbusters, This is Spinal Tap, Back To The Future, European Vacation, After Hours, Big Trouble In Little China, Ruthless People, Ferris Bueller, Lost Boys, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Lethal Weapon 1 & 2, Roxanne, Raising Arizona, Naked Gun, A Fish Called Wanda, Midnight Run, Working Girl, When Harry Met Sally.
- R216, Great list, but you left out one of my favorites, "Lost in America" from '85. I would also consider "The Return of the Living Dead" to be a great horror/comedy.
- R216 - Love almost all of those movies. I would add Tammy's "Risky Business" (her only really good movie). Otherwise, a prime list.
- OP lost me after saying disparaging remarks towards punk rock. It was one of the best things that happened in the 80's. The rest of you can have your bullshit pop culture.
- Live Aid (July 13, 1985) was the concert event of the decade. Queen, Madonna, U2, David Bowie, Black Sabbath reunion, Led Zeppelin reunion, The Who reunion, Judas Priest, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Ultravox, Sade, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Rick Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bryan Adams, Beach Boys, Pretenders, The Cars, Santana, George Thorogood, Hall & Oates, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kenny Loggins, Thompson Twins, REO Speedwagon, Paul Young. I had the entire concert recorded on VHS tapes off of MTV.
- R220, I would have loved to have attended Live Aid in Philly. I missed it. I did attend one festival concert, The US Festival - Days One & Two in May of '83: Day Two: Day One: The Clash, Divinyls, INXS, English Beat, Flock of Seagulls, Men At Work. Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Triumph, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue. I missed Day 3 with Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Berlin, etc. Great show though.
- I LOVED THE '70S AND '80S. HATED THE '90S. LOVED THE '00S.
- Damn iPhone. Jumbled my shit all up. Should have read:
I would have loved to have attended Live Aid in Philly. I missed it. I did attend one festival concert, The US Festival - Days One & Two in May of '83:
Day One: The Clash, Divinyls, INXS, English Beat, Flock of Seagulls, Men At Work.
Day Two: Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Triumph, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue.
I missed Day 3 with Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Berlin, etc. Great show though.
- Coming To America
- No one really understood what was going on between June 1981 and May 1982.
Each year from 1983 on increasing millions were allocated for AIDS. Passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan.
Again, not one single person died of AIDS because of Ronald Reagan.
- You'll be joining Uncle Ronnie in hell when you die, R225. You'll both be roasting there [italic]in reliquum tempus[/italic].
- [quote] Worst frikking holocaust (plague)
With all due respect, I think the influenza pandemic of 1917-1920ish was a tad worse.
- Honest to God, r225, what part do you not get? Reagan spent more on Legionnnaires Disease than AIDS even though it affected a tiny fraction of the number of people. Why? Because they were not overwhelmingly gay.
I mean, what would fucking convince you? What proof do you need that hasn't already been presented?
- Me too
- I was a kid/teenager in the 80's so I love that decade. OP is a party pooper.
- Oops....I meant not one single person[bold] lived[/bold] with AIDS because of Ronald Reagan.
- r171, sounds like he grew up in a Steven Spielberg movie.
- Thankfully I was born in 1990 and did not have to breathe one minute of 80s air. Fuck the 80s the worst ever.
- Fuck tha 80ties
- I spent the 80s in college and as a ski bum. Life was good.