Skip to comments.Everything You Loved, and Hated, About the '80s
Posted on 04/14/2013 11:05:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Enter Our Matrix of Milestones, Music, and Memories
Being Born is a good place to start XD
The big 80s were certainly a great decade for me.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Throw Mama From The Train
And the Jerry Lewis / Dean Martin reunion on the Telethon.
Also, Sinatra was still alive.
The entire LA punk scene was great.
X was great
Crime Story and Miami Vice, getting out of the Corps, my 1965 Catalina Covertible, my 1983 Eldorado Biarritz, my 1989 Z-24 Convertible...
The end of Disco
One of the best -- President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul.
Having Reagan as a 2 term president. You just knew the nation was in good hands with his leadership and it was a fairly profitable decade in American history.
Yup, I remember when Reagan came out for his 2nd term victory speech and the crowd was chanting “4 more years - 4 more years” and Reagan said something like “I think that was just arranged”
What I loved about the’80s:
I was in my 20s.
You can’t have the 80’s without Rubiks Cube.
Amen Skooz. Reason enough.
Reagan made it a most perfect decade.
Got the best job I ever "had".
Lost a very good friend.
A lot of the music, the movies, the world leaders, not even half the Marxist crap in our country today.
From the motorhead perspective, 1980s cars were cool because they were the best of two worlds. They were modern in the sense of being fuel injected and using electronic engine management, but they weren’t so complex that you couldn’t work on them. They struck the perfect balance. I’ve got two cars from the 1980s — a Toyota and a BMW, both in headturningly excellent condition — and they are simply great cars.
From the cultural perspective, the 1980s was the last decade that was still rooted in traditional America. I was in elementary school in the 1980s and several of my teachers were women in their fifties, as was the principle, who set the tone for the school. They were educated and started their careers in the 1950s. That was the culture they taught, though of course somewhat modified by their experiences in the 1960s and 1970s. The 1980s was the last decade where people in power positions within the educational establishment had their roots in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Musicwise I’ll just post this as something good that the eighties gave us:
Great music (ELO, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, etc, etc)
and terrible music (”Ebony and Ivory”, “The Doggone Girl is Mine”, “To all the girls I’ve Loved Before”, “Woman”)