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Boba Rhett
09-22-2003, 03:51 AM
I'd rather forget about most of the things that happened in the 80's and I think most people feel the same way. :D

But what are some of the things you actually liked about that decade?

For me, the one thing that immediately pops to mind are the cartoons! Anyone else remember all the rocking cartoons? Cartoons of this generation suck. :( They've all but killed saturday mornings.

... I can't remember much else I liked so I'll ramble about the sucky stuff. :D


The hair. WHAT was that all about? Everyone who didn't have a huge fluffed up mess had a "business up front and party in the back" do that you only find in the scariest of the scary trailer parks today.

The music. With the exception of a handful of tunes, I'd like to put all of it in a big wooden box and throw it in the river.

The clothing. What was with all the headbands and sockless loafer wearing? How did that ever catch on? :confused:


I'm done ranting now so you guys pick up where I left off. :D


EDIT: Oh wait! The games totally rocked! You can play a ton of them here (http://www.tripletsandus.com/80s/80s_games/arcade.htm).

Ray Jones
09-22-2003, 07:45 AM
haties of the 80's:
leather tie's
the color combos in the clothing styles
the hairdo's
hairspray
in fact most of the music
most of the fashion



goodies of the 80's:
Atari games
telegames (those little pre-gameboy thingys)
tv series like MacGyver, Airwolf, A-Team, Knight Rider .. etc..
the end of the gdr/ socialism
changes in the man - woman relation/ role modeling
casio watches
CD's
double tape decks
my 4 - 13th birthday :)

Sherack Nhar
09-22-2003, 09:23 AM
One word: Transformers.

R0XX0RZ!!

WolfmanNCSU
09-22-2003, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the games link. It brought back some memories. Pacman and defender. Love it. But wait, no Zelda. I loved Zelda. I played it the other day on my emulator. It was sweet! Got the whole triforce, going for the princess. Its amazing I knew where every secret shop, room, etc, still are.

Clefo
09-22-2003, 02:05 PM
Horrible, "Why?" you ask? "Yuppies"

Sivy
09-22-2003, 02:37 PM
whats the best thing about the 80s?


er... STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ok so ANH was '77 but ESB and ROTJ were both 80s movies, as well as the indiana jones movies.

so really the 80s were good for movies.

yes and all the old TV shows like knight rider, a-team, street hawk, battlestar galacticia, the littliest hobo, airwolf were good.
the computer games like frogger, arkanoid etc. they might not have been great but were very addictive.

worst thing about the 80s?
the music and fashion i.e boy george, wham, spandex, leg warmers etc.
there is one fashion exception... the Super Tight Mini skirt.

Snafu7
09-22-2003, 05:11 PM
I agree with Rhett, the cartoons nowadays suck.
There was some good music but most of it was really, really bad.

Zygomaticus
09-22-2003, 05:58 PM
I don't remember anything from the 80s except one time when I was beating up my little sister :eek:

;)

Generally though, I love some of the music. I find 80s music more appealing than the music of today.

There were also some great movies made - Indiana Jones, Star Wars sequels...

I don't know about anything "bad" per se, but yes, the fashion was sort of weird...I look at my parents' old photos and they had these huge square-shaped glasses... weeeirdd :p Now they wear "normal" glasses :D

another_trooper
09-23-2003, 12:13 AM
Originally posted by krkode

Generally though, I love some of the music. I find 80s music more appealing than the music of today.
normal" glasses :D

damn right my man !
The 90's were good too,
but nowadays with stuff like 50cents or Jay-Z going around all the time, it makes me want to put on some Cypress Hill or Coolio. . .

Compa_Mighty
09-23-2003, 02:59 AM
I was born in the 80's... that was worth the decade :D

Well, since I only lived 3 years in that decade, I don't have much conscience of living in it, but I can say some good things about it:

-U2
-Michael Jackson (he was at his best in the 80's)

Darth Groovy
09-23-2003, 03:13 AM
All the clothes in the 80's were the worst...

loud, bright colors, bermudas, pastels *cringes*

Lots of my favorite movies came out in the 80's:

The Lost Boys
Indianna Jones
Ferris Buehler's Day Off
Wierd Science
Bladerunner
Predator
Aliens
Robocop
Empire Strikes Back

Some good songs:

Love And Rockets - "So Alive"
INXS - "Need You Tonite"
ZZ Top - "Sharp Dressed Man"
Van Halen - "Jump"
Michael Jackson - "Billy Jean"
Billy Joel - "It's Still Rock & Roll to Me"
Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The USA"
Dire Strieghts - "Money For Nothing"
New Order - "Blue Monday"

Oh hell too many to name.....

Zoom Rabbit
09-23-2003, 06:11 AM
Horrible (http://www.cnn.com/US/9908/17/youth.violence.02/hillary.clinton.jpg):

Plastic shoes on girls
Guys with makeup
Whiney soulless synthesizer rock

Great (http://www.101funpages.com/html/imgs/page_imgs/friends_forever/monkeys.jpg):

Highlander
Paint ball guns
Turning Japanese*

New code: Hello Kitty (http://www.comfortage.com/assets/chairs/hellok/hello%20kitty.jpg) for victory--Hello Kitty (http://www.worldofbeverage.net/people/julie/images/weave.jpg) for Satan!

Not the song. :dozey: I mean literally, turning Japanese (http://www.toy-soldiers.ca/eoi/scd204.jpg)...

edlib
09-23-2003, 10:31 AM
As someone who "came of age" in said decade, I should be able to conjure up a detailed list of impressive magnitude... but for some reason it escapes me... Anyway, here's a few quick impressions:

The music wasn't all bad,.. especially if your were a heavy-metal fan. And then there was always Wierd Al and Dr. Demento...

The hair was bad... I had a bad hair style. Eveyone did. So were the clothes... but hey! How many decades can stand up to that kind of scrutiny from 20 years out?

The women were sexier. Of course, at the time I was a teenager, so... well, draw your own conclusions...

Videogames were cooler. They were new and exciting, and you had to hang out in dingy, windowless arcades filled with shady characters in order to play them, so it was an edgy activity as well. All the home consoles had a definite "cheese-factor" but the games were fun.

Even a lot of the "Cool" kids played Dungeons & Dragons. Again,.. the parents didn't understand it and thought it had occult overtones, so you felt edgy playing it. Now we look back and see that we were just nerds... oh well.

Darth Groovy
09-23-2003, 08:46 PM
Let's not forget one of the greatest films of all time Brazil (http://www.moviemalls.com/B/brazil.htm)!!!

Sherack Nhar
09-23-2003, 10:06 PM
The only time when women were actually sexier than other eras was the middle-ages... back then, women actually had something called "flesh" and were praised for it >_>

Boba Rhett
09-24-2003, 12:04 AM
You know, I'd agree with you but then I start thinking of the bathing rituals of the average person then and I part ways with that idea. :D

edlib
09-24-2003, 01:38 PM
I would also have to point out that statement probably wasn't true for anyone outside of the wealthy upper classes.
I'm pretty sure the average middle-ages peasant woman would not qualify as "sexy" in any sense of the word,.. except to, perhaps, very desperate middle-ages peasant men.

Sivy
09-24-2003, 01:42 PM
and vikings

:D

Zoom Rabbit
09-24-2003, 06:20 PM
Originally posted by Darth Groovy
Let's not forget one of the greatest films of all time Brazil (http://www.moviemalls.com/B/brazil.htm)!!!

The greatest film of the eighties was actually Buckaroo Banzai (http://www.blarg.net/~dr_z/Movie_Posters/image/Buckaroo_Banzai.jpg) Across the Eighth Dimension. :D Everyone knows this.

GUNNER
09-25-2003, 08:51 AM
I graduated HS in the early 80s so that was neat. I started work at Boeing in the 80s, that was another cool thing. I got my liscense in the early 80s.

I dated Laura Derting, she had the biggest ...um.. so any ways.. I still see her from time to time.
I dated Katherine house, she too had some huge..... ahem...
I dated Rita Oswald, now she had some gigantic...ummm, ahh
I dated Angie Sannas, great gal, very pretty, knock out body..
I dated Leslie whats her last name. Ok so we didn't really date we just, um, well, you know..
I dated Kim ,forgot her last name too.. See was married ,as was Leslie, and we really didn't date but.... see above...
I dated Kristy Wilson, one of my first real girl friends. She was red hot smokin. Damn. Still she her folks from time to time.
I met this gal at a gym, her name was Donna. I was maybe 17 and she was at least 30s. Damn.....
Then there was the gal from the Sports page tavern. Man was she a sweet thing.
Then Danette from bother Brothers Chevrolet where I worked. She was a little skanky though.

There is a few more but no need to get exact numbers..

So I would say the 80s were good. ;)

Sherack Nhar
09-25-2003, 10:11 PM
Originally posted by GUNNER
I graduated HS in the early 80s so that was neat. I started work at Boeing in the 80s, that was another cool thing. I got my liscense in the early 80s.

I dated Laura Derting, she had the biggest ...um.. so any ways.. I still see her from time to time.
I dated Katherine house, she too had some huge..... ahem...
I dated Rita Oswald, now she had some gigantic...ummm, ahh
I dated Angie Sannas, great gal, very pretty, knock out body..
I dated Leslie whats her last name. Ok so we didn't really date we just, um, well, you know..
I dated Kim ,forgot her last name too.. See was married ,as was Leslie, and we really didn't date but.... see above...
I dated Kristy Wilson, one of my first real girl friends. She was red hot smokin. Damn. Still she her folks from time to time.
I met this gal at a gym, her name was Donna. I was maybe 17 and she was at least 30s. Damn.....
Then there was the gal from the Sports page tavern. Man was she a sweet thing.
Then Danette from bother Brothers Chevrolet where I worked. She was a little skanky though.

There is a few more but no need to get exact numbers..

So I would say the 80s were good. ;) Uhh. I think we really didn't need to know that, but thanks anyway I guess.

GUNNER
09-26-2003, 06:01 AM
Originally posted by Chase Windu
Either they were so good that they gave you amnesia or you were living my dream: Forget the details and get right ot buisness.:naughty:

Well it was a long time ago and some of them I only knew for a month or two. Never really worried about the particulars to much back then. I was kind of a man-whore I guess. ;)

I do have their names written down some where as I was trying to go through my torid past so one day iwas taking notes. I just can't find the list. :(

Darth Groovy
09-26-2003, 02:24 PM
Originally posted by Zoom Rabbit
The greatest film of the eighties was actually Buckaroo Banzai (http://www.blarg.net/~dr_z/Movie_Posters/image/Buckaroo_Banzai.jpg) Across the Eighth Dimension. :D Everyone knows this.

I don't think that beats out Brazil, but hey, remember, no matter where you go....there you are!:D

Praetorian
09-30-2003, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by Sherack Nhar
One word: Transformers.

R0XX0RZ!!

Couldn't have said it better myself!

Also G.I.Joe!!! I still have about 95% of my collection.

And Rhett is right. Todays cartoons stink. My transformers and GIJoes will beat Pokemon and the totally moronic Kids Next Door any day.

Did any of you guys watch the cartoon Cops? I'm not sure if it was a late 80's or early 90's though.