It’s hard to believe that almost 3 decades have gone by since the 80”s. Many wonderful things came out of this era and I am partial because I grew up in these times. I would like to reminisce on a few topics of this past period. Music, Movies and Trends.
What can I say about the music of the 80”s? I like to think quite of bit. My two older brothers were DJ’s in the OC. (Orange County, CA) They were known to ditch school and have house parties. Every weekend they would either be playing their music at a party or be promoting a local club. I bring this up because their love of music gave me the opportunity to be immersed and exposed to a variety of genres. From Hip Hop to Latin music, classical to R&B, freestyle to newwave. The local radio stations provided a great array of music as well. World Famous K-ROQ with Richard Blade, KISS FM with DJ Rick D’s, POWER 106 and radio K-Love were awesome to listen to. Having said all this, here are a few tunes that take me back to the wonderful eighties: The Cure- Boys don’t Cry, New Order – True Faith, U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday, Michael Jackson – Thriller, Whitney Houston – I will always love you, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It takes Two, Salt N Pepa – Push It. Wow! That’ just mentioning a few. The controversial Milli Vanilli also takes me back too. One hit wonders such as the Buggles- Radio killed the radio star (1st song played on Video One!), J.J. Fad – Supersonic”, Nena – 99 Luftballons, A-Ha – Take On Me, Soft Cell – Tainted Love show me that just one song can make a difference. There are so many more I can go on for hours. I can never get enough of this music.(Please feel free to post your favorite 80’s song.)
Moving on to the Movies. Here too the 80’s stand out thanks to Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and John Hughes. Although, as we look back to them sometimes they seem cheesy, but boy were they great stories that have been unmatched. I have fond memories of movies such as E.T., Star Wars and Jaws. My father took the family to see these movies at a Drive-In-Theater, Remember those? I’m glad I had that experience since these locations are now becoming extinct. One of my wife’s favorites is Pretty In Pink. You know the formula, boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy wins girl, boy loses girls, boy wins girl back. Boy did it have a great soundtrack! Who could forget the Indiana Jones and Back to the Future series. Rocky 3 and Rocky 4 also great movies that were 1980 blockbusters. So, so, so many! Eighties, thanks for all these wonderful movies we can now binge watch or wait for a movie marathon on cable to relive my youth..
Oh let us not forget the trends. The 8th decade of the 20th century brought many styles . It is funny when we look back at pictures of clothes, hairstyles and items we once had. Remember Atari? How many countless hours we spent playing this game console. M.u.s.c.l.e’s, plastic toy figures or Garbage Pail Kids. (If you don’t know about these particulars you should Google them.) Also very big, Georgia’s famous Cabbage Patch Kids! Hairstyles were a big thing in the 80’s and it made many stand out of a crowd. The popular flock of seagulls’ hairstyle which you needed a whole can of Aqua-Net to hold up. A lot of these hairstyles are making a comeback such as; Big Hair (Jon Bon Jovi), the Mullet (Billy Ray Cyrus), Jheri curl (Michael Jackson) and the Pompadour (Elvis Presley). Clothes were fashion statements in the 80’s. No decade is quite as unique as the 80s. In what other decade could you get away with wearing skin-tight pants one day and baggy “MC Hammer” pants the next? During what other time period could you wear leg warmers, a sweater and a miniskirt all at the same time (and in neon colors)? Acid wash jeans, breakdancing or parachute pants, remember how they would zip open on the side to show a different color/pattern, Member’s only jackets and Le Tigre polo shirts were also big. Many of these trends I wasn’t able to follow due to a lack of money, but they did stamp the 80’s in my memory.
To end this rant about the 80’s. It will be a time of my life I will hold dearly in my heart and each time I hear a song, watch a movie or see someone copying a trend I remember of this decade I will smile and remember my “Old School”.