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"Gag Me" (with a spoon)

"OK Fine, Fer Sure, Fer Sure, She's a Valley Girl and there is no cure"
Frank Zappa, as sung my his daughter, Moon Unit Zappa

Real Life '80s Reunion Page at MySpace Class of 1985 - My high school - but not my class!

On Punk and New Wave

"Students were seen walking through the halls as though they had just landed from outer space." (1981) High school Yearbook


80's Chick Flicks - Flashdance/Footloose/Pretty In Pink

Heathers: Teenage Angst with teeth
- A deliciously nasty black comedy, Heathers is set at a cliquish high school in Ohio. The most exclusive of those cliques is the Heathers, comprised of the prettiest and most popular girls in town. The group's leader is the manipulative Kim Walker, who orchestrates the humiliation of anyone who fails to meet her standards. Eventually, Heathers member Winona Ryder begins to exhibit a conscience; together with her hardcase boyfriend Christian Slater, Ryder plots to avenge all the unfortunate victims of the group. Before long, Heather (Kim Walker) ends up dead along with Kurt and Ram, with poignant suicide notes posted near their bodies. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

"Generation Xers have accomplished a lot of things. And they have done it, in most cases, with nobody older and more experienced to help them."
It's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp. - Ronald Reagan
The Cabbage Patch Doll

Boy George

Men At Work

Before Men at Work became popular in the US, the yellow signs which highway construction workers posted to alert drivers to their presence read "Men at Work". They changed them to "Men Working" after they kept disappearing .

Flock Of Seagulls

Dead Or Alive


1980s Fads and Culture

The 80s were a hangover in reverse. After the Peace, Love and Tofu of the 70s, mellow was suddenly out and Big, Loud and Rich was the name of the game. The Baby Boomers who were rebelling against the establishment in the late 60s and 70s suddenly found that they were now the establishment, and that the bigger their own establishment was, the better.

GenX, the much smaller and largely ignored generation that followed the Boomers, was approaching adulthood. (We didn't officially get a name until the 90s.)

"Boomers are a uniquely self-absorbed generation," he said. "That's not a criticism. It's just true. They are into their own issues - like turning 50 or handling this ascent to power." Tulgan said baby boomers haven't been very charitable to the generation that follows them. "You would think they would be extremely sensitive, that they would think, 'I had it rough when I was a kid. I was a disgruntled twenty-something too. I know where they're coming from,"' said Tulgan. "But they haven't. And Generation X is really being misunderstood because of it.""

Stuff that was BIG in the 1980s:

(In no particular order)
  1. The Go Go's
  2. Ronald Reagan
  3. Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  4. Flashdance
  5. DEVO
  6. Madonna
  7. Leg Warmers
  8. Headbands
  9. Big Hair
  10. New Wave
  11. Oingo Boingo
  12. Prince
  13. Thriller 1982
  14. Break Dancing
  15. The Walkman
  17. Luke and Laura!
  18. Short Poofy Skirts
  19. Big Shoulder Pads
  20. Journey
  21. Foreigner
  22. Dallas
  24. Dynasty
  25. Falcon Crest
  26. Threat of Nuclear War
  27. The Arms Race
  28. Mikhail Gorbachev
  29. Rocky Sequels
  30. Duran Duran
  31. Pretenders
  32. Terminator
  33. Jazzercise
  34. Cabbage Patch Dolls
  35. The KGB
  36. Olivia Newton John (Again)
  37. Sheena Easton
  38. Pat Benatar
  39. Cyndi Lauper (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!)
  40. The Japanese
  41. Turning Japanese
  42. Real Estate
  43. Savings and Loan Scandals
  44. Greed
  45. Investment Banking
  46. Corporate Raiding
  47. Jane Fonda (Again)
  48. Tiffany
  49. Debbie Gibson
  50. Flock of Seagulls
  51. Wham
  52. MADD
  53. Leveraged Buyouts
  54. Gordon Gekko (Not the little green lizard...)
  55. Nancy Reagan
  56. Red
  57. Cocaine
  58. Bill Cosby
  59. The Cosby Show
  60. Desperately Seeking Susan
  61. Blondie
  62. Savings and Loan Bailouts

Guess What? They had the '80s in Germany, Too!
Meet Nina Hagen

Nina Hagen On David Letterman

Some of The 1980's Music I liked

Quarterflash - Harden My Heart - B52s - saw them at the Arlington... Rock Lobster

Romeo Void, Go Go's, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, (The album with Running With the Devil on it), Aerosmith, Led Zep, The Cars, George Thoroughbred, Michael Jackson's Living Off the Wall (I miss you Michael Jackson), Cheap Trick, Tom Petty - saw him at a big muddy concert somewhere in LA - I think it was called the 'US' festival. The Split Enz? The Boomtown Rats - but only the one song - Tell Me Why, I Don't Like Mondays, The Bangles, The Tubes, UFO, Foreigner - saw them in concert in LA too, The Stray Cats - I was 17 when they came out with the song. Ted Nugent - mostly the Wango Tango song to get into the driving up to Mammoth mood...


The 1980's Beat

A very scientific comparison of the evolution of popular music between 1980 and 1990.

Exhibit A: 1984 Woodpeckers from space.

Exhibit B: Sometime next decade - Woodpeckers from space (Club Mix Long) - Oh Yeah...

"Da dada, da Da dada" Oh Blake, I want to give you a child!" "Oh Crystal, my name's Charlie! And These Are My Girls!" (oops). "Oh Crystal, I'll get right on that! But first, let me go stop ColbyCo from destroying my empire, catch my gay son in bed with his boyfriend, and my ex-wife in bed with her pool boy!" (Pauses, turns) "Oh, btw, I invited Tony Nelson and his wife Jeanie to dinner...Funny thing, he calls himself JR these days! Make something good for dinner, will you?"

Dallas premiered April 2, 1978 and was last aired: May 3, 1991. Dallas epitomized the 80s.

Totally Awesome 80s.
Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of That Decadent Decade
(I Never Liked The Eurhythmics)

80s Bond

  1. For Your Eyes Only (1981
  2. Octopussy (1983)
  3. Never Say Never Again (1983)
  4. A View To A Kill (1985)
  5. Goldfinger (1986)

Hello, Kitty!

Although Hello Kitty has been around in 1976, there is a big blip in popularity in 1987. It seems this blip occurred mostly in the Midwest (as evidenced by the newspapers carrying advertisements for Hello Kitty.)
1987 - Hello Kitty For Back to School
Here we see Hello Kitty for back to school in 1987.

1980s Commercials & Music Videos

  1. Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
  2. 1985's Madonna - As we first knew and loved her - a bit blurry.
1980's Movies at the IMDB