Guess what I picked?
If you are thinking Swatch watches and Bananarama – you are correct!
When I was young, I remember loving the 50s era: the music, dancing, and of course, the poodle skirt. I am certain I dressed as a 50s girl for Halloween more than once.
Remember how that era seemed such a part of the distant past?
That is how the youth of today feel about the 80s.
(Co-Pilot Dad reminds me of that every so often.)
While that thought has the power to be a wee bit depressing, we will focus on brighter things; things that are totally 80s. If you are from my generation – born in the 70s, with teenage years in the 80s – maybe you will have similar memories of the time. If you are not from my generation, let me give you the 411 on some of the things that stand out in my memory of this most excellent era.
(The 80s were, like, totally tubular.)
1. Friday night videos – Before MTV – or Much Music in Canada – we had to wait until Friday night to watch our favourite music videos. I used to stay up and hope for a glimpse of my faves. One of which was:
2. Duran Duran – Yes, I know they are still around, but for me any list of the eighties would not be complete without mention of the Fab 5.
3. The big hair – The wall of bangs, the perm, the hairspray. What would the 80s be without the hair?
4. The VCR – so I could tape my videos and watch rented movies at home.
5. My tape recorder – so I could record my favourite songs from the radio and listen to my tapes in my room.
6. Leg warmers – I loved the TV show ‘Fame.’ I dreamed of going to a school for the performing arts; I needed to look the part.
7. Valley Girl-ese – I grew up nowhere near ‘the Valley’ – but that didn’t stop my friends and I from, like, totally embracing this trend because it was, like, totally cool and like, not at all lame. (Like, gag me.)
8. Kissing Potion lip gloss – strawberry was my favourite.
9. The teen movie – Though done before (Rebel Without a Cause, anyone?) the genre really came into its own in the eighties. Movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink recognized the power of teen entertainment.
10. The phone – Yes, people are attached to their phones now. But in the 80s I spent way more time actually talking on the phone. And if someone tried to call, they got a busy signal. Would people born since call waiting even know what a busy signal is?
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