View Full Version : What do you miss from the 80s?

08-22-2007, 07:23 PM
This gotta be good...

08-22-2007, 07:29 PM
I can't help myself...

My virginity!!

Just kidding.
I miss Wham and Duran Duran(yeah I know the boys are still around, but it's not the same).
My roller skates.
Boob tubes.

*scratches head* I know there's more.

Bo Sullivan
08-22-2007, 07:33 PM
I miss Dallas - especially JR and Sue Ellen! I used to look forward to that programme so much! I wish I could watch those episodes all over again.

08-22-2007, 07:34 PM
The CIA stakeouts of my neighbors.

08-22-2007, 07:35 PM
mmm, steak.

08-22-2007, 07:35 PM
My teens.

08-22-2007, 07:36 PM

08-22-2007, 07:40 PM

08-22-2007, 07:56 PM
Big hair!

08-22-2007, 08:17 PM
~So many new styles in clothing

~When punk rock was truly punk

~When Atari first came out

~Rubik's Cube

~Movies--Valley Girl, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Outsiders, E.T., Poltergeist

~MTV Before it sucked


08-22-2007, 08:20 PM
Oh yay! A thread referring to a time when I was actually alive!

-Duran Duran (definitely needs repeating)
-The thought that hoverboards were just around the corner (damn Back to the Future!)
-Count Duckula
-my baby teeth

08-22-2007, 08:32 PM
The music. Oh yeah, such variety! I loved Duran Duran (of course), Depeche Mode, Journey, Styx, Night Ranger, Scritti Politti, all the hair bands, etc.

The music videos, back before anyone knew what the heck they were doing. There was something so fun about their lack of self-consciousness even though the videos were often unpolished.

The clothes and the makeup! I especially loved the bright colors + black combo, plus the fuchsia lipstick (remember mood lipstick?) and matching nail polish. I could have done without the Madonna wannabe clothes, though.

I hated the big hair because I could never get my hair to stand up that high, even with Aqua Net.

Video game arcades with games that had less than three buttons and one joystick. Anyone remember Tempest? That was my favorite game.

The Preppy Handbook. Still, there were way too many people wearing polo shirts with their collars turned up.

Friendship bracelets.

John Hughes movies. Andrew McCarthy *sigh*.

08-22-2007, 08:33 PM

08-22-2007, 08:36 PM
I forgot these.

Commodore 64, Mattel Intellivision.

BBS (Bulletin Board System) parties. Before the www, boards (forums) were privately operated and you dialed each one directly (no pictures, just text), which made most of your online friends local (a few dialed long distance). Get-togethers were easy. Parties were monthly. Members had faces.

And there were BOARD WARS! Board owners tended to bash each other. Sometimes there were fights and sabotage.

Did anyone here ever BBS? Remember the phrase; Two thirds of BBS is BS. :) It still holds true.

08-22-2007, 08:38 PM
Definitely the music. I think the sixties and eighties were the best. MTV. My first Apple II (that started my love affairs with computers). Indiana Jones. Back to the Future. Perms (not!). Really tight Levis. Brooke Shield in the Blue Lagoon. Nataja Kinski in just about anything (or nothing).

08-22-2007, 08:39 PM


High School graduation, College, my first job in the big city.

Some of the music.

My first car ! I miss my first car. It was a very cool piece of crap.

Christine N.
08-22-2007, 08:40 PM
I've been waiting and waiting for someone to start this thread. I thought it'd be weird to do it myself.


Family Ties, Growing Pains and all those great sitcoms. There are no shows like that anymore.

08-22-2007, 08:42 PM
Really tight Levis.

Not Calvin Kleins, Jordaches, or Gloria Vanderbilts? :)

08-22-2007, 08:47 PM
It's tough because the early 80's were very different than the late 80's. Hmmm.
Heavy Metal
My first car (1976 Honda Civic)
Lack of debt

08-22-2007, 08:48 PM
Ooh, my Gloria Vanderbilts...those were great ass pants.

I miss skipping school to go hang at the lake with my boyfriend. And OMG, the teen parties! Everyone would gather in an empty cul-de-sac, with a bonfire and beer bought by someone's older brother...good times.

I miss my 16-year-old body the most.

08-22-2007, 08:51 PM
The Police (music)

I loved college. Loved it. Miss those times the most.

Oh, and optimism. The idea that I could do anything, be anything, go anywhere.

And damn, I was a good pool player.

08-22-2007, 08:51 PM
Not Calvin Kleins, Jordaches, or Gloria Vanderbilts? :)

Real teenager boys wear Levis! We didn't have CK, and Jodaches looked too girlish.

As for late 80s... definitely college. The best time of my life.

I can't say I miss my first car though -- it was a POS. But it was cheap, and lasted for four years.

08-22-2007, 08:52 PM
Let's see. In the early 80s I was a single chick having a lot of fun. Well, sometimes having fun. Free and independent, at least. I mostly miss being able to make my own decisions. And my car. The only car I've ever owned that was totally mine.

From 86 to 90 I was changing diapers, juggling babies, and stuck in the house all the time. But they were cute little kiddos so I miss their smiles and laughs and their innocent way of looking at the world.

08-22-2007, 08:54 PM
-The thought that hoverboards were just around the corner (damn Back to the Future!)

I'm with you on this one. The media has been promising us hover cars for quite awhile now. Yet I have seen no movement toward hovercraft. None. I don't want to have to give up the dream of hovercars in my lifetime.

Oh, and I miss Hungry Hippo and the Sit-n-Spin. Eighties toys were the best.

Peg-rolling my jeans. Lace-trimmed tights (which I believe are back now). My gravity-defying adolescent bangs.

08-22-2007, 08:55 PM
My age.

08-22-2007, 08:55 PM
My gravity-defying adolescent bangs.

I miss my gravity-defying boobs.

08-22-2007, 08:59 PM
Nolan Ryan in his prime.

Lanky baseball players.

Wayne Gretzky in Edmonton.

Hill Street Blues.

Steve Winwood's Back in the High Life

Peter Gabriel's So

Buying all your favorite albums (again) in CD format

Laser discs

Eastern Airlines

08-22-2007, 09:00 PM
Running aroud one night in October chanting Darrryl! Darrryl!

Jersey Chick
08-22-2007, 09:11 PM
Game Six of the 1986 World Series (and I don't even like the Mets)

Big hair - damn, I thought I looked good

getting a tan without worrying about cancer

Def Leppard

Actually buying jeans that were already ripped (I had a cool pair that had black spandex sewn into the holes)

Spiral perms (how do you think I got the big hair - gave up an entire saturday every few months to spend the day in the stylist's chair)

Phil Simms

summer camp

roller skating

Space Invaders

Just hanging out with friends after school - no responsibilities, no worries.

Mr. Molinaro - our super, super, SUPER hot gym teacher my junior year ;)

08-22-2007, 09:14 PM
Hall and Oates and Billy Ocean and the Police and the Eagles. We were such dorm dorks.

08-22-2007, 09:26 PM
This video says it all:


08-22-2007, 09:36 PM
Billy Joel and Pink Floyd. Grain alcohol. Video games.

08-22-2007, 10:23 PM
Where is Silver King? We need a moderator here.

Danger Jane
08-22-2007, 10:24 PM

uh, 99 luftballons.

my innocence :D

Shady Lane
08-22-2007, 10:25 PM
The beautiful calm of not existing.

08-22-2007, 10:25 PM
College. Innocence. Still having a little bit of hope. Family.

Don't remember much TV or all the movies or music--I probably have all that I liked from then.

08-22-2007, 10:27 PM
That really nice thirties jacket that I got from Camden Market. I bet bloody Camilla bloody Hickey stole it.

08-22-2007, 10:29 PM
When Giorgio Beverly Hills was the hottest fragrance around!

08-22-2007, 10:55 PM
Def Leppard being on top!

Van Halen, With Sammy, still being COOL!

That show HUNTER,
21 Jumpstreet
Listening to the radio was an ACTIVITY in and of itself.

I don't miss my big hair, though.

08-22-2007, 11:23 PM
Everything. Life was perfect in the 80s.

Christine N.
08-22-2007, 11:48 PM
Members Only. LOL

08-22-2007, 11:51 PM
My teens & twenties. Too bad I didn't know what to do with them until my forties.

08-22-2007, 11:52 PM
My birth. and my first and second birthdays. :)

08-23-2007, 05:31 AM
Speaking of all the Def Leppard references ...

I was a huge DL fan and one of my "Former Future Ex-Husbands" was Joe Elliott. Anyway, in 2002-2003 (I think), my husband and I were flying from Phoenix back to Alaska and were in line at Security. There was a petite, blonde, trophy-girl in front of me and immediately behind her, next to me, was a tall, blond guy. I remember hearing him ask why we had to take our shoes off, but I wasn't paying any mind except to notice he was English. I was putting my stuff up on the belt and not really noticing, but his voice sounded familiar. He got pulled aside and wanded and I glanced at him and he looked vaguely familiar. Then, as I was picking up my bag from the belt, I happened to be looking at him and he said something else and I made the connection: it was Joe Elliott. When my husband came through after me, I waited until we were away from the security station and told him who it was. Of course, he immediately turned around to stare and I had to jerk him along and tell him not to look. We stopped so he could tie his shoes and Joe and the barbie doll walked past us. Our brush with greatness that year.

Just thought I'd share that tidbit. Now back to your regularly scheduled thread.

Don Allen
08-23-2007, 05:36 AM
My mom.

08-23-2007, 06:23 AM
Parachute pants
Member's only jackets
Atari Asteroids
Ms Pacman
"Hair" bands with their spandex pants

A.M. Wildman
08-23-2007, 06:25 AM
I'll have to get back to you. A good portion of the 80's are blurry for me.


08-23-2007, 09:33 AM
I miss my gravity-defying boobs.

I think we all do.


08-23-2007, 12:24 PM
Video games everywhere you went.

Playing games on the Commodore 64 for ten hours straight.

Knight Rider.

Far fewer responsibilities.

Playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Beta tapes.

Buying lps and 45s.

All that really tall hair on girls.


08-23-2007, 12:25 PM
You really wasted a lot of time in the eighties, didn't you Allen?


08-23-2007, 12:31 PM
Oh, but what a great time I had being a teenager in the 80s.


08-23-2007, 12:32 PM
Oh, but what a great time I had being a teenager in the 80s.


Me too.


08-23-2007, 10:02 PM
Not me... I worked in production.

08-23-2007, 10:11 PM
Not me... I worked in production.

Kathy Lee Gifford?

08-23-2007, 10:17 PM
Kathy Lee Gifford?

No. Believe me, hell on earth is being the generic PA on a promotional video for Japanese rock stars...

08-23-2007, 10:39 PM
John Hughes movies. Andrew McCarthy *sigh*.

Yes! Me too! John Hughes movies were the BEST! Pretty In Pink. Some Kind of Wonderful. And well, anything with Andrew McCarthy. *swoon*

Remember Sixteen Candles? The Outsiders? St. Elmo's Fire? The Breakfast Club? How 'bout Poltergeist? We need more movies like this. The world would be a better place. :D

Augh! And Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid. Gawd, how could I forget that? I swore I was going to marry him. :tongue

Times were much more innocent back then. And stress free. Of course, I was only a tween. ;)

08-23-2007, 11:27 PM
80s Brit Pop/Rock

The cool Paula Abdul (yeah I liked her lol)

The innovative fun side of Madonna


My pink and white glittery LA Gear sneakers