The '80s in a nutshell

Bought a “Double Feature” DVD at Target last night – Footloose and Flashdance. Having watched them both immediately, thus reliving the entire decade in less than four hours, I am here to report that the '80s can be summed up in two words:

Bad Hair.

and a flock of seagulls

Same thing.


No Breakfast Club?

You’re 80’s Lite. :stuck_out_tongue:

If you think the 80s had bad hair you should see the 70s, when I was growing up.


Can’t relive the 80’s without Cocaine.

You’re a child. I grew up during the '60s.

My bad hair era, though, was definitely the '80s. (I believe I have destroyed all photographic evidence of that perm, however, so try to prove it ever existed – just try.)

Bad hair, tight jeans, big shoulders, shiny plastic everything.

I graduated from high school in 1987.

Shoulder pads. All the women looked like linebackers back then. Big earrings, too.

And crappy synthesizers. Every '80s song had to have at least one.

As Freddy said, the operative phrase is Relax, don’t do it.
The end of activism. Follow Ronald Reagan and work fewer hours than any of your recent predecesors, rake it in and spend it on yourself.

I think that ACT UP would beg to differ with you on that.

I give you THIS!!!

Arrrrrggggggghhhhhhh I had the same perm, I don’t even need to see it. If I could go back in time I’ld just shoot myself. :smack:

Hee. In the middle of that page is this image. The funny thing is, this hairdo still looks “normal” to me. I look at her and don’t see anything all that bad–yeah, intellectually I know that it isn’t in style, but somewhere in my head, that poofy bangs/perm rest of hair (preferably as curly as possible, and long!) still looks normal and fine. Of course, I watched Pretty in pink last year and thought, “hey, she looks good!” --except for the hideous prom dress of course, no one likes that thing. So don’t ask me for fashion advice (I look like a normal person, really I do!).

There’s a cashier at a local convenience store with hair that is completely 80’s. A little past shoulder-length, permed, with “the claw”- you know, those high, round, shellacked bangs. Every time I see her it makes me smile. She thinks I’m really nice but little does she know that it’s her hair that makes me grin.

< small print >]I think her hair is pretty, too.< / small print >

Nitpick: It was Frankie who said that, not Freddy. (The band was called Frankie Goes to Hollywood.)

For me, it was definitely the fashion. I graduated high school in 1989 and I remember acid-washed jeans and big collared blouses over them with a wide belt and non-black Chuck Taylor All-Star high-tops. I also remember the hair. I escaped the hair tragedy, but not the clothes.

True fact: A couple years ago, I got a pair of the same hot pink Chucks that were popular when I was growing up. My mother wouldn’t let me get them; she favored more “practical” shoes. So I staged a minor rebellion as an adult.


I’m not sure about that. I don’t like the homemade prom gown either, but whoever designed it was prescient, because that style was seen a lot in the early '90s. Long, straight skirt, only the suggestion of a waistline, high collar, bare shoulders, sleeveless. The whole prom sequence in that film is a tossup, really. Even I have to admit that the pink vacuum cleaner at least beats the poofy gowns the other girls were wearing.

I have just come back to the city from a few days in a country town, and I noticed all the 15 - 25 year old girls there are straight out of 1985 (except the 1975 blue eye shadow). I even passed a clothing store that had t-shirts with BIG WRITING. They didn’t say CHOOSE LIFE but they may as well have. OR is that retro and cool again? I dunno - I’ve worn blue jeans and a plain t-shirt for decades.

What an ugly, ugly decade.

Leg warmers.

Skirts with sneakers.

Parachute pants.

Bad drum machines.


Poodle hair.