Taking a nostalgic trip down the many roads of memories in our lives can be entertaining and rouse a bit of laughs among friends. Reading up on certain things that trigger memories of our past can make us nod our heads and smile as we say “I remember that”. The 1980’s was one of the most memorable periods of life to grow up in. Thinking back on all of the crazy hair-dos, funky 80’s music, unforgettable classic toys and so much more makes us realize what it was about that time period that is so irresistible.
Looking back, one might remember the period of the long haired rock bands such as Poison, Kiss, Aerosmith and many more. These are the bands that a typical person raised in the 80’s still rocks out to today. Our kids sit back and look at us almost as though we are from another planet. As they blare their IPods full of popular hits from today such as Lil’ Wayne and Korn, we are still playing our air guitar singing the tunes of “Come on feel the noise”.
When we take a look at the wish list that our kids have given us for special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas, it really hits us how much times have changed. Strolling down the isles checking out barbie dolls that talk, game systems such as the PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii, we realize that our children would never accept something as cool as a G.I. Joe, a slinky, or even a Rubik’s Cube. Anyone who grew up in the 80’s can certainly remember hours of frustrating enjoyment over making all the colors on the cube match or laughing as the slinky walked down the stairs. At the time, it was the coolest thing ever created and we never thought there could be anything better. As we would like to put it, “It was the coolest thing since sliced bread”.
Who can beat the movies of the 1980’s? Sure, we have the unbeatable graphics of movies such as The Dark Knight and Eagle Eye, but what tops the cheesy entertainment of 80’s comedy or even 80’s horror? Horror movies from this time period featured endless amounts of fake blood, guts and gore. Who can beat horror such as that found in Alien or Child’s Play? A doll that looked similar to the beloved My Buddy and Me doll coming after you with enough was certainly enough to make us pee our pants. Who can forget the masked horrors of Jason in Friday the 13th as he chased down his helpless victims hacking them to bits and pieces? No longer are movies such as this forgotten. These movies were so popular in fact that many of them have been re-made with the updated times but still haven’t lost their classic appeal. And as far as comedy, who can forget our lovable Ferris Beuller or the stylish Molly Ringwald all decked out in pink? Beuller? Beuller?
Sci-Fi hit a certain peak in the 1980’s. Robots become a favorite appeal that had people hungering for more. From the beeps and blips of R2-D2, the brilliant and confusing ramblings of C3-PO and the laughable, irresistible talk of Johnny-5 “ALIVE!”. These shiny figures become more popular in many ways than real actors and actresses did. People enjoyed watching these metal machines come to life as they were what made the movie so enjoyable. These characters were so loved in fact, that many people owned figurines stored in clear-plastic faced boxes or walked around talking like these robots. After the world fell in love with Johnny-5, we looked at machines in a whole new way and everyone wanted a robot “just like that someday”.
The M’s of the 80’s such as Madonna and Michael Jackson. There may be those who deny the fact that they are a Michael Jackson fan today but all you have to do is slip on some Thriller and I guarantee you will see them tapping their feet, zombie stomping around your living room or repeating word for word the classic lines of Vincent Price. Madonna, with her crazy hair and sexually appealing wardrobe and attitude had every woman envying her and every man lusting for her. She was perhaps one of the most popular women of the 80’s as she sang her heart out begging “Papa don’t preach”.
Last, but certainly not least, there is certainly no forgetting the fashion of the 80’s. Teased hair, long finger nails, spandex aerobics outfits, leotards, leg warmers, bright and flashy colored clothing. At the time, it was the coolest thing ever. Hoop earrings and bangle bracelets were considered fashionably cool and you know they sounded cool jangling against one another when you attempted to “walk like an Egyptian”. Clothing was splashed with eye popping colors in various patterns of squares, stripes and circles. The brighter your clothing, the better you were dressed. Perhaps you wore a bright orange sweater with gray leotards, pink leg warmers and aqua blue hoop earrings or a head band. We can’t forget the head bands. They were considered one of the coolest hair ornaments to have. I would definitely say all this and more is worth taking a trip down memory lane in the 80’s.