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This week …………. I love the 1980’s!

Series 1 – 1980’s E7#

Down Memory Lane Series 1 – 08/11/2021 – 7# – I Love the 1980’s
The music of the 80’s was brought to us by the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston, George Michael, David Bowie, U2, Guns N’ Roses, Duran Duran, TFF, Eurythmics, ACDC, Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Human League …. the list of groups, artists and bands went on and on …. together and combined they brought to us all a decade of great pop culture, some of the best styles came from this period and many of which continue to live on even today.

Of course teenagers from the previous decades would say the same about their generation, they brought to us our experiences of life and molded us into we were and are even now … it was a simpler time – the time before the world started to become ‘complicated’. The 80’s were the times of enthusiasms and opportunities, of entertainments, of progressions into today’s communications, technologies and realities of what the tomorrow’s could introduce.

For many, the arrival of the 80’s meant the departure of the 70’s and with it the dying disco beat, and some of the fashion styles like flares and certain materials like polyester! Clothing became something you wanted to wear because it looked nice in comparison to stuff you wore because of limited choices ….

The 80’s came across as a super-fast decade, everything was hugely ‘more’ and in order to survive the decade you had to be confident – it was the time of motivation and inspiration and big hair!

The eighties was awesome for many reasons – great comedy, great books and authors, great TV shows, great films, great fashion, great movements forward, huge strides in social attitude towards sexuality and race and great music! The 80’s offered the people more …. however rose tinted glasses and nostalgia aside – the 80’s WASN’T all brilliant either.

In 1980 l was 17 and by 1989 l was 26 l remember the dreadful fear about the arrival of the disease AIDS, and back then if you were diagnosed with it you died. The 80’s seemingly was ‘quite satanic’ l recall, there were a lot of strange events going on regarding that alongside the tree hugging bunch as they used to be called who saw wrong in almost anything new from arcade games to so called offensive music, dungeons and dragons was seen as a game played by occultists!

Today language that is derrogative as in ‘racially, sexually and intelligence’ wasn’t considered so back in the 80’s and was more commonplace thankfully that is something that has for the greater part moved on and become a yesterday. I remember my parents worrying about the Cold War and the possibility that we would all be nuked to kingdom come and back!

Crack and cocaine as big drugs were starting to worry a lot of people, gone were the simpler pleasures of the odd joint or a wee sniff of something a bit dodgy. C&C were the new addictive bad boys on the block!

Of course, the 80’s also signalled the arrival of greed – “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” as quoted by Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, 1987. We saw more greed and more corruption on not just a local but an international level. We also witnessed the arrival of the ‘computer’, was that completely bad? No, of course not …….

Some of best films of the 80’s were …. The Outsiders, Top Gun, the Goonies, Full Metal Jacket, Batman, Rain Man, The Lost Boys, Aliens, Bill and ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Thing, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mystic Pizza, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Breakfast Club, Die Hard, The Karate Kid, 9 – 5, Ghostbusters, Pretty in Pink, Dirty Dancing, Stand by Me, E.T, Footloose …… and they just kept on coming … but how about TV?

ALF, The A Team, Miami Vice, Knight Rider, Three’s Company, The Twilight Zone, Crime Story, Laverne and Shirley, The Love Boat, Married … With Children, Dallas, Mork & Mindy, Yes Minister, The Dukes of Hazzard, Murder She Wrote, The Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey, Only Fools and Horses, Quantam Leap, The Young Ones, Happy Days, Different Strokes, Little House on the Prairie and many many more.

Now how about books and authors??

The Colour Purple, The Woman in Black, The Handmaid’s Tale, IT, Bonfire of the Vanities, The Satanic Verses, A Brief History of Time, Matilda, Remains of the Day, The House on Mango Street, The Bourne Identity, Cosmos, The Queen of the Damned, North and South, Patriot Games, The Light Fantastic, Misery, The Cider House Rules and many more equally defining reads.

Finishing up the following people were considered huge celebrities and household names of this decade …. Tom Cruise, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Hall, Joan Collins, Christina Applegate, Molly Ringwald, Debbie Harry, Elton John, Michael J Fox, Rob Lowe, Mickey Rourke, Patrick Swayze, Matthew Broderick many of whom are still with us today also.

There we go folks – the Eighties – now more importantly were you a fan or Not and what are YOUR memories?

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The most popular music of the 1980’s was electronic dance, new wave, post disco, Euro disco, dance pop, soft rock, glam and thrash metal, hip hop, R&B, techno, electro and house!

Today’s Top Ten most popular songs from the 1980’s were ….

My Prerogative” 1989
My Prerogative
Bobby Brown

So folks, there we go, some of the most listened to and popular songs from the 1980’s – hope you enjoyed the line up for this episode of Down Memory Lane – Series 1 – 1980’s E7#

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38 thoughts on “Down Memory Lane

  1. In the start of the decade, I had finished my high school and got into med school in 1981. I remember most of the songs, movies and actors. Read a few of the books on your list as well. But studying medicine is tough so don’t had much time for other activities.

    1. Very true Sadje – medical training is indeed a brain drain all of its own – l would be surprised if you found the time to do much light reading for pleasure considering some of the tomes that travel with studying to become a doctor.

      BUT, you still managed to enjoy some life in spite of being up to your ears in journals and med books 🙂

  2. Fantastic selection, I love the 80’s too. I was only young but the music left its mark on me. Some 80’s favourites of mine are Fairground Attraction and their second less well known hit, “Find my Love” and also Bucks Fizz, land of Make believe. Also Adam and the Ant’s Prince Charming (The video with Diana Dors is one of my earliest memories of watching TV).

  3. 🙂 Thanks for the entertainment history, Rory.

    Unfortunately, some of your videos are showing up as, “Video unavailable” on your blog (It probably has a lot to do with the region that I am in).

    Do enjoy the rest of your day, my friend.

    1. Sorry to hear that Renard – sadly that is the way at times. Did the seconday links not work either? They are placed there in case the visual links don’t display due to regional problems.

      Have a good Tuesday too 🙂

  4. I don’t think of my life in terms of decades – the 80’s – fraught with lots of personal changes – certainly 1982 a memorable year – I finally graduated from college in January of that year at age 35. I don’t relate to any of the music you posted – none of it on my radar, nor the books, I’ve only read one of them and that was years later, same with the movies, have seen only 2 of them and probably on tv. I should give some thought to how I do order the memories of my life past.

      1. B.A Liberal Arts, majored in psychology and religion. Started college in 1964, age 18 with a major in English Literature.

        1. Oh that’s complicated…I had a good job, in I guess you could call it the business world, which I enjoyed but I was also thinking about going to seminary or perhaps a masters in counseling. At any rate both subjects interested me greatly. (In my early teens I had wanted to become a minister, I was accustomed to women being ministers since the Congregational Church ordained their first female minister in the 1860’s – and that is not a typo – without checking 1869 leaps to mind.)

        2. I see, so what stopped you from wanting to follow the path of a Minister and taking the path in the business industry – that’s a big leap away from the studies you took?

        3. That would be a super long story. At any rate I never had a path – I worked to pay my bills starting when I was 18 – college was one of those bills so I went part-time (tuition was free in the NYC university system) even tho I still lived at home I needed to work to afford books, school fees, carfare, clothes – stuff like that. My father didn’t believe that girls needed an education so no help from him. My parents didn’t even know I was taking college prep courses in high school, I have no idea what they thought I was doing in school, I never told them, they never asked.

  5. The 80s were another turning point in my life. I moved to South Florida and pushed the restart button. I enjoyed the 80s, especially the music.

  6. I love the music of the 80’s and the movies too. The music and movies of the 80’s really go hand in hand. I missed some of the reads. A really iconic decade. ☺️

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