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Were you an 80's baby?

Asked by whiteliondreams (1717points) June 14th, 2012

What things do you remember growing up as an 80’s child?
Television series, food, candy, games, books, movies, music, and outdoor activities. What was your favorite of the things you remember? If you could go back, what date would it be?
I sure miss the eighties and wish I could go back to the days when I played outside with my friends and we pretended to be athletes, movie actors, and musicians. I remember going around the block to the fire hydrant after someone had opened it, on a hot summer day, and getting splashed until later on when the fire department would come and shut it off.

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bookish1's avatar

Technically, I was an 80’s baby, but I don’t think I count for the purposes of your question as I did not grow up then :-p

whiteliondreams's avatar

1880’s? LOL I’m jesting.

linguaphile's avatar

70’s baby, 80’s teenager.

Prince, Duran Duran, Journey, The Smiths, Howard Jones, young Paula Abdul, REM, ABC, Tears for Fears, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, The GoGos, Tracy Chapman, Queen, The Police, INXS, Hall and Oates, Pink Floyd, Flock of Seagulls, Simple Minds, Madonna, Air Supply, Miami Sound Machine, John Cougar Mellencamp, Whitney Houston, Culture Club, Eurythmics, U2, Tina Turner, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Wham!

Neon colored clothes, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Footloose, bighair, baggy pants with rolled up cuffs, short jackets, boxy tops, colorful makeup, huge earrings, mullets that made sense, Die Hard, Breakfast Club, Sweet 16, all John Hughes films, Short Circuit, Hardcastle and McCormick, TJ Hooker, Cagney and Lacey… and on and on. It was a great time to be a teenager!

And I’m getting back to work with 80’s tunes in my head!

Coloma's avatar

60’s baby and 80’s what @linguaphile says. My daughter was born in ‘87…I’ll share this Q. with her.
@linguaphile Don’t forget Cocaine! lol Oookay, well, the 70’s crossover to the 80’s brought the drugs of the 70’s with it! I know my daughter has never done Cocaine, acid or all those 70’s substances, minus a happy brownie on occasion. haha

Coloma's avatar

Oh wait…on second thought my girl was only 3 before the end of the 80’s, sooo, most likely she only remembers Barney and Sesame Street. Never mind…too much coffee this morning and I am

bookish1's avatar

@linguaphile : Mullets that made sense? Pics or it didn’t happen!

stardust's avatar

I cannot remember much of my 5 years as an 80s kid. Care bears – I liked them.

mazingerz88's avatar

ET, Bladerunner, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Legend, Neverending Story, The Lost Boys, Robocop, Chariots of Fire, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Monster Club, Aliens, Terminator, Star Wars, Splash, Bachelor’s Party, Terms of Endearment, Lethal Weapon,
Tron, Sixteen Candles, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Uncle Buck, Krull, Conan the Barbarian,
Dune, Silver Bullet, Stir Crazy, Silver Streak, Stand By Me, Silverado, The Continental Divide,Ghostbusters, Cocoon, Something Wild, Sure Thing, Say Anything, Knight Rider, A-Team, 9½ Weeks, Witness, Working Girl…( 80’s, the most glorious decade for me as a teen! )

glenjamin's avatar

Thundercats!! G.I. Joe, Transformers, cartoons seemed to be much better than they are nowadays. Other than that, and of course the back to the future series and some other movies I don’t really miss the 80’s all that much. Born late 70’s btw

YARNLADY's avatar

No, but my youngest son was, Sesame street was one of his favorites.

zensky's avatar


mrrich724's avatar

Toys: Stretch Armstrong, Gak, Mortal Kombat action figures, Spiderman and Batman action figures, Ninja Turtles, Legos

Shows & Toons: Full House, Blossom, that show with Steve Urkel, Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Aladdin the cartoon series, Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Tale Spin, Duck Tales

Some school fads: Those shoes you could pump, trapper keepers, lisa frank, slap bracelets, tamagotchi, furby

I really could go on, but I’m not in the mood, LOL.

ShanEnri's avatar

I love everything 80’s!!! Music was the best though. It had some of my favorite movies, like “The Breakfast Club” and “My Chauffeur” and there was that great tv show “V”. I turned 10 in 1980 and so my best years growing up were in the 80’s!

jerv's avatar

I remember the cool toys like G.I. Joe tanks that looked plausible, or Transformers that actually looked like real cars/planes when transformed.

Looney Tunes were the cartoon; three hours worth every Saturday morning.

Hulkamania was running wild, and Michael Jackson still had a nose.

My gawd, the hair bands…. ‘scuse me while I go to therapy to try and re-forget Winger.

Berserker's avatar

I’m more of a nineties baby, but I was born in the eighties. Don’t remember so much cuz I was too young to fully appreciate or get into much of anything in the way I did as a teen and do now. But I remember a bunch of French cartoons about animals, insects and Astérix. Lol he kicks ass. I also remember the Child’s Play movies which I really loved, and was so hyped when the third one came around, even thought that was in 1991. (my mom let me watch whatever horror I wanted, except the Halloween movies, which is odd since my dad let me watch them later, and number 2 scared the shit out of me for years; it’s like she knew it would scare me) I really wish I was born earlier so that I could have lived the eighties as a teen, seemed so much fun, and I love the fashions and styles from back then, even if people all laugh at it today.
I woulda been one of those punk rock chicks with a leather jacket, puffy hair and filing my nails with a switchblade. Instead, I spent my teens as a Goth. Lame.

also, I watch too much fuckin movies

Dutchess_III's avatar

Having babies in the 80’s. VCR’s came out then.

Berserker's avatar

VCR’s rule. They had that whole warm and fuzzy feeling thing going on. DVD’s are so cold and evil, and BluRay is fuckin Satan Himself.

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline Then I’m lying down with Satan then, watching TruBlood. Bwahahaha! Blu-Ray’s the Digital Devil!

But yeah, I miss betamax tapes, VHS tapes, music cassettes, my JVC hi-fi radio. And those Behind the Scenes TV programs where they show how movies were made. Also…here goes…“By The Power of Grayskulllll!!!” : )

Berserker's avatar

Note, I also share my bed with Satan, but jess sayin lol

mazingerz88's avatar

@Symbeline Will you kill the unicorn then? ( an 80’s seduction scene…arrhh… )

Berserker's avatar

The dreams of youth are the regrets of maturity.

Holy shit. Satan is one deep guy. srsly I have no idea what this movie is But even so, I’m pretty sure that Lord of the Rings movies have some props to give, here.

dontmindme's avatar

@ShanEnri “My Chauffeur” I almost forgot about that movie. What a flashback for me! I was a huge fan of Deborah Foreman at the time. I loved her movies, especially April Fool’s Day, Lobster Man From Mars and Valley Girl.

Oh man, how I miss the 80s. (I was a teen then.) I don’t miss the big hair. Aqua Net stank.

prasad's avatar

What decade is 80s really? 1971–1980 or 1981–1990?

I remember I liked to watch Small Wonder(TV_series), flying house, Popeye, and Tom & Jerry on TV. We used to play lots of Cricket and many other local games. In summer vacation, we used to play indoor games and swimming in the morning. Those good old days…vacations…we played from morning through out day till night…was very much fun!

dontmindme's avatar

@prasad 1980–1989. or we can go wiki and say, “The Eighties” or “the ‘80s”, was the decade that began on Tuesday January 1, 1980, and ended on Sunday December 31, 1989. This was the ninth decade of the 20th century.

prasad's avatar

@dontmindme Thanks. I was born then. And so, I was a teen in 90s.

dontmindme's avatar

90s were a good time too =)

augustlan's avatar

80s teen here. Duuude, it was freaking awesome. Fun music, including new wave & punk, fashion that seemed very cool at the time, lots of freedom, the first half of the decade was pre-AIDS (or at least, we didn’t know about AIDS, yet). MTV showed music videos and nothing else, really. Great movies, roller skating or ice skating at a rink every weekend, breakdancing (I didn’t do it, but lots of my friends did). Basically, we had a blast.

Only138's avatar

Ha ha. The 80’s. The land of Parachute pants, glam metal and pop rocks. LOL Loved it.

buster's avatar

I was born in 81. I remember starting kindergaren in 1987. Mom had these big red plastic framed eyeglasses and a big ole perm. She would pick me up from school in her Chrysler Reliant and we drove around bumping Michael Jackson and Dire Strait cassette. I loved Skeletor and and loathed He-Man because archenemies are badass and Bad was my favorite Michael Jackson song. Skeletor also looked sort of like he could have been in the Thriller video.

Only138's avatar

@buster Ha ha. He-Man was a sissy. Skeletor Ruled! :)

Berserker's avatar

Wasn’t there this big guy in He Man/Master of the Universe/whatever that had a huge hand, and his name was Fisto?

Seriously what the fuck, no one saw that coming?

And aye, all hail Skeletor!

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