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  • You know you're from the 80's when....

    Take a look at this list. If you can identify with more than half of them, you are a child of the 1980's.

    "Alternative" music actually was...and not popular Top 40 tunes.
    "Ca-vey Wa-vey!" means anything to you.

    "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang was one of the hot new songs when you first heard it at a school dance

    "Poltergeist" totally freaked you out.

    (Girls) You owned a pair of Pixie Boots, generally worn with leg warmers.

    At one point during your teenage years, you walked with a noticeable tilt to one side due to the number of plastic rings on that arm.

    Atari, IntelliVision, TelStar and Coleco were the ultimate gaming systems to own.

    Cerise pink, electric blue and banana yellow have ever featured in your wardrobe or make-up collection.

    Chevy Chase was really funny in those Vacation movies.

    Conveyor belts regularly carried washing machines, deep-fat fryers and a cuddly toy.

    Dungeons & Dragons was your favorite cartoon.

    Four-square was THE playground game.

    Guys: You remember when a guy piercing his ear was radical to the max, but did it anyhow.

    If you ever said "I pity the fool".

    In many of your childhood photos you are wearing something plaid.

    Jelly bracelets & shoes!

    Leg warmers and headbands alá Pat Benatar once looked really cool to you.

    Never let them see you sweat.

    Not that you'd do it personally, but body piercing captivates your attention

    Once, while spending hours in the arcade, you actually lined up quarters on the top panel of the game -- to "reserve" your spot.

    One word: Izod.

    Ooh, you could crush a Grape!

    Parachuting Action man was your favorite toy.

    Partying "like it's 1999" seemed SO far away.

    Pierce Brosnon will always be Remington Steele, not James Bond.

    Poltergeist freaked you out.

    Punks actually "shocked" people.

    Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language

    Shiny grey flecked suits.

    Spend a majority of your time in your late 20s & early 30s obsessing over how much better things were "back then".

    The Brady Bunch movie brought back cool memories

    The Dark Crystal is still one of your favorite movies.

    The first time you ever kissed someone at a dance fell during "Crazy for You" by Madonna

    The phrase "Where's the beef?" still doubles you over with laughter

    The TV movie "The Day After" still scares the heck out of you.

    There were at least three people in your school that voluntarily went by the names of "Skip" "Buffy" "Muffy" or "Dexter."

    You thought eating Reese's Pieces would attract your own Alien.

    There were days that the homework just had to wait until the ABC Afterschool Special was over.

    This rings a bell: "and my name, is Charlie. They work for me."

    U2 is too "popular" and "mainstream" for you now

    When someone mentions two consecutive days of the week, the Happy Days theme is stuck in your head for hours on end.

    While in high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and over again.

    Words: "Atari" "IntelliVision" and "Coleco". Sound familiar?

    You actually believed for a minute that K.I.T. (The night rider) actually was real.

    You actually know who Rick Springfield is

    You actually saw Ted Danson as the MacDaddy he played "Sam" to be.

    You actually spent countless hours trying to perfect the care-bear stare.

    You actually thought "Dirty Dancing" was a REALLY good movie.

    You always wondered why Tootie always wore those skates.

    You are still baffled by the "day glo" clothing trend.

    You believed that "By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power!"

    You can name at least half of the members of the elite "Brat Pack."

    You can remember Michael Jackson when he was black.

    You can remember watching Full House and Saved by the Bell for endless hours.

    You can remember what Quatro tasted like.

    You can sing the McDonald's Big Mack Filet-o-fish, quarter pounder, French Fry song while jump roping.

    You can still sing the rap to "Fresh Prince of Belair".

    You can, right now, hum to yourself the theme to 'Inspector Gadget'

    You can't remember a time when "going out for coffee" DIDN'T involve 49,000 selections to choose from.

    You can't remember a time when "hitting the outlet stores" didn't mean going to an electrical warehouse

    You can't remember when the word "networking" didn't have a computer connotation to it as well

    You carried a big colored comb in your back pocket.

    You carried you lunch to school in a Gremlins or an ET lunchbox.

    You chewed Dr. Pepper bubble gum.

    You could break dance, or wish you could.

    You could go through a case of Aqua Net hairspray in a week.

    You could have got away with it if it hadn't been for those meddling kids.

    You cried at Zammo's funeral.

    You even wore fluorescent, neon if you will, clothing.

    You ever did the top toggle of your coat up around your neck without having your arms in the sleeves, and knew you looked like a super-hero.

    You ever dressed to emulate a person you saw in either a Duran Duran, Madonna, or Cyndi Lauper video.

    You ever had a Swatch Watch, and a Swatch Guard for it.

    You ever had more than 10 sweets in a 10p mix-up.

    You ever owned a pair of "Pop-Wheels"—that handy little combination of shoe and roller skate that lasted about a year on the open market.

    You ever owned a thin, black leather tie (and were proud of it), or worse it was patterned like a piano.

    You ever owned one of those embarrassing crimping irons.

    You ever said "It's my ball, and if I can't be Kevin Keegan I'm going home!"

    You ever uttered the word "Radical!"

    You ever wanted to be gagged with a spoon.

    You ever wore fluorescent—neon if you will—clothing...

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  • #2
    You fell out with friends during heated arguments about the relative merits of Matt & Luke.

    You fell victim to 80's fashion: big hair, crimped, combed over to the side, and you wore spandex pants.

    You freaked out a little when you realized you fall into the "26-50" category of most surveys.

    You got a Little Professor calculator for Christmas.

    You had a crush on Bo Derek.

    You had a crush on Jon Bon Jovi, or know someone who did.

    You had a crush on one of the Corey's (Haim or Feldman).

    You had a crush on one of the New Kids on the Block members.

    You had a poster of Rob Lowe, Kirk Cameron, Michael J. Fox or Don Johnson on your wall.

    You had a Swatch Watch with the Swatch Guard.

    You had MALL Hair.

    You had slouch socks, and puff painted your own shirt at least once.

    You had to come in the house when the street lights came on.

    You HAD to have your MTV.

    You had to stay after class to scrub your desk because your silver Outliner pen leaked through.

    You had top-of-the-line Commodore 64s in your jr. high computer lab

    You had Wonder Woman or Superman underoos.

    You have a tendency to turn the collar up on your Polo shirts.

    You have ever called 867-5309.

    You have ever danced (or even worse cried) to Kylie & Jason.

    You have ever po-goed or space-hopped.

    You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the ONLY female Smurf.

    You have heard of "Garbage Pail Kids" (and perhaps still have a collection of them).

    You have seen at least 10 episodes of Fraggle Rock.

    You have worn a Banana Clip, or knew someone who did.

    You held the top score on Pac-Man.

    You hid out behind the gym during recess to read "Are you there God, it’s me Margaret?" with your friends.

    You hold a special place in your heart for "Back to the Future."

    You inserted the word "like" into, like, every sentence.

    You jammed to the Miami Vice theme and thought Jan Hammer was cool.

    You just had to have a Trapper Keeper to stay organized at school.

    You knew "The Artist" when he was humbly called "Prince."

    You knew all the words to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire", but it really didn't hold any meaning for you until about the third verse

    You knew what Willis was "talkin' 'bout."

    You knew who Max's boss Jonathan Hart was.

    You know all of the words to at least one of the Schoolhouse Rock songs.

    You know all the words to "Ice Ice Baby".

    You know how (or wanted to be able) to Moonwalk!

    You know how to use a rotary phone.

    You know that another name for a keyboard is a "Synthesizer."

    You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, Wax off."

    You know what "Push Up" ice cream is.

    You know what "sike" and "not!" mean

    You know what a "burnout" is.

    You know what a "Whammee" is..

    You know what a Doozer is.

    You know what leg warmers are and probably had a pair.

    You know what movie the phrase, "Number 5 is alive!" is from.

    You know where to go if you "wanna go where everybody knows your name."

    You know who Derek Wildstar, Mark Venture, Captain Avatar, Nova and Desslock are.

    You know who Fat Albert is.

    You know who He-Man and She-Ra are.

    You know who Max Headroom is.

    You know who Mr. T is.

    You know who played Uncle Ned, Elyse’s brother, on Family Ties.

    You know who Spuds McKenzie, The Noid, and Joe Isuzu are.

    You know who Tina Yothers is.

    You know, by heart, the words to any "Weird" Al Yankovic song.

    You layered your multi-colored slouch socks, and added suspenders to make your outfit complete.

    You like the guy who played Freddy Kruger better as Wilie on "V".

    You made Star Wars shrinky dinks in your oven.

    You never questioned why the A-Team were always imprisoned in places that had sufficient tools to build an armored tank.

    You never thought they’d be able to top the special effects in TRON.

    You own a real Rubik’s Cube

    You own any cassettes or records.

    You owned a *realRubik's cube.

    You owned a doll with 'Xavier Roberts' signed on it's butt.

    You owned a Jordache anything, or you remember when Jordache jeans were cool.

    You owned a T-shirt that said, "I shot J. R. " or know someone who did.

    You owned at least one Choose Your Own Adventure book.

    You owned, or wanted a "Frankie says..." T-shirt.

    You owned/operated a 'Trapper Keeper'

    You played with Lego’s when they were just blocks of various sizes, not any of the special little parts.

    You remember "Friday Night Videos" before the days of MTV.

    You remember and/or owned any of the Care Bear glass collections from Pizza Hut.

    You remember any or all of the following: Echo & the Bunnymen, Cutting Crew, Scritti Politti, or Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark.

    You remember Dirk Benedict as Starbuck long before he played Face.

    You remember exactly where you were when you heard the space shuttle had exploded.

    You remember Look In magazine, and when it was only 20p

    You remember Michael Jackson when he was still black.

    You remember the aerobie scare.

    You remember the days that hooking your computer into your TV wasn't an expensive option that required gadgets - it was the ONLY WAY to use your computer!

    you remember the days when "safe sex" meant "my parents are gone for the weekend"

    You remember the episode of Good Times when Flo broke down after James' funeral.

    you remember the first time "Space: Above and Beyond" aired it was called "Battlestar Galactica"

    You remember the original version of Windows: Macintosh.

    You remember when ATARI was a state of the art video game system

    You remember when Betamax was at the cutting edge of technology.

    You remember when cellular phones weighed 15 lbs. and had to be carried over your shoulder.

    You remember when Deborah Gibson was "Debbie" Gibson.

    You remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever possibly get better special effects than those in the movie TRON.

    You remember when Jordache jeans with a flat-handle comb in the back pocket was cool.

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    • #3
      You remember when Keith Chegwin & Maggie Philbin were the hottest romantic couple.

      You remember when Madonna was just hitting the scene.

      You remember when McDonald’s served their burgers in styrofoam boxes.

      You remember when Molly Ringwald was on Facts of Life.

      you remember when music that was labeled "alternative" really was

      You remember when Ricky Martin was a member of Menudo.

      You remember when Saturday Night Live was funny.

      You remember when the A-Ha video was the pinnacle of modern technology, and you can still sing all the words.

      You remember when you could buy half cans of soda (great for field trip days!).

      You remember with pain the sad day when the Green Machine hit the streets and made your old big wheel quite obsolete.

      You rolled the sleeves of your suit jacket up

      You sat on your back porch, playing with your "My Little Pony" , "Rainbow Brite" , and "Strawberry Shortcake" dolls

      You skipped school on the day Luke and Laura got married on General Hospital.

      You stared a SLAM book or wrote in one.

      You still know the Big Mac song. "Two all beef patties, special sauce…"

      You still love to play Pong!

      You think there should be a Kids Incorporated original cast reunion.

      You thought "Weird Science" was a masterpiece.

      You thought being a latch key kid was completely normal.

      You thought Molly Ringwald was REALLY cool.

      You thought that Transformers were more than meets the eye.

      You thought UTFOs "Roxanne, Roxanne" song was the bomb!

      You totally LOVED Barbie's cooler, punkier counterpart, "Jem" and her "Rockers"

      You tried a can of clear Pepsi but hated it like everyone else did.

      You tried to convince your Dad to fit a strip of red lights on the front of his Capri so it looked like KITT.

      You tried to set up a "Famous Five" or "Secret Seven" gang with your school friends.

      You used to hold in your head the thought that all those gold chains on Mr. T actually looked kinda cool and the thought that Mr. T made millions seemed rational to you at the time.

      You used to own a Snoopy Sno Cone Machine.

      You wanted to be a Goonie.

      You wanted to be either Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.

      You wanted to be on Star Search.

      You wanted to be The Hulk for Halloween.

      You wanted to communicate with Synergy, or you wanted green hair like that lead singer of the Misfits.

      You wanted to dress like the Hulk or She-Ra at Halloween.

      You wanted to have an alien like Alf living in your house.

      you watched HR Puffenstuff as a child, but now that you're older, you really understand that it would have been much betterhad you known about drugs at the time

      You watched Mary Lou Retton win the gold.

      You watched Purple Rain over and over again.

      You went to school with Pogo Patterson, Gripper Stebson, and Ro-land.

      You were a "wanna be". Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, etc.

      You were afraid of the Sleestacks on Land of The Lost.

      you were convinced for years that Batman was a mildly overweight man with a moderate beer belly who wore his under wearoutside of his clothes and talked strangely

      You were disappointed when an episode of 3-2-1 Contact didn’t include a Bloodhound Gang segment.

      You were in Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts but now you have no idea what all the badges you got were for.

      You were led to believe that in the year 2000 we'd all be living on the moon.

      You were only cool if you hung out at the Roller Rink and actually knew how to skate.

      You were sad when the "Where's the Beef" lady died.

      you were shocked and horrified at the Challenger explosion (which you were probably watching in school at the time), and yet,when someone mentions the name "JFK", the first thing you think of is "Oliver Stone"

      You were shocked by the controversial plot lines in Degrassi Junior High.

      You wondered why you and your mates never encountered diamond thieves whilst out on your BMXs.

      You wondered why your walkie-talkie didn't have the same range as those in the Red Hand Gang.

      You wore 3-8 different colored socks in layers and thought that the more you could wear the cooler you were.

      You wore a banana clip or one of those slap on wrist bands at some point during your youth.

      You wore a feather roach clip in your hair from the local carnival because you didn’t know what it really was.

      You wore biker shorts underneath a short skirt and felt stylish, or know someone who did.

      You wore biker shorts underneath a short skirt and felt stylish.

      You wore French rolls on the bottom of your splatter painted jeans.

      You wore loafers with everything, and you put the laces in those little rolls.

      You wore the little bootie socks with the colored balls on the back.

      You wore tights under shorts and felt stylish.

      You wrote your boyfriends name on the side of your canvas Keds.

      You yearned to be a member of The Babysitters Club, and tried to start a club of your own.

      you, yes you, sat down and memorized the entire lyric sheet to "It's the end of the world as we know it"

      Your all time favorite movie was Footloose and you actually thought that Kevin Bacon was HOT in it!!!

      Your best friend had a soda stream at home and you were jealous

      Your best party dress was either a ra-ra or puff-ball skirt.

      Your dream car was either: the A-team van, KITT or The General Lee.

      Your first computer was a Commodore 64 or an Atari 800.

      Your first date took you to the roller rink and you held hands for "Couples Only" skate.

      Your first Walkman weighed about as much as a brick.

      Your hair defied gravity.

      Your hair, at some point in time in the 80's, became something which can only be described by the phrase "I was experimenting."

      Your lunch times were spent perfecting swan dives and backspins.

      Your name is Jennifer or Jason.

      you're doing absolutely nothing with anything pertaining to your major degree

      You're parents wanted you to attend medical school, but you decided it was pointless since Quincy got all the babes, anyway.

      You're starting to believe that maybe 30 isn't so old after all, and it's those people over 40 you have to look out for.

      you're starting to dread your 30th birthday, and have even begun going into denial about it's possibility

      you're starting to get that "why aren't you married yet" spiel, not just from parents, but now from friends that

      you're starting to view getting carded to buy alcohol as a GOOD thing, and you're ready to marry the next person who cards you when you want to buy cigarettes.

      you're still occasionally suffering flashbacks from your 21st birthday party

      you've ever conversationally used the phrase "Jane, you ignorant slut"

      you've ever said "I'm a vegetarian" and immediately had someone call you a hypocrite by saying "Nice leather jacket you have there...and gee, is that a suede bag...those shoes leather, too?"

      You've ever shopped at a Banana Republic or Benetton, but not in the last five years, okay?

      You've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following phrases: - "When I was younger" - "When I was your age" - "You know, back when..." - "Because I SAID so, that's why" - "What the HELL is this noise on the radio?" - "Just can't (fill in the blank) like I used to"

      Hope you got a laugh out of these.


      • #4
        Whoa. That was amusing at first but there was simply too much to process. I don't believe I'll have trouble sleeping now.
        "You can't take the sky from me..."
        "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"


        • #5
          Cerise pink, electric blue and banana yellow have ever featured in your wardrobe or make-up collection.
          Yes, definitely, probably wore them all together even!

          "Poltergeist" totally freaked you out.
          It did, lol !

          (Girls) You owned a pair of Pixie Boots, generally worn with leg warmers.
          I'd forgotten about them boots, horribly uncomfortable they were too!

          The 80s, don't I miss them, the decade of good taste!


          • #6
            Originally posted by Javalon
            Whoa. That was amusing at first but there was simply too much to process. I don't believe I'll have trouble sleeping now.
            It must have been a particularly long decade!


            • #7
              Definitely a child of the 80's here... 8-18 years old during that decade, but some of those don't apply. Either too early or too late - if you ask me. For instance, "Jane, you ignorant..." was from circa '77, I think. (reruns maybe? )

              I would like to add one:

              If you read that entire list then you're NOT a child of the 80's. Gen-X'ers had ADD before ADD was ADD.
              Winter is Coming!


              • #8
                Graduated High School in '85, so yeah, most of those hit me right between the eyes


                • #9
                  I "grew up" in the 80's so I know most of that stuff. As a matter of fact, my wife is throwing me an 80's themed birthday party in November. Still love and listen to 80's music, just check my sig and that say's it all for me.