Jay, and Corky recently sent me on a trip through the 80s. What with Jay's post about infamous strip tease scenes, and the oiled up chest of Tom Cruise (neither of which I ever found attractive as a woman), and Corky's 'up close and personal' showcasing of Steve Perry's junk (or wad, crotch, etc). I couldn't help but get stuck in my own 80s trap.
I kept getting songs stuck in my head such as Sting and the Police with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", and others like that who used to frequent "Friday Night Videos".
The Cars with "You Might Think"
I guess the 80s was alot of things for me... I learned to drive (well I actually learned to drive when I was like 2), I fell in love (many, many times). I obsessed over music, and spent hours in front of my stereo making the ever-popular "Mix Tapes" for myself, my friends and of course my 'true love' of the week. [Note: I still do "Mix Tapes" even today, but now they are CD compilations, or Mp3 compilations]
We went to movies in theaters and hit up the "Skating Rink", and drove around wasting gas and listening to Ratt and Motley Crue, Van Halen, Kiss. [I, of course, got a bit more eclectic than some of my friends, as I got way into New Wave, and Punk, and other genres.
We mall-hopped, and scouted for guys and solved our Rubik's cubes, and teased hair, and shared many laughs about things we thought at the time to be 'out of date', never really realizing just how cheesy and terrible a time we were living in ourselves!
And "Gag me with a Spoon!!" can you recall some of the 1980s Slang??
The 1980s was memorable to many of us for different reasons, but to me, the essence of the 80s was marked by things like "Pac Man", "The Cosby Show" and Cabbage Patch dolls made by my sister (which were way better than the ones that people killed each other in stores for). It was about "Thriller", "Dallas", and "The Dukes of Hazzard"... the dawning of a new age in technology. The CD was born, there were Mullets galore, and benefit concerts all over. Check the 1980s Timeline!
But most of all, the 80s was a time when my family was still full of fresh, happy faces and promises and dreams of the future. We spent time together, and holidays were always full of magic and laughter. I can still hear the echo, it doesn't seem that far behind me; some days, I can still hear the faint sound of bad music and smell the Aqua Net hairspray and perfumes.
Still I can't help but giggle at Steve Perry with that hair, and those tight jeans...