Why Growing Up In The 80s Was Simply The Best

I graduated High School in 1984. I am the epitome of an 80s Kid. I have tried many many times to explain the 80s to my own children. It’s a difficult decade to explain because most of todays pop culture gets it wrong.

I recently ran into one of my students as she was going to an 80s party. She had on literally EVERY cliche 80s fashion. From BIG bangs to a mullet with a rat tail. A Michael Jackson glove, MC Hammer Pants with a fanny pack. Crazy colorful makeup yet managed to put on black eyeliner. Dangly earrings that nearly touched the massive shoulder pads in her jacket.

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You can pick on us for our fashion and hair- BUT WE HAD THE BEST MUSIC and MOST OF THE BEST MOVIES.

 

In the 80s It was OK, or even expected for kids to get hurt. We were kids. We got bumps, bruises, cuts and were roughed up on a regular basis. Our feelings were hurt and we somehow had the support systems in place to overcome this adversity. SURE I did stupid things. But I learned that doing something stupid had consequences.

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We spent countless hours outside. Largely unsupervised. I do not think my parents EVER knew where we were. They knew we were “out”.  We were with friends. The media today makes their money by frightening you. They want you to believe there is a predator at every corner. That drug dealers are just giving drugs away to children (because that is a good business plan?!).

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80s music. Loved and Hated.

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I was able to see a lot of great bands in the 80s. Bands that were still around from the 60s as well as bands that were new and on their way up. Of course there are Rolling Stones and The Who which somehow are still around and on tour! (Not in any particular order. Just what I remember. (Bjorn, Joe- What am I forgetting?)

  • The Kinks
  • The Ramones
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • The Police
  • Psychedelic Furs
  • Big Country
  • The Alarm
  • Run DMC
  • Beastie Boys
  • Black Flag
  • Depeche Mode
  • The Smiths
  • The Cure
  • David Bowie
  • Asia
  • Sugar Cubes
  • Talking Heads
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Peter Gabriel

 

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I remember when one of my students asked me if I passed notes when I was in school. Apparently her mother told her about passing notes. The good thing is you could always destroy a note. Burn it, flush it, eat it if necessary to get rid of the evidence. Try that with an iPhone.

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As the 80’s turned into the 90’s there were big changes. The Reagan/Bush era turned to the Clintons. Germany reunified.

 

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There is Power when we stand together

This morning I was working out when “Learning To Fly” by Foo Fighters came on my iPhone. It has always been a personal favorite and I was really getting into it (and reminding my self NOT to sing out loud in Planet Fitness). When I got home I was looking for their video on youtube  to send to a friend as my “song of the day”.

What I came across was this:

The Rockin’ 1000. 1000 musicians play Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters to ask Dave Grohl to come and play in Cesena, Italy.

The Rockin’ 1000 organized in Cesena Italy in 2015 as a stunt to get Foo Fighters to play a concert there.  They were originally organized in a crowdfunding effort by Fabio Zaffagnini. Their initial performance in 2015 was made under the direction of Marco Sabiu.[5]

In November of that 2015 Foo Fighters came in a played a concert there!

 

Lesson- If you stand together- you can do just about anything.