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I Love the '80s

Kimberly "kimberly_a"
The list author says: "I was in high school in the mid-1980s, and so it is a time period very dear to me, and it probably warped my brain a bit."
Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s (Tracking Pop)
Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s (Tracking Pop)
"I haven't read this book yet, but it's on my wish list, because it sounds interesting."
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything
"Want!"
Who Can It Be Now: The Lyrics Game That Takes You Back To The 80s One Line At A Time
Who Can It Be Now: The Lyrics Game That Takes You Back To The 80s One Line At A Time
"Want!"
Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade
Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade
"Want!"
Say Anything: The Movie Quote Game That Takes You Back to the '80s One Line at a Time
Say Anything: The Movie Quote Game That Takes You Back to the '80s One Line at a Time
"Want!"
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Bueller...Bueller... Edition)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Bueller...Bueller... Edition)
"Who can forget Ferris dancing and lip syncing on the float in the parade? Or "Bueller, Bueller, Bueller"? I have no doubt that this was one of the best movies of the 1980's, and I find it infinitely rewatchable."
Catching Up With Depeche Mode
Catching Up With Depeche Mode
"One of my favorite bands from high school, and I still enjoy listening to their music."
Spring Winds of Beijing
Spring Winds of Beijing
"An account of the events in Beijing in the summer of 1989, including the tragedy at Tienanmen Square."
The Breakfast Club (High School Reunion Collection)
The Breakfast Club (High School Reunion Collection)
"One of the most famous movies of the 80s."
Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
Blade Runner (The Director's Cut)
"Amazing movie."
Risky Business (25th Anniversary Edition)
Risky Business (25th Anniversary Edition)
"Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear is pretty iconic. It's too bad he went completely insane later on in his career."
Real Genius
Real Genius
"The best Val Kilmer movie I've ever seen. I mean, I liked him in "Top Gun," but here he's absolutely hilarious."
Top Gun (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
Top Gun (Widescreen Special Collector's Edition)
"The soundtrack of the 80s. It seemed like every teen couple considered "Take My Breath Away" to be "their song.""
Mtv First 1000 Years: New Wave
Mtv First 1000 Years: New Wave
"All the songs you remember best."
Essential Adam Ant
Essential Adam Ant
"He looks pretty cheesy when you look back, but at the time I thought Adam Ant was pretty "rad," and I still listen to some of his music (including some of the Adam and the Ants stuff)."
The Cure - Greatest Hits
The Cure - Greatest Hits
"Another of my favorite bands from the old days, and I think much of their music has stood up quite well to the test of time. Who doesn't like "Love Cats"?"
The Hurting
The Hurting
"This was one of my favorite albums during my sophomore year in high school, when I was all moody and teenage-ish, hiding in my bedroom and thinking that the world sucked. But the songs are still interesting, even now that I'm less moody and teenage-ish."
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
"I remember refusing to go see this movie when it first came out, because I was convinced that it would be stupid. Okay, so it is, but it's also funny in a sort of intellectual way, which I found really surprising."
The Best of the 80's: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
The Best of the 80's: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
"Squeeze, Soft Cell, Berlin ... good stuff."
Dead Man's Party
Dead Man's Party
"Excellent excellent excellent music, from back before Danny Elfman became one of the most highly respected movie score writers in the world."
Only A Lad
Only A Lad
"How twisted and funny can you get? Oingo Boingo have the answer."
Rio
Rio
"How can one possibly make a list of 1980s stuff without including Duran Duran's "Rio"? Who hasn't watched the "Hungry Like the Wolf" video?"
Duran Duran: Sing Blue Silver
Duran Duran: Sing Blue Silver
"This documentary following Duran Duran on their 1984 tour. I haven't watched the DVD (I've only seen it on VHS, because I'm an old fogey.), and I've heard it might have some audio issues, so let the buyer beware."
MacGyver - The Complete First Season
MacGyver - The Complete First Season
"Wow. I *loved* this show when I was a little kid, and the show has had such an incredible influence on popular culture that "to MacGyver" has become a common verb, even among young folk who probably have never seen the show in their lives. I warn you, though, that I watched a couple episodes of this show recently, and they are pretty terrible. But still ... there's a major nostalgia factor."
Knight Rider - Season One
Knight Rider - Season One
"It's the Hoff! How can you not love the Hoff? I don't think he ever tried to each a burger while lying on the floor in any of the show's episodes, though, or it might have been a lot funnier."
Remington Steele: Season 1
Remington Steele: Season 1
"Here you've got Pierce Brosnan long before he was James Bond, but man he was already sexy as hell!"
Dynasty - Seasons 1 & 2
Dynasty - Seasons 1 & 2
"I never watched this show, because I'm not particularly interested in women in furs throwing each other into swimming pools, but I suppose any truly thorough collection of 80s stuff should mention it, because there were a few years there when it seemed like *everybody* was watching and talking about it."
Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)
Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)
"One of John Hughes' best."
It
It
"One of the most popular novels of the decade, and still an excellent (and creepy) story."
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
"Okay, this book is ridiculously expensive and so I personally haven't bought it, and I instead own some of the less "complete" volumes, but I wanted to just list one entry for the entire series. "Calvin and Hobbes" appeared in late 1985 and was pretty much an overnight sensation. I mean how can you not love it? I have no doubt the entire run of the strip will become a longtime classic."
Garfield Fat Cat Volume 1
Garfield Fat Cat Volume 1
"Bleh. I'm not a Garfield fan -- how many times can you tell lasagna jokes? -- but it was way big in the 80s, so I'm including it here."
Live Aid  (4 Disc Set)
Live Aid (4 Disc Set)
"I didn't see every single moment of Live Aid, of course, but I remember watching *hours* of it on tv. It was a pretty momentous undertaking at the time. Maybe it still is even now!"
Flashdance
Flashdance
"The movie that started the massive "cut-up shirt" and leg warmer trends. Heaven help us."
Ghostbusters (Widescreen Edition)
Ghostbusters (Widescreen Edition)
"It may be true that no one in Western culture (and perhaps beyond) will ever again be able to say, "Who ya gonna call?" with a straight face."
Ronald Reagan - Address on the Space Shuttle Challenger (Jan. 28, 1986)
Ronald Reagan - Address on the Space Shuttle Challenger (Jan. 28, 1986)
"I remember watching the Challenger explosion when it aired live on tv, and it had a big emotional impact on me."
Rubik's Cube
Rubik's Cube
"Does anyone really play with Rubik's Cubes anymore? Well, apparently they are still on sale on Amazon!"
Valley Girl
Valley Girl
"Before he was famous, long before he won an Oscar, Nicolas Cage was great in this little film that presents a great portrait of the whole "valley" fad in the 80s."
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
"Sadly, this documentary that details the making of the ground-breaking single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is not currently available on DVD. Instead, it is available only on VHS, the same format on which I watched it some 25 years ago. Ouch. I am old."
Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter
Chernobyl: Confessions of a Reporter
"Okay, so this isn't as lighthearted and fun as most items on this list, but the disaster at Chernobyl was one of the biggest events of the 1980s."
Right Here Right Now
Right Here Right Now
"I remember that this song came out right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and so it always reminds me of that optimistic time, of sitting there in front of the tv and watching a barrier that had always seemed permanent ... coming down. People becoming free. It was inspiring."