The 80’s> You.

Hello my dear readers! 🙂


First of all I want to say how happy I am that this blog is progressing! 🙂 846 views! Wow. I would have never expected this.Thank you! 846 of you somewhere in the world have seen this blog -unless I’m wrong and someone is viewing my blog over and over again in that case it would be creepy haha.


Secondly, I’ve chosen a very interesting topic which is close to my heart.

So I hope you all enjoy and leave your comments below!


From a very young age I suppose I was exposed to a lot of music and not just any music. The greatest music of all kind and for a long time at school I had people baffled as to who I was listening to and why?

Don’t get me wrong, The Jonas Brothers were like total babes(not really) when I was growing up but there was something about the Beatles that just excited me.


So if you haven’t already guessed it. I’m going to talk about the 80’s.

I’m pretty sure most of you have watched Pitch Perfect(and are obviously anticipating the sequel as much as I am) and if you have, the name The Breakfast Club rings a bell ESPECIALLY the very last scene where Judd Nelson puts his arm in the air and Don’t You Forget About Me starts playing.


This particular scene screams the 80’s if I were to analyze it. Eh, what the heck? I will.

Okay, so Judd Nelson is wearing this extremely hobo looking jacket and these punk fingerless gloves which give him the complete Stoner look and actually make him look like a modern day Doctor Who when you take a closer look but this of course is my point of view entirely. 

To you, he might look like…well…a hobo. But I personally LOVE the way he’s dressed. It’s both preppy and punk all at once which brings me to ..

The 80’s dressing.

 

The dressing of the 80’s was so LOUD, wild and over the top with no expense spared for big hair, make up and stylish accessories. Hats off to the 80’s kids because they managed to pull it off and bring it back once more! Everywhere I go I seem to see the 80’s fashion coming back and that brings about a sense of nostalgia.(Despite the fact that I was born in the 90’s)

 

Accomplishments of the 80’s.

 

 

Well before there was YouTube and streaming there was MTV and before August 1981 there was NO MTV. The 80’s saw the revolutionary of MTV and the very first music video played was Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles.

 

McDonalds Chicken McNuggets were introduced to it’s menu in 1981 changing the lives of children everywhere in the world!

 

There were a total of 8 Friday the 13th movies in the decade ensuring at least a few days of sleeplessness during the year.

 

The drink which gives you wings, Red Bull, was first officially available in 1987 along with the same slogan used till date.

 

Before the 80’s nothing was censored.

 
 

 

This is my all-time favourite! 

The 80’s music was and still continues to be legendary. My personal favourites are the Beatles, Guns N Roses, The Cure and The Police. Not to mention some of the classics like Hall and Oates, Pat Benetar and Duran Duran. 

 
 

Don’t You Forget About Me- Simple Minds.

 

 

Boys Don’t Cry- The Cure.

 

 

Love Is A Battlefield- Pat Benetar.

 

Uptown Girl- Billy Joel.

 

Many people I know don’t really like these tunes but they speak to me on a very personal level because they’re clean and positive and lively which every good song should be. I absolutely detest the techo-house music they play on the radio these days but to each its own I suppose. Also, songs back then had meaning where as now songs are(as cliche as it is to say) all about Sex, Drugs, Money and Fame.

 

Things the 80’s made.

  Source: nme.com                                                       

1) Mixtapes.

 

Ugghhhh, CD’s ruined everything didn’t they?

There was just something about selecting a song, setting up the tape deck and designing the cover of the tape with a personal message for that special someone. Making a playlist just isn’t the same, isn’t it?

 

2)Teen Movies.

 

The 80’s saw the rising of the teenage movies. From Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club to darker ones like Heathers. All these were resonant and beautifully captured movies about the reality of being a teenager.

 

3) ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.’

 

The 80’s was the ultimate era of change for girls and women alike. Cyndi Lauper combined cartoons and bubblegum pop gems for her style. It is described as a “strong feminist statement”, an “anthem of female solidarity” and a “playful romp celebrating female camaraderie”.

 

 

4) The Cure

 

Robert Smith and his smeary lipstick gang filled the 80s with single after single of bizarre,cryptic and urgently wonderful tracks. Their run of game changing songs saw them repeatedly reinventing themselves and what they did.

 

5) The Smiths.

 

The Smiths’ run of singles from ‘Hand In Glove’ to ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ was of one the greatest in popular music. Jangling riffs met intelligent lyrics with psychosexual undertones – the effects were seismic for indie and music in general.

6)Super Mario Bros.

 

A time before computer games had an insane masochistic learning curve and a metatexual bent? They were happier, simpler times, where two badly drawn wise guys had to run away from dangerous mushrooms and save a princess.

 

7) Saturday mornings=music 

 

Waking up and realizing it’s a weekend is the best feeling in the world! Back in the 80’s they used to bliss out all day to the Chart Show and other music-heavy programs. Best way to relax if you’d ask me.

 

8) Weird toys.

 

You know what, maybe toys have always been weird. Maybe not. But the 80s was the decade of the Cabbage Patch Kid. No wonder it was also the decade that birthed Child’s Play with evil toy demon Chucky at the centre of the drama.

 

9) Saving up to buy an album.

 

Before we could download the entire history of music at the click of a button, there was a period of time where the goal was to amass £5.49 to get an album on cassette tape that’d you’d been wanting for ages. That was about two months’ worth of pocket money. Can you imagine?


10) The revelation of the music industries royal family.

 

This was the decade when a trio of ridiculously talented musicians (Prince, Michael Jackson and Madonna) ruled pop’s roost. Today we have Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Adele. You can’t help but feel something went wrong there. They also invented the moonwalk, power ballads and mullets!

 

11) Fan clubs.

 

Before the advent of the internet, the special relationship between fan and artist was harder to bridge. That’s where fan clubs came in. Membership of this elite organization afforded you entry into special newsletters, merchandise and behind the scenes stuff. Following Lady Gaga on Twitter and writing fan fiction is not the same thing.

 

Well these are all the things I love about the 80’s!

Which era do you prefer and why?

Until next time!

XXO,

Sara Malik.

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