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This was the defacto "80's Look" (87-91) at my high school, which was catholic, therefore, not a lot of autonomy when it came to dressing. Purses and shoes were the only real status symbols:

Girl: Huge hair. Probably permed. Upswept bangs, broccoli bangs, something I called "the cobra head" (teased sides and bangs). If you were an art chick, some kind of asymmetrical bob. If you were a skater. shaved save for one stray lock.
White uniform blouse, untucked. (Folded under to look tucked in as to avoid a demerit)
Plaid skirt. Too short with gym shorts hanging out.
At least two pairs of white (or gray or burgandy, as the dress code allowed) socks layered over each other
Topsiders, smashed down at the back so the foot slid in as it would a slipper. Laces knotted at the sides, something I could never do. The same girls who were masters at knotting their laces at the sides were the same girls who made those paper fortune teller things.
Esprirt or Liz bag

Boy: Crew cut (jocks). Quasi-mullet if the "party in back" part was no longer than collar. Skater-punk shaved in back, long in front (which I guess is kind of a reverse mullet). "The wall" - skater punk with the long part sprayed and teased. Occasional mohawk, guaranteed suspension.
Dress shirt, usually some horrid pastel, maybe a vest.
Dress pants, tucked and rolled up at the ankles. Suspenders optional.
Again with the layered socks.
Topsiders (cool guys painted anarchy symbols on their topsiders).
I always thought The Craft was supposed to be in the 80s, not the 90s. At least the "bad catholic school girl" look seems to be from then.
"broccoli bangs" Bwahaha!!!

Oh god, I'm so glad that my teen years straddled the mid-90's. I had a holey green sweater, a NIN shirt, painter's paints, black Sears workboots, and maybe a baby-barrette to hold back my pink streak.

It was good to be a kid in the 80's, though, because it was the height of the Saturday morning cartoon era. It's never been the same since.
Ha! I beg to differ!

Being a kid in the sixties was the coolest! We had -- bugs bunny cartoons, the archies, the Monkees, Batman, Star Trek -- all on TV, crazy monster shows like the Addams Family and the Munsters, really great real cars plus great car models, especially the flaming bloody eyeball driven by Frankenstein ones! Big Daddy Roth was doing those -- we had trolls, ratfinks and California Barbies. We could make our own rubber bugs and snakes with poisonous devices!

We could wear crazy colored flying flappy clothes that you could buy in Mainstream stores! And then, the summer -- the candy was so cool and cheap, the teenage boys were so awesome, and the music on the record player was like, Hermans Hermits, Cream and Jimi Hendrix. and rude stuff like the Troggs and Led Zeppelin.

Of course, this means that now I have to be an old fart.

but, be stuck going to school with people wearing blazer jackets and being horrible bitches because Madonna says that coolest thing for a girl to be is a money-grubbing, bitchy conformist cheerleader-- I think not
Actually, I take that back. The height of Saturday morning cartoonage was probably around the mid to late-70's, reaching it's peak with the Smurfs. It was on its way downhill around the mid to late 80's. It's so sad. Nowadays, kids get to watch whatever cartoon they want to watch whenever they want. I remember feeling really excited for Saturday morning cartoons. I wish today's kids could have that same feeling. Everything's a trade-off, I guess.

I don't like how cartoons are so overly-produced and clean looking these days. For the most part, I think computer animation is really lame. There are some good cartoons out there today that at least look hand-drawn, but not many. I like Arthur. The other problem with cartoons nowadays is that they're too educational. Everything has to have a lesson. Geesh. Just let He-Man waste Skeletor and leave it at that.
For anyone who thinks the 80's were the golden era of Saturday morning cartoondom, I give you...Alf.
Oh Wombat, we're truly of the same era. I was thinking the same thing about being a little kid in the late 60's and early 70's...and the Saturday morning cartoons weren't all about selling toys and bad cereal. Although I distinctly remember watching a cartoon based on The Osmonds, and for that I am richly ashamed.
But we did have the real Bugs Bunny and Warner Bros cartoons, with all their loaded satire that I never figured out till later (though I laughed anyway, cause it was still somehow funny).

And the teenaged boys WERE so awesome!! For some reason they all were really sweet and kinda conspiratorial with me and my little girlfriends. They let us ride their bikes (their prized possessions!), or they'd play cards or make stuff with us for hours on end if we had nothing else to do, or they'd just pay attention to us and look after us like they had this idea that it was their responsibility to do that. They were like the coolest older brothers and they just liked to spoil us with their time. I was too young to put words to it at the time, but I had major crushes on all of them. When we all got older and they started dating and even getting married? I remember feeling that I was actually a little disappointed they didn't wait to marry me!!

Also, when Madonna started to become really famous, I was out of the teenaged years. I am so thankful for having missed her many edicts of hugely critical demands for conformity at an age when I might have given her some serious thought. Bah.
Saturday Morning Cartoons existed for advertising aimed at kids. There was probably just a lot less shit back then, in the way of processed foods, etc.
well, okay, they had ads in between the cartoons for like, cereal, but they didn't have "action figures" based n the characters. And they didn't make everything super cutesy. I couldn't beieve they came out with those "baby" bug eyed versions of classic warner characters. I wanted to kill someone.

Yeah, the teenagers were nice to the kids and all into crafts and stuff because they wanted to be like hippies. It kind of sucked when I got to high school and there was just brown corduroy and Jefferson Starship. Waah! Why did it have to get not-cool by the time I got there?
Brown corduroy!!

I distinctly remember knowing that I was unredeemably uncool the day I walked down the school hallway with the goofy Science teacher as he escorted me to my biology exam in grade 11. Each of us made "shuff shuff" noises with our cords, and clomp clomp noises with our clogs. That alone was quite a lot for us to have in common!

No wonder we made such an effort with clothes and style when we got older, huh Wombat?
Exactamundo, chacha!!

After seeing the hippies and glam rockers (early 70s glam) and being too young/small town to participate, it sho sucked ass to have my parents buying me cool high school clothes which were all some kind of brown. I think I spent my whole high school years in corduroy, jeans, "shit-kicker" boots -- like, timberland type things -- and flannel shirts.

I could *not believe* "Grunge" bringing THAT back. Like, wrong 70s to copy, dude!

Alice Cooper, Bowie and New York Dolls kicked much ass.

I used to hang around with the high school slut girl because we both liked glam rock. I didn't care what else she did -- running away, stripping, hooking, going to juvie, whatever -- as long as she didn't play the Doobie Brothers. I'm serious.

I did manage to buy some stretchy glitter tops and I wore them with my mom's old clothes -- also, I have a picture of me wearing a red silk cami with lace trim, with pale yellow bellbottom and a little yellow hippie gauze jacket over it. I was a fake it too late to make it hippie until punk came along, cause that other stuff was UGGGGLLLLLYYY
Alice Cooper, Bowie and New York Dolls kicked much ass.

Did they ever. I think I coveted the two toned, graduated blunt haircut David Bowie wore on the cover of his Low album (and in that movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth) until yesterday. Today I still covet it, but I just want the one tone. And David Johansen? But now we're back in the 70's...
I heart chacha!!!

Bet nobody wants to go back to 80s technology though!!

Ugh -- the computers -- ugh -- changing darkroom chemicals ugh -- giant cellphones that I couldn't afford -- ugh trying to make casette tapes not go accordion on me, and walking around with a tape player around my neck! Good times, not.
The computers!!! Ha ha ha....I struggled with typewriters and liquid paper and typerase until the keys bore right through the paper...and then I had to start over. I was an English major in school--that meant a major essay at least once every 2 weeks all the way through uni. Everytime I thought of typing anything I was in despair...and then they invented the electronic typewriter...and the wordprocessor, and the actual PC. Which would have made my life easy...except they were a little out of my range.

suchh druuudddggeeerrrrryyyyyyy... I am sure glad that's over. I think my mother in law had one of those phones in a bag--considered a major step in advanced technology!--right up till 1996.

Wombat, lady, I think you're pretty fabulous yerself.
Oh. my. god. I'd forgotten about my precious Commodore 64! I remember spending a whole summer typing in hundreds and hundreds of lines of code from Compute! magazine, just to get a simple Pong-type program at the end! And my brother and I were so proud of ourselves....we would also make up super simple programs on our first Apple, just to taunt each other. Like making the words "sixela's brother is a RAT" repeat and flash on the screen, and making it difficult to stop....

Heehee, I never realized what geeks we were!

And I remember being excited to get the IBM Selectrics for typing class, there were only a few and we practically fought over them!

Or staying up all night in the HS computer lab (in elementary/junior high, but dad was the HS principal), playing computer games on the Apple IIe's with little to no graphics, just lines coming up on the green screen like "you have come to a fork in the path....". Or changing the monsters in the adventure games programming to be things like a carnivorous Guy Smiley, and thinking it was hysterical.....

/nostalgic geek rant
Oh god, y'all are bringing up bad memories. Technology still sucked in the mid-90's, too, when I was a student. I used a frellin' word processor for my papers. In college, we could type our papers in the computer lab, but it was still a pain in the ass. There were only a handful of kids in my dorm who had their own computers at the time, and this was at a big-ten school. I'm not sure, but I bet that there's a computer in almost every dorm room out there nowadays. I wonder if kids out there even know what White-Out is!!!

School must be super easy these days. There are systems that can look for plagiarism, but there's really no way to keep up with all of the information out there. It pisses me off, because I (and everyone older than me) had to do real work and research. At the same time, I'm glad that I learned how to do it the old-fashioned way. In fact, I'm really impressed by my mom and other college students who did an incredible job in college using just a typewriter and the Dewey Decimal system.
I think it's really interesting that we vary so much in our 80's experiences. I was born in '79, so I was just a little kid. I had an older brother and sister, so I was really exposed to tween pop culture. By the time I came along, my parents had chilled out a bit and didn't really think about their 5-yr-old watching MTV along with the older kids. I have very vivid memories of early MTV. When I was a 5, my favorite song was Karma Chameleon.
Pinkpoodle I'd like to think your 'tween brothers and sisters were like the extremely cool older boys Wombat and I grew up with.

I'd forgotten the entire looming nightmare of the library research--and the incredibly hard work of searching for articles published on your subject using just the search catalogues. I think the world is just so much more accessible via the internet; and students now not only have computers in their dorms but very portable laptops to carry from class to class, and blackberry type phone/computers. Students are connected to far more resources now--from straight information, to other students doing similar work anywhere in the world, to the ease of having their test scores, exams, and interactions with classmates and instructors any time it's convenient...all via their computers. That would have saved me so much time!
Yeah, more time that could have been spent working so that I could live on something other than toast and kool-aid. Does your average kid these days know what it's like to be a poor college student? I realize that there are still college kids who can't afford much, but I remember being barely able to afford a cup of coffee. Sorry, I'm doing one of those "when I was your age" things. It seems like the whole college scene has drastically changed within the past 5 years even. I'm sure that the bulk of it has to do with technology.
You're probably right about having more expendable time (though I do recall working at least one job all the way through school even then, and still having trouble making ends meet). Wonder if they're required to produce far more than we were--more indepth work, more intensive study...something to make up for the much easier access to resources, tools, even texts to learn from.

I'm sure technology has made a difference, but I also know people in school now don't get anywhere near what we got in terms of who was teaching and how available they were to you. "Profs" now have so many students most of their assignments are reduced to the types of exams you can evaluate on-line (meaning multiple choice--not appropriate!), or there aren't enough teaching assistants to work with the large number of students (the TAs are paid minimum wage when you factor in the volume of work and time they're doing it).

Maybe the technology's making up for the lack of the face to face, interactive learning opportunities we had with our instructors way back when.
My first college was private, but not grandiose -- there were very few "stadium seating" classes, and none of our classes were taught by grad students. I then went to a private art college that was god-awful -- expensive, grandiose, and professors egotistical and lazy as hell -- basically they had no-one chasing them down, very liberal to a fault school, so only a few had the integrity to actually give the students what they need.

I finished my degree in a state school. I hate the residual snobbery about state schools. For one thing, mine was in Massachusetts, where the state schools are high-ranked and actually damn expensive!!

My department (graphic design) had a good reputation, professors that actually were respected in the field, a nice floor of a building, great equipment, the latest stuff, plenty of access -- and we all got to know each other because the department and the classes were so small. We got tons of professor access and attention. I have talked to people who went to Ivy League schools who were proud of telling me -- to my face! Baldly! No problem! That THEIR school was better and had better people and the latest equipment because IT was PRIVATE -- oh, and this is even if their private school was, you know, Fred's School of the Rocky Mountains.

And these are the people who get taught by teaching assistants, and don't work jobs...

Yeah, better school -- yeah, right.
Oh, I had the stadium seat classes--but we also had a tutorial system, where part of each course was lecture, the larger part was tutorial classes. There we'd have either the professor or a graduate student work with a small group of students. That really worked well for me--I got to know most of my professors quite well (I'm still friends with a number of them today) and I always had access to them through their assistants or directly.

Now I know the structure of classes has changed dramatically--not many universities continue on with the tutorial system because they don't want to pay all that staff, and the quality of education is largely diminished. I got my first degree right out of highschool, and the adjustment from a small highschool to a university with more than 40 000 students was huge: but I remember that my classes were interesting and challenging. Some of them were even inspiring! I went back to do an accelerated teaching degree just 2 years ago, in a smaller, supposedly elite university which is held in high esteem for its education department. I could not wait for that program to end, it was so out of date, so monotonous, so underfunded and so badly planned (we had access to absolutely NO resources!!! Not even the bookstore was open when we were in school!!). Maybe it has more to do with age and experience, but I just don't remember university being so completely uninspiring. Now that school is wondering how it can entice us all back to work on seeking out advanced degrees in that department--and I am tempted to respond to their notices with the phrase "When hell freezes over".

Truly. The most challenging part of my last degree was playing NTN trivia at the Boston Pizza after classes ended on Saturday afternoons. Loved my classmates and my prof, but I definitely think the program was inferior. I mean, I used to love teaching...but now I'm not sure if I ever want to do it again!
Oh my gosh, this is for all the Durannies out there.

DD's tour documentary Sing Blue Silver is on You Tube, all of it!


It starts here:

and there are links to the other sections.

I haven't seen this in years. Years.

I think I just died and went to heaven.

The Other Mrs. Simon le Bon
AHHHHHHHH!!!! biggrin.gif

I *love* you raisingirl!!!! I just asked my brother a few weeks ago to try and bittorrent for me and he couldn't find anything. Squeee!!!

Thank you,

The Other Ms. John Taylor
Is it bad that I instantly recognised the lyric 'sing blue silver' and the song it's from?

I once waited on John Taylor. I swooned; it was embarrassing.
No sybarite it's not! If you played their albums as much as I did you would have immediate recognition. If I remember right they ran this documentary on HBO 'cause I remember watching it with a couple of friends. We squealed everytime one of our favorites came on the screen. What can I say? We were 11 or 12 at the time.

What's funny is I still think they are very, very attractive and I can't honestly say that about any of my other adolescent crushes. Really they have all aged quite well.

I would have turned into a swooning, stammering idiot if I waited on John Taylor. Was he nice or an ass?
ok, I must have been a fake DD fan, bc I do not remember 'sing blue silver' at all.
.. makes me feel sad and somewhat artifical bc I LOVED them back then.
they were the 1st and Only rock/popular type album I ever bought as a kid, the rest was all nerdy classical so it was a Big Deal for me and my parents nearly fainted after seeing what they looked like.

on a higher note, the Cure is playing near us in June & I am thinking about getting tix for the mr & I & maybe frecklette too, so she can be wildly embarrassed at the love songs that will have us all gooey eyed at each other.
then again on second hand, maybe it's best we just play her a cd? wink.gif
their music was largely the backdrop to our romance, almost 20 years ago!

'80's icon sighting by my friend at an airport in DC: the band Air Supply.
she said they all seemed pretty cool, even when some of the women she was traveling w/ gushed & asked for autographs, but she also said they all had bad B. O !
Nah freckle you aren't a "fake" fan - the title is a referrence to a lyric in the song "The Chauffer" which was on the Rio album. If you only hade one DD album I'm guessing it was Seven and the Ragged Tiger. So, no you wouldn't have got the reference, but that certainly does not mean you aren't/weren't a fan!

My mom was wonderfuly patient with my DD obession. I think it reminded her of her own love for The Beatles so she was better that most parents. I don't think she ever quite got the guyliner thing though. I had a good 1/3 of my room done in DD posters/magazine pictures with some Cure, Depeche Mode and Madonna stuff worked in too.

Aww you should go see The Cure!! A friend of mine went not too long ago and really enjoyed the show.
guyliner? ohmygod that's the funniest thing. never heard that term, but loved every guy who ever wore it.

my favorite genre of music in the 80s was whiny gay british men. DD was a little too happy for me then.

freckle, you should definitely see the cure. seriously, i was emotional.
OctoberSky, he was okay: he looked into my eyes... and asked me for a band-aid. I ran into the kitchen and pissed off all the chefs by searching frantically for a single band-aid.

He was still totally hot, but it was a long time ago. Fantastic eyes.

/still swooning, gives self wake-up slap
I'm happy to see this thread again. I was born in 76, so the 1980s were my entire pre-teen childhood. Brings back wonderful memories.
One of my favorite movies of all time is HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS. It is hilariously funny, and so very touching it brought tears. It is set in the 80's in Jersey. It's Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis who are TOTALLY 80'S LATE-TEENAGERS - LIKE, they're *SO* TRUE to the 80's girl's lifestyle (*pink collar*/other side of the tracks lifestyle, culture, personality) ~ that you almost had to be from that time yourself to truly appreciate the honesty of their portrayals in this movie. I mean, I was in my late-teens in the 80s ~ in the pink collar world ~ and that is EXACTLY how I acted. Also, this movie brings back the *BAD* 80's fashion ~ that you probably won't ever see again ~ the part of 80's fashion that was JUST in the 80's. Also it has Gena Rowlands as Uma's mother!!! Did I mention the soundtrack? "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is the theme song, and I won't give away all the other awesome tunes. This movie is underappreciated and is usually sitting on the library DVD shelf at any given time collecting dust. Shoot you can buy it new on Ebay for like $.99.

Speaking of quirky dramas set in the 80's, "The Squid And The Whale" is also fantastic.
hyterical blindness is great. jersey represent!
New threads - love it! So, in the spirit of the season, there was a great Halloween party on Friday night. The "theme" (a new one each year) was Rockstars. It is so funny (and likely because of the age group) that the vast majority were 80s rockers. For example, a group of guys went as Motley Crue - spandex pants and big fluffy crimped hair. wow. Then there was Kurt Cobain, Billy Idol (a couple of those), 80s Madonna, a couple KISS guys, and even I went as a groupie of an 80s band with my Def Leppard t-shirt. tongue.gif We could have picked any era, but it was definitely 80s! LOVE IT
Didn't know where else to put this...I grew up in the 80's and when I was a little kid, my moms and pops used to always watch the Carol Burnette show which would make me laugh like crazy. I grew to love Carol Burnette! Thought maybe some of ya'll would too and if so, PBS TV is airing a show called "Carol Burnette, A Woman With Character" tomorrow, Monday, 11/5 (in my local area, it's at 9 pm)! Just go to the NPR ( website, find the station near you, look at the programming schedule, to find out when you can check it out! (Tug, tug on my earlobe...goodnight everybody!)
Speaking of Carol Burnett, at age 6 I was a huge Little Orphan Annie fan. I wanted to be her. I asked Santa for the soundtrack and got it for Christmas that year! It made me so happy. I insisted on singing "Tomorrow" in the talent show and ended up doing that. Our whole brownie troup did a "Hard Knock Life" number that my mom choreographed. My mom played Mrs. Hannigan. Yes, those were the days!

I just heard "beat it" and it brought back some wonderful childhood memories. I remember when Thriller came out (I believe I was 6) and at the skating rink Thriller came on (I was 7, I think) and I was so excited to go out on the rink with Thriller playing and all these colorful lights. Fun!

And whoever came up with the rocker theme for their Halloween party, that's awesome. I think my friends would have come up with the same thing, since we are in our late 20s and early 30s and we don't see anything now as rockstarish.
Yes, yes...roller skating in the 80s! To MJ! And Cyndi Lauper, Go-Gos, all the great 80s hits like "Oh Mickey!" To have those days BACK!!!!
whenever i hear 'sweet dreams' by the eurythmics i think of roller skating; that was the big song at my roller rink! and what a great song.

rocker halloween party sounds awesome. i woulda been joan jett! all i'd need is a black spiky wig and a sneer.

and i also had the annie album (yes, it was a record). i'd sit on the steps with my aunt's shaggy dog and pretend i was singing to my dog sandy.

ps daddy warbuck's mansion was filmed at monmouth university, about 10 minutes from my house. whenever we were in the neighborhood i'd make my mom drive by.


Count me among the Annie fanatics. I had all the toys they put out and even had a dress like the one she wears at the end of the movie as my Christmas dress one year. I still have the song book somewhere - it was one of the few piano lesson assignments that I actually practiced.

The traveling production of the Broadway show is going to be in St. Louis over Thanksgiving weekend, and my sister got tickets for my whole family to go see it. It's gonna be a riot!
Joan Jett is great...Hey I was also thinking you could dress up as Pat Benatar (spiky hair, 80's cut–off sleeve t-shirt or red/white wide-striped top, black leather pants and microphone! OR: Rick Springfield! Private club jacket jujjed up at elbows (or white rock t-shirt w/cut-off slvs), feather brown hair, tight jeans/sneakers, cardboard/tinfoil guitar strapped on your shoulder/back!

***God I am still in love with Rick Springfield when I think about it. He came on the scene at a very vulnerable time for me. I was let's just say 12, nerdy as all get out, desperately in love with cute guys ala Tiger Beat. God he may have been my very first rock star I was in love with.

It's weird: do teen girls still look at Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, etc.: do they still check out boys' action? Me and my 2 sisters' room was lousy with posters of Rick, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, Leif Garrett (anyone from The Outsiders), Matt Dillon, et al.

Just reserved Annie at the library...I'm embarrassed to admit it after reading this thread ~ and after saying how much I love Carol Burnette ~ that I have never seen it. Am excited as all get out to check it out!
cool, if you love her you're gonna love her in annie. she's all drunk and messy slutty and scheming and hates kids.
oh. my. gawd. !!! I'm so pumped I can't stand it...I love it when she acts like that smile.gif~~
Well, I am Jan, you are a little older than we are. I was about 6 when Annie the movie came out. I think that was the age I was when I saw it at the theaters. I was probably more apt to be interested in it since I was very little.

Does anyone remember Samantha Fox? All the annoying popular girls used to dance in the middle of the dance floor in the 7th grade whenever her songs came on. Oh. And "Push it."

I was into Tiger Beat when I was a Monkeys fanatic (via Nick at Nite) and when I was a New Kids on the Block fanatic at age 13.

Samantha Fox sang 'Naughty Girl's Need Love Too' didn't she?
she was like, the '80's version of a slutified Christina Auguilera (who I find myself liking now that she's cleaned herself up & found some self-respect) but she also (to me anyway) looked a lot like the blond snotty rich girl that played on the sitcom Newhart and so I was always a little confused.. like maybe that was just her day job and at night wink.gif .
ohmygod, you're right!

separated at birth:

seeing julia duffy today in a cameo role on a re-run of the reba sitcom (which I never watch) with Peter Scolrari.
she has gotten jowely. not heavy, just , well, jowely.

Okay, now I love Annie too! So glad to be pointed in the direction so thanks everyone ; ) By the way, you didn't tell me Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters were in it! Anywho, it was very funny and I wish I had seen it when I was little. Also I *loved* the music and would adore seeing it live...

Oh and thanks musicfit for calling me out! Yes, I suppose I am a bit older than some of you. Now hurry up and catch up so I don't feel so ancient : P

Yes, Samantha Fox was very racy...don't forget she also sang that song "Touch me, touch me, I wanna feel your body...touch me, touch me now!" Such a classy lady, I really miss her ohmy.gif
oh yeah, how cool is bernadette peters? she's also in another of my favorite movies, the jerk. i love when she and steve martin are singing on their first date and she breaks out a trumpet.
Ha ha, I forgot about that trumpet part in The Jerk! Bernadette is one of my faves because of that movie too : )~ She was in a recent episode of Boston Legal playing a Judge who required attorney Alan Shore to drop his pants for her in her chamber before she would rule in his favor, tee hee
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