I said I was going to do a post about what I love about the 80s one day, and today, I am keeping my word! I became fascinated with the 80s when I watched The Outsiders for the first time, and it has become one of my favorite movies to watch! Then, I fell in love with Dirty Dancing and The Breakfast Club. I loved the wardrobe from that time too! With the big hair, the heavy makeup, and the leather jackets! Too bad it’s too hot to wear leather in Hawaii!
Now the music coordinates with the wardrobe back in the 80s because the music rocked! It was all about having a good time and living like there was no tomorrow! Why do I love the 80s so much? Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as we take a journey back to the those fun-loving vibes!
Speaking in terms of Disney, my favorite Disney princess was born in the 80s, Ariel from The Little Mermaid! Not only was Ariel a beautiful mermaid, with a beautiful voice, but she also was willing to fight for what she believed in and went after what she wanted, even if it meant losing her voice. She got it back, don’t worry! Ariel is such an icon, and honestly, Disney would not be the same without her! *Cough, cough* “Part of Your World.” That was 1989, but another miracle was born in the same year, Splash Mountain! You’d be lying if you said that you haven’t heard of Splash Mountain because it’s a classic at the Disney theme parks. Who could think of a better ride than following Br’er Rabbit on his journey to find his “laughing place,” while traveling in a log flume, and falling into the briar patch, and singing along to “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah”?
The 80s were on a roll with hit movies; and John Hughes was at the top of his game releasing classics like Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Weird Science (1985), Pretty in Pink (1986), and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). John Hughes had a way of relating to teenagers and their everyday struggles of growing up, young love, and finding themselves. I will never forget that one line from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off said by Matthew Broderick, “Life moves pretty fast! If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!” Besides John Hughes films, the 80s had hits like Poltergeist (1982), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Outsiders (1983), Flashdance (1983), Risky Business (1983), Footloose (1984), The Karate Kid (1984), and my favorite, Dirty Dancing (1987). Everyone had the “time of their lives!”
However, the music would have to be my favorite part of the 80s! That was when glam metal was in, and heavy metal and rock ‘n’ roll were at the top of the charts. Bands like Cinderella, Iron Maiden, Poison, Kiss, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Metallica, Def Leppard, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi were at the height of their success. It was rock ‘n’ roll heaven! But there were other great acts like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, REO Speedwagon, and Simple Minds. American Idol exposed me to a lot of 80s music, that’s how “I Hate Myself For Loving You” (1988) became my breakup anthem! Also, who could forget the title track to The Breakfast Club, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” (1985)? In 1980, AC/DC released their biggest album to date, Back In Black, the first with Brian Johnson as lead singer, following the death of former vocalist, Bon Scott. Gosh, I love that album!
To close this post, I have to say that Queen was amazing in the 80s! My favorite song of theirs, was released in 1980, “Another One Bites the Dust,” and that song made me appreciate John Deacon even more because who knew Queen could make disco music sound cool? They also had their legendary Live Aid concert on July 13th, 1985. They made rock history on that day. Queen won over all those people and was swept away by Freddie Mercury’s charm, and let’s not forget the “Ayyyyy-yo”! No matter what obstacle Freddie Mercury faced, nothing was going to stop him from making great music with Queen, and they went on to release The Game (1980), Flash Gordon (1980), Hot Space (1982), The Works (1984), A Kind of Magic (1986), and The Miracle (1989). Then on July 12th, 1986, Queen performed at Wembley Stadium, which is part of their last tour of the original lineup.
I wasn’t born in the 80s, but it sounded like a good time to be alive! For now, I think I’ll enjoy living life in the present!
Take care and see ya real soon!