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you should know that nobody puts Baby in a corner. someone on VH1 said that earlier.

got this as a forward a wee while ago:

You're an 80s child if-

1. Snap bracelets were always getting you
in trouble at school.

2. You played with "My Little Ponies".

3. Friendship bracelets were ties that couldn't be broken.

4. You ever read Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Babysitters' Club or Sweet Valley High.

5. You know all the words to "Ice Ice Baby".

6. You wanted to be The Hulk for Halloween.

7. You had a crush on one of the New Kids on the Block members.

8. You wanted to be on Jim'll Fix It.

9. You were actually on Jim'll Fix It.

10. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before he had plastic surgery.

11. You wore a banana clip or one of those slap-on wristbands at some point or heaven forbid one of those T-shirt rings on one side during your youth.

12. You wore multiple pairs of socks in the middle of the summer just so you could be "hip".

13. You had slouch socks and puff painted your own shirt at least once.

14. You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, Wax off".

15. You were upset when She-ra, Princess of Power, and He-Man got cancelled.

16. You can remember watching Full House and Saved by the Bell for endless hours, back when they were new episodes.

17. You have seen at least 10 episodes of Fraggle Rock.

18. You hold a special place in your heart for "Back to the Future".

19. You know someone who appeared on Wac-a-day.

20. You know where to go if you wanna go "where everybody knows your name".

21. You wanted to be a Goonie.

22. You remember Madonna in her cone stage.

23. You knew "The Artist" when he was humbly called "Prince".

24. You say 'PJ and Duncan' not 'Ant and Dec'.

25. You even wore fluorescent-neon clothing.

26. You could breakdance, or wished you could.

27. You remember when ATARI was a state of the art video game system.

28. You remember M.C. Hammer.

29. You can still sing the rap to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air".

30. You remember when it was Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Price and NOT Will Smith!

31. You own any cassettes.

32. You owned a pair of L.A. Gear, Keds, or Converse tennis shoes.

33. You carried your lunch to school in a Gremlins or an ET lunchbox.

34. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the ONLY female smurf.

35. My Little Pony, Gummy Bears and Transformers are familiar you.

36. You ever had a Swatch Watch.

37. You wore a plastic tennis visor all summer.

38. You actually spent countless hours trying to perfect the "Care Bear stare".

39. You had Wonder Woman or Superman undies.

40. You believed that "By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power!"

41. You thought that Transformers were more than meets the eye.

42. You spent hours in the basement building and re-building Lego cities.

43. Big wheels and BMX's were the way to go.

44. With your pink (or blue) portable tape player, you sang back up to Kylie and Jason!

45. "Party like it's 1999" seemed SO far away!

46. You wore acid washed jeans and sported at least one tie-dyed shirt.

47. Scooters were in.

48. Watching Neighbours was considered essential.

49. You ever owned Polly Pocket or Micro Machine.

50. You ever made Ken fall in love with Barbie.

If you can identify with at least half of these, you are a child of the 80's!!
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For our American and other international readers, "Neighbours" was and still is a cheesy sitcom from Australia, which oddly enough became some sort of MASSIVE cult hit in the UK. (Just proves there's no accounting for taste, I suppose... Roll Eyes )

And Kylie and Jason were two of the teen stars off the show, who later became pop stars. (Americans who catch the odd bit of MTV will know Kylie as Kylie Minogue, from the recent hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head".)

Okay! Enough eighties trivia... (ah, who am I kidding - I can't get ENOUGH eighties trivia... and too much of that list was oddly familiar.)

Notably and sadly absent from the list: "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, hairspray for that essential BIG HAIR, and my own favourite pieces of eighties technology... the cassette walkman, and the Nintendo Game and Watch. Big Grin
OH MY GAWD!!!! Scary....

I hit my teens through the eighties and went from being a New Romantic to a Goth (must scan you lot some pics) but remember all that stuff so well.

I reckon I must have read every Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys book there was.....I was always wanting them to snog with each other when they met occasionally....Parker Stevenson played one of the Hardy Boys in the tv show....I admit I had a teensy crush on him Roll Eyes



Not on me though matey!
I still know all the words to Ice Ice Baby
I loved Fragle rock, especially Wembley Fraggle
Gummy Bears! *Sings Gummi bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere*
"Wax on, Wax off" What's Ralph Machio up to these days?
Uncle Joey was one of the main reasons why i watched Full House, he was too funny! oh and i watched because of DJ. She was cute.
Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. I still have their album Code Red somewhere in the garage in the boxes marked "Junk"
I still build Lego cities. Nothing can beat the original Lego, im really tired of all of these themed lego sets.
Watching neighbours now is like a kind of torture.
Micro Machines rocked! but they were too expensive but hey i have all the Micro Machines i want now. Im such a big kid.
Gives me an idea, i should make a Lego city for my Micro Machines. There goes my evening planned.
Hey Kia Kaha, wasnt Neighbours a soap instead of a sitcom? Sometimes i wish i could go back in time and to convince Kylie that she shouldnt sing, i cant stand her. Jason dissapeared off the planet pretty fast didnt he? i remember he had a huge hit with Sealed With A Kiss which i still love listening to and then he went to England i think to act and he hasnt been heard of since although i did hear a rumour he's starring in a new play over there.
Originally posted by Melmo:
[qb]Hey Kia Kaha, wasnt Neighbours a soap instead of a sitcom? Sometimes i wish i could go back in time and to convince Kylie that she shouldnt sing, i cant stand her. Jason dissapeared off the planet pretty fast didnt he? i remember he had a huge hit with Sealed With A Kiss which i still love listening to and then he went to England i think to act and he hasnt been heard of since although i did hear a rumour he's starring in a new play over there.[/qb]
Cheers, Melmo. It was indeed a soap... I wasn't thinking too clearly or proofreading too well when I posted that one, obviously... although, in my defense, I will say that I only watched Neighbours (and your own country's similar soapie "Shortland Street") for the unintentional laughs it provided, so in that sense, to me, it was a sitcom, if only unintentionally Big Grin

I agree, Kylie still sounds like a budgie on acid, doesn't she? (Although I confess a secret liking to her first post-Stock/Aitken/Waterman era hit, "Confide In Me"... oh the SHAME! Red Face )

And as for the Jason story, he went to England, got hooked on every drug imaginable, became very falling-down messy for a few years (think River Phoenix/Robert Downey Jnr, only Jason didn't die or end up serving serious time) and credits his comeback (such as it is) with the love of a good woman, with whom I believe he has had two children. (This is all gleaned from casual perusals of such mags as Australian Womans Weekly, Who (sister mag to People in the USA), Woman's Day and the New Zealand Woman's Weeekly - all of which are my mother's guilty pleasures, and all of which at some time she has passed on to me to read when I had nothing better to do! EEK.)

On the topic of both this thread, and of scary recollections... my husband revealed to me last night as I read him this thread, that he still recalls not only the planet that Mork came from, but the planet that Alf came from. Amazing what completely frighteningly useless information our minds seem to store sometimes, is it not? Smiler

(Oh, and for fellow eighties buffs and American residents who watch TV... what, dear God, was behind the thinking to revive that dreadful pupper Alf for the 10-10-220 phone ads? I mean, are they crudely aiming at our demographic or WHAT? Yikes indeed!)
If im not mistaking Alf came from Melmack and Mork came from somewhere out there *Points to the stars* i cant remember his planet. Shortland Street is one show i cant stand. A football match last longer then the average marriage on Shortland Street but i must admit that Shortland Street has given NZ some fine actors such as, ummm, well there is that guy, no thats not him. I cant think of any.

Nunoo Nunoo
Oh, for the record Melmo, Mork came from Ork.

I am so embarrassed I even remember that. Red Face

Speaking of my favourite decade, check this out, folks... it's a flash recreation of the original Nintendo Game and Watch handheld console of the immortal "Donkey Kong Junior"... (I opened this up, not specifically recalling the game, then screamed, "Oh my GOD, my little BROTHER used to have this one!!!!!")

... off now to email this link to little brother, now 25 and working in IT in Melbourne, Australia. I'm sure it will make him smile, to remember simpler times... Big Grin
Aw, come on, "Fame" the song, rocked.

I must admit, though, my mother bought me some legwarmers but I refused to wear them because I have really thick calves (it's all muscle, I swear!) and so they truly were the single most unflattering piece of clothing I could possibly wear.

On the subject of clothing of the era, though, does anyone remember mesh t-shirts and studded belts? (And as an eleven-year-old, boy did I feel stylish in my doubled-up up flouro socks, rah-rah skirt, double studded belt and mesh tank-top over flourescent yellow t-shirt?

With matching hair accessories, of course... a platic headband sporting a huge blue chifforn scarf bow. And I couldn't leave the house without adding the hair-clip to the side, which featured leather straps hanging down off it, with beads and feathers danging off the end of the straps...

Yup. I sure had "style". Razzer Kinda Madonna meets Boy George meets a very bad acid trip (long before I knew what acid was, of course!) Big Grin
I remember those "talking books" (i.e. a book with an attached tape) from the films too. They obviously got people who had never acted in their lives to do the voices. I had Gremlins and E.T. talking books, but my fave has to be Back To The Future with the actress with a slight speech impedement - "Shave the clock tower!"

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