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The Top 7 Hair Metal Videos In Which The Music Is So Powerful It Defies the Laws of Physics

The Top 7 Hair Metal Videos In Which The Music Is So Powerful It Defies the Laws of Physics

I don’t know you, but I’ve spent an awful lot of my life wishing that I’d been a teenager around the time that I was born. Bon Jovi was touring for Slippery When Wet in 1987! “Here I Go Again” was topping the charts! “Talk Dirty to Me” was one of the most popular videos of the year! We were out of the recession! The Soviet Union was about to fall apart and Ronald Reagan was making Americans feel like we really were the cool kids!

And apparently we had so much confidence in rock and roll that we believed it could do ANYTHING. LITERALLY ANYTHING. Hair metal bands seemed like they were obsessed with proving that they were the anti-conformist avant garde (while also basking in the tremendous capitalistic success they were intent on wasting on cocaine), and to do so they made videos that pitted the band against authority figures, using only music as their weapon. If they’re to be believed, the sound waves emitted from instruments and the adrenaline they get from performing transforms them into the bastard child of Gandalf and the Mighty Hulk.

Anyway, god knows we need a good laugh right now in 2014, so without further ado, here’s seven (OK, eight) music videos that’ll show you the righteous anti-authority power of hair metal. Keep reading »

21 Reasons Why ’80s Nostalgia Is Dumb

It’s no surprise people have gone to the ’80s to meet their nostalgia needs. It’s unseemly looking back before the 1960s. When you say, “The ’50s were great,” folks reply, “They sure were! Which did you prefer: the crippling conformity or the segregation?” The modern pop culture machine chewed up and crapped out the ’60s and ’70s long ago, leaving 1980-89. Which would be fine, except that decade was dumb. Ten long years of dumb — dumb hair, dumb music and dumb crises. Anyone who celebrates this era clearly has blocked out the part of the ‘Rock Me Tonite’ video where Billy Squier starts crawling across the floor. Read this list of reasons why the ’80s was dumb, and think twice before blogging a list titled “Top 20 Reasons I Love The ’80s.”  Read more…

Will You Buy A Hypercolor Shirt?

Look, I get that the ’80s are back — leggings, acid wash, neon, and cropped tops are everywhere. But hypercolor? Really? American Apparel is selling a thermochromatic jersey T-shirt on its website and our own Erin recently bought one for her boyfriend, who loves it! But, like, wasn’t hypercolor this huge technological advancement back in the late ’80s and early ’90s? Is this the fashion equivalent of bringing back the Walkman or something? [$28, American Apparel] Keep reading »

Back To The ’80s: Mall Hair

Sigh, when can we return to a simpler time when a teased birds nest was all the rage? Back when a few shares of Aquanet hairspray made you rich enough to pay off student loans and it was cool that your hair was always a hot mess. Well, tap tap tap! The guys at Everything Is Terrible have yet another video rarity gem to take us all in a magical time machine back to mall hair. It will rise again!

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Quick Pic: Anne Hathaway Shoulders Breakup Emotions

Shoulder pads are a trend I do not see myself following. [New York City, 6/19/08] Keep reading »

Slideshow: Pin-Up Hunks From The 1980s!

Remember when you used to run to the grocery store to see if the latest issues of Tiger Beat and Big Bopper were on the stands so you could tear out the foldout posters of the hottest teen idols? Yeah well, we found tons of those clippings for sale on eBay. Here’s a retrospective on some of our favorite lover boys from the ’80s. Keep reading »

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