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…
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 »
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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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 »