The ‘X’ Generation and 1980s Nostalgia

As the world enters the 2020s, many people look back on the 1980s as a simpler, more innocent time; one characterized by excellent pop music, iconic films and TV shows, and ridiculous hairstyles. This is especially the case for everyone who came of age in the 1980s, who are now commonly known as ‘Generation Xers.’

This blog site is devoted to all the things fondly remembered from that bygone era, from ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Magnum, PI’ to Pac-Man and the Atari 2600 video-game console. Here, readers will find a range of insightful essays and articles celebrating the decade that will long be remembered as ‘totally tubular!’

Kangol Hats

11 Jun 2021

If you're into headwear, the English brand Kangol and its kangaroo logo will make you smile, as it did most '80s kids who wanted to look cool. It introduced Kangol hats, distinctive headgear that hit US stores by storm and eventually became a hallmark for urban music and hip-hop fashion.

Four Things Only 80s Kids Remember

17 May 2021

The list of top singles included artists like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and Elton John. MTV was at its height, and nearly everyone knew The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and St.Elmo’s Fire by heart. The 1980s were a remarkable time to grow up.

There are a lot of cultural quirks unique to 80s kids, things you just had to be there for. Many of those things are surprisingly small, like passing notes in class or goofing off with slap bracelets. Sometimes it’s the tiny details that end up sticking in your head for the longest time.

The Walkman

Before smartphones, iPods, or AirPods, the Walkman was the method of listening to music. Invented in 1979, the Walkman was huge throughout the 80s. Having a Walkman meant that you could listen to your cassette tapes while you were out in the world.

All you had to do was put on your headphones, put in your favorite album or mixtape, and you were happy. Of course, having a Walkman also meant that you were envied by every single one of your friends who weren’t so lucky.

“Just Say No” Commercials

The “Just Say No” campaign was a part of the War Against Drugs in the 1980s. The campaign was initiated and run by First Lady Nancy Reagan. It involved a series of commercials designed to teach kids to “just say no” instead of experimenting with drugs. The First Lady personally came up with the “Just Say No” slogan.

Current evidence suggests that these commercials may not have had quite the effect that it was hoped they would (though to some level, it depends who you ask), but no one can deny that they made an impact. Most 80s kids were positively immersed in the “Just Say No” campaign.

Arcade Trips

For many 80s kids, arcades in the 80s were practically a sanctuary from boredom. All you needed was a little spare change, and you could happily lose hours to chasing those infuriating Pac-Man ghosts or shooting down seemingly endless waves of space invaders.

The arcade was an after-school retreat where you could unwind and have fun with friends, a place filled with good memories. Unfortunately, in this modern age of phone games and online slots, the arcade is sliding dangerously close to becoming obsolete.

Trapper Keepers

Trapper Keepers were three-ring binders (usually brightly colored) containing folders referred to as Trappers. When you opened a Trapper Keeper, you would be rewarded by the distinctive sound of the Velcro tearing open—so, obviously, you did it over and over again.

It was almost impossible to open or close those things without making some noise. Technically, Trapper Keepers have been around since the late 1970s, but they were huge during the 1980s. Practically every school-aged kid had a Trapper Keeper. Actually, plenty of adults had them too.

Freddie Mercury as a Legendary Style Icon

6 May 2021

Freddie Mercury was the frontman and lead vocalist of the British rock band Queen. He was also a legendary style icon in the '80s because he looked fantastic regardless of what he wore. He could pull off a classy and fabulous style. He also looked unforgettable in drag.

The Karate Kid and Its Classic Lessons

28 Mar 2021

"Sand the floor", "wax on, wax off", and "paint the fence" were the words a teacher, Mr. Miyagi, used to teach his student, Daniel, the art of karate. While they may seem as if they're instructions for house chores, they're memorable lines from an '80s classic, The Karate Kid.