by NINA MAY
I was lucky enough to be a teen of the 80s. I rocked a perm, distressed denim jeans and played Bon Jovi on my mix tape. I was living the dream and living on a prayer.
The 80s was the BEST DECADE EVER. And for those who don’t know why – and for those who secretly do but just won’t admit it – here are the Top 8 reasons to Love The 80s.
1. BEST HAIR
Perms, crimping, teen waves, big hair (Jon Bon Jovi), cropped hair (Bros), crazy braided/dreadlocked hair (Boy George) – the 80s had it all.
Sport stars rocked mullets, schoolgirls wore scrunchies and men dabbled in mousse – cans of it. I remember a poster on my bedroom wall of pop band Pseudo Echo flogging hair products. One Direction has nothing on those guys.
2. BEST FASHION
Some unfairly say the 80s was the decade fashion forgot. From “Choose Life” t-shirts, to Doc Martens, to stonewash denim – the 80s allowed a unique style of fashion expression. My wardrobe included the following– a suede jacket with tassels, tops with shoulder pads so big they’d take out an eye, headbands, white cowboy boots, oversized t-shirts, bubble skirts, neon legwarmers, fingerless gloves and a selection of wide stretch belts. And while I never got into crucifix necklaces, lace and bangles by the dozen – plenty of other trendsetters did.
3. BEST MUSIC
80s music came from the heart. Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love of All. Wham! – Careless Whisper. All Out of Love – Air Supply.
Back then the anthems soared higher, glam rockers ruled the airwaves and the electronic age was taking shape. And Stock Aitken Waterman had just discovered a couple of rising talents in Bananarama, Rick Astley and one Kylie Minogue.
The 80s influence continues to this day. Many chart toppers are little more than remixes of tunes from that era. Youngsters may be fooled in thinking it’s original work, but I can spot a forgery a mile away (so too, it turns out, could those whose uncovered the Milli Vanilli miming scandal).
4. BEST MOVIE STARS
Decades after finding fame – these actors are still making headlines. Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day off, Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, Demi Moore in St Elmo’s Fire and Michael J. Fox, who starred in the Back to the Future franchise. My favourite movie – The Breakfast Club – featured numerous members of the so-called 80s “brat pack”. And the list isn’t complete without Tom Cruise – it’s hard to believe Top Gun was released 26 years ago.