I started a trip down memory lane based on a comment I read “Nothing good came out of the 80’s”. I must disagree. I was not born in, but I came out of the 80’s. That was the primary decade of my development. Most of my favorite people came out of the 80’s. Decided to write it up when I heard a song on the radio “19 Somethin'” by Mark Wills – not a song of the 80’s, but about the time he grew up in.
OK, I will admit that some pretty bad things came out of the 80’s. Bad fashion for one: neon, parachute pants, mullets, fishnet tops, fingerless gloves, acid wash jeans, rat tails, massive shoulder pads and Members Only jackets.
Several things came out of the 80’s that have since evolved into something different: Walkman’s evolved into mp3 players, the first commercially available mobile phone has since evolved into the commonplace smart phone. Audio CDs started to replace cassettes and vinyl records. Personal computers became widely available, since overshadowed by the tablet and smartphone.
Memorable movies came out of the 80’s (though not all memorable for good reasons): The Breakfast Club, Aliens, The Right Stuff, Caddyshack, Dirty Dancing, Full Metal Jacket, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Urban Cowboy and of course The Princess Bride.
Of course there are the TV shows: MacGyver, Magnum PI, The Cosby Show, The Wonder Years.
The 80’s embraced an eclectic array of music: Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Dwight Yoakum, Travis Tritt, Run DMC, LL Cool J, New Kids on the Block, Salt N Pepa, Metallica, Randy Travis, Bananarama, The GoGo’s, Madonna, Culture Club, Wham, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Violent Femmes, and Joan Jett.
Then there are just the songs: “Push It”, “When Doves Cry”, “Livin’ On A Prayer”, “Back in Black”, “Always on My Mind”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, “It’s Like That”, “We Got Our Own Thing” , “Jump”, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Billie Jean”.
How much “good” stuff and how much “bad” stuff came out of the 80’s depends on your taste. But I still say that it is far from “nothing”.