Friday, June 29, 2007

Remembering the Eighties (80s)

Remember Madonna? Michael Jackson's moonwalk? The funky Ray-Ban? Those were the fad of the eighties and nobody would ever disagree that the eighties was one of the finest turning points of the 20th century. It was the decade of the skimpy acid-washed jeans and all those make-ups and hairdos that made Cindy Lauper and Madonna the menace of the fashion ideals of that time.

Many of the fads then were not a big clue to the present generations now. Remembering the eighties is like walking back into the enigmatic days where everything was simple and natural. There were no malling during those days since most of the party freaks went into the party halls where the ease of dancing was as simple as a click of the fingers and groove to punk rock and wave music. For most people who were born during that time, the dress up was most on the hairdo: spray nets were in and the ladies were in the "bangs" mode as hairdo. While the girls were into "bangs" the boys were into punky hairstyles as implied by the music fashion during that time.

"There were no pot sessions like shabu and ecstasy pills during that time, and drug abuse was not a major factor during the party nights in clubs." says Irwin whose party favor always ends up at his house during that time. "Many of my friends were simple in get up unlike these days now where ur mode of dressing in hip hop is different than a rockista, during that time most of us are into one dress mode whether you are into punk music or wave and the was as if everything are working in the same mode or style unlike today." For most in the Philippine setting, according to Weng, the party moves around the house of the Friends of friends during birthdays and debuts of friends. "Everything that time has class coz most of us don't have social class insinuations...everyone was welcome even if ur rich or not...di na gaya ngayon meron na social level ang mga friends ng mga kabataan."

The birth of the MTV in the eighties gave the music lovers a new insight to appreciating music. It was during this time that Billy Joel gave the audience a dose of the Ray-Ban fad. And the Pet Shop Boys giving the most upbeat music genre that started the techno music beat that we have today. The enigma of the music videos and their simplicity gave the present music videos a hint of what it was during that time and what they have to improve today.

The movies also have their class during that time and dictated the ins and outs of the social ways. The eighties also gave fame to the heartthrob of that time with Tom Cruise whose "Top Gun" movie raised the dreams of the boys to be in the navy and most of the generation 80s boys went to have a Maritime course while "Rad", a bmx bike movie, gave the necessary style to the bicycle stunt makers of that time.

The atari video console also gave to our modern playstation, xbox and game cube. The ugly looking console was the most modern given the fact that its the first of its kind during that time. And how about the betamax which gave us the first quality home entertainment system? Today, it is oceans away in terms of video quality and handiness with our DVDs and Blue ray technologies but nonetheless the betamax technology gave our homes the viewing experience without leaving our homes then.

Every bit of the eighties made a huge impact to the youth during that time and probably those who were born in the eighties would suggest that the best times of their lives was when they were in the classic eighties.

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