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    I love lists like those. Such nostalgia.

    Yes, I had a mullet. The only thing on the list, sadly, that I couldn't relate to was the Fraggles. We didn't have cable. My husband about died when I told him I hadn't seen it as a child. Of course, he has bought 3 DVDs of them to make up for that.
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    ^^Oh no, I can't believe you survived childhood without Fraggle Rock!

    It might just be a Brit thing but did anyone watch 'Danger Mouse' or 'Count Duckula'? I LOVED those shows so much!
    Also was everyone obsessed with 'Sweet Valley High' (sooo wanted to be Jessica!) & Point Horror books?
    Oh and finally does anyone remember when 'Frankie' by Sister Sledge was at number 1 like forever??? Ah those really were the days...!
    Curiouser and curiouser...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darksithbunny View Post
    I was part of the last Breakfast Clubbers....graduated 1989.

    OMG! hahaha. Remember headbands? Valley girls. I totally loved that. And all the girls trying to look like Pat Benatar.
    Right behind ya - Class of 1991.
    This was a great list, really enjoyed the trip...
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    My brother had these things called Creepy Crawlers. I can still hear the jingle.

    They're squirmy and wormy and purple and green.
    The grossest little creatures that you've ever seen.

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    <-- Class of 1990 Bring back big hair!! Perms, back-combing, curling irons and a bottle of hairspray a week; ahh, those were the days. LOL

    I have a few more to add to the list:

    - acid wash jeans (not exactly the same as stone-wash)
    - Button fly jeans
    - jelly bracelets
    - hair that is permed on top and cropped short on the sides and back
    - pom-pom socks
    - slam books (write a personal question on the top of each page in a notebook, pass the book around to all your classmates and read each other's dirtiest little secrets. They were supposed to be anonymous, but you could always figure out who was who with a little bit of handwriting analysis.

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    That is the greatest list ever! Born in '76 so I was pretty much everything on the list. Boy, what memories!

    I also remember several other items to note about the 80's:

    1. Tight Guess jeans with the zip up ankles.
    2. Esprit, Benetton, and Swatch watches (had to wear several at a time!)
    3. He-Man and Thundercats after school.
    4. After-school specials on tv.
    5. Nickelodeon (Anyone remember Pinwheel and You Can't Do That on Television-ah Moose and Allistair)
    6. Double Dare and the green slime
    7. Pastel high-top Converse All-Stars
    8. Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, and Holly Hobbie were brand new and the coolest things ever!!
    9. Pizza Hut's Book-It contest
    10. Crimped hair
    11. Feathered hair
    12. Hand-hair bangs (Straight up with a wave)
    13. Puff ball bangs
    14. Herbie Hancock's Rocket
    15. The Secret of Nimh, Land Before Time, and An American Tail
    16. Lee Press-On nails
    17. Boynton
    18. Atari 5200
    19. Original Nintendo
    20. Sticker Mania, especially scratch-n-sniff and swirly gel stickers that turned colors with the heat of your fingers.
    21. Skating rink parties (remember trying to skate backwards and having to do the hokey pokey)
    22. "Just Say No"
    "I've got a raging clue right now"

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    ^^ Everything there and then some. Born in 78, all that 80's stuff is crystal clear- almost like Pepsi Clear (but that was 92, thanks Wiki)

    My most favorite third grade outfit was a purple and flourescent pink tie-dyed shirt and leggings set, bedazzled collar of course, with a belt filled with red glitter-water.

    Then I tripped one day and tore the knee so my mom sewed a bright pink poodle patch on it. I wore it until I outgrew it and looked like a seizure. Loved it to death!

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    I found a site with 80s tv commercials. Boy does this bring back memories.
    http://www.giantmag.com/2006/12/tv/t...-of-the-80s/1/

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    Don't know if they've already been mentioned, but the Dukes of Hazzard and Little House on the Prairie were staples in our house. Watched them pretty much every night as a child.
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    Class of '91 here.

    I went Xmas shopping last weekend with a girlfriend. Spotted a woman wearing a banana clip at JCPenney, AND saw stirrup pants for sale. I could not believe it.

    Crush on Doogie Howser? How about a crush on Kirk Cameron before he went all Christian!

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    I was a child of the 70's but a teen of the 80's. I always wished I had been 21 in the 80's.....I don't care what anybody says, the 80's were fun!!! I was a teen when Cyndi Lauper vs. Madonna was the big thing and I dressed like them both since I was such an individual.

    Don't forget Papagallo and those ribboned barretes with the tendrils that hung down. I shit you not, I had outfits where every single thing I had on was day-glo....the head bow, the shirt, skirt, belt, socks and shoes. The blind probably saw me coming. Also, those preppy purses with the wooden handles that you could change the cover of the purse and it buttoned up across the top! Pink/Green baby!!! Oh yeah, and Flashdance got us all cutting the necklines out of our sweatshirts. And don't forget Topsiders and Vans. Not to mention getting physical a'la Olivia Newton John with the bandana tied around your head and never fogetting to watch the Solid Gold dancers, tee hee. As for hairstyles, rattails were soooo RAD!

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    Class of '81 here.

    I was already "grown-up" (somewhat...), and enjoying the "punk phase", crazy colored, asymmetrical hairdo, torn up pantyhose, lots of belts, bracelets, vintage jewelry, vintage clothing, and being a "groupie" who never did anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiara View Post
    I was bron in 87 so I thought I'd missed the main 80's embarrassments but I can relate to the majority of these!
    Me too. Especially bike shorts under the skirt, and the baby sitters club. Oh, i miss those times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louiswinthorpe111 View Post
    Class of '91 here.

    I went Xmas shopping last weekend with a girlfriend. Spotted a woman wearing a banana clip at JCPenney, AND saw stirrup pants for sale. I could not believe it.

    Crush on Doogie Howser? How about a crush on Kirk Cameron before he went all Christian!
    I have a banana clip - doesn't fit 'cause my hair's too damned thick but I loved those things!!
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    ^^ one of my friends when I was little had thick hair too. She split her hair and used two banana clips, it worked.

    And because her hair was so fabulously large and in charge, it didn't look stupid at all.

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