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Subject: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: bartzman on 11/25/07 at 6:41 am

when did all the 80s throwbacks start? i remember seeing a transformers logo shirt and a voltron logo shirt for the first time since the mid 80s during the autumn of 2001. i also remember seeing the video for the bloodhound gang's song "mope" around the same time and that video featured Pac man.

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: dushanbe on 11/25/07 at 7:34 am

oh 1996. it came fast

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/25/07 at 9:17 am

I started to feel nostalgic for the 80's on January 1st 1990.

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: batfan2005 on 11/25/07 at 11:12 am

I would say around 1996 or 1997. The late 90's were retro paticularly to the early 80's new wave period. A lot of the new electro-pop songs from that time had a new wave sound to it (i.e. Barbie Girl, We Like To Party), and it was a very experimental period. I call it the "new new wave". There were a few early 80's songs that were sampled in the late 90's, like P. Diddy sampled Sting's "I'll Be Watching You" song in his tribute to Biggy. Also, the movie "The Wedding Singer" was released in 1998, which was all about 80's nostalgia.

The same way 80's nostalgia began about 10 years ago, right now we are seeing the beginning of 90's nostalgia, especially with the early 90's period of dance pop, new jack swing, and adult contemporary. I've been more nostalgic about the 90's lately more than for the 80's.

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: Marty McFly on 11/26/07 at 4:16 am

These things go in sections, which is why it's so hard to pinpoint an exact timeframe. I think there may've been a few pangs of '80s nostalgia starting as early as 1997 (i.e. movies like Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion) since they were just barely old enough for a large group of people to start missing them. I was 15-16 and I already did lol.

However, I didn't hear about the revival going into the mainstream until about 2002, and even then it was in spurts. It didn't start reaching fashion until the last couple years - that's when it's really noticeable, when the styles of clothing start coming back. Like Izod shirts and brighter colors, I've even noticed semi ripped jeans being sold now.

Although I think the BIGGEST way in which they've come back are from more fans coming "out of the closet" and/or people getting into them for the first time. I've seen lots of comments from kids or younger teens on YouTube on '80s videos saying how cool they are. It's far more noticeable in ways like that, as opposed to them having a major influence on the mainstream. That can't totally happen since there's such an urban, hip hop dominated culture now.

There are bands which are totally '80s influenced though, like The Killers, Rooney, The Bravery, etc. It's just more in pockets as opposed to being all over the radio.

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 11/26/07 at 7:29 pm

1982.  I'm serious.  I was there.  I saw it happen.

We saw our parents' nostalgia for the '60s from Annette Funicello to Abbie Hoffman, from the Beach Boys to Woodstock.  So we started running '80s nostalgia concurrently with '80s trends.  It was the first deliberate nostalgia speculation!

Built for nostalgia:

http://www.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/rubikscube.jpg

http://efectomariposa.ixine.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/et.jpg

http://z.about.com/d/top40/1/0/I/8/world1986.gif

http://www.destructoid.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/pacmanfever.jpg

http://ec3.images-amazon.com/images/P/B000ERU3PG.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V64884696_.jpg

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: nicolelittle1977 on 11/28/07 at 4:13 pm

I think it began when I turned 30 this year.  I started missing music from 1985-1989.  I started missing New Jack Swing.  I think I'm about to cry!!!! :\'(

Subject: Re: when did the 80s nostalgia begin?

Written By: 8675309 on 11/28/07 at 4:33 pm

i think it began in 1980.

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