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Subject: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: 80sfan on 06/11/15 at 11:58 pm

Worst year of the 80s, to you?

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: #Infinity on 06/14/15 at 12:14 am

Probably 1988, I guess.  It was definitely the decade's worst year for music, and there weren't really many interesting films, either.  Not enough happened otherwise to redeem the year for me.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Class of 84 on 06/14/15 at 11:45 am

I thought 1985 was. Perhaps it was the letdown after the best year, 1984, but I don't have many, if any, favorite songs from that year.  1989 comes in a close second, perhaps because it was depressing to realize we were leaving the 80's.  :\'(

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/14/15 at 2:08 pm

I think it was 1987 cause of the Iran-Contra Affair.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: yelimsexa on 06/15/15 at 11:08 am

1980. After disco and before MTV. Lennon shot down by a fan turned foe. Mt. Saint Helens erupts. Iran-Iraq war in full swing. An inflationary recession in full swing. America boycotting the Moscow Olympics. Cowboy wear being the latest fad. Many '70s TV shows in decline or cancelled and most good '80s shows not yet in full swing, with a ten-week writers' strike. Cold War tensions were starting to wax again. At least you had The Empire Strikes Back and Reagan winning the election.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/15/15 at 11:12 am


Worst year of the 80s, to you?
Any year or decade is good when you are blessed with God's Gracious Gift of being alive.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/15/15 at 1:41 pm

http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Reagan-assassination-attempt.jpg
1981: The year Reagan was almost assassinated.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: 80sfan on 06/15/15 at 7:34 pm


http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Reagan-assassination-attempt.jpg
1981: The year Reagan was almost assassinated.


Where's Reagan?  :\'(  :\'(

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/16/15 at 1:25 pm


Where's Reagan?  :\'(  :\'(


I believe a few of the guys are covering him from the attempted assassination?

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/16/15 at 1:28 pm


http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Reagan-assassination-attempt.jpg
1981: The year Reagan was almost assassinated.
The gun, the suit Reagan was wearing are on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/16/15 at 1:31 pm


http://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Reagan-assassination-attempt.jpg
1981: The year Reagan was almost assassinated.
The attempted assassination of United States President Ronald Reagan that occurred on March 30th 1981.
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Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Class of 84 on 06/16/15 at 8:01 pm


Where's Reagan?  :\'(  :\'(


Reagan was already whisked away heading to the hospital. This is a picture of the aftermath shortly after.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/16/15 at 10:17 pm


Probably 1988, I guess.  It was definitely the decade's worst year for music, and there weren't really many interesting films, either.  Not enough happened otherwise to redeem the year for me.


What? Beetlejuice, Chucky, Samuel Franciso, John McClane, Young Guns, Roger Rabbit, BIG, Rainman, Beaches, Twins? Not enough happened otherwise? The Wonder Years, blossom hats, biker shorts, jean shorts with poison airbrushed on the back (yes, Bell Biv Devoe owes everything to this), The Bourne Identity, Lunchables, Just Do It, Jumpman shirt, Powerade, Scattergories, Roseanne, Mark Paul Gosselaar becomes Zack Morris, Murphy Brown, Foxtrot, Enya, Sinead 'O Connor, Read My Lips, Teddy Grahams, Kylie Minogue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, tight rolled Levi 501 jeans were in, Nintendo Power, Yo! MTV raps airs, Information Society…somebody stop me! I loved 1988; the times were beginning to look more like 1990.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Elor on 06/17/15 at 4:01 am

This seems to be an almost purely American forum as no one has mentioned 1986 and the nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl that eliminated an entire town and sent radioactive radiation over almost all of Europe.  :\'(
I remember that I wasn't allowed to play outside after that and I live ca. 1.500 km (930 miles) away from it. The game hunters shoot here in Germany still has to be tested on radioactivity and especially in southern Germany a lot of it can't be consumed by humans because of too high contamination (wild boars are somehow very receptive to radioactive radiation).

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: #Infinity on 06/17/15 at 8:06 am


What? Beetlejuice, Chucky, Samuel Franciso, John McClane, Young Guns, Roger Rabbit, BIG, Rainman, Beaches, Twins? Not enough happened otherwise? The Wonder Years, blossom hats, biker shorts, jean shorts with poison airbrushed on the back (yes, Bell Biv Devoe owes everything to this), The Bourne Identity, Lunchables, Just Do It, Jumpman shirt, Powerade, Scattergories, Roseanne, Mark Paul Gosselaar becomes Zack Morris, Murphy Brown, Foxtrot, Enya, Sinead 'O Connor, Read My Lips, Teddy Grahams, Kylie Minogue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, tight rolled Levi 501 jeans were in, Nintendo Power, Yo! MTV raps airs, Information Society…somebody stop me! I loved 1988; the times were beginning to look more like 1990.


I love the 80s in general, but I think 1988 was when the decade first started to feel stale and tired.  Even with a few good films like Beetlejuice and the occasional strong album like Look Sharp! and Strictly Business, it's all offset by things like NKOTB's lousy debut, Oliver & Company (one of the weakest films in the Disney canon, imo, far worse than The Black Cauldron), and mostly forgettable top 40 hits.  It's still a far, far preferable year to anytime in the past decade (though 2009-2011 are decent), but the rest of the 80s just excited me more.

1989 was part of the period during which the 80s were starting to decline, but it had a lot of its own independent trends that made it feel fresher than 1988.  For one thing, it's possibly my favorite year ever for movies, thanks to Back to the Future Part II, The Little Mermaid, Tim Burton's Batman, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Dead Poets Society.  Musically, it was more diverse than '88, featuring colorful albums like the Pixies' Doolittle (easily superior to Surfer Rosa imo, though Where Is My Mind is awesome), RHCP's Mother's Milk, Aerosmith's Pump, and Kate Bush's The Sensual World.  Geopolitically, it was a particularly exciting year thanks to the end of the Cold War and fall of the Berlin Wall, not to mention it was the first year that Bush the Elder (the most underrated president, imo) was in office.  The end of the year also saw the premiere episodes of Seinfeld and the Simpsons.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: 80sfan on 06/17/15 at 1:43 pm


I love the 80s in general, but I think 1988 was when the decade first started to feel stale and tired.  Even with a few good films like Beetlejuice and the occasional strong album like Look Sharp! and Strictly Business, it's all offset by things like NKOTB's lousy debut, Oliver & Company (one of the weakest films in the Disney canon, imo, far worse than The Black Cauldron), and mostly forgettable top 40 hits.  It's still a far, far preferable year to anytime in the past decade (though 2009-2011 are decent), but the rest of the 80s just excited me more.

1989 was part of the period during which the 80s were starting to decline, but it had a lot of its own independent trends that made it feel fresher than 1988.  For one thing, it's possibly my favorite year ever for movies, thanks to Back to the Future Part II, The Little Mermaid, Tim Burton's Batman, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Dead Poets Society.  Musically, it was more diverse than '88, featuring colorful albums like the Pixies' Doolittle (easily superior to Surfer Rosa imo, though Where Is My Mind is awesome), RHCP's Mother's Milk, Aerosmith's Pump, and Kate Bush's The Sensual World.  Geopolitically, it was a particularly exciting year thanks to the end of the Cold War and fall of the Berlin Wall, not to mention it was the first year that Bush the Elder (the most underrated president, imo) was in office.  The end of the year also saw the premiere episodes of Seinfeld and the Simpsons.


I think the 80s is one of the most fun decades to live in, pop culturally.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: 80sfan on 06/17/15 at 1:46 pm


This seems to be an almost purely American forum as no one has mentioned 1986 and the nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl that eliminated an entire town and sent radioactive radiation over almost all of Europe.  :\'(
I remember that I wasn't allowed to play outside after that and I live ca. 1.500 km (930 miles) away from it. The game hunters shoot here in Germany still has to be tested on radioactivity and especially in southern Germany a lot of it can't be consumed by humans because of too high contamination (wild boars are somehow very receptive to radioactive radiation).


Everyone is welcome to answer, from anywhere, on this thread and website.  8)

Yeah, I've read a bit about Chernobyl, and I would be scared of radiation if I went through what you went through also.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/17/15 at 2:27 pm


The attempted assassination of United States President Ronald Reagan that occurred on March 30th 1981.
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all this was because Hinkley wanted to prove to Jodie Foster something so stupid.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/21/15 at 10:50 am


I think the 80s is one of the most fun decades to live in, pop culturally.


To be fair, the 90s never had a chance because they were all about getting to the first decade of this crappy century. With that said, I loved 1990,1991 and 1992. I'd much rather live in 1983 over 1993 anyday; I'm pretty sure most of the world would, also.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: 80sfan on 06/21/15 at 11:02 am


To be fair, the 90s never had a chance because they were all about getting the first decade of this crappy century. With that said, I loved 1990,1991 and 1992. I'd much rather live in 1983 over 1993; I'm pretty sure most of the world would, also.


People were mentally getting ready for 'the new millennium.'     

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/21/15 at 11:09 am


People were mentally getting ready for 'the new millennium.'   


It's hard to believe the 2000s were ever once thought of as 'the future'.  ;D

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: carriefire on 06/21/15 at 11:32 am


It's hard to believe the 2000s were ever once thought of as 'the future'.  ;D


Too true, Early90sguy.

From an older person's perspective, it was frightening when the calendar changed from 1969 to 1970. 1970 was the future. Having witnessed the first moon landing and watching Neil Armstrong take that first step, many of us believed we'd be living on Mars by the end of the 1970s ;D




Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/21/15 at 2:21 pm


People were mentally getting ready for 'the new millennium.'   


and a lot of people were scared.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: shadowcookie on 06/21/15 at 2:39 pm

The entire decade looks incredibly naff to me.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/21/15 at 3:28 pm

1987: The stock market crash.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: 80sfan on 06/21/15 at 4:12 pm


The entire decade looks incredibly naff to me.


Well, the 80s, and even a lot of the 70s fashion, is very um....tacky. Haha.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/21/15 at 10:04 pm


and a lot of people were scared.


Not at first, but 1999 changed all of that.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/22/15 at 2:16 pm


Not at first, but 1999 changed all of that.


people were afraid of the Y2K bug.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/22/15 at 9:55 pm


people were afraid of the Y2K bug.


I was one of them. ;D

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/15 at 4:10 am


people were afraid of the Y2K bug.
In the 1980's?

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/23/15 at 12:33 pm


In the 1980's?


No, 1999.

We are getting a bit off-topic here, sorry about that.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/23/15 at 12:35 pm


No, 1999.

We are getting a bit off-topic here, sorry about that.
That was Howard...


people were afraid of the Y2K bug.
?

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/23/15 at 2:15 pm


In the 1980's?


I don't think so, the year 2000 was 15-20 years later.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Howard on 06/23/15 at 2:16 pm


That was Howard...
?


Sorry I was off topic. :(

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 06/23/15 at 9:17 pm

My Dad wasn't a fan of most of the late 80s culture! ;D  He didn't like the hair bands,new jack swing type music! He HATED the Detroit Bad Boys Pistons! His favorite cartoon characters from the Hannah Barbara era were being turned into kids. However, he loved Cheers and The Cosby Show! Maybe because he was in his late 20s and was getting older!

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/23/15 at 11:37 pm


The entire decade looks incredibly naff to me.


:o

What?

The '80s were the best decade for pop culture all around! Everything that happened from '93 to '99 killed the '90s for most people over the age of six at that time.

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: Eazy-EMAN1995 on 06/23/15 at 11:45 pm


:o

What?

The '80s were the best decade for pop culture all around! Everything that happened from '93 to '99 killed the '90s for most people over the age of six.

My old man thinks the 60s,70s, and early 80s were the best!! Then again he's a late boomer!!

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: TheEarly90sGuy on 06/25/15 at 12:08 am


My Dad wasn't a fan of most of the late 80s culture! ;D  He didn't like the hair bands,new jack swing type music! He HATED the Detroit Bad Boys Pistons! His favorite cartoon characters from the Hannah Barbara era were being turned into kids. However, he loved Cheers and The Cosby Show! Maybe because he was in his late 20s and was getting older!


Most parents of that time could not tell you the difference between Pump Up the Jam and Pump Up the Volume.  ;D

Subject: Re: Worst year of the 80s

Written By: eugoldlareg on 08/03/15 at 12:20 am

I would have to say 1989... I graduated high school in 1988, and George Bush became President in 1989, which is why that year felt more like the early 90s than the 80s... And it seemed like 1989 was darker and a bit more depressing than every other year in the decade put together...

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