The 80’s Tag

Posted July 27, 2015 by Brin in Tags / 7 Comments

80's tag

I came across this tag on YouTube by user Jess Lizama – I am so nostalgic for the 80’s at the best of times so I just had to appropriate this tag! Thanks to Jess for coming up with this. It stirred up a lot of fond memories trying to think of answers for each question. I also added on a few of my own at the bottom!

Favourite 80’s movie?

When I was younger I would probably have gone with The Breakfast Club (I still love that movie) or Pretty in Pink but as I got older I started to have more of an appreciation for Some Kind of Wonderful and now view it as the best John Hughes movie (just in my opinion, of course). I also adored Stand By Me and it is still a favourite to this day. I always get pretty sad when watching the young River Phoenix play Chris Chambers with such sensitivity.

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The Princess Bride was another favourite, as was Labyrinth (all the songs and the puppets – love, love, LOVE!!), The Neverending Story, Heathers (Christian Slater never looked better than he did in this movie), and Dirty Dancing – there are so many I just cannot possibly choose just one!

Favourite 80’s cartoon?

Hmm, definitely a tie between Dogtanian and the Muskehounds and She-Ra. Fraggle Rock was also a favourite although that was not strictly a cartoon (although they later made a cartoon version which wasn’t a patch on the original puppet show).

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Favourite 80’s tv show?

I loved The Wonder Years and Mork and Mindy. Oh, and Star Trek: The Next Generation!! I am a huge science fiction nerd and Star Trek owned my soul.

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The Wonder Years was just such a charming show. I can remember sitting watching it with my mum so the memory of this show always leaves me feeling a little warm and fuzzy.

Favourite THING about the 80’s?!

The young adult books!! I have a whole section on the blog devoted to rediscovering vintage young adult books (it’s a bit sparse at the moment, mind, but the day will come) so it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that I picked this. 😉

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Where were you in 1989??

I cheated and went with the last year in the decade. 😀 It hides my age somewhat plus ties into one of my favourite artists Taylor Swift! 😉 I was still living in my small village attending the (miniscule) local primary school. Even then I was a voracious reader but I also adored taking dance classes!

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Favourite 80’s cereal?

You know, most of the cereals we had in the UK are still around in some form or another so this question is a bit of a toughie. I remember Toppas fondly but I’m sure they are still around just with a new name (just googled it – they are now called Frosted Wheats).

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Favourite 80’s fashion trend?

Leg warmers!! They were awesome (and kept your legs toasty warm in the winter – always a plus in Scotland). I was a dancer as a child too so they really did come in handy. Not all 80’s fashion trends were good, the less said about shell suits the better.

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Favourite artist of the 80’s?

I loved The Bangles. Eternal Flame was an early favourite but I later preferred Manic Monday, Going Down to Liverpool, and The Glitter Years. Such memories!! Queen were also usually blasting from my stereo or to be more accurate my ghetto blaster!

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Favourite song of the 80’s?

This is a really tough question! Looking back I would love to pick Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division or Where Is My Mind by the Pixies but I was only vaguely aware of their existence in the 80’s (I really became a fan in the 90’s) so would therefore have to go with Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi, I Want To Break Free by Queen, or Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds.

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Favourite 80’s book?

As much as I love 80’s young adult fiction, the majority of these books I actually read in the 90’s so I think it would be a bit of a cheat to include them here. Again, most of the books I was reading in the 80’s came from earlier decades. I was a huge Enid Blyton fan. I practically inhaled the Chalet School series by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer and various classics like The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett also graced my bookshelf.

But when I think of 80’s books, I think of Roald Dahl. Matilda and The BFG were both written in the 80’s and they were absolute gems.

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Favourite 80’s icon?

Madonna all the way. I always wanted to be just like her when she starred in Desperately Seeking Susan. I loved her style and attitude in the movie (even though in real-life I am much more like Rosanna Arquette’s character). I can also remember being absolutely fascinated by the case she lugged about in the movie and all the weird and wonderful things that came out of it. I desperately wanted one for myself!

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Favourite 80’s crush?

I used to have such a crush on Barret Oliver! Especially in D.A.R.Y.L. – anyone remember that movie? I was younger than him so it was totally okay lol. 😉 He disappeared from the Hollywood scene in the late 80’s.

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I also had a bit of a crush on James Spader – but only when he played Steph in Pretty in Pink – I know, I know, I was an odd bird back then (still am come to think of it) but he was pretty sexy playing a bad boy!

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Favourite toy from the 80’s?

I loved my She-Ra dolls and My Little Pony’s but my favourite toy was the Keypers range – they were so awesome and you could tuck away your treasures inside them.

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Favourite chocolate bar from the 80’s?

There were a lot of yummy chocolate brands that are now sadly discontinued but the one I remember most fondly was Fry’s Five Centre. My partner also bemoans the fact that you can no longer get this chocolate bar (like, a lot more than is healthy!!). I was especially shocked to see it has actually been off the market since 1992.

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I still really miss this chocolate bar. 🙁

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What about you guys? Any fond memories of the 1980’s?

Let me know in the comments below. If anyone wants to do this tag – consider yourself well and truly tagged!

Brin

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7 responses to “The 80’s Tag

    • Brin

      Me too and thanks!! James Spader just exuded charisma in Pretty in Pink didn’t he? even though he was supposed to be the bad guy. 😉 Labyrinth is one of my favourites ever!!

    • Brin

      Yay – hope you have fun when you do this!! I was the same, I couldn’t pick just one answer – especially for the movies. 🙂

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