No one who lived during the 80s knew it would become such an iconic decade. The big hair, shoulder pads, massive political events, and colorful celebs … it was an epic time.
Whether you look back on that era with fondness or fright, you should look favorably on dating someone who grew up during the eighties. Here’s why:
1. Videocassettes! Your partner may have recorded favorite TV series like “Knight Rider,” “The A-Team,” and “Miami Vice.” Does it get any better?! You will, however, have to locate a VCR.
2. Your partner will give you a mixed tape—on an actual cassette tape. Take a trip down memory lane as you hear forgotten favorites: The Human League, Bananarama, Sheena Easton, and Adam Ant.
3. Relive your glory days by watching famed 80s flicks. Resurrect your inner teen and cue up “Pretty In Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” or “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
4. Get better acquainted by discussing which 80s type you were. Many people identified with a particular group. Could it be Goth, headbanger, jock, nerd, prep, skater, or valley girl?
5. Your love might show up outside your house hoisting a boombox. And of course the song playing will be Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” Hey, it worked for Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) in “Say Anything.”
6. Reminisce about the good ol’ days together. Your date won’t think you’re old when you talk wistfully about your very first computer (perhaps an IBM 5150 or Commodore 64), your high score on Pac-Man, and the launch of music videos (on some hot new channel called MTV).
7. Get romantic with love songs. Your partner’s heart will melt as you listen to the sounds of “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, and “Secret Lovers” by Atlantic Starr.
8. Get fit with Fonda. Put on your Lycra, leg warmers, and headband, and bounce around to Jane Fonda’s aerobics video. It was the decade’s fitness craze.
9. Re-enact some of the best romantic movie scenes. You could do worse than emulating the characters in “ An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Top Gun,” “Roxanne,” or “The Princess Bride.”
10. Banter like back in the day. Pull out all your best (or worst) 80s slang, like, “Grody to the max . . . Gag me with a spoon . . . Like, I’m so sure . . .”
11. Your partner may entertain you with impersonations of Ronald or Nancy Reagan. This power couple dominated national news during the 1980s, and their unique demeanor made them irresistible to imitate.
12. You’ll always have a date night out. Popular bands of yesteryear don’t retire—they get recycled and tour at state fairs and festivals. Get nostalgic by seeing live shows featuring REO Speedwagon, Whitesnake, The Go-Gos, General Public, or Kool and the Gang.
13. Your partner knows how to endure hard times. The 80s weren’t just about synth music, hair gel, and Rubik’s Cubes. There were plenty of shocking events people lived through, including John Lennon’s assassination, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
14. Bond over raisins. When you hear Marvin Gaye singing “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”, you’ll feel close to your partner knowing you’re both thinking of the same thing: The California Raisins.
15. You will rock the next 80s party. Dig out your old linen pastel blazer (with sleeves rolled up), acid-washed jeans, sequined glove, off-the-shoulder “Flashdance” sweatshirt, Members Only jacket, and anything neon. Tease your hair as high as possible (with Aqua Net, preferably!), and you’re sure to win the costume contest.
Bonus: If you ask for a potential date’s phone number and the response is “867-5309,” you know you’ve got the right era but not the real number. That is Jenny’s number! (If you don’t get that reference, you were asleep through the 80s.)
What is your favorite memory from the 80s?