I'm sorry, but the '80s bit

Over at Hyperbole, Jim Haefele reminisces about what he refers to as his decade. Well, we can’t choose the time and date of our own birth and one’s own memories always end up entangled with the cultural detritus of the period, plus he’s in Tunisia and I know when you are away from home, it doesn’t take much to stir up some warm associationsbut I can’t think of a way to let the guy down easy. The ’80 sucked rocks. I was moved to write a little screed in his comments:
I hate to tell you this, man, but the ’80s were the worst decade of the last handful, the utter bottom of the worst aspects of the ’70s, the beginning of the worst parts of the ’90s, plus shoulder pads and a Flock of Seagulls.
You know Reagan was president the entire time I was in college! What a nightmare.
There’s a reason SNL had that mutant goat boy hosting their spoof MTV ’80s nostalgia show. I know the ’70s is played out and the corpse of the ’90s is still smelly, but I don’t think I will ever feel nostalgia for cousin Balki or Hands Across America.






2 responses to “I'm sorry, but the '80s bit”

  1. Scot Hacker Avatar

    Lest we forget:
    SST saved the 80s from being a total wasteland!

  2. xian Avatar

    that’s true, of course. there’s no way a whole decade could entirely suck. there is always a shadow side or yin or whatever to the prevailing yang, but as you know well, sst did not get played much outside of college radio and thus wouldn’t be in any ’80s-nostalgia playlists of today. think about how even the mighty late ’60s/early ’70s canon has been whittled down to – what was it? 40, then 32, 20 something, and now 17? ok, that was the the current pop charts, but the same principle is at work.
    hey, way to lose the thread, self!