March 27, 2013

Bad ’80s fads

A decade of interesting fads that people remember fondly, or not.

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And no, it didn’t make keyboard players look cool. Imagine being backstage at a rock concert in 1985. A groupie comes up and asks, “What do you play?” And you say, “The keytar!” Yeah, good luck keeping her away from the guy with the Flying V  and a codpiece.

CARTOONS WITH A MESSAGE

Remember Saturday mornings as a kid? It was the best time of the week – no school, no homework, no chores. Just you, a bowl of Fruity Pebbles and the television. You could look forward to hours of mindless immersion in an orgy of cartoon nirvana.

That all changed in the ’80s. Suddenly, it wasn’t good enough for He-Man to give Skeletor a good beat-down. He had to explain not only why Skeletor deserved the beat-down, but the psychological underpinnings behind the actions that resulted in the beat-down and a lesson on how you, at age 7, could avoid a similar beat-down.

Every character, from Lion-O the ThunderCat to Papa Smurf, had some words of wisdom to impart. Oddly enough, they never mentioned how to keep the bad guys from breaking out of jail – probably because they were too busy jabbering about some life lesson instead of keeping an eye on their prisoners.

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