OT: Worst Things in the 80s

1) Top Gun
2) Birthday parties at McDonalds
3) Growing Pains
4) Four channels, and one replaces cartoons with a funeral home airing gospel music on Saturday morning
5) Jams shorts
6) Go-Bots
7) Andre the Giant turning on Hulk Hogan
8) Press Your Luck (awesome show, but the Whammy scared me half to death)
9) Victor Newman
10) The late 80s Braves and Yankees
11) Joe Thiesman's knee injury + Tim Krumnie's knee injury
12) The first time you asked your mom for Nike Air Revolutions and she said "$120 for shoes? What about these sweet Roos?"
13) Roos
14) The Showcase Showdown with the furniture
15) Mr. Claw
16) Cobra Commander
17) Star Scream

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1) Top Gun
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8) Press Your Luck (awesome show, but the Whammy scared me half to death)
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15) Mr. Claw
16) Cobra Commander
17) Star Scream

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I mean this is the same guy that doesn't like cheese so...

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
β€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

The hair.
The music. (EDIT 2: except for the rise of punk rock)
The cars.
The clothes.

EDIT: and the architecture. The 80s was a visual disaster.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Thank you. I had a hard time resisting the urge to tell everyone in the other thread that the 80s sucked. Glad I'm not the only one who thought so.

I have a few things from the 80s I liked, mostly I think the movies were fairly adventurous for the time and pushed cinema to new heights, pro wrestling was still gritty but started to realize the value of storylines, but other than that, the 80s sucked. I think the 80s even created AIDS.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

think the 80s even created AIDS.

Nah, that actually started at the end of the 70s.

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

I may be biased, as I grew up in the 90s, but they blow the doors off the 80s in every sense except cinema (movie studies tried to replace plot with special effects and CGI). The 90s brought:

1) The freaking internet (AOL discs in the mail for 10 FREE HOURS, LOL)
2) Cell phones
3) The computer OS as we know it
(while the first 3 may not have been invented in the 90s, they were made fit for public consumption in the 90s)
4) The pinnacle of hip-hop
5) The pinnacle of R&B
6) The pinnacle of Grunge
7) Possibly the pinnacle of Alternative Rock ["Rock" moved to emo in 2000s]
8) Possibly the pinnacle of heavy metal
9) The 1999 Women's World Cup (Brandi Chastain's PK)
10) The 1996 Olympics in Atlanta (Kerry Strug securing the gold on one good leg, Michael Johnson shattering records)
11) The 1992 Dream Team
12) The 1994 Men's World Cup in the US
13) MJ at his peak and the Bulls dynasty
14) The Spade, Farley, Sandler, Rock years of SNL
15) The NWO vs everyone years of WWE/WWF
16) Actually getting to party like its 1999
17) Mike Vick at VT and a Natty Championship run
18) The 1995 Sugar Bowl

Argue amongst yourselves if the rise in Starbucks, CVSs, and Rite-Aids across the street from each other was good

Lowlights:
1) Rodney King and the LA Riots
2) OJ
3) Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees bandwagon fans
4) Y2k fears
5) Peak Boy Bands
6) Rise of participation trophies and then the kids being blamed for them like they bought them for themselves

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

uva - the taint of the ACC
XL Jockstraps 34 - Ascots 31
#15 Straight

You forgot on the good 90s list the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Fellow 90s kid here, and you're damn right

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Many good points here, but I can't imagine 90s beats out 80s for peak metal. I don't think I'd even put it ahead of the 70s for that category.

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi. Tech, Tech, V.P.I.
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah. Polytech- Vir-gin-I-a.
Ray, Rah, V.P.I. Team! Team! Team!

The "Big Four" were at their peaks in the late '80s so hard to argue with that.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Leonard. Duh.

Chaka Khan

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Downvote for that one...Chaka is a queen..

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

If she were a queen, she'd make better music. IJS

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

Agree to disagree...I haven't listened to every one of her songs, but I respect her enough to know that a lot of people did and that she can blow..just like Donna Summer

French60wasp

(add if applicable) /s

And we thought the Tavien Feaster thread needed to be burnt to the ground.....

Mullets

What's
Important
Now

We Built This City by Starship
Cassette Tapes
Those baggy pajama looking pants
Probably the highest percentage of baseball stadiums using Astroturf
We went 9-2 in 1983 and didn't get a bowl bid

Druckenmiller the shotgun snap, fakes short, fires it deep into the end zone it is....caught! It is caught for a touchdown by Jermaine Holmes with 47 seconds left!

The cars. Most all of them just looked terrible and performed miserably.

Performance drop caused by two things that sucked in the 70s, the 1973 and 1979 oil crises.

Worst of the worst...Chrysler K cars & the Yugo.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

And Renault

uva - the taint of the ACC
XL Jockstraps 34 - Ascots 31
#15 Straight

This one ran pretty well:

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

But the band The Cars was really good.

JP

The second worst band I ever saw live.....(worst was Sevendust.....)
When WangChung opens up for you and kicks your ass......you've got a problem.

Dirty Dancing
Building Construction

"with all due respect, and remember I’m sayin’ it with all due respect, that idea ain’t worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin gettin’ it on" - Ricky Bobby

A good chunk of Dirty Dancing was filmed at Mountain Lake right down the road from Tech...a couple of Hokies friends worked on the set there... I can't say this was a bad movie..

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I lived in Giles County during school and again 26 years later on, and I can assure you that an awful lot of people come to Mt. Lake just because of the film. Giles promotes it as much as it can. I wouldn't call it a bad movie, either, but mostly because I always liked Patrick S. It was a young love/teenish flick that hit enough nerves to still be talked about, though.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Son of a bitch made this just to put Top Gun on there.

Your best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and FUCK the prom queen!

He put it there because secretly thinks it's the best thing. Better than the Iron Eagle series. And he's psyched about the upcoming sequel. [dives behind couch]

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

HADES BOMB

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Better than Iron Eagle? I would take Louis Gossett Jr. against Dennis Hopper..any day of the week..

You are damn right you will. Plus, Chappie picks Steve Winwood to blow stuff up to.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Louis Gossett Jr makes a good President.

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

Wish he was. no/s

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Probably

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

Aids, Apartheid, and the Cold War if we're being literal.

We're not.. ;-)

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

I actually liked Go-Bots. They were the size of matchbox cars and could truly be robots in disguise, while transformers were never the same scale as anything else.

And Andre turning on Hogan was a pivotal life lesson akin to your father saying to jump into his arms and then letting you drop to teach you that "you can never really trust anyone." Height of drama.

your father saying to jump into his arms and then letting you drop

I'm sorry....this is actually a thing??? it was thrown in here so casually

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Josh Jackson, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

The fact that you believe this is a real thing proves that your father never taught you this valuable lesson.

That was the first wrestling angle I can remember and it upset me greatly. Although Windham turning on Lugar a year later was much more elegant and well done.

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

That they ended 😭

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
β€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

sorry everyone i'm actually also somehow the worst thing to come out of the 80s

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Shoulder pads and Richard Simmon's shorts. Well, Richard Simmons period.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Boy George

HTHokie93

Do you really want to hurt me?

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
β€œI served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

Karma Chameleon

HTHokie93

You come & go.

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

I was actually OK with BG.

Decent lyrics, and catchy tunes.

Leonard. Duh.

Pop with weird hair.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

aka The 80s

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I must have read the title wrong, because this is surely a list of the BEST things about the 80s! I mean, Jams says it all, right there! Man, did I wear out some jams in middle school!

Virginian by Birth, Hokie by Choice

The best is the other thread.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Am I the only one that was shocked to see birthday parties at McD's on this list but not birthday parties at Chuck E Cheese?

We didn't have a Cheese. We had Pizza Hut (and later Swieragans.) McDonalds parties were the worst

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

We didn't have a Cheese.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Really? Were you guys Deadwood?

This is going to be great for the ACC.

Not Chuck E. Cheese, but Showbiz

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

The only reason those kids are smiling is because they haven't seen the nightmare haunting creature behind them.

Almost any video by a pop British band in MTV...OK, looking back... almost ANY video on MTV!

How can anyone not like this video? There is a stuffed squirrel playing a smoking pipe for the sax solo!

Layered izods.
Break Dancing and boom boxes.
55 MPH speed limits.
Raising the drinking age right before I got there.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

Break Dancing and boom boxes

Don't hate on Turbo and Ozone now...

Joanie Loves Chachi. Seriously... What the fuck?
It was sort if stated above... Anything Richard Simmons. No. I'm not sweating to the oldies. I'm sweating because you are an alien.
The term "Yuppie". It's not a bad thing to dress nice and drive a BMW.
"The Facts of LIfe". Enough said.
Trying to record songs off of the radio while the DJ is talking during the first and last 10 seconds of the song because that motherfucker KNOWS what I'm trying to do.
Aqua Net. Damn, girl. Your hair needs to be a little bigger.
Acid washed jeans. From the time when Levi's was on acid.

Leonard. Duh.

"The Facts of LIfe". Enough said.

Except it did have Jo Polniaczek...

And it did manage to spawn a sequel...

Other than that, I agree, it was trash.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Jo was definitely cooler, and way more attractive than Blair.

I'll choose the Mary Anne over Ginger every time.

Leonard. Duh.

Nope on Aqua Net. We need it to shoot the potato gun, man.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

negative on the facts of life..i liked Blair and Tootie..

We lost John Lennon & John Belushi.

UVA is a great place to take a dump.

We lost John Lennon & John Belushi.

and John Bonham

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

And Bon Scott (for those about to rock, we salute).

UVA is a great place to take a dump.