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Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Posted by:bonoslilqt.
Time:12:35 pm.
Name: Kimberly

DOB: October 17 1985

Top Five Movies of the '80s
1. The Breakfast Club
2. Sixteen Candles
3. Pretty In Pink
4. Ghostbusters
5. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Five Things That Remind You Most Of The '80s
1. Atari & all the games (Frogger, Pacman, etc.)
2. M.A.S.H. (that game you'd play in school w/ your friends to determine your future, lol)
3. Jelly braceletes
4. California Raisins
5. Rubik's cube

Top Five '80s Bands
1. U2
2. Duran Duran
3. Depeche Mode
4. The Go-Go's
5. The Police

Favorite Nickelodeon/Disney show: Smurfs

One overblown news story/media craze you remember hearing about: Bush/Clinton election
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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Subject:oh me oh my
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:12:57 am.
Music:"How Soon is Now?" - The Smiths.
Just when you think you've seen it all, something happens that makes you realize that you definitely haven't.

So here we are, most of us sophomores in college, hitting the famed 20-year milestone and wondering what the hell we're going to do with our lives, or even what major to declare. I have just the song for your disillusionment, kids.

"Sophomore" by The 1985

Now isn't that just a little freaky? This time it's not just a song titled 1985 having something to do with the year, it's a band that's named themselves for it...and I came across them totally by chance.

The 1985 are an art rock band that formed in 1995 in Pittsburgh. Apparently they're a significant part of the noise rock scene there - they've been described as "avant garde as avant garde gets" and comparable to bands like Gang of Four and the Birthday Party.

Their latest album Nerve Eighty came out in 1999. To my knowledge, the only place online to purchase any there stuff is Insound, and only on vinyl.


So, to recap our 1985-themed songlist (for all the new members), I'm reposting all these links for download:

1/ "1985" by the Manic Street Preachers

2/ "1985" by the French Kicks

3/ "Alive in 85" by Broken Social Scene

...and I think "1985" by Bowling For Soup is probably popular enough to track down on your own.

More songs to be posted as I randomly come across them...
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Monday, December 27th, 2004

Subject:I hope everyone had a happy holiday...
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:6:29 pm.
Music:"Soon" - My Bloody Valentine.
So, if you go back almost a year in the posts for this community (Jan. 21 of this year, to be specific), I said:

Believe you me, when I get some time, I'm going to get cute little t-shirts and bags that say "I Love 1985" or something.

I'm happy to report that my weird idea has finally come to fruition. So I ended up getting myself something for Xmas, but oh well. It's small and cool x1000 so I don't feel too bad about it. I was thinking of getting something customized and wracking my brain for a funny/witty phrase, and then it just mystically came to me. The result was perfect, exactly what I wanted...

Because I'm fanatical like that )
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Subject:Songs of 1985 and 2003
Posted by:rochtnlsd.
Time:5:20 pm.
Music:"Dare you to move" Switchfoot.
So i found a link with songs from senior year, and i thought i'd post the songs from 1985. Well, not really post cause i have no computer savvy, so i'm actually just going to put the link. So you can go here for songs in 1985 that topped the charts, or you can go here for songs from OUR senior year (2003). Enjoy :)
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Subject:a most excellent update
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:3:23 pm.
Music:"This Charming Man" - The Smiths. I've come across some old tv clips. I was pretty surprised by how choked up I got. Dammit, why don't the networks air more re-runs?!

Click on the pictures, sit back, relax, and remember the good ol' days when you were young enough to sit in front of the television and mindlessly absorb EVERYTHING that came on. Even the commercials. )

The good folks at have compiled most of these clips and many more, including The Gummie Bears, Inspector Gadget, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, and Saved By The Bell.

I've chosen to upload the more obscure clips and provide them here for your convenience - but they won't be up forever! The server might get a little slow after awhile (overloading). Check out the site, for sure.

As always, I encourage you, my fellow 1985ers, to POST. Your own interesting finds (pictures, clips, articles), top 10 lists, rants/ get the idea.
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Monday, December 6th, 2004

Subject:Back To The Future
Posted by:pisceanstar.
Time:12:11 am.
Hey guys! I am an avid fan of Back to the Future, so I thought I'd take the oppurtunity to shed some light on it! I hope it's all good, its my first attempt at something like this!

On July 3rd of 1985, North America was exposed to one of the most influential sci-fi films known to date. Back to the Future was a film that discussed one most asked questions, what would it be like to travel through time? It was a film that grossed more than $240 million worldwide, and is considered a classic of the 80s today.

The star of the film was Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a young 17 year old teenager with the typical 80s lifestyle. Christopher Lloyd as Doc Emmett Brown is also a noteworthy mention as the scientist who created the memorable time machine. Other characters include Lea Thompson as Lorraine Baines McFly, Crispin Glover as George McFly, Thomas F. Wilson as Biff Tannen, Claudia Wells as Jennifer Parker, and James Tolkan as Mr. Stickland.

As the story goes, young Marty McFly has an ordinary life where he has his girlfriend, plays with a band, skateboards to school, and has the old-fashioned American family. What is unique about Marty is that he has a relationship with Doc E. Brown, a scientist always up to making some type of failed experiments. On October 26th, 1985 it all changes. After the DeLorean's grand entrance, the Doc's lifelong experiment (the flux capacitor) proves to be a success when the time machine takes Marty to the year 1955.

The protagonist is now thrown into a time beyond his years, where he disrupts the meeting of his parents, and is thus forced to change history to save his existence with the help of the Doctor Emmett Brown of 1955. The challenge is to bring the Delorean back to 1985 before lightning strikes the infamous clock tower of Hill Valley, and to restore companionship to George and Lorraine. The story has an equal balance of humour and seriousness without getting out of original context. It also provides a first person view on Marty's initial reactions, drawing the audience into the scene with the teenager, raising the same questions as he sets out to find out what his parents were really like as youth themselves. Now for those of you who have yet to see this wonderful movie, I shall spare you from the intricate details of the story.

Steven Spileburg filmed the movie in various locations of California, USA, and runs for approximately 111 minutes. It spawned the fame of Hewey Lewis and the News' tracks 'Back In Time' and 'Power of Love'. The fame of the movie brought about two sequals, Back to the Future II (1989) and Back to the Future III (1990). Even recently, the trilogy was brought onto DVD which contains bonus features such as bloopers and outakes sure to please the avid fan...*cough cough*

Now I thought of ending this by throwing in some memorable quotes from the movie. I hope you've enjoyed the short yet informative summary.

George McFly: "Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn't take Lorraine out that he'd melt my brain. "

Marty McFly: "Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"

Doc Emmett Brown: "If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit."

Lorraine Baines: "Well... you're safe and sound now, back in good old 1955."

George McFly: "Hey, you! Get your damn hands off her!"

Doc Emmett Brown: "Don't worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely eighty-eight miles per hour the instant the lightning strikes the tower... everything will be fine."

Marty McFly: "Wait, you don't understand. If you don't play there's no music. If there's no music they don't dance. If they don't dance they don't kiss and fall in love and I'm history."

If you would like to know more about the movie, or look at some more screenshots, feel free to browse through this website.
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Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Posted by:starrynights.
Time:9:41 pm.
Hey everyone, I just joined the other day. I haven't posted that quiz thing yet, but I will soon. I love the 80's! In the meantime, here's a little thing I found for all of us born in '85.

In 1985 (the year you were born)

Ronald Reagan is president of the US

Live Aid, a 17 hour rock concert broadcasts worldwide from London and Philadelphia, raising $70 million for starving Africans

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico City and results in about 25,000 deaths

Vocano "Nevada del Ruiz" erupts near Bogota, Columbia causing mud slides that bury two towns

American Jew Jonathan Pollard is arrested for giving military secrets to Israel

Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Soviet leader

New Coke is released on the 99th anniversary of Coca-Cola

The GNU Manifesto first written by Richard Stallman

Kansas City Royals win the World series

San Francisco 49ers win Superbowl XIX

Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup

Back to the Future is the top grossing film

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis is published

David Lee Roth leaves Van Halen to begin a solo career

"Careless Whisper" by Wham! spends the most time at the top of the US charts

Elmo is introduced on Sesame Street

The Golden Girls and Growing Pains premiere

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

More cool things for your blog at
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Sunday, November 21st, 2004

Subject:more 1985 by way of song
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:7:33 pm.
The popularity of the year 1985 as a song title is really incredible; only second to 1969 now...

The Manic Street Preacher's new album, Lifeblood is actually set to be released on the 25th in the US, but I just couldn't wait that long. The first track is "1985," a kind of dreamy, nostalgic song with a truly '80s romantic-punk feel. Be aware that the Manics are a punk-political band of the old school. The subject-matter they sing about may not be for everyone. You may wanna read up on them here and take a look at the lyrics to the song below, before downloading.

"1985" by The Manic Street Preachers

Lyrics )
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Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Subject:Live Aid on DVD
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:1:36 pm.
Music:"Mad World" - Tears For Fears.
So, I'm almost as psyched as I was when the Back to the Future trilogy was released on DVD. The famous Live Aid benefit concert of July 1985 is available at

Live Aid...

- was a benefit concert for famine relief featuring David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Sting, The Who, U2, Neil Young, and several other artists

- the largest scale global satellite link-up and TV broadcast of all time.

- watched by 1.5 billion people around the world on 98% of all available TV screens

- raised over $80 million and resulted in the shipment of 100,000 tons of aid supplies to Africa, including 17,000 tons of grain, 2,000 tons of milk powder, 1,200 tons of vegetable oil, 40 tons of water pumping equipment, 29 land rovers, 18 water tankers, 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 200,000 blankets and $350,000 worth of seed, oxen and hand tools

The Live Aid concert took place on July 13th, 1985. The main sites for the event were Wembley Stadium, London, and JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, with some acts performing at other venues in Sydney and Moscow. In the UK, it was aired by the BBC, and ABC was largely responsible for the US broadcast. The concert was never supposed to have been released commercially due to music rights issues.

The event was originally organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, evolved from the smaller "Band Aid" concert project involving British and Irish musicians. Geldof was largely inspired by a 1984 BBC documentary about famine in Ethiopia. To learn more about the ongoing tragedy, he flew to Africa to observe the situation first hand. After he returned to England, he gathered numerous British pop stars together to record a charity single under the name Band Aid; that song, "Do They Know It's Christmas," became the best-selling U.K. single of all time, and inspired the similar 1985 U.S. single, "We Are The World." In part due to the success of Live Aid, Geldof subsequently received honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.

Bob Geldof

One particularly memorable moment was at the JFK stadium when Keith Richards broke his guitar string. Ron Wood then took off his own guitar and gave it to Richards. Wood was left standing on stage guitarless. After shrugging to the audience, he played air guitar, even mimicking The Who's Pete Townshend by swinging his arm in wide circles, until a stagehand brought him a replacement.

The success of Live Aid served as inspiration for Roger Waters' song "The Tide is Turning" and Queen's song "One Vision."

The complete list of performers  )

From January 1985 until November 2004, the Band Aid Trust and Live Aid Foundation spent over $144 million on the relief of famine in Africa by supporting projects in Burkina Faso, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and Sudan. Money raised from the sale of the Live Aid DVD will be used to continue the work of the Band Aid Trust in Africa.
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Friday, November 12th, 2004

Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:2:42 pm.
Music:"Kyoto Song" - The Cure.
Top Five Movies of the '80s

Five Things That Remind You Most Of The '80s

Top Five '80s Bands

Favorite Nickelodeon/Disney show:

One overblown news story/media craze you remember hearing about:
(ex. the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bush/Clinton winning the presidency, the New Kids On The Block craze...if you've really can't remember anything, bummer. Just pass on this question.)


...alright, there is the final version of the short survey to be filled out when you join (or if you're in and haven't introduced yourself). It's now on the info page as well. A few quick announcements:

If you want to join, you have to click the "To join this community, click here" link (don't press the add person icon).

If you have even the faintest inkling that you might want to post something here, do it. This community isn't just about the '80s, it's for people born in the '80s. So, pretty much anything goes. Although, if you advertise, do it for a somewhat relevant community and be a member, or I might have to delete it.

Since I'm quasi-fanatical about the '80s, I'll continue posting about random things I find interesting/am nostalgic about. Of course, you ought to do the same. However, if you'd like me to post about some '80s-related topic I haven't covered, just ask (by way of posting), and I'll try to dig something up on it. I can't make any promises about when I'll get to posting it, though...

The the livejournal version of this community has really gotten going. Be sure to check it out if you start a journal there...
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Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Posted by:s8j5s.
Time:9:55 pm.
hey. just wanted to let all you know that i'm leaving blurty and going to live journal. my user name there is sjs85
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Monday, November 8th, 2004

Posted by:princess_fuck.
Time:1:48 pm.
k, i'll try....

Top Five Movies of the '80s
1. the wizard
2. the neverending story
3. labyrinth
4. back to the future
5. ferris bueller (of course)

Five Things That Remind You Most Of The '80s
1. pick up sticks
2. synth pop
3. collingwood, ontario
4. ridiculous ear adornments
5. orange eyeshadow

Top Five '80s Bands
1. skinny puppy
2. devo
3. new order (joy division)
4. depeche mode
5. megadeth
6. the pixies
7. the human league
...sorry, i cheated...

One overblown news story you remember hearing about:
i hate to admit it, but i wasn't smart enough to watch the news as a five year old. ...or just too optimistic, i forget which.
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Sunday, November 7th, 2004

Posted by:rochtnlsd.
Time:8:06 pm.
Top Five Movies of the '80s
1. Real Genius
2. Indiana Jones (I can't pick just one)
3. The Princess Bride
4. Airplane
5. Back to the Future

Five Things That Remind You Most Of The '80s
1. Anything neon
2. "Whip it"
3. Sike!
4. Skip it
5. Side pony tails
(I have no idea how the last three i thought of all started with "s")

Top Five '80s Bands
1. U2
2. The Bangles
3. B-52's
4. Salt 'N Peppa
5. Fleetwood Mac

One overblown news story you remember hearing about:
Heh....bad memory + vacant-eyed child = no answer
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Saturday, November 6th, 2004

Subject:hey, introduce yourself
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:8:39 pm.
Music:"Bone Machine" - The Pixies.
Okay, kids...I thought of something people can fill out when they join. Just copy and paste the form, and write in your own answers. It's short, and I've tried to be as interesting with the questions as possible.

Top Five Movies of the '80s
1. Real Genius
2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
3. Back to the Future
4. Heathers
5. Big

Five Things That Remind You Most Of The '80s
1. Icees from K-Mart
2. Honda CRXs
3. The movie theme song from Beverly Hills Cop
4. Big puffy neon-colored scrunchies
5. Cassette tapes

Top Five '80s Bands
1. Echo and the Bunnymen
2. Tears For Fears
3. The Pixies
4. U2
5. The Smiths

One overblown news story you remember hearing about:
Without question, the fall of the Berlin Wall...but another one I think is think is worth mentioning is the Jessica McClure story - she was the baby who got trapped in a well in 1987. My mom wouldn't stop talking about it.

Favorite Nickelodeon/Disney show:
It's more a less a tie between Clarissa Explains It All and Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (I hated the Disney channel...especially in those days that you had to pay extra for it because it didn't come with basic cable.)

See? That wasn't so bad, was it? I think it'd be cool to see everyone else's answers. Come on, fill it out...kill five minutes.
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Posted by:pyrobaby.
Time:2:13 am.
Truthfully_Me_ is a non-looks rating community. We don't require pictures but they are always welcomed =)

We're always looking for new members and we're all very open minded.
You'll enjoy meeting the people that are already in our community, posting, replying, voting and answering random questions that are posted.

C'mon, you know you want to
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Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:12:09 pm.
Music:"Read It In Books" - Echo and the Bunnymen.
I don't have a whole lot of time on my hands, but I decided to take a moment to remember The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air because I caught an episode (after a long long long while of not seeing the show) and I was filled with a sudden nostalgic joy.

Oh, the early 90's - what a time for fluorescent clothing.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air first aired in September of 1990, starring 22-year-old Will Smith, who was already famous as "Fresh Prince" in the rap world. The background to this show is that the Banks, a wealthy family living in Bel-Air, reluctantly agree to take in their nephew Will, who hails from a poor and violent neighborhood in Philadelphia. From there, the hilarity ensues as he adapts to his new surroundings, and vice-versa.

The show fluctuates between slapstick humor and semi-serious looks at adolescent and family issues. Will is the slick-talking, prankster mainly concerned with girls and get rich/famous schemes. He frequently proves to be a source of exasperation for Uncle Phil, who begins the series despising him the most, but becomes a gruff-but-caring father figure.

Carlton, played by Alphonso Riberio (who was only 19 at the start of the show) is Will's uber-preppy (and some would argue, ultra-dorky), perfectionistic cousin Carlton, whose main goal in life is to be accepted by Princeton University. As the show wears on, the two characters clash less and become a sort of superhero-sidekick duo.

Ashley (played by Tatyana Ali) is Will's sweet, impressionable younger cousin, and Hillary (played by Karyn Parsons) is Will's excessively vain and frequently inarticulate older cousin. Last but not least, Geoffrey is the Banks' smart-mouthed British butler who, usually exterior to the action, mocks all of the other characters.

The first cast in 1991, with actress Janet Hubert-Whitten as Aunt Vivian (1990-1993)

One of the interesting things about this show for me is that although it changed very little in terms of content from the early 90's to the mid 90's. You get to see all of the characters mature, but the type of humor and episode plots are more or less the same. This sounds a little boring, but it's probably why the show didn't end up "falling off" like other long-running shows (cough! 90210).

The second and final cast, with actress Daphne Maxwell Reid as Aunt Vivian (1993-1996)

Ashley with little brother Nicky (who joined the cast in 1994)

The show ended in September of 1996.

Warner Bros. has a website for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and there are plans to release the series on dvd.

Perhaps, the weirdest development of all is that Nick-At-Nite is now airing The Fresh Prince Mon-Thurs at 10pm (all time zones).
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Monday, October 11th, 2004

Posted by:pyrobaby.
Time:2:58 pm.
You Know You Grew Up In The 80's or Early 90's If:

1. You've ever ended a sentence with the word "SIKE"

2. You watched the Pound Puppies.

3. You can sing the rap to the "Fresh Prince of Belair" ..and can do the “Carlton".

4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy.

5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.

6. You owned those lil' Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls.

7. You know that "WOAH " comes from Joey on Blossom

8. Two words: Hammer Pants

9. If you ever watched "Fraggle Rock"

10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars... and "spokey-dokes" or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect

11. You can sing the entire theme song to "DuckTales " (Woo ooh!)

12. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

13. You wore! a ponytail on the side of your head.

14. You saw the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles " on the big screen...and still know the turtles names.

15. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.

16. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.

17. You played the game "MASH " (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter,House)

18. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.

19. L.A. Gear....need I say more?

20. You wanted to change your name to "JEM " in Kindergarten.(She's truly outrageous.)

21. You remember reading "Tales of a fourth grade nothing" and all the Ramona books.

22. You know the profound meaning of "WAX ON, WAX OFF"

23. You wanted to be a Goonie.

24. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us...head-to-toe)

25. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.

26. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.

27. You took lunch boxes to school... and traded Garbage Pail kids in the schoolyard.

28. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.

29. You still get the urge to say "NOT " after every sentence.

30. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts.

31. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band.

32. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up.

33. You thought your childhood friends w ould never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.

34. You ever owned a pair of Jelly-Shoes. (and like #24, probably in neon colors, too)

35. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"

36. You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up"

37. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.

38. You ever got seriously ! injured on a Slip and Slide.

39. You have ever played with a Skip-It.

40. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.

41. You've gone through this nodding your head in agreement.

42. You remember Popples.

43. "Don't worry, be happy"

44. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.

45. You wore socks scrunched down (and sometimes still do... getting yelled at by "younger hip" members of the family)

46. You remember boom boxes. . and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.

47. You remember watching both "Gremlins " movies.

48. You know what it meant to say "Care Bear Stare!!"

49. You remember watching "Rainbow Bright" and "My Little Pony Tales"

50. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.

51. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.

52. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool... and don't even flinch when people refer to them as "NKOTB".

53. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell," The ORIGINAL class.

54. You know all the words to Bon Jovi - SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.

55. You just sang those words to yourself.

56. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird.

57. Homemade Levi shorts.. (the shorter the better)

58. You remember when mullets were cool!

59. You had a mullet!

60. You still sing "We are the World"

61. You tight rolled your jeans.

62. You owned a bannana clip

63. You remember "Where's the Beef?"

64. You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talkin' about Willis?"

65. You had big hair and you knew how to use it.

66. You're still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren't you!!!
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Saturday, October 2nd, 2004

Subject:further proof...
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:6:27 pm.
Even if some of us were only alive for part of the year 1985 (and don't necessarily remember it), it obviously rocked, and such a fact goes without saying. Apparently, a couple have bands have taken to writing songs about it - I've just been enlightened by my good friend rochtnlsd about a song called "1985" by the band Bowling For Soup. I don't listen to the radio all that often, so I'm not too familiar with the band. Having only listened to the song a few times, I'm going to go ahead and label it "pop-punk". You can download it here. The lyrics are as follows:

Woo-hoo, woo-hoo

Debbie just hit the wall
She never had it all
One Prozac a day
Husband's a CPA
Her dreams went out the door
When she turned twenty four
Only been with one man
What happened to her plan?

She was gonna be an actress
She was gonna be a star
She was gonna shake that ass
On the hood of Whitesnake’s car
Her yellow SUV is now the enemy
Looks at her average life
And nothing has been alright

Since Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
'Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985


She’s seen all the classics
She knows every line
Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink
Even St. Elmo's fire
She rocked out to Wham!
Not a big Limp Bizkit fan
Thought she'd get her hand
On a member of Duran Duran

Where's the mini skirt made of snakeskin?
And who's the other guy thats singing in Van Halen?
When did reality become TV?
Whatever happened to sitcoms and gameshows
(On the radio)

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
'Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985


She hates time, make it stop
When did Motley Crue become classic rock?
And when did Ozzy, become an actor?
Please make this
stop, stop, stop.

And bring back

Bruce Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
'Cause she still preoccupied
With 1985

Springsteen, Madonna
Way before Nirvana
There was U2 and Blondie
And music still on MTV
Her two kids in high school
They tell her that she’s uncool
'Cause she's still preoccupied
With 19, 19, 1985


For those interested in a Britpop alternative (although the song itself doesn't make a whole lot of sense), the French Kicks have also written a song entitled "1985", available here. Those lyrics are as follows:

Another night, said I have to calm down
Another day, be another red light, yeah
I heard the sounds see, I heard this on the one tell me
In my hand, whoa-oh, your hand
And everytime we stop see you get a little fill - it's all over there
I know, I know, I know

I waited on the feelin', I waited all the time
I hate that sort of feeling when there's someone else in mind
And it's the time for killing
By hearing all the time

Drive me out of line (fashion), and I was color-blind
Do what I hear you say
Maybe never want it see at all, no
It sounds like 1985

In my hand
Whoa-oh, your hand
And we got out just barely alive

I waited on the feelin', I waited all the time
I hate that sort of feeling when there's someone else in mind
And it's the time for killing
By hearing all the time

Another notice, out on the phone line
(line clashes wonder what catches)
Do you want to hang this, me on the clothesline
(now I'm feeling, really such a fine time)

I'm glad I ran into you
Glad I can't bother you
No, I don't mind you
I'll keep it in mind
Glad I ran into you
Glad I ran over you


So, yeah. Even if you consider this just to be auditory nostalgia about being young/getting stoned during the mid-eighties, you gotta admit that it's still pretty amusing...


I dearly miss the old MTV that played full-length music videos and bizarre commercials...things don't always change for the better...


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Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

Posted by:pyrobaby.
Time:11:12 pm.
hey, I just joined and so I thought I'd say hi so what's up?
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Monday, August 23rd, 2004

Subject:one year anniversary and some nintendo history
Posted by:divajen2003.
Time:11:23 pm.
Music:"Relax (Don't Do It)" - Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
[ announcement: 1985ers is now also on livejournal ]

As requested, I've doing this post about Nintendo, but first I'd like to acknowledge that this community started precisely a year ago today with no members (no not even me, folks) and now we have sixteen members! A big hurrah for nostalgia and the glorious internet.

Now, let me take you back ten years prior to 1985, to that golden year that brought us Monty Python and the Holy Grail...


The soon-to-be Nintendo of America, Inc. division of Mitsubishi Electric first develop their video game system using  Electronic Video Recording (EVR) techonology, and later microprocessors


Mitsubishi Electric distributes video games for home use


Mitsubishi Electric distributes coin-operated video game machines (aka arcades)


Nintendo of America Inc. is launched in New York. It starts selling its "GAME & WATCH" product line.


"Donkey Kong"  is born and quickly becomes the hottest selling arcade game in the industry. Donkey Kong's creator, the 28 year old Shigeru Miyamoto,  created the name "Donkey Kong" as a combination of the word "Kong" from King Kong, and "Donkey," a word which Miyamoto (with his loose understanding of English) believed to be a synonym for "stupid." Having no prior programming experience, Miyamoto consulted with the company's engineers and composed the theme music on a small electronic keyboard.

Creator Shigeru Miyamoto

In the original Donkey Kong game, the player's character "Jumpman" (who later became "Mario") must jump over barrels thrown by Donkey Kong while climbing ladders to reach the top of the screen to rescue his girlfriend Pauline. Each screen is a game level, with successive levels becoming progressively harder.

Instructions on how to play Donkey Kong

The game was originally supposed to be based on the Popeye characters, with Bluto as Donkey Kong, Popeye as Jumpman, and Olive as Pauline. Popeye's owners backed out at the last minute, however and the characters were quickly changed.

Donkey Kong original sketches

Donkey Kong arcade machine


Donkey Kong's arcade sequel, Donkey Kong Jr., "Jumpman" was renamed "Mario" by Mr. Minoru Arakawa, the president of Nintendo of America, who named Mario after the owner of Nintendo's first warehouse, Mario Segali.


Mario Bros. is introduced in arcades, featuring Mario as the title character and the appearance of his brother, Luigi. The game basically entailed the simple and repetetive task of removing the turtles and other monsters from the sewers in Brooklyn, NY.


Ironically, although 1983 was considered by many experts to be a peak time in the history of arcade games, (the first real-time 3D arcade game - "I, Robot" was created), the popularity of the arcade game was soon to be outdone by that of the home video game console...

Numerous companies marketing home computers and video game consoles became bankrupt late in the year due to the weak economy, poor quality of games (the Atari 2600 versions of Pac-Man and E.T., to name a few) and the rapid takeover of companies marketing cheaper alternatives (the Tandy Corporation's Tandy Color Computer, Texas Instruments' TI-99/4A, the Commodore 64)

Before 1980,  personal computers had been something of a luxury, selling in special computer stores for upwards of $1,000. With the introduction of more inexpensive computers that offered color graphics, sound, the ability to connect to a television, and more memory, huge companies like Magnavox, Mattel (yes, the Barbie company), and Coleco lost millions of dollars and could no longer afford to stay in video game production. Atari nearly went bankrupt and was simply sold off by its parent company, Warner Communications.


Nintendo's video game consoles switch to the turn-based, 2-player mode


At this point, the distribution of home video game console market had shifted from being US-dominated to being dominated by Japanese companies. Nintendo introduces the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in the United States, which is often considered to be the "savior" of the video game industry. Nintendo also debuted Super Mario Bros in this year (later, Metroid and The Legend of Zelda in 1986), and effectively dominated the market, with a resurgent Atari battling the Sega company (created in 1965) for the number two position.

Super Mario Bros., as distributed for NES

The NES video game apparatus

See, 1985 was a momentous year, even in video game world.

Coming up next: The Back To The Future Trilogy.

On a slightly related note, if thinking back to old school NES games doesn't make you feel old, remember Back to the Future II, where Marty travels 30 years into the future to 2015, sees all kinds of cool crap, visits "Cafe 80's" and tries to impress some kids (one of them, a young Elijah Wood) playing an arcade game?

Kid 1: It's a "video game."

Kid 2: I got it working!

Kid 1: My dad told me about these.

Marty (thinking to himself): It's "Wild Gunman."

Kid 1: How do you play this thing?

Marty: I'll show you, kid. I'm a crack shot at this.

(shoots gun)

Kid 1: You mean you have to use your hands? That's like a baby's toy! (shakes head)

Marty (to himself): Baby's toy?

Well, it looks like episodes like that aren't too far off for us, 2015 being just 10 years in the future, when we'll be thirty. Yecch.
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