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Old 09-10-2008, 08:58 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Yes, I KNOW it ended in 1989. The thing is, the 60s didn't begin in 1960, and didn't really end in 1970 either. Most people would agree 1961 was the "Fifties" in everything but what was on the calendar.

I was born in 1990, and when I encounter things from my birth year, they seem pretty 80s. I can remember 1994-1999 and 1990 seems alien compared to those years. From what I can tell 1990 was the last year of 80s excess, big hair, being pre-digital, etc.

For the START of the 80s, the 70s/disco era seemed to end in 1980, maybe even 1979, but then again you don't get that Duran Duran 80s feel until 1982 or 1983. I'd say the "true 80s" is 1982-1990, and 1980, 1981 and 1991 could be "fringe" with the other decades.

Old 09-10-2008, 09:55 PM
Location: Floribama
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I was just thinking about this last night! To me, '80-'83 had more in common with the late 70's. When I think of the 80's I think '84-'90.
Old 09-10-2008, 09:56 PM
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I would say that 1990 still had the 80s vibe, and even until 1993 there were remnants of 80s fashion and music.
Old 09-10-2008, 10:29 PM
Location: Iowa
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This period from 80 to 83 was special to its own. 1980 was one hell of a great year for movies, Blues Brothers, Caddyshack, The Shining, 9 to 5, to name a few. Disco was still around but in rapid decline that year, replaced with a different/softer sound that lasted a few years.

Groups like STYX, Dan Fogelberg, Hall & Oats, Lynal Richie, Ray Parker Jr., Commodors, Air Supply, Journey, Alan Parson, Atlanta Rythem Sec, Little River Band, Pink Floyd "The Wall" was BIG. Even Charile Danials got in the act in 1980, Kenny Rogers was everywhere. Kind of a strange year. Quiet Riot, Motley Crue and metal bands did not get a foothold until about 83.

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Old 09-10-2008, 10:32 PM
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Well, one thing I do know is Bill Cosby's sweaters from that era are probably still alive and well somewhere.
Old 09-10-2008, 10:36 PM
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When everybody (movie stars, lawyers, airline pilots) went to rehab in 1985.
Old 09-11-2008, 05:56 PM
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Alot of things we associate with the 90s began happening in 91 or 92. The music and style changed. The economic prosperity of the 80s was over. The Soviet Union was done. Clinton was on his way into office.

I guess it varies a little for everyone.
Old 09-11-2008, 06:25 PM
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I would say by 88/89. Prez Reagan was out of office then. New Wave music and Glam Rock had subsided by then as even MTV was nothing like the early 80's. Did the longest lasting 80's show Cheers make it til 1990??
Old 09-11-2008, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 6/3 View Post
Did the longest lasting 80's show Cheers make it til 1990??
1993 to be exact.
Old 09-11-2008, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by j760 View Post
1993 to be exact.
Cool....nice to something from my favorite era made it past 1990.
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