Imagine a time when the television had only 3 channels (until 1982 when Channel 4 launched) and until the mid-1980s finished broadcasting at around 12:30am – maybe 01:30 on Friday or Saturday.
Personal computers were large, slow and had a maximum capacity of 64 Kilobytes – yes, that’s right, Kilobytes. There was no Windows, drag and drop, touch-screen – it was all DOS-based!
If you wanted information, there was no Google - you had to search for information in books!
The 1980s also saw the fall of Communism, an actor as President of the United States, a woman Prime Minister in the United Kingdom, a Coal Strike (the setting for another fabulous musical ‘Billy Elliott’), Band Aid Live, a war with Argentina over The Falkland Islands as well as controversy over Argentinian footballer Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ that saw England get kicked out of the 1982 Football World Cup.
And lots more.
But the 80s had big shoulder pads, even bigger hair and some quite brilliant music – starting off with the remnants of the punk era at the turn of the decade, through to Ska and the New Romantics, and then the surge of what is lovingly now called 80s Cheesy Pop!!
Our March 2016 show, “The Wedding Singer” is an 80s style musical based on the Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler film of the same name. The plot doesn’t stray too far from the movie’s plot and there are some fabulous musical numbers which will get your toes tapping.
Over the course of the coming weeks, we will be bringing you some of the greatest moments of the 1980s ranging from Top 10 lists of the best films and quotes to fashion and hairstyles – who could forget the poodle perm!
Let us know what your favourite movie, quote or record was, or send us a selfie of you dressed up in your 80s finery to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our YouTube Channel and see a clip of one of our pets getting in to the 80s groove.