Much of my early college days were a blur. I was 17, and 300 miles away from home in the big city of Toronto, surrounded by other equally young and stupid people. And my college did it’s part to encourage the corruption of its youth. Not only did it host regular pub event on campus, but it often shipped busloads full of novice alcoholics to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York. The bars were bigger. The drinking age would remain a mere 19 until December of that year. And the pubs had sober-sounding monikers like The Library. Yes, we could honestly tell our concerned parents that we were spending our Friday nights at the library. How convenient. Club Exit in Niagara Falls was a little harder to explain. I don’t remember much about either of these places, but I know they served booze.
And, yes. The legal drinking age WAS 19. And I WAS 17. But we won’t discuss how I got around that one. Because, of course, it was all perfectly legal.
In between my vodka & Tang induced blackouts, I do recall one rather bizarre detail. People dancing on the floor. Literally ON THE FLOOR. Lying on it. Writhing to the music.
The song was either “How Soon is Now” by the Smiths or “Every Day is Halloween” by Ministry. I loved both, so I grabbed the nearest cute guy (vodka and Tang makes a person brave) and dragged him up on the dance floor. I’m showcasing my best 80s moves and I notice that my tall-haired partner is missing. I scan the dance floor. WTF? Did he vanish in to thin air? Hell no, that would have been the preferred option. Rather, he is prone on the floor–apparently having the time of his life. I don’t even think he noticed when I walked off. I should have stepped on him.
Ah. I loved the 80s.
Rather than embark on the uncovering of three new weird and goofy facts, I thought that today I’d simply re-visit some of the weirdest stuff from the ’80s, the best decade yet.
Photo Credits: The Library (urbanspoon.com), Club Exit (trademarkia.com), slouch socks (elliesox.com), parachute pants (digital changeling.com), Adidas & Dusty rose (etsy.com), chevette (charest.net), atari (thenestway.com), stirrups (sodahead.com), Man with 2 Brains (www.guardian.co.uk), Knots Landing (bonkbusterdiaries.com).
Ah the 80s. I, too had a very good time during that decade, which is miraculous given how horribly dressed we all were. I don’t even like to think of the state of my hair. I blame Madonna for all the scrunching and the big black bows.
It was amazing what a glob of gel, a back comb, and a whole lotta scrunching could achieve. Masterpieces, really.
And it stayed put for DAYS.
Ew, I remember going to bed with crunchy hair and a thick layer of makeup on. It’s any wonder I’m not a bald, pimple faced disaster.
I feel with you. Most of the eighties were a blur but what I can remember was reeaal interesting.
A distorted neon collage of pants that went up to our armpits, synthesizer music, Fuzzy Navels, and pastel paisley. We looked like people from the future.
No way – my stirrups always bunched in my shoes too! That was okay though because I could hide them in my slouchy socks and no one noticed because my shoulder pads and big hair distracted them for looking at my feet. 😉
Thanks for the trip down memory lane…..the 80’s ROCKED!
They DID! And there will never be another time like them.
Knot’s Landing! I’d managed to erase it but now it is back in my brain! AAAAARGH!
you’re welcome. AHAHAHAHAHA
Look at you! You are such a cutie! I too am 5’0 plus I was kind of chubby so I never owned a pair of stirrup pants….it just never would have worked! I was so disappointed because I was the only girl in class without a pair of dusty rose stirrup pants! Great post as always!
Thanks! Dusty rose stirrup pants! Yikes. Haha.
What a cool trip down memory lane, we really were stylin ( at least in our own minds).
Keep treating us Kim.
Thanks! At least you never did Flock of Seagulls hair!
CLub Exit – now the Icehouse. If you look on Google Earth, the lgog is STILL on the roof!
Logo…apparently, I can’t spell on Saturday nights…
Perfectly understood. Ha!
Glad to hear that some things don’t change!