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6/08/2007 03:15:00 PM
Drew Gooden's Favorite Things About the '80s
Nintendo is one of the symbols of the '80s..
Photo by Nintendo
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
SAN ANTONIO -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden was born in 1981, but it took him until 2006 to fully appreciate the '80s as a historical era. "I don't really know why," Gooden says, "but last summer I just got interested in the '80s."
Since then, Gooden has spent his free time away from the Cavs' NBA Finals run studying all things '80s. Here's Drew's five favorite things about the '80s...
1. The Ducktail: This is the hairdo (or hairdon't) Drew currently
sports. "That was a big '80s thing back when I was growing up in the Bay (Area)," Gooden explains.
2. Nintendo: Not Super Nintendo, Gooden stresses, just the "regular" Nintendo? "I got one at a pawn shop when I was in college at Kansas," Gooden says, "and the games were like $2 each, so I got all the games."
4. Skateboarding: "Skateboarding was really big back then," Gooden recalls. Gooden's teammate David Wesley pointed out that skateboarding used to go hand-in-hand with "jam shorts." Gooden agreed.
5. The Calculator Watch: Last summer, Gooden decided he wanted an authentic calculator watch from the '80s, so he turned to eBay. He bid $50 on a watch that eventually sold for over $500. Losing that watch sparked his competitive nature. "The next day I bid $40 on a different watch, one that was still in the package," Gooden says. On the final day of availability, the bidding soared over $300, prompting Gooden to wonder if he was bidding against the owner of the watch. He refused to lose, though, eventually buying the watch for $350.
What are your favorite things about the 1980s? Give 'em to us below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com.
I was born in 1983. By the time pre-school and kindergarten rolled around (87'/88') all you needed was the flip up sun glasses like Dwight wore from "It's a Different World" and a flashy pair of Zubaz pants. To complete the look you needed the lines or thunderbolt shaven on the sides of your head. What were we thinking? I can't believe I'm seeing my nephews friends with those lines on their skulls. The 80s are definately back!
I gotta say Transformers should be in there. Much better than the homo-erotic He-Man. Not that there's anything wrong with it! I just prefer to transform and roll out. People, like He-Man, can roll out whichever way they feel.
Super Mario Brothers, Mike Tyson Punchout and Zelda are classics video games
Basebal and Football cards were huge. I now have a closet full of cards that I refuse to get rid of, they are prbably worth about 300.00 dollars and I spent close to a 1000.00. For goodness sake, my brother will always remind me that I bought a Jose Canseco rookie card for 100.00!!!!
Even though I never had one, the Air Jordans were the hot sneakers
The Cosby Show and Growing Pains were the sitcoms to watch. Favorite cartoons were; GI Joe, Voltron and Transformers!
I'm from 1980, and I sold my NES so that I could upgrade when the SNES came out. Then a beautiful woman came along who bought me a Nintendo with all the great games (i.e. Zelda, Tecmo Bowl) for Valentine's day this year.
Oh, and I can never forget my very first live concert... Starship
Playing "Party Train" by the Gap Band, and "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire, among other songs, on my boombox for warm-up music in our high school basketball games in Niagara Falls, Ontario....knee-high white socks for b-ball...Miami Vice...
...and of course how could anyone forget the Doctor, Moses and the Sixers sweeping the Lakers to win an NBA championship? They might have only won one, but man, it was sweet!
Oh ya, and narrow ties! I remember I had a pink one and a yellow one to wear on a greyish ensemble. Fortunately, my friend Grant helped me, the teenaged fashion neophyte, through that world.
I'm 38 so the 80s were my formative years -- the best were MTV still playing videos, the A team, and movies like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. The worst -- my spiked mullet haircut! Yeouch -- what a wreck
Early 80's -members only jackets, parachute pants, the Porn Stache(I know it originated in the 70's but it was biggest in the 80's),Whiteyball (St. Louis Cardinals) and Hair Metal Mid 80's - Those little addidas shorts that vida guerra might say are too small to wear but every pale, hairy legged grown man had to wear with striped tube socks and tennis shoes, Conversion Vans and RV's, New Wave Music and all those great movie's loaded with it, the brat pack, the Coreys (Haim and Feldman), and Hair Metal Late 80's -plastic sunglasses at night, shades for the conversion van windows, Nintendo and the "Mario Twins"(look up group x song), the Rat Tail, maybe a better hairdo than the mullet, Hair metal, Hair metal, Hair metal, and Hair metal
1- Transformers 2- Coming home from school and watching Mtv with videos from bands like Def Leppard and Motley Crue. 3- Nintendo/Tecmo Bowl 4- Standing for hours in a line that stretched around the building for Return of the Jedi and....it was actually worth it. 5- Fast Food toys were actually cool,well made,fun and worth collecting.
Since this is a sport site I am going to tell you what I miss about sports in the 80's..... Larry vs Magic..Lakers / Celtics...Which brings me to rivalries. In the 80's players stayed with teams forever unless they were traded, not many people opted out for free agency....I miss loyalty by fans and players. I see people changing teams as much as I see players.
Ok now onto other things, I miss good concerts that only cost $12...Van Halen, RATT, Motley Crue, KISS all for $12...Now we have shitty music for $75 a pop. I miss MTV when it was music video not the Real World, or whatever other reality show is on there.
What about good movies like Top Gun, Terminator, Predator, Goonies, The Lost Boys, movies now are all done with computers and most actors are terrible.
:astly I miss putting $5 of gas in my car and driving for a week....those were the days
The best thing about the '80s? They ended in 1990. Any decade that gives us parachute pants, leg warmers, Don Johnson and Hulk Hogan wannabes and brooding, suicidal British rock should be banished from our great nation's history.
Wow, I was born in 83. Ive to say Mr. T and knight rider. Thriller w Michael Jackson was huuuuge. My dad's bug eyed, not to mention, gi-normous aviator glasses .... and of course, who can forget .... its-a-mee-Marrrrio (super mario that is)
Far superior NFL uniforms. The Giants helmets with "Giants" spelled out. The Jets real gang green instead of all the white they have now. The Broncos orange crush jerseys and helmets. The Pats with their tri corner hat wearing minute man on the helmet. Please forward this to Roger Goodell and have him send out a memo.
I love the 80's as well. My favorite things are New Wave music, pegged pants, parachute pants, BMX bike racing, hair gel, the mini truck craze, swatch watches, wine coolers, the lakers celtics rivalry, the cosby show, getting up at 4am to watch the first space shuttle launches, predident regan, the first personal computers and lastly the iran iraq war.
-Tecmo Bowl: Redskins receiver across the middle couldn't be defended. -The Legend of Zelda: Greatest game of all time -Charlie's Angels re-runs -ACE black comb in the back pocket -Sandlot baseball: none left, it's all been developed -Phoebe Cates -Thin leather ties -ABC after school specials
Voltron and Thundercats are two of the best references I've seen all year. Good thing "smurfs" was written anonymously. Parachute pants were the coolest fashion trend of the 80s. My least favorite were "pegged" jeans. Brutal.
neon everything (bright yellow, orange and pink especially on shirts, lipstick, etc.); the fat, colored shoelaces; hair bands like Motley Crue, Poison, etc; Ocean Pacific, or O.P., Sundeck shorts; Winter jackets with zip-off sleeves; rolling up the bottom of your jeans into cuffs; feathered hair; jean jackets; Back to the Future, Young Guns, Top Gun; ahhhhh, the memories...
Porky, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Terminator, Indiana Jones, Rocky, Madonna, Jordache jeans, Calvin Klein jeans, OP swimwears, Nike, Reebok, Bruce Springsteen, Wham!, Tears for Fears, Cyndi Lauper, Macintosh, old IBM PC, and my favorite of all time - The MS-DOS operating system!!!
Friday Night Videos when it was an hour and a half (followed by half an hour of ABC Rocks!). [yeah, had no cable in the '80s, sucked to be me.] Sneaking into rated-R movies like Fast Times, Blue Thunder, Porky's etc. Vans (the shoes). Mini-trucks. Monster trucks. The A-Team. Magnum P.I. Knight Rider. Miami Vice. Local radio stations (not pseudo-local stations owned by some giant media conglomerate with a couple locals on in the middle of the night). Concerts... Days on the Green! November '87 - BoDeans, Pretenders and U2 (on the Joshua Tree tour) at the Oakland Coliseum for $20 (no misprint! $20 for what ended up being a 5-hour-long musical extravaganza - that's cheaper than minimum wage! ;). Monsters of Rock! Cheap gas, cheap beer, cheap se- um, maybe not the last one! Vuarnets. Polo shirts with the collar tuned up under the pastel blazer and with the skinny tie. (Poseur!) The '80s were pretty cool, all right... if you forget about the recession and AIDS and Reagan and Bush 1 being presidents!
Voltron, Transformers, Go-Bots, Commodore 64, Refrigerator Perry, 85 Chicago Bears, Showtime Lakers, Garbage Pail Kids, Cabbage Patch Kids, fat shoe laces, anything Madonna, Prince, or Michael Jackson, British pop (Pet Shop Boys, Culture Club, etc), Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim, big gold rope chains, Kangol, high-top fade, the Kid N Play dance, Growing Pains, Wonder Years, Cosby Show, Pac Man, handheld electronic games, moonwalk dance, We Are The World, Great Space Roller Coaster
Nintendo, Star Wars Sequels & Star Wars Toys, all the other toys (Transformers/GI Joe/He-Man/MASK/Go-Bots/Voltron/etcetc), Indiana Jones, Cheesy 80s pop, 80s hair rock that was later obliterated by Metallica and GNR Appetite for Destruction, the birth of the 1987-1993 era of rap music when it was actually really good as opposed to the butt refuse that is out today, early computers, walkmen, John Hughes movies, early MTV (remember videos?), WWF wrestling/Hulkamania, and just much much happier times than those of today.
What about MASK and Go-Bots? TransFormers, GI Joe, ThunderCats, and Nintendo. What about the big WWF figures and the Big ass wrestling ring? Howard the Duck, The Monster Squad, The Burbs. Tom Hanks when he did stupid funny movies. Don't forget about the greatest board game of all time...Fireball Island. And yes...Hair Metal.
Old Busch Stadium with 383' power alleys. Beatstreet and Breakin', Top Gun, Thriller, Van Halen, Vision Streewear, Sandlot Football and Baseball, young Dan Marino, Eric Dickerson, Phil Collins, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Atari 2600, Commodore Vic20, Collecovision, Knowing the patterns on Pac-Man, Voltron, Silverhawks, GI Joe, biking shorts and tank tops, the rise of Miami Hurricane football, high top fades (a la Kid-N-Play), Michael Jackson jackets and glove, girls that dressed liked Madonna, Duran Duran, and all the other stuff I missed... good and bad!