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6/08/2007 03:15:00 PM

Drew Gooden's Favorite Things About the '80s

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Nintendo is one of the symbols of the '80s..
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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."

3. He-Man.

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.
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Comments:

Posted: June 8, 2007 3:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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!
Posted: June 8, 2007 3:47 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Who can forget the 22's everyone was sporting. No not the rim diameters, the glasses!
Posted: June 8, 2007 4:00 PM   by Anonymous Ben
The A - Team, The Fall Guy, Knight Rider, BMX, Commodore C64, Atari, The Walkman...
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.
The best toys ever came out of the 80s. Some have even came back from the 80s recently. Here is a list of what was available:
* Transformers G1
* He-Man
* GI Joe
* Thundercats

-Sal
Posted: June 8, 2007 4:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The good old "BOOMBOXES". They just don't build them like they used too. Everyone's attached to their ipods now. Back in the 80's we all shared our music;)
Posted: June 8, 2007 4:31 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Smurfs!
Posted: June 8, 2007 4:37 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
you cant beat acdc
80's music was one of the best.

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!
Posted: June 8, 2007 5:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
My favorite 80's thing: Gals with teased hair, stiletto heels, leggings and those little ankle socks with lace on top. Yowza!
Posted: June 8, 2007 5:53 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I turn 41 today, so my formative (high school) years were in the early '80s. Anyone remember "Members Only" jackets, parachute pants, disc cameras, Apple IIe, and how about the flash cube?
Posted: June 8, 2007 6:04 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I remember sporting neon socks with parachute pants while breakdancing to Herbie Hancock's "Rockit"...oh the memories.
Posted: June 8, 2007 6:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Michael Jackson "Beat It" jacket, the MC Hammer pants, Atari, the flat-top haircut, breakdancing, ...
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
Posted: June 8, 2007 7:05 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Cazal glasses, gold ropes (we called them dookie ropes), Kangol bucket hats, and getting your nickname shaved in the back of your head.
Posted: June 8, 2007 7:11 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
VaN Halen ! ! !
Posted: June 8, 2007 7:15 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Cindy Crawford ... sooo Hott... !!!
Posted: June 8, 2007 8:17 PM   by Anonymous Rob
Good music from Prince.
Who can forget about knee high socks.

i think it was the late 80's but teenage mutant ninja turtles gotta be up there
Posted: June 8, 2007 8:33 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.

That was so long ago...man, I feel old! ; )
Posted: June 8, 2007 9:17 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Rubix cube!
Posted: June 8, 2007 10:01 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1. Cheers TV show.

2. 1990, when the 80s ended. The movie "Wall Street" pretty much summed up the era.
Posted: June 9, 2007 2:00 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
MADONNA
Posted: June 9, 2007 2:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
DURAN DURAN!!!!
Posted: June 9, 2007 5:29 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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
Posted: June 9, 2007 12:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Drive and The Fumble were two of my favorite things from the 80s
Posted: June 9, 2007 1:46 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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
Poison, Motley Crue, RATT, Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Slaughter, Skid Row, Def Leppard, Europe, Great White, L.A. Guns, Cinderella, Warrant...the list goes on and on.

"Congratulations. You've destroyed the vile Red Falcon and saved the universe. Consider yourself a hero!"

Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A start. And now, you own Konami.
Posted: June 9, 2007 2:31 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Who didn't want a pair of Reebok Pumps!!!
Posted: June 9, 2007 4:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
my favorite memories of the 80's had to be Michael Jackson The A Team The Cosby Show, breakdancing, the movie "Fright Night", and the "ShowTime" Lakers.
Posted: June 9, 2007 4:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
parachute pants!
Michael Jackson and Madonna and all '80s music. $1 per gallon gas,all the beautiful girls on campus and no mortgage payments.
Posted: June 10, 2007 8:25 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: June 10, 2007 10:50 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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
Don't forget Z. Cavarichi's, Dokken, KISS without make-up, Iron Maiden, denim jackets with rock band patches, Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Dana Plato, The A-Team....the list could go on and on...
Posted: June 10, 2007 11:58 AM   by Anonymous steve
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.
Posted: June 10, 2007 7:29 PM   by Anonymous Steve O
First of all....it was Dwayne Wayne in "Different World". The single best thing of the 80's was Nintendo....which most have eluded to. Sorry Drew...youre my boy....but the ducktail has to go bye-bye.
Posted: June 10, 2007 7:52 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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)
Posted: June 10, 2007 9:04 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Punky Brewster was hot - Alf not so much
Posted: June 10, 2007 9:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
its all bout thundar the barbarian
Posted: June 10, 2007 11:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
was born in 1980. So my list is small. But The following are things I loved.

Movies

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Back to the future

TV

Saved by the bell
Micky Mouse Club
transformers
robotec

Sports

Micheal Jordan
Magic
Bird
Montana
Rice
Edmonton Oilers of the 80s
Posted: June 11, 2007 6:22 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bartles & James. mmmmm
Posted: June 11, 2007 11:15 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
GI Joe!!!!
Posted: June 11, 2007 12:25 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
clear pepsi
Posted: June 11, 2007 12:44 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale and the great Celtics teams of the 80's
Posted: June 11, 2007 12:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: June 11, 2007 1:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: June 11, 2007 1:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
-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
Posted: June 11, 2007 1:34 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Salvador forgot about Voltron.
Posted: June 11, 2007 1:37 PM   by Anonymous Brian
One word: Jams
Posted: June 11, 2007 1:40 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
No 80's list is complete without Ducktales!
Posted: June 11, 2007 2:00 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Cuffed Jeans, Aquanet!!!
Posted: June 11, 2007 2:05 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I remember my red sock tie that went with the blue blazer and tan slacks. My girlfriend hated the ensemble so I wore it any time we went "formal."
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.
Posted: June 11, 2007 2:23 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Christy Canyon...'nuff said!
Posted: June 11, 2007 2:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
'84 Tigers baby!! Anyone remember Saturday Night's Main Event (wrestling), can't forget Yugo's, cabbage patch kids, Hypercolor tee-shirts, Skidz clothing, french-rolled pant legs and anything fluorescent.
Posted: June 11, 2007 2:45 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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...
Posted: June 11, 2007 2:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Glam bands, hair bands or whatever you want to call them and LOTS of denim.
Posted: June 11, 2007 3:22 PM   by Anonymous Tommy Patron
Yo! MTV Raps
Posted: June 11, 2007 3:25 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Friday Night Videos...before there was the MTV Craze
Posted: June 11, 2007 3:27 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
1985 Royals Championship
1988 Jayhawks Championship

U2's Joshua Tree, Back to the Future and Malls that still had real stores in them (including arcades and movie theaters).
Posted: June 11, 2007 4:02 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
The Governator as John Matrix in 1985's 'Commando' fighting a villain that looked like Freddie Mercury

Larry Legend and his blond
'stache

Caddyshack

The birth of MTV Spring Break

Revenge of the Nerds (especially Ogre)

All music ever made from Jan.1, 1980 - Dec.31, 1989

Rick Astley (just kidding...)
Posted: June 11, 2007 10:12 PM   by Anonymous ADDUDE
First kiss,
First car,
First, first, first,
Oh you know what I mean !!!
The 80s rocked !!!
Posted: June 11, 2007 10:19 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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!!!
Posted: June 11, 2007 10:50 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Hypercolor t-shirts.
Cool things about the '80s:

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!
Posted: June 12, 2007 8:51 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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
Posted: June 12, 2007 9:54 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: June 12, 2007 10:53 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
G.L.O.W. the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling!
Posted: June 12, 2007 11:02 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Bird vs. Magic. That was the 80's!
Posted: June 12, 2007 11:12 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
"Different World" had Dwayne Wayne.
Posted: June 12, 2007 11:14 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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.
Posted: June 12, 2007 11:14 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
mike & the mechanics, punk rock hairdos, and a pogo ball.

sweetness.
I agree with most of what has been said about the 80's and I can't beleive no one mentioned the greatest thing to come out of the 80's..... THE SUPER BOWL SUFFLE! :)
Posted: June 14, 2007 12:33 PM   by Anonymous Cherrone Davis
Oh my God....GALAGA & MS. PAC-MAN!!!!
Posted: June 14, 2007 2:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Original "Air Jordans"

Slam dunk competition when 'Nique and Jordan were both in it...and Spud Webb.

OP corduroy shorts. Jean jackets. Friendship pins on your shoes. Painters caps with flaps down the back. Vans checkerboard slip-ons.

Vision "Gator" skateboards. Christian Hosoi, Tony Hawk....

Beta vs. VHS. Video stores NOT named Blockbuster.
Posted: June 14, 2007 3:21 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Commodore 64 Dr J vs Larry Bird
Posted: June 15, 2007 9:19 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Like Venus, 311 are absolutely unbelievable in concert!
Posted: June 15, 2007 11:13 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
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!
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