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2013-08-21 06:28:25 PM
tag being for submitter, obviously. The 80's sucked.
 
2013-08-21 06:54:19 PM
I loved the 90's.

The 80's sucked.  My dad was laid off for most of the decade, we were dirt poor.  The 90's saw all that turn around.

It's purely anecdotal, but I've found that people that loved the 80's also love Saint Ronald Reagan.
 
2013-08-21 06:59:26 PM
I don't love St. Ronny but I do love the 80s. It was a fantastic decade for me and my family. The 90s weren't bad either, but the 80s were much better over all.
 
2013-08-21 07:03:38 PM
As a guy who graduated college in 1990, the 80s were shiat. The 90s were superior in every way that mattered.
 
2013-08-21 07:13:14 PM
The80s sucked in the 80s and they suck now.
 
2013-08-21 07:16:30 PM
The 90s were good times.  I guess the old racists don't care for them because they marked when hip-hop/rap culture really became mainstream, but there was plenty of good stuff going on.  History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.
 
2013-08-21 07:38:46 PM
So people tend to want to return to the relatively carefree days of their early 20s.  Huh.
 
2013-08-21 07:48:17 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: So people tend to want to return to the relatively carefree days of their early 20s.  Huh.


My early 20's saw 9/11 and the subsequent erosion of our civil rights, a war, and the late 20s saw a huge economic collapse.

I'll take the 90's over that.  The 2010-2020 could supplant that if things continue to get better.
 
2013-08-21 08:01:11 PM
It's because GenX came of age during the 90's, and there are less of us than any other generation.  That's it.  That explains it.

The 90's were farking awesome.  Unlike the 80's, bush trimming was in, and unlike the aughts, women didn't present themselves like 10 year olds in the pubic hair department.

Plus, we had the best alternative music scene by far.
 
2013-08-21 08:01:23 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The 90s were good times.  I guess the old racists don't care for them because they marked when hip-hop/rap culture really became mainstream, but there was plenty of good stuff going on.   History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.


Except for that whole "create a bubble that will implode the entire economy" thing.
 
2013-08-21 08:03:19 PM
Best thing about the '80s: The music

Worst thing about the '90s: The fashions
 
2013-08-21 08:26:53 PM

meat0918: I loved the 90's.

The 80's sucked.  My dad was laid off for most of the decade, we were dirt poor.  The 90's saw all that turn around.

It's purely anecdotal, but I've found that people that loved the 80's also love Saint Ronald Reagan.


I was never a Reagan fan, but I have a soft spot for the '80s because I was young and got drunk and laid a lot.
 
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2013-08-21 08:41:17 PM
1980's -  Worked my ass off every single day of the week, used and abused by employers who thought I was a slave and not an employee, literally couldn't afford to eat every day and rarely ate three meals a day
1990's -  BIG up swing in prosperity.  Got married, bought a house.  Nice balance between work and life
2000's -  Marriage going great, life was good, became a millionaire. Inherited a kid. Worked too damn much.
2010's -  Marriage still going good, became a multimillionaire.  Work my ass off every single day dealing with the problems of others.  Don't eat every meal, sometimes skip days eating because of too much work and health problems.  Dream of retiring every single day.
 
2013-08-21 08:44:00 PM
The 90s were awesome. I made a shiatload of money as a teenage doing fark all in programming. Gothic girls were plentiful, rock wasn't dead yet. The biggest problem we had as a nation was the President getting a blowjob.

scottydoesntknow: Worst thing about the '90s: The fashions


I don't even remember the 90s having fashions, besides the aforementioned gothic trend. Other than that, the 90s were pretty nondescript fashion-wise.
 
2013-08-21 08:51:42 PM
You can dance if you want to!!

/ 80 music is the best music
 
2013-08-21 08:56:48 PM

Mugato: The 90s were awesome. I made a shiatload of money as a teenage doing fark all in programming. Gothic girls were plentiful, rock wasn't dead yet. The biggest problem we had as a nation was the President getting a blowjob.

scottydoesntknow: Worst thing about the '90s: The fashions

I don't even remember the 90s having fashions, besides the aforementioned gothic trend. Other than that, the 90s were pretty nondescript fashion-wise.


Ah 90s goth-ness all that pasty white skin sans all those ugly tattoos.

I blame the Type O Neg / Pantera tour for ruining our goth goddesses
 
2013-08-21 09:00:09 PM
The 90s were great, the internet was wild and crazy back then and those of us on it and "got it" were the pioneers. Good times!

Computers are much better these days, though.
 
2013-08-21 09:04:24 PM

Mugato: I don't even remember the 90s having fashions, besides the aforementioned gothic trend. Other than that, the 90s were pretty nondescript fashion-wise.


Early 90s fashions were pretty atrocious, actually.
 
2013-08-21 09:04:38 PM
The 90's were pretty interesting in a lot of ways.  With the fall of the Soviet Union, we were the world's lone super power and we really didn't know what that meant, so we turned inward.  At a time when we should have achieved the dream of making America the Shining City on the Hill, we grew increasingly narcissistic and introverted, which helped set the stage for 9/11, the subprime bubble and the rise of the Tea Party.  At the same time, we discovered a way to monetize the internet  in a way that eventually redefined the economy, communications, science, etc.  The music sucked, but in Hollywood and television, the 90's were the last great decade of creativity before everything gave way to reboots and edgy remakes.
 
2013-08-21 09:08:57 PM
The 90's sucked
 
2013-08-21 09:18:31 PM

Mugato: The 90s were awesome. I made a shiatload of money as a teenage doing fark all in programming. Gothic girls were plentiful, rock wasn't dead yet. The biggest problem we had as a nation was the President getting a blowjob.

scottydoesntknow: Worst thing about the '90s: The fashions

I don't even remember the 90s having fashions, besides the aforementioned gothic trend. Other than that, the 90s were pretty nondescript fashion-wise.


Grunge, acid washed jeans, day-glo, odd geometric patterns, gaudy jewelry, etc.
 
2013-08-21 09:18:51 PM

Shostie: Early 90s fashions were pretty atrocious, actually.


I really don't really remember there being any 90s fashions. I can recognize 60s, 70, 80s fashions but what defined 90s fashion? Flannel?
 
2013-08-21 09:20:36 PM
The 90's was... um, were... uh, whatever.. awesome. The 80's sucked although I am slightly coming around on some of the music

cretinbob: The 90's sucked


You're dead to me
 
2013-08-21 09:20:42 PM

TuteTibiImperes: I don't even remember the 90s having fashions, besides the aforementioned gothic trend. Other than that, the 90s were pretty nondescript fashion-wise.

Grunge, acid washed jeans, day-glo, odd geometric patterns, gaudy jewelry, etc.


I guess I was out of the cool cliques, never saw any of that.
 
2013-08-21 09:21:02 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: / 80 music is the best music


This cannot be stressed enough.
 
2013-08-21 09:21:39 PM
I've noticed that people who insist that the 80s were superior to the 90s are also inexplicably still really into Foreigner and Night Ranger.
 
2013-08-21 09:22:29 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Mugato: The 90s were awesome. I made a shiatload of money as a teenage doing fark all in programming. Gothic girls were plentiful, rock wasn't dead yet. The biggest problem we had as a nation was the President getting a blowjob.

scottydoesntknow: Worst thing about the '90s: The fashions

I don't even remember the 90s having fashions, besides the aforementioned gothic trend. Other than that, the 90s were pretty nondescript fashion-wise.

Grunge, acid washed jeans, day-glo, odd geometric patterns, gaudy jewelry, etc.


Don't forget shoulder pads.
 
2013-08-21 09:22:55 PM

Mugato: Shostie: Early 90s fashions were pretty atrocious, actually.

I really don't really remember there being any 90s fashions. I can recognize 60s, 70, 80s fashions but what defined 90s fashion? Flannel?


What I mentioned above, plus the skater look really took off in the 90s, although that does sort of blend with grunge to a degree.  Plus the rave scene was a big 90s thing, which had it's own unique fashions that spewed over, a revival of grateful dead/phish inspired psuedo-70s retro-psychedelic, slap bracelets, glowing necklaces, etc.
 
2013-08-21 09:23:37 PM

cretinbob: The 90's sucked

 
2013-08-21 09:23:46 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The 90s were good times.  I guess the old racists don't care for them because they marked when hip-hop/rap culture really became mainstream, but there was plenty of good stuff going on.  History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.


lh3.ggpht.com
 
2013-08-21 09:24:22 PM
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Oh yeah, the 80's were totally radical, dude.
/born '82, almost got an un-screened blood transfusion
//got lucky, really lucky
///was in the preemie ward w/ a bunch of crack babies
 
2013-08-21 09:24:36 PM
Mugato;   I really don't really remember there being any 90s fashions. I can recognize 60s, 70, 80s fashions but what defined 90s fashion? Flannel?


Zubaz.  Very baggy jeans.  Acid washed hip huggers for women.  Large ties.

Weird color patterns - watch old Seinfeld episodes or other sitcoms of the period.

IMHO, an appalling decade for clothes and I grew up (college, grad school) during that time.   And other than hip hop, it was a fairly awful decade for music as well.
 
2013-08-21 09:25:34 PM

meat0918: I loved the 90's.

The 80's sucked.  My dad was laid off for most of the decade, we were dirt poor.  The 90's saw all that turn around.

It's purely anecdotal, but I've found that people that loved the 80's also love Saint Ronald Reagan.


So you're saying that people tend to favor the guy that was President when they were doing well... You don't say.
 
2013-08-21 09:25:57 PM
'80s, you say?

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2013-08-21 09:27:44 PM
It will take time, but as we move further away from it, it will be looked back upon as the peak of the American civilization. Its all down hill from there.
 
2013-08-21 09:31:00 PM
The 70's was the last best decade for freedom. The 90's for making money.
 
2013-08-21 09:31:40 PM

vygramul: '80s, you say?

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 500x500]


1968 - Saucerful of Secrets

1973 - Dark Side of the Moon
1977 - Animals
1979 - The Wall

1987 - A Momentary Lapse of Reason

/what was that about the 80s?
 
2013-08-21 09:31:55 PM
I didn't like the 90s overall mainly because cRap took over as the dominant form of music, but if hating cRap isnt a thing for you I guess otherwise the 90s was ok.

Liked the 80s and the first 7 or so years of the oughts was alright.
 
2013-08-21 09:32:04 PM
50's wins because BTTF
 
2013-08-21 09:32:14 PM
My entire high school and college were in the 90s,    Kicking the Big Head Todd, Son Volt, Dryvin' N Cryin', maybe some Blues Traveler. Don't forget the Widespread bro! There was even some decent country music, the album Seminole Wind comes to mind. The Playstation came out. Cell phones, the Internet. We went from having call waiting being an option on landlines to cable Internet. Lotta shiat happened.
 
2013-08-21 09:32:49 PM
Uh, who hates the 90s? I'm pretty sure Gen X and Y both like the 90s, baby boomers don't matter.
 
2013-08-21 09:34:01 PM
Nothing beats the 70's for me but that's when I was age 4 thru 14. If that's not the best part of your life, then I guess I feel sorry for you.
 
2013-08-21 09:35:38 PM

NFA: 1980's -  Worked my ass off every single day of the week, used and abused by employers who thought I was a slave and not an employee, literally couldn't afford to eat every day and rarely ate three meals a day
1990's -  BIG up swing in prosperity.  Got married, bought a house.  Nice balance between work and life
2000's -  Marriage going great, life was good, became a millionaire. Inherited a kid. Worked too damn much.
2010's -  Marriage still going good, became a multimillionaire.  Work my ass off every single day dealing with the problems of others.  Don't eat every meal, sometimes skip days eating because of too much work and health problems.  Dream of retiring every single day.


Hey, guess what?  If you're actually a multimillionaire you can retire right now today.
 
2013-08-21 09:35:56 PM

TuteTibiImperes: The 90s were good times.  I guess the old racists don't care for them because they marked when hip-hop/rap culture really became mainstream, but there was plenty of good stuff going on.  History will remember Bill Clinton has one of our best Presidents ever.


Because if you don't like hip hop, you are a racist?

/ I don't like it because it's shiat "music".
// fire away!
 
2013-08-21 09:37:06 PM

The English Major: The Stealth Hippopotamus: / 80 music is the best music

This cannot be stressed enough.


August 1, 1981 was the birth of MTV.  By the 90's, MTV had already started to suck.
 
2013-08-21 09:38:51 PM
People hate the 90s?

How can people hate Ren and Stimpy, Beavis and Butthead, Seinfeld, Lennie Brisco, Dookie, Smash, Tragic Kingdom, All Eyez on Me, the Simpsons, etc?
 
2013-08-21 09:38:56 PM
I love that alternative radio is starting to play a ton of music from the nineties.
 
2013-08-21 09:39:01 PM

TheJoe03: Uh, who hates the 90s? I'm pretty sure Gen X and Y both like the 90s, baby boomers don't matter.


Meh. The 90's is when I entered the real workforce. It's been pretty much all downhill since then.

/ more money, less joy
 
2013-08-21 09:39:08 PM
If you were a pro wrestling fan, the 90s were a pretty awesome time.
 
2013-08-21 09:39:20 PM
I have fond memories of both the 80s and 90s. The 90s just don't have a whole lot to differentiate them. Gen X was derided as a generation of slackers, then the Internet happened, and all bets were off. But it wasn't a particularly stylish decade. I mean, Reagan was REAGAN (PBUH), but Clinton was just kinda chill.

CruJones: Son Volt


Ahh, Son Volt. I never "got" Wilco, but I got Son Volt.
 
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