19 totally '80s ads that will zap you back to the 1980s
It was all about lasers, hair and cassette tapes.
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During the 1980s, the 1950s seemed so long ago. Oddly, the 1980s sometimes still feel like yesterday. Perhaps that's because sythesizers are on the radio, Ghostbusters and Star Wars are in theaters, MacGyver is on television and Nintendo quickly sold out of its NES Classic Edition.
But not everything about the 1980s is back. Looking at the advertisements of the Reagan era, it's clear that we can still revive some trends — like perms and boomboxes. Let's set the dial for 1986 and get back in time!
1) You can't talk about the '80s without talking about Weird Al.
The $29.98 video collection promised to "give meaning to your boring life." At the very least, it contained "Eat It."
2) Lou Reed was selling angular scooters.
The Velvet Underground would reunite in the early-'90s, but in the '80s Lou was all about his little Honda.
3) If you couldn't get a real celebrity, you could get a Tom Cruise-alike.
Rolling up your blazer sleeves for some air guitar was risky business.
4) If you couldn't even get a look-alike, you could airbrush a celebrity.
Wait, that's James Dean?
5) You probably don't remember just how huge boomboxes were.
The number of cassette player ads was overwhelming.
6) Seriously, every other page seemingly had a boombox ad.
People were pumping up their jams.
7) You have to match your jelly bracelets to your jelly earrings.
Yup, more boomboxes.
8) Skateboarding exploded.
You even needed a second board for your boombox.
9) This was the basic look.
Clothes looked like graffiti. Every kid wanted some Ocean Pacific wear.
10) Ads looked like David Lee Roth videos.
Even sunscreen came in pastel colors.
11) How Dep was your love?
Of course, the '80s were all about big hair. And there was no better way to hold those locks than Dep, especially a big bucket of neon green gel.
12) Swatch out!
If you couldn't afford a Swatch, Timex was there with some colorful knockoffs.
13) Thanks to Cocoon and Driving Miss Daisy, Jessica Tandy was a supermodel.
You didn't have to be young to be hip.
14) Back… to the Future.
Sleek sports car? Check.
15) Every car was a Knight Rider.
Smoke machine? Check.
16) Nostalgia was alive.
Hard to believe we just celebrated the 50th anniversary. But where were the painted Tribbles plates?
17) Laser technology was hot.
Even smells came on CD.
18) Speaking of lasers…
Lazer Tag was the must-have Christmas gift. And you needed a Teddy Ruxpin. It all comes back to cassettes and lasers.
19) This pretty much sums up the decade.
Neon colors, shades, big hair, airbrush… everything is there.