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What's New at Simply Eighties?
19th Dec - Walking In The Air - The Snowman - video clip of the musical sequence from the classic Christmas animation.
17th Dec - Madness - you'll now find an official video playlist of tunes by the ska pop band, along with extra pictures and info.
15th Dec - Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day - Cliff's second festive No.1 which was filmed on a warm September's day in Dorset!
13th Dec - Cliff Richard - Mistletoe & Wine - The No.1 hit from 1988 which has recently been banned from being played by Costa Coffee in their shops!
9th Dec - The Boomtown Rats - this updated page now features a new playlist of Top 40 hits inc. Rat Trap, I Don't Like Mondays, Banana Republic etc.
7th Dec - Hippy Costumes - peace man, if you're looking for a party costume idea then check out the latest groovy outfits on this updated and improved page.
5th Dec - Retro Toys you can still buy  more toys and games that you played with as a child (and that can still be bought today) have been added to this updated and improved section.
3rd Dec - Classic Car Books - if you're stuck for a late gift idea then one of these publications featuring retro, vintage and unusual cars may be just the ticket.
1st Dec - Nostalgia Books - view a wide range of publications that explore different aspects of the 70s, 80s and 90s.
29th Nov - 1980 Annuals - it's that time of year again and on this new page you can take a look back at a selection of boys and girls annuals from 1980.
27th Nov - Bee Gees - grab your disco shirt and strut your stuff to a new playlist of hits from the 70s and 80s (with extra pics and info) on this updated page.
25th Nov - British Comedy Christmas Specials - relive your childhood and enjoy a cosy night in with these festive comedy specials on DVD - just like old times again.
24th Nov - Olivia Newton John - listen to the Aussie singer's biggest hits in our new playlist inc. Physical, Summer Loving, Hopelessly Devoted To You etc. Plus, view new photos and info.
22nd Nov - Beastie Boys - you'll find all of this controversial band's 80s videos (You Gotta Fight, No Sleep Till Brooklyn etc.) and more besides on this new page.
20th Nov - The Bangles - this updated page now includes a video playlist of 80s hits inc. Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian etc., with extra sleeve photos and facts.
18th Nov - 'Allo 'Allo! a look back at this classic Lloyd & Croft BBC comedy which was highly popular during the 80s.
17th Nov - 80s Workout and Dance Clothing - this revamped page now includes even more fitness clothes inc. Flashdance, Fame, Neon etc.
15th Nov - Chopper Drop - an 80s style retro game in which you must drop bombs on the city buildings below before your helicopter crashes into them.
13th Nov - Retro Sweets - see what's new on this updated page which now features even more childhood favourites.
11th Nov - Retro Gifts - you'll find lots of quirky new gift ideas for Christmas in this revamped section.
9th Nov - Altered Images - Listen to "Happy Birthday" and other hits in a new playlist of videos with extra photos and facts on this much improved page.
7th Nov - 80s Rewind - a new playlist of the best video clips from the festivals with extra facts and photos.
5th Nov - Best Atari 8-bit Games - this updated page now features lots of extra info and screen grabs from the best 80s games.
3rd Nov - International Karate - a look back at the 80s martial arts game and its sequel IK+ with video clips and screen grabs.
2nd Nov - Retro Gaming T-shirts - You'll simply love the new tees included in this revamped section!
31st Oct - Cheap 70s Costumes - find lots of cost effective ideas for both men and women.
29th Oct - Shopping in the 80s - remember Timothy White's? Take a nostalgic look back at the old British high street shopping experience.
27th Oct - Worst Songs of the 80s - a new video playlist of the most cringeworthy tunes (and extra pictures) have been added to this updated page.
25th Oct - Born in the 70s - a brand new page of ideas for 40th Birthday presents and gifts for anyone who was born or grew-up in the flamboyant decade.
23rd Oct - Born in the 80s - find the best birthday gift ideas for anyone born in the great decade, including 30th and 25th birthday gifts.
21st Oct - Paul Young - No Parlez - a look back at the early career of the 80s pop star on this brand new page.
19th Oct - Jackanory - the original BBC1 children's TV series which featured famous people reading out stories.
17th Oct - Chuckie Egg - play this free online version of the much-loved, classic 8-bit platformer from the 1980s. ft. Hen House Harry.
15th Oct - Castlevania - fight your way through Dracula's scary castle in this free online version of the NES platformer from 1986.
13th Oct - Phil Collins - this updated page now includes a video playlist with extra info and record sleeve photos.
11th Oct - Clive Dunn as Grandad - a look back at the Kids comedy TV series and the single.
10th Oct - Boinggg! Play this free, online platformer which was originally released in 1988 for the Amstrad CPC by Atlantis Software.
8th Oct - L. A. Mix - this dance act had several hits back in the late 80s, their biggest being Check This Out which reached #6.
6th Oct - Classic Rock and Pop Band T-shirts - any more ideas are now included in this revamped section.
4th Oct - Holly Johnson - Europa - an in-depth review of the ex-Frankie frontman's first new album in 15 years.
3rd Oct - Queen - Radio Ga Ga - watch two official videos featuring the original single and Live Aid performance. Plus, extra info and sleeve photo.
1st Oct - Simple Minds - Big Music - a preview of the band's brand new album which has an exciting new sound. Watch two NEW videos.
29th Sept - Plus Size Costumes for Ladies - This revamped page features retro fancy dress ideas for sizes 16 and over.
27th Sept - Madonna - Lucky Star - a brand new page featuring Madge's 1983 single from her self-titled debut album.
25th Sept - Jean Michel Jarre - this updated page now includes a new playlist and a look back at the Oxygene and Equinoxe albums.
23rd Sept - Cappella - Helyom Halib - a look back at the classic 1989 house music hit from the Italian dance act.
21st Sept - Billy Idol - his brand new single, plus, a new video playlist, pictures and info about the English rock star in the 80s.

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What were people protecting their eyes with back in the 80s? Actually, some styles didn't protect the eyes at all and were worn purely as a fashion accessory. From Ray-Bans to shutter shades, on this revamped page I look back at the wide variety of styles that were worn in the eighties.  

Some of these are going to bring the memories of your childhood flooding back! Read about the most popular toys and games from both the 1970s and 80s including Subbuteo, BigTrak, Action Man, Cabbage Patch Dolls and a whole lot more on the 80s Toys page.
They were often unreliable and prone to rust, but there are still many of us who are very fond of the old cars from the 70s and 80s. So which were your favourites? To help you decide, you'll find lots of photos of classic and not-so classic cars, inc. models by British Leyland, as well as sports cars and some American cars, too. Plenty of car photos and plenty of memories, too - visit the 80s Cars page.
Computer games were a lot simpler back in the 1980s, but they were also a lot more accessible. Frogger, Defender and Pac-Man were particular favourites of mine, and you can access many old classics on this page and play online for free, as well as read reviews of other computer games from the 80s.
The 1980s saw the beginning of the home computing revolution, a time when many of us actually learned how to program our computers. Which games consoles and computers did you use back in the 80s? From the very simple ZX80 to the highly popular, 16 bit Commodore Amiga, they can all be found on the 80s Computers page.
So what did you wear in the eighties? This page features the outrageous clothing being worn in the great decade including crazy New Romantic big hair and quiff hair styles for men, shoulder pads, ra-ra skirts, parachute pants, Don Johnson (from Miami Vice) in his white suits, "Choose Life" T-shirts, pixie boots, boxer shorts, Ray Bans, big spectacles - the list goes on! Did you have 80s style or were you like me, an 80s fashion disaster!
These video clips and photos will help you to relive your 70s or 80s childhood, and on this page you can look at bucketloads of old-fashioned confectionary from the past, some of which has now disappeared, and some of which is still being made today. The question is, did you love anyone enough to give them your last Rolo?

Is it just me, or was there much more to watch on the TV when we were kids? Although we only had three TV channels here in the UK, there was always something decent to watch, and this page features links to dozens of pages about both British and American TV Shows
from yesteryear. Were you a Dukes Of Hazzard fan, or maybe Charlie's Angels was more your thang?

The 1980s saw the birth of the music video revolution, thanks mainly to MTV. Here you'll find a complete A-Z of all the music video pages on the Simply Eighties site. It's an ever-growing list, and you find everything from ABBA to ZZ Top. Most of the videos are official (where available), and I've hand-picked the best quality ones from Youtube. From New Wave to 80s power ballads, they're all here!

So who had a trim phone? Actually, we never had one of these as we just weren't posh enough - just a plain old, standard cream dial telephone for us! Anyway, on the 80s technology page I have written about my own experiences with VHS tapes, an Amstrad TV, CB Radio and a lot more besides

So what gadgets couldn't we live without during the 1980s? Actually, we could live without them a darn sight better than than people do these days. Now that's either because the gadgets were rubbish, or because we were made of sterner stuff. Whatever your thoughts, here you'll find lots of pictures and facts about digital watches, instant cameras, VCR's and Sodastream.

Glamour model Linda Lusardi went on to become a TV presenter and actress, and you'll be pleased to know that you can find out what happened to lots of other famous folk from the 80s on this page.

80s Fashion - Olivia Newton John

Let's Get Physical - Not Half!