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Established in 2009, the Simply Eighties website is dedicated almost entirely to the 1980s and will help you to rekindle the many thousands of memories stored in your brain.

The site explores all areas of the great decade, which was very much in your face, with bold and daring fashion clothing, voluminous hair styles and groundbreaking music videos. 

The technology was innovative, too, with Sinclair, Commodore and Atari bringing computing to the masses.
We hope you will enjoy browsing through the 1500+ pages on this site and taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

 

Feb 19 2018 - WEAR YOUR 80S LOVE  on any of the following creatively designed tees. By Rachel Stinson.Feb 19 2018 - WEAR YOUR 80S LOVE on any of the following creatively designed tees. By Rachel Stinson.FEB 18 - ARETHA FRANKLIN AND GEORGE MICHAEL - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me). A look back at the classic duet from 1987.FEB 18 - ARETHA FRANKLIN AND GEORGE MICHAEL - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me). A look back at the classic duet from 1987.FEB 14 - ACTION BIKER CLUMSY COLIN -  a review of the 1985 computer game by Mastertronic with video clip and screen grabs.FEB 14 - ACTION BIKER CLUMSY COLIN - a review of the 1985 computer game by Mastertronic with video clip and screen grabs.FEB 11 - ROBERT HOWARD and KYM MAZELLE - WAIT! - A look back at the No.7 hit from Feb 1989.FEB 11 - ROBERT HOWARD and KYM MAZELLE - WAIT! - A look back at the No.7 hit from Feb 1989.FEB 8 - SIMPLE MINDS - PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE - the band's first major hit single taken from the album New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84.FEB 8 - SIMPLE MINDS - PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE - the band's first major hit single taken from the album New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84.FEB 6 - INFLATABLE BRICK PHONE - Create two costumes based around an 80s mobile phone in our latest blog post.FEB 6 - INFLATABLE BRICK PHONE - Create two costumes based around an 80s mobile phone in our latest blog post.FEB 5 - BILLY OCEAN - WHEN THE GOING GET'S TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING - a look back at the No.1 hit from 1986, with videos and lyrics.FEB 5 - BILLY OCEAN - WHEN THE GOING GET'S TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING - a look back at the No.1 hit from 1986, with videos and lyrics.FEB 2 - DURAN DURAN - NEW MOON ON MONDAY - the second single from Seven and the Ragged Tiger was a top ten hit in 1984.FEB 2 - DURAN DURAN - NEW MOON ON MONDAY - the second single from Seven and the Ragged Tiger was a top ten hit in 1984.JAN 30 - ROY ORBISON - YOU GOT IT - the first single from the singer following his death which became a major global hit.JAN 30 - ROY ORBISON - YOU GOT IT - the first single from the singer following his death which became a major global hit.JAN 27 - MADONNA - BORDERLINE - review of the fifth single from Madonna's debut album with video and lyricsJAN 27 - MADONNA - BORDERLINE - review of the fifth single from Madonna's debut album with video and lyricsJan 24 - FUNNY 80s T-SHIRT IDEAS - we look at some very amusing designs in our latest 80s Fashion blog postJan 24 - FUNNY 80s T-SHIRT IDEAS - we look at some very amusing designs in our latest 80s Fashion blog postJan 23 - ROBBIE NEVIL - C'EST LA VIE - a look back at the 1987 hit song with original video and lyrics.Jan 23 - ROBBIE NEVIL - C'EST LA VIE - a look back at the 1987 hit song with original video and lyrics.JAN 20 - ELKIE BROOKS - NO MORE THE FOOL. Watch Elkie perform her No.5 hit single on Top Of The Pops.JAN 20 - ELKIE BROOKS - NO MORE THE FOOL. Watch Elkie perform her No.5 hit single on Top Of The Pops.JAN 17 2018 - THE MAISONETTES - HEARTACHE AVENUE. The 1983 one hit wonder by the British 60s revival band.JAN 17 2018 - THE MAISONETTES - HEARTACHE AVENUE. The 1983 one hit wonder by the British 60s revival band.JAN 14 - THE PRETENDERS - BRASS IN POCKET. The No.1 hit from Jan 1980 with original video featuring Chrissie Hynde as a sassy waitress.JAN 14 - THE PRETENDERS - BRASS IN POCKET. The No.1 hit from Jan 1980 with original video featuring Chrissie Hynde as a sassy waitress.JAN 11 - DEL BOY FALLS THROUGH THE BAR. We revisit the funniest moment from Only Fools and Horses, and analyse just why this clip is such a classic.JAN 11 - DEL BOY FALLS THROUGH THE BAR. We revisit the funniest moment from Only Fools and Horses, and analyse just why this clip is such a classic.JAN 10 - I LOVE THE 80s T-SHIRTS FOR LADIES. Check out all the latest designs in our new blog post.JAN 10 - I LOVE THE 80s T-SHIRTS FOR LADIES. Check out all the latest designs in our new blog post.JAN 8 - BRONSKI BEAT - HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT. The group's first video to feature John Foster which reached #3 in Jan 1986.JAN 8 - BRONSKI BEAT - HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT. The group's first video to feature John Foster which reached #3 in Jan 1986.JAN 5 - BUCKS FIZZ - THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE. A review of the group's second No.1 single, with video and vinyl sleeve photo.JAN 5 - BUCKS FIZZ - THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE. A review of the group's second No.1 single, with video and vinyl sleeve photo.JAN 3 - BELINDA CARLISLE - HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH. The No.1 hit from 1987 with original video and lyrics.JAN 3 - BELINDA CARLISLE - HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH. The No.1 hit from 1987 with original video and lyrics.JAN 1 2018 - HOW TO CREATE A BACK TO THE FUTURE COSTUME. In our latest blog post, we'll show you how to become Marty McFly.JAN 1 2018 - HOW TO CREATE A BACK TO THE FUTURE COSTUME. In our latest blog post, we'll show you how to become Marty McFly.DEC 21 2017 - A-Ha - CRY WOLF - This single became another top ten hit for the band in December 1986.DEC 21 2017 - A-Ha - CRY WOLF - This single became another top ten hit for the band in December 1986.DEC 19 - MADNESS - EMBARRASSMENT - The band's fifth single which reached #4 in December 1980 with lyrics and video.DEC 19 - MADNESS - EMBARRASSMENT - The band's fifth single which reached #4 in December 1980 with lyrics and video.DEC 20 - MAGAZINES WE WERE READING IN 1983 - See how many of these covers you remember!DEC 20 - MAGAZINES WE WERE READING IN 1983 - See how many of these covers you remember!

 

 

Dec 15

Instant 5 Piece 1980s Costume For Women

Our latest blog post takes a look at a quick and easy party outfit which comes in two colours.

 

Dec 13

Bon Jovi  "Livin' On A Prayer"

The band's highest-charting 80s single in the UK and their signature tune.

 

Dec 11

Madonna "Dress You Up"

The final single from the "Like A Virgin" album which reached No.5 in the UK in December 1985.

 

Dec 9

70s And 80s Christmas Songs Take Over The 2017 Charts

Those timeless classics are back in the UK singles chart in December 2017, and it seems we can't get enough of them!

 

Dec 8

Wake Me Up Before You Snow Snow

Check out this new range of festive Wham! themed clothing.

 

Dec 7

Billy Joel "Uptown Girl"

The 1983 No.1 hit song with video (which starred the model Christie Brinkley), lyrics and essential facts.

 

Dec 5

How To Create A Kim Wilde 80s Costume

Our latest blog post will who you how to replicate Kim's style from early on in her pop career using striped tops and a blazer.

 

Dec 3

Tracey Ullman "Move Over Darling"

The third single from the 60s revival singer and comedian Tracey Ullman. 

 

Dec 1

British TV Adverts From 1982

How many of these ads can you remember?

 

Nov 28

Little Billy - The Brand New Cartoon With An 80s Theme!

Created by the Emmy-Award winning lead Simpsons animator, Chance Raspberry.

 

Nov 30

The Jam "Beat Surrender"

A review of the band's farewell single with the usual sleeve photos and lyrics.

 

Nov 27

Joe Fagin - That's Livin' Alright

The closing theme music from Auf Wiedersehen Pet which reached #3 in 1984. 

 

Nov 25

Queen And David Bowie - Under Pressure

The classic collaboration from 1981 with video, lyrics and sleeve photos.

 

Nov 22

Best 80s Earrings Ideas

These earrings will add the finishing touch to your costume. 

 

Nov 20

Now That's What I Call Music LPs

A look back at every Now album released during the 1980s (1 to 16) including Now Dance and Now Smash Hits. With sleeve photos.

 

Nov 17 2017

Billy Ocean - Caribbean Queen

After 7 years without a major hit, this was the comeback single for the British singer.

 

Nov 16

Brut Aftershave Ads

A look back at those 1970s ads with Henry Cooper and Barry Sheene.

 

Nov 15

Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart

The ex-Undertones singer had a huge hit with this single.

Christopher Biggins On Safari

 

Nov 13

80s Celebrities Smoke Pot

Five famous faces take cannabis in a new ITV Amercian road trip series. 

 

Nov 10

Was Jodie Whittaker's Costume Inspired By Mork & Mindy?

The 13th Doctor's new outfit is creating a stir.

 

Nov 10

Paul McCartney And Michael Jackson - Say Say Say

The classic hit reviewed - with original video and lyrics.

 

Nov 9 

Create An 80s Acid House Costume

Our latest blog post will show you how!

 

Nov 6

Elton John - Nikita

A review of the 1985 hit song with video and lyrics.

 

Nov 5

Rubik's Cube Inflatable Seat

Add an 80s vibe to any room with this funky chair for children.

 

Nov 4

Michael Jackson's Thriller

The song returned to the UK singles chart for Halloween. But at what position?

 

Nov 2

Every Doctor Who Annual

All the classic annuals produced from 1964 to 1986 - which one(s) did you have?

 

Oct 30

King - The Taste Of Your Tears

A look back at the band's 1985 hit song.

 

Oct 27

Blondie Fashion Photos

Iconic images and advice on where to buy Debbie Harry style clothing.

 

Oct 25

Jan Hammer - Miami Vice Theme

A look back at the Top 5 hit from 1985.

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.




Cheer up girls, you're in Bananarama

 

 

Do you remember the pleasure you experienced from visiting the local record store and purchasing the latest 12" single on vinyl? You may also remember popping down to the video rental store and hiring out the latest film on VHS such as Ghostbusters or Back To The Future? Sadly, you can no longer enjoy such an experience, but the memories remain forever etched inside our brains. Indeed, I think you'll agree that shopping in the 80s was a much more satisfying experience than it is today.
80s Fashion Montage