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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 etched 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 home computing to the masses. 
We hope you will enjoy browsing through the 1600+ pages on this site and taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

 

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OCT 12 2019 - ICONIC DOCTOR WHO FASHION from the 80s. From Tom Baker to Sylvester McCoy.OCT 12 2019 - ICONIC DOCTOR WHO FASHION from the 80s. From Tom Baker to Sylvester McCoy.OCT 8 - TISWAS - a look back at the chaotic kids TV show with Chris Tarrant and Sally James.OCT 8 - TISWAS - a look back at the chaotic kids TV show with Chris Tarrant and Sally James.OCT 4 - ASTON VILLA 1982 SHIRT - celebrate their European Cup win against Bayern Munich.OCT 4 - ASTON VILLA 1982 SHIRT - celebrate their European Cup win against Bayern Munich.OCT 2 - NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - check out this very 80s T-shirt paying homage to the boy band.OCT 2 - NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - check out this very 80s T-shirt paying homage to the boy band.OCT 2 - A-HA - I've Been Losing You. The lead single from the second album Scoundrel Days.OCT 2 - A-HA - I've Been Losing You. The lead single from the second album Scoundrel Days.SEP 29 - DAVID BOWIE - Modern Love. Video and song facts for the third single from Let's Dance.SEP 29 - DAVID BOWIE - Modern Love. Video and song facts for the third single from Let's Dance.SEP 25 2019 - WET WET WET - Sweet Surrender. The Scottish band's sixth single from 1989.SEP 25 2019 - WET WET WET - Sweet Surrender. The Scottish band's sixth single from 1989.SEP 22 - 3 EASY WAYS to give your shirts an 80s DIY makeover.SEP 22 - 3 EASY WAYS to give your shirts an 80s DIY makeover.SEP 20 - CREATE AN 80s AEROBICS Fashion Look in our latest blog post.SEP 20 - CREATE AN 80s AEROBICS Fashion Look in our latest blog post.SEP 19 - WHERE'S WALLY and Wenda Costumes for men and women.SEP 19 - WHERE'S WALLY and Wenda Costumes for men and women.SEP 18 2019 - MARILLION - LAVENDER - the band's second hit from Misplaced Childhood.SEP 18 2019 - MARILLION - LAVENDER - the band's second hit from Misplaced Childhood.SEP 17 - THE LOST BOYS T-SHIRTS - pay homage to the classic 80s vampire movie for Halloween.SEP 17 - THE LOST BOYS T-SHIRTS - pay homage to the classic 80s vampire movie for Halloween.SEP 15 - ROBOCOP COSTUMES - become the ultimate law enforcer from the 80s.SEP 15 - ROBOCOP COSTUMES - become the ultimate law enforcer from the 80s.SEP 13 - 80s MAKE-UP IS BACK in a Big Way. Time to dig out that neon eye shadow once more!SEP 13 - 80s MAKE-UP IS BACK in a Big Way. Time to dig out that neon eye shadow once more!SEP 12 - QUICK AND EASY 80s Skirt and Shirt Costumes. Oodles of ideas for ladies.SEP 12 - QUICK AND EASY 80s Skirt and Shirt Costumes. Oodles of ideas for ladies.SEP 10 - ALPHAVILLE - Big in Japan - the band's only major hit in the UK.SEP 10 - ALPHAVILLE - Big in Japan - the band's only major hit in the UK.SEP 8 - SKELETOR COSTUME - become He-man's archenemy for Halloween.SEP 8 - SKELETOR COSTUME - become He-man's archenemy for Halloween.SEP 4 - STARLIGHT - NUMERO UNO - the Italo house top ten hit from 1989.SEP 4 - STARLIGHT - NUMERO UNO - the Italo house top ten hit from 1989.SEP 3 - THE GOONIES T-SHIRTS - Hey you guys, check out the best designs all in one place.SEP 3 - THE GOONIES T-SHIRTS - Hey you guys, check out the best designs all in one place.SEP 1 - CAPTAIN CAVEMAN T-SHIRTS - celebrate the Hanna-Barbera cartoon in style.SEP 1 - CAPTAIN CAVEMAN T-SHIRTS - celebrate the Hanna-Barbera cartoon in style.AUG 30 - 80s DIETS to Avoid or Embrace. Do you remember these?AUG 30 - 80s DIETS to Avoid or Embrace. Do you remember these?AUG 29 - BACK TO THE 80s with Ben & Jensen. Like, totally, you don't want to miss this.AUG 29 - BACK TO THE 80s with Ben & Jensen. Like, totally, you don't want to miss this.AUG 27 - WAX - Bridge To Your Heart - the duo's melodic one hit wonder from 1987.AUG 27 - WAX - Bridge To Your Heart - the duo's melodic one hit wonder from 1987.AUG 23 - A Journey Through some 80s HORROR MOVIE Classics.AUG 23 - A Journey Through some 80s HORROR MOVIE Classics.AUG 21 - 50th BIRTHDAY GIFTS - lots of unique, funny and traditional ideas for all budgets.AUG 21 - 50th BIRTHDAY GIFTS - lots of unique, funny and traditional ideas for all budgets.AUG 17 - HUMAN LEAGUE - HUMAN - the band's final top 10 hit of the 80s.AUG 17 - HUMAN LEAGUE - HUMAN - the band's final top 10 hit of the 80s.AUG 13 - SINITTA - SO MACHO - the singer's first hit of the 80s.AUG 13 - SINITTA - SO MACHO - the singer's first hit of the 80s.AUG 11 - 80s JEWELLERY. Trends that are back in fashion.AUG 11 - 80s JEWELLERY. Trends that are back in fashion.AUG 6 - 80s COMPUTER GEEK - Create a nerd costume. Get ideas in our latest blog post.AUG 6 - 80s COMPUTER GEEK - Create a nerd costume. Get ideas in our latest blog post.AUG 4 - HUE AND CRY - Labour Of Love - The duo's biggest hit from 1987.AUG 4 - HUE AND CRY - Labour Of Love - The duo's biggest hit from 1987.AUG 2 - HOW TO THROW AN 80s PARTY. Make it the best party in town!AUG 2 - HOW TO THROW AN 80s PARTY. Make it the best party in town!JUL 28 - TINA TURNER - We Don't Need Another Hero. Video and song facts.JUL 28 - TINA TURNER - We Don't Need Another Hero. Video and song facts.JUL 24 - STAN RIDGWAY, Camouflage. The spaghetti western style one hit wonder from 1986.JUL 24 - STAN RIDGWAY, Camouflage. The spaghetti western style one hit wonder from 1986.JUL 21 - TAKE ON ME - by Trevor Horn and The Sarm Orchestra. A new version of the 80s classic.JUL 21 - TAKE ON ME - by Trevor Horn and The Sarm Orchestra. A new version of the 80s classic.JUL 20 - FRANKIE LIVE ON THE TUBE - the band performing three songs from Liverpool in 1987.JUL 20 - FRANKIE LIVE ON THE TUBE - the band performing three songs from Liverpool in 1987.JUL 19 - 80s FASHION - Use these pointers to create your own personal fashion style.JUL 19 - 80s FASHION - Use these pointers to create your own personal fashion style.JUL 17 - RELAX DON'T DO IT T-shirts. A look at some alternative Frankie Tees.JUL 17 - RELAX DON'T DO IT T-shirts. A look at some alternative Frankie Tees.JUL 17 - BACK TO THE FUTURE artwork. Stunning posters and prints to enhance your favourite room.JUL 17 - BACK TO THE FUTURE artwork. Stunning posters and prints to enhance your favourite room.JUL 13 - PINK FLOYD T-SHIRTS. Celebrate the band's music with a stylish tee.JUL 13 - PINK FLOYD T-SHIRTS. Celebrate the band's music with a stylish tee.JUL 9 - MADONNA - CRAZY FOR YOU. The singer's first ballad which featured on the Vision Quest movie soundtrack.JUL 9 - MADONNA - CRAZY FOR YOU. The singer's first ballad which featured on the Vision Quest movie soundtrack.JUL 5 - SUPER GRAN - A look back at the unlikely Scottish superhero Granny Smith from the 80s.JUL 5 - SUPER GRAN - A look back at the unlikely Scottish superhero Granny Smith from the 80s.JUL 2 - BUTTON MOON - The eccentric puppet TV show for kids from the 80s.JUL 2 - BUTTON MOON - The eccentric puppet TV show for kids from the 80s.JUN 30 - CLASSIC KIDS TV - A-Z of DVDs featuring your childhood favourites.JUN 30 - CLASSIC KIDS TV - A-Z of DVDs featuring your childhood favourites.JUN 27 - ABBA FANCY DRESS - become a Super Trouper in one of these fabulous outfits.JUN 27 - ABBA FANCY DRESS - become a Super Trouper in one of these fabulous outfits.JUN 23 - THE PROFESSIONALS - a look back at Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch.JUN 23 - THE PROFESSIONALS - a look back at Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch.JUN 19 - ELTON JOHN - Sad Songs (Say So Much). The lead single from Breaking Hearts.JUN 19 - ELTON JOHN - Sad Songs (Say So Much). The lead single from Breaking Hearts.JUN 14 - GEORGE MICHAEL - I Want Your Sex. The song that was banned by the BBC.JUN 14 - GEORGE MICHAEL - I Want Your Sex. The song that was banned by the BBC.JUN 10 - BOY GEORGE COSTUMES. The latest post on our fashion blog.JUN 10 - BOY GEORGE COSTUMES. The latest post on our fashion blog.JUN 8 - BELINDA CARLISLE - Circle in the Sand. The singer's third consecutive top ten hit.JUN 8 - BELINDA CARLISLE - Circle in the Sand. The singer's third consecutive top ten hit.JUN 5 - HOWARD JONES - Pearl in the Shell - the synthpop musician's fourth single release.JUN 5 - HOWARD JONES - Pearl in the Shell - the synthpop musician's fourth single release.JUN 2 - RETRO SCOTLAND FOOTBALL SHIRTS - National team and club team shirts.JUN 2 - RETRO SCOTLAND FOOTBALL SHIRTS - National team and club team shirts.MAY 30 - ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES - a look back at the classic British sitcom.MAY 30 - ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES - a look back at the classic British sitcom.MAY 28 - AMSTRAD CPC 464 - the eye-catching latecomer to the 8-bit scene was a tempting buy.MAY 28 - AMSTRAD CPC 464 - the eye-catching latecomer to the 8-bit scene was a tempting buy.MAY 27 - ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES GIFTS - a lovely jubbly range of pukka gift ideas.MAY 27 - ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES GIFTS - a lovely jubbly range of pukka gift ideas.MAY 24 - GALAXIAN - a look back at the classic space shooter.MAY 24 - GALAXIAN - a look back at the classic space shooter.MAY 22 - DEMON ATTACK - a review of the classic shooter for Atari 2600, Intellivision.MAY 22 - DEMON ATTACK - a review of the classic shooter for Atari 2600, Intellivision.MAY 19 - AMERICANOS - Holly Johnson. The second solo hit for the ex-Frankie frontman.MAY 19 - AMERICANOS - Holly Johnson. The second solo hit for the ex-Frankie frontman.MAY 15 - 80s PAINT SPLATTER Leggings and Leotards - our latest blog post.MAY 15 - 80s PAINT SPLATTER Leggings and Leotards - our latest blog post.MAY 15 - JUMPER FROG - a free online version of Frogger for all devices.MAY 15 - JUMPER FROG - a free online version of Frogger for all devices.MAY 14 - THE PLANET GUARDIAN - a fast-paced, free space shooter game.MAY 14 - THE PLANET GUARDIAN - a fast-paced, free space shooter game.MAY 10 - ATARI 2600 VCS - History of the highly popular video games console.MAY 10 - ATARI 2600 VCS - History of the highly popular video games console.MAY 8 - MEMORIES OF AN 80s KID - 1980-1982. Book review.MAY 8 - MEMORIES OF AN 80s KID - 1980-1982. Book review.MAY 4 - STARSHIP - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now. The No.1 hit from 1987.MAY 4 - STARSHIP - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now. The No.1 hit from 1987.APR 30 - THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE. Video and song facts for U2's 1985 single.APR 30 - THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE. Video and song facts for U2's 1985 single.APR 26 - NEW 80s T-SHIRTS for 2019. The latest designs in our latest blog post.APR 26 - NEW 80s T-SHIRTS for 2019. The latest designs in our latest blog post.APR 24 - A COMMODORE 64 WALKABOUT - join the current C64 scene and play games both old and new!APR 24 - A COMMODORE 64 WALKABOUT - join the current C64 scene and play games both old and new!APR 20 - THOMPSON TWINS - You Take Me Up. The band's most successful single.APR 20 - THOMPSON TWINS - You Take Me Up. The band's most successful single.APR 17 - 80s AEROBICS Instructor Costume for Women. New in for 2019.APR 17 - 80s AEROBICS Instructor Costume for Women. New in for 2019.APR 15 - 80s DIGITAL WATCHES - our latest blog post takes a look back at LED, Casio, calculator and Databank watches.APR 15 - 80s DIGITAL WATCHES - our latest blog post takes a look back at LED, Casio, calculator and Databank watches.APR 11 - FREE NELSON MANDELA - by The Special AKA. Video and song facts.APR 11 - FREE NELSON MANDELA - by The Special AKA. Video and song facts.APR 7 - SPECCY NATION - A Tribute to the Golden Age of British Gaming - book reviewAPR 7 - SPECCY NATION - A Tribute to the Golden Age of British Gaming - book reviewAPR 4 - COMMODORE 64 - An in-depth review of the most popular home computer ever made.APR 4 - COMMODORE 64 - An in-depth review of the most popular home computer ever made.APR 2 - ZX SPECTRUM: Great Games from A-Z - book reviewAPR 2 - ZX SPECTRUM: Great Games from A-Z - book reviewMAR 29 - MADNESS - Baggy Trousers - the band's No.3 hit from 1980 from the album Absolutely.MAR 29 - MADNESS - Baggy Trousers - the band's No.3 hit from 1980 from the album Absolutely.MAR 26 - BROS - Drop The Boy - the boy band's second hit single from 1988.MAR 26 - BROS - Drop The Boy - the boy band's second hit single from 1988.MAR 22 2019 - LEVEL 42 - a look back at the sophisti-pop band's musical career in the 80s and 90s.MAR 22 2019 - LEVEL 42 - a look back at the sophisti-pop band's musical career in the 80s and 90s.

 

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 Montage
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.

 

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