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The Crazy Eighties
Transcript of The Crazy Eighties
Fashion in the 1980's
Fashion in this decade is generally stereotyped as very loud and obnoxious, but it was actually more aesthetically diverse than given credit for. The message behind the unique clothing also speaks volumes about the evolution of the culture.
1980- Moscow Olympics
Popular Movies and TV Shows
The 1980's was a decade full of major political events that still shape the world we live in today
Presented by Josh, Avery, Gabriella, Irene and Devon
Prime Ministers of Canada, 1980-89
Major Political Events
Church Politics in the 1980s
Major Conflicts in the 1980's
Abortion and Birth Control
Joe Clark, 1979-1980
Pierre Trudeau, 1980-1984
John Turner, 1984
Brian Mulroney, 1984-1993
Ronald Reagan elected as U.S. President
Assassination of John Lennon
Assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II
Canada gained official independence from the United Kingdom
War between Iran and Iraq, 1980-1988
Air India Flight 182 bombed in 1985
Cold War (1945-1991) comes to a close, with the destruction of the Berlin wall in 1989 signaling the beginning of the end
John Paul II was Pope for the decade
He was credited with the hastening of the fall of Communism in Europe
Gave lectures titled Theology of the Body in 1979-1984, discussing topics such as premarital sex, birth control and divorce
The 60's marked the start of the Sexual Revolution, a culture of "free love". In the 1980's this revolution was normalized and sexual intercourse was definitely no longer seen as a sacred act between a married couple. Contraceptives and abortions were now common. In 1988, abortion was fully legalized by the Supreme Court of Canada, under the rule of Brian Mulroney.
Rap and R&B
The Rap genre started to become very prominant in the 1980's
Rappers were often blamed constantly for crimes across America in 1988. this was because they released their songs that pertained to criminal actions .
Rap musicians followed the golden rule of treating others how they would like to be treated by donating thousands upon thousands of dollars to charities
rap music of the 1980 have provided insight on the ethics and morality issues that are happening to the youth in poverty.
The ethical problem was that kids were being influenced that being part of gangs and committing violent acts whether it was from graffiti to a drive-by shooting
It was also a moral issue because these gangs would have a “code” that the youth would follow, in some cases. These gang rules would tell kids when it is alright to kill someone.
The rap music in the 1980’s reflected on all of this and had the people listen and understand the rapper’s stories of these ethical and moral problems.
the most successful British pop band of the era were the duo Wham! with an unusual mix of disco, soul, ballads and even rap
Michael Jackson was the first African American artist to have his music video aired on MTV.
his song “Beat It” was about gang violence. Most of the lyrics talked about how silly it is that violence happens daily and how pointless it is to fight.
Michel's song lyrics from "Beat It":
"They told him don't you ever come around here. Don't wanna see your face you better disappear. The fire's in their eyes and their words are really clear, just beat it. But you want to be bad..." has backround meaning about unethical gang violence.
gangs were a refuge for teens and it caused major ethical issues when it came down to violence and what gangs taught kids what was right.
within the same song Michael sings:
"You're playing with your life this ain't no truth or dare."
Michael Jackson is saying that it's not just a game, gangs are real and the possibility of death is real. people no matter what age should value life and resolve problems without violence.
The punk scene in the 1980’s did not impact people as much as it did in the 90’s , the 1980's was the birth decade of the well-known punk bands we know to be green day, nirvana and the offspring.
The Punk genre brought out songs about the freedom from social norms and governmental ideals. There was no restriction to the message in their music
expressed ideas of self-esteem, self-respect, and socialist views on treating everyone with equal dignity and respect.
Punk bands praised the golden rule in their songs, and reflected the beatitude: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Because punk bands were widely ridiculed for their different views on society and government norms
It was popularly said that Metal bands like Metallica and Black Sabbath would give kids negative thoughts and act violently.
Teens who listened to metal were judged harshly as “Goth”, “Emo” or “Scene” Being placed into a certain group can hurt one’s self-esteem and making them think that they only belong in that group.
Bullying was more prominent and that broke the golden rule in all ways. The different groups of teens clashed against one another.
the difference between these two groups caused ethical values of treating everyone the same with equal respect to be broken due to bullying
Queen, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins and other 1980’s Rock groups brought forth values of love, romance, independence and friendship.
In the song, Tom Petty sings:
“Everybody's had to fight to be free
You see you don't have to live like a refugee”
this popular 1980’s rock song reflects on the beatitude :
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Because the song relates to struggle that people face in their lives.
The song "Another Brick in the Wall" raised a major ethical problem of teachers in government-run schools that were putting absolutely no passion into their career and this ultimately affected the students
It is quite obvious that the teachers would not have wanted to be treated without care in school, so they went against the golden rule, and Pink Floyd musically brought that issue to light in the 1980’s.
The competition of sport was used as a political battle ground for many counties looking to make a statement.
Outrageous hair & makeup
Madonna was the biggest influence on eighties fashion. Used controversial pieces in her wardrobe, much like our modern day icon Miley Cyrus.
The 80's gave us...
The first cellular phones
The Compact Disc
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Notable Movie Personality: Harrison Ford
Olympic Games Boycotted
Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Indiana Jones Trilogy (1981, 1984 1989)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Evil Dead (1981)
The Land Before Time (1988)
The Simpsons (1989)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
M*A*S*H (Started in 1972, ended in 1983)
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (1984)
Wheel of Fortune (1983)
The Cosby Show (1984)
Notable TV Personality: Bill Cosby
Consider movies like Die Hard, The A-Team, The Cosby Show
Consider A Nightmare on Elm Street, First Blood, The Shining, etc.
Consider Knight Rider, Miami Vice, etc.
Consider the popular actors/actresses of the time
Consider sitcoms like Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, etc.
1984- Los Angeles
Miracle on Ice
During the 1980 winter Olympics in Lake Placid the USA beat the Soviets in one of the best played hockey games of all time.
The Friendship Games
First black quarterback to play in the superbowl
Played for the Washington Redskins