Is the 80’s the New Retro?
The first time I realized that the 80’s was edging toward being retro was when I worked as a server at Nigara Falls during Grad School. One of my co-workers, who was in her late teens, refered to an 80’s song that was playing as “that’s so retro.” It took a moment to register and when I did I said to myself ~ Really? Are the 80’s retro now? How can it be retro when I’m in my early 30’s? Don’t I need to be like 60 for things to be retro? That was several years ago which makes me only a few years closer to 60, but with all the advances the 80’s are even more retro than it was back then.
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127 Hours and Glass Soda Bottles
I watched two movies that kindly shoved ’80’s retro’ back in my face. First, was 127 Hours with James Franco. In one of his characters flash backs they showed old soda commercials. A man on a beach was drinking a Sunkist out of the bottle. My step-son said ‘They had Sunkist in glass bottles?’ My husband and I preceded to reminence about the good ol’ days when all sodas were in bottles and you returned the bottles back to the store. As a special treat my parents would buy the straws to fit in the long soda bottles. Back then that was the bee’s knees.
Poltergeist, Metal Roller Skates and HUGE TV’s
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Second, was Poltergist. A couple of things in this movie made it clear how the 80’s have landed in the retro category. The first was the roller skates Diane found under the bed. You know, the metal kind that fit over your shoe. I had a pair of those and remember making sure the pin was on the right notch and cinching the front pieces down so they’d wrap around the toe of the shoe just right. Man, those things were clunky, but I didn’t care. I loved skating and would charge up and down all the streets in my neighboorhood. Today I have a pair of roller blades in my garage, very different from the skates back then.
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The second was the TV. Man those things were huge and ugly! I chuckled when my step-son said it looked like a microwave with all the channel buttons and time on it. Then at the end the TV in the Holiday Inn was on a roller stand. Wow! That took me back to stays at motels with cots and roll-a-way beds. Both TV’s are very different from the Flat Screen TV these movies were watched on.
My parents and grandparents comment on things I consider “real retro.” Like buying an ice cream for 5 cents. Or listening to TV shows on the radio and calling the operator to make a call. But, even still, my generation has experienced noticeable changes and with technology advancing as it is, more changes are still ahead. When I reach the ripe old age of 60 I wonder what I’ll consider retro then?
- Brands Go Retro! (basekit.com)
- New! Improved! Products That Look Very Old (online.wsj.com)
- Retro Game Music of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- 80’s Nostalgia (moneysupermarket.com)