Why are we so ashamed of the Eighties? Don’t believe us? OK, why then do we always associate it with greed and excess? Why do we laugh at the fashion mistakes? Why do we find ourselves hiding the 80s tracks we’ve downloaded into our iPods?
It’s true. In the Decades family, the 1980s is like the brash middle brother no one talks to at functions because he’s obsessed with money, carries a phone the size of a house brick and has a really bad perm. Well, hecklerspray is not standing for it any more. We’re loud and proud. We are children of the Eighties and we’re not ashamed to say it.
And to prove it wasn’t all New Romantics, Rubik’s Cubes and yuppies, we’ve compiled 14 reasons why the 1980s kicked ass.
Now, we could go on for hours about the great music and movies of the period, but we’re going to focus purely on the lovely ladies of the era. And, if you can forgive the big hair and shoulder pads, it really was a golden one.
14. Heather Locklear
If anything she’s actually improved with age.
13. Olivia Newton John
Quite a few of us wanted to get physical with Olivia.
12. Kathleen Turner
Possibly the sexiest voice ever.
11. Brooke Shields
How did it all go so wrong? Such a promising start.
10. Kim Basinger
OK, she can’t act â€“ despite the fact she won an Oscar, for God’s sake â€“ but there’s no doubt she’s a really hot woman.
9. Catherine Bach â€“ aka Daisy Duke
Has anyone looked better in hotpants?
8. Beatrice Dalle
There was a time when she was on every self-respecting male university undergraduate’s wall.
7. Phoebe Cates
The swimming pool scene from Fast times at Ridgemont High will live long in the memory.
6. Princess Leia
What can we say? The gold bikini turned many a young boy into a man.
5. Susannah Hoffs
She made our teen age years a lot easier. We’ve all imagined her in our rooms.
4. Kelly LeBrock
Do we really need to explain?
3. Michelle Pfeiffer
When polled, 98 per cent of men say ‘they would’ when asked about the angular blonde. She can lie on the hecklerspray piano any time
2. Cindy Crawford
In 1988 she became the first supermodel to pose naked for Playboy. One mole with a hole most men wouldn’t mind climbing in
1. Debbie Harry
Admittedly, you could argue that she looked hotter in the late 70s, anyone who can wear a bin liner and still look sexy deserves real credit. Possibly the sexiest mouth ever.