Nothin' But a Good Time

New 80s book takes a look at the music of the decade

There is a new book about 80s culture we all need to get our hands on and have a virtual book club to discuss! Nothin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion by Richard Bienstock and Tom Beaujour is filled with little-known trivia and facts that I know we're all curious about.

Reviews of the book state that we can learn about how Michael Jackson once copied Warrant (what! This seems blasphemous to me!), how band members nearly became members of other popular bands and much more. They did hundreds of interviews to compile the juicy details in the book.

What do you think? Want to read it together? Let me know in the chat!

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WrestleMania Memories From the 80s

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While I'm not a big wrestling fan today (aside from that incredible Mickey Rourke movie, which moved me to tears), back in the 80s I loved watching wrestling with my dad. He was big on WWF and loved Hulk Hogan to the point of mimicking his facial hair! I loved The Undertaker. He spoke to the mini goth in my heart.

I ran across this piece about 10 WrestleMania matches that I thought I'd share to inspire others to share their favorite matches and moments. You know, I was a kid and I don't remember a lot of matches, but I remember the "Ohh!" noises my dad would make--as if he were injured!--and just enjoying my time with him.

What are your favorite memories of wrestling from the 80s? Share them in the chat.

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The Best of the 80s

Share what you remember

Sharing our favorite nostalgic things about the 1980s is keeping many a Milennial or Gen Xer going these days. Yes, we need to take on everything from voter suppression to universal healthcare, but we can also remember who the best drummer was. Of course we have to fight for a living wage and affordable college and everything in between, but remember the best albums of the decade every now and then helps us through the day.

As an 80s kid, my biggies were Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I NEVER get tired of these things. My husband bought me a giant watering can the othe day with the little sprinkler like Strawberry's and I made such a big deal about it. I even found the video on YouTube to show our teenager. It's the small things, really.

What favorite things from the 80s are you thinking about lately? Share them in the chat. 

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The Upside Down Meets a Trailer Park

Uh oh...

As someone who spent my teen years in a trailer park, I definitely would NOT want the Upside Down to make an appearance. All stereotypes aside, there were definitely some dangerous people there, and I saw a few trailers completely destroyed by tornados. Nope. No demogorgons, please!

But that's what the latest Stranger Things sneak peek reveals. But what does it mean? Is it just one neighborhood affected, or maybe where Joyce and her family end up? I really hope it doesn't follow her family but between Eleven and Will, you know it probably will. Those poor kids.

What do you think the new photos mean? Any new predictions for the next season?

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Totally 80s Looks This Week

What looks have you seen?

While my husband and I have had Stranger Things on for background music once again (this time it's while we paint part of the house!), I've been wanting to rock out a side ponytail and wear some leggings. My kiddo and I won a virtual 80s trivia contest with the library last week, which has only made me long for some 80s moods even more.

It must be contagious because there are 80s looks everywhere right now! Did you see the look Chris Hemsworth was showing off at an 80s themed party? How about the TMNT: Shredder's Revenge game? I really want to play it. Man I miss going to the arcade.

What fun 80s looks have you seen (or worn) lately? Share them in the chat!

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Awesomely 80s Funny Videos

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If someone had told me that in 2021 one of my favorite things to do would be to watch YouTube and TikTok videos when I was a teenager, I would have been so confused. But those are my own teen's favorite sources of entertainment (this generation isn't nearly as into movies as mine was!), and I tend to enjoy it right along with the kid these days.

One of our favorite YouTubers is Jaime French, whose hilarious videos have inspired us to do our own goofy antics. She has a few makeup tutorial videos spoofing the 80s and 90s that I get such a kick out of. My kiddo doesn't get them as much as I do but still laughs along.

We'd love to see more funny 80s spoofs. Do you know of any great ones? Share the links in the chat!

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The Best 80s Quizzes

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Are you a quiz lover? Do you love taking quizzes based on 80s trivia and culture? If so, we'd love to see which quizzes you like to take the best, especially in terms of 80s TV and music!

One of the most fun 80s quizzes to take is the Buzzfeed one where they guess your favorite pizza topping based on the 80s songs you like. The off the wall quizzes like that are the best! Then there are more knowledge-based quizzes, like this one.

Which quizzes do you love? Share them in the chat!

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A Darker, Sadder Season Lies Ahead

Finn Wolfhard says season 4 is the darkest season of Stranger Things yet

The pandemic may have delayed filming, but Stranger Things 4 is definitely still coming and we had better get our hankies ready. According to multiple sources, including Finn Wolfhard, who portrays Mike Wheeler on the show, the season is set to be the funniest, saddest and darkest season yet.

As excited as I am, I'm also super wary. We have several newcomers set to join the cast, which means some of them will probably die. We've had newcomers die each season, particularly during season 3, so that's to be expected. But I have a sinking feeling that we're going to see the demise of one of the stars if this is the saddest season yet. Don't you think?

What are your predictions based on this information? What do you hope happens in season four? I can't wait to see it.

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Neon Nails Are Back!

Do you love this 80s trend?

Lots of 80s trends have been circulating around lately, and neon nails are making a comeback and I'm here for it! Neon colors are SO fun and so 80s. As a tween I had the brightest neon jacket ever and I sure loved those bright orange, pink, blue, green and yellow neon nail colors.

The thing about bringing back this trend is that today's nail styles have so many cool new modifications, from gel options to nail art and all kinds of peel options, to make it even more unique and personalized. I love the idea of seeing those bright colors more often. They are so stylish, colorful and fun!

Do you like to use neon colors? Do you paint your nails with these shades?

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80s Cocktails

What would Ted Danson and Tom Selleck drink?

When I picture people drinking in the 80s, I always think of Three Men and a Baby! Those guys obviously had some parties before the baby came around. Of course, you could picture any 80s movie, even those that weren't made in the time period like The Wedding Singer or American Psycho, to get an idea of what kinds of drinks were being served.

Fin & Fino are coming up with some 80s-inspired cocktails that might just be the fun we need for the weekend! You could copy these recipes the NC restaurant is using to sell drinks to go or, if you're local, pick some up and take them home to try.

What 80s drinks do you enjoy? Share them in the chat!

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