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1980's Nostalgia General CaesarDude 01/05/2020 (Sun) 21:20:39 No.274
Alright, I decided to expand the scope of this board a little more and include a containment thread for 80's nostalgia. I mainly created this board to serve as both a successor to the old /y2k/ board, which was my favorite board on 8chan, and also expand the scope to include 90's nostalgia too, but after checking on this board, I noticed someone mentioning 80's nostalgia and I decided I would do something about it. I personally don't care that much for 80's pop culture aside from the music and some of the old edgy anime, but 80's nostalgia did become a thing in the 2000's and I can see why others like the whole 80's style, so I'll allow it as long as it's mainly kept to this thread.
I was born a few years after the '80s ended but ironically feel more fondness (and downright nostalgia) for a lot of '80s stuff than I do most '90s or 2000s pop culture.
>>279 Never seen Contact. Some of these shows had great openers! My favorites probably include Miami Vice, Magnum PI, Knight Rider, and Airwolf. Hell, they were all cool.
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>>279 probably because of reruns. there was something cozy about late night shows after bedtime which were almost all reruns.
>>380 What's with all the fucking LINES?
>>374 I still need to check those shows out. I watched the Miami Vice pilot a long time ago but never got deep into it. I like that car, by the way. I know a lot of people think that style is corny, but I really like the silhouette. >>381 It helps that I had a sheltered childhood, had older siblings, lived in a small town in "flyover country," and didn't have cable until the early 2000s. I spent more time watching PBS than any other channel because there wasn't much to watch, and that largely showed re-runs of 80s stuff, like Slim Goodbody. I can even think of one show that dated back to the end of the '70s. Link related is a guy I vaguely remember from my early childhood in the '90s, although I didn't find out who he was until recently. Sometimes I'd get access to stuff recorded off cable TV or from the library or video rental place, and a good amount of the time that would also be older stuff.
>>385 they're neat. >>386 top comfy right there. Nice foxbody mustang, too.
What do you guys think of the Memphis Group style?
>>401 I like it but I wouldn't actually want to live in that style. I prefer more relaxed, clean, "professional" looks. That being said I like this bright style on small pieces, or even applied to websites and small electronics. stuff like that.
>>401 it's making me anxious, bright color are supposed to signify danger, what brain demange retard can live in that. you unironically need to have a brain demange to like it, it remind me of the study that weakening a specific zone in the brain with strong magnet make you less racist. ie make your fight and flight response sedated.
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>>402 >I like it but I wouldn't actually want to live in that style. Agreed. Not only would it get old pretty fast, but it would be hard to mix and match with anything else without looking like crap. >>403 People tend to find bright colors appealing as long as they aren't too over the top. The Memphis style is a pretty polarizing example of that though.
>>405 i'm only giving my opinion but i really don't like the fact that it look completely removed from nature. only city dweeler can dig that.
>>405 almost pseudo intellectual tier kind of people, not a critiue just my feeling
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>>405 here's an example of a similar design style I like. (the yellow ones). and then some examples of what I prefer and what I believe to be something that's better for every day. Clean and perhaps understated.
>>406 I know what you mean. Can you even imagine a room decorated in that aesthetic that looks good with a lived-in look? It's hard to imagine unless you start toning it down. >>408 The latter two picture might not have the bizarre charm of the first example, but the less busy looks definitely have appeal of their own.
>>409 now those I like for sure. A splash of color is nice but at some point it feels extremely unnatural and uncomfortable. might as well make this a /comfy/ thread right? I do like pastels though, those can be nice too. they can be more generous and still not be garish. and of course houseplants are very nice too.
>>414 Those look like places you could really live in. Greenery can do a lot to brighten up even dreary environments. For as much crap as certain forms of modern architecture get, I think they'd do a lot better with some plant livening things up.
>>415 *plant life livening
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>>415 I love that car interior, I have the same image saved. I'm planning to get a few houseplants for my room as well, having some greenery in contrast to my stereo stuff and beige computer things is appealing to me.
>>418 I really like that middle one. The green and reddish colors on the display make for a nice contrast.
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>>419 oh, yeah. the 300zx is top tier '80s design. the middle picture reminds me of San Francisco, probably because of the suspension bridge. Specifically, the Computer Chronicles video series. In their office/studio I remember you could see the TransAmerica pyramid behind them. (The "Pontiac" building as some called it). Oh, and Full House. I never thought that show was funny at all but still it was comfy to sit and watch. Too bad SF has gone down the shitter, almost literally.
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>>420 Full House was pretty bland and dorky, but I liked it when I was younger. It's easy to look back fondly on it compared to a more modern sitcom. Its lack of self-awareness just comes across as charming, and I still wouldn't mind having it on in the background if I were doing something else. The way it's portrayed in movies and TV from that era, '80s California looked like paradise.
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>>419 I fucking love genuine 80s retrofuturism. How it got corrupted into le epic neon grid and broken sun i will never know.
>>428 I think it started off as people taking inspiration from Tron, old arcade games like Battlezone and Outrun, John Carpenter flicks, and Blade Runner. I can understand what they were trying to do, even if I'm sick to death of that whole style. It felt like a breath of fresh air at the time. Unfortunately, nowadays you have teenage memers who seemingly think that distorted caricature of the '80s is an accurate representation of what the aesthetics of the decade were actually like (largely due to being so far removed from the actual media of that period and experiencing most of it through 21st century imitations). Having said that, there's some enjoyable "synthwave" music out there. I prefer the more personal, nostalgic feelings that the late 2000s "chillwave" hipsters were going for though over actual "synthwave" in that regard though. The latter often ends up replacing the earnest guilelessness of actual '80s culture with 2010s jadedness. It ends up feeling like semi-ironic Reddit crap most of the time. Those are some nice pictures, by the way. I saved all three of them.
>>427 Yeah I like putting it on when I'm doing something else. Cooking or cleaning up, or something like that. California can be pretty great but right now not so much. That's a neat deck. I have a Sony but the autoreverse just spins the head around. It sounds great but might need a minor head adjustment. Here's a picture of my deck. it's missing the bias control knob but otherwise it's good.
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>>430 >California can be pretty great but right now not so much. It's a shame, too, because at one point it was probably the nicest state in the country. Now I don't see any hope for it. >That's a neat deck. I have a Sony but the autoreverse just spins the head around. It sounds great but might need a minor head adjustment. Here's a picture of my deck. it's missing the bias control knob but otherwise it's good. It looks great. I just have couple of tape recorders on hand for dirtying up audio recordings. One of them's a 4-track recorder, though, which is pretty nice.
>>427 Full House was hot garbage but for some reason I miss shit like that. Now everything has to be hyperpolitical and self-aware.
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>>431 >at one point it was probably the nicest state in the country yeah, probably. it's perfect other than the politics. and demographics... I'd like to get a 4 track myself but I don't think I'd use it too often. If I were making music I'd get one for sure. >>432 yeah when I watch it again it's pretty lame. I hardly found it funny, hell I laugh more watching Magnum PI than I do Full House and the latter is supposed to be a comedy show, right? But, for some reason I still like to watch it. Especially when I'm in a bit of a laid back mood.
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I actually remember seeing this Metal Gear ad in a hand-me-down comic book as a kid and being under the impression that it was more about shooting things than sneaking around. I was disappointed when I finally played it and realized it was a stealth game. >>436 >yeah, probably. it's perfect other than the politics. and demographics... It's hard to believe that it was a red state as recently as the 1988 presidential election. That shows how powerful demographics really are. >I'd like to get a 4 track myself but I don't think I'd use it too often. If I were making music I'd get one for sure. I only ever used mine years ago, and that was as a test to make sure it worked. I haven't been satisfied with any of the music I've made to the point of running it through there yet. I'm aiming for both saturation and pitch instability, and doing that stuff with software just feels wrong to me. I've heard that 4-tracks have also risen in price over the last few years, but I don't know if that's true or not. It sucks if that's the case. At some point I plan on meddling with the belt inside my cheaper cassette player to get some crazy wow and flutter, but I think that's a while away at this point.
>>438 tfw no state of Jefferson yet. I've seen people take cheap players and then add knobs that control the pitch to the outside of the case and stuff like that so they can do some cool stuff with tape loops.But that's not really reversible so it's best done on cheaper players. I would have a brain hemorrhage if someone did that to like a DD walkman or something.
>>401 >>405 >>414 >>418 >>427 >>429 Gosh darn it i didn't want to throw time but i can't stop myself. Most of it is 90's but some other are 80's, serves me as small study too. >1/4 This particular style of "80's" is actually a neo-20's thing, the rolling 20s and the last steps of art deco/art noveau. Stone & Steel, with its obvious translation with very popartsy stuff and modern electronics of its time. This style would later on degrade (in terms of complexity) into the memed to death "marble bust with checkered tiles and pastel colors", also sometimes mixed with post-modernist architecture (also called eclectic contemporary american by some designers of their era, which describes well the architectural style too) Robocop features a lot of this stuff too, this was the de-facto executive building/yuppie style in the late 70's to the mid-90's, and without counting it was also the style from the late 1890's to 1929; really timeless like the ancient greeks intended it. Complex organic textures yet slick on touch (polished stone, plants), very long lines, defined palettes on few colors, orthogonal ornament forms.
>2/4 My favorite style, i don't know what to call it, it's just a mess, dim neon/gel? The premium arcade interior choice and also used for pizza parlors and mall locals intended for night time juvenile audience. Not to mention clubs. It can be said to be a mix of deco and googie style, the latter being a mix of italian futurism/dynamism, 50's americana and some triangle/trapeze planning thanks to the pupils of Frank Lloyd Wright. You haven't lived if you didn't go to a place with colorful dim lights, bunch of indoor vegetation, shiny surfaces and strong smell of perfume, all these things only to eat pizza and/or play a Sega cabinet. Also memed to hell and back thanks to the mythomaniac buttpirate Kavinsky.
3/4 Lots of pink and blue but there's also red and orange. Yellow too but i only remember it mixed with all the previous ones.
>4/4 This is just normal ones, don't know what to say other than a complete mix of everything thrown around: Memphis, NeoDeco, Disco lightning, and lots of checkered/masonic tiling with glass blocks and sea cucumbers. Have way more but 20 is enough for now, looking for mid-90's and Y2K stuff but haven't downloaded enough of it.
Oh snap, i just realized that other than mirror walls akin to fashion shops, none of these images have glass blocks. Unacceptable. A real pain to clean thou.
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>>401 Nickelodeon did it best. >>428 >How it got corrupted into le epic neon grid and broken sun i will never know. I feel this but for music. I know Darksynth has always existed but i miss the cheesy, upbeat HM1-style early 2010's synthwave, than all the satanic cover darksynth stuff trying to copy Perturbator. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewNi7aTAIHc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxMs21-_CNY
>>478 >I've seen people take cheap players and then add knobs that control the pitch to the outside of the case and stuff like that so they can do some cool stuff with tape loops.But that's not really reversible so it's best done on cheaper players. I would have a brain hemorrhage if someone did that to like a DD walkman or something. That actually sounds pretty interesting. >>483 A while back I came to the conclusion that the '20s and the '80s were the two cultural peaks of 20th century culture, so it doesn't surprise me to hear there were parallels in some of the architecture and interior decorating. >>485 >>487 I like these ones the most. >>490 I agree. Listening to Miami Nights 1984 was what who got me into memewave music. I understand what guys like Perturbator and Carpenter Brut were trying to do in drawing from the Satanic Panic and metal music from that period, but I find their music and styles of visual aesthetics less compelling than what the more dreamy or nostalgic-sounding ones were going for. The latter type still feels pretty Flanderized (both visually and musically), but it at least captures some of that '80s hopefulness and optimism while still creating something new. Maybe I'm just living in the past, but there's something that rubs me the wrong way about the more modern presentation of so much "'80s-inspired music." These are a couple of my tracks I really got into when I was first exploring the genre: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YzQKxLrIf0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WifFehLrqoA The latter could really use some of the length shaved off though.
>>493 >'80s as part of a peak in 20th century culture In terms of motion pictures it lacked a ton, if it wasn't for the asians and a couple of european madmen it would be a void era much like the past decade. 20's was good enough but it was a low point in many places, like Germany and Russia, who were usually spearheads of design and literature/music. Depends on the place, for the U.S. those 2 eras certainly are peaks, even when the 80's did have a small recession in the belt zones (and 1929 was a tough year)
>>483 I really like that last image there. Among my favorite examples of architecture is the WTC in New York. some people might call it an eyesore but the very simple stoic nature of the towers to me is elegant, and the way they reflect the light and colors around them is nice. I like the common design found in hotel lobbies and such. I'm a big fan of polished stone stuff like that, and of course indoor plants. I just got a couple houseplants of my own, they're nice to have around.
>>494 >In terms of motion pictures it lacked a ton, if it wasn't for the asians and a couple of european madmen it would be a void era much like the past decade. I'd say the complete opposite. There was so much fun stuff to watch in so many different categories. Sci-fi and fantasy were thriving and action movies hit their peak, among other things.

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