The 80s were a good time, but out of it came a cynicism that we as a society have a difficult time reconciling with our apple-pie and blue-skies view of the world. We "defeated" communism, returned the hostages home, and went about our prosperous lives. Yet, we were no longer at ease. We were responsible for bad shit happening around the world (Central America, World Bank loans crippling economies) and couldn't control the bad shit happening here (crack, crime, teen pregnancy rates, the spread of HIV). The gulf between those with and those without grew. More people were getting high just to function and while none questioned Grandpa Ronnie Reagan, no one quite believed he was in charge. Besides, it wasn't the government's problem if your schools sucked and the water was filled with contaminants? Lots of good music: Public Enemy, U2, the Police, Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, Prince, Michael Jackson (before he lost his mind and his soul), Fishbone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour, (giving the devil his due) Guns and Roses, the Clash (and all of the spin-off bands, like Big Audio Dynamite, the Pogues, etc.), Talking Heads,
. Lots of embarrassing photos, too, like the hi-top fade, white, pink, and baby blue "letterman's" sweater, and Travel Fox shoes. Yeah!