College life in the 1980s was the perfect mixture of optimism, capitalism and preppyism (perhaps not a word). And if you were lucky enough to have experienced it firsthand – you’re old. Sorry, but it feels true. Regardless, why not relive your glory days by watching Glory Daze?Tuesdays on TBS? If you remember hitting the books between attempts at solving a Rubik’s Cube or moussing your hair or playing Space Invaders, this show will bring back great memories. And at your age, shouldn’t you sit back and enjoy a few memories? So call your friends and neighbors and even your totally awesome college roommate, because we’re throwing a Glory Daze party!
Setting the scene:
We are decorating in an ’80s frat house motif (go Omega Sig!), so that means pulling out all the stops for ’80s cliches: Head over to eBay and find posters of old BMW 3-series, Knight Rider, Phoebe Cates and Airwolf. Track down a few Rubik’s Cubes, empty pizza boxes and neon lace bras and panties, and scatter them all over the room. (They’re purely for decorating purposes, Mom; nothing happened.) Have bowls filled with various cassette tapes from the era, and have cans of Aqua Net on every end table. Paint the MTV logo on the wall, and have a few boomboxes strategically placed as well. Grab a Casio keyboard, and have an electric guitar in a corner near a Ronald Reagan mask and an ALF doll. Consider having an ’80s trivia contest with prizes being DVDs of classic ’80s movies such as The Breakfast Club, Caddyshack and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Casio calculator digital watches.
The worst part about the ’80s: the style. Tell guests to go big or go home with parachute pants, crimped hair, wayfarers, leg warmers, shoulder pads, big hair, acid-washed jeans, mesh tank tops, stirrup pants and mullets. Basically anything that says Vuarnet, Z. Cavaricci or Body Glove will suffice. Don’t forget to pop your collars and tie the sweaters over your shoulders. And a Tina Turner wig with a headband would go a long way.
On the hi-fi:
The best part of the ’80s: a heavenly mix tape of Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Robert Palmer, Cyndi Lauper, the Bangles, Def Leppard, Heart, MC Hammer, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Wham! and Michael Jackson.
According to folklore, the 1980s would not have even existed if not for the DeLorean motorcar. At press time there were several awesome examples for sale on eBay. Buy one, McFly!