Hey, Remember The ’80s? Um, Yeah. They Sucked.

Right on schedule, the 1980s are huge again, the way every decade seems to be once we’re 20 years removed from it. But even as the national gurus of the zeitgeist hype the greatness of overwrought bands like The Cure; cheesy, predictable sitcoms “with a twist” (see Diff’rent Strokes); and screeching hair bands with their guitar pedals set permanently on stun, a remarkable reaction has been establishing itself in the wider population: near-complete indifference. In fact, it isn’t going too far to suggest that consumers have realized that all the marketing in the world can’t make the 1980s seems like a culturally important decade, when it was so clearly an era of materialistic greed and shallow, self-serving ear candy.