We still hear '80s music in movies and television shows. I have to chuckle when I'm traversing grocery stores or stores like Toys R' Us and hear '80s songs playing in the background. Beyond the music, how remarkable is it that we have an "80s show" with The Goldbergs, as well as TV commercials that constantly use '80s themes? How many of us still use adjectives like "rad" or wear throwback t-shirts to add a nostalgic spark to our day?
Just the other morning as I was getting ready for work, I was impressed with a new commercial for Taco Bell's latest breakfast taco which pokes fun at its competitor. The character reflects on the '80s and eventually has a "get with the times" change because of the new breakfast. He slips out of the confines of retro posters, keytars, and other memorabilia and emerges into the modern age.
The Taco Bell commercial was actually shown back-to-back with another '80s inspired commercial which caused me to chuckle at the sheer coincidence (or revel at the awesome TV station traffic manager). What followed was the Cape Cod potato chips commercial with a man sitting on a beach with a flock of seagulls playing A Flock of Seagulls.
It is still quite remarkable how much '80s pop culture has influenced the modern era and continues to generate big business. Iconic '80s images continue to pop up, sending us into a feeding frenzy of reminiscence. And one thing is for sure, it doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. Much like Optimus Prime, no matter when you think the '80s are dead and a distant memory, they come back to life! Live on '80s!
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