Rare Photos From The 1980s Captured Way More Than Expected

By Sarah Norman | December 1, 2023

‘80s wakeup call

The 1980s were a truly unique and unforgettable decade, filled with maximalist music, iconic pop culture moments, and groundbreaking technology. From the rise of the personal computer to the emergence of memorable TV shows like The Wonder Years, the 1980s captured the imagination of people all around the world.

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It had the perfect shape for smashing and the most annoying sound to elicit that fit of rage to both awaken you from your slumber and motivate you to bash that damn alarm clock. Yea, it’s fair to say the smartphone generation doesn’t understand the hate-hate relationship that the older generations fostered with their bedside table companion. Even the radio setting for the alarm would find that awful mix between static and garbled speech to start your day off right, at least in the ‘80s sense.

Mike Tyson and Rick James, 1988.

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Fame and fortune could come and go in the blink of an eye in the ‘80s. Heavyweight champ Mike Tyson and singer Rick James found that out the hard way. Nevertheless, these two enjoyed their relatively brief stint in the limelight extensively! From making grown men cower at the thought of fighting Tyson to James who drove women crazy with hits like "Give It to Me Baby" and "Super Freak," this pair made their indelible marks in history.