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Confessions of an ’80s Reject [AWESOME '80s WEEKEND]

I have a confession to make: I am an ’80s reject.

Yes, calling myself a “reject” is a little harsh, but the reality hit me hard while hanging out at The Pink on Allen. My friend and I were talking about current music (well, she was talking, and I had a giant question mark over my head), and I blurted out, “I listen to most music from 1985. I have no idea what’s going on!”

I always knew I loved the ’80s, but that was the moment I realized how much that decade shaped my taste in clothing, music and even what slang words I use. Every chance I get, I’m tuning into Jack FM (It’s true! No shameless promotion intended!) on car rides, watching ’80s music videos and out on the dance floor whenever I’m at a club that plays a retro set.

Confessions of an '80s Reject
Meagan Kyla

Pointy boots? Check!

Crimper? Check!

Lace Gloves? Check!

’80s Reject? CHECK!

I’ve most recently caught myself asking my friends, “Did you know there is a video for this song?” only to usually be met with an odd look or a simple reply of, “Meagan, why do you know this song?”

I was an MTV kid in the ’80s. My parents didn’t have cable, but my metalhead friend who lived upstairs did, and so my fascination with music videos was born. I would spend hours on Sunday mornings watching videos for songs by everyone from Huey Lewis and the News to Warrant, memorizing the words and often wondering, “Is that a guy or a girl?” I even remember hiding behind the chair during Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video premier because the video scared me as a young girl. Good times!

You really need to have a good sense of humor as an ’80s lover, so let me hip you to some awesome literal videos that DustFilms produced. I especially love the Billy Idol “White Wedding” literal video — too funny!

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