What did the 1980s look like? New-wavers and New Romantics existed alongside punk revivalists and the heavy metal kids in their sleeveless spiderweb-pattern t-shirts and black leather wristbands. The “scumbag look” was very popular with the middle-class suburban dudes.
Cigarettes and cans of Coca-Cola are everywhere, as are the skateboards and the acid-washed jeans that sat low on the asses of the boys and above the navel on the girls. Beaches, camping, stadium concerts, skateboarding down the streets of pre-Bloomberg cities, even the parties are outside, in suburban backyards and driveways and tumbling out of the powder-blue vans and dusty orange compacts.