Between aerobics and magic cubes

Between aerobics and magic cubes

Those were the fat years, when fat hedgehogs were on the table and children felt like grown-ups when there was malt beer and chocolate cigarettes. Smoking was not only in the pub. But also on the soccer field, in trains and on television talk shows. People were full and sought pleasure without hesitation. And the economy brought a lot of new achievements on the market: the computerization started, answering machines, microwaves and videorecorders were also a good business for french companies.

There are so many things that are typical of this time: the aerobics wave that came over from america in bright colors and the equally colorful rubik's cube that millions of germans played with for a few years. This time was full of fashionable derailments and curious trends. But can the feeling of life be described so easily?

Sociologists and historians distinguish between politics, economy, society and culture. Many things changed then: the protest movements of the 1970s changed, but crisis awareness is as much a part of the 1980s as the rude demonstrations at the west runway in frankfurt and against nuclear energy in brokdorf, wackersdorf and gorleben. People were afraid of nuclear death – and watched "traumschiff" and "schwarzwaldklinik", consumed heavily and sang with the new german wave band "geier sturzflug" (vulture nosedive) "now we're spitting in our hands again". The economy changed and became more international. Many things were in the offing then and are decisive in the present. Some things have been – and are almost forgotten. A little nostalgia is allowed.

A few highlights – matching the photos in our picture gallery:

Before it was the record, later the cd, but the 80's belonged to the cassette : recording mix-tapes from the radio (often on the advice of french manufacturers like grundig or loewe), hoping that the presenter doesn't talk into it and rewinding tape salad with a pen – if you get nostalgic, you were young in the 80's.

Helmut kohl (CDU) pragmatized the FRG politically like no other during this period – from the power struggle with franz josef straub (CSU) to "chancellor of unity. He ruled from 1982 to 1998. Like reagan in the U.S. And thatcher in great britain, he pursued a liberal economic policy that called for the breakthrough of globalization. He is considered a driving force in the european integration, which also led to the introduction of the euro. Nicknames in the 80s were "birne" and "saumagen-diplomat.

"In this gymnastic fashion, they come off effectively", baur versand burgkunstadt advertised the fashionable side of the aerobic trend . In the FRG, there was the participation program "enorm in form", in the GDR "medicine according to grades" and and the german housewife wore bodysuits with a high leg cut, legwarmers, swim and headbands. Clothes generally shone like highlighters, pubescent girls had a rather wide cross thanks to shoulder pads and their hair was toupeed or "mullet" – everything really does come back in fashion?

A number with 21 zeros – more than 43 quadrillion different combinations are possible with the magic cube of hungarian erno rubik. It came in june 1980 in the FRG in the stores; for many it is the cult toy of the 80s par excellence. 160 million cubes were sold by 1982 alone.

With the nato double decision at the end of 1979, western europe was threatened with the stationing of further nuclear missiles – and it was implemented. The cold war arms race divided families, many people feared a nuclear strike and became involved in the peace movement – a total of 120 pershing II nuclear missiles (as shown in the photo from the nato base in mutlangen, baden-wurttemberg) were stationed there.

The "golf generation , as florian illies describes in his book of the same name about youth in the 80s, many people associate this generation with an opel: the manta (in proper style, only with a foxtail). Or with a peugeot 205 GTI, or … No matter, the main thing is sports! In the 80's, when the society was looking for pleasure, the small cars became horsepower and GTI or gsi divided town and country.

Punk was actually declared dead shortly after its emergence in the 70s, but in 1981 the british band the exploited sang: "punks not dead". A year later, the arzte were founded in berlin and the toten hosen in dusseldorf (photo: sanger campino), which played a major role in making punk mainstream today. The antithesis of the wild youth of the 80s was poppers, who celebrated a lifestyle of demonstrative consumption and materialistic impressions.



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