American Decades: 1980 by chrisbaird

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In the popular imagination, the eighties were the decade of excess – bright clothing, loud music, hard drugs and harder partying. But eventually it all came crashing down, and the inevitable hangover set in.

That’s what this piece is – the one lucid moment of self-realization before the puking recommences. As if the whole decade were one long ice cream headache the nation got for consuming what it wanted too fast and greedily.

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