I found the 1980's pretty awful - I disliked the music and TV shows, liked some of the films, hated the clothes - but they were some relief from the more gaudy polyester aberrations of the 1970's. I remember the 1980's as being a kind of vulgar pseudo-noir, style over substance era, with pastel colours and Michael Mann lighting everywhere you looked. The 1980's were the greed is good culture and presented us manufacturing jobs going overseas, unemployment and long traditions left to starve. Pretty much establishing the culture we have now. Unless you were in finance, where it was cocaine, Rolex watches, postmodern architecture and jail time. Pretty much like today too.