Pop culture was addicted to its past for a long time. With stunning regularity, the trends of recent decades are returning and fueling the retro culture of our time. Now the 1980s are once again very much in vogue. Many characterize this decade by the yuppies, the record and a flashy fashion. Many hoped that it would never return; after all, it was considered almost hideous in places. But far from it, the sour taste is back. After all, the main character of one of the most famous films of that time landed in 2015: Marty McFly jumped into our time with his legendary DeLorean in the movie “Back to The Future”. His three films are as popular today as they were then.
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You can see the fact that the 1980s are in again in the last few days from two points. First, the music industry’s balance sheet for the first half of 2020 was surprising: for the first time since 1986; the industry sold more records in the USA than CDs. When Whitney Houston’s debut became the most successful record of the year, the CD overtook its predecessor for the first time. The latter now struck back and outdid the silver discs. While customers only spent around 130 million dollars on CDs in the first six months of the year, the vinyl industry generated sales of about 232 million dollars. Of course, both sound carriers are now only niche products, but these figures are nonetheless astonishing. They confirm a trend that has been emerging for years. Consumers once again value analogue products much more. If one last proof was needed that the 1980s were back in vogue, it was provided by the trailer for the film Wonder Woman 2. After just a few seconds, it is clear where the journey is leading. New Order’s hit Blue Monday dominates the trailer. The song is still the world’s best-selling maxi-single and possibly the ultimate music of the 1980s. In the usual flashy look of the decade, Diana Prince fights her way through Wonder Woman 1984.
Not for nothing was the motto of the 1980s: The main thing is to stand out. That applied to clothe as well as hairstyles. In the meantime, the bright colors are celebrating a comeback that you cannot overlook. Moustaches are back in; the fanny pack is back. Sneakers, which started their triumphal procession with the birth of Nike Air Jordan in 1984, have long since become a stylistic device. Also, the sequel to one of the most successful films of the 1980s is now coming to the cinemas. For decades, Tom Cruise could not make it to the second part of his big breakthrough with Top Gun. Now the time has come. The now aged Cruise climbs aboard a fighter jet once again to show the young guard how things work. The TV series Stranger Things already proved a few years ago that it is possible to enthuse with the attitude to life of the 1980s. The series lovingly traced all the trends of the decade, triggering a veritable wave of nostalgia. Numerous movements have come to stay. The past has become the present.