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The 15 Struggles Of Being A Music Fan In The '80s

The '80s weren't all perms and Rubik's Cubes. So take off the rose-colored aviators and get real — real savings from GEICO. It's a "no duh."

1. First of all, you still couldn't rewind your old 8-tracks.

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Because it was impossible.

2. And if albums didn't come with lyric sheets, you resigned yourself to never knowing all the words.

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But sometimes you could order them for 50 cents.

3. Mimicking your idols, like Olivia Newton-John, required an endless supply of hair spray and headbands.

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Not pictured: pegged pants.

4. To skip a track, you had to blindly fast-forward or rewind — or flip the cassette over.

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Also, the thing was $200.

5. You actually had to, like, leave the house to buy music at a record store...

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6. ...and if the one song you wanted wasn't a single, you had to buy the whole album.

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That is, if you could find it.

7. This was considered a portable music player:

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"See this? It plays AM and FM."

8. Your knowledge of upcoming concerts and albums depended entirely on posters and newspaper ads.

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And punkzines, of course.

9. Navigating the FM dial was way finicky.

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And the best songs were on college radio at 2 a.m.

10. Mom and Dad were always wiggin' out about the wall art in your room.

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I mean, you have the poster, so why don't you use it?

11. Same with your totally stellar clothes.

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Like, what was their damage, anyway?

12. If you forgot to tape Headbangers Ball, you would never see that episode again, ever.

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Hörns up. \m/

13. Recording songs off the radio demanded expert timing...

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And a DJ who wouldn't talk over the song.

14. ...and mixtapes took hours to prepare and assemble.

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It's how you knew the relationship was serious.

15. Finally, concert venues charged exorbitant admission fees — like, sometimes over $15, OK?

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But as Salt-N-Pepa prove, at least it was a golden age for hip-hop.

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