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39 Signs You Grew Up In Australia In The '80s

When Scott and Charlene got married. And other defining moments.

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1. You wanted to be a breakdancer.

2. Or a body popper.

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3. Or a BMX Bandit.

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Judy was basically Jesus on a bike.

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4. Spokey Dokeys made your wheels come alive!

5. The ghetto blaster ruled your world.


6. Your Mum walking in mid-taping was disastrous.

7. New Kids On The Block had the right stuff.

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8. You cried when Scott and Charlene got married.

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9. The kiss is still your favourite TV moment ever.

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Kylie and Jason were just legendary.

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10. Saturday mornings were all about RAGE.

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11. You lusted after Collette's fluorescent lycra shorts.

C'mon! Collette ROCKED!

12. Molly Meldrum was King.

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13. Your weekend wasn't complete without Hey Hey It's Saturday.

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14. Funny Photos was the best bit.

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15. You loved watching Young Talent Time.

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16. So you remember when Dannii was more famous than Kylie.

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17. You watched the first episode of Home and Away.

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18. You even remember the original credits.

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19. You used to race home from school to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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20. You loved The Wonder Years.

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21. But A Country Practise was the best.

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Particularly the wombat called Fatso.

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22. You wore leg warmers every day, even in summer.

23. There was nothing cooler than denim on denim.

24. Until you discovered Lacoste polos in every conceivable colour.

25. You died inside if someone else wore the same scrunchy.

26. You spent hours crimping your hair.

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27. Or perfecting your fringe.

28. Or working on your spiral perm.

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Everyone wanted to look like Nicole.

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29. You loved Wizz Fizz.

30. Before there were Slurpees there were Icees.

31. Chiko Rolls were the best treat ever.

32. Your greatest gymnastic feats were onboard the Hills Hoist.

Hours and hours, round and round.

33. You played Elastics until the sun went down.

34. Nothing made you happier than marbles.


35. Except maybe roller disco.

36. And synchronised skipping.

37. The Bicentenary basically felt like coming of age.

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38. Expo 88 was the greatest event of the decade.

Particularly riding the monorail.

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39. And even if you knew nothing about sport you knew Alan Border was The Greatest.