Think you love the 1980s? Test your knowledge with Richard Evans’s new book -- and our totally tubular quiz. We promise it’s easier than a Rubik’s Cube.
CAN YOU TELL YOUR SCRITTI POLITTI FROM YOUR MILLI VANILLI? Have you ever had mall bangs or a mullet? Did you once favor Heather Thomas over Heather Locklear? Then prepare to enter the flashback (and Flashdance) zone with the new book Remember the 80s: Now That’s What I Call Nostalgia (Anova Books, $23). Author Richard Evans draws from his popular website, www.remembertheeighties.com, to take those of us about to experience a 20th high school reunion on an acid-washed trip down memory lane.
But just how clear is your memory of that decadent decade? Take our quiz inspired by the book and find out. Give the year in which each of the following ’80s pop-culture highlights and lowlights occurred.
A. Parents duke it out in toy stores over hugely popular and hard-to-find Cabbage Patch Kids dolls.
B. The TV show Dallas sets a Nielsen ratings record as viewers tune in to learn who shot J.R.
C. Run-DMC scores the first gold record for a rap group.
D. Patrick Swayze has the time of his life in Dirty Dancing.
E. MTV hits the airwaves; the first video to air on the network is the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
F. CDs outsell vinyl records for the first time.
G. Jane Fonda releases her first workout video, launching the aerobics (and leg-warmers) craze.
H. Coca-Cola changes its formula to New Coke, which fizzes out within three months.
I. Girl, you know it’s true: Milli Vanilli’s lip-synching first comes to light when its backing track skips during a live TV performance.
J. Top Gun tops the box office, sending Tom Cruise’s career -- and sales of Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses -- into the stratosphere.
ANSWERS: A. 1983, B. 1980, C. 1984, D. 1987, E. 1981, F. 1988, G. 1982, H. 1985, I. 1989, J. 1986