Err. Cold War at its coldest for 20 years, with real risk of nuclear war. Soviets in Afghanistan. The Rubik's Cube. The Iran-Iraq War. Reaganism. Thatcherism. The IBM PC, Apple Macinstosh, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Amiga. Murders or attempted murders of John Lennon, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Anwar Sadat, Marvin Gaye and Indira Gandhi. Mount St Helens. The War on Drugs. The Space Shuttle. The Falklands War. MTV. The VCR. The Sony Walkman. Bhopal. The Brixton, Toxteth and Broadwater Farm riots. Ethiopian famine. The Rainbow Warrior. The UK miners' strike. Fall of Ferdinand Marcos. The Challenger disaster. Surrogate babies. The first intifada. Chernobyl. USS Vincennes and Iran Air 655. Lockerbie. Exxon Valdez. Hillsborough. Tiananmen Square. The fall of the Berlin Wall.
Bad, but hardly boring. Big hair! Big shoulders! Big make-up! On men and women alike!
Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, The Dead Kennedys, REM, The Stone Roses, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths, Eurhythmics, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Culture Club, Depeche Mode, New Order, Heaven 17, Ultravox, The Cure, Madness, Sade, George Michael, Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Howard Jones, The Sisters of Mercy, Motorhead, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kate Bush, Clannad, Men At Work, Men Without Hats, Dexys Midnight Runners, UB40, Musical Youth, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears: nothing there that floated your boat?