For many young people these are the decades in which their parents were born and grew up. While typically teens and young adults have very little interest in how their parents lived and what they did for fun back when they were kids, the retro movement is a growing trend that looks unlikely to wane any time soon.
Certainly the music of those decades has caught the attention of retro music buffs, but that is just the beginning of the trend. Music lovers are scouring thrift stores, second-hand shops and antique stores for vinyl records and record players so they can revel in the entire retro music experience. The growing demand for LP’s (long playing vinyl records) has spurred some companies into pressing new vinyl records, and electronic manufacturers have produced some very good quality record players that put out great sound, arguably as good as the originals, if not better.
If you are as much of a retro junkie as we are then we welcome you to our site, where retro junkies should feel completely at home. We wanted to create a place where retro enthusiasts can find out about all the great items that were available during those fascinating years, along with information about events that occurred during those times too.
As fashion played a large part in what we consider retro today it is important to know what people of those times were wearing. It is not uncommon to get invited to a 60’s, 70’s or 80’s party and be expected to dress according to the fashions of that decade. But where do you start to find that style of clothing? We know the best places to go to get all the right clothing and offer tips and tricks that will make your outfit the talk of the party.
Video gamers are reliving the early days of the electronic gaming world with the likes of Pong, Space Invaders and the very early versions of the hugely popular Super Mario Bros. Some may find it very humbling to see where video gaming started and consider how it has advanced over the decades into what it is today. Every invention has humble beginnings and no more so than video gaming.
Want to deck your house out in retro style and don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry because we have all the decorating tips you will need to turn your drab apartment into a cool retro pad that you can be proud of. From curtain fabrics, to furniture styles and everything in between you can reconstruct the styles of the 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Think that bean bag you have been lounging in is a new product? You may be surprised to know that kids have been dropping their butts into those foam bead-filled sacs for decades. Just goes to show how something simple can withstand the test of time and still be as popular with young people today as it was back several decades ago. And you haven’t lived until you have curled your bare toes into shag carpet!
The music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s is every bit as enjoyable to listen to today as it was back when it was first playing on the radio. True retro junkies know that the only way to fully experience the music of that era is to get your hands on a vinyl record, slip it onto a turntable, gently engage the stylus and then sit back and listen to some classic tracks exactly as your parents did when they lived through those years. Collecting vinyl records has always been a popular pastime but now retro junkies are competing with LP and 45’s collectors to get their hands on those precious black discs. Not only are they fun to listen to but as time goes by their value increases and we can tell you the best ones to keep your eyes open for.
We have not forgotten you sports fans, believe us. We know only too well how many of the great sportsmen and women came out of the decades prior to the turn of the Century. Records were broken, international sporting events became widely televised and competition between countries heated up as air travel made competing against sports people in countries on the other side of the world much easier to manage. Baseball cards were just one of the collectible items that came out of these decades, along with college pennants and more. We know how much fun it can be to search out those rare collectible sporting memorabilia items. Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan became household names and racing fans will never forget the then unbeatable Secretariat’s dash across the finish line to win the Triple Crown.
Television was still in its infancy during the 60’s with the choice of channels being extremely limited. While Americans may have been blessed with more than 2 channels depending on which state they lived in, other parts of the world were just beginning to enjoy all that television had to offer on a single channel. Viewing hours were restricted, something the young people of today would be horrified to discover unless they are retro junkies like us.
Looking for re-runs of some of the greatest television shows ever made? We can steer you in the right direction to find those old episodes of the likes of Happy Days, Dukes of Hazard and many, many more. With the growing interest in retro some of these shows are being aired again. Diehard retro fans will of course watch the black and white versions of these.
You haven’t seen Dr. Who episodes at their best until you have watched the very first few seasons of this long-lasting sci-fi show. While the Dr. has been played by several male actors over the decades, watching Jon Pertwee or Patrick Troughton take on the Cyborgs or the Daleks when you had to use your imagination to fill in the colors was an experience very few get to enjoy today. While this was originally a BBC production intended for British audiences, Dr. Who has now developed a cult following in the US as well as many other countries.
If you missed out on seeing many of the greatest movies to ever be shown on the big screen when they were first released now is the time to grab a few friends and gather around the television to watch them and soak up the classics that will never die. The likes of The Godfather, Strange Encounters of the Third Kind and of course the iconic original Star Wars movie are all worth watching at least a couple of times.
For horror movie buffs no video line up would be complete without Jaws, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St. We love the style of these old movies and although the special effects cannot compare to the movies produced today we can still appreciate the effort that went into making these great movies. As official retro junkies we can tell you all the movies to put on your must-see list for your next retro movie night.
There is no denying that life was simpler during the decades that formed what we consider to be pop culture today. Is it any wonder that young and old alike yearn to return to those days? While it is impossible to go back in time we retro junkies can surround ourselves with as much of the style and products of that era we can find, in an attempt to experience a hint of the lifestyle of those decades.
If you have been wandering around the Internet looking for a place you can ‘hang out’ with other retro junkies, discuss styles, fashions, music, television and so much more from those great pre-21st Century decades then we hope that you will find what you are looking for right here. We have put a lot of effort and expertise together to make this a site that retro junkies worldwide will feel comfortable calling ‘home’.