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19 Somethin’ – Big Hair and Parachute Pants

We have now reached the conclusion of the 19 Somethin’ series. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here are the next lines in the song:

big hair and Parachute pants
and lookin’ back now I can see me
oh man did I look cheesy
I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
ah, it was 1980 somethin’

There is nothing else new in the song related to the ’70s or ’80s. Did you enjoy this series? Let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, we will talk about Big hair and Parachute Pants:

There used to be the Beehive, and then the Beatles haircut. Then in the late ’60s early ’70s, there were Afros and men started growing their hair long. But nobody’s hair gets mentioned more than the ’80s. Both men and women had hair that could reach to the stars. And it can be argued that the hairspray, required to hold all that hair in place, burned a huge hole in the ozone layer. In general the hair could be feathered. This was probably started by Farah Fawcett in the late-’70s. The hair could be long or short in the back, but the top and sides would still be feathered. There were other hairdos that could (and should) only be seen in the ’80s. The Feathered hair could lead to the Mullet! Oh yeah, business in the front and party in the back! And don’t forget the Jheri Curl! This was started by Michael Jackson. But Eric LaSalle probably had the best Jheri curls of the ’80s in the movie Coming to America.
And finally, there was the New Wave style. The hair very short at the sides and back and extra long in the front so the hair is worn over one eye.
So, long or short, the ’80s probably had the most memorable hair of any decade!

And finally, we’ll wrap up with the Parachute Pants. I mean, what else are you suppose to break dance in?!? The parachute pants were made of nylon, and usually had a bunch of zippers. They could also be called Zipper pants. The nylon made it easy to move and slide around while break dancing. I don’t know what exactly the zippers were for though. It’s not like you could fit anything in the pockets. The ’70s can keep their ugly bell-bottoms. We’ll take the parachute pants any day!