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It’s always better the second time around. Last time, I Love 1987 reminded you how Glenn Close refused to be ignored, Lisa Lisa jammed with Full Force, and the most important lesson of all – no one, but no one puts baby in a corner!

Now - 1987 Strikes Back with more awesome movies, more rad TV, more gnarly fashions, and more of the cheesy pop culture that made you the person you are today.

Unfortunately pop culture wasn’t teaching us the very best lessons. For example – in Robo Cop and Predator Ah-nuld taught us the best way to solve a problem is with a gun and a bad accent. In their hit video, "
Land of Confusion", Genesis showed us the best way to make a political statement is through the use of grotesque puppets. And Michael Jackson (who in 1987 was not a black man, but not yet a white woman) showed us that if you’re ever attacked in the subway – just dance - dance and sing about how ‘bad’ you are and everything will be okay.

’87 was also the year of dynamic duos. Mel and Danny fought the bad guys in Lethal Weapon; two ‘Flowers in the Attic,’ Cathy and Chris Dollanganger, were locked in an attic and did naughty things together (unfortunately they were siblings!); and a beauty and a beast fell in love, formed a psychic connection – but never had sex.

Years before the Spice Girls – girl power ruled in 1987. Jody Watley taught women all over the world how to give their disrespectful men the boot – and The Princess Bride taught her prince the words every woman wants to hear..."as you wish".

1987 was also the year of the geek! Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered, giving geeks a new catch phrase –"‘make it so!" – and a new reason to stay at home watch TV and not go out and find girlfriends. Can’t Buy Me Love taught them how to go from ‘geek to chic’ (lesson 1 – just take off your glasses and you too can look just like Patrick Dempsey). And Bob Sagat, Dave Coulier and John Stamos began the television force known as Full House (yes – we are calling them geeks).

Ahhh, if only you could go back to 1987...the feel of your lycra running shorts stretched tight around your thighs while LL Cool J, White Snake, and the Fatboys played on your disc-man. And to think - your biggest decision back then was deciding who was hotter – Steve Guttenberg or Patrick Swayze. (Honestly we prefer Thundercat leader Lion-O). Good times.

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From VH1's "I Love the 80s Strikes Back" series