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Song Parodies -> "We Didn't Start the 80's"

Original Song Title:

"We Didn't Start the Fire"

Original Performer:

Billy Joel

Parody Song Title:

"We Didn't Start the 80's"

Parody Written by:

Alan Gordon

The Lyrics

Debbie Gibson, Motley Crue,
Max Headroom, Scooby Doo,
Jon Bon Jovi, Teddy Ruxpin,
Reagan sheds a tear,
Knightrider, Silver Spoons,
99 Red Balloons,
Dirty Dancing, Dukes of Hazard,
Mr. Belvedere.

Ghostbusters, Robocop,
Where’s the beef? Pudding pops,
Thundercats, Who’s the Boss?
Axel Rose and Gorbachev,
Torn jeans, MTV,
Mr. Furley, Mr. T.,
Cosby Show, Alf, and Fame,
Corey Feldman, Corey Haim.

We didn’t start the 80’s,
They’ve been burning strong since we gave up Pong,
We didn’t start the 80’s,
We were driving Yugos and we loved Menudo.

Donkey Kong, Pac-Man,
Stacey-Q, Duran Duran,
Mork and Mindy, Blair and Tootie,
New Kids on the Block,
Boy George, Bill and Ted,
Ferris Bueller sick in bed,
He-Man, Carebears,
Smurfs, and Fragal Rock,
New Coke, G.I. Joe,
Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No,"
Ayatollah tried to kill us,
“Whacha talking about Willis?!”

We didn’t start the 80’s,
Gary Hart’s romancing and we loved break-dancing,
We didn’t start the 80’s,
We had Bird and Magic and Inspector Gadget.

McDLT, Double Whopper,
Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper,
Soviet Union in a frenzy,
Punky Brewster, Spuds MacKenzie,
A-Team, Top Gun,
Salman Rushdie on the run,
Pop Rocks, Brat Pack,
Michael Jackson was still black!

Love Shack, Hungry Eyes,
Golden Girls, and Family Ties,
Ollie North took the stand,
Contra Scandal in Iran,
Love Boat, Growing Pains,
Ricky Schroder’s choo-choo train,
Swatch Watch, Lite-Brite,
Oprah had an appetite.
Footloose, Flashdance,
Crimping hair, Puffy pants,
Skinny ties, Jelly shoes,
Huey Lewis and the News,
Rainbow Brite, Faith No More,
Pee-Wee Herman, Rocky Four,
Alvin, Simon, Theodore,
I can't take it anymore!

We didn’t start the 80’s,
We had Moni Moni, and My Little Pony,
We didn’t start the 80’s,
Though we always dis them, man, you gotta miss them…

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Voting Results

Pacing: 4.9
How Funny: 4.8
Overall Rating: 4.7

Total Votes: 21

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 2   1
 3   0
 4   0
 5   20

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Michael Pacholek - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
We would've been better off taking 2 '70s and moving straight on to the '90s. Takeoff on #AmyMadigan in #FieldofDreams
Wendy Christopher - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Top, top job on a really difficult OS (I know, having done it myself) How you managed to work so many 'eighties references in there AND make them ryhme is a minor miracle. I salute you sir - 555!
Porfle Popnecker - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Excellent work. I love the 80s even more now.
John Barry - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
What Wendy said.
Callmelennie - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Clearly this is a song that separates the true parodists from the pretenders. Can I go higher than 5?
Rob Arndt - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Brilliant-555!!! I loved the OS and have tried to think of a way to do a parody of it. Now I know what decades and material to use for my own! Thanks!
WarrenB - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
A stroll through one of my favorite decades. And for the record, I did not like Menudo! Nice memories, and decade appropriate since Joel released the original in '89!
Miami Mice - January 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Love the OS, great memories, love your parody tribute. Rubic's Cube rulz! I hated Menudo too - a manufactured "boy band" before their time. Also Tiffany sounds like an alley cat caught out in a thunderstorm. I love the 80s so much even more. The 90s belong in a trash dumpster and the 00s are just that - zeros. The Dumbya decade was an absolute sick nightmare. Have a good day!
retroboy - March 14, 2012 - Report this comment
music ended in '89
retrogirl - March 14, 2012 - Report this comment
almost perfect, whopper doesn't rhyme with lauper, may i suggest the rags-to -riches tale of country star Loretta Lynn. Coal Miner's Daughter Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper,
80s child - December 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Totally love this. Using this in an 80s show we are putting on for elemetary kids. Very creative.

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