5. The Rubix Cube
4. Parachute Pants
You can credit early hip-hop artists and breakdancers for the parachute pants craze. Parachute pants were kind of the mullet of the pants world. Made of nylon and typically neon bright or adorned with crazy patterns, they were usually ultra baggy in the thigh and butt and tight at the ankles. Looking back, not a great look.
3. Boom Boxes
You could not walk down a city street in the 1980s without hearing loud bass beats and often deafening–usually bad–tunes. The noise came from boom boxes, also called ghetto blasters. People thought nothing of carrying around 70-pound electronic contraptions perched on their shoulders–yes, right next to their ears. And the darn things often took 10 “D” batteries. Kids may have lost their hearing, but at least they built up muscles in the process.
2. Leg Warmers
Even more than perms, nothing says the 1980s like the business-in-front-party-in-back hairstyle we all know and love as the mullet. Andre Agassi was super cool on the tennis court with his awesome rat-tail (until we learned years later that he kept up that flamboyant style with a weave). Richard Dean Anderson– remember MacGyver?–made the style about as cool as it could get. Mama Brady gave it a shot for the ladies in “Brady Bunch” reruns, but even in the tacky ’80s, women knew that look was bad. The no. 1 all-time most-famous mullet? That award has to go to the achy-breaky king, Billy Ray Cyrus.