Awkward family photos, the 80s edition: When disco and the Rubik's cube was cool ...but these pictures certainly weren't
By Richard Hartley-parkinson
PUBLISHED: 13:23 EST, 12 June 2012 | UPDATED: 15:12 EST, 12 June 2012
Over the last 10 years or so there has been something of an Eighties revival with fashions returning, disco being cool again and even the humble Rubik's cube was a Christmas hit in 2008.
But as these awkward family photographs show, some things should just stay in the past.
Looking through some of the pictures, the phrase 'What were they thinking?' cannot be used enough.
Futurology: In the Eighties, this is how we thought we'd be living right now
Gameboy: If you're not old enough to remember the NES, well, that's a shame
Crop tops for guys... In the era before belly button piercings, belly hair was all the rage
Punk: You're doing it wrong
Hairspray - my momma told me not to use it...
The first era of sportswear: How things have changed
Chunky knits never go out of style: Because these kinds of jumpers are never in style
Whether it's getting their children to wear matching jumpers or sit in front of ridiculous backgrounds while, quite inexplicably, wearing 'fashionable' sunglasses, what the subjects in the images must now be questioning their parents' judgment for allowing, nay encouraging them to pose in such a manner.
The images have been compiled by awkwardfamilyphotos.com as part of the release of Rock of Ages which opens in cinemas this week.
Many of them are submissions from users of the website either of themselves or of 'close friends'.
One woman, pictured alongside her brother and sister, all wearing matching jumpers with pictures of crayons, wrote: 'We were forced to wear them to the theater when we went to see Home Alone. Embarrassing to say the least.'
U.S. tourists: Recognisable the world over - whatever the era
Like a lion: Mullets encapsulated the best of Eighties masculinity
Keeping it casual: The father in this family picture presciently realised that denim wouldn't stand the test of time
Fashion comes in cycles: Dungarees have had their day again, but matching outfits were never a good idea
The money, the glamour: It was the era of Dallas, after all
Frazzled: But this pair may have regretted buying the cheapest brand of hairspray
Informal: The guy in the centre looks as if he's turned up for the wrong photo
Tron: This family are going to have a job hiding from the Master Control Program in those matching jumpers
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