Being a teenager is tough. You're too young to drink but you want to socialize. In fact, it's probably the time in your life when it's most important to get out of the house and meet new people. If only you could hang out in clubs like 20-somethings do.
In the 80s, a new trend emerged. It's important to note that it became so popular, it appeared even in normal-sized cities. Those of us who don't live in New York City and Los Angeles don't have access to these things like those of you in big cities. In the 80s, even those of us in "middle America" got to enjoy the pleasure of teen clubs.
When they first opened, teen clubs had crazy-long lines like this one.
After about six months, teen clubs looked like this.
That's the problem with teenagers. They're fickle. If you build something, they'll be fanatics at first. Then they'll get bored. They're like the dog from Up.
But I still have fond memories of crazy, high-calorie virgin drinks...
And bad 1985 Eddie Murphy party music.
In fact, every time I hear that song, I think of hanging out in that teen club in 1985 with my friends.
Do you think there's a hangout that could hold teens' interest for more than six months?
A little Eddie Murphy and Rick James for your Thursday!