Some videos: In 1985, Tipper Gore's PMRC
released a list they called the "Filthy Fifteen," detailing what they believed to be the fifteen most objectionable songs of the time, and the reason they felt each song should be censored... [more inside]
posted by the_bone
on Jan 3, 2009 -
It was the 80's. We were younger then, and anything seemed possible. So it all seemed part of Destiny when my very first screenplay was bought and produced; fame and fortune was surely just around the corner. HA! Fat chance.
- The making of Forever Evil
posted by Artw
on Oct 4, 2008 -
With Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull restarting a franchise from the 80s, this is the perfect time to consider how to ruthlessly pillage the treasured movies of our youth. So, on that note, presenting: Back to the Sequels
posted by bove
on May 21, 2008 -
Y'all think whatever you want about Michael Jackson now,
knaamean? But on this day back in 1983, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
was being taped before a live audience. Since he was no longer contractually tied to Motown, MJ planned to attend but not perform at the function; he was finally able to negotiate a solo spot singing a non-Motown song. Thriller
had been released more than a year prior; Billie Jean
had been the Number One single on Billboard's Top 100 for two weeks. It was time for a Pop Culture "Do you remember where you were when...?" moment.
And then came the moonwalk.
posted by t2urner
on Mar 25, 2008 -
If you were a North American kid (well, a kid stuck at home, younger than driving age) in the late 70s/early 80s, your Saturday nights were likely spent in front of the television watching The Love Boat
. The show subsequently gained worldwide popularity. Did you know that the Pacific Princess
is still ferrying the lovelorn across the blue abyss, and that she has a bridgecam
? Did you know there were Love Boat action figures
? For your nostalgic pleasure: complete episode guide
, complete guest star list
, theme song video
), lyrics and chords
, and song facts
posted by amyms
on Mar 22, 2008 -
, a tale of fourth-grade Halloween woe by Eric Feezell
. "I was deep in thought, mulling over ideas for a Halloween costume, a fresh, heart-stopping one. Something that had never been done before... Suddenly I witnessed something stupendous. Instantly, any ounce of reason contained in my young mind evaporated. I saw a California Raisins commercial."
For reference: a list
of California Raisins commercials on YouTube.
posted by amyms
on Oct 23, 2007 -
Something to Hüsker
: Bob Mould
, Grant Hart
and Greg Norton
live with Joan Rivers
on the Late Show. Also live versions of the Byrds' Eight Miles High
, The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill/I Apologize
, Pink Turns to Blue
, Every Everything, Makes no Sense at All, Ticket to Ride
, New Day Rising
, These Important Years, Every Everytime
, and a video for Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely
posted by psmealey
on Sep 21, 2007 -
On the cusp of DEVO's first tour of Europe since 1990
, it's become clear that, though largely cast aside after their 1980 hit "Whip It", DEVO's influence is finally being felt on modern audiences, around the world. DEVO has inspired tribute bands, some traditional
, some not
. They've also spawned new bands, domestic
[MySpace link], and Foreign like Japan's POLYSICS
[YouTube], and Germany's Mutate Now
[YouTube]. With musical inspiration like this, can't we forgive such missteps as Devo 2.0
posted by SansPoint
on Jun 15, 2007 -
Some might find it difficult to believe that this was the video
to a 1984 number one hit, although it's not surprising to learn that the video was banned (as was the song, leaving the BBC in the uncomfortable position of being unable to broadcast their country's biggest hit on any of its radio or television programs). The G rated
version was directed by Brian De Palma
and, oddly, appeared (in slightly altered form) in Body Double
as a porno film within the movie.
Although the band
had other hits, notably Two Tribes
which was rivaled only by Land of Confusion
for most over-the-top Reagan representation in a music video, they have been beset with problems, primarily relating to who owns
, but rest assured that lead singer Holly Johnson
is doing well in his new calling as a painter. This astrological chart
nicely (?) sums up his entire career.
Incidentally, Katherine Hamnett
, who designed the hugely popular Frankie Say Relax
t-shirts (along with Wham's Choose Life
tees which, ironically, birthed an anti-abortion moto) is still a successful designer, who continues to be active in environmental, HIV eradication, and anti-war efforts.
Anyhow, check out the wacky Relax video. But beware of naked, shaving Roman Emperors.
posted by serazin
on Jun 2, 2007 -
Happy Birthday Ric Richard Otcasek
turned 58 today. It's All Mixed Up
, I had no idea he was so old. Well, no matter how old you are, you still need to let the Good Times Roll
, so Let's Go
wish him our very best, since it's pretty much Touch and Go
for any rock star approaching age 60.
Though many of the Cars hits where sung by the late, great Ben Orr
, Ocasek was one of the more recognizable front men of the 1980s. So distinctive that, on April 18, 2006, he was ranked number 50 in The Boston Phoenix list of "The 100 unsexiest men in the world."
Ocasek has had a low-key, but reasonably successful career as a solo artist
, written a book of poetry and had a cameo role in the John Waters feature film Hairspray
. He also appeared on the Colbert Report where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to "rescue" Stephen Jr.
, the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo
. Ric also is notable as a producer, though he is probably best known (or infamous in indie circles) for producing Guided by Voices'
much maligned Do the Collapse
. As for my own personal connection, the first time I saw him was in 1984, when the Cars played a show with Wang Chung
and the last time was when I stood next to Ric at Luna's Farewell show
at the Bowery Ballroom, a well known Nightspot
. Nice guy, he let me buy him a beer. It was, he said, Just what he Needed
posted by psmealey
on Mar 23, 2007 -
For most musicians, it's difficult to pinpoint a particular event that forever sullied their image and destroyed their popularity. For 80's rocker Billy Squier
, however, the reason
posted by starkeffect
on Aug 11, 2006 -
Tips from the Blue Devils
- Dunking the ball is a flashy move. In some instances, it can be the wrong move. Pot and cocaine are wrong moves. They mess up your thinking and can kill you instantly.
posted by sdrawkcab
on Jan 25, 2006 -