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WELCOME TO...

 

 

 

 

Yeah... Even though it's 2017, in some ways my heart's still stuck in the Eighties.  Anyone who knows me around here knows this.  Probably more than half of what I post has some sort of old-school vibe.  From classic 80s B-Movies to LaserDiscs and VHS tapes to Atari 2600 an ColecoVision games to music choices like Phil Collins, ZZ Top, The Cars and Huey Lewis and the News and even newer old-school-sounding stiff like Lazerhawk, Johnny Jewel and Mitch Murder.

 

The 80s were Junior High, High School and the beginnings of adulthood for me.  Despite living in the middle of nowhere for most of them, there was fun to be had.  Pac-Man at the General Store, making movies ("video films," actually, shot and cut on VHS) for Video Production class and Local Cable Access, checking out cassettes and CDs at the local music shop and figuring out how to hook up two VCRs together to start your own movie library, eventually getting that first car and seeing what the rest of the area had to offer a kid with a part time job in a Movie Theater (1988-1994 - The Golden Years).  No rent or bills to pay and few worries aside from Nuclear Armageddon and STDs, which weighed on us more than you might think...  That said, as long as Spielberg, Zemeckis and Carpenter had new movies on the horizon, all seemed right in the world.

 

Anyway, if you need a breather from the modern age, stop on in,,.  Grab a checkerboard-print vinyl seat, put up your Converse All-Stars, slip on your foldable Ferrari sunglasses and snag yourself a Pepsi-Free...  (But, hey, you wanna Pepsi, pal, you're gonna pay for it.)

 

If it's Eighties, put it on up.  Share a Greg Kihn song, a Commodore 64 commercial or a Charles Band movie trailer.  As Huey Lewis once said himself, "We're gonna go back in time."

 

 

 


Edited by Engineer - 5/19/17 at 11:46am
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No one can stop me now!

No one can stop you now!

No one can stop us now!

 

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Anybody else have this Starting Lineup Talking Baseball game?

 

 

Christ was it awesome.

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No, but I had this:

 

 

Not sure what happened to it.  I think it got lost in a move a few years ago.

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Yeah, that baseball was too fancy for me.  Rocked these:

 

 

Later on I did get a little more fancy with Zaxxon:

 

 

 

And this 3D bad boy:

 

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Anyone else have one of these?

 

 

That Vectrex was a lot of fun.

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Originally Posted by Dalyn View Post

 

 

I didn't have those one, but I did have some Radio Shack/Tandy ones!

 

 

 

And this Space Invaders-like game...  Which I still have and it still works!

 

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In the early 80s we lived in civilization and had cable with Showtime and Cinemax. That's where I saw R-rated movies since I couldn't see them at the theater yet.
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Anyone else have one of these?

 

 

That Vectrex was a lot of fun.

 

Oh yes. My folks wouldn't get my brothers and I an Atarti because they thought it would destroy the TV or something so they got us this instead. I blew countless hours on it. That light pen they had where you could make drawings move was the jam.

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I'm not playing that video since I'm at work, but the still shot that is showing looks very familiar to me as a viewer of Friday the 13th: The final chapter.

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Ah, the :20 MINUTE WORKOUT.  Glorious!  :)

 

Let this amazing video take you back even further.  Fifty minutes of time-travel, right here...

 

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If we're gonna talk about Showtime in the early 80s, then we have to talk about BIZARRE with John Byner.

 

Comedy skits and random tits.  

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Oh yes. My folks wouldn't get my brothers and I an Atarti because they thought it would destroy the TV or something so they got us this instead. I blew countless hours on it. That light pen they had where you could make drawings move was the jam.

 

My brother!  You're the only person that I've ever met who not only remembers the Vectrex but actually had one.  

 

There was a racing game on there that was pitched by Jackie Stewart (I remember the commercials) that was great.  Can't remember if it was POLE POSITION or not.

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I also spent way too much time and way too many tokens at the Aladdin's Castle arcade in the Holiday Village mall.
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My brother!  You're the only person that I've ever met who not only remembers the Vectrex but actually had one.  

 

There was a racing game on there that was pitched by Jackie Stewart (I remember the commercials) that was great.  Can't remember if it was POLE POSITION or not.

 

There was a Pole Position for that system. I recall also playing a Star Trek game, a football game Blitz! and Spike which was billed as the first talking game:

 

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Anyone else have one of these?



That Vectrex was a lot of fun.
I passed up an opportunity to get a working Vectrex on the cheap around a decade ago. I've been kicking myself for it ever since.
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You can still get 'em on eBay.  Don't think I haven't been tempted.

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If I didn't already have my meager tax refund planned for, I'd be pretty damn tempted myself.
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Originally Posted by commodorejohn View Post
If I didn't already have my meager tax refund planned for, I'd be pretty damn tempted myself.

 

I'm considering one of these...

 

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Bah. If it ain't tape, it's just a cutesy affectation.
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We had one of these:

 

 

Played the crap out of KC Munchkin and Monkeyshines, and blundered around with Quest for the Ring with no real idea what we were doing.

 

And yeah, I'm TOTALLY stuck in the '80s.  I've discovered 1st Wave on SiriusXM and it's like they yanked my adolescence out of my skull and programmed it 24/7.  I can't quite put my finger on what it is about the music of that decade,  but if you wish to hear the essence of the '80s, it lies at 3:46 to 4:02 in the music video below.

 

 

But if I had to pick an entire song that sums up the '80s for me, it's this one.  I instantly flash back to my junior year in high school the second I hear those opening notes.

 

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Commodorejohn:  Heh, I'd be inclined to agree.  But those bad boys are pricey.  

 

 

And I have maybe ten cassettes left... but two terabites of 320 and FLAC music files.  

Lotta soundtracks and synth, naturally.

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Later on I did get a little more fancy with Zaxxon:



I had the Pac-Man one.




Anybody else have the Magnavox Odyssey (2!)? Swear I'm the only person I know had one. Wanted an Atari so bad, and this is what I got.



It had a whole line of knock-offs of popular games -- "Munch Man" and "Monkey Dong" or some crap.

My older brother ran up a 100-5 score on Odyssey's baseball one time. I'm still traumatized.

ETA: Shit --Dickson posted while I was hunting for pic. My brother.
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My old-school collection...

 

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 I've discovered 1st Wave on SiriusXM and it's like they yanked my adolescence out of my skull and programmed it 24/7.  I can't quite put my finger on what it is about the music of that decade,  but if you wish to hear the essence of the '80s, it lies at 3:46 to 4:02 in the music video below.

 

 

But if I had to pick an entire song that sums up the '80s for me, it's this one.  I instantly flash back to my junior year in high school the second I hear those opening notes.

 

 

I listen to 1st Wave about 50% of the time when I'm in my car.  Love it.

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I never had a home video game system, never really wanted one. I had (still do) the Mattel Electronic Quarterback. My best friend had a Commodore 64 and another friend had the Coleco Galaga mini arcade game.

As far as synth pop from the 80s, it's hard to beat this:
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As far as synth pop from the 80s, it's hard to beat this:

 

Challenge accepted.

 

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Yeah Pet Shop Boys are pretty awesome. Not that I listened to them much at the time, I was more of a metal/thrash guy.😎
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I started listening to the Pet Shop Boys recently, thanks to the parody by Lonely Island inspiring me to check out the originals. I missed their first run (as my teenage years were the nineties and I was into other types of music during my adolescence) but recently found myself playing the hell out of their Behaviour album. 

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First "hand held" was this:

 

 

But then I got this:

 

 

which was fantastic.  Always wanted one of the flip lid Donkey Kongs.

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I remember the 80s. But I wasn't wise enough during them to know to savor it (this most likely goes for everyone every decade every minute of every day though) considering I was only born in '81.

But I have an unexplainably strong nostalgic longing for this decade. Sometimes I think I was born about 20 years too late..
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In the early 80s we lived in civilization and had cable with Showtime and Cinemax. That's where I saw R-rated movies since I couldn't see them at the theater yet.

 

That's what the guy was watching in the morgue at the start of Friday the 13th Part IV. I never pieced it together until now.

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First "hand held" was this:

 

 

Oh man, Merlin was the SHIT.  Supplanted only by this bad boy right here:

 

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I was only a year old, but this must strike the nostalgia fancy of the old shits in here.

 

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Yikes. Now I'm glad I never saw THE PIRATE MOVIE.

In 1980 I was eleven and had both of these:
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Oh man, Merlin was the SHIT.  Supplanted only by this bad boy right here:



I wanted a Big Trak so badly.
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I didn't have a Big Trak but someone I knew must have... I vividly remember it bouncing down somebody's staircase at some point!

 

I did have this 1979 relic though...

 

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For a short time in New England in the 80s, we were fortunate enough to have a few Hardee's restaurants.  They closed years and years ago, but I remember picking these 45 records up...

 

 

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Later on I did get a little more fancy with Zaxxon:

 

 

 

And this 3D bad boy:

 

 

Holy shit! I played that damned Tomytronic thing for hours! Days! I had indentations around my eyes from pressing too hard against my face!

 

 

 

No one run with that last statement, please.

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I'm in the same boat as you. My childhood was the late 1970s/1980s so this totally awesome thread is just what the doctor ordered! 

 

The first movie I ever watched on Super Channel here in Canada was KRULL and I was blown away at how cool it was to see a movie on TV without commercials. Back then you had to have a special decoder box to get it.  Of course this was back when there was less than 20 channels on TV.

 

 

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Ah yes, cable TV in the Eighties.  We had one of these monstrosities:

 

 

Channel guide?  Yeah, it was all the way down at the end on Channel 2.  And it was a scrolling list, so if you got distracted or looked away when the channel you wanted to see came up, well, too bad, you had to wait for it to scroll back around.

 

And god help you if you were watching something on Channel 4 and wanted to change to Channel 39 and my dad caught you just sliding all the way down without stopping on each channel because you might break it.

 

Speaking of cable, the first video I ever saw on MTV (our provider didn't get it right away, and I sat and watched that test pattern until it went live as if I was waiting on Jesus to return):

 

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Ran across this neat oral history of Max Headroom a week or so back. Easy to forget how big that whole deal was at the time, even if the (fairly good) TV series failed miserably.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/2/8285139/max-headroom-oral-history-80s-cyberpunk-interview

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Ah yes, cable TV in the Eighties.  We had one of these monstrosities:




Channel guide?  Yeah, it was all the way down at the end on Channel 2.  And it was a scrolling list, so if you got distracted or looked away when the channel you wanted to see came up, well, too bad, you had to wait for it to scroll back around.

And god help you if you were watching something on Channel 4 and wanted to change to Channel 39 and my dad caught you just sliding all the way down without stopping on each channel because you might break it.

Speaking of cable, the first video I ever saw on MTV (our provider didn't get it right away, and I sat and watched that test pattern until it went live as if I was waiting on Jesus to return):



Between the Odyssey, the Big Trak and that cable box, we had the exact same childhood. "Don't zip that thing back and forth!"

Otherwise, my parents showed what I now think as a shocking lack of oversight of our TV viewing after we got cable, and we had every channel. First movie I remember seeing , on The Movie Channel: "Dark Star"..

Pretty sure my first video once I discovered we had MTV was "Rock the Casbah".
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I discovered Rush in the 1980s, and they quickly became the soundtrack to my life.  I know a lot of people shit on their 80s output, but I grew up on it and still enjoy it.

 

 

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For a long time, "Subdivisions" was the only Rush song I liked.  I didn't get into them until later, mostly because teenage me only had room for one bass/guitar/drum power trio, and that was The Police.

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For a long time, "Subdivisions" was the only Rush song I liked.  I didn't get into them until later, mostly because teenage me only had room for one bass/guitar/drum power trio, and that was The Police.

 

Not Triumph?  For shame!

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Before this turns into yet another Rush/Yes thread.....

 

Other than the usual Star Wars/Transformers/GI Joes, I was really into collecting these guys:

 

 

 

I even had the ring:

 

 

I think what eventually turned me off of them was all the additional day glow colored ones.  I was all about the flesh colored ones, and that's it.

 

Like Spurn said earlier, no one run with that last statement.

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Should I just open up a Rush appreciation thread?  Would I be the only one there?

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Should I just open up a Rush appreciation thread?  Would I be the only one there?

Just do a whole prog-rock thread so you guys can talk about your Rushes and Yeses and Jethro Tulls and Asias.

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Pretty sure we have a prog rock thread.  

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