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Not sure how Oh Yeah (as heard in Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Secret of My Success) got overlooked here:

 

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Today's weird time-warp: I'm walking through the neighborhood and see some comic books sitting on a bench. Some of these are over 35 years old and I've actually owned them all in the past.

Apparently my childhood possessions are leaping forward in time to meet me on the street.

I've already built a short story around it.

 

 

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Don’t know about in the US, but this was absolutely massive in the UK in 1984 when it was used in The Woman in Red...
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It was huge here too, though I didn't know about the WOMAN IN RED connection.  I figured it was just another hit single.

The one-two punch of WOMAN IN RED and WEIRD SCIENCE made me a Kelly Le Brock superfan, though!

 

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It was huge here too, though I didn't know about the WOMAN IN RED connection.  I figured it was just another hit single.
The one-two punch of WOMAN IN RED and WEIRD SCIENCE made me a Kelly Le Brock superfan, though!



I recored TWIR off TV when I was about 15 and we had a VCR that could playback in slow motion. I must have watched this scene, the scene, hundreds of times with a box of Kleenex at the ready.
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We see what we want to see...

 

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You guys are going to LOVE this! Somehow totally new to me:

 

 

 

"Released as a single in 24 October 1983 in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Spain and Argentina. Reached #65 on the UK Charts

Star Fleet Project was called a "mini-album" by Brian because he thought it was too short to be a proper album, but too long to be even an EP single. The project's title track is an exceptional rocker featuring Eddie Van Halen and Brian seeming to duke it out with their axes. This is raw and full of energy. The lyrics are from the English-dubbed Japanese TV show "Star Fleet'' written by Paul Bliss, but this is a reworked rock version with music by Brian May and Friends

Recorded at the Record Plant, Los Angeles, 21-22 April 1983, featuring: Brian May (guitar and vocals), Eddie Van Halen (guitar), Phil Chen (bass), Alan Gratzer (drums), Roger Taylor (backing vocals) and Fred Mandel (piano)."

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One I forgot about until this morning: The film AMERICAN ANTHEM (1986) with Olympian Mitch Gaylord and dreamgirl Janet Jones.  (That's Mrs. Wayne Gretzky to you, pally.)  From Albert Magnoli, the director of PURPLE RAIN, came this film referred to for its entire existence as ROCKY-for-gymnasts.  And yet, I still like it.  Gaylord wasn't bad, Janet Jones was so gorgeous and likeable that it's a damn shame she didn't appear in more films.  I mean, THE FLAMINGO KID was decent but POLICE ACADEMY 5 barely counts.  Where the movie really succeeds is in its flashy music video visuals and soundtrack, which featured Alan Silvestri, John Taylor, John Parr, Stevie Nicks and INXS.

 

I learned how to drive to this soundtrack cassette, taking it with me to Driver's Ed and playing it during lessons.  Even the instructor thought it was good stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

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And let's not forget Telescope from the BODY DOUBLE soundtrack, a song that seems to take inspiration from Love On a Real Train by Tangerine Dream but becomes its own thing of greatness with the ethereal aaah-ah-ah-aaah vocal.  Love it.  Brings me back to 1984 every damn time.

 

 

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"Quite possibly the coolest #videostore #commercial of all-time?"

 

https://twitter.com/LunchmeatVHS/status/930202947736297472

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https://youtu.be/cAQSZhazYk8

This was always my favorite El Debarge song. And it was featured in The Last Dragon. Huge crush on Vanity back then, RIP
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https://youtu.be/cAQSZhazYk8

This was always my favorite El Debarge song. And it was featured in The Last Dragon. Huge crush on Vanity back then, RIP

This is eerie.  I was literally just signing on to post the exact same link.  So 80's it hurts.

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Def Leppard to begin work on studio album.

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/def-leppard-has-started-writing-material-for-next-album/

Its good to see they're not just coasting on the 80's material, but to be honest they haven't made an album I liked since Hysteria.  

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Remember when being a nerd meant you loved things like sci-fi and comics?  Things that were niche-interest and were probably made fun of by the rest of society?

I just heard some dummy on the street say, "I'm a TOTAL NERD for football and red wine."

 

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Just ordered the Complete First Season DVD of this 80s classic, 'cause I'm a dope who still loves a good gimmick or two or three...


 

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Oh hell yes...I loved RIPTIDE.  That was a fun show.

 

I've got your back, Engineer.

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I fucking loved Riptide and the Screaming Mimi when I was about 13.

I used to watch it hoping that growing up meant I’d have low-threat high-octane action adventure, but secretly knowing inside I was forevever to be the bespectacled dweeb who gets left behind punching keys on the computer.
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Now I just need HARDCASTLE & MCCORMICK and I am set!

 

Well, that and THE LAST PRECINCT.

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Whoa! Flashback to NBC Tuesday night when "The A Team" and "Riptide" would air back to back. 

 

Stephen J. Cannell power!

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My faves as a kid...

 

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

THE A-TEAM

THE FALL GUY

AUTOMAN

HUNTER

KNIGHT RIDER

HARDCASTLE & MCCORMICK

RIPTIDE

MIAMI VICE

CRIME STORY

THE ROUSTERS

REMINGTON STEELE

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD

BROKEN BADGES

BLUE THUNDER

VOYAGERS!

CHiPs

 

Man, TV was goofy back then.  Love to see someone try something wacky like this nowadays.  Not HEAT VISION & JACK but properly ridiculous.

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Ugh...anyone remember the Knight Rider reboot from 7-odd years ago, with a soulless Val Kilmer as the voice of KITT? I probably saw every episode of it they aired. We could only get a few channels on our TV at the shop I worked at.

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Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
 

My faves as a kid...

 

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

THE A-TEAM

THE FALL GUY

AUTOMAN

HUNTER

KNIGHT RIDER

HARDCASTLE & MCCORMICK

RIPTIDE

MIAMI VICE

CRIME STORY

THE ROUSTERS

REMINGTON STEELE

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD

BROKEN BADGES

BLUE THUNDER

VOYAGERS!

CHiPs

 

Man, TV was goofy back then.  Love to see someone try something wacky like this nowadays.  Not HEAT VISION & JACK but properly ridiculous.

 

 

At T-giving my aunt was giving me shit about the stuff I used to make the family watch; I duly apologised for my awful, awful taste in television as a child in the "one tv per house" era. 

Of course, she was talking about EMERGENCY which I think was more of a 70s than an 80s show; it was basically CHiPs but with paramedics instead of motorcycle cops. AND IT WAS AWESOME.*


* I have not rewatched it to verify this opinion is, in fact, accurate

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"Emergency" was definitely a 70's show. Starring the mighty Randolph Mantooth!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMo3rvYKRWI

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I thought Riptide was awesome when I was a kid.

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Yep, in the 70s, EMERGENCY! (and its syndicated rerun version, EMERGENCY ONE!) was terrific fun.  It made me want to join the Fire Department when I was five.  My Grandfather was an auxiliary fire marshal at the time and we'd watch it together and occasionally the police drama ADAM 12...  Man, good times.  Lots of episodes of EMERGENCY are on YouTube, it seems, if you don't mind screen reduction.

 

 

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I had to really, really resist temptation yesterday and not actually buy this:

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READY PLAYER ONE stuff...

 

Poster.  Not the worst ever but minus several points for not being a Drew Struzan piece (or at least Struzan-styled) and for not having a one-inch border around the edge, selling the idea that this is a very 80s-centric adventure.  In the one below, I like seeing the stacks but there's so little imagination.  Long story short:  Not wall-able.

 

 

New trailer.  Nice use of Van Halen.  My favorite bit is the little BACK TO THE FUTURE original score sting at the very end.  #SilvestriRules

 

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Yeah, this hits my sweet spot.  They had me with the two Depeche Mode songs, but then sealed the deal with Van Halen.  From what I gather, Rush features heavily into the movie and the overall plot, so I'm there for this.

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How is the tagline not "Game the system"?

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