Category Archives: Retro

A look back at the outdated styles, trends, people and kitch that defined past generations. Think “Fat Laces” and pinning your pants.

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Monday Music Rewind: Purple Rain at AMA 1985 (Live)

Prince performing Purple Rain live At American Music Awards in 1985.

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Ghostbusters On Set

The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (also known as Mr. Stay Puft or nicknamed ‘Tubby Soft-Squeeze’ by Ray and Peter) was the final enemy of the Ghostbusters in the first film. Here he is coming to life on the set during filming.

Ghostbusters On Set

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Who Remembers M.U.S.C.L.E. Men?

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“M.U.S.C.L.E.” men were a spin-off of Japanese Manga characters. Toy company Mattel took a gamble on the idea and launched their own line of these figurine toys around late 1985 or early 1986. “M.U.S.C.L.E.” (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere)toys were the rage for only about a year and were discontinued in 1987. They are somewhat collectible, but probably only in lots. One popular and “collectible” figure is known as Satan Cross, a four-armed gladiator with a hole in his lower back. Other rare ones like Dark Emperor, Drunken Master, and Warsman with Spikes, are VERY hard to find. If you have one, collectors may pay thousands of dollars. A very rare, never-before-seen salmon-colored Shouting Geronimo recently sold for over $3,000.

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Satan Cross

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Monday Music Rewind: Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride

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“Break My Stride” is a song performed by American recording artist Matthew Wilder. It was released in 1983 as the lead single from his debut album, I Don’t Speak the Language, and became a major hit single for him in 1983 and 1984.

Despite the downturn in his solo career after this song, Wilder continued his career in the music industry as a songwriter and as a record producer for such acts as No Doubt (the hit album Tragic Kingdom), 702, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus on her Hannah Montana song “G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)”

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Monday Music Rewind: Somebody’s Watching Me

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Kennedy William Gordy (aka Rockwell) is the son of Motown founder and CEO Berry Gordy. To avoid the appearance of nepotism, he secured his record deal without his father’s knowledge.

Rockwell’s 1984 debut single release of “Somebody’s Watching Me”, features guest vocals by childhood friend Michael Jackson (in the chorus) and Jermaine Jackson (additional backing vocals).

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Tai Mai Shu – Chinese Freestyle Rap (UNCENSORED)

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BRADLEY LUM, the Creator & Voice of the Comical Asian Rap Star “Tai Mai Shu” is still a huge hit on YouTube. I discovered this on Napster back in 1997. Today, he is a Stand-up Comedian/Actor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

You can find some real Chinese rap here

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago

Remembering Challenger 30 Years Ago

 

I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred on January 28, 1986, when the NASA Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger exploded 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members.

I remember watching this live in my 4th grade class. I recall the teacher quickly shutting off the TV as she started to cry. I knew a teacher named Christa McAuliffe was on board – the first civilian in to go to space in fact. We had drawn pictures of her and space shuttles that day in class. 

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Challenger Crew Courtesy of NASA

Books about the Space Shuttle Challenger and NASA can be found here.

100 Years Ago Today

Look at the difference time makes. I wonder what it will be like 100 years from today? Click for larger view.

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Remember Y2K

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Did this really happen?

At the Canucks Fan Zone, blogger Derek Jory asks the questionwhether the following photo, ostensibly from 1984, is real:

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It’s a pre-game faceoff between Stan Smyl and Mario Lemieux, with Michael Jackson  doing the honors. Jory asserts that there is actually a confluence:

The Canucks hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pacific Coliseum on November 16, 1984 and beat them 7-6.
Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour stopped in Vancouver to play three shows on November 16, 17 & 18 at BC Place.

It’s possible this is the correct date. 1984 was Lemieux’s first season in the NHL, and (there is no C on his sweater) was not yet captain of the Penguins.

On the contradicting side, Jory also points out that there’s “no red carpet” as there is in this photo. However, if you look behind Michael Jackson, you’ll notice the penalty box. The red carpet typically extends from the players’ benches for these sorts of things, since the penalty boxes and scorekeeper’s bench do not have exits, and those benches are clearly behind the photographer. Furthermore, the photog is clearly standing on the ice, and for safety reasons would only be standing on carpet himself… so just because you don’t see the carpet doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Resposted from ianbell.com

The real answer is that it was a look-alike. See this story here.