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April 13th, 2003

I Love the 80s

No, this isn’t an 80s nostalgia Ping… rather, it’s about the series on VH-1 that I had heard a lot about a few months ago. Yesterday, they ran a marathon of all ten of the I Love the 80s episodes back-to-back and I ended up sitting through more of them than I had planned.

By inviting people like Hal Sparks and Mo Rocca to comment throughout the series in addition to the musicians and actors of the era, the show didn’t take on a heavy, documentary feel. Somehow, it managed to be funny without being fluffy, and it certainly inspired a lot of memories (particularly 1985, for me). I was also reminded how much I liked “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran and anything Billy Idol recorded.

Anyone else gotten to see this great series? I’m surprised it hasn’t hit DVD yet…

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday April 13, 2003 -- 11:50:45 am
I graduated from HS in 85, so it had great meaning to me too! I love the comments by the guy from Ed...the white guy with the black hair. Sorry, my brain is off today.

I enjoyed the segment about those huge white t-shirts that said "Frankie Say", etc. There was a guy in my HS who had a shirt like that and although I never knew his name, my friend and I thought we were so clever for calling him Frankie.

I understood why Dan Akroyd was in USA for Africa, didn't you?

The Brat Pack: pretty people with problems. Interesting: the other week on the Dead Zone, there was somewhat of a Breakfast Club reunion because you had Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, and the guy who played the janitor. (He was also the Oily Bo-Hunk fiance from 16 Candles.)

Looking for my long string of pearls and my slouchy socks.....

FROM: jk
DATE: Sunday April 13, 2003 -- 11:52:48 am
ps--purely by coincidence, I am listening to Aztec Camera. Does anyone remember him? 1982 at it's very best.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Sunday April 13, 2003 -- 2:43:41 pm
Ryan, I ended up watching about three hours' worth of these yesterday. It totally sucked me in.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Sunday April 13, 2003 -- 3:16:31 pm
I watched from 80 to 87 yesterday..I couldn't pull myself away..absolutely fantastic.

THe best part was not only did they hit the obvious things that anyone who knows a bit about the 80's could know (MTV, Reagan being shot, etc), but the obscure stuff that was brought up, and how many of the celebs had witty comments about them. Rubik's Cube tournaments? TV's "Great American Hero"? And how about the Public Service Announcements from each year? Absolutely brilliant. If it gets put on DVD, I'm first in line.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday April 13, 2003 -- 8:00:01 pm
I watched them all a few months ago when they originally ran. rought back a lot of memories, not all of them good! Izod shirts with the collar startched up? Adidas Stan Smiths? What the hell was I thinking?

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday April 14, 2003 -- 9:18:32 am
Did they cover parachute pants at any point? I didn't see any mention, but perhaps I missed the appropriate year...

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