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Not quite Freaky Friday.

Asking for a friend: Do you remember this (possibly made-for-TV) movie from the 1980's? A girl goes to sleep one night and wakes up as a boy the next morning. Her parents are scandalized when she wants her best friend (who is still female) to sleep over.
posted by gentian on Nov 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Giving you the future hits today.

I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Do you remember a color-changing polar bear?

Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
posted by jabes on Oct 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Give me the Halloween that Alvin and the Chipmunks always dreamed of.

I'm going to a costume party for Halloween. The theme is 80s and 90s cartoon characters. Help me find a costume that won't be expensive or challenging to move around in, but will be awesome. [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Oct 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Looking for "Favorit Son"!

Where can I find the 1988 NBC TV mini series "Favorit Son"? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

seeking the playlist of a compilation cassette

Can someone locate the complete playlist of a cassette that was included with the purchase of a Mercury Marquis station wagon in 1984? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jul 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Predating the Windows Ding...

[16mm filmstrip projectorfilter]: Anyone know where I can find an .mp3 or .wav or .avi of the ding for the slide advance of a 16mm filmstrip projector from the 1970s? [more inside]
posted by Nanukthedog on Jun 24, 2011 - 9 answers


This is probably a stumper... Calling all late-1980s Russians: do you remember a male pop star named Sasha who had a song named something like "Come dance with me" ? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

What was this live action children's TV show?

Looking for a children's magic forest type TV show that has skipped down the memory hole. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on May 16, 2011 - 5 answers

The Edge is not on the White Page

Who would you see as a seminal guitar player in the early to mid eighties? Totally frivolous question! [more inside]
posted by gijsvs on Apr 7, 2011 - 62 answers

Around the electronic shag-carpet campfire.

Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 27, 2011 - 2 answers

It isn't nostalgia if you don't remember it.

What was the origin of the 1980s catch phrase, "Thank you, master, for the buzz?" [more inside]
posted by Yakuman on Dec 22, 2010 - 3 answers

Trying to track down a 1980s comic story...

Help my husband find this comic strip he remembers from his childhood (UK, 1980s, his words below)... [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey on Dec 7, 2010 - 8 answers

A real film or just some phantom from my memory?

Can anyone identify a 1980s TV movie about ghosts? I recall seeing it in the early- to mid-1980s as a child. I don't remember much except a scene in which a woman gets out of the shower in a very misty bathroom and goes to the mirror. Behind her in the heavy steam you see a ghost standing there in the reflection. At another point in the film the ghost may write on the mirror in the mist? But I may be misremembering that last part. Many thanks.
posted by ktoad on Nov 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Ferns in the 70s for sure. Otherwise?

What kind of house plants were popular/fashionable in the past? I'm most interested in the 1950s/60s, but would like to know other decades as well. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 26, 2010 - 29 answers

Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition

Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Oct 19, 2010 - 15 answers

The 1980s in Japan

What was Japan like during the mid-to-late 1980s? [more inside]
posted by Despondent_Monkey on Oct 7, 2010 - 14 answers

And the kid drank the glass full of putrid liquid! For science!

What was this TV show? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Oct 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Name this film

Name that obscure sci-fi film from the '80s. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Sep 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Name these 1980s SF movies

Please guess what these creepy 1980s SF type films might be. They aired on HBO or Showtime in the mid-1980s. [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Aug 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me remember a movie where a woman falls through a table

Movie ID: Help me remember a movie I saw on a plane in the 1980's. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Prominent Australian Moustaches?

I'm trying to identify prominent Australians, preferably from the 1980s who had a moustache. Think Magnum PI, but Australian. For what its worth, I've already identified just about every bloke that played cricket for Australia in that period. Bonus points if you can tell me some songs about moustaches too.
posted by MT on Aug 1, 2010 - 19 answers

Name that electro tune

Help me identify an 80's electro song. I need to put this earworm to rest. [more inside]
posted by Benjamin Nushmutt on Jul 24, 2010 - 6 answers

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s?

What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jun 30, 2010 - 28 answers

Moviefilter: 1980s artsy life-affirming beachy

Weird movie from vague memory filter: 1980sish, italo disco, beach, beautiful-life-before-dying-young, English people (?), flowing-but-architectural white clothes, colorful flags and streamers, sweeping shots... [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Jun 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Can't remember this cereal from the 1980s.

Does anyone remember this cereal from the 1980s? The commercial was for a hot cereal so gross-looking that the kids had to wear paper bags on their heads, but they said it was really great-tasting and chocolatey. Is this just my own imagination at work, or did it actually exist?
posted by blake137 on May 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Happy 1980's Pop Music Wanted Please

I'm looking for fun, poppy, happy 1980's music I was too cool to like at the time. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Apr 14, 2010 - 98 answers

Finding 80s late-night movies

I'm trying to identify a cheesy movie from the 1980s -- one of the sort that ran on HBO at 1:00 AM on a Friday night. [more inside]
posted by eduke on Apr 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Trying to ID a song about a sweater from the 80s

help me ID this song from the 80s: This is a song about a sweater, how it possibly unravels, or involves a boy and a girl, and would have been played on the radio as a new release in the 1980s. Not Weezer's Sweater Song, something different! It was odd (maybe a novelty song?), involving more spoken language than actual singing. King Missile's Detachable P*nis always reminded me of this earlier song for some reason. I've been trying to figure out this song for years, and any searching I do turns up Weezer, and that's not it. I remember it getting a lot of radio play in Knoxville, TN where I grew up, some time during the 1980s.
posted by southpaw on Jan 6, 2010 - 16 answers

80s Sci-fi/Fantasy Film

Looking for a sci-fi, fantasy, art film I saw as a child, it must have come out in the 80s, I remember watching it at an inappropriately young age and I was born in 82. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Dec 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Anyone remember this robot flick?

I'm trying to find the name of or clips from an animated film that I saw on HBO or Showtime in the mid-1980s. It was about a robot who was looking for its mother. Some of the other robots said "One! One! One!" a lot. And there was a dumb joke in the middle: "Did you hear the one about the fire in the circus? The heat was intense!" Can anyone help?
posted by chavenet on Nov 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Doesa anyone recognize this 80s horror short scenario?

Does anyone know of a horror short film/ ad/ preview from the 80s wherein a fisherman at the edge of a lake bites into an apple he finds on the ground, realizes there is a line coming out of the apple... [more inside]
posted by joechip on Oct 9, 2009 - 12 answers

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward!

Track ID needed (late 80s/90s popular music) - Reward for the finder! [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Sep 14, 2009 - 29 answers

What is this movie?

Movie Identification Filter: Can anyone identify this movie based upon my faint recollections? [more inside]
posted by starscream on Aug 30, 2009 - 10 answers

When hippies grow up, they turn into ???

What would you call that sweater-loving, Volvo-driving, PBS-donating late 1970s-mid 1980s American culture? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 17, 2009 - 80 answers

Theoretical geek in 1981 needs records.

More than a playlist, I'm trying to make an entire sub-set of my music collection: I want the music that a 17-year-old D&D playing geeky almost-metalhead would be listening to...in 1981. [more inside]
posted by Weighted Companion Cube on Aug 6, 2009 - 33 answers

Where can I find this thespian-themed game?

Does anyone know what this game/toy was that I used to play with? I thought it was called "Let's Put On a Show" but now I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jul 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Name this 1980s movie

Help me identify this movie! 1980's: the big identifying point I can remember: Teens meet an alien. Out in space, the alien gets into a confrontation with a larger alien, and the audience can't understand what's going on... Afterwards, the most laconic of the teenagers turns to the others and says, "I think that was his dad!" and they realize their alien friend is a teenager too. [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Jun 29, 2009 - 4 answers

1987! Remember?

I'm working on a story set in 1987, and I want it to be nostalgia-heavy, a little like The Wedding Singer (except of course totally different). My memory is mushier than I realized, so I was wondering, what do YOU remember from 1987? [more inside]
posted by smoakes on Mar 21, 2009 - 70 answers

What is the name of this 1980's television series?

What is the name of this 1980's television series? [more inside]
posted by clamato on Feb 15, 2009 - 14 answers

1980s TV Movie - Planet w/Non-Stop Rain

TV Movie ID: A sci-fi-ish TV movie from the 1980s which mostly featured children living on a planet where it never stopped raining. [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC on Jan 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Another "remember this romance novel" question

This question reminded me that I have a trashy paperback romance novel memory of my own that I would like to track down. It was about a female highwayman and its cover art was mostly in shades of dark green. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Dec 12, 2008 - 5 answers


If anyone can help me identify a piece of TV music from the early 80s, you all can. [more inside]
posted by evilcolonel on Oct 25, 2008 - 1 answer

Old photos of Cambridge, MA

I am looking for photos of the Cambridge, MA area taken between 1950 and 1999. I am especially interested in the commercial areas along the current Red Line route (Porter/Harvard/Central/Kendall), and the industrial areas southeast of Central Square. If you happen to know of any repositories of offline photos, that would be cool too. Thanks!
posted by rxrfrx on Sep 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Running shadow children on the TV

1980s kids' television with silhouettes of running/skipping/jumping children? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Aug 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Where can I find this episode of 3-2-1 Contact?

Okay, longshot here. I'm trying to get ahold of an old episode of 3-2-1 Contact, specifically the segment where they visited the company working on the TRON arcade game. According to tv.com, it appears to be episode 104, titled Building: Modular, from season 2, and it originally aired on Thursday, November 17, 1983. [more inside]
posted by Driph on Aug 12, 2008 - 4 answers

Mystery TV series

Complete longshot, but can anyone tell me which TV show this is? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs on Jul 18, 2008 - 7 answers

1980s preppy/punker short film

Trying to remember an early '80s (possibly Canadian) short film shown on HBO's Short Take (right after a video for the original "Don't Stand So Close to Me," which might place it around 1980/81, maybe later?) about a prep-school kid who spots a punk rock girl on a train and dreams that he's kissing her.
posted by btmeacham on Jun 25, 2008 - 0 answers

Seek name of movie that haunts me

Wonderful Mefis: I know someone will help. I seek the name of a movie, or made-for-TV movie. 1980s, probably. May have starred cast members from Absolutely Fabulous. Maybe a Brit production. [more inside]
posted by yazi on Apr 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me make 2 new wave costumes.

I want to throw together 2 costumes (1 guy, 1 girl) that would scream 80's new wave high schooler. I need pictures to help us not end up too emo. "New wave" means different things to different people, so please read inside. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Apr 15, 2008 - 17 answers

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