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What was the name of this ubiquitous performance art duo from the 1980s?

Back in the late 1980s there was this weird performance art duo, a man and a woman, who seemed to turn up all over the place on TV. They were on MTV, I think they were on the Tonight Show, et al, but nobody seems to remember them and I can't find any record of them online. (No, they were not Shields and Yarnell.) [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Jan 10, 2013 - 8 answers

What's that home video (VHS) introduction to home computers from the '80s?

What is the name of that 1980s home video introducing you to computers hosted by that famous TV personality husband and wife whose names I can't remember? The one whose background color changes depending on what section you're in? [more inside]
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Nov 27, 2012 - 5 answers

80s foreign movie about a clown or mime wandering in city

Looking for a movie I saw on TV in the 80s that was about a sad clown/mime who left his circus and was wandering around the city - a foreign city, probably Europe. It is NOT Children of Paradise, but maybe some remake inspired by it. I believe it was a foreign film and was probably shown on Nickelodeon - it was a color film. Very atmospheric and followed the clown wandering in the city. Any ideas?
posted by cmp4Meta on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

NYC 1980s art scene

Art buffs of Mefi, please tell me about exciting things that were happening in the New York City art scene in the early 1980s. [more inside]
posted by marginaliana on Nov 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Does anyone remember "U Film"?

Does anyone remember U-Film? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Oct 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me identify this movie?

I've had this vague memory of a 1970s-80s crime movie in the back of my brain. Can you help identify it? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Oct 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me identify this videogame

Help me identify an old videogame. ~1990, combat between different spaceship types, with gravity, momentum and orbital physics. [more inside]
posted by snarfois on Sep 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Has the world changed much since the 1980s?

A friend and I had a friendly disagreement about whether society as a whole has changed significantly since the 1980s. Can you help me bolster my side? [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik on Jul 24, 2012 - 71 answers

Help me find this science book aimed at kids.

What was that book? 1970s or early 1980s science book for kids, illustrated with black and white photographs. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jul 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Not that I don't love LaVar...

Everyone remembers Reading Rainbow, but what about other reading TV shows in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Jun 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Early 1980s sitcom about a TV station in a house

Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus on May 7, 2012 - 6 answers

Does anyone know this arcade game?

Can anyone help me identify a vertical-scrolling arcade game from the 80s? [more inside]
posted by Lucien Dark on Apr 29, 2012 - 12 answers

No Retreat! No Surrender!

What is this mid-80's martial arts movie with two kids and terrible editing? It's not "No Retreat, No Surrender". [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Apr 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Rockists who tried synth-pop?

Which artists had an uncharacteristic attempt at synthpop/electronica in the 70s/80s? [more inside]
posted by meech on Apr 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Long Distance Rates For the Late Seventies and Early Eighties?

How much did long distance telephone calls cost in the late 1970s and early 1980s? I'm mainly interested in hearing about rates for the USA but data from other countries would be welcome as well. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 31, 2012 - 21 answers

what did movies think of tv in the eighties?

I just watched Poltergeist, which I am now thinking seems right-wing, almost Catholic. at the end of the movie, the husband kicks the tv out of the room and serene music plays. is this a common feature of the movies of the time? did people kick the tv out of the room a lot in the movies of the 80s?
posted by parmanparman on Mar 28, 2012 - 15 answers

tv program predicted rise of electronic books in 1980s

Trying to remember the name of a TV series program that I watched in the late 1980s that in one episode on digital information predicted the rise of the electronic book. There was a male host who led the show, which was an examination of new technologies. In the particular episode I am looking for, he recounted an idea that books in the future would be distributed from something like an ATM machine where you would insert a card onto which the book would be downloaded. If it helps, I remember he stood at some kind of podium during the broadcasts that had like an acrylic/lucite egg-shaped glowing top--random detail, but these are often what jog people's memory.
posted by cmp4Meta on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Getting rid of 1980s trading cards

I have trading cards from the early to mid 80s that I would like to get rid of. [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Feb 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Designer who wore mickey mouse ears?

Who was the French accessories designer or other sort of fashion insider known for sporting mickey mouse ears back in the 80s or 90s? She was a rather kooky character and I believe she was a muse or friend of Karl Lagerfeld. I've googled and googled and have been stumped. Bonus points if you can find a vintage photo.
posted by missmerrymack on Feb 5, 2012 - 5 answers

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

Sasha!

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

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