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]
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]
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?
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]
Does anyone remember U-Film? [more inside]
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]
Help me identify an old videogame. ~1990, combat between different spaceship types, with gravity, momentum and orbital physics. [more inside]
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]
What was that book? 1970s or early 1980s science book for kids, illustrated with black and white photographs. [more inside]
Everyone remembers Reading Rainbow, but what about other reading TV shows in the 1980s? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone help me identify a vertical-scrolling arcade game from the 80s? [more inside]
What is this mid-80's martial arts movie with two kids and terrible editing? It's not "No Retreat, No Surrender". [more inside]
Which artists had an uncharacteristic attempt at synthpop/electronica in the 70s/80s? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
I have trading cards from the early to mid 80s that I would like to get rid of. [more inside]
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.
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.
I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
Children's book from the 80s where a polar bear changes colors.... I think? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find the 1988 NBC TV mini series "Favorit Son"? [more inside]
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]
[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]
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]
Looking for a children's magic forest type TV show that has skipped down the memory hole. [more inside]
Who would you see as a seminal guitar player in the early to mid eighties? Totally frivolous question! [more inside]
Please recommend articles/books/etc. which talk about broadcast media and American suburbia in the 1970s and 1980s. [more inside]
What was the origin of the 1980s catch phrase, "Thank you, master, for the buzz?" [more inside]
Help my husband find this comic strip he remembers from his childhood (UK, 1980s, his words below)... [more inside]
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.
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]
Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition. [more inside]
What was Japan like during the mid-to-late 1980s? [more inside]
What was this TV show? [more inside]
Name that obscure sci-fi film from the '80s. [more inside]
Please guess what these creepy 1980s SF type films might be. They aired on HBO or Showtime in the mid-1980s. [more inside]
Movie ID: Help me remember a movie I saw on a plane in the 1980's. [more inside]
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.
Help me identify an 80's electro song. I need to put this earworm to rest. [more inside]
What books best describe/approximate what it was like to be in New York City during the 1970s/80s? [more inside]
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]
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?
I'm looking for fun, poppy, happy 1980's music I was too cool to like at the time. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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?