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You're the one, the one I see

My friend has been trying to identify this song for over 20 years. It's from the early to mid 80's. It came unlabeled on a mix tape. Google lyrics searches come up empty. SoundHound/Shazam fail. [more inside]
posted by irontech on Dec 15, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm looking for the name of a kid's book series.

There was a short-lived kid's book series whose title that for the life of me I can't remember. It came out around the time that ESP McGee did. The main character had this unusual ability - he could draw anything and he had a photographic memory. The series was basically like Encyclopedia Brown, with a series of short mysteries in each volume, except that the clues to be gleaned were always hidden in the drawing. The protagonist, at the scene, always said "click" like a camera, and remembered the scene to be drawn later in his sketchbook. I mentioned this to a friend of mine and he asked me if it was Cam Jansen, who also says click, but I looked that series up and it's not her. Can anyone help? This has been haunting me for years.
posted by Sully on Dec 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Can you name these two films?

I remember glimpses of these two films from my childhood (they're most probably 80s movies, but I'm not sure). #1: I remember some dark scenes set in a morgue, with bodies lying down under the sheets (I think) and they slowly come to life. I remember the bodies looking like cyborgs or robots. They then continue to hunt down the protagonist I think. #2: Some scenes of a huge cage in some sort of backyard, which sort of makes things bigger or older. There's a scene where the kid protagonist enters this cage and turns it on (there are these electrical waves all over the place I think), and as he gets older/bigger, his feet grow out of his tennis shoes. There's also a shot of a little pumpkin growing into huge one. If you can name one of them, it would be great.
posted by omar.a on Oct 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Iconic music videos of the 80s and 90s?

One of my good friends had very little interaction with pop culture through childhood and most of college, and so missed out entirely on the now-classic music videos that were airing on MTV and VH1 up through the mid-90s. They're interested in improving their music video literacy, so I'd like to put together a playlist for them. Help me make sure I don't miss anything!
posted by Narrative Priorities on Oct 2, 2013 - 49 answers

"Floating face" portrait? K-mart portrait? Deluxe glamour shot?

Is there a term for the type of portrait that contains two angles of the same person's face in the same photo? I'm thinking of this style (Will Ferrell). Another example here. These were really popular in the 70s and 80s. I want to get one of the style portraits taken but I don't even know how to describe it, or how to search for it. Does anyone know a name for this style, or even a way to explain it? Also, have you ever seen it being offered these days, and if so, where? I have seen these previous Askme's (1, 2) but they don't really help. Also my google-fu is useless except for that Will Ferrell portrait.
posted by banishedimmortal on Sep 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me identify this children's toy from my youth

As a kid growing up in the 80s I often played with a 'speak and spell' kind of toy whose idiosyncratic (British?) digitized voice is burned into my head to this day, decades later. Help me figure out who made the toy and what its name was. [more inside]
posted by pziemba on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Tense but catchy '80s-esque synth-pop

Help me discover more music with that semi-creepy, edgy, yet also catchy and melodic (i.e. not too experimental) quality of certain '80s pop/new wave/prog artists. Looking for kind of the same feel of "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis or "What I See" by Planet P Project (and props to MeFi for pointing me at the latter). Instrumentals OK, but again, must be catchy.
posted by Z. Aurelius Fraught on Aug 31, 2013 - 25 answers

Old TV ad with a boy who'd been camping

What was that old (80s/90s) British TV ad with the boy who comes home from a camping trip and says "Pretty exhausting, really"? I'd like to find it on YouTube if possible, but even knowing the name of the product would help.
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Buying an older diesel car (80's) for daily use

I am looking to buy an 81 VW Rabbit diesel (turbo diesel, non-intercooled) as a daily driver. I have experience with gasoline engines, and routine maintenance, but diesels are new to me. [more inside]
posted by Lugos on Jun 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Seeking Info regarding popular Venice Beach 80s Video Clip

Hi. Does anyone know who made the following video clip? Was it a music video -- I don't recognize the artist. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
posted by DudeAsInCool on Jun 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Salami Night Fever

I am trying to find an old (80s-90s) animated short called "Salami Night Fever". [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Jun 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Just saw "Total Eclipse of the Heart" for the first time. More, please.

While settling a disagreement over whether Total Eclipse of the Heart was a duet, I just saw the music video and it blew my mind. I grew up without cable, and am pretty much ignorant of everything but the "classic" music videos from the 80's; please let me know what I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on May 23, 2013 - 267 answers

What was this (cable?) US/Canadian comedy sketch from the late 80s?

Sometime in the late 80s I saw a comedy sketch on TV which combined all the major world religions into one quasi-rap song (or madrigal-chant). The only parts I remember are "Sister Mary Elizabeth, hit me with a stick!" "Oh by the way, have you been born again?" and "Hare Krishna Hare Rama, here's your cookbook, where's my dollar?" Anyone know what this was? I promise I didn't make it up.
posted by pammeke on May 16, 2013 - 2 answers

80's Stand-up Routine About Huey Lewis

I have a vague recollection of a stand-up routine that had the comedian making fun of the Huey Lewis hit "Back in Time" in a nasal tone. Does anyone remember it? [more inside]
posted by pb on May 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Tracking down a YA book series from the late 80s / early 90s

In my elementary school (circa 1989-1996, Ontario/Canada), there was a series of young adult novels that our library had. I've been trying to track them down, and Google hasn't helped with the scattershot info I remember about them. Here is what I have to go on... [more inside]
posted by ordinary_magnet on Mar 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Old dos gold mining game

I'm trying to remember an old gold mining video game (probably mid to late 80s). I think it was dos. It was similar to Miner VGA, but after playing that a few times it was definitely not that game. [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Please name this song!

I'm trying to find this song. It is from 3'30" until 4'05". I can't make out the lyrics very well. Maybe 'Turn it up' or 'Turn me on'. I recognise it and it's driving me around the bend. Anyone? Thanks
posted by ClanvidHorse on Jan 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Nostalgia brain freeze.

I'm trying to find the name of a computer game I played when I was very young. Circa 1986-7 ish. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong on Jan 1, 2013 - 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

The Wombats sound like......?

Just heard this song by the Wombats. I reminds me very strongly of another song or type of sound. Can you help me identify where I've heard a song (or sound) like this? It seems very strongly eighties to me, but I can't put my finger on it.
posted by Spyder's Game on Sep 24, 2012 - 11 answers

Dudes being dudes in music videos

MusicVideoFilter: Please help me on my quest to compile a definitive list of really cheesy 1980s music videos of a particular type. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Aug 12, 2012 - 19 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

Nonsmoking 80s dancing in Asheville, NC?

Is there a regular dance night in or around Asheville, NC, that includes '80s music but is nonsmoking? [more inside]
posted by rikschell on Jul 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Tell Me What I Want To Hear. (In the car on the way to work.)

Another Tell-Me-What-Music-To-Listen-To Question! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Jul 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Art Print ID needed

Looking for a link to this image and/or information about artist, please. Fantasy-like/surreal art, landscape orientation. Circa 70s - early 80s - there may have been other similar prints. Female face/eyes (large), with 2-3 small sparrow-like birds gazing up at her from the lower corners of the image. Greyish and yellowish tones throughout, "misty" feel. (I think the last name of the artist starts with F ?). Any ideas?
posted by NorthernAutumn on Jul 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Find this YA sci-fi book!

Yet another name this 70s/80s YA novel question--illustrated underground city edition! [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jun 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Why do people upload old 3d party stuff to YouTube?

Why (not how, why) do people upload old third-party content to youtube? Has anything been written on the subject? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 20, 2012 - 18 answers

What is this movie??

I need help identifying a movie from the 80s! [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 on May 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Please help me ID this early-80s music video!

Please help me ID this early-80s music video! [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on May 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me identify the names of these three movies.

Please help me find the names of three vaguely recalled movies from my past: a teen flick from the 80s, a dubbed (possibly Italian) horror film from the 70s, and a scifi adventure from the 60s (maybe)? [more inside]
posted by coolxcool=rad on Apr 29, 2012 - 13 answers

Just my type!

Help me identify these fonts from Wet Hot American Summer and other 80s-themed typefaces. [more inside]
posted by i8ny3x on Apr 17, 2012 - 7 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

What was this scifi comic from the 80s?

I was amazed how quickly I got a similar question I answered last week, so here goes another one, as I delve the origins of my subconscious... I am looking for a comic in book form/graphic novel that would have been around in (probably) 1982. It was a similar style to the Heavy Metal comics I guess. It featured a computer called Rose and a huge weird kind of evil organ (as in the kind you get in a church!). That's about it. If anyone gets this I will be suitably impressed... thanks MeFites.
posted by KateViolet on Mar 20, 2012 - 7 answers

80s scifi with gladiatorial mangling machines?

Which film gave me twenty plus years of recurring nightmares about weird grindy cog machines coming to mangle me? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

No one's rushing the field.

When and why did pitch invasions/court-storming/rushing the field end in professional, american sports? I see highlights in the 70s from Hank Aaron's 715, Yankees winning their division, even the Celtics winning an NBA championship in the early 80s where the fans celebrate with the players (or try to take hats off of their heads). In my sports lifetime,(post 1992), I cannot recall a single moment of this happening in pro sports (in America).
posted by sandmanwv on Feb 20, 2012 - 10 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

Did this cartoon exist?

When I was a kid, I remember watching a cartoon that I only remember a few details about. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Scottie_Bob on Jan 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Anyone remember short interstital cartoons from the early 80's?

I remember watching a short cartoon (which was probably an interstitial cartoon between shows). I want to say it appeared on the Showtime network. It had a red 'squiggle'.. basically an upside down 'V' as legs as the protagonist. I believe part of it was in a castle. It's been ~30 years since I've seen this (and I was a little tyke at the time) but I remember enjoying it greatly. I don't remember the plot, but I get the general impression that it was not of US origin... And if I had to guess, I'd say European/French was probably it's provenance. (Although I can't say for certain whether that's just me misremembering bits of it)
posted by dvf1976 on Jan 19, 2012 - 3 answers

What was this song called?

Name this 80s pop-country song! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jan 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Who did this cover of Al Green's Rhymes?

Musical question: back in the 80s I heard a cover of Al Green's Rhymes. It was a snarkier, Gen Xy, punkish version. Very distinctive vocals, kind of raspy and whiny. I don't remember the music behind it much which makes me think it was minimalistic. I want to say the singer's name was Chris something? Who did this version? I have faith some mefite well versed in obscure music will come to my aid. Thanks!
posted by Jandoe on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Raisins Singing "Lean on Me"

Does anyone know where my sister could get an mp3 of a cover version of "Lean on Me" from "The California Raisins Sing the Hit Songs" (1987). We had it on a tape as kids and she's making a nostalgia CD. Can't find it in itunes or amazon... Local libraries don't have it, CD is expensive. I tried a bit of filetype:mp3 searching and didn't turn up much...
posted by mgogol on Dec 12, 2011 - 3 answers

The phone rang every night at the same time . . .

Please help me find out the name of this song and who performed it. I'm pretty sure it was 1985 when I heard this song on the radio. It was kind of an oddball novelty song that used a lot of sounds like ticking and ringing clocks. [more inside]
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 on Nov 22, 2011 - 7 answers

What is this 80s road trip movie about two young brothers?

Help me identify an 80s road trip movie about two young (as in middle school age) brothers searching for their father. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by smokingmonkey on Nov 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me find a barely-remembered random youtube video

ID this youtube video! Skateboarding in a roller rink, ridiculous outfit, handstand tricks. Ringing any bells? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Nov 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me think of a (female) costume for a 1986 theme party

I'm attending a friend's birthday party who was born in 1986, hence the party's theme. I'm female, but I've only been able to think of a lot of male costumes that don't get me anywhere (karate kid, tom cruise in top gun, etc). The costume has to be someone/something specific from that year. Help me think of a female costume (preferably quickly since the party is .. tonight)!
posted by madscientist01 on Oct 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Who is this?

Any idea who this singer is, or any info on this song? [more inside]
posted by jennhi on Sep 23, 2011 - 5 answers

did I just watch The Last Unicorn too many times?

Fantasy ID filter: book read in the late 80s, early 90s. Child in fishing village, purchased as a slave or servant by a traveling magician. Beautiful city in decline, animal (fish?) shaped necklace with a seed in its mouth? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

MovieFilter: Transportation planner looses his job. In the end he pitches his plan and gets his job and girlfriend back.

MovieFilter: Transportation planner looses his job. He ends up pitching his plan and gets his job and girlfriend back. [more inside]
posted by jjonajason on Sep 16, 2011 - 4 answers

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