What was this computer I had as a kid? It was in the early to mid 80s. It was small (barely bigger than the keyboard). It had a very small built-in display (LCD, I think). There was a membrane keyboard. It took cartridges, and some of the carts came with keyboard templates. There's one in particular I remember that had information about countries of the world, and the template had one flag for each key. I seem to recall the plastic case being beige, but I'm not 100% sure. It could play sounds, and there was a cart for composing music. What was this thing?
posted by jewzilla
on Mar 26, 2010 -
What are your favorite albums from the 70s or 80s that feature synthesizers or electric combo organs (think Farfisa or Vox)?
posted by MaryDellamorte
on Mar 19, 2010 -
I'm trying to remember the name of a band, among whose defining aesthetic characteristics was the prominent use of a band-wide? uniform including white pants and/or a white belt. Probably 80s? Maybe New Wave? [more inside]
posted by cortex
on Feb 19, 2010 -
What is the terminal-type thing I used in a New York State elementary school in the mid- to late-70s and early 80s? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater
on Feb 9, 2010 -
I'm usually the dude that answers questions like this, but for the life of me, I can't remember the title of the film. It was early-mid 80's, possibly a TV Movie, where two "righteous dudes" are kidnapped and brought to this town that looks eerily like small town Kansas circa 1950. It turns out that this city is a training ground for Soviet sleeper agents, and the dudes were kidnapped to update the training program. In the end, the dudes lead an escape from the town back to America.
posted by Oktober
on Feb 9, 2010 -
In the early 80s, I was browsing the magazines at a local grocery store and found a humor magazine that had a parody of People Weekly -- called Peephole Weekly here -- as either its front or back cover. What magazine was this? Bonus points for a date of publication. [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS
on Feb 8, 2010 -
YoutubeFilter: help me find a video online. I want to find a clip-from any movie out there-of the standard, cliche "new guy in New York seeing the sites with a huge grin" montage. The sort of thing that is in films from the 80s like Crocodile Dundee, where you see a tourist/hillbilly seeing the city for the first time, set to some poppy, uptempo soundtrack music. HELP!
posted by broadway bill
on Jan 31, 2010 -
I want to listen to luscious old (pre 90s) music that sounds fresh and as if it could have been recorded and released today (in terms of production values, instrumentation, orchestration, etc.) Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit
on Jan 8, 2010 -
I remember this commercial from back in last century, about the youth putting their elders on trial, basically for leaving them an f'd-up world. I also remember it getting pulled from the airwaves for ruffling too many feathers. What was it? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey
on Oct 15, 2009 -
I am looking for music that evokes the spirit of nostalgic, 70s-80s-era, variety show, Saturday morning cartoon, vintage game show-style aesthetics, like The Go! Team
or...umm -- well, anything that sounds like TG!T really, then.
posted by Christ, what an asshole
on Sep 15, 2009 -
NameThisMovieFilter: Dystopian society of people living in a domed city, who don't leave their homes and spend a great deal of their time in their dream machines. [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky
on Sep 14, 2009 -
Were you a Jewish kid in the 70s/80s? Remember those t-shirts with the drawing of the sabra cactus wearing that funny Israeli hat? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann
on Aug 17, 2009 -
Name-That-Game Filter: Trying to remember the name of a late 80s/early 90s black & white "adventure" game. Involved outer space. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Jul 14, 2009 -
Does anyone remember the name of the 80s soccer coin-op arcade machine? It was of a similar size to a Gauntlet box, was up to four player and was a world cup type tournament. Sort of cartoon-y / manga-lite type of players; and my overriding memory of it is the scissor / bicycle kick. If it then exists in a PC/PS2/ROM collection so much the better! Thanks all.
posted by n3rt
on Jul 2, 2009 -
TV Show Filter: Show from the early 90's or MAYBE mid to late 80's where the final part of the show was to go through a large obstacle course. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by xdeliriumx
on Jun 18, 2009 -
When I was little (think 80s), a neighborhood friend taught us a musical co-op game that was played with one plastic cup per person (maybe?), and at least 4 people (though it could go up much higher as long as the number were equal). [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome
on May 9, 2009 -
Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
posted by charlesv
on Mar 18, 2009 -
In a month or so I'll be going to a pretty epic 80's themed college party. I need ideas for a costume/ where to get it. I've read up on some websites with suggestions, but I figured metafilter would have better taste.
I am a thin white male. I am willing to pay up to $100 but would prefer less than that. I want it to be something Ic an dance in.
Any suggestions on what to wear or where to get it?
posted by vegetableagony
on Feb 15, 2009 -
80sFilter: Trying to find a late 80s song I think was titled "I V(W)ant To Be a Vampire" that was a parody of the Boys Don't Cry "I Wanna Be a Cowboy" [more inside]
posted by branwen
on Feb 14, 2009 -
Yet another 80s Scifi search! But as it happens, I remember the whole movie... [more inside]
posted by lundman
on Feb 3, 2009 -
I am trying to remember the name/artist of an 80s music video. In it, the guy wore a glowing (bluescreen/transparent) suit and stumbled across the nighttime countryside while singing mournfully and freaking people out. It was kind of creepy, at the end he dissipates in a glow like an alien/angel while the scowling townsfolk converge on him. British artist, possibly Ned or Nick something. Anyone able to help me find this?
posted by emjaybee
on Jan 12, 2009 -
Which song is this? A very very 80s hit song with a frog in the music video. Google gives me crazy frog! :(
posted by Skyanth
on Jan 10, 2009 -
Looking for New Wave movies. No, not the French New Wave. Movies from the 80s and beyond that were significantly influence by New Wave music, including using the music on their soundtrack and having characters that were New Wavers. Some punk crossover is fine.
posted by Astro Zombie
on Jan 4, 2009 -
[Movie Filter] Watching The Black Hole
(gravity so strong it sucked the science right out of it!) last night, I was reminded of another movie from the late 70s/early 80s with a sci-fi bent--but hell if I can remember what it was. Help? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl
on Dec 24, 2008 -
Long-shot: I'm looking for an animated short from the 80's. It involves a very young boy who was accidentally drafted into the army, and nobody seems to recognize that he doesn't belong there. I believe it was on a collection of award winners from some film festival. Thanks!
posted by svenx
on Dec 12, 2008 -
I've been looking for an old CD my parents used to play when I was little, caled "here come the hits", but it doesn't seem to be anywhere visible. In fact, it seems to have dropped out of existence entirely; I can't even find a tracklisting on the internet so I can gather the songs from other sources.
I know "shout" by tears for fears was one of the songs, and "black cars look better in the shade" and "one night in bangkok" are likely contenders. Can somebody help me find an official tracklist for this album of 80's one-hit-wonders so I can get some closure?
posted by tehloki
on Nov 23, 2008 -
Can someone help me remember this 80's cartoon that took place at a high school? (More details within as that's not very specific) [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Oct 23, 2008 -
The band Teenage Head
was HUGE when I was in highschool in the early 80's. Were they popular anywhere outside of Southern Ontario?
posted by bonobothegreat
on Oct 14, 2008 -
A friend and I are trying to remember the name of an '80s musician whose career was cut short when he mysteriously disappeared / met with foul play while traveling in Europe. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham
on Sep 29, 2008 -
ObscureToyFilter: Help me remember a toy from my childhood. My siblings and I are remembering plastic, colored blocks and cylinders that unfolded to become characters. We recall a king and queen, almost certainly a pig, and maybe a cow. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31
on Sep 19, 2008 -
Neon and skinny ties in the 80s; flannel and nose rings in the 90s. What will be the signature, stereotypical fashion or clothing item of this decade, the one that will be used in the future to instantly reference and signal this time period to others? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Sep 11, 2008 -
What are some good 70's and 80's songs suitable for playing in a pharmacy?
My father owns a family pharmacy and we have an iPod with nice 70's and 80's songs set to play for the customers. Can you tell me some that I can add to the playlist? Remember nice calm easy listening ones are best, and no dirty or bad songs about dying etc.. To get an idea of some of the songs I have here's a link
to the playlist so far.
Specific songs are great, but I will also take artists. Try not to give duplicates. If 10 people give 10 songs that's 100 new songs! Thanks!
posted by ptsampras14
on Aug 18, 2008 -
UK 80s gaming magazine question: Who drew "Bug Hunters", the comic strip with the big four armed robot, for CRASH and C&VG magazine? [more inside]
posted by Artw
on Aug 18, 2008 -
In the 80's, which guitarist played a white guitar daubed with paint splotches and Pollock-like streaks of neon pink and green, among other colors? I recall seeing the guitar (probably in a video), but can't place the guitarist or find any images.
posted by Java_Man
on Jul 25, 2008 -
Do you remember this mid- to late-80s Nickelodeon made-for-tv movie? "Give me back my button!" [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex
on Jul 21, 2008 -