Calling all junior detectives! Mr. Bloodhound isn't available, and I need your help. In the eighties, PBS ran a science show for kids called 3-2-1 Contact
which often featured a terrific serialized mystery, The Bloodhound Gang
. One of the capers guest-starred Six Feet Under
's Frances Conroy. Can you help me figure out which one? [more inside]
Back in the early or mid-eighties, my grandparents had a book of offbeat Iowan humor. I'd love to find that book again. [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
Can anyone recommend good books on the Years of Lead and/or the Strategy of Tension in Italy ? They have to be in English.
Name this music video with a freight train in it [more inside]
Which artists had an uncharacteristic attempt at synthpop/electronica in the 70s/80s? [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?
Can anybody fill in the gaps in this memory I have of shopping for cassette tapes in the mid to late eighties? Memories involve a plexi glass wall and conveyor belt contraption used to prevent theft. [more inside]
Help us identify an illustrated children's book involving people on a ship, the invention of pretzels, and piranhas - probably from the late 70s or early 80s. [more inside]
In a couple days, I will be dressing up as Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran and serving waffles to gallery patrons in a performance art piece in Chicago. This is a live version of this blog
. The problem: I only know a little bit about Duran Duran, and even less about Nick Rhodes. Help me be the best Nick Rhodes I can be!
I'm searching for digitized archives of Joel Denver's 'Future Hits' radio program from 1984-1992. [more inside]
ID this horror film that featured a bunch of people trapped in a house, someone sliding down a rope bare-handed, and a hole in the ground that opened into hell? [more inside]
A two-fer about eighties music - I'm looking for eighties songs about the cold war, Reagan, Thatcher, US foreign policy, etc. Also looking for music I'll enjoy if I like eighties cellist composer guy Arthur Russell. [more inside]
Help me rediscover an electronics project from Radio Shack from back in the '80s. [more inside]
Where can I buy ski wear from the eighties? Better yet, are there any companies that do this now? [more inside]
Yet another Halloween costume thread: '80s Edition. [more inside]
Need help with identifying a half-sample of some eighties female vocalist, as echoed in a BEP single. [more inside]
I'm trying to recall which music video featured a heavily edited faux 80's wedding with the bride dancing by herself and a balding, gloomy groom. [more inside]
What book was this: Soviet artist (theater/music/writer?) writing about his life in Moscow during the eighties. [more inside]
What's the modern equivalent of a Casio VL-Tone
? [more inside]
Half remembered international animated short story from the 80's - does anyone recognise this story? [more inside]
I have an upcoming costume party and the theme is 80s or 90s - but how can I incorporate a red leather skirt? [more inside]
I'm on a search to find a movie that can live up to The Holy Mountain
by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Please recommend trippy, surreal, psychedelic cult movies. [more inside]
In the late seventies or early eighties there was a song with a lyric something like:
I got a call last night from Washington/(the President)
Do you recognize it? [more inside]
Was there a name for this '80s kitsch art aesthetic? [more inside]
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.
Sometimes I can’t find what I want at the local House o’ Used CD’s or on iTunes. What are your favorite sources for (legally) obtaining music?
Help me identify a movie I barely remember. Coins, pools, abandoned houses, and maybe a war? [more inside]
80's movies featuring really lame punk gangs? [more inside]
Do you know of any movies with improbable technology as a plot device? [more inside]
AlbumFilter: I've asked this to guys at used music stores and just got a duh. What is that album my ex got? Can I still get it? [more inside]
EightiesFilter: Where can I buy LEGAL song downloads of slightly(?)-out-of-the-mainstream eighties artistes like The Brains, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Tonio K., The Church ("The Unguarded Moment" full band studio
version) for my iPod? [more inside]
Name that tune/artistfilter: Mid to late eighties i think, maybe a little later?, sounds like a youngish man singing, and all i remember are the words (sorta) to the chorus: [more inside]
Does anyone remember a sitcom named Whoops? [more inside]
Does anybody remember a kids TV show from the eighties with a yellow flying saucer robot, a boy and, as far as i remember, a dog? [more inside]
Help me figure out the name of an alien-related mid-eighties children's TV show... [more inside]
It's been six years. Do you have, or does anyone you know use a term, in conversation, comparable to 'the nineties' or 'the eighties
' for this decade?
I'm looking for the title/artist of two rap/dance songs from around the mid-Eighties, one of which says "change the beat", and the other says "freeze...defrost". Sketchy details inside. [more inside]
I have very fond memories of playing a graphically-simple game in the late eighties or possibly early nineties. It was set in the future, in a plague-ridde, post-apocalyptic America. You were a gang leader, and your job was to assemble gang members, vehicles and guns and essentially deliver America from ruin. [more inside]
Eighties educational toys. When I was growing up, I had some plastic building blocks that I'd like to find again. They came in bright colors and were covered in densely packed, tiny pegs on each face (front, back, and sides). If you pressed two blocks together, the pegs would interlock and stick together. They came in all sorts of shapes, but were thinner than wooden blocks and slightly flexible. Any idea what these were called or where I can find a set?