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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]
posted by roger ackroyd on May 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Searching for a slim book of odd Iowa humor from the 80s

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]
posted by hydrophonic on May 22, 2014 - 1 answer

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

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

Books on Years of Lead/Strategy Of Tension

Can anyone recommend good books on the Years of Lead and/or the Strategy of Tension in Italy ? They have to be in English. Many thanks
posted by devious truculent and unreliable on Sep 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Name this music video with a freight train in it

Name this music video with a freight train in it [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Jul 15, 2012 - 3 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 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

What was this weird thing they used to have in music stores?

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]
posted by shushufindi on Mar 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Pretzels and Pirhanas

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]
posted by lunasol on Feb 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Perfecting my Nick Rhodes impersonation

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! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2011 - 19 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

Yet Another "ID This Film" Request

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]
posted by sillymama on Sep 22, 2011 - 5 answers

What should I put on this mix tape, and whose work will remind me of Arthur Russell?

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]
posted by Frowner on Jun 2, 2011 - 67 answers

Help me rediscover an electronics project from Radio Shack from back in the '80s.

Help me rediscover an electronics project from Radio Shack from back in the '80s. [more inside]
posted by babbageboole on May 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Where do I buy eighties ski gear?

Where can I buy ski wear from the eighties? Better yet, are there any companies that do this now? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Apr 18, 2011 - 10 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

I want you so bad it's my only wish

Need help with identifying a half-sample of some eighties female vocalist, as echoed in a BEP single. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Apr 25, 2010 - 4 answers

Please, no more JK Wedding Dance hits

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]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Finding back a book by Soviet author from the eighties?

What book was this: Soviet artist (theater/music/writer?) writing about his life in Moscow during the eighties. [more inside]
posted by gmm on Feb 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Modern VL-Tone?

What's the modern equivalent of a Casio VL-Tone? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Dreamlike Animation from the Eighties

Half remembered international animated short story from the 80's - does anyone recognise this story? [more inside]
posted by lilyflower on Sep 8, 2009 - 1 answer

Red leather skirt costume (no witty headline included)

I have an upcoming costume party and the theme is 80s or 90s - but how can I incorporate a red leather skirt? [more inside]
posted by nextian_geometry on Jul 14, 2009 - 11 answers

Skinned Goats and Film Reel

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]
posted by Juliet Banana on Apr 14, 2009 - 64 answers

"I got a call last night from Washington (the president)"

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]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Dec 24, 2008 - 7 answers

All angular fields of pastel color atop each other

Was there a name for this '80s kitsch art aesthetic? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Aug 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Who played a Pollock like neon guitar in the 80s?

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 - 9 answers

I want my obscure 80's

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? [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Mar 17, 2008 - 18 answers

Was the coin even important?

Help me identify a movie I barely remember. Coins, pools, abandoned houses, and maybe a war? [more inside]
posted by cmyk on Sep 14, 2007 - 9 answers

No good punks

80's movies featuring really lame punk gangs? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Aug 27, 2007 - 33 answers

Honey, recommend me some weird science movies back from the eighties

Do you know of any movies with improbable technology as a plot device? [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Jul 25, 2007 - 42 answers

Ooda bada bim bo, go yeh go...

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]
posted by Toekneesan on May 29, 2007 - 24 answers

Money Changes Everything

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]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Oct 16, 2006 - 10 answers

One night of what exactly?

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]
posted by ramix on Oct 15, 2006 - 2 answers

Anyone remember a sitcom named Whoops?

Does anyone remember a sitcom named Whoops? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill on Apr 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Anybody remember this eighties kids TV show?

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]
posted by aqueousdan on Mar 14, 2006 - 4 answers

Identify this alien-related mid-eighties children's TV show

Help me figure out the name of an alien-related mid-eighties children's TV show... [more inside]
posted by greycap on Jan 29, 2006 - 3 answers

Does this decade have a name?

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?
posted by airguitar on Jan 2, 2006 - 71 answers

Odd Oldschool Rap/Dance

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]
posted by NewGear on Dec 29, 2005 - 8 answers

A PC Game Involing Gangs from the Late Eighties

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]
posted by dbarefoot on May 11, 2005 - 11 answers

Can you help me find these building blocks?

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?
posted by Jeff Howard on Mar 2, 2004 - 6 answers

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