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It’s not everyday you see a giant yellow circle chomping down on some multi-colored ghosties. Photographer and street artist Katie Sokoler decided to take Pacman and his colorful frienemies out of the world of 80s arcades and into ours, creating a real-life game of Pacman on city streets.
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This is so far, today's interestingly aah! tweet "@caitlinmoran Here's today's most unlikely perv-point: Alistair Darling in the 80's talking about budgets: http://bit.ly/duIk7Q PHWOARGH"
Clicked the link to see an early 80s Alistair Darling before the hair was cut and snowy, plus he's sporting a beard. "The Chancellor has said he believes spending on the NHS, schools and police forces can be protected despite forecast cuts which could outstrip those made by Margaret Thatcher's 1980s government."-BBCThis is so far, today's interestingly aah! tweet "@caitlinmoran Here's... more
The Huff complied a video tribute to the 80's film bully, they won't be missed. It's suspected they were wiped out by the increase of gaming industry, which turned them into the nerds they preyed on. Though in environments with strict gaming laws, you can still hear the cry of the 80s bully "what you looking at nerd?!".
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To some, the 80’s isn’t even worth talking about anymore. But the truth is, it’s undeniable subject matter. The era helped to mold the future we live in today and pushed us towards the questionable things of our present like our innovations and excess. And their was no single event that could pinpoint what created our current portrait of “The Times”, but many things are to be carefully looked at...
You can’t talk about the 80’s without talking about Materialism. It is, impossible. It may even be the era to invent, “the fad”, due to us wanting to deny so many horrid trends, such as shoulder pads and big hair-galore, to name only a few (and I do mean a few). It was a large chunk of, and maybe even the main inspiration of the 80’s feel and facade.
Everything was a new technology from VHS to Mobile Phones to Videogame Systems and Personal Computers. The world was changing at a pace that has only sped up since. There was money to be made around every corner and everyone was capable of “getting in” on the proverbial grease-pot, and a lot of people did. Excess was the style, no matter what you’re style was. Everyone was shooting for maximum quantity and those who didn’t, were either still stuck in the hippie mindframe, lived in Wisconsin , North Africa or a Cave.
It’s also almost impossible to mention the 80’s, and not the music of the times. Madonna ruled supreme in the early 80’s, known to the world as, “The Material Girl”. At one point in the mid-80’s, there was even a large American-based Department-Store that created a specific brand of “Madonna-Wear”, based after what she had been wearing in her videos and on tour. Russel Simmons and Rick Rubin created the beast, that is Def Jam Recordings, only 2 years after MJ (and you know who I’m talking about), literally dominated the world with the classic, Thriller in ‘82.
If you open your text books and turn to 1970-somethin’, you’ll see that Kraftwerk - the German, Electronic group - helped to give birth, or at least structure, to things like Synth Pop, which helped create the sound of Afrikka Bambatta - who even Busta Rhymes would tell you - birthed Hip Hop. Also gave life to offsprings, such as Thomas Dolby, Depeche Mode and later giving inspiration to the likes of Meat Beat Manifesto, Nine Inch Nails, Tricky and of course, Massive Attack.
Music was eclectic in every sense of the word. Potentially any song could follow the previous if you listened to a lot of radio back in the day -especially if you lived in/or by a major city - the craze of the 80’s was an expression worldwide for something new.
Most films and television shows that portrayed the 80’s (Freaks and Geeks, Sid and Nancy, American Psycho), even films made in the 80’s always seem to portray a grayish-blue, and that in an odd sense is how the 80’s felt; cloudy with Neon lights reflecting off of and into everything. The clubs were filled with the pungent aroma of crappy hair-care products, pleather jackets and cocaine. Disco Balls were now replaced with Strobe-Lights and everyone wore their sunglasses at night, while the cocaine left the feelin’ that somebody might be watching you when the freaks come out at night. And yet, there was reason for the paranoia and slight depression that carried throughout the years...
Crack was running rampid in the streets, killing people by the hundreds daily and leaving a permanent scar on the soil of The States that has haunted to this day. The need to create awareness of drugs for our children. This, coupled with Nancy Reagan - who made a hilarious cameo on Diff'rent Strokes - founded on the year of my birth (1983), D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), who made some pretty cool T-Shirts and a slew of freighting and somehow at the same time, hilarious school videos and after-school commercials on the subject of drugs. Showcasing what becomes of your face, body and mind after years of smoking Crack... At least those were the videos that I saw, which is scary to think about.
In the early 80’s, it would’ve been almost impossible to judge the outcome of things like unprotected sex and Crack use. I imagine it would’ve been somewhat of a free-for-all, as Crack was, and still is, just as much of a Rich Mans drug as it is a Poor Mans. Sex is not a luxury of the Rich, but more readily available, I would imagine, therefor everyone would’ve been in a post-70’s Daze of neo-drugs and sex, without having to worry about things like Brain-Death or Death, in general. For the blind and unfortunate, Life was good. Excess stood heavily in the way of truth.
The Decade of Denial...
The truth is, the 80’s had a lot to do with that particular generation of twenty-somethings and thirty year olds wanting to seperate themselves from the Truly-Old School ways of their own parents. The parents of those twenty-somethings were still very much influenced by the ways of their parents, whom depending on what region of the world they may have come from were still under something of (we’ll call it) “The Grandfather-Law”.
The Parents of these ex-hippies, radicals, geeks, squares and others taught in the fashion that was taught to them. Mainly of a regimen that pertained towards being more serious than anything else. Dancing was only to be enjoyed in the form of Fox Trots and such.
Whatever barrier was broken down that allowed for transition for these future generations to think independent of past-generations, gave birth to a entirely New World.
A term was coined in the times known as, Fashion Forward. The phrase was used for Fashion, but carried itself through most of the trends of the “New World”. Most of any new architecture for housing and apartments had looked like something out of Total Recall. Any business attire worn by anyone had nothing to do with the actual form of a person, but instead the silhouette it created. It was the same for the office place, fancy restaurant or dance club.
Everything was meant to look like “A Rough Draft of The Future To Come”. Which brings me to The Flying Car Crisis..
The year of 1985, a small Motion Picture came out by the name of, Back To The Future.
This movie sticks out world-wide, hitting on an imagination level we still haven’t exactly topped to this day. Aside from making roughly about $1,000,000,000, over the past 20 plus years, it has left a strange mark on society, sparking an imaginative force not yet understood or concieved by regular folks. The flying car was only thought to be something of fiction. Nobody knew that a few people up until that point had already been working on such a thing, The most notable and popular being, Moller (Google it). The flying car has gone from fiction to reality in only a blink of the eye. Supposedly, the best version/model out of a few different companies (being Moller) can only “hover about fifteen feet”. That sounds like a flying car to me, but who knows. It’s not exactly Back To The Future, but it is, “above-ground travel”, so I think it counts.
With the realities of Back To The Future only around the corner, unless you’ve been in a cave, it’s almost impossible to deny that the 80’s, in many ways have entered our everyday lives once again. I’m not saying that I am for/or against it, but it is an undeniable reality, much like that of Moller. Mostly seen in newer fashions & music meshes & fusions and also, reruns of Dirty Dancing that can be seen.. on pretty much every channel that exists, it seems.
The spirit of a New World is alive once again, or so it seems. With everyone looking “Fashion-Forward” it seems that only the sky is the limit and even so, not really, because Howard Hughes already took care of that. Nevertheless, I’m being very literal when I say that the sky seems to be our only limit left... at least in cars, anyway.
(Note: This was written prior to the recession.)To some, the 80’s isn’t even worth talking about anymore. But the truth... more
Ben Hoffman sits down with former "Diff'rent Strokes" star Todd Bridges to discuss his new autobiography, "Killing Willis." In this exclusive outtake, Todd tells the story of meeting John Hughes and the possibility of being cast in "The Breakfast Club." Except, it turned out, Hughes and his producing partner had no idea how to write about black kids' lives.
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Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox join forces with bloggers, comedians, students and citizen critics to review "Hot Tub Time Machine."
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For more about movies from Current: http://current.com/moviesBrett Erlich and Ellen Fox join forces with bloggers, comedians, students and citizen... more
The sexy girls from the Playboy Chicago Casting Calls have given us their favorite 80's lyrics. Match the song to the lyrics and WIN a FREE tour of Cyber Club! Visit http://www.playboy.com/80slyrics to play.The sexy girls from the Playboy Chicago Casting Calls have given us their favorite... more
And with a new look too. Still it is not the first 80s cartoon star to return, but is slimming Rainbow Bright a must do for the new generations, or is the new version just destroying our innocent memories? :'(And with a new look too. Still it is not the first 80s cartoon star to return, but is... more
Aging pop star Madonna, 51, has said she can see herself marrying her boytoy Jesus Lulz (er, sorry, Luz!)
JL (as I like to call him) is, at 22, too young to remember all of Madonna's 80s classics first hand . In fact he didn't even exist when the following came out...
Holiday, Borderline, Lucky Star, Like a Virgin, Material Girl, Into the Groove, Papa Don't Preach (and many, many, more).
Apparently it's all down to Michael Jackson, who also happen to have a fondness for younger men, dying. Incidentally, MJ was only 50 when he died.Aging pop star Madonna, 51, has said she can see herself marrying her boytoy Jesus... more
The 80s weren't just bad hair, dodgy clothes and neon
Full Story http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/8-technologies-to-thank-the-1980s-for-635764editThe 80s weren't just bad hair, dodgy clothes and neon Full Story... more
Like Andrea was totally canned from the office! She is like all bummed out to the max and found this bitchin' Aerobics Studio called the Venus Health Spa. Word is they need instructors to the max dude! Will she make the cut?
Music by The Pumps! http://www.thepumps.netLike Andrea was totally canned from the office! She is like all bummed out to the max... more
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British broadsheet, The Telegraph, does it again with this excellent find. This has to be the funniest and creepiest (well, in places) video I've seen all er, day...
It's basically a bunch of 80s misfits doing their best to entice the ladies in excruciatingly awful video-dating pieces to camera. Oh, and some stuff taken out of context for good measure.
Were any of them successful? Who knows?! But, if you were - er, could you give me some tips?
(Edit: the original video is playing up so this one's been replaced with another bizarre 80s dating one)British broadsheet, The Telegraph, does it again with this excellent find. This has... more
G.I. Joe.....the FALL of Cobra. Gina from Haunted Flower reviews the movie "G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." If you want to learn more about Haunted Flower, Google us to find our Ebay and Amazon stores as well as our written Rotten Tomatoes reviews and MySpace/Facebook pages.G.I. Joe.....the FALL of Cobra. Gina from Haunted Flower reviews the movie "G. I.... more
Today, the folks over at Movieline have got their hands on concept art from art director Jerry O’Flaherty’s upcoming adaptation of the seminal 80’s cartoon series, Thundercats.Today, the folks over at Movieline have got their hands on concept art from art... more
In honor of MTV's 28th anniversary, Sergio Cilli counts down his favorite videos from their first day. Includes songs by The Buggles, REO Speedwagon, David Bowie, Blondie, and Robert Palmer.
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infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.In honor of MTV's 28th anniversary, Sergio Cilli counts down his favorite videos... more