Visage’s Secret Playlist

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By Zolton in Cool Websites on Monday 22 February 2010

Remember Fade To Grey, that seminal new romantic dance hit from 1980s. Well, neither do we. But regardless, we checked in with Rusty Egan from the group Visage and asked him about the music that is inspiring him some 30 years after Visage’s sublime moment on glory. He started with the Deadmau5 track, Faxing Berlin […]

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Classic Arcade Game Ties

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By Casper Johansson in New Fashion on Friday 12 February 2010

For the man who has everything comes these 1980s arcade game themed ties, featuring Asteroids, Pong, Tetris and Space Invaders.

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Star Wars Peace Shield SDI commercial from the year 1987

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By Zolton in Video on Tuesday 2 February 2010

You gotta love the 80s, especially now that we can look back on it with rose-tinted glasses. Which is what it takes to comprehend the saccharine sweet naivety behind this ad created to explain, and justify, the bizarre decision by then President Ronald Reagan to launch a missile defense system based in the heavens. Ah, […]

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Clash of the Titans Kraken toy

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Monday 1 February 2010

The impending release of the Clash of the Titans remake should spark people’s interest in these amazing action figures based on the 1981 original. Anyone who owns the Kraken, the showpiece of the collection, must be pretty stoked right now.

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The Chills’ Heavenly Pop Hit

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By Zolton in New Music on Tuesday 26 January 2010

At first listen, The Chills were like nothing else when they burst out of the relatively cloistered confines of the Dunedin student set way back in the early 1980s. Only, in retrospect, they were kinda like so much of the rest of the Flying Nun roster: lo-fi, wearily melodic, understated, and joyously brash in their […]

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Soundwave MP3 Player

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Products on Wednesday 20 January 2010

Soundwave, the Decepticon Transformer that, in the 1980s, could turn into a tape player, has now been updated as an MP3 player. This item by Takara is fully functional as both a music player and a Transformer, and the $80 price tag probably won’t be a deterrent for most toy geeks out there.

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Classic 1980s ads for Slinky: everyone’s favourite toy

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By Zolton in Video on Sunday 17 January 2010

Slinky, Slinky, everyone loves Slinky. How could you not? The damn things near had a mind of their own, walking down stairs like they owned the place. Next they’ll be selling leashes for Slinky’s. Ah, now there’s an idea!

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Late 80s film posters from Ghana

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By The Uncool Hunter in New Art on Monday 11 January 2010

The Mobile Cinema was an interesting experience in Ghana in the late 80s in which some touring film groups travelled from town to town, bringing to people mini-theaters thanks to the VHS technology. In order to promote those screenings, some artists were hired to paint large posters depicting their own interpretation of the films. Most of the posters were published in the book Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana.

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The Bats play Mastery live on New Zealand TV

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By Zolton in Video on Tuesday 8 December 2009

When I was teenager, I was obsessed with the bands that seeped out of sleepy Dunedin, in New Zealand’s ruggedly beautiful South Island. There was an absolute contrast back then between those acts on the Flying Nun label, presided over with paternal wariness by the godfather of low-fi pop, Chris Knox, and the slicker bands […]

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Retro throwbacks: classic 80s soft drinks ads

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By Zolton in New Trends on Saturday 14 November 2009

Oh man, the 80s were fun. Back then it was all beaches and smiles, lightweight soft drinks and squeaky clean advertising. Somewhere along the way, the message was corrupted, and the beach bunny actresses and guitar shredder actors of that golden era of naivety were forever tainted with the pastiche of their weird TV legacies.

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Customized Pianos

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By The Uncool Hunter in New Trends on Monday 9 November 2009

The renowned brand of pianos, Baldwin, launched a new line of Exoticos Products, inspired by the eccentric artistic viewpoint of pianos that were used by the master Liberace in the 70s and 80s. This collection has customizations for everybody: fluorescent reminiscences, African Savanna inspirations, a little bit of the casinos of Las Vegas, and the […]

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Tarman Zombie Toy

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Products on Monday 2 November 2009

The Tarman Zombie from the 80s classic slapstick horror movie Return of the Living Dead has risen again … as a toy! It doesn’t officially come out until March or April of next year, but you know this is going to sell like crazy. In the meantime, watch the movie if you haven’t. It’s fun […]

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The Sea Monkey revival

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By The Uncool Hunter in New Trends on Thursday 15 October 2009

‘Just add water and let the fun come up’. Sea Monkeys are here and we don’t know what to do with them. They are graceful and funny, they have monkey tails, they are real aquatic acrobats and they are totally playful and easy to breed. The real name of the Sea Monkeys, of course, is ‘brine shrimp’.

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The Mockers’ song, One Black Friday

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By Zolton in Video on Tuesday 13 October 2009

Oh boy! The Mockers were the poppiest Kiwi band that no-one outside of the Shaky Isles ever heard of. Take a trip back to the 80s and be prepared to dance.

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Lola’s Kitchen cupcakes

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Monday 5 October 2009

Cupcakes are to urban eating today what sundried tomatoes and pesto were in the 80s. The fad took over in leaps and bounds a few years back and it remains a steadfast part of any stylish city dwellers diet. Perfect then that Lola’s Kitchen in London not only delivers soft, fluffy, just out of the oven cupcakes, but they do so in chic packaging that oozes as much style as their icing does sweet indulgence.

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