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, […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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!
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
‘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’.
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.
You gotta love the 80s. How can you beat the music? New romantic, new wave, new everything. It was quite an era, and we have a giveaway to prove it. The 12”80s Electro:Pop 3CD set showcases 80s music all its extended mix glory. To enter, just leave the name of your favorite 80s band and the city you live in below this post.
Unbeknown to many, the tragically brilliant American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, who set the art world alight with his neo-expressionist work before dying of an overdose in 1988, also produced a hip hop track of some note, collaborating with fellow graffiti artist Rammellzee under the mindful direction of the legendary Fab 5 Freddy. The resulting track, […]