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1980s Now is a weekly examination of the importance of 80s pop culture and its continued influence today. We demonstrate that nostalgia alone doesn’t account for the contemporary fascination with our favorite decade. Instead, we share personal experiences and interview experts--including icons from 80s music, movies and TV--to demonstrate the “era of greed” bore the greatest moments in movies, music, television and sports. The show is equally entertaining and informative. (80s is aka '80s.)
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 0:00 - Introduction 4:00 - Time Bandits TV Show Trailer 18:40 - Mr. Miyagi Mystery in Cobra Kai 27:25 - Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Easter Eggs and More 1:15:15 - Wrap-Up and Thank You Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.c…
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Lance Guest made his big screen debut in Halloween II, the sequel to John Carpenter’s iconic horror film. It was his appearance in that movie that helped him land his starring role in “The Last Starfighter,” one of our all-time favorite films. Released July 13, 1984, that film turns 40 this month. Listen to our chat with the star of the iconic film…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 0:00 - Introduction 3:10 - Lance Guest Interview and Retrocon 7:00 - More 80s-nostalgia coming to Dungeons and Dragons 16:00 - Glass blocks are back 28:00 - Beverly Hills TV show we never got 40:45 - The Last Starfighter game we never got…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 0:00 - Introduction 05:00 - The Fall Guy reaches milestone 10:00 - Caligula returns to theaters 20:00 - New Robert Zemeckis movie 34:30 - New AI lawsuit 46:50 - Lyrics have gotten worse since the 80s 59:30 - Is Best Defense the worst movi…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 0:00 - Introduction 3:45 - Announcement *Come see us at RetroCon 6:15 - Is Bon Jovi selling forgeries? 16:10 - The 80s Musical that just won a Tony 25:05 - The 80s Musical that was just cancelled 40:50 - The 80s Musical that is headed to …
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Steven Vass is the author of "Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell in Love with 80s Synths." It's the overlooked story of how R&B, disco and funk were transformed by the explosion of music tech in the era of ghetto blasters and Ronald Reagan. It traces how pioneers like Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock inspired a new generation of black musicians and p…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon question whether a parody film could be successful today. But first they discuss current 1980s news including: 00:00 - Introduction 3:50 - Announcements * Listen to our chat with Steven Vass about "Let the Music Play: How R&B Fell in Love with 80s Synths." Get the book here. …
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 03:55 - Cyndi Lauper announces final tour 17:41 - The true story of greatest horror movie? 31:41 - Steve Miller has reacted to Eminem’s interpolation 43:00 - Jon Bon Jovi can’t listen to this song 52:23 - Comic Book store has new smell po…
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Beginning in 2015, fans of 1984's "The Last Starfighter" were thrilled when a potential sequel was teased. That excitement was buoyed when “Rogue One” scribe Gary Whitta announced he was working with Jon on the project—and ultimately released concept art for the film in 2021. Sadly, however, those hopes were dashed in September 2022, when Whitta re…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 02:30 - Announcement *Listen to Will talk about "The Road Warrior" on Movies That Made Us Gay 04:25 - Live action "He-Man" has been cast (again) 14:00 - George Lucas compares himself to Michelangelo 27:55 - Richard Dreyfuss upsets audienc…
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Will speaks with Jack Hues, co-founder and frontman of Wang Chung. The band is currently on performing with other 1980s acts as part of the Abducted by the 80s tour. Visit abductedbythe80s.com for ticket information. Visit August Day Recordings to learn more about their orchestral mashups of hit 80s tracks. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https:/…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 09:30 - What Wang Chung didn’t know 18:55 - The Jason Universe 32:00 - 9 to 5 documentary 42:40 - Brat Pack documentary 53:15 - Deathstalker reboot 1:04:40 - Wrap-Up and Thank You Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 4:00 - Mike Tyson’s peers fear for Tyson in his upcoming fight 17:11 - Whoopi Goldberg explains how ghosts work 25:22 - Road House sequel is in the works 36:12 - A Terminator anime is in our near future 46:10 - The future of the Mad Max f…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 01:55 - Gedde Watanabe is not offended by Sixteen Candles 08:55 - Country legend releases AI-generated song 21:50 - Michael J. Fox: Being famous was harder in the 1980s 26:10 - Gen Z doesn’t want to work to get a job 40:20 - The source of…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 08:00 - Sony buys "Clue" TV and film rights 20:30 - The painful origin of Rocky's injury in "Rocky II" 28:30 - 1980s favorite returns to Dr. Who 37:00 - Creator of "The Naked Gun" doesn't approve of reboot 46:44 - Jell-O introduces two ne…
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First, Will and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 1981's Wizardy is getting a digital makeover 1984's Transformers coming to theaters Transformers One debuts in September Transformers/G.I. Joe mash-up film has been green lit Then, we respond to viral Millennial TikTok videos that invoke the good name of our generation. Introduction - 00:00 …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the new Knight Rider Pinball DLC, and update on the live-action "Thundercats," and The Hollywood Reporter ranked all the "Ghostbusters" in the most egregious way. Then, Will shares the true tale of how George Bosque stole nearly $2 million in 1980 and the crazy thing he did with it. Introductio…
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First, Kat explains why she became a ninja. Then, Will chats with Lucinda Dickey, star of "Breakin'," "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" and "Ninja III: The Domination," all of which premiered in 1984. Introduction - 0:00 Interview with Lucinda Dickey - 9:20 Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1980snow. For more episodes of 1980s Now and information ab…
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First, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Road House: the most successful Apple movie Kevin Smith's movie set in 1986 Scorpion’s “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was nearly R-Rated Netflix just added these 20 films from 1984 to their catalog Then, Will challenges you and his co-hosts to identify 1984 films from a clue. How many can …
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First, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: DNA just solved a 1980s murder DNA testing was discovered in 1984 Ghostbusters is a billion dollar franchise John Williams made a musical mistake in Star Wars Then, the trio compares the original "Road House," starring Patrick Swayze, with the one just released on Amazon Prime starring …
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First, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: New live-action Popeye movie John Mellencamp is mad again The best place to get abducted by aliens The people most likely to get abducted by aliens First look at "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice" Then, in true crime fashion, Will shares the tale of how Prince was inspired to write the title tra…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Brent Spiner returns to Night Court Did Robert Downey, Jr. snub 80s favorite Ke Huy Quan? Twins star reunite to fight Batman Field of Dreams lampooned and Kevin Costner reacts Are teens afraid of nuclear war? Subscribe to our YouTube chan…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: 03:12 - Hulk Hogan saved someone 11:40 - Chilean Star Wars rules galaxy 23:10 - Anthony Daniels is selling C3PO stuff 28:15 - Macabre “Beatles collectible” not auctioned 34:40 - A favorite GenX treat has been discontinued 46:10 - Indiana …
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Will chats with author and podcaster Liz Worth (host of "Forever 80s Podcast") about her quest to uncover our continued fascination with the 1980s. Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1980snow. Email us at will@1980snow.com or kat@1980snow.com. Listen to "Forever 80s Podcast" here. Get "Treat Me Like Dirt" here. Learn more about Liz here.…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Sony acquires the "Cola Wars" movie Did Road House reboot use AI? Wonka event makes children cry Then, we discuss the power (and science) of music to transport us back to moments from our youths. And we share songs to try and evoke your m…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: David Lee Roth prodded Sammy Hagar Salem's Lot may never see daylight Draft Star Wars script sold at auction Then, we discuss the current (and potential future) state of media and ask whether the 1980s was part of that evolution. Finally,…
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Will chats with author Alexander Hamilton Cherin about his new novel "The Mighty Six-Ninety (690)." It's a fictionalized account of actual events that transpired in Southern California during the Summer of 1981. A struggling AM radio station buried $50,000 in cash and gave its listeners clues as to its location, one a day, until the money was found…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Richard Marx chastises concertgoer "Fast Car" is a hit (again) Billy Mitchell settles "cheater" lawsuit Then, Kat challenges us to identify 80s one-hit wonders by a clip and a clue. And she asks the harder question: Was the artist really …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss whether they'd like to travel back to their youths and what they'd try and accomplish. Then, Will chats with author Amy Weinland Daughters about her award-winning book "You Cannot Mess This Up: A True Story That Never Happened." Introduction - 0:00 Interview - 14:10 Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1980snow. For more epi…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including Richard Marx chastises concertgoer, Tracy Chapman finally has a no.1 song, and Billy Mitchell settles his defamation case. Then, Will shares the true tale of how Todd Rogers, the former video game champion, was caught cheating (allegedly). Introduction - 00:00 Announements - 7:30 1980s News - 0…
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Will, Kat and Jon share their thoughts about John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982). What terrified Will and Jon brings laughter to Kat. Then, Will chats with Robin Block, CEO and Executive Producer at CreatorVC, about their forthcoming "expanded" documentary about the cult-classic thriller. Introduction - 0:00 Interview - 14:50 Become a patron at www…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Fans Sue Madonna Can new Road House defeat original Road House? Kid defeats Tetris Then, the hosts discuss their (and your) fictional crushes and the benefit of having had them. Finally, they give away a collectible thanks to www.kokomoto…
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First, Will, Kat and Jon reunite during their "break" to announce the new live show beginning on January 31. Kokomo Toys & Collectibles will be giving away a prize to a someone in the live audience. Join us on Facebook (or Youtube) on January 31 at 7pm Eastern for your chance to win. Plus, Jon shares a story of being spotted at CES. Then, we hear c…
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First, Will, Kat and Jon reunite during their "break" to announce the new live show beginning on January 31. Plus, they let us know that Kokomo Toys & Collectibles will be giving away a prize to a someone in the audience during the live show. Join us on Facebook (or Youtube) on January 31 at 7pm Eastern for your chance to win. Then, we hear a repla…
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Prince's 1984 film "Purple Rain" is headed to Broadway. So, Will is joined by Marcus Taylor, the shows' resident Prince expert, to discuss the potential for a musical adaption. While the film was a a box office success, Prince's protagonist "The Kid" isn't the hero of the piece you'd hope for. Will changes to the original story be necessary to make…
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In 2020, less than a year after the launch of our inaugural podcast, we reached out to a number of iconic 1980s artists who would wanted to interview. And although at the time we did not have a track record of celebrity interviews, Cindy Morgan ("Caddyshack", "Tron") accepted our invitation. To our delight, she was more than just polite, she was ge…
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On this episode, we share clips from four of our most interesting discussions about 1980s songs. We discuss fascinating facts about more than a dozen tracks, including secret 80s cover songs, controversial songs from the decade, "The Filthy 15," and the love lessons we learned from songs. Introduction - 00:00 Tainted Love - 3:26 Sugar Walls - 6:29 …
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As the year comes to a close, we share clips of the strangest 1980s news stories Will, Kat and Jon discussed throughout 2023. Those items include: Someone attacked the Goonies' house with a fish. Is Uno the next Mattel movie? The original "Wilhelm scream" has been found. A "Ghostbusters" law affects haunted real estate. John Mellencamp fights audie…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: A super documentary lands in January The Six Billion Dollar Man may still be plugged in. KRS-One tells the Grammys that they’re all just wick-wick-wack Introduction - 00:00 Announcement: 4:18 *We'll be off January. Happy Holidays! 1980s News - 6:25 1980s Christmas Traditions - 54:00 Wrap-Up & …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Throw Papa from the Train? Beverly Hills Cop sequel trailer Whamageddon The Lost Boys musical Ray Stanz is "resentful" The 1989 beat that created a music genre Introduction - 00:00 Announcement: 2:00 *Join us live on Facebook/YouTube on December 19 at 7pm Eastern 1980s News - 4:15 Will's 1980s…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Toys "R" Us makes a come back...again Huey Lewis: The Musical The Running Man gets a reboot Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 5:30 1980s Christmas Wish Books - 38:17 Wrap-Up & Your Feedback - 1:24:56 Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1980snow. Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: A new Karate-Kid-iverse is coming The Outsiders becomes an unlikely musical Chuck E. Cheese thinks it can shut down its animatronics Hall sues Oates over their song catalog Hagar invites Roth to sing and then disses him Wilhelm Dafoe reveals his role in Beetlejuice 2 Introduction - 00:00 1980s…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Cobra Kai has cast an “iconic” Karate Kid character The Christmas Story house has a new owner Zelda is coming to the big screen We’ll be able to bust ghosts in Chicago very soon Then, Will introduces us to a new record that sounds like it was recorded in the 1980s. Get your copy of Love in Cag…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the unfortunate voice of the new Garfield movie, the "Highlander" reboot, how Warwick Davis called out Disney, and the rescue of "Coyote vs. ACME." Then, the trio discusses why some of our favorite 1980s movies can't be streamed anywhere. Finally, Will updates us on the status of his 1980s-era …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including how Stewart Copeland wanted to "choke the life out of" Sting, a new Harrison Ford documentary, and the new trailers for "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" and "The Fall Guy." Then, the trio discusses the so-called Filthy Fifteen, the more than a dozen songs targeted by the newly-formed Parents Music…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the return of Beetlejuice's costume, how Harry Bellafonte's music came to be in "Beetlejuice," and a "Creepshow" video game. Then, the trio discusses the stories presented in Netflix's new documentary "The Devil on Trial," which follows the supposed 1980 possession of David Glatzel and the alle…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including McDonald's brings back an item of 1980s nostalgia, the Disney+ series "Loki" brings back a 1982 McDonald's, how Van Halen made Joe Perry quit Aerosmith, Ridley Scott has seen the upcoming "Alien" sequel, and John Carpenter weighs in on the mysterious ending of 1982's "The Thing." Join us on Fac…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including Dee Snider's new graphic novel, "Moonlighting" streaming and the battle over "Every Breath You Take." Then, the trio examines the truth about Halloween sadism and its connection to the Tylenol murders in the 1980s. Were sociopaths really putting poisons and sharp objects in children's Halloween…
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Do you love 1980s pop culture and hate silence? Then you’ll love 1980s Now. Each week, the 1980s Now podcast examines the importance of 1980s pop culture and its influence today. We speak with the 1980s icons we grew up loving, like: Ernie Hudson, Taylor Dayne, Elvira, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Dee Wallace, Harold Faltermeyer, and many more. And every week we…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the Ghostbusters way to trap your movie popcorn, a young Rambo, and the source of an iconic 1980s look. Then, Will shares some stories of breaking in the 1980s. Did you break? Let us know. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 11:00 Did you break in the 1980s? - 32:00 Wrap-Up & Your Feedback - 01:0…
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