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I Spent Money On This? – Tiffany Sunday, June 29, 2008

Posted by JB* in 80s, I Spent Money On This?, JB*, music, music video, Reasons why I was single.
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The newest feature to DeadOn’s Music Commentary, this is “I Spent Money On This?”, taking a self-deprecating look at my numerous bad musical purchases.

After the jump, a cassette I am almost certain I opened once, played half way through, and never touched again.

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Tied to the 90s (Birthday Edition): 30 years, 30 songs–Part I Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Posted by Yostal in 80s, 90s rock, DeadOn's Resident Pop Culture Historian, Gen X&Y, guilty pleasures, more indepth than probably need-be, Posts that should have more humor, Reasons why I am single, rock & roll, Things too long to read, Tied to the 90s, Yostal.
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Tied to the 90s

Welcome back to “Tied to the 90s“, a not-very complete guide to a decade that was. I’m your host, Yostal, and once more, I’ll be taking you through the pop culture landscape of the 1990s. If you have any suggestions for future columns, please email me at GoinYostal@gmail.com or leave me a comment.

This week’s post is perhaps the most self-indulgent effort I have ever made with Tied to the 90s, which I know is saying something. I warn you now, because, well, it’s what I do. But this is the first really good idea I have had for a Tied to the 90s since June, so I’m running with it. I also want to warn you that after the completion of this two part special edition, I’ll be taking a month off. With school starting back up and college football season, my efforts will be needed elsewhere for a little while. Don’t worry, it’s just a hiatus, and I may still post some random other things as the month goes on. So, with all of that out of the way.

At the end of this month, I will turn 29 years old, meaning that I will have been on this earth for 30 distinct calendar years (OK, technically that happened at the beginning of the year, but just roll with me here.) I was struck by that notion and wanted to look at my favorite songs from each of those 30 years. Now, please note I said “favorite”. Not best, not most significant, not most influential, just my favorites. Why they’re favorites can be as simple as I just really like them to having good memories associated with them to something larger. It doesn’t matter. These are just my favorite songs from each of the last 30 years. Now, as always, I can never make this simple, but I did make the rule that once I had used an artist, I could not use them again. I based “year” off the year that the album from which it came was released, and beyond that, I went to town. There’s going to be some crossover from previous columns as you might expect, but I’m going to write all new material about each song, at least as best I can. I fully expect that you will disagree with many of my choices, but it just gives you something to discuss in the comments. So, with no further ado, part I of 30 Years, 30 Songs.
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Video Vixen – “Poison” Friday, May 4, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, TexasGal, Video Vixen.
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“Poison” by Bell Biv Devoe
circa 1990
from the album Poison

Never trust a big butt and a smile.

See the full video after the jump…

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Video Vixen – “Rock Me Amadeus” Friday, April 27, 2007

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“Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco
circa 1985
from the album Falco 3

This world can use a few more mad, Austrian musical geniuses. We had Mozart, and then we got Falco. Who was the bigger genius? Well only one of them had a Top 10 hit in the U.S. with a song in German about a dead dude, and wore a rainbow-colored wig and rode around on a motorcycle. Hint: it wasn’t the guy whose name starts with an “M” and ends in an “ozart”.

See the full video after the jump…

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Video Vixen – “Funky Cold Medina” Friday, April 6, 2007

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“Funky Cold Medina” by Tone Lōc
circa 1989
from the album Lōc’ed After Dark

‘So what the hell is a “Funky Cold Medina”? What is so potent, it gets all the ladies lining up around the block, including transvestites, inspires dogs to become attracted to their owners’ legs, and prompts instantaneous marriage discussions? Though it sounds like it might have an illegal ingredient or two (absinthe? roofie?), a Funky Cold Medina is really just a peach-cranberry vodka cocktail (and, actually, sounds quite tasty). Rejoice in the splendor of the Medina- Tone would probably just advise you to pre-screen your lady companions beforehand.

See the full video after the jump…

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Saturday Morning – “Picture Pages” Saturday, March 31, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, Saturday Morning, TexasGal.
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I wanted a Mortimer Ichabod pen so bad when I was a little kid. I was convinced that if I had one, I could get on “Picture Pages” with Bill Cosby, and it would make that cool noise as I drew. Sadly, it was not to be. I’ll just have to console myself with clips of the show, and the memories of a Mortimer-less childhood. And let me also take this opportunity to say thank goodness for Captain Kangaroo and Nickelodeon (Pinwheel in particular)- where else could you see Chapi Chapo and Teeny Little Superguy and Picture Pages?

See four different clips, plus a bonus 80s commercial, after the jump…

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Video Vixen – “Jessie’s Girl” Friday, March 30, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, music video, TexasGal, Video Vixen.
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“Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
circa 1981
from the album Working Class Dog

Oh, sexy, sexy Rick Springfield. With your sexy eyes and your sexy voice and your sexy soap star moves. Who knew you’d have morals? Your best friend is shacking up with a hot piece of ass, and you wanna hit that- but you’re not gonna, because he’s your homeboy. That’s mighty chivalrous of you, Rick. Sexy, sexy Ricky.

See the full video after the jump…

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Saturday Morning – “Pac-Man” Saturday, March 24, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, cartoons, Saturday Morning, TexasGal.
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Kind of like the reality TV glut of the ’00s, the ’80s experienced a similar boom in videogame-related cartoons. Pac-Man was one of that bunch, along with such classics as Q*bert, Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World and Legend of Zelda. But this show had what the others didn’t- Ms. Pac-Man. Sure, Pac-Baby was cute and cuddly with his little pacifer, but Ms. Pac-Man (known here as “Pepper”- for unknown reasons) amped it up with the hot hairbow and sexy pink boots.

See a full-length episode, plus a bonus 80s commercial, after the jump…

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Video Vixen – “Rockit” Friday, March 23, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, music video, TexasGal, Video Vixen.
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“Rockit” by Herbie Hancock
circa 1983
from the album Future Shock

There were three things that scared me as a child- the boogieman, the monster under the bed and Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” video. (OK, and KISS masks- but that’s a long story…) And I don’t think I’m alone- this video is freaky. Disembodied mechanical body parts. Jerky, robotic movements. Weird things going on that don’t make any sense. But it’s still genius. And you can see Herbie himself in the video- he’s on the TV screen, playing the keyboard.

See the full video after the jump…

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Saturday Morning – “DangerMouse” Saturday, March 3, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, cartoons, Saturday Morning, TexasGal.
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Yes, I know- DangerMouse (the cartoon, not the DJ) wasn’t actual Saturday morning fare, but I’m not going to consider myself limited by date and time restrictions. It’s a kids show from the 80s… so it qualifies. The title character is a British super secret agent, working from his headquarters in a pillar postbox on Baker Street in London, with sidekick Penfold (a hamster) by his side. DangerMouse has no real name, no real identity- and no left eye (so he wears that sexy eyepatch). He fills his days saving the world, as all heroes do- and particularly trying to foil the plans of the toad villain Greenback. We never find out how or why he lost that left eye- one can only assume it was in a daring adventure at the hands of a ne’er-do-well.

See a full-length episode, plus a bonus 80s commercial, after the jump…

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Video Vixen – “You Might Think” Friday, March 2, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, MTV, music video, TexasGal, Video Vixen.
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“You Might Think” by The Cars
circa 1984
from the album Heartbeat City

Let’s be honest- Ric Ocasek has always outkicked his coverage. How he landed Paulina Porizkova, I do not know. Perhaps his seduction techniques follow those on display in this video (which won Video of the Year from MTV)- where Ric illustrates how to perfect the art of stalking by appearing variously as his ladylove’s alarm clock, a fly buzzing her head, her lipstick and drill in her mouth (not a euphemism). Men: do not try this at home- it will not end with you landing Paulina, I can pretty much guarantee.


The charmer in question

On to the video, after the jump…
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Video Vixen – “She Drives Me Crazy” Monday, February 26, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, MTV, music video, TexasGal, Video Vixen.
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“She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals
circa 1989
from the album The Raw and the Cooked

I’m not sure what two guys dressed in matching knickers and goggles, who jump around like characters in a Frogger game, have to do with a guy in love… but somehow they seem to fit in with in this very random video from the Fine Young Cannibals. In addition to the Frogger guys, there’s a dancing dude in a striped suit, a flaming guitar, a guy in a karate suit with a TV for a head, two headbanging chicks in pads, singing lifesavers rolls and a guy with red pillows strapped to him. Oh, and the lead singer who has both freaky eyes and a freakier hairline.

Get to Know A Musician – The Police Monday, February 26, 2007

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Welcome back and fasten your seatbelt for another edition of “Get to Know A Musician”, our weekly column that focuses on musical artists that have recently been in the news.

This week, we have none other than The Police. Now before all you Columbian coke mules start keistering your stash, I should tell you that this isn’t really la policía. It isn’t even like Steve Gutenberg when he portrayed Cadet Carey Mahoney in Police Academy. It’s just three pasty white men who play music, have tantric sex, and compose for films and tv shows.

A video of a large man in aviators singing Roxanne after the jump…

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Saturday Morning – “Muppet Babies” Saturday, February 24, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, cartoons, Saturday Morning, TexasGal.
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As a little kid in the ’80s, Saturday mornings were the golden hours- nonstop blocks of cartoons on all the networks, plus an opportunity to see all the latest and greatest toys, sugary cereals and other products that ad execs were aiming straight at kids. To honor that lovely tradition, each Saturday morning I’ll bring you an episode of “classic” kids television of the ’80s (and by classic, I mean “cheestastically awesome”), with a bonus ’80s commercial behind the jump.

Muppet Babies was the cartoon that brought together the vocal talents of Howie Mandel, Barbara Billingsley AND Dave Coulier- a finer group of thespians has not since been assembled. The show raised a number of questions that puzzled kids: Why did Fozzie always get booed on stage? Exactly what kind of animal is Gonzo? Why were so many frightening things hiding in the babies’ closet? Where the heck did Skeeter come from? And what exactly does Nanny’s face look like? I guess we’ll never know.

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Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Tampopo Friday, February 23, 2007

Posted by Will Li in 80s, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, movies, no snark?, Reasons why I am single, Things I Wrote At My Real Job, Wonderfully kinky.
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Here at DeadOn, we see it as our duty not only to tell you what’s going on right now in the world of entertainment and pop culture, but also to draw your attention to past movies or music which you may not have seen, or may not even have heard of. In this occasional column, your DeadOn contributors will be reviewing their favorite movies that never garnered much attention in the United States or were simply underrated, unappreciated and/or forgotten.

Trust us when we say that these films are well worth the effort; not because you might be able to feel artsy and be pretentious dicks to your friends (if you want to be a dick, these films may be of use to you too, somehow), but because they are truly some of the most entertaining, interesting, and thought-provoking pieces of cinema out there.

We’ll start with what I consider one of the funniest, most sensual movies ever made – the 1985 Japanese film “Tampopo.”

Tampopo

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Video Vixen – “You Can Call Me Al” Thursday, February 22, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, MTV, music video, TexasGal, Video Vixen.
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“You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
circa 1986
from the album Graceland

This video has two things going for it: (1) Chevy Chase. Some might not consider Chevy an asset, as he has more of a reputation for being an asshat. But I’ve always been a big fan, and he gets a free pass for life on the strength of Ty Webb and Dusty Bottoms alone. (2) Nothing. Seriously, nothing happens in this video. It’s just Chevy lip synching the lyrics, and Paul and Chevy play-synching random instruments… and that’s the brilliant genius of the whole thing. Show me one kid who grew up in the ’80s that didn’t learn how to do “the dance” in this video, and I’ll show you a sad, lonely adult today, who has grown up unsatisfied with his lot in life… and never quite could figure out why.

Who’s Your Favorite Wilbury? Monday, February 19, 2007

Posted by Tom in 80s, music, music video, rock & roll, supergroups, svpimh, Traveling Wilburys.
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The supergroup, in music and specifically rock & roll, is a tricky thing. Much like when a professional sports team assembles a lineup that reads like an all-star team, they often fail to live up to the astronomical expectations that are placed upon them.

Defining a supergroup is also something fraught with problems. Is a band like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young one? Yes and no: Yes in that the members were all stars in their own right or from previous groups, no in that they weren’t regarded with the same fawning reverence one might expect to see. I’d define a supergroup as a group of premier musicians, with established hit songs, coming together and making music because of their supreme abilities. We even see the supergroup today, with bands like Velvet Revolver (Scott Weiland + Guns ‘n Roses) and Audioslave (Chris Cornell + Rage Against the Machine).

And like the 2004-2006 Yankees, these all-star lineups often fail to live up to the hype. But for my money, one “supergroup” as we define it lives up to the hype and succeeds where many have failed. And that group is the Traveling Wilburys. (more…)

Video Vixen – “Take On Me” Monday, February 19, 2007

Posted by Texas Gal in 80s, MTV, music video, Video Vixen.
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Howdy from the Video Vixen- your tour guide through the magical, mystical, cheese-tastical world of 80s music videos. Each Monday, I’ll feature one of the masterpieces of that era – none of that highbrow, alternative stuff, either. Just good old fashioned cheese.

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