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Retro Sounds of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

Retro Sounds of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

rerunthe80s takes us back in the time machine to remind us of sounds most of us haven’t heard in decades. From analog televisions to VCRs to video game systems, see how many of them you can guess with your eyes closed. We scored 15 out of 19.

Metal Mungo Jerry

Metal Mungo Jerry

Heavy metal musician Leo Moracchioli busts out the banjo and euphonium for this oompah-rock cover version of Mungo Jerry’s classic skiffle track In the Summertime. The only thing Leo neglected to do was grow out some epic sideburns like Mungo lead singer Ray Dorset wore.

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Armitron Griffy Blue LED Watch

Armitron Griffy Blue LED Watch
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Watchmaker Armitron continues to build out its Retro Collection with a blue version of their Griffy LED watch, which was previously only available with a red display. Ther 1970s-inspired watch has stainless steel case and link band, and its screen remains black until you push a button on its side.

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Retro Tech: Show ‘N Tell

Techmoan looks back at a popular toy sold from the 1960s to the 1980s. Made by General Electric, and later by Gabriel Toys, the Show ‘N Tell combined a record player with a filmstrip projector. As kids played the “PictureSound” records, the film strip moved through the light path, casting images onto a rear-projection screen.

Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept

Hyundai N Vision 74 Concept

Hyundai’s N performance division looks to the past for its future. Premiering alongside its RN22e concept, the N Vision 74 has a wedge-shape reminiscent of Giugiaro’s BMW M1 Procar and Hyundai Pony Coupe. It’s powered by a hydrogen-electric drivetrain that sends 670+hp to the rear wheels. We want one right now.

The Helicopter Mobile Home

The Helicopter Mobile Home

In 1977, this unusual helicopter appeared on the cover of Popular Mechanics. To lure in high-end customers, Winnebago worked with a small aviation company to create the Heli-Home, a complete mobile home that could take to the skies. Calum has the full story behind this fascinating flying machine and the man behind its creation.

Crazy on You on Gayageum

Crazy on You on Gayageum

The rock group Heart is known for its memorable melodies, awe-inspiring vocals, and killer guitar riffs. While Luna Lee’s gayageum version of Crazy on You has us missing Ann Wilson’s powerful lead vocals, it’s still a fantastic cover version.

Fat Cat Sat Hat

Fat Cat Sat Hat

Sesame Street has been a kids’ institution since 1969. This clip of a song called Fat Cat comes from a 1973 episode and reminds us just how brilliant the show can be with its rhythms and rhymes. Jim Henson played both the orange-haired Bip Bippadotta and the lavender singer, while Frank Oz was the blue guy, and Jerry Nelson was green.

Staying Alive Minus Bee Gees

Staying Alive Minus Bee Gees

The movies Saturday Night Fever and its sequel Staying Alive are so indelibly intertwined with the music of the Bee Gees that we can’t imagine them any other way. But the guys at Auralnauts like to subvert expectations, so they edited John Travolta’s big strut scene at the end of the movie, removing the trio’s trademark disco sound.

Retro Porter Satchel

Retro Porter Satchel
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This exquisite hand-stitched leather bag from Bexar Goods Co. is embellished with a tri-color stripe with a cool 1970s vibe. Each one is crafted from 9 oz. harness leather with solid brass hardware. Harkening to a simpler time, it has a single main compartment that holds a laptop, a change of clothes, and everyday essentials.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Animated Series

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Animated Series

Inspired by Star Trek: The Animated Series, Gazelle Automations created their own cartoon version of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The fan-made animation does a great job capturing the art style of Filmation’s series, melded with dialogue from our favorite Trek characters. Set headphone volume to Seven of Nine! Engage!

Schoolhouse Rock Cutout Figures

Schoolhouse Rock Cutout Figures
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Etsy artist Thunktronix makes all kinds of fun pop culture figures cut from sheets of Plexiglass. Fans of the 1970s Schoolhouse Rock educational cartoons will love these designs based on I’m Just a Bill, Interplanet Janet, Verb, Suffragette Sarah, and the Conjunction Junction conductor.

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Inside the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines is filled with vintage arcade machines that date back to the Soviet era. Incredibly, the machines have all been restored and are playable. Baklykov. Live takes us on a tour of the museum, its machines, and other artifacts.

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YEMA Retro LED Watches

YEMA Retro LED Watches
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French watchmaker YEMA takes us on a trip back to the 1970s with its retro-futuristic LED watches. They feature a boxy steel case with a segmented red display which tells the time only with the push of a button. Available in brushed stainless steel or goldplate finishes.

Las Vegas c. 1975

Las Vegas c. 1975

Today, the Las Vegas Strip is an ever-changing landscape of mega-resorts. This footage from the Kino Library gives us a glimpse at the Strip as it appeared in 1975. While Caesars and the Flamingo live on, most other properties on display have since been bulldozed. Though you can still find their signs at The Neon Museum.

Cup Noodles 70s and 80s T-Shirts

Cup Noodles 70s and 80s T-Shirts
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Cup Noodles (aka Cup O’ Noodles) have been filling bellies on a budget for 50 years. To celebrate, Nissin has released a series of limited-edition retro t-shirts celebrating the early years of instant ramen. There’s a classic Japanese 1971 tee, a psychedelic ’70s tee, and a neon ’80s tee.

Metallica Goes Disco

Metallica Goes Disco

For those too young to remember, Leo Sayer was a maestro of disco-pop music in the 1970s. To make things interesting, mashup artist Bill McClintock melded the pop sounds of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing with Metallica’s Sad But True for a combination as delicious as chocolate and peanut butter.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Plays Sparks

“Weird Al” Yankovic Plays Sparks

If you haven’t seen Edgar Wright’s The Sparks Brothers yet, what are you waiting for? During production of this most excellent documentary, Wright convinced “Weird Al” to perform an accordion cover of Sparks’ track This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us from their 1974 classic album Kimono My House.

Peanuts Sing Roundabout

Peanuts Sing Roundabout

One of the more popular things to do with footage from the classic Peanuts cartoons is to edit them dancing and singing to make them look like they’re performing a different song. Garren Lazar’s latest edit has the gang tackling the 1971 Yes track Roundabout, and it’s quite perfectly synced up with the prog-rock masterpiece.

Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

To promote their electric G-Class Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz enlisted director Nina Holmgren to create a lighthearted promotional film that imagines this futuristic vehicle from the perspective of a 1970s television viewer. The style of the cinematography, color grading, and voiceover work are spot-on.

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Ringbrothers 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

Ringbrothers 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer

Ringbrothers built this incredible restomod of Chevy’s classic Blazer SUV. This K5 model has a beastly LS3 6.2L V8 that makes 430 hp, a carbon fiber hood, Flowmaster exhaust, 18″ HRE wheels wrapped in 33″ General Grabber tires, Warn locking hubs, and a custom leather interior. The vehicle is currently being given away on Omaze.

SampleTron 2

SampleTron 2

IK Multimedia’s virtual instrument can replicate the rich and emotive sounds of tape-based samplers like the Mellotron. SampleTron 2 comes with over 400 virtual tape tracks, including choir, strings, brass, organ, piano, bass, synths, and vocoders. You can also load your own samples and run them through the tape sound engine.

Cher’s West Side Story

Cher’s West Side Story

Cher is known for her incredible vocal power, soufulness, and showmanship. To demonstrate her versatility, she played all of the major roles in a mini production of the musical West Side Story for her 1978 show Cher… Special. The same show featured a heaven vs. hell musical battle between Dolly Parton and The Tubes.

The Cybertronic Spree: Barracuda

The Cybertronic Spree: Barracuda

The Cybertronic Spree is a cover band who performs as stylized versions of the Transformers. Beyond their impressive cosplay, they’re also talented musicians, as they demonstrate with this powerful cover version of Heart’s classic Barracuda. If you missed it before, check out their cover of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.

Q Timex Reissue Watch

Q Timex Reissue Watch
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Replicating every detail of the 1979 classic, this 38mm wristwatch even has the period-accurate woven stainless steel band. Like the original, it features a rotating outer ring, luminescent hands, and dial markers, updated with a modern quartz movement. It’s available in eight colorways, but we love it in the classic blue and red.

Flipping Out Flip Clock

Flipping Out Flip Clock
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Cloudnola’s modern take on mechanical flip clocks has large, easy-to-read digits, and can either be wall-mounted or placed on a tabletop. It has a sturdy metal frame, and its flip panels are made from PVC. It measures 14.96″ w x 5.51″ h and runs on a single D battery (not included).

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