Awesome 1980s

Hell Comes to Frogtown Trailer

Hell Comes to Frogtown Trailer

In 1988, pro wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Conan the Barbarian’s Sandahl Bergman starred in a campy sci-fi action movie called Hell Comes to Frogtown. Perhaps the producers thought people would take it more seriously with the voiceover in this trailer. The second trailer is equally entertaining.

VHS Hoodie

VHS Hoodie
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Be kind and rewind to the 1980s with MoonLambo’s graphic hoodie, inspired by VHS cassette box art. Its made from a soft and cozy mix of polyester, cotton, and elastane for stretch, and is dye-sublimated to keep its looks from fading – unlike that Lethal Weapon tape you rented from Blockbuster that’s been played 1000 times.

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Squid Game Synthwave Style

Squid Game Synthwave Style

Jung Jae-il’s soundtrack from the hit show Squid Game is equally intense, memorable, quirky, and creepy. YSSY combined the tracks Pink Soldiers and Way Back When and transformed them into a 1980s inspired synthwave song suitable for another Netflix series, Stranger Things.

Timex T80 x Space Invaders Watches

Timex T80 x Space Invaders Watches
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8-bit gaming fans will dig these retro-style Timex watches with pixel artwork and sound effects from the arcade classic Space Invaders. They have an old-school green-gray LCD screen with Indiglo lighting and 24-hour chronograph, alarm, and month/day/date functions. Available in black, silver, or gold finishes.

Retro Tech: Cassette-Changing Boombox

Retro Tech: Cassette-Changing Boombox

Techmoan takes a look at one of the stranger boomboxes ever made, the Mitsubishi TX-L50. At first glance, it’s a perfectly ordinary-looking boombox, but this one has a mechanism that lets it play both sides of up to five cassettes for up to 10 hours of continuous music when used with 120-minute tapes.

Arcade1up TRON Arcade Machine

Arcade1up TRON Arcade Machine

The 1982 TRON arcade machine known as much for its awesome glowing blue joystick as it is for its gameplay. Now, Arcade1up has replicated the machine in a 3/4-scale version for home arcade enthusiasts, complete with a black light and reactive cabinet art. It also plays Discs of TRON. Pre-orders start 10.19.2021.

Peter Hook + Joy Division Orchestrated

Peter Hook + Joy Division Orchestrated

Peter Hook, musical director Tim Crooks, and an ensemble of musicians perform Love Will Tear Us Apart from their Dreams EP, which features four classic Joy Division tracks reimagined with an orchestra. Tracks include Atmosphere, New Dawn Fades, and A Means to an End, plus two alternative versions.

VHS Sneakers

VHS Sneakers
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MoonLambo asks us to be kind and rewind with its tribute to the bold and colorful graphical style of 1980s VHS tape boxes. While the chunky hi-top look of the Classic Collector’s Edition is our fave, they also make a less expensive canvas VHS sneaker.

Maiden Goes to Hollywood

Maiden Goes to Hollywood

Wax Audio blended together the sounds of two very different bands with seemingly little in common. But both Iron Maiden and Frankie Goes to Hollywood share more than just British roots and 1984 hit albums – they both created music inspired by the works of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Amiga A500 Mini

Amiga A500 Mini

The Commodore Amiga was one of the more powerful PCs of the 1980s. Known for its graphical prowess, it offered some of the best games of its era. This mini version looks like the A500, but supports A1200 graphics. It comes with 25 games, and the ability to load more. Comes with a 2-button mouse and a gamepad. Drops early 2022.

’80s Piano Medley

’80s Piano Medley

The 1980s were a good decade for music, giving us bands like Tears for Fears, The Human League, and Soft Cell along the way. To celebrate his love for the new wave, pop, and rock music from the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes, stone-faced pianist Vinheteiro offers up a 5-minute concert of some of the era’s best tracks.

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Floppy Drive Video Demo

Back in the 1980s, the demoscene was all about creating cool motion visuals and music using the computers of the day. Engineer Matthias Kramm figured out a way to create an old-school demo without a computer by hacking the output of an old Commodore 1541 floppy drive into a video signal. More details on his blog.

The Last Video Store VR Game

The Last Video Store VR Game

RareBird Games created this VR gaming oddity. The game sends players back in time to a Blockbuster-style video store to wander the shelves looking for movies to rent on VHS and DVD. In survival mode, you’ll work to make money for bills and movie rentals, and you’ll even be able to watch some movies inside of the game.

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The Print Shop Online

The Print Shop Online

’80s kids might remember a little computer program called The Print Shop. Broderbund’s whiz-bang piece of software let users print out greeting cards, banners, and signs on dot-matrix printers. Now you can relive this classic thanks to Melody and April Ayres-Griffiths online emulation, complete with the ability to print to PDFs.

Your Illustrated Childhood

Your Illustrated Childhood

If you grew up in the ’80s, ’90s, or ’00s you saw the work of artist Gary Ciccarelli. You might not know his name, but the illustrator created airbrushed images for countless products, including action figure packages, toy boxes, board games, movie posters, trading cards, and more. His work is gradually being archived on Instagram.

The History of the Rickroll

The History of the Rickroll

Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up is closing in on a billion YouTube views, thanks in large part to its use as the world’s number one prank. Alfo Media offers a retrospective on musician Rick Astley, the music video itself, where the term “Rickroll” comes from, and the impact the meme has had on Astley’s career.

Slap on Me

Slap on Me

YouTuber RamsesThePidgeon proves that we have yet to hear every possible cover version of a-ha’s 1985 classic Take on Me. Ramses says he had the earworm stuck in his head, and the only way to get it out was to beat it out of himself.

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

Restoring a 1980s Handheld Pinball Game

What you’re looking at here is an old digital pinball game that dates back nearly four decades. TysyTube found the yellowed and badly-scratched handheld system on an auction site, and painstakingly restored it to like-new condition. Using that ice cube tray as a screw sorter is a brilliant lifehack.

1980s Laugh Track Machine

1980s Laugh Track Machine

We never thought that sitcoms needed laugh tracks, but apparently, some TV executives think audiences need to be told when to laugh. In this video from the 1980s, we get a look at a unique piece of equipment that used 10 tape players to add various kinds of laughter, with audio engineer Carroll Pratt at the controls.

Retro Tech: Sony Face to Face Video Phone

Retro Tech: Sony Face to Face Video Phone

Nearly everyone has a smartphone with a camera these days, and videoconferencing is commonplace. But back in the 1980s, it certainly was not. Techmoan shows off Sony’s PCT-15 aka “Face to Face,” a 1988 device that could send a single black-and-white image at a time, transmitting data via a phone line – like a fax machine.

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Blink-182 in the 1980s

Blink-182 in the 1980s

Blink-182 is already the poppiest of pop-punk bands, but they sound even more bubbly in this synth pop cover version. Mick Mazz imagines what it would have been like if the band recorded All the Small Things sometime between 1985 and 1990, and used a lot more synthesizers.

Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Don’t You Want Me on Brass

Musician Seb Skelly turns The Human League’s 1981 new wave hit Don’t You Want Me into a jazz tune, performing all five parts of his arrangement for brass quintet. We kind of miss the synthesizers, but Seb’s version is pretty great too.

GrubHub in the 1980s

GrubHub in the 1980s

We rely on food delivery services like GrubHub and DoorDash way too much these days. Can you imagine what it would have been like if tech companies tried to launch such a service back in the 1980s? Squirrel Monkey envisions a rudimentary version of GrubHub that shipped on floppy disks and ran on MS-DOS.

Famous Synth Sounds of the ’80s and ’90s

Famous Synth Sounds of the ’80s and ’90s

Are you an ’80s or ’90s kid? Then you’ll want to hit play on Estuera’s two-part video series about the synthesizers and presets that defined the sounds of two decades. Along the way, he performs excerpts from more than 40 tracks and makes them sound just like the originals, thanks in part to Arturia’s synth emulation tech.

The Legend of Beavis

The Legend of Beavis

Nintendo fans might remember the short-lived The Legend of Zelda cartoon which ran on Saturday mornings in 1989. Now, thanks to the warped mind of editor KhalidSMShahin, we can enjoy this not-so-classic video game cartoon with Beavis playing the role of Link.

Feel It Still: 1986 Edition

Feel It Still: 1986 Edition

Let us kick it like it’s 1986 now with this fun and delightful cover version of the Portugal. The Man tune Feel It Still. Musician Mick Mazz gives the already sweet track an added candy coating with a heaping helping of ’80s synthesizers that make it sound like something by A-Ha.

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