THE BEST 1980s

Breakfast Time 1980s

Breakfast Time 1980s

Follow your nose to this campy assortment of old breakfast cereal commercials from the 1980s, from Frosted Flakes to Froot Loops to Cheerios to Pac-Man. And we always thought Little Chocolate Donuts were a fake thing.

The Origin of the ’80s Aesthetic

The Origin of the ’80s Aesthetic

If retromodern videos are to be believed, the 1980s were defined entirely by a neon glow and synthwave music. Vox takes a look back at the actual ’80s to figure out where some of the key styles that defined the decade came from.

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Magnatron 2.0

Magnatron 2.0

Digital artist Florian Renner created this neon-lit promo video for the synthwave collection Magnatron 2.0 from New Retro Wave. While the imagery and sounds are certainly inspired by the ’80s, they’re also crazy slick and futuristic. The track here is Star Fighter by Wice.

Driven: Ferrari Testarossa

Driven: Ferrari Testarossa

The Ferrari Testarossa defined the ’80s. Our friends at DriveWithDave spent some time with the now retro-cool flat-12 machine. Both mesmerizing and menacing, the Testarossa is still a desirable ride, and Michael Jordan’s weapon of choice.

The Floppotron: Take On Me

The Floppotron: Take On Me

We dare you not to do a little dance in your chair while you listen to Paweł Zadrożniak’s latest electronic cover track, as his orchestra of outdated computer hardware gets to work covering the 1985 pop classic by A-Ha.

Retro Tech: TEAC Open Cassette

Retro Tech: TEAC Open Cassette

Techmoan digs up all kinds of strange and wonderful “high-tech” stuff from the past. One of the crazier items has to be this cassette tape which defeated the entire purpose of a cassette, making you load in tiny reels of tape. Perhaps this was the precursor to the fidget spinner.

Fast and Bad

Fast and Bad

An amusing old 1987 interview featuring John Moschitta, Jr., long known as the world’s fastest talker. The best part is around the 3-minute mark, when he reads over a minute’s worth of Michael Jackson’s hit BAD in just 20 seconds.

Take on Me without Music

Take on Me without Music

The music video for a-ha’s 1984 pop hit Take on Me gets supremely creepy, and more than a little bit painful when Mario Wienerroither gets his hands on it and subtracts the catchy synths and dulcet tones of Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen, and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy.

Scandroid: The Force Theme

Scandroid: The Force Theme

Scandroid performs an awesome synthwave arrangement of John Williams’ classic Force Theme from the Star Wars saga. While it might not suit the timeless feel of the films, it certainly captures the essence of the era during which they achieved their greatest fame – the 1980s.

Eclectic Method: Kung Fury

Eclectic Method: Kung Fury

Get hit by lightning and bitten by a cobra as Eclectic Method takes us on another journey back to the ’80s. The awesomely synthwaved-out remix of sounds from Laser Unicorns‘ 2015 breakout hit Kung Fury makes us want to watch the whole movie again right now.

Atari Flashback Portable

Atari Flashback Portable

A handheld edition of the classic Atari 2600 game console with a 3.2″ color display. It comes pre-loaded with 60 games, and can also play game ROMs loaded onto an SD card too. Has a built-in rechargeable battery, and can connect to a TV with RCA composite inputs.

Gilligan’s Island vs. Batman

Gilligan’s Island vs. Batman

A wonderfully weird 1983 episode of Family Feud in which the reunited cast members of Gilligan’s Island took on the reunited cast of Batman for charity. Is it just us, or did all the actors on Gilligan’s Island just play themselves?

Floppy Drives Killed the Video Star

Floppy Drives Killed the Video Star

Paweł Zadrożniak’s incredible orchestra of floppy drives, hard drives, and stepper motors is accompanied by a rare human appearance in this computer-controlled cover of The Buggles’ MTV-launcher, Video Killed the Radio Star.

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1981 Two-Door Range Rover

1981 Two-Door Range Rover

Petrolicious scored a ride in this awesome 1981 Range Rover in Sandglow yellow. We’re introduced to its owner, John Holland, and learn about his love for the boxy British off-roader. Unlike some classic cars that sit in a garage, it’s great to see this one used as it was intended.

Grammys Synthesizer Showdown

Grammys Synthesizer Showdown

An awesome bit of classic footage from the 1985 Grammy Awards ceremony in which Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones and Stevie Wonder do battle on a stage packed with their favorite electronic keyboards. Oh, and on the same night, this happened. Damn.

Stranger Things 2 (Teaser)

Stranger Things 2 (Teaser)

The Super Bowl had lots of exciting moments from halftime on, but none that gave us such childlike giddiness as the first teaser spot for the second season of Stranger Things, which hits Netflix on 10/31/17. Bonus points to Eggo for their Facebook post.

1980s Computer Commercials

1980s Computer Commercials

This reel of vintage ads produced for ComputerLand’s Bay Area stores is a perfect time capsule of early desktop computing tech, from “economy-sized computers” with giant floppy drives, to daisy-wheel printers, to Apple and Atari systems that could even run Visicalc!

Somebody I Used to Know in the ’80s

Somebody I Used to Know in the ’80s

Bring out the hairspray and leather jackets. We’re hitting the club with the latest mix from aural time traveler Tronicbox. It’s Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, a ’90s song that came out in 2011, remixed to sound like it’s from 1984.

Pac-Man Clock

Pac-Man Clock

Retro video game fans will love this clock which displays animated pixel art from the classic arcade game. Its 512 individual LEDs show the time along with pixel-perfect art of Pac-Man and his ghostly nemeses. Officially licensed by Bandai Namco. Measures 7.8″w x 4.2″h x 2″d.

Machining a Swiss Cube

Machining a Swiss Cube

This video from the Crown Point High School machine shop works on multiple levels. It’s not only a cool demonstration of how to create a complicated metal sculpture, but we’re also convinced the school has developed the ability to time travel back to the 1980s.

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Super Mario x Rubik’s Cubes

Super Mario x Rubik’s Cubes

We can’t imagine how many hours it took the guys from juggling troupe Synchronicity to create this stop-motion Super Mario Bros. tribute video, created entirely by rotating the faces of hundreds of Rubik’s Cubes. Though this isn’t exactly the first time they’ve done this.

Westworld ’80s Trailer

Westworld ’80s Trailer

YouTuber MessyPandas imagines what the title sequence of HBO’s Westworld would be like if it came out in the decade after the original movie. He even made synthwave versions of the title theme as well as a couple of tracks from the show’s score.

Why Are We So Nostalgic?

Why Are We So Nostalgic?

Member the ’80s? Yeah I member! Wisecrack looks our fascination with going back to the well of our youth and endlessly rebooting, reissuing, and remixing the content of the past, and explores how nostalgia often peaks during times of uncertainty and change.

Eclectic Method: Weird Science

Eclectic Method: Weird Science

Go back to the ’80s with this catchy remix of memorable scenes and sound bites from Weird Science, the movie that made millions of horny boys think they could conjure up the girl of their dreams by hacking into a government computer and wearing bras on their heads.

Can’t Stop The ’80s

Can’t Stop The ’80s

Happy Cat Disco put together this awesome mashup track which combines some of the 1980’s most memorable tunes with Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling. The result is truly the ultimate ’80s dance track.

The Day My Kid Went Punk

The Day My Kid Went Punk

Time warp back to 1987 with this corny ABC Afterschool Special. Like all of these, the story has a simple moral: you can’t judge a book by its cover. Stars Doc from The Love Boat, Bug from Uncle Buck, the Governor from Benson, and Mrs. Willis from The Jeffersons.

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