THE BEST 1980s

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.

Into You Tronicbox Remix

Into You Tronicbox Remix

YouTuber Tronicbox puts his ’80s touch on Ariana Grande’s Into You. It’s not as densely retro as his viral Justin Bieber remix, but we’re not recommending this because it’s edgy. It’s just a plain good remix.

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Star Storm: The Destruction of Father

Star Storm: The Destruction of Father

Auralnauts reinvents the story of Star Wars in this mock trailer which stars C-3PO (or is it Creepio?) as the main protagonist, chopped up from bits of the original trilogy, prequels, and a commercial for breakfast cereal (which we still have a box of in the Awesomer office).

Were VHS Tapes That Bad?

Were VHS Tapes That Bad?

The 8-Bit Guy wanted to know if VHS tapes actually made for horrible videos. He compared three versions of Back to the Future: a 1080p digital copy, the same 1080p copy recorded on a high quality VHS tape, and a VHS release from 1985. TL;DW: Noise. So much noise.

Growing Up: The ’80s Remix

Growing Up: The ’80s Remix

Between Stranger Things, the rise of synthwave music, and new 8-bit console releases, the ’80s are back and bigger than ever. In this VHS-quality compilation, we’re reminded of some of the decade’s best movies (and Teen Wolf) courtesy of editor Joe Primmer.

SynthAxe Demo

SynthAxe Demo

A product demo reel for a crazy 1980’s musical instrument which combined a guitar with a MIDI synthesizer controller, which was basically the exact opposite of the Keytar. Why this thing never took off, we’ll never know.

The Was

The Was

We’re not exactly sure what we just watched, but this epic music video from Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches crams in countless references to pop culture icons from the ’60s through the ’90s, from Saturday Night Fever to Seinfeld, from The Warriors to Will Smith.

The Shining: The Board Game

The Shining: The Board Game

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. We’re not sure we’d trust Jack Torrance to make a board game though, as YouTuber Chainsaw Estates shows in this amusing ’80s style parody commercial based on Stanley Kubrick’s classic.

The Curse of the Three Terrors

The Curse of the Three Terrors

Collectible toy and apparel maker Super7 is behind the making of the first official He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon since 1985. If this teaser is anything to go by, they nailed the look. It screens at SDCC on 7/20/16, and then hits iTunes and Google Play 8/1.

The Rise of the Synths

The Rise of the Synths

Castell & Moreno Films upcoming crowdfunded documentary looks at the growing popularity of 1980s style Synthwave music, and the musicians, technology and sounds that provide their inspiration. Sizzle/concept reel here.

Lords of Synth

Lords of Synth

“Whoever scores the celestial dance of the comet most evocatively will be named the Lord of Synth.” Three legendary musicians compete for the coveted title of Lord of Synth in Adult Swim’s awesome parody of synth icons Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder and Wendy Carlos.

Prince in Concert: 1982

Prince in Concert: 1982

If you never saw Prince play live in his early days, tune in for the next hour or so, and check out this amazing performance from 1982 at the Capitol Theater. The video quality stinks, but it’s the music that counts, and boy is it some music.

The Robots: Father and Son Cover

The Robots: Father and Son Cover

One of our favorite 1980’s guilty pleasures is the music of German synth-pop band Kraftwerk. Andy Westphal feels the same way, and performed a fun cover of their track The Robots with the help of his son Hudson. Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance.

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Everybody Wants Some (Trailer)

Everybody Wants Some (Trailer)

Richard Linklater’s latest film is a throwback to the early 1980s, and is described as a sort of spiritual sequel to his classic Dazed and Confused. There’s no Matthew McConaughey, but there is plenty of pot.

1980’s Slang Chart

1980’s Slang Chart

If you ask us, ’80’s language is, like, totally coming back. Immerse yourself in this charming era with this tubular poster (shipped in a tube!) from rad designers Tim and Aurélia Sanders. It even shows you how to use these words so you don’t look like a major dweeb. Made in Seattle.

Tape Deck Scratching

Tape Deck Scratching

If you thought that scratching tracks on turntables was old school, check out this 1991 footage of Latvian DJ Modris “Mr. Tape” Skaistkalns mixing tracks using a pair of tape decks as his medium. So when is reel-to-reel going to become a hipster trend?

Reddit in the 1980s

Reddit in the 1980s

After educating us on several other popular websites and apps, Squirrel Monkey’s VHS-quality series demonstrates Reddit in all its ’80s glory. We wonder what The Awesomer would have been like back then. Also, never open a file called “REDDIT.EXE”

Gremlins Playing Cards

Gremlins Playing Cards

Play poker, go fish, spades or your favorite game with these official Gremlins playing cards, illustrated by Nat Iwata for Albino Dragon. Just keep them away from the sun, never get them wet, and never ever deal them after midnight.

Kung Fury: Hacking Tutorial

Kung Fury: Hacking Tutorial

The guy who enabled Kung Fury’s mission walks us through the finer points of sending objects through time, using the latest in high-tech computer equipment. His main problem? He’s got his 3-1/2″ and 5-1/4″ floppies mixed up.

True Survivor: 8-bit Edition

True Survivor: 8-bit Edition

Chiptuner Fredrik Segerfalk takes on David Hasselhoff’s already amazing ’80s inspired track for Kung Fury, and turns it into the soundtrack for an imaginary 8-bit video game, using the upcoming iPad music app SidTracker 64.

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David Hasselhoff: True Survivor

David Hasselhoff: True Survivor

Retro TV icon David Hasselhoff performs the pitch-perfect lead track for the upcoming short film Kung Fury, embracing his cheesy 1980’s past long enough that we might just look past his 21st century foibles. (Thanks Sunhwa!)

Tinder in the 1980s

Tinder in the 1980s

Jo “SquirrelMonkey” Luitjen takes a hilarious look at what dating app Tinder would have been like had it existed back in the 1980s. We’re not sure if that one dude was named Mason or Manson, but either way he’s creeptacular.

McDonald’s: Clean It

McDonald’s: Clean It

Not to be outdone by Wendy’s classic training videos, McDonald’s created this cheesetastic Michael Jackson inspired video to motivate its employees to keep the joint clean. An oddly appropriate companion piece to Weird Al’s Eat It.

He-Man’s Best One-Liners

He-Man’s Best One-Liners

Skeletor might have a way with the insults, but He-Man knows how to speak his mind too. Though from the sound of his observational humor, we’re not sure he should quit his day job for a standup gig quite yet.

Skeletor’s Insults

Skeletor’s Insults

“They should call you WIMP-lash!” That’s just one of the many fine insults that Skeletor handed out during his run on He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Here, DreamWorksTV compiles a few of his other greatest hits.

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (Blu-ray)

Pee-Wee’s Playhouse (Blu-ray)

The ’80s classic Pee-Wee’s Playhouse was lovingly restored with today’s tech, bringing back not only hilarious memories, but details and colors you never saw when you first watched them. The 8-disc set includes tons of extras.

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