THE BEST 1980s

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?

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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.

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.

Heavy Metal Maniac

Heavy Metal Maniac

NeoGeofanatic shreds a rockin’ new version of Michael Sembello’s cheesetastic classic Maniac from the 1983 film Flashdance. We’re picturing Jennifer Beals welding and pouring a huge bucket of water over herself – not at the same time.

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99 Red Balloons on Balloons

99 Red Balloons on Balloons

Musician Andrew Huang decided to play a rendition of the 1980s new wave hit 99 Red Balloons using nothing but actual red balloons – and a ton of editing. We’re not sure if these are the German or the English lyrics though.

’80s Keyboard Solo Medley

’80s Keyboard Solo Medley

Musician NeWT put together this awesome medley of some of the greatest keyboard solos from the 1980s, from The Final Coutdown to the theme from Knight Rider to She Blinded Me with Science and a little Super Mario Bros. on the side.

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

Game of Thrones: ’80s Remix

We’ve seen the Game of Thrones crew dressed for the 1980s, so now they need a theme song, right? Luigi Donatello scratches that itch with a version of the GoT theme song had it taken place in the decade of big hair and bigger synthesizers.

Delta: 1980s In-Flight Safety

Delta: 1980s In-Flight Safety

Delta’s flight safety video goes back to the 80s, loading its plane with pop culture icons from the decade of big hair and bad sunglasses. It’s not as silly as it could be, as it actually has to convey safety info. Bonus points for the last 10 seconds.

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

James Brown Soul Train Megacut

Put on your hot pants, get up offa that thang, and crank up your speakers for the next 45 minutes to honor The Godfather of Soul in this great compilation of all of his performances from Soul Train back in the 1970s.

80s LEGO Minifigs

80s LEGO Minifigs

Artist Dan Shearn has a love of 1980s pop culture and a love of LEGO, so he combined these two into a series of illustrations, envisioning the decade’s iconic characters as minifigs. The Warriors is from 1979, but we’ll forgive him.

SOTRW: Stratospheric

SOTRW: Stratospheric

We thought this was pretty great, but then we saw Todd Edwards’ spectacular homage to 80’s movies and music in Story of the Running Wolf’s latest video. Limahl, Laura Branigan and A-Ha would be so proud. (Thanks Ben!)

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She Blinded Me with Aldrin

She Blinded Me with Aldrin

Electronic music god Thomas Dolby was joined on stage by 83-year-old astronaut Buzz Aldrin for a live performance of his 1982 classic She Blinded Me with Science, exclaiming “Science!” with his awkward, but endearing intonation.

Donkey Kong Wall Shelves

Donkey Kong Wall Shelves

Designer Igor Chak’s conceptual shelves perfectly mimic the beams and girders of the 1980s classic video game, Donkey Kong. Though we don’t recommend rolling flaming barrels down them.

The Skipper

The Skipper

Not only is this clip a perfect time capsule of 1980s style, the guy at the center of the video – The Skipper – would have probably been a millionaire if he had only waited until YouTube came along.

Com Truise: BrokenDate

Com Truise: BrokenDate

Music video for BrokenDate by Seth Haley aka Com Truise, off of his Galactic Melt LP. The video matches the 80s synth music frame for frame, from the Laser Tag guns to the shots and angles.

Sweet Dreams Seven Nation Army

Sweet Dreams Seven Nation Army

File under fun: this silky smooth combination of Eurythmics Sweet Dreams and The White Stripes Seven Nation Army might be the best mashup our ears have ever experienced. (Thanks Dale!)

How Not to Make Bread

How Not to Make Bread

Did you know that “a lot of brown bread is just white bread colored brown”? Watch and learn how bread was made in the ’80s in this amusing vid, hair and ripped shirts included. (Thanks Sean!)

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