Awesome 1980s

Cheers… or Not?

Cheers… or Not?

For anyone who grew up watching TV in the ’80s and ’90s, the Cheers theme song will immediately bring back fond memories. But let this version play, and things get a whole lot less cheerful. We don’t care if everybody knows our name. There’s no way we’re going to this bar.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Disks)

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Disks)

The Floppotron plays a song which feels like it was tailor-made to be performed on old floppy and hard disk drives – Eurythmics’ 1981 classic Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). The synth sounds just work perfectly on the computer hardware, and who are we to disagree?

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Halloween: Reznor + Ross Edition

Halloween: Reznor + Ross Edition

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross recorded a fantastic tribute to John Carpenter’s theme from Halloween, adding their own haunting style, while preserving the synth sound that made it a classic. From the upcoming John Carpenter’s ‘Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998.

VFXcool: Back to the Future (Pt. 1)

VFXcool: Back to the Future (Pt. 1)

The always educational Captain Disillusion takes a break from debunking viral videos and questionable crowdfunding to kick off a new series about the masters of visual effects. The first episode looks at the ahead-of-their-time visuals in the Back to the Future trilogy.

Metal Africa

Metal Africa

Musician Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios turns in another fantastic heavy metal cover version – this time putting a razor-sharpened edge on the 1982 Toto pop hit Africa. This time, he’s joined by vocalist Hannah Boulton and guitarist Rabea Massaad.

Documentary for the Recently Deceased

Documentary for the Recently Deceased

Director Fred China and his team are currently raising funds for a documentary about the creation of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice, which features amazing, never before seen archive footage of production of the film’s clever visuals. (Thanks John!)

Def Leppard: Hysteria 30th Anniv. Ed.

Def Leppard: Hysteria 30th Anniv. Ed.

Celebrate the peak of glam metal with the 30th Anniversary Edition of Def Leppard’s fourth album. It’s available on vinyl and CD, as well as a deluxe set that comes with B-sides, remixes, two DVDs, and four books.

CES 1987

CES 1987

An awesome tech time capsule from the 1987 Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. Art Vuolo of Videoholic Returns posted this 4 part video which shows us just how far we’ve come in 30 years. That remote control was insane. And that bar code VCR LOL.

How to Send an E-Mail

How to Send an E-Mail

If you’ve ever gotten mad that your smartphone took an extra second or two to send a message, just watch this 1984 video from the Thames TV program Database, which should serve as a reminder just how good we’ve got it with today’s technology.

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.

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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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!

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