Awesome 1980s

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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
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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.

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