R.I.P. Sony Walkman (July 1,1979-October 25, 2010)

The Sony Walkman, one of the greatest technologies of the ’80s, has died as Sony announced that it has stopped production of the cassette tape player. It had been suffering from the disease of irrelevance since October 23, 2001, when the Apple iPod was released. It is survived by the very ill Discman, VCR, and floppy disk. The latter will have its production stopped this coming April.
The Walkman had a great life. If it was not for the Walkman, the iPod may never had been invented.
You could listen to your music while running or working out. Depending on your job, you could listen to the Walkman while you worked. You could also listen to it at home without annoying the rest of the family.
But, you could look like a fool by singing, really loud, to what you were listening to, and nobody else could hear the music. Here is an early commercial for the Walkman:

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Music Video of the Week – 11/3/10

This week’s selection is “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News from Back to the Future, which came out 25 years ago this year:

“The Power of Love”, along with the Back to the Future movie, was released in 1985. Huey Lewis and the News also had a hit with “Back in Time” from the movie.
“The Power of Love” gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song appears early in Back to the Future as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) skateboards to school, then when he and his band played the song for a Battle of the Bands auditions (which Lewis, himself, is judging, and tells Marty’s group that they are “just too darn loud”).

Trivia Tuesday – 11/2/10

Question: What was the date in 1955 that Marty arrived on in Back to the Future?

Last Week’s Question: What 2 things does “Basket Case” Allison (Ally Sheedy) add to her sandwich?

Answer: Cap’n Crunch and Pixie Stix (or sugar)

This was a very funny scene in the movie. Not only was she eating this “sugar” sandwich, but she was also drinking a regular Coke with it. I’ve never tried that. But, maybe I will one of these days if I’m really tired at work! Here is the scene:

C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in UK Commercial

Dixons Retail, a UK company that owns Currys and PC World, announced that they have a new ad campaign featuring Star Wars heroes C-3PO and R2-D2 as they land on Earth to explore one of the company’s Megastores.

As usual, Anthony Daniels plays C-3PO, as he and R2-D2 land on planet Earth in a Megastore carpark late at night, with R2-D2 breaking into the store, and C-3PO following him. The droids proceed to explore the store, interacting with the store’s inventory, and using several lines from the original Star Wars trilogy.

Here is the commercial:

This isn’t the first commercial that the droids have appeared in. Remember this one?

19 Somethin’ – Big Hair and Parachute Pants

We have now reached the conclusion of the 19 Somethin’ series. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here are the next lines in the song:

big hair and Parachute pants
and lookin’ back now I can see me
oh man did I look cheesy
I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
ah, it was 1980 somethin’

There is nothing else new in the song related to the ’70s or ’80s. Did you enjoy this series? Let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, we will talk about Big hair and Parachute Pants:

There used to be the Beehive, and then the Beatles haircut. Then in the late ’60s early ’70s, there were Afros and men started growing their hair long. But nobody’s hair gets mentioned more than the ’80s. Both men and women had hair that could reach to the stars. And it can be argued that the hairspray, required to hold all that hair in place, burned a huge hole in the ozone layer. In general the hair could be feathered. This was probably started by Farah Fawcett in the late-’70s. The hair could be long or short in the back, but the top and sides would still be feathered. There were other hairdos that could (and should) only be seen in the ’80s. The Feathered hair could lead to the Mullet! Oh yeah, business in the front and party in the back! And don’t forget the Jheri Curl! This was started by Michael Jackson. But Eric LaSalle probably had the best Jheri curls of the ’80s in the movie Coming to America.
And finally, there was the New Wave style. The hair very short at the sides and back and extra long in the front so the hair is worn over one eye.
So, long or short, the ’80s probably had the most memorable hair of any decade!

And finally, we’ll wrap up with the Parachute Pants. I mean, what else are you suppose to break dance in?!? The parachute pants were made of nylon, and usually had a bunch of zippers. They could also be called Zipper pants. The nylon made it easy to move and slide around while break dancing. I don’t know what exactly the zippers were for though. It’s not like you could fit anything in the pockets. The ’70s can keep their ugly bell-bottoms. We’ll take the parachute pants any day!

19 Somethin’ – Trans Am

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

We will continue on the line in the song, focusing on the Trans Am:

Skatin’ rinks and black Trans Ams

The ’80s had some great cars. One of the most popular was the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.

Here is a commercial:

Here are some other cool cars from the ’80s:

This is the Ferrari 308 GTB. This was the car from Magnum P.I.:

This is the Lamborghini Countach. The doors opened by tilting up:

The Camaro Iroc-Z:
The Delorean. Everybody knows this as the car from Back to the Future:

The Corvette:

Music Video of the Week – 10/27/10

In honor of Simon LeBon’s 52nd birthday, here is an alternate video version of Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like the Wolf”:

You can click here to see the original version.
“Hungry Like the Wolf” came off of Duran Duran’s second album – 1982’s Rio. This is Duran Duran’s signature song, and made them internationally. The original video constantly played on MTV. It was pretty cool though, since it had a Raiders of the Lost Ark feel to it.

Trivia Tuesday – 10/26/10

Question: What 2 things does “Basket Case” Allison (Ally Sheedy) add to her sandwich?

Last Week’s Question: In the video for ‘Time After Time’, where do Cyndi Lauper and her boyfriend live?

Answer: In a camper

“Time After Time” was the second single released off of Cyndi’s debut album, She’s So Unusual. The song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1984. Lauper’s mother, brother, and then-boyfriend David Wolff appear in the video, and Lou Albano, who played her father in the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” video, can be seen as a cook. The song has been covered by dozens and dozens of artists, ranging from Jazz legend Miles Davis to Willie Nelson to Ashley Tisdale. I like the song a lot now. But, when it came out I got sick of it quickly as it was on MTV Time After Time After Time After Time After Time After Time….

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