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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time to play...Name that 80's movie

This is a tough one, but should be very easy for some of you.  Hint: the movie is about one of the coolest high school kids ever.


Yippie Ki-Yay...Die Hard (1988)

The best lines in Die Hard right from the top of my head:

1.  Yippie Ki-Yay Mother-f*cker
2.  HAAAANS!
3.  Give me the detonators
4.  My name is Clay.  Bill Clay.
5.  You didn't pay me for my charming personality.

Feel free to comment below and add more.

How about a nice game of chess? Wargames (1983)

Wargames starring Matthew Broderick was way ahead of its time.  Hacking, the internet, military computers, supercomputers - these were all displayed in a movie that came out in 1983.  The ending message of the movie was also very powerful and chilling: No one wins in a global thermal nuclear war.   





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stephanie Seymor was a natural beauty...

Stephanie Seymour was a 5'10" brunette model from San Diego with striking green/blue eyes.  She appeared in Guns N' Roses music video November Rain.  She also appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues in the late 80s and early 90s.  At age 45 today, she still looks great and probably belongs in the MILF hall of fame (she's got 3 kids now).







Stephanie Seymour today....





The Ultimate Lamborghini Countach featured in Cannonball Run 2

This is the car of my dreams!

Flashbacks:
  1. 155 MPH!
  2. How can you lose a Lamborghini with 2 great looking chics in the middle of nowhere?
  3. "And it's got 2 great looking chics in it!"
  4. This movie had an all star cast that included Frank Sinatra and Jackie Chan



Maybe you can hire....The A-Team

Along with MacGyver, this is one of the best openings to any TV Show of the 80s.  The A-Team featured a great cast of actors including the late George Peppard as Hannibal and Mr T. as B.A. Baracas.  Wow, I wish this show was still on the air!




Monday, April 28, 2014

Miami Vice - In the Air Tonight

Hot Flashbacks:
  1. Don Johnson gets pissed at :30 (Great Acting!)
  2. Classic Black Ferrari
  3. Sawed off double barrel shotgun and 1:37.  Badass.
  4. Members only jacket on Tubbs.
  5. Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight.  Classic performance




Nothing lasts forever...In the cold november rain

I love the epic, sweeping cinematic quality of this video.  I really think this is when Guns N' Roses were at their peak.  Though earlier songs like "Welcome to the Jungle" were simpler, harder, and purer, this one showed that their music could cross into different styles and be universal.  According to his biography, Axl Rose toiled for 8 years to write this song and ultimately locked himself in a room for weeks until he finished it.  In my opinion, all the struggle was worth it because this is a masterpiece.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Johnny J5 was the original movie robot

These days you practically can't see an action movie without a robot of some sort.  But remember Johnny (J5) in short circuit?  This robot was the original and definitely ahead of it's time.  I'm blown away at how realistic he looks!  Seemingly, no CGI special effects are used with Johnny.  Movies today still copy J5.  For example, those little annoying robots Transformers 2 and Wall-E.   I also find it groundbreaking that an Indian character had such a big part in a movie. (although he's played by American actor Fisher Stevens)

Flashbacks:
  1. "This crap is moving!"
  2. "Lady luck, she is sitting in our laps today"
  3. "Oooh input!"
  4. I love how fast he reads the book

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Lets give a round of applause for Randy Watson and Sexual Chocolate

Two moments in this video 2:02 and 2:16 had me rolling.  Aside from that, this is simply a beautiful performance of Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All"

Sexual Chocolate!!


Tom Cruise acting cocky in Top Gun

Gotta love this scene!  Tom Cruise acted like such a cocky bastard and it fit the role perfectly.  It has been said that if you want to pick up a lot chics, act like Tom Cruise in Top Gun.  Ladies what do you think?

Flashbacks:
  1. "That's classified.  I can tell you but then I'd have to kill you"
  2. "Because I was inverted."....cough "Bullshit!" (Iceman, you ass lol)
  3. Charlie was really hot in this movie
  4. "You know, giving him the bird"
  5. I want Maverick's sunglasses!



Here's another look at Kelly McGillis:


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

80s Movies - Johnny B. Goode performed by Michael J Fox in Back to the Future (1984)

Wow, here's one of the best scenes from the original Back to the Future.  Michael J. Fox playing the guitar and singing is absolutely epic!

Flashbacks:

-Michael J. Fox looks like he can really play the guitar!
-Johnny B Goode was originally performed by Chuck Berry.  His version is even more epic if you can believe it.
-Signature move at 1:42

Bonus Question:  What was the name of this High School Dance?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

80s Music - Footloose Song and Final Dance (1984)

Footloose, footloose, kick off your Sunday shoes!  I don't know how you can listen to this song and not get up and dance to it.  No matter how many times I listen to this song (or watch this clip), I still boogey to it. Kevin Bacon was just awesome in the movie and he is definitely an awesome dancer, despite having a few dance doubles in the movie.  What I probably remember most about the movie is Ren's (Kevin Bacon's) style.  I must have worn ripped up light blue jeans, a white shirt / sweater, and sneakers for at least a few years as a kid.     

Kevin's still got the moves as he recently showed us on The Tonight Show.  

Shout out to Kenny Loggins who was an 80's music icon and performed "Footloose".  Other awesome songs on the soundtrack include "Let's hear it for the boy" and "Hurts so good".

Flashbacks:
-Gotta be the worst dancing ever by Woody (Chris Penn) at :032
-Ren's bowtie move at :052. That should be done by any guy ever dancing in a Tux.
-Unnamed pop lock dancer dude kills it at 2:34.  That is way beyond his time.
-Woody redeems himself at 3:22


Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Karate Kid Montage - You're the Best

This is one of the defining classic movies of the 80's.  An underdog fighter, an underdog love story, and classic characters that are unforgettable to this day.  The song "You're the best around" is sung by Joe Esposito.

Flashbacks:
-Ralph Macchio as Daniel Larusso (Danielsan).  He is absolutely kicking ass!!
-Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi (R.I.P. You were a legend)
-A beautiful young Elizabeth Shue as Ali
-Martin Cove as John Kreese the evil master instructor
-William Zabka as "Johnny", Danielsan's nemesis
-Cobra Kai Black Uniforms
-Mr. Miyagi stare at 3:08
-The Karate Kid soundtrack

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

80s Music - Taylor Dayne - Tell It To My Heart (1987)

Whatever happened to Taylor Dayne?  She had an amazing voice and grew up near my hometown in Long Island, NY.  She went to sell an incredible 75 Million records, which is more than most popular artists today. From her website it looks like she's still touring and still looks incredible.

Tell it To My Heart was Taylor's first hit and was a huge hit globally - especially in Europe, where there were endless mixes of the song played at clubs.   

Flashbacks:
-This video looks like it was shot for less than $100 LOL
-Taylor's hair is crazy
-Jeans look like they're from Osh Kosh Begosh
-Taylor starts getting really hot at 1:28
-Creepy red footsteps at 2:37


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

80s vs 90s Dance Battle! New Kids On The Block vs. NSync

Wow, this is a tough one! Here are some epic dance performances by both groups. Who do you think is better? Leave your comments below!

Team NKOTB: Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Jonathan, Danny

Team NSync: Justin, Lance, JC, Joey, Chris


Saturday, April 12, 2014

80s Music - Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)

You've been Rickrolled! LOL

Don't laugh, Rick Astley's 1987 song Never Gonna Give You Up hit #1 in 25 countries when it was released.  It's still a classic and I absolutely turn this jam way up when it comes on the radio in my car.

Rick is still actively performing and may be coming to a town near you.  Check him out at: The Rick Astley Website

Thursday, April 10, 2014

90's Music - MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This

Wow, this is MC Hammer at his best.  So many great dance moves in this video I don't even know where to begin.  There was a time when he was dominating all the music charts and was just racking up awards.  He seemingly exploded out of nowhere and was the originator of Hammer pants and the Hammer slide move.  "U Can't Touch This" was a global phenomenon and hit #1 on the Billboard Charts in almost every country it was played in.

Flashbacks

-Song prominently samples Rick James' Superfreak.
-Awesome moves at 1:23
-Ridiculous bicycle outfit at 1:41.  Bobby Brown rocked the same outfit in his video:
-The Hammer Dance at 1:59
-Hammer jumps down below to get a better look at the booty 2:44
-Awesome Hammer move at 3:08
-White girl at the end of the video.  She is hot but not a good dancer.  I'm sure one of Hammer's entourage guys picked her LOL.
-Download "U Can't Touch This" MP3 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

90's TV Shows - Fresh Prince of Bel Air - Original Extended Intro

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the original extended cut of the opening theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  Will Smith was only 22 when the show first aired and was "fresh" off his grammy winning musical career with DJ Jazzy Jeff (see if you can spot him in the video).  I wish Will did more rapping during those years because he was really, really talented.  


Sunday, April 6, 2014

80's - Name this child actor!

Wow, this was one of my favorite commercials in the 80's.  It featured Michael Jackson and a young actor who would go on to star in one of America's biggest hit TV shows.


Answer: Alfonso Ribiero.  He went on to play Carlton in the hit show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

80's - Name this child actor! (It's a hard one)


Answer is in small letters below.



Peter Costa.  He played Rudy Huxtable's young friend Peter Chiara in the 80's series "The Cosby Show"

80's Music Icon - Paula Abdul - Cold Hearted (1989)

This is one of Paula's sexiest videos!  I remember watching it as a kid and thinking it was like porn lol.  By today's standards, of course, it is pretty tame and actually I'm surprised at how much clothing Paula actually is wearing.  While I don't think this was her best song, I think it displayed all of her talent (singing, dancing, and personality)  On to the video...

-Entire video is an ode to the final scene in Flashdance 
-Little record exec with the round glasses.  Round glasses!
-Incredibly advanced synth / keyboard / electronic system for 1989
-Every cheerleading squad in the nation now has dance numbers like this.  Paula was a pioneer.
-Awesome slide move at 2:54 into the violins playing
-BEST part of the the video is at 3:15 when she does "Co Co Co Cold heart-ed oh ahh ahh...Co co co cold hearted sssnnnnake."  This is why Paula was a an 80's music icon.
-"Ooh Ahhh"
-"Ooh Ahhh"
-"Well, what d'ya think?"  Love you Paula!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

80's Music Icon - Bobby Brown - Every Little Step (1989)

Bobby, Bobby, Bobby.  Damn man, what happened to the days when you used to dance like this!???  IMHO, "Every Little Step" is Bobby Brown's most iconic song, performance, and video.  Many people don't know that this guy used to sell out arenas on a nightly basis.  While some questioned his voice, no one could question his onstage performances.  You won't see anything like him today.  He brought it hard and his moves were groundbreaking.  

Allright, let's get to the video. Things to watch out for:

-Sick bass track right from the beginning
-The 3 hot black girls with their high boots
-Bobby's lean to one side afro
-Bobby's jacket with "Bobby" embroidered on his right arm
-Bobby's ridiculous bicycle rider outfit with suspenders
-The signature running man step move which is unbelievable at 3:06
-Bobby randomly in a bathtub with a chick at the end of the video