Archive for the ‘1980’s’ Tag

The Cure

Any child of the 80’s may not have heard much of the Cure until their pre-teen years, but arguably one of the best albums belonged to this UK sensation.  In 1989 the Cure released the album Disintegration.  If this isn’t in your record collection; go out and buy it or download it today.

Yes I know the lead singer looks like a character from an episode of Fraggle Rock directed by Tim Burton, but the music speaks for itself.  Many a pasty faced teen dressed in black lace, clutching a daisy, and gently swaying in the corner; marked the larger fan base of this group, but for the epitome of pop-Goth the Cure can’t be topped.

I wish I had something more biting to say, but you can’t harp on something as genuinely entertaining as this.

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Visionaries and Holograms

Visionaries

For those of us who were kids in the 1980’s, especially if you are male, you may remember the TV series/Toy Line called Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light. Though the story and design were par for the course in the 80’s, their main selling feature as toys was the “magical” holograms on their chests and staves. Here is a nice site recording their history and brief existence.

It’s funny how many things had holograms in the 80’s and just how often we as kids were taken to believe that they were somehow really high tech. I am surprised that cell-phones or ipods haven’t been modded with holograms integrated into their designs yet.

  • There were the rather similar Supernaturals, who had torsos made of holograms and perhaps a shield to match. With names like Mr. Lucky and Weird Cat, you know the designers phoned it in on that one.
  • There were the BAT figures from GI Joe.
  • Countless stickers such as this A-Team Lazer Blazers collection.
  • I am certain Trapper Keepers had holograms to some extent.
  • Here’s a wonderful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cearal box with hologram.
  • And let us not forget the hologram glasses still in use for poker tournaments.

Whether you like them or not, holograms made hundreds of children believe that the future of entertainment was to be found in the illusion of depth via an overproduced likeness of something real. And they ended up with Britney Spears. Okay, so they were right.

Scandal – The Warrior

I have always wanted to do some MST3K voice overs for tons of music videos. Short of that I hope to feature as many video commentaries as I can. To start let’s look at a video that always makes me smile.

Artist: Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
Song: The Warrior
Released: 1984

I guess the co-protagonist is Jeff Goldblum as Die Fledermaus or is that Upholstor the Car Interior Avenger?

Ballet as produced by Marvel Comics.

0:47 You would think the netting villans would always be knocking things over and getting snagged on things. I bet they’re a blast at the beach though.

1:20 Bubble wrap girl is a tonf of fun at parties but is just embarrasing during the moment of silence at a funeral.

1:40 Some sort of tropical fish reference perhaps. Maybe their birds, all I know is that they aren’t very effective at fighting.

1:50 Bride of Frankenstein as painted by Chagal.

2:225 Bill Maher decides to keep score as Refereedum the Counting Mime.

My question is what are they keeping score on, levels of artistic suicide?

If this was on ice I could understand the horrible costumes.

Ah there is the steam, necessary or any 80’s video.

3:34 Luckily someone was there to catch her as no artist other than perhaps David Lee Roth can handle this much spandex in one video.

The funny thing is that as a kid I found this video entertaining. On some level it is still enjoyable and the song is catchy and a great 80’s party staple. All in all Patty Smyth is a wonderful musician that got a little too close to a video producer who wanted to start a new genre of music video action heroes.