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1980s Now is a weekly examination of the importance of 80s pop culture and its continued influence today. We demonstrate that nostalgia alone doesn’t account for the contemporary fascination with our favorite decade. Instead, we share personal experiences and interview experts--including icons from 80s music, movies and TV--to demonstrate the “era of greed” bore the greatest moments in movies, music, television and sports. The show is equally entertaining and informative. (80s is aka '80s.)
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Richard Marx chastises concertgoer "Fast Car" is a hit (again) Billy Mitchell settles "cheater" lawsuit Then, Kat challenges us to identify 80s one-hit wonders by a clip and a clue. And she asks the harder question: Was the artist really …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss whether they'd like to travel back to their youths and what they'd try and accomplish. Then, Will chats with author Amy Weinland Daughters about her award-winning book "You Cannot Mess This Up: A True Story That Never Happened." Introduction - 0:00 Interview - 14:10 Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1980snow. For more epi…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including Richard Marx chastises concertgoer, Tracy Chapman finally has a no.1 song, and Billy Mitchell settles his defamation case. Then, Will shares the true tale of how Todd Rogers, the former video game champion, was caught cheating (allegedly). Introduction - 00:00 Announements - 7:30 1980s News - 0…
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Will, Kat and Jon share their thoughts about John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982). What terrified Will and Jon brings laughter to Kat. Then, Will chats with Robin Block, CEO and Executive Producer at CreatorVC, about their forthcoming "expanded" documentary about the cult-classic thriller. Introduction - 0:00 Interview - 14:50 Become a patron at www…
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Recorded before a live Facebook (and YouTube) audience, Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Fans Sue Madonna Can new Road House defeat original Road House? Kid defeats Tetris Then, the hosts discuss their (and your) fictional crushes and the benefit of having had them. Finally, they give away a collectible thanks to www.kokomoto…
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First, Will, Kat and Jon reunite during their "break" to announce the new live show beginning on January 31. Kokomo Toys & Collectibles will be giving away a prize to a someone in the live audience. Join us on Facebook (or Youtube) on January 31 at 7pm Eastern for your chance to win. Plus, Jon shares a story of being spotted at CES. Then, we hear c…
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First, Will, Kat and Jon reunite during their "break" to announce the new live show beginning on January 31. Plus, they let us know that Kokomo Toys & Collectibles will be giving away a prize to a someone in the audience during the live show. Join us on Facebook (or Youtube) on January 31 at 7pm Eastern for your chance to win. Then, we hear a repla…
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Prince's 1984 film "Purple Rain" is headed to Broadway. So, Will is joined by Marcus Taylor, the shows' resident Prince expert, to discuss the potential for a musical adaption. While the film was a a box office success, Prince's protagonist "The Kid" isn't the hero of the piece you'd hope for. Will changes to the original story be necessary to make…
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In 2020, less than a year after the launch of our inaugural podcast, we reached out to a number of iconic 1980s artists who would wanted to interview. And although at the time we did not have a track record of celebrity interviews, Cindy Morgan ("Caddyshack", "Tron") accepted our invitation. To our delight, she was more than just polite, she was ge…
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On this episode, we share clips from four of our most interesting discussions about 1980s songs. We discuss fascinating facts about more than a dozen tracks, including secret 80s cover songs, controversial songs from the decade, "The Filthy 15," and the love lessons we learned from songs. Introduction - 00:00 Tainted Love - 3:26 Sugar Walls - 6:29 …
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As the year comes to a close, we share clips of the strangest 1980s news stories Will, Kat and Jon discussed throughout 2023. Those items include: Someone attacked the Goonies' house with a fish. Is Uno the next Mattel movie? The original "Wilhelm scream" has been found. A "Ghostbusters" law affects haunted real estate. John Mellencamp fights audie…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: A super documentary lands in January The Six Billion Dollar Man may still be plugged in. KRS-One tells the Grammys that they’re all just wick-wick-wack Introduction - 00:00 Announcement: 4:18 *We'll be off January. Happy Holidays! 1980s News - 6:25 1980s Christmas Traditions - 54:00 Wrap-Up & …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Throw Papa from the Train? Beverly Hills Cop sequel trailer Whamageddon The Lost Boys musical Ray Stanz is "resentful" The 1989 beat that created a music genre Introduction - 00:00 Announcement: 2:00 *Join us live on Facebook/YouTube on December 19 at 7pm Eastern 1980s News - 4:15 Will's 1980s…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Toys "R" Us makes a come back...again Huey Lewis: The Musical The Running Man gets a reboot Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 5:30 1980s Christmas Wish Books - 38:17 Wrap-Up & Your Feedback - 1:24:56 Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1980snow. Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: A new Karate-Kid-iverse is coming The Outsiders becomes an unlikely musical Chuck E. Cheese thinks it can shut down its animatronics Hall sues Oates over their song catalog Hagar invites Roth to sing and then disses him Wilhelm Dafoe reveals his role in Beetlejuice 2 Introduction - 00:00 1980s…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including: Cobra Kai has cast an “iconic” Karate Kid character The Christmas Story house has a new owner Zelda is coming to the big screen We’ll be able to bust ghosts in Chicago very soon Then, Will introduces us to a new record that sounds like it was recorded in the 1980s. Get your copy of Love in Cag…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the unfortunate voice of the new Garfield movie, the "Highlander" reboot, how Warwick Davis called out Disney, and the rescue of "Coyote vs. ACME." Then, the trio discusses why some of our favorite 1980s movies can't be streamed anywhere. Finally, Will updates us on the status of his 1980s-era …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including how Stewart Copeland wanted to "choke the life out of" Sting, a new Harrison Ford documentary, and the new trailers for "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire" and "The Fall Guy." Then, the trio discusses the so-called Filthy Fifteen, the more than a dozen songs targeted by the newly-formed Parents Music…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the return of Beetlejuice's costume, how Harry Bellafonte's music came to be in "Beetlejuice," and a "Creepshow" video game. Then, the trio discusses the stories presented in Netflix's new documentary "The Devil on Trial," which follows the supposed 1980 possession of David Glatzel and the alle…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including McDonald's brings back an item of 1980s nostalgia, the Disney+ series "Loki" brings back a 1982 McDonald's, how Van Halen made Joe Perry quit Aerosmith, Ridley Scott has seen the upcoming "Alien" sequel, and John Carpenter weighs in on the mysterious ending of 1982's "The Thing." Join us on Fac…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including Dee Snider's new graphic novel, "Moonlighting" streaming and the battle over "Every Breath You Take." Then, the trio examines the truth about Halloween sadism and its connection to the Tylenol murders in the 1980s. Were sociopaths really putting poisons and sharp objects in children's Halloween…
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Do you love 1980s pop culture and hate silence? Then you’ll love 1980s Now. Each week, the 1980s Now podcast examines the importance of 1980s pop culture and its influence today. We speak with the 1980s icons we grew up loving, like: Ernie Hudson, Taylor Dayne, Elvira, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Dee Wallace, Harold Faltermeyer, and many more. And every week we…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the Ghostbusters way to trap your movie popcorn, a young Rambo, and the source of an iconic 1980s look. Then, Will shares some stories of breaking in the 1980s. Did you break? Let us know. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 11:00 Did you break in the 1980s? - 32:00 Wrap-Up & Your Feedback - 01:0…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including how Jan Wenner was removed from the Rock Hall board, Toto doesn't like being a "p**** band," and the racy word reconned out of Star Wars canon. Then, the trio discusses some hit 1980s songs with controversial lyrics. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 05:46 Controversial 1980s Songs - 35:55 Wrap…
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On this special episode, Will introduces us to some of the themes that are covered in his 1980s novel and will be topics for future podcast episodes. The novel, which is called "Outcastes," follows a teenage Indian immigrant in the early 1980s, who uses hip-hop to cope with the loss of his mother. Next week, the trio returns to discuss some of the …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including Stephen King's thoughts about the new "Pet Sematary," the Gremilns TV show has a curious Rotten Tomatoes score, and how "Dial of Destiny" may be vindicated. Then, the trio discusses some of the scandalous moments during the 1980s MTV Video Music Awards. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 08:24 1…
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Will, Kat and Jon share their experiences playing video games in their youths. Then, Will chats with author Alyse Knorr about her book "Super Mario Bros. 3" and the impact the game had on her life. Introduction - 0:00 Interview - 13:19 Become a patron at www.patreon.com/1980snow. For more episodes of 1980s Now and information about the show visit w…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the "Tron" sequel 3 is in limbo again, a possible Cobra Kai Reunion in 30 year, and the urban legend behind a "Young Guns" sequel. Then, trio uncovers the truth behind some of the 1980s urban legends that haunted us as kids. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 03:10 1980s Urban Legends - 32:34 Wr…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including a Mattel theme park, the forthcoming Killer Klown's video game, and the popular 80s horror movie that never existed. Then, trio questions the threat posed by 10 artificial characters from 1980s movies. And they review the real danger of AI today. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 06:08 Killer A…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including "Monopoly: The Movie," Ghostbusters delays, and a new zombie movie from the late creator of the genre. Then, Will shares the true, dark (read: cynical) tale of how "Rapper's Delight" became the first hip-hop record to hit the Top 40. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 04:25 Good Crimes: The True…
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While Will continues to convalesce, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including graffiti as a pillar of hip hop and the return of the Toxic Avenger. Then, the duo chats about truck culture in the 1980s, including the movies, TV shows and music that popularized the trucking. Introduction - 00:00 1980s News - 03:31 Truckin' in the 1980s - 20:10 …
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including "Beverly Hills Cop" was not a comedy, ALF is back (sort of), Madonna is on the mend, and He-Man has been shelved. Then, following the success of "Barbie," the trio discusses the next 10 unbelievable toys Mattel is bringing to the big screen. Introduction - 00:00 Announcements - 04:15 1980s News…
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Will, Kat and Jon meet in-person for the first time at the Southern Fried Gaming Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. There, they record this "true crime" episode before a live audience. Will shares the layered non-fiction tale of how Swordquest, the most ambitious game series Atari attempted for the 2600, is inseparable from the video game crash of 1983. Bec…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including how Taylor Swift beat 1980s record, the vinyl to be wary of, and the sale of Little Eddie's little Frankenstrat. Then, the trio attempts to listen to the current Top 10 hit songs and decides whether they're better than the songs that charted this time in 1983. Introduction - :25 Announcements -…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including the ultimate 1980s summer song, "Beetlejuice 2" set photos, and Duran Duran Funko Pops. Then, the trio chats about the new "Back to the Future the Musical" and "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." Plus, Will surprises his co-hosts with a name the fake 80s-movie-turned-musical. Introduction …
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Will, Kat and Jon share some of the unusual and harrowing adventures they had in their youths. Then, Will chats with author Michael Thomas Perone about his new novel "Danger Peak." Set in 1989, it's an inspiring story about a 13-year-old boy trying to scale the magical mountain. Filled with humor, adventure, and, most importantly, heart, Danger Pea…
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Will, Kat and Jon promote upcoming events on the show, including live episode on Facebook/YouTube on Wednesday, July 12, at 8pm Eastern. Then, they share clips from interviews with six of their favorite 1980s musicians. Introduction - :25 *RSVP to our Live Event on FB: https://fb.me/e/a0BgAVkXO *RSVP to our Live Event on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3Dq…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including a real-life Tatooine planet, the "Honey, I Shrunk" reboot is dead, and four new booby-trap-free Indiana Jones games. Then, Will leads Kat and Jon on an Indiana Jones trivia adventure. Can you survive the challenge? Introduction - :25 Announcements - 5:30 *We're off next week. *Come see us at SF…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including another 80s icon joins "Stranger Things," the father of hip-hop gets inducted, and "The Flash" pays homage to "Back to the Future." Then, the trio discuss the good and bad lessons they learned from 1980s love songs. Introduction - :25 Corrections and Updates - 6:57 1980s News - 10:30 Lessons in…
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Kat reveals how Will and Jon's recent "boys-only" episode helped her learn something about herself. Plus, we get her thoughts on the Top 10 Sexiest Men of the 1980s (per MsMojo). Then, Will chats with author Skye McDonald about her latest romance novel "The Not So Nice Girl." Set in the summer of 1986, it will transport you to a time of mixtapes, p…
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Will and Jon discuss current 1980s news including updates on sequels to fan favorite 80s films (Conan, Terminator, Ghostbusters and others) and how Dana Carvey snubbed Robin Williams. Then, with the Kat away (literally), Will and Jon review Watch Mojo's list of the ten sexiest women of the 80s. And later, the pair shares the fictional male characte…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 1980s news including how to anger Harrison Ford, Deckard is/isn't a replicant, and AI is "demonic." Then, Will shares the dark, true story about the origin of the popular, riot-inducing toy from the 1980s, the Cabbage Patch Kids. Although Xavier Roberts' signature appears on each doll, he may not be their father. I…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including Jeff Bridges tells iconic video game joke, John Mellencamp tells audience to STFU, and Little Mermaid gets review bombed. Once featured in nearly every 80s song, the trio traces the controversial of sax solos in music to determine where they went. Will challenges Kat and Jon to identify the iconi…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including Carrie Fisher gets her star, Michael J. Fox is fine with a "Back to the Future" reboot, and Prince defeats Warhol in court. Then, on the 40th anniversary of "Return of the Jedi," the trio discusses how George Lucas changed the beloved film. And, more importantly, how dare he? Our hosts question w…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including a new Dolly Parton album of 80s covers, the "Beetlejuice" sequel finally has a release date, and the how the 1988 WGA strike gave us the worst season of "Star Trek." Then, the trio discusses how radio in the 80s affected their lives throughout that decade, and why "kids today" won't have the same…
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Will, Kat and Jon share some memories of the role radio played in their youths. Then, Will chats with Larry "the Duck" Dunn, who was an on-air host and music director of the legendary radio station WLIR throughout most of the 1980s. Now, Larry can be heard mornings on Sirius/XM's First Wave channel 33 on Mondays through Fridays and on most Saturday…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including a new action thriller set in the 1980s, Duran Duran may release a holiday album, and the "Ghostbusters" rule for selling a haunted house. Then, the trio shares memories from their 1980s prom, including the 80s-themed prom/fundraiser Kat and Will were a part of last weekened. Introduction - :25 An…
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Will, Kat and Jon catch up on a number of current 80s news stories. News items and time codes below. Introduction - :25 Dreamkid released a new single - 7:23 De-aging Indiana Jones - 12:10 John Williams' process - 19:50 Truth about the Nike movie "Air" - 23:30 Cary Elwes still against reboot - 36:54 Michael J. Fox new documentary -45:55 Ghostbuster…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including (some of) The Muppets are back, the original Wilhelm Scream has been found, and a piece of Star Trek history returns. Then, Will challenges Kat and Jon (and you) to identify 10 of the greatest 1980s TV show themes from a few clues and a ridiculously short audio clip. This episode was recorded whi…
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Will, Kat and Jon discuss current 80s news including how Super Mario crushed the box office and the why the Indiana Jones TV series may have been shelved. Then, Will shares the credentials of the most influential film producer of our youths, Kathleen Kennedy. Introduction - :25 Announcement - 6:26 *Join us on Facebook or Youtube for live podcast on…
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