Posts tagged "80s"

Watch Kevin Bacon Talk To Millennials About The 80′s

Kevin Bacon is one of my favorite actors of all time because he never takes himself too seriously and, let's face it, he's still adorable. Millennials, sit back and enjoy as Kevin takes us on a nostalgic journey to the '80s and tells us about a life before the invention of "Ok Twindr." [22…
By: Claire Hannum / March 12, 2014

I Can’t Stop Watching This 1988 Chi Phi Frat Video

Back in 1988, the members of the University of Southern California chapter of Chi Phi Fraternity put together a promotional rap video to attract new members to their fraternity's ranks. The vid, set to a funky original track, includes a multi-part rap about colors (!) and a lot of pretty awesome dancing. We're particularly fervent…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 21, 2013

“All American High” Is A Real-Life “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”

Teen movies from the '80s are basically the winter of our discontent. Why wasn't high school that cool when we were slogging through 11th grade? The 1987 documentary "All American High" takes a look at the high school oeuvre through the eyes of a foreign exchange student from Finland. Filmmaker Keva Rosenfeld explores the punks, preps and "metalers" of…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 19, 2013

TV Talk Show Flashback: All The Punks, Goths & Club Kids Your Parents Were Afraid You Might Become

Talk shows in the '80s and early '90s were obsessed with sussing out the latest subculture and parading it on display for the entire world to gawk at. Whether goth, punk, club kid or something in between, shows like Phil Donahue, Maury Povitch and Ricki Lake steadily trotted out what they considered "freaks." Take thi…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 20, 2013

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum Plans Show On ’80s Club Kids

Back in August when I was in London for the Olympics, my friends and I were treated to a special tour of the Victoria & Albert's collection of British evening gowns,worn by Queen Elizabeth to Princess Diana and beyond. The museum just announced their latest fashion-y exhibition, titled Club to Catwalk, which will explore…
By: Julie Gerstein / December 23, 2012

Video Flashback: Fancy Wants You To “Slice Me Nice”

Whoa guys, how come nobody ever told me about Fancy? I consider myself something of a connoisseur of crappy '80s bands, and somehow I have totally missed Fancy, which is the brainchild of German songwriter and fabulous man Manfred Alois Perilano. This 1984 video features a high-class chick being driven through a barren wasteland, followed by…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 26, 2012

A Totally Awkward ’80s Ad For Coffee

Coffee! It's the completely safe stimulant of choice of marathon runners, football players ... and the band Heart. This totally bizarre '80s commercial from the National Coffee Association tries to convince us that rockers were mainlining coffee, not cocaine, before shows. As if! "Because coffee gives you the serenity to dream it, and the vitality…
By: Julie Gerstein / February 3, 2012

Florence + The Machine Get “Addicted To Love”

Florence + the Machine's cover of "Addicted to Love" has been a regular on, oh, pretty much every mix CD I've made in the past six months. Something about Florence Welch's voice just turns this classic '80s track inside out. And then today, PopWrap posted a photo showing Florence in front of the…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / September 27, 2010

The Best Dance. Evah.

You know a man with no shirt, but suspenders and a jacket, knows what he's doing ... especially on the dance floor. [GBH]…
By: Simcha / July 15, 2010

’80s Shave Cuts Are Hot Again?

The thing about fashion comebacks is that they're always fleeting and transitory—after all, causing change is as easy as taking off your clothes. This is a good thing, for if we were forced to wear the same scrunchie and acid wash jeans for weeks at a time, we'd ensure the demise of civilized society…
By: Leonora Epstein / June 17, 2010

Jessica Stam Works It Out. In Stilettos.

We are forever looking for ways to make working out less painfully boring, but we must begrudgingly admit that V magazine and Jessica Stam beat us to the punch with their new workout spread. Somehow, we neglected to realize that evening gowns, stilettos, neon wrist bands and sky high ponytails were the way to jazz…
By: Lily Q / August 27, 2009

Style Steal: Old-School Paula Abdul

I once found myself in an elevator with Paula Abdul. And we got it on. Kidding. But she did say that she loved my dress. And boots. It's not exactly a claim to fame, given that the girl looked all sorts of sloppy and sad with loads of makeup and weird pirate hooker…
By: Lily Q / August 6, 2009

Stop Trying to Make Scrunchies Happen, American Apparel

We've kept silent while Dov Charney has screwed around with fashion. We put up with the pervy advertisements. We put up with Charney masturbating in front of a Jane reporter. We put up with his numerous sexual harassment lawsuits. We put up with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2009

TMI: Mother/Daughter Douches

The holiday season is filled with so many awkward family moments. Like, “Oh, pajamas. They’re, um… pink!” Or, “It’s a good thing Grandpa switched his prostate meds.” It can be scary stuff people, but I didn’t want to freak you out before you got cornered by a week’s worth of bonding time. Now that we’ve…
By: Simcha / January 5, 2009

Flashback: So 80’s Pantyhose

Fall is what I like to call pantyhose season. Nothing makes me feel more ladylike than silk, er synthetic, stockings. When it gets cold enough to wear them, they give me flawlessly smooth gams which in turn let's me wear even shorter skirts. You know the fabulous woman in this totally 80's No Nonsense commercial…
By: Simcha / October 12, 2008

Crave: iPod Boombox

We're suckers for anything that reminds us of our '80s childhood, like this boombox iPod dock. Do you remember boomboxes? It was a really big deal when my older sister got one. I never had one of my own. Are you picking up on my jealousy? [Insound]…
By: Catherine Strawn / May 22, 2008