Well, we got through 2016. Some people thought we wouldn’t make it through all the calamities, but here we are. Time to dust ourselves off and start a new year. 2017 will be full of “interesting” anniversaries for film, music, TV and pop culture.
Wait, did we say TV? But we NEVER talk about TV on the podcast! That’s going to change this year too.
So buckle up, set a course for the new year and make it so.
Most people will probably look at 2016 as a year full of sadness and disappointment. We lost a lot of great ’80s artists (as well as unforgettable celebrities from other decades). Terrorism again seemed unstoppable. And no matter who you rooted for, the U.S. presidential race was probably far from ideal for anyone.
At Stuck in the ’80s, we marked time with several special podcasts. We recorded one for the Space Shuttle Challenger anniversary. For Prince’s death. For the 35th anniversary of MTV. We even tried a new format to mourn the passing of George Michael.
But as is tradition here, we mark the start of every year with our annual Blooper Reel. Each show we record, we set side our goofs and blunders and give them new life on New Year’s Eve. Enjoy the show. And let’s hope we all enjoy 2017 more than 2016.
George Michael was only 53 when he left us on Christmas Day. Just 53. Practically our age. And you can say all you want about 2016 being a cursed year – and yes, it was – but this one feels practically other-worldly. And yet, for those of us who followed George’s professional and personal lives, it wasn’t exactly a huge surprise. But that doesn’t make it hurt any less.
For this memorial show, we decided to try something different. We left it to George to say the words – both in songs, interviews and skits. Our hearts were too empty for the job. Rest in peace, George. And in the meantime, we’ll all be praying for time.
Don’t get all grumpy on us – the holiday season just BEGS for dark movies. Face it, all your favorite movies about the holidays are dark at some point. Even It’s a Wonderful Life! So for our annual holiday podcast, we chose to honor our picks for the top 5 dark movies of the winter season.
Granted, these are all dark ’80s movies, but that’s what we’re all about here. And don’t even try to pick a fight about whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It is! But where does it rank on our top 5 list? Enjoy the show.
Did you know The Golden Child and Three Amigos – two notorious bombs of the ’80s – both were released on the exact same day? Yes, it was Dec. 12, 1986. In the 30 years that followed, both movies have maybe gained a little love from ’80s Nation thanks to their endless repeat viewings on cable TV.
So for this week’s podcast, we decided to debate once and for all (or at least until the next big anniversary): Which movie holds up better: The Golden Child or Three Amigos. Enjoy.
Who’s ready for a plate of Thanksgiving leftovers? For this week’s show, we took the meatiest part of our 2006 episode on Planes, Trains and Automobiles and surrounded it with fresh, brand-new side dishes (or seggies, if you prefer). Thanksgiving is a time for old friends, so it’s only fitting that this show includes commentary by Sean Daly and Cathy Wos. We hope you have a safe and memorable holiday!