An 80s holiday gift guide
- Nagging e-mail from relatives about needing a list.
- Two weeks letter, threatening "e-mail" (in the form of a note tied to a brick through the window) from relatives arrives.
- A full two weeks after that, I submit my list, which usually consists entirely of 80s movies on DVD (last year, I scored Fletch, Caddyshack and Top Gun).
- An immediate and angry reply, demanding more "contemporary" gift ideas.
But I say, hey, we're the 80s nation and we demand booty that fits our lifestyle. Here are some ideas for you to ask for this year.
DVDs: I watch an 80s movie nearly every day on cable ("Wolverines!"). It's time to pony up and own them for eternity.
- "The Princess Bride" just came out with a 20th anniversary edition, which includes a DVD-based game. (It's worth it just for the "I want my father back you son of a bitch!" scene).
- Hey, make it a Cary Elwes-themed holiday. Add 1984's "Oxford Blues" and 1989's "Glory" to the list. (And if you're comfortable with 90s flicks, throw "Hot Shots" and "Liar Liar" on there too.)
- I'm a firm believer that we should all own every one of Chevy Chase's movies, so don't forget the lesser-known ones, including "Modern Problems" ("Ahahahaha...I like it!"), "Seems Like Old Times" and the "Vacation" box set.
- Several of our favorites shows are now on DVD, including "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Greatest American Hero." Believe it or not.
- Want a holiday movie? The list starts and ends with Bill Murray's "Scrooged." (Well, I'm sure Charles Dickens would have wanted to see her nipples!")
MUSIC: Some of your favorite bands released fantastic albums this last year. It's almost like cheating asking for them.
- Three new ones you must own include REO Speedwagon's "Find Your Own Way Home," the Scorpions' "Humanity Hour One" (we have a special podcast coming next week on that) and Rush's "Snakes and Arrows." (Hey, another podcast to listen to.)
- You can ask for Duran Duran's "Red Carpet Massacre" but you're gonna regret it.
- Want to go old-school? OK. Ask for Depeche Mode's "Some Great Reward," The Cars' "Shake It Up," and Run D.M.C.'s "Raising Hell."
GAMES: If you want to compete with the brainiacs at Stuck in the 80s, try these.
- "The 80s Game With Martha Quinn" (Listen to our podcast with her).
- "VH1's I Love The 80s" board game.
- "Trivial Pursuit's Totally 80s Edition."
I must warn you. If you get good at that last game, your friends will resent your brilliance and stop inviting you to parties. (Or at least I hope that's why the phone never rings.)