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An 80s holiday gift guide



Chevychasechristmas Are you getting bugged from relatives yet about surrendering your holiday wish list? It's an annual marking of the fall season in the Stuck in the 80s family. Here's how it goes:

  • 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.

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.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:26pm]


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