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The ultimate 80s Christmas



Somekindofwonderful What do you get an 80s fan who has almost everything from the 80s? More 80s stuff, of course. And this holiday season, I pulled a near sweep of 80s goodies. Here are some of the things Santa left under my tree:

-- Some Kind of Wonderful (Special Collector's Edition): The 20th anniversary edition of this John Hughes movie (directed by Howard Deutch) was overshadowed by the re-release of Pretty in Pink. Among the special features: an audio commentary by Deutch and actress Lea Thompson. Expect a podcast on this movie quite soon. Personally, I think it's a better movie than Pretty in Pink.

-- Caddyshack (20th anniversary edition DVD): It's time to officially retire my VHS copy of this movie, which was the very first movie my family rented when we bought our first VHR player (along with "Urban Cowboy.") Again, we haven't devoted a podcast to this movie, even though we named it the 10th funniest movie of the 80s. I'm not sure what we're waiting for. Perhaps an interview with Chevy Chase?

-- St. Elmo's Fire: Strangely enough, I've never owned a copy of this movie. Probably because it plays non-stop on cable TV. One unnecessary special feature: the music video of John Parr's "Man in Motion."

-- Plenty of CDs: I'm still slowing replacing my collection with the classics. This Christmas, I can add Elvis Costello's Get Happy, Paul Simon's Graceland and Tom Waits' Rain Dogs.

-- 80s games: I'm not the only one who's stuck in the 80s. The people who make board games know there's a real audience out there. I now have Trivial Pursuit's Totally 80s Edition and Name That Tune 80s Edition.

-- 80s books: Totally Awesome 80s by Matthew Rettenmund and From Abba To Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century by David Mansour are both new additions to my library (which previously was pretty much exclusively devoted to Hunter S. Thompson novels).

Which topics next for the podcast?

Now that we have a stack of new inspiration, it's time to poll the Stuck in the 80s fanbase and ask you this: What topics should we podcast about in the coming months? What movies, bands, trends and such are you waiting to hear about?

Just leave us a comment and we'll get to work on it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:21pm]


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