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What '80s gifts are on your holiday wish list?



wrath_kahn_kirk_kahn.jpgChristmas was made for gifts from the '80s. What's your list like? Last year, mine asked for a bunch of Star Trek movies, including "the whale one" that half the fans hate and the other half love. Now, I have the complete set of all the "good" Trek movies of the '80s, including my beloved director's cut of Wrath of Khan. (Now, if someone would just buy me these cool action figures from Khan!)

There are a bunch of '80s gift ideas out there, in case your imagination is still marooned on Ceti Alpha V. Here are just a few that passed over the desks of Stuck in the '80s in the last few weeks.

PUT THE NEEDLE ON THE RECORD: This book by Matthew Chojnacki is a tribute to the vinyl single covers of the '80s. Just thumb through more than 200 pages of time-traveling artwork along with the stories behind the illustrations, and I swear you won't be able to put it down. (Try not to linger on the I Want Candy sleeve by Bow Wow Wow too long, or your coworkers will shake their heads.)

I WANT MY MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution: There's been a lot of buzz already on this book by music journalists Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum. Think of it as a print wikipedia of great quotes about MTV by the musicians who made it once so great. Especially telling are the fantastic quotes from Duran Duran's John Taylor on the medium that essentially made his band a household name.

JOURNEY GREATEST HITS VOL. 2: I've gone on and on about this album already, but now I'm asking you to give it serious consideration for under the tree. Especially the vinyl release, which Steve Perry himself remastered. Unlike previous greatest hits collections, it features songs that are more fan favorites than radio hits. Because, let's face it, we've all heard Faithfully and Who's Crying Now one too many times.

QUEEN DEEP CUTS VOL. 1, 2, 3: Somewhat like Journey's latest greatest hits CD, this set of lesser-known tunes is a must-own for Queen fans. Volume 3 is particularly soulful as it features many of Freddie Mercury's last performances, including Is This The World We Created, Made in Heaven and One Year of Love.

SCROOGED: My personal favorite Christmas in the '80s movie got the Blu-ray treatment this year. There aren't any special features of note on it, but it has Bill Murray. What else did you need?

So, what '80s gifts are on your holiday list this year?


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