Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Weekly Links: The Hoff Sings Fresh Prince, 5 Awesome NES Facts, Hair Band Cinderella Likes Chili Dogs

Time once again for the best links I've stumbled across this past week that involve 80s pop culture. I always have a great time putting this together! 

I hope you have been enjoying the daily rediscovered album that I've been posting to Facebook and Twitter. I've come to the conclusion that "greatest hits" albums have robbed my music experience. When I finally was old enough and had the means to control what albums to buy, it was the height of the Columbia House/BMG experience in the early 90s. Remember those "Get 12 CDs for a Penny" offers? I think we all got suckered into them. As I look at my CD collection now, I realize I went for the greatest hits albums more than anything. Because of that, I never really heard many of the hit singles in their rightful context. I've started a small vinyl collection mainly to rediscover all those Not Top 40 tracks that have been waiting for me all these years. I've been scoping YouTube for full albums to experience and decided to share those on the RD80s Facebook and Twitter feeds. It's a fact...there is new '80s music out there just waiting to be discovered!

Now, onto the links!

The Hoff Singing The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme - TheSuperVine Youtube channel
 - Definitely the video of the week! Supercut of The Hoff from Knight Rider, Baywatch, and more singing the lyrics to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme.

10 horror-themed 80s games and how they tried to scare us - Den of Geek
 - I remember some of these video games while others I had no idea existed.

Back to the 80s: Interview with Jean Louisa Kelly from Uncle Buck - Kickin' it Old School
 - One of my favorite John Candy movies is Uncle Buck. Check out this interview with "Tia Russell" as Old School Tim catches up with Jean Louisa Kelly (also of the sitcom Yes, Dear.)

5 Awesome NES Facts! -- Fact Surgery - VSauce3 Youtube channel
 - Mashable called this video to my attention recently. Some interesting stuff about the capabilities of the original NES console.

Adam Goldberg Explains Why The Goldbergs Isn’t Set in a Specific Year - Vulture
 - I've watched a few episodes of the new '80s sitcom The Goldbergs and think it's okay. I've seen chatter about how the show is inaccurate with some of the details and this interview with the show's creator gives some good insight.

Rambo's muscles glisten in Rambo: The Video Game trailer - Polygon
 - New Rambo video game gives the original trilogy the CGI bloody violence of Rambo 4 (at least when viewing the trailer.) I don't know, I think I'd rather watch the movies than play game.

Pats Chili Dogs - Cinderella 1983 - jimmychristians09 Youtube channel
 - E! Online recently dug up this gem of a commercial from 1983. The band Cinderella performs a jingle and chows down at a local Philadelphia chili dog joint. I'd eat there...

Artist creates a Lego Atari 2600 - Polygon
 - Anything Lego and '80s has my attention. This artist also has retro computers, TVs, and cameras in Lego form for sale on his website.

What’s the Difference between Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters? - Mental Floss
 - Here's a quick history lesson of the two cartoon shows that both debuted in 1986 with the name Ghostbusters.

River Phoenix Through the Years - The Hollywood Reporter
 - Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the death of River Phoenix. THR put together a nice photographic history of his life.

Peter Gabriel - Courage (Radio Edit) - ItsPeterGabriel YouTube channel
 - A lost, never-released track by Peter Gabriel has recently been made known. Apparently the track came from the 1986 So album recording sessions. Here's a quote from Gabriel himself via his YouTube channel: 
A true 'lost' gem, the track 'Courage' had never been previously released, or even heard by fans, until the So Box Set release last year. It's a song that was very much part of the So album recording sessions but was never finished; until now...
Whilst the original version remains exclusive to the So Box Set, this new 'finished' version is mixed by Tchad Blake and has new overdubs from Peter and David Rhodes (guitar). It retains all the spirit and charm of the original version but is now heard through the filter of experience that is the intervening 25 years. 
"When So drew to a close I didn't feel the song was delivering in the way I had hoped, so decided not to include it. When we were reviewing all the material from that time, we wanted to take a fresh look at it and get it finished. I always liked the track and very much enjoyed the playing on it, especially the energy of the drums" -- Peter Gabriel