Independence Day

Independence Day

Ever since that glorious day on July 4, 1776, when this country officially cut the ol' umbilical cord with Great Britain, Americans have come together on this festive day for a traditional itinerary of parades and backyard parties all leading up to a patriotic display of fireworks under the evening sky. Continue reading...

Duran Duran

Duran Duran

In the early 80's, MTV made it possible for image-conscious groups to become stars with a few well-made videos. Few bands took advantage of this the way Duran Duran did. Utilizing a string of sleek, cinematic videos that played up their teen-friendly charisma, the group rocketed to fame as one of the top attractions of early MTV. However, they could also back up their visual appeal with songs that married crafty, hook-laden pop melodies to elements of new wave and dance music. As a result, they became one of the top international pop groups of the 80's and have survived well into the new millennium. Continue reading...

Fanny Packs

Fanny Packs

Once upon a time, when it came to carrying your belongings with you, you basically had two choices - the pocket or the purse. Stuffing your pockets was uncomfortable, as was being tethered to a purse all day, especially at a place like an amusement park or the beach. The 80s offered a handy alternative that caught on like wildfire - the oft-maligned fanny pack. These hands-free containers were practical, comfortable, and for a short time at least, fashionable. Continue reading...

Magna Doodle

Magna Doodle

While the magic of the Etch-A-Sketch was well documented by the mid 1970’s, its prevalence as the dominant magnetic means of making art was soon brought into question by small group of Japanese engineers. The erstwhile developers tinkered with numerous designs, eventually stumbling upon the means to create a toy they dubbed the Magna Doodle. While similar to the aforementioned Etch-A-Sketch, Magna Doodle replaced knobs with an actual plastic pen that made for far more accurate drawing. Continue reading...

Beavis and Butt-head

Beavis and Butt-head

Perhaps no cartoon has ever demonstrated a generation gap quite as forcefully as Beavis and Butt-head - two anti-social, anti-intellectual juvenile delinquents that won the hearts of real-world teens everywhere. Parents weren’t quite as enamored, some even tried to have the show removed from MTV, but it didn’t do much good. Beavis and Butt-head had already built a loyal legion of young fans, who mimicked the duo’s mannerisms and speech patterns endlessly and subsequently drove their parents crazy. Continue reading...

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Part swashbuckling adventure, part tongue-in-cheek parody, The Princess Bride was a fairy tale with a comic edge and a magical cast. A sleeper that only found moderate success during its initial run, it has since gone on to become a cult classic, with millions of fans eager to quote their favorite lines from the 1987 film at any and every opportunity. Continue reading...

Def Leppard

Def Leppard

There are few bands that exemplified the 1980's quite like Def Leppard. Their combination of pop and metal had its finger on the pulse of 80's record buyers. The high-tech sound they pursued on their albums helped define pop-music recording techniques of the 80's. They were also one of the first bands to take advantage of the possibilities of MTV by creating a string of videos that played up their good looks and youthful appeal to help sell their records. As a result, they became internationally successful and their sound and style set the tone for many future pop/metal acts. Continue reading...

Lip Smackers

Lip Smackers

Since the 1970's, there hasn't been a girl alive who didn't succumb to the addictive flavors offered by Bonne Bell Lip Smackers. These generously-sized pushup tubes of lip gloss came in a dizzying array of delicious flavors that coated the lips in a heavenly goo, which was impossible not to lick off and then reapply every five minutes. Continue reading...