Aladdin

Aladdin

The time-honored fable of Aladdin and his magic lamp got a 90s makeover for Disney's 31st animated feature film. Combining comedy and many catchy musical numbers, Aladdin and his magic carpet soared at the box office, propelled by the sheer gabbiness of an over-the-top genie voiced by the irrepressible Robin Williams. 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...

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...

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New Kids on the Block

You would be hard-pressed to find a young girl in the late 80s who didn't have a New Kids on the Block poster on her wall or in her locker. They weren't the first boy band by any means, perhaps not even the most talented, but there is no denying that this group of Boston teens took the world by storm back in the day, filling the airwaves and countless concert halls with screaming fans, and paving the way for a plethora of groups that followed in their footsteps. Continue reading...