Medleys like Stars on 45 were a fad for a few years in the 1980s and then slowly faded away. Why’d the fad die? Because that’s what fads do: they burn brightly then fade away when everybody gets tired of them.
Tom Hanks’ short-lived 1980-82 drag sitcom is suddenly in the zeitgeist the last couple of weeks, owing mostly to Adam Scott’s The Greatest Event in Television History recreating the show’s winning opening credit sequence, and a little to an appearance of a Bosom Buddies-era photo of Tom Hanks figuring into […]
Inexplicably, the biggest band in pop music in 1986 was a band that hadn’t been relevant or even remembered much since 1966: the Monkees. As part of a low-key, 20th anniversary commemoration of the band’s first records and 1966 TV series The Monkees (which virtually invented rapid-cut editing and won […]
Two things from the ‘90s that had major promise, opened big, and quickly disappeared from our collective hearts and consciousness: backwards-clothes wearing child rappers Kris Kross and the before-its-time Genesis peripheral called the Sega CD. Enabling players to enjoy a CD-Rom like experience on a home console and while also […]
Queen: The eYe (1998) concerns a totalitarian, fascistic government in the near future that has banned pop culture, while the empowering rock music of the protagonists, provided by Queen, brings expression and freedom to the people and defeats Big Brother. In the 22nd century, an omnipotent, evil computer called The […]