1980s Now

1980s Now

1980s Now (formerly The 80its) is a weekly examination of the importance of 1980s pop culture and its continued influence today. We demonstrate that nostalgia alone doesn’t account for the contemporary fascination with our favorite decade. Instead, we share personal experiences and interview experts--including icons from 1980s music, movies and TV--to demonstrate the “era of greed” bore the greatest moments in movies, music, television and sports. The show is equally entertaining and informative.

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October 17, 2021 69 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including the Mixtape 2022 tour, a surprise screening at New York Comic Con, and another crazy Indiana Jones 5 rumor. Then, they discuss five 1980s bands that changed their sound during the decade. Finally, Will and Kat speak with singer/songwriter Queen V.

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including the retirement of David Lee Roth and a possible "Quantum Leap" reboot. Then, they connect nine 1980s horror movie franchises using Easter Eggs and other in-movie references. Play along to see if you can identify the films from the clues before Ray and Kat do.

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October 3, 2021 30 min

We're back next week with a new episode. Meanwhile, flashback to a prior episode when Will and Ray review some of the strangest urban legends of 1980s movies and determine whether they're true.

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September 26, 2021 59 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including a reboot of "Lost Boys" and Martin Kove's debut on "Dancing with the Stars." Then, the trio discusses what changes, if any, turning 50 years old brings. They also review the several 1980s films that include the phrase "I'm getting too old for this." Also, Will leads the group through a game that will help them determine their "real age."

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September 19, 2021 57 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including a sequel to "Twins" and whether David Lee Roth is above opening for other bands. Then, the trio discusses their first recollections of Duran Duran just before Will challenges his co-hosts to identify iconic 1980s bass lines. Finally, Will and Kat interview Annie Zaleski regarding Duran Duran and her new book "33 1/3: Duran Duran's Rio."

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including a changes to upcoming 1980s sequel release dates and a Dungeon Master who makes $125/hour to run an RPG campaign. Then, Will shares a true "crime" story that began in the 1980s and was only solved in 2018.

Listen to our first "true crime" story here: https://bit.ly/3AeR66U.

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September 5, 2021 49 min

Will and Kat are joined by guest host Jon (host of GenXGrownUp podcast). They discuss current 1980s news including the fued between two legendary rockers and a change to a classic Star Wars ship. Then, the trio discusses each of the Top 5 songs from the week ending September 4, 1984. And the group determines how long they can endure each of the current Top 5 songs. Will the any of the contemporary songs last 30 seconds without bein...

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August 29, 2021 64 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including a sequel to "Big Trouble in Little China" and the upcoming "Karate Kid" the musical. Then, the trio reviews some of the best movie montages from 1980s films. And they find a surprising connection between the early 20th century origins of the montage and "Rocky IV."

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August 16, 2021 70 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including the new "Cobra Kai" season 4 trailer and a special Guns N' Roses milestone. Will challenges Ray and Kat to identify the rock songs from 1980s horror movies. Finally, Will and Ray speak with legendary fantasy author R. A. Salvatore about starting his career in the 1980s.

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We'll be back next week with a full new episode! Meanwhile, enjoy Will's chat with Diane Franklin about her iconic work in the 1980s during a recent Facebook Live. Follow 1980s Now on Facebook for information regarding the next live interview with a 1980s icon. You'll be able to ask our guest your questions during the show.

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including the new "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" trailer and director Jason Reitman's breakdown of it. Then, the trio discusses the basics of sampling in the 1980s. Next, Will challenges Ray and Kat to identify the rock song sampled by a hip-hop artist. Finally, Will and Kat speak with law professor K.J. Greene about the impact of copyright law on 1980s hip-hop.

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July 25, 2021 47 min

While Ray and Kat enjoy the week off, Will is joined by special guest co-host (and his wife) Kimberly. Will and Kimberly discuss current 1980s news including a restaurant/1980s museum they'd love to visit and the new Apple+ series set in the 1980s. Then, the couple discusses the 1980s celebrity crushes, movies and music that first inspired romance within them. What's your favorite romantic film, TV show or song from th...

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including the return of the Trapper Keeper and the value of Indiana Jones's fedora. Then, the trio discusses some of the steps they've taken to raise their children in 80s pop culture. Finally, Will speaks with award-winning actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ("Kim's Convenience") about when to introduce your child to "The Predator" and Asian representation in 1980s fi...

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July 11, 2021 41 min

On this bonus episode, Will, Ray and Kat take a break from their July vacation to make a few announcements including the Facebook Live Q&A with Diane Franklin ("Better Off Dead," "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure") on Saturday, July 17 at 8:30pm Eastern. Then, the trio discusses the zaniest and more reliable Indiana Jones sequel rumors and how the new film may be connected to an unproduced Indy script.

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June 30, 2021 48 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including Harrison Ford's latest injury and the trailer for the latest Halloween film. Then, Will speaks with Grammy Award-winning, double platinum certified hip-hop artist Sir Mix-A-Lot.

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June 27, 2021 54 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including the discovery of a Van Halen video lost for 40 years and Kevin Bacon will make a good villain in the upcoming Toxic Avenger. Then, the trio reviews some of the best and worst novelty rap songs from the 1980s. Do you remember these songs? Which other songs should've been included?

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including whether Hugh Grant is the villain or NPC in the upcoming Dungeons and Dragons movie and when the in-production Indiana Jones sequel may be set. Then, Will challenges Ray and Kat to identify 1980s TV show themes that were also on the Billboard Hot 100 with just a few clues. Can you recognize the tunes before they do?

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June 13, 2021 54 min

Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including whether Duran Duran can still rock and a reboot that's really a sequel to He-Man. Then, the trio review the facts behind the 1981 murder upon which the "The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It" is based. Was Arne Johnson possessed by a demon when he killed Alan Bono?

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including a major reveal for the next season of Cobra Kai and Summer of Drizzt. Then, the trio reflect on the impact having three TV channels had on them in their youth. Finally, they're joined by author and journalist David Sirota, who discusses the continued (and possible detrimental) influence of 1980s pop culture.

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Will, Ray and Kat discuss current 1980s news including a Highlander reboot and Call of Duty's new maps from iconic 1980s movies. Then, Will leads Ray and Kat through a 1980s movie trivia game that uses Easter eggs to connect 26 movies (including sequels and spinoffs).

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