Archive for category: 80s

Rick Springfield is a Vampire

A 1980s pop singer, vampires, Erica Kane’s ex-husband, and a made-for-TV movie from 1989. These are all things Linz loves, so it’s no wonder that when given the opportunity to purchase a $9 DVD containing those four elements she’d jump on it. Nick Knight stars Rick Springfield as a vampire detective working the night shift. His arch nemesis LaCroix, played...

Top Picks from the 2017 Button Draft

A couple weeks ago, I got to hang out with Rich and Josh from the Why Are You Listening to This? Podcast as they made their way through Ontario and Montreal visiting pals. Rich, Linz, and Josh. Canadians for scale. In our adventures, we of course stopped by a thrift store where we spotted four vases full of retro buttons...

Pop Rewind Podcast: Zombie Beverages

Linz and Lee give their take on the old beverage resurrection happening over the past few years! Zima*, Ecto-Cooler, Crystal Pepsi, it’s all covered this time on the Pop Rewind Podcast. Download or stream from Soundcloud: Heck, it’s even on iTunes! Mentioned in this Episode: Dinosaur Dracula’s Zima review is much more favorable than Lee’s. Clearly Canadian is back, and Linz...

Pop Shoppe Memories

Growing up in Ontario, weekends in the 80s were highlighted by a trip to the Pop Shoppe– a store full of pop (or soda) in stubby glass bottles, aisle upon aisle of flavors. You couldn’t dream of a place like this nowadays, which is likely why the Pop Shoppe wasn’t around much in the 90s and early 2000s. NHL player...

Ritz Crackers and the New Kids on the Block: An Existential Crisis

There’s a point in everyone’s life where they realize they’re old. I’ve had brushes with this in the past– hearing Billy Joel on the “oldies” station, attempting to purchase Weird Al’s Mandatory Fun album on CD in 2014 only to have Target employees ask me: “CD, like for a computer?”, and trying to explain what Crystal Pepsi was to 7-11...

Clearly Canadian Returns!

Clearly Canadian was a summertime staple for me. Between Wild Cherry Clearly Canadian, Cracked Magazine, and hanging out on Lake Erie, summers were pretty great in the 90s. After my family’s regular vacations ceased, I never gave much thought to Clearly Canadian. I rarely bought it back home (although, I did purchase one and dub it my “germ bottle,” much...

Cereal Origin Stories Hollywood Style

Look, you read this article title and were like, “Really?  Cereals with a backstory?”  Well, Hollywood has been doing it with everything else for years.  I mean, there is a Battleship movie.  Really?  Did that need a deep origin story?  Well, somewhere between the Battleship movie and Mrs. Butterworth 2: Meet Mr. Butterface lies a whole chain of untapped mascots...

Pop Rewind Podcast: Tech To Wow Our 90s Selves

Things take kind of a dark and surprising turn in this very special episode of the PopRewind Podcast, as Lee digs deep within his childhood memories to dredge up woes of VCR+. Meanwhile, Lindsey unlocks some secrets while dusting off her VHS collection. It’s all real all the time right here on the PopRewind Podcast! Mentioned in this Episode: Linz could have...

Weird Paul: Working for Views and Recalling Peanut Butter

We’ve written about and obsessed over Weird Paul for a year now, amazed not only by his large body of work, but also at his dedication to quality and nostalgia. A new documentary about Weird Paul, Will Work for Views, is on Kickstarter until May 18, 2017. While the documentary has been filmed already, the creative team behind it needs...

Super Mario Maker: E.T. for Atari Style?

While the world has moved on from Mario Maker, we’re still busy making new levels. You may remember Linz’s Terminator and Mario the Hedgehog levels or perhaps Lee’s Back to the Future Mario Maker Level. Well, we’re back… in Mario Maker for E.T. for Atari… Style. With Linz’s love-hate relationship with E.T. for the Atari 2600, we all knew it...