Archive for category: 90s

Our Favorite and Weirdest Instances of Vampires in Popular Culture

Vampires are weird, let’s face it. Here are our picks for the best in pop culture history! Vampira You gotta start at the source of awesome pop culture vampires: Maila Nurmi’s “Vampira” character. Everyone knows Elvira of Movie Macabre fame, but not everyone realizes Elvira is essentially the Part II of Vampira – the original vampiress TV show host. Vampira’s...

Pop Rewind Podcast: Scary Books and Stuff

This time on the Pop Rewind Podcast, Linz and Lee reminisce about how much Goosebumps and Unsolved Mysteries scared them as children… and adults. We also call on R.L. Stine to answer a 27 year-old mystery: what “Weird Al” album did Pete buy Melissa in the book Haunted?! Heck, it’s even on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher! Mentioned in this...

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...

Pop Rewind Podcast: Sonic Mania Mania

Linz and Lee quit their jobs and play Sonic Mania. Not really. But almost. Anyway, Sonic Mania is actually good and we’re just as surprised as you are. Join us for Sonic Mania, but stay for other Sonic-related conversations. Download or stream from Soundcloud: Heck, it’s even on iTunes! Mentioned in this Episode: Sonic Mania: “It’s actually good!” — Lee...

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...

Make Your Own Orbitz: The Drink with BALLS.

Chances are you have a memory of Orbitz, whether it was gleefully chugging chunky sugar water or side-eyeing someone as they chugged chunky sugar water while you, smartly, abstained because wtf are those balls and why are they floating? One thing we can agree on: Orbitz sure made an impression on us. It was just so weird and out there,...

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...