October 12th, 2010
Silk Stalkings was a trashy detective drama from the early 90’s. Think Miami Vice with more boobs, except that they couldn’t show boobs because it aired on the USA network.
The show was basically soft-core porn for people who couldn’t afford “Skinamax”, and didn’t have a time machine to go watch Baywatch.
Silk Stalkings was chock full of cheesy inuendos, for instance:
Sammy, I’m impressed. I didn’t know you followed baseball. I thought golf was your only sport.
And regardless of whether they were naked or wearing a power suit with shoulder pads, the women of Silk Stalkings were always smoking Virginia Slims.
Watch a full episode
September 20th, 2010
Mouse pads were the best way to show a little personality around the office. You’re in a cubicle with gray walls, a gray chair, a gray desk, and BAM a bright red mousepad with cool race-cars, Marvin the Martian, or maybe the San Francisco 49ers.
Whoever manufactured mouse pads must have been raking in the dough, it was like $10 for a tiny piece of foam and plastic.
But like so many technology icons of the 90’s, mousepads had a very limited time in the sun. Up until around 2004, people needed mousepads. After all, what else was the mouse-ball supposed to drag on?
However, these days everyone and their Grandma has a laser mouse, and no ball means no mouse pad. Except grannie probably still uses that one you got printed for her of your family’s Christmas card.
This guy probably thought he had the coolest invention ever. How much you want to bet he had a calculator watch in the late 80’s?
August 19th, 2010
Power Walking was an exercise fad that peaked around 1996. It fell somewhere in between a real workout and wearing an electric ab belt.
Power walking was particularly popular amongst the elderly. They must have gotten bored of water aerobics.
Probably the best part about power walking was actually seeing people do it. I remember the power-walkers on the track at my high school. They’d be pumping their arms feverishly, with a look of total Lance-Armstrong-Determination on their faces. All this while being passed by joggers in sweatsuits.
August 18th, 2010
Married with Children was a crass sitcom from the late 80’s and early 90’s that aired on (who else) the Fox Network. It was probably the start of “toilet humor”.
Married with Children starred Al Bundy, the lovable anti-father who hated his kids, his wife and his job. His wife Peg kept begging him for sex but all Al wanted was porno mags & beer.
Their daughter Kelly was an airhead played by Christina Applegate, who’s main role was to walk around in a halter-top. I think Christina has been trying to shake this image ever since, but judging from her Twitter feed, she’s not doing so well. At least blondes have more fun…
When I think of Married With Children, the intro probably stands out most in my mind: “Love and marriage, love and marriage….”
Watch the iconic Married With Children intro
For more on Married with Children, check out Bundyology.com
August 2nd, 2010
Remember the commercials with the kid who always said “Dude you’re getting a Dell”?
Ben Curtis was that lovable stoner from all the Dell commercials in the late 90’s / early 2000’s. It was no small task: Curtis had to be lovable enough to both appeal to kids and get your parents to buy you a “school computer” (that was really only going to be used for Napster and porn).
Unfortunately, the Dell Dude met his end in the worst way possible: he got fired for smoking pot. What bullshit right? I mean they obviously hired him because he was a pothead. They only fired him because he got caught.
What’s the Dell Dude up to now? He’s a bartender in NYC, Dude get me a drink.
Watch a Dell Dude commercial
May 29th, 2010
Ricardo Montalban, AKA Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, AKA KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN was a Mexican-born actor with an amazing voice. Poor Ricardo died about a year ago, the cause of death: sheer awesomeness.
Ricardo’s stint as Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island was before my time, but I loved him as the suave bad guy in The Naked Gun. Montalban also had a supporting role in Spy Kids 3-D, which I have to admit I saw (and liked). Ricardo agrees:
But undoubtedly the best role Montalban ever played was Khan in Wrath of Khan (and Star Trek TOS). Khan was the product of genetic engineering in the 1990’s, who was frozen in suspended animation and lost in space. That is until Kirk woke him and his super-human crew from their slumber. Needless to say shit went down.
Ricardo was an amazingly smooth and unique man. Now that he’s gone, will anyone else ever be able to fill his shoes? Maybe Gunther?
May 27th, 2010
Kenny Loggins, AKA Adventure Kenny, AKA Kenny Fucking Loggins, pretty much defined the sound of the 80’s.
Probably most notable is Kenny’s involvement in the Top Gun soundtrack. In this ‘nothing-but-hits’ soundtrack, Loggins dropped the mega hit Highway to the Danger Zone, as well as the incredibly homoerotic Playing with the Boys. (OK the beach volleyball scene didn’t help anything)
But Highway to the Danger Zone was really just the tip of the iceberg when it came to Kenny Loggins and 80’s hits.
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Undoubtedly the best representation of Kenny Loggins was done by the amazing Yacht Rock series. Although Kenny is a recurring character, he really shines in Yacht Rock’s first episode:
Watch Adventure Kenny on Yacht Rock
May 25th, 2010
Hey Dude was a show on Nickelodeon in the 90’s that was a teenage soap opera on a dude ranch. Think Saved by the Bell meets Bonanza.
Hey Dude actually kind of sucked. It was a lot like Home Improvement; I only watched it because it was sandwiched between shows that were good.
Watch Hey Dude with a laugh track