Eclectic Method's latest: 'Goonies Remix'

Barcelona-based DJ and music producer Eclectic Method (aka Jonny Wilson) has brought back Mikey, Data, Mouth, Chunk, and the rest of The Goonies gang in his latest remix music video.

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'Can You Talk to People Around the World on the Internet?,' asks this retro eighties music video

Youtuber "Hot Dad" has broken out his Casio keyboard, some dark wraparound shades, and is asking an important question, "Can You Talk to People Around the World on the Internet?" in this retro, cyber-tastic music video.

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Obsolete technology LEGO kits

Chris McVeigh of Halifax, Nova Scotia builds all kinds of cool things with LEGO. Recently, he's been creating kits that showcase obsolete office technology. This particular kit, which he calls "My Old Desktop: DOS Edition 2.0," features a few reminders of the 1980s office, including a rotary-dial desk phone and a beige desk computer that can be partially fed one of the miniature 5.25" floppy disk replicas.

If this is your kind of thing, be sure to take a look at all of his retro LEGO kits. He's even got a little tiny "Atari" console.

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An '80s music mashup parody by the Sesame Street gang

In classic Sesame Street parody style, the puppets take on 1980s pop music in this mashup music video. As they've been known to do, the Street's Glee Club once again amusingly switch up lyrics to fit their narrative. So, for instance, a-Ha's "Take on Me" becomes Cookie Monster's "Bake Cookie" and Rick James' "Super Freak" becomes Oscar's "Super Grouch." There's even a rickroll (because, of course there is).

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A-ha! This app turns your living room into a 1980's music video using augmented reality

I lived through the eighties and I approve of Trixi Studios’ "Take On Me" iOS (proof-of-concept only) app which turns your surroundings into a pencil-sketched, a-ha-style music video using augmented reality. The Chicago-based team created it with Apple's ARKit, which is a suite of developer tools launched in June that adds AR to apps.

Here's a-Ha's original music video, in case you're feeling as nostalgic as I am:

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Travel back in time to the 1987 CES by watching these videos

These four videos were shot --on a giant VHS camcorder, no less-- at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the summer of 1987 for a cable TV show called Nightlife. They are as marvelously outdated as you'd hope. You'll see just how much technology has changed in 30 years.

Personally, I've got my eye on that sweet, sweet Vidphone. I mean, it "actually sends live video through the telephone line."

Other things that happened in 1987: Bud Light's party dog Spuds Mackenzie debuted, Dirty Dancing became a hit movie, and Max Headroom got a TV show.

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Is this 80-minute eighties supercut the most 80s thing ever?

Smash TV's Megaplex feels like your entire 1980s life flashing before your eyes. Note: some of the 80+ films include 80s nudity. Read the rest

Play this video at your next party. Don't ask questions.

I want the playlist for this weird video.

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My Friday Jam: "Everything She Wants," Wham! (1984)

“Somebody told me.”

This is my Friday jam. "Everything She Wants," from 1984 by British pop duo Wham!. This is a perfect pop song, and you can buy it on vinyl.

It gives me wiggly dance-chills every time I hear it, and I was around when it first became a solid gold hit in 1984.

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'80s Human League dance hit reduced to one lyric: Working as a waitress in a cocktail bar

“I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, that much is true. I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar. I guess it’s just what I must do.”

Trump to the Future: “Back to the Future” + Donald Trump parody video

“Contrary to popular belief, the 2015 Donald Trump presidential campaign actually extends all the way back to 1985.” Read the rest

Jumping Jacks for Jesus: a most excellent '80s TV workout program

A Christian exercise program from the 1980s in which a Southern lady promises to exercise your soul, as well as your behind. Read the rest

Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Shusei Nagaoka (NSFW '70s sci-fi illustration)

View larger size here. Lovingly scanned and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader v. valenti. Art by Japanese illustrator Shusei Nagaoka, whose sci-fi illustrations were popular during the 1970s and '80s, and graced album covers by ELO, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Deep Purple. There's an awesome little archive of his work here. Read the rest

Chuck E. Cheese gets a crappy makeover

Like his eighties brethren Alvin and The Chipmunks, Chuck E. Cheese has been redesigned in a manner that removes all remaining crumbs of original loveable kitsch. What was once a heart-warming pastiche of "scary clown" meets "stoned furry" is now just another soul-less CGI belch. Is nothing sacred?

Bonus in this AP article: a bungled reference to Nolan Bushnell as the man who "co-founded Atari and Pong." Pong, of course, was an arcade game created by Allan Alcorn and manufactured by Atari, the video game and home computer company Bushnell co-founded.

 Chuck E. Cheese Rock-afire robots in MGMT music video – Chuck E Cheese bots modded to play hiphop Visit to '80s animatronic rock band warehouse Video: documentary on Showbiz animatronic band Defunct pizza parlor robot band repurposed for fan music-vids ... Read the rest

Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys, by photographer Glen E. Friedman: "why A you see H"

Photographer Glen E. Friedman, widely known for his work chronicling the intersection between punk rock and hiphop in the 1980s, has posted some beautiful shots of MCA, Ad-Rock, and Mike D from that era: "why A you see H".

 Remembering Adam Yauch: Polly Wog Stew 1993 interview with Adam Yauch from bOING bOING #13 Adam "MCA" Yauch, RIP Read the rest

Madonna's cautionary AIDS comic, handed out at a 1987 concert

From Ethan Persoff's ongoing chronicles of vintage weird ephemera: COMICS WITH PROBLEMS #7 - MADONNA ON AIDS. This public health pamphlet was handed out at one of her concerts, one night only, in 1987. Her image appears on the cover, and inside, a handwritten note urging for greater awareness of AIDS and an end to prejudice against those who contract it (or who are HIV-positive). Read the rest