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The pinnacle of infotainment! Crazy stuff you didn’t know about the greatest movies and music of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. Hilarity ensues as a research professor and a pop culture savant are pitted against each other in a debate to determine what entertainment icons of film, music, and games are the best of the best of Generation X.


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The pinnacle of infotainment! Crazy stuff you didn’t know about the greatest movies and music of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. Hilarity ensues as a research professor and a pop culture savant are pitted against each other in a debate to determine what entertainment icons of film, music, and games are the best of the best of Generation X.




ZZ Top's "Eliminator" (1983): Track by Track!

This week we cover that lil ole band from Texas, ZZ Top, and celebrate the distinctive blend of blues, rock, and synth-infused sounds that define their 1983 album "Eliminator." We delve into the the history of the band, the making of the album, the recording studio anecdotes and the impactful music videos as this album reaches its 40th anniversary! Discover the stories behind the hits like "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs," and "Gimme All Your Lovin'," and how these tracks became anthems of the '80s. Tune in, turn up the volume, and let your beard grow! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


"A Christmas Story" (1983) vs. "Home Alone" (1990): Part 2

Oh Fudge! Home Alone and A Christmas Story are holiday favorites now but how did they do during their initial run at the theaters? We will dive into the stories behind the production and ultimate performance at the theaters. After that we will give our final judgment between these two along with our ranking of the five Christmas movies/shows that we have covered so far during this, our season finale. Follow us on Patreon: Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


"A Christmas Story" (1983) vs. "Home Alone" (1990): Part 1

"A Christmas Story" and "Home Alone" have become some of the most beloved holiday classics of all time! They are both played relentlessly during the Christmas season. This week we dive into the stories behind their creation, the actors who almost got the parts (some of the names are incredible) and their battle to get to the big screen. It's the time of year to eat junk, watch rubbish and listen to part one of this podcast! Follow us for FREE now on Patreon: Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 Movie Cars!

This week Jason and Dee head out on a riveting journey through the Top 5 Movie Vehicles (no wings, no boats) that have left an indelible mark on the silver screen. In this episode, we dive deep into the roaring engines, sleek designs, and iconic moments that have made these vehicles unforgettable in cinematic history. From the sleek and futuristic DeLorean in "Back to the Future" to the Ecto-1 from "Ghostbusters" or the adrenaline-pumping speed of the Lamborghini from "The Cannonball Run", this podcast episode is a celebration of the artistry behind these vehicular stars and the cinematic magic they bring to the big screen. So buckle up and join us on this cinematic joyride as we explore the fascinating stories behind the Top 5 Movie Vehicles that have become cultural icons in their own right. Join us on Patreon at: Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Grease Soundtrack (1978): Track by Track

When the movie "Grease" was released in 1978, songs from the soundtrack had already hit #1 on the HOT 100. This soundtrack is collection of songs from the original musical, the Broadway musical, and some additional monumental songs written just for the movie. The combination of Allen Carr, Robert Stigwood, John Travolta, and Olivia Newton-John (with a little help from Barry Gibb) caused this album to be one of the biggest selling albums of the 70s and one of biggest selling Soundtracks of all time! Join us as we go track by track discussing every done on this incredible double album! Grease is the word! Check us out on Patreon at: Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


"Grease" (1978): The Motion Picture

In 1978, a musical starring John Travolta, fresh off of "Saturday Night Fever", and pop star, Olivia Newton-John hit the box office. It was an instant smash and its pop culture impact is still felt today. Join us this week as we deep dive into the biggest movie of 1978, exploring its origins, the cast and trivial tidbits. You're the one that we want...and we're playing for pinks. Join us on Patreon: Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Cujo (1983) vs. Christine (1983) vs. The Dead Zone (1983): Part 2

Join this week as we conclude our discussion of the Stephen King movies of 1983, "Cujo", "Christine" and "The Dead Zone". In this episode we discuss production, music and trivia concerning each movie before given our final judgment as to which movie is the best of 1983! We even throw in our list of Top 3 favorite Stephen King film adaptations, Top 3 Stephen King novels and Top 3 Stephen King short stories! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Cujo (1983) vs. Christine (1983) vs. The Dead Zone (1983): Part 1

After the success of the film adaptations of "Carrie" in 1976 and "The Shining" in 1980, the world was ready for more Stephen King movies. We got them in 1983. "Cujo", "Christine" and "The Dead Zone" we all hits and set the pace for the future King movies. Join us this week as we discuss the development and casting of these projects, the stories behind the production and how the movies compare to the books. No rabies vaccines required! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 Movies to Watch at Halloween: 1980s

The 1980s gave us some of the most enjoyable and iconic characters from the horror genre and many of them live on today. Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, Chucky, and Pinhead are characters that have been burned, stabbed, beaten, banished, and killed but somehow they live on! In this episode Jason and Dee break down and discuss their Top 5 favorite Halloween movies from the 1980s. Will your favorites make the list? Heeeereee's Surely! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 Movies to Watch at Halloween: 1970s

The 1970s was a great time for creepy movies to watch during the Halloween season! There are several absolute classics that have to been seen by movie lovers. In this episode, Jason and Dee list their Top 5 movies (along with two honorable mentions) to be watched at Halloween from the 1970s. We breakdown our list of the creepiest, scariest and sometimes goofiest from the decade of our youth. Grab some popcorn and your footie jammies for some spooky fun! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Depeche Mode's "Violator" (1990): Track by Track!

Depeche Mode was a band that had been building an audience all through out the 1980s but they blew the roof off with the release of 1990's "Violator". Using clever marketing campaigns (personal ads for your own Personal Jesus), a change in style, and some head scratching music videos, they created some of the best songs of the decade. Join us as we go track by track through this incredible album and compare it to The Cure's "Disintegration" album. All you ever wanted, all you ever needed, is this podcast! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


The Cure's "Disintegration" (1989): Track by Track!

in 1989, The Cure released their 8th studio album, which contained their biggest chart success so far, the #2 smash, "Lovesong". But The Cure didn't instantly win everyone over. The record company executives were concerned that they were committing "commercial suicide" and that the band's enigmatic lead singer, Robert Smith, was being "willfully obscure". However, after the release of the album the fans overwhelmingly agree that is was a dark masterpiece and the band's greatest achievement. Join us as we go track by track through this wonderful album with friend and Cure superfan, Amanda Janik. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Last Action Hero (1993): What the Heck Happened?!

In the summer of 1993, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger and action director John McTiernan delivered a movie that was billed as "the greatest action movie of all time". What audiences saw was a combination of action, satire and farce that did not sit well. Who's to blame for this film's lack of success? Was it Schwarzenegger and McTiernan? Was it the marketing team? Was it Bill Clinton? Join Jason and Dee, along with AFIlmBy podcast's Jeff Johnson, as they take a deep dive into what went wrong, how they could've fixed it and how this movie lands today. Plus, how does it compare to Alien 3?! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Alien 3 (1992): What the Heck Happened?!

In the summer of 1992, first time director David Fincher released "Alien 3". After the success of "Alien" (1979) and "Aliens" (1986), this should have been an easy follow up and a great summer blockbuster to kick off 1992, but fans, critics and even the director didn't like it. In fact, David Fincher has said publicly that he wishes he could burn the negative and that no one hates this movie more than him. Join us, along with special guest Jeff Johnson of the AFilmBy podcast, as we deep dive into exactly "What the heck happened?!" We will breakdown the many scripts, ideas, directors, and stories of studio interference. We will discover why in the Summer of 1992 everyone can hear you scream...and groan. Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 TV Theme Songs 1995-1999

It is time for must-listen TV Theme songs of the 1990s! From the coffee shops of Seattle to the coffee ships in NYC, in this episode we take a trip down memory lane covering a wide variety of shows including sit coms, cartoons, dramas and sports shows. What are your Top 5? Does it match ours? We know you don't wanna wait, so we'll be there for you! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 TV Theme Songs 1990-1994

Television in the 1990s was must a must watch affair. This era of television ushered in great sitcoms, crazy daytime tv, cartoons with an adult edge and the first reality TV. With tons of great new shows, came tons on great TV Theme songs. In this episode Jason and Dee list out their Top 5 TV Theme songs from this time period, plus 2 honorable mentions. Will our list match yours? Join us for the fun and dive back into the early 90s! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


1980s Movies: Which Year is the Best?!

We all love movies from the 1980s, but which year from the decade was the best for movies? Is it 1981, 1984, 1986 or 1989? In this episode, five friends from four different podcasts and one youtube channel, choose sides to battle it out! Dayton from the Docking Bay 77 podcast bullwhips for the movies of 1981, DefDave from American Soccer Quick Kicks cranes kicks for 1984, Jeff from AFilmBy sings from a parade about 1986, and Jason holds up a boombox for 1989, all while John from the 30something Podcast moderates! We discuss the box office success, the pop culture impact and even some cinematic sins along the way! Which year is your favorite? Come hear the discussion and enjoy the fun! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Van Halen's "OU812" (1988): Track by Track!

In the summer of 1988, Van Halen released the album "OU812", their second with Sammy Hagar. This album, though divisive for hardcore Van Halen fans, contained several hit songs including "When It's Love", "Finish What You Started" and "Black and Blue". In this episode we are joined by our pal, Jeff Johnson of the AFilmBy Podcast, we will discuss each song and the behind the scenes stories on the making of this album. We hope you will join us and finish what you started. Come on, please?! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Cinderella's "Long Cold Winter" (1988): Track by Track!

In July of 1988, Cinderella released their sophomore effort, "Long Cold Winter". With their opening track, "Falling Apart at the Seams", they demonstrate that they aren't like the standard glam bands of the day, but a titanic bluesy, rock and roll band. This week we cover all the songs including hits like "Gypsy Road", "The Last Mile", "Coming Home" and one of the biggest power ballads of 1988, "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)". Join us, with special guest Kevin Davis, as we break down this great album from 1988! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


Top 5 Worst Sequels of the 80s!

Sometimes after a movie is successful, a sequel is made to further the adventures with the characters in that world. Many times that story is bad (but not always). Sometimes it is an outright embarrassment. In this episode Jason and Dee breakdown their list of the bad decisions, poorly casted, money-grabbing, worst sequels of the 1980s! Join us for a fun discussion on all things cringy, dopey and overall dumb. Does our list match your list? Buckle up! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out: