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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.

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.




An American Werewolf in London (1981) vs. The Howling (1981): Part 1

1981 was the year of the werewolf! During that year there were four major werewolf movies released including "An American Werewolf in London" and "The Howling". During this episode, we will discuss the incredible transformation, the hiring of the cast and the cultural impact of these two classics. Beware the moon! See for privacy information.


"M" (1931) vs. "Psycho" (1960) vs. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991): Part 2

When these three movies were released they chilled people to the bone! Some people described these films as dark, morbid, even grotesque! Join us as we take a deep dive into these three chilling thrillers with our good friend at the 30something Movie Podcast. Fava beans and chianti are optional! See for privacy information.


"M" (1931) vs. "Psycho (1960) vs. "The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Every 30 years or so a movie comes along that introduces a character that simultaneously scares, repulses and attracts us. Characters like ultra intelligent Dr. Hannibal Lector, the friendly Norman Bates and the mysterious Hans Beckert. This week we dive into the depths of madness and chase serial killers with our friends at the 30something Movie Podcast. Cook up a pot of fava beans, chill the bottle of chianti and get ready to be thrilled and chilled as we (ahem) dissect the great classics!...


Use Your Illusion II (1991): Track by Track!

As a follow up to the biggest selling debut album of all time, "Appetite for Destruction" Guns N' Roses released not just one album, but two. The second of the two "Use Your Illusion" albums released on September 17, 1991 was said to be more heartfelt and bluesy. While the beauty of "Estranged", "Yesterdays" and even "Breakdown" is unmistakable, there are still songs covering standard GnR craziness like drugs, war, fights and bondage! Which of these two albums is your favorite? Choose your...


Use Your Illusion I (1991): Track by Track!

On September 17, 1991 Guns N' Roses released their long awaited follow up to "Appetite for Destruction" with not one album but two! The first of those albums, called "Use Your Illusion I", offered a change in sound and style to fans in the early 90's. Was it an inspired breakthrough with some of the biggest hits of the early 90's? Was is a bloated train wreck? Was it both? Join us as we go track by track discussing the amazing rock 'n roll stories behind these impactful songs! See...


Guns N' Roses 1987-1991: Appetites, Lies and Illusions

Guns N' Roses appeared out of the Hollywood gutter sometime in 1987 releasing an album for the ages, "Appetite for Destruction". As that album steadily rose in popularity to become one of the best selling albums of all time, the world waited for their follow up album. We got two albums, with an amazing 30 tracks, in the Fall of 1991. Before we go track by track through those impactful albums we will discuss the craziness that happened between 1988 and 1991. The stories are amazing, chaotic...


Metallica's Black Album (1991): Track by Track!

In August of 1991, Metallica released their self titled album, commonly referred to as the "Black Album". WIth mainstream rock anthems like "Enter Sandman" and "Wherever I May Roam" and beautiful rock ballads like "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters" album quickly went to number one bringing in new fans. How would fans of old receive it? We discuss that and the awesome stories behind each of these classic songs and we will ultimately compare them to Guns 'N Roses' "Use Your Illusion"...


Metallica: Beginnings of Black (1991)

When Metallica released their fifth album in August of 1991, hardcore fans of old noticed a change in style under mega producer Bob Rock. It was this change that brought Metallica to the masses! Join us this week as we explore the birth and career (up to 1991) of the world's most famous metal band. Learn with us, wherever we may roam, how adversity and maturity brought them to mainstream success during one of the most interesting eras in popular music, Fall of 1991. Off to never neverland!...


The Origin of Pearl Jam and Ten Track by Track

Want to listen to Pearl Jam's Ten with us? Well come on! Among the mass of killer albums released in the fall of 1991, this debut album of a band that would go on to stand the test of time took them to instant if somewhat unwanted fame. Join us as we tell the story of the band and then discuss this amazing album track by track. See for privacy information.


The History of Nirvana and Nevermind Track by Track

In the Fall of 1991, some of the greatest albums of the decade were release within just weeks of each other, and the face of music was about to shift. Alternative Rock, Seattle Sound, or Grunge... Whatever you call it, that fall Nirvana and Pearl Jam changed the face of music. Join us in this rerun episode as we cover the history of Nirvana and each track on the album, Nevermind. As a precursor to our upcoming episodes on Metallica's Black Album and GnR's Use Your Illusion 1 &2. See...


Terminator (1984) vs. Terminator 2: Part 2 of 2

The blockbuster of the summer in 1991 was the sequel to the first "Terminator". It turned out to be one of the biggest grossing R rated movies of all time. How does it compare with the original? Arnold is back with new catch phrases. Linda Hamilton is back with bulging biceps. There is also a new T-1000! This episode we discuss the the behind the scenes stories on the filming of both movies, we go into the time travel troubles, and give our own Judgment Day. Come with us if you want to live!...


Terminator (1984) vs. Terminator 2 (1991): Part 1

In 1984, Jim Cameron, a first time director, got his big break in a big way. After a disturbing nightmare, he wrote and amazing screenplay (which he storyboarded himself) and changed cinema history. Hear the incredible story of how he secured financing for the film, landed the director's job and recruited an actor who would be one of the biggest stars of all time. Arnold is synonymous with the killer from the future, but what other well known actors were considered for the part? Grab your...


Alien (1979) vs. Aliens (1986): Part 2

Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen! Grab your pulse rifle and motion tracker again this week as we dive into the amazing stories behind these two iconic, thrilling science fiction classics! We will discuss the filming process of these two, plus the special effects, score, and reception before it's game over! We also talk at length about the 4 mind blowing deleted scenes from "Aliens" before we give our final judgment. Let's ROCK! See for privacy information.


Alien (1979) vs. Aliens (1986): Part 1

Alien (‘79) or Aliens (‘86)?! Dan O’Bannon was homeless, sleeping on a couch and eating hot dogs when he wrote Alien. James Cameron was an Alien fanboy with only a couple of bad B-movie to his credit when he wrote Aliens. Come listen to how Ridley Scott got the job to direct the first and then wasn’t asked back to direct the second. Plus, stories behind the casting and the actors of these two amazing movies on Part 1 of our "Alien" vs. "Aliens" podcast. See for...


Purple Rain Soundtrack (1984): Track by Track

Dearly beloved, few albums in the '80s have been as successful, and as wildly revered as Prince's "Purple Rain". This record was incredibly diverse, expertly weaving elements of rock, pop, funk and soul, and yet somehow manages to be universally appealing. Join us for the amazing stories behind the lyrics (who was The Beautiful Ones really about?) and the music (why is there no bass in one famous song?) and how one amazing August night in 1983 gave birth to one of the most iconic albums of...


Footloose Soundtrack (1984): Track by Track!

Even if you never saw the movie "Footloose", if you listened to the radio or watched MTV during the summer of 1984, chances are you were very familiar with the songs on the soundtrack! Of the nine songs on the original album, six were Top 40 hits, three were Top 10 hits, including two number-one hits. These songs were everywhere that amazing summer. Kick off your Sunday Shoes and join us as we go track by track through the album, discussing the artists, the videos and the stories behind the...


Purple Rain (1984) vs. Footloose (1984): Movie to Movie Pt 2

Dearly beloved we have gathered here today to listen to part 2 of the Footloose vs. Purple Rain comparison podcast. No need to purify yourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka, just kick off your Sunday shoes and join us for the fun stories behind the scenes on these iconic movies! In this episode we discuss Kevin Bacon going undercover as a high school student, John Lithgow going undercover as a lost soul needing spiritual guidance, and the original ending for Purple Rain. These and much...


Footloose (1984) vs. Purple Rain (1984)" Movie to Movie Pt 1

During the summer of 1984 the music from these two movies ruled MTV and Top 40 radio, but how good were the movies? Jump into the DeLorean and travel back with us as we discuss the amazing origin stories and casting decisions for two of the 80's biggest musical movies. How about a alternate universe with Tom Cruise and Madonna in the starring roles of Footloose? How about John Travolta singing the iconic song "Purple Rain"? Surely you can't be serious!! See for...


Gremlins ('84) vs. Ghostbusters ('84) Part 2

During the summer on 1984 you couldn't go anywhere without hearing Ray Parker's chart topping hit, "Ghostbusters" and every store in the mall sold Ghostbusters gear! In this episode we talk about the single biggest risk for Ivan Reitman, the three crazy Gremlin rules and just what was going on with Dan Ackroyd and the floating ghost??Join us for part 2 of our breakdown of these supernaturally funny blockbusters. Are you the Key Master? See for privacy information.


Ghostbusters ('84) or Gremlins ('84)

On June 8, 1984, two of the greatest and first and most iconic comedy/horror movies were released side by side. Join us as we discuss the stories behind their creation, production, casting, and behind the scenes details that will blow your mind. Who you gonna call? Whoever it is, don't feed them after midnight! See for privacy information.