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Branded in the 80s Podcast

The Branded in the 80s podcast is a show that remembers what it was like to be a kid growing up in the 1980s. Cartoons, movies, music, toys, junk food and all the fun stuff that we loved as kids.
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Aug 15, 2016

On this episode of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast I take a look at a couple of documentaries that highlight some unsung heroes of the decade that had a vast influence on the pop culture of the day, Candyman, the David Klein Story, and The Rock Afire Explosion.  This episode was brought to you by the fine folks at CanPants.com.

Aug 7, 2016

On this episode of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast I spend some time talking about what it's like to be a nostalgia addicted guy in the world of pop culture collecting.  Though I adore most all 80s nostalgic kid's stuff, these days it takes more than a tub full of Masters of the Universe figures or a wall of Nintendo NES cartridges to get me excited about collecting.  No, to really make my head spin the stuff that I love to find has to be the kind of things that simply just should exist anymore.  So join me as I talk about a few items I've stumbled upon in the wild that really made my eyes bug and gave me that metaphorical punch of nostalgia to the gut. 

If you want to chat about the show or other fun 80s junk, you can send me an e-mail to smurfwreck@gmail.com, or hit me up on twitter or instagram @smurfwreck.

Jul 31, 2016

In this week's episode of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast I talk a little bit about the Marty McFly Theorem, or how there are really two completely different Marty McFlys in the first Back to the Future film.  If you want to chat about the show, send me an e-mail at smurfwreck@gmail.com.

Jul 17, 2016

On this week's episode of the new Branded in the 80s podcast I take a moment to make a confession.  I was an 80s skateboarding poser.  I talk a bit about my obsession with the skating culture, the boards I had as a kid, and how being a frightened poser affected my life as a preteen.

Jul 8, 2016

In this episode of the All New Branded in the 80s podcast I dig a little deeper into one of my favorite 80s era anthems, the badass Thunder in Your Heart by John Farnham from the soundtrack to the 1986 cult BMX film Rad.  I recently discovered that two of my other favorite 80s era anthem musicians, Stan Bush (who wrote and performs The Touch for the 1986 Transformers movie) & Joe Esposito (who performed You're the Best from the Karate Kid soundtrack) have also covered this song.  I dig into the three versions, talk a bit about their similarities and differences and then play a new remix that consists of all three versions of the song.

Jul 3, 2016

On this episode of the all new Branded in the 80s podcast I spend little time talking about one of my favorite 80s era collectibles, movie tie-in novelizations!  I cover a bit of the reason why I love them as a concept before diving into some discussion talking all about the 1985 Ghostbusters: A Supernatural Spectacular novel.  I cover some extended and deleted scenes as well as some all new material that wasn't either in the script or the finished film. 

If you have any comments or questions, you can e-mail me at smurfwreck@gmail.com or chat me up on either instagram or twitter at @smurfwreck.

Jun 23, 2016

In this week's episode of the Branded in the 80s podcast I take a minute to talk about finding new perspectives on the pop culture that we know and love so much that it's started to lose some of its luster.  To this effect I reconsider the character of Billy Francis Kopeke from the 1988 Penny Marshall film Big.  After viewing the alternate director's cut of the film Kopeke becomes a much more nuanced character that not only has an expanded story, but it's one that changes the tone and overall theme of the film.  If you'd like to chat, you can find me on twitter or instagram at @smurfwreck, or you can send me an e-mail to smurfwreck@gmail.com.

Jun 15, 2016

On this first episode of the new Branded in the 80s Podcast I talk a little bit about the 10th anniversary of the website, get excited about the return of Hi-C Ecto Cooler to store shelves, and discuss the power of positivity on the internet.  I also give a shout out to LaserPins.com and talk a bit about the new enamel pins I just dropped.  If you'd like to chat, hit me up @smurfwreck on twitter & instagram, or send me an e-mail to smurfwreck@gmail.com.

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