Have you ever thought about what Blink-182 might sound like as a 1980s synthwave band? Okay, it's not THAT far out into space, and a fan has not only shown us what some songs might sound like, but also promised to provide more in the future. That got me thinking about what other bands or just singles should be reimagined in this light and I thought... holy cow, a lot of them. This could get really fun really quick!
Whether you're stuck at home in subzero weather like me or just needing a fun, quick game to kill some time, I can't recommend playing First Five Notes with your favorite 80s playlist. It's such a fun and fast game that only requires access to a music playlist, whether it's on YouTube, your Spotify subscription, Pandora, etc. You could also just call the game "Name That Tune," since that's essentially what you are doing, but my local radio station does this every weekday for various ticket contests so that's what we call it.
When singer-songwriter Adele came on the scene, everyone loved how different yet familiar she sounded. That's because her music, while unique, also possessed a sound that reflected similar beats and vocal stylings to the 1960s. Since then, the singer has created even more music with homages to yesteryear, including her song, "Under the Bridge," which sounds more like it belongs to the 1980s than today's music.
If you love Stephen King, 1980s and 90s kids horror and remakes, you're going to love media this year. Not only do we get another season of Stranger Things, which is as nostalgic as it gets, this summer, but we'll also be getting updates of Stephen King's It (the continuation from the first remade film) and Pet Cemetary. King has another film coming out next year in the adaptation of his novel Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the popular novel The Shining, along with other projects in the works.
I have to laugh every time I hear someone (usually a white, midde-aged man) complaining about some piece of media ruining his childhood because someone is daring to reboot it. The new Ghostbusters film, which featured four women as the Ghostbusters, seems to have been the biggest movie with this complaint, and Star Wars is probably close behind with all of its gasp! women and gasp! people of color in the cast.
80s movies are some of our favorite films of all time. We could definitey watch The Goonies, Gremlins and Neverending Story on repeat for basically forever. But there were some pretty problematic films that just didn't stand the test of time. Some of them could use with some progressive updates while others might be better off forgotten. Revenge of the Nerds, for example, is filled with misogyny and even rape. Having sex with someone you think is someone else is rape.
When it comes to the 1980s, many of us think of music and fashion as the period's prime calling cards, but there were so many 80s heartthrobs, singers and actors who stole our hearts as well. The 1980s saw just as much, if not more, fandoms rise as the previous three decades of changing music and the film industry, and even those of us who weren't old enough to remember probably have our own 80s favorites.
The other day I ran across an article that said Jonathan was going to die in Stranger Things. "Major spoiler!" I thought, huffing, believing someone leaked something. It turned out to just be a fan prediction, but it's built in a good theory and it got me thinking: we really should've had one of the main kids die already.
From its rich 80s nostalgia to its dystopian setting to the fact that Wil Wheaton narrated the audiobook (sigh... my first crush), Ready Player One tempts me to read it. I've heard mixed reviews, from "It's the perfect geekdom escape!" to "It's a total white male fantasy," and I definitely still want to read it to see for myself, but now the movie itself is out and coaxing viewers in with its Easter eggs and nods to all of the things we love.