Music Monday – Week of June 4th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending June 4th, 1983

  • a couple of recognizable songs jump into the top 40 this week: Michael Jackson’s fourth single from the Thriller album “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” and “Every Breath You Take” by the Police.
  • Hall & Oates have a cover song on a steady climb. However, this isn’t the first time on the charts for “Family Man”. Only a year earlier, Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly to the song to #6. It’s surprising to me how many times this happens in the early 80’s.

Were You Cool Enough to Wear L.A. Gear?

L.A. Gear

“Your ticket to Los Angeles, no matter where you live.”

With L.A. Gear’s fancy footwear on your feet, whether you were in Los Angeles or Kansas, you were the height of fashion. Founded in 1983, L.A. Gear provided high-style shoes in bold colors and designs for the whole family. Best known for their fashion color hi-tops with colored laces, the company also manufactured shoes for dancing, playing or just strolling the beaches.

L.A. Gear shoes were everywhere in the 80’s: they graced the feet of Michael Jackson (who even had his own line, complete with ‘Moonwalker’ logo), Paula Abdul and just about every school-age girl in America. Although they had a men’s line, LA Gear’s high-fashion style appealed to girls looking for a pair of pink high-tops to match their blue slouch socks, acid wash jean skirt, and off the shoulder pink sweatshirt.

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5 Nostalgic Things We Miss From the 80’s

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(The following is a sponsored guest post from StickerYou.com)

The ‘80s, what an amazing time. So amazing, that pop culture is currently flooded with inspiration and nostalgia from this incredible era. It’s safe to say the ‘80s are back, baby – and they’ll hopefully be around for quite some time! Today, we’re going to have a nice tall glass of nostalgia, and remember some of the quintessential ‘80s feats. Here are the top 5 things we can all admit we miss from our past:

 

80s Music

‘80s Music

Arguably home to the best music era of all time, the ‘80’s gave birth to some of the most talented and interesting artists and jams – music from this time will forever be iconic and live on through the generations. From Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin”, music from the ‘80s was unique and filled with character, emotion, and raw talent. Alongside this, these jams were also insanely quotable and poetic. After all.. we built this city on Rock and Roll! If you have a favourite memorable quote from a song, why not make it into a custom vinyl wall decal? At StickerYou, we make it easy to write your personal expression on any wall with our vinyl lettering editor.

 

Slap Bracelets

Slap Bracelets

Who doesn’t miss the satisfying snap sound of successfully wrapping your slap bracelet around your wrist, or slapping them over an unsuspecting wrist? Invented in 1983, this viral fashion trend was a simple piece of long steele, similar to steele tape, covered in fabric – the more flashy the fabric, the better. This toy surely echoes in the minds of any ‘80s kid, and was a perfect pairing to your favourite choker or platform shoes. When it comes to kids, the appeal of simple and easy-to-use gadgets is vastly overrated – sometimes less is more! I think it’s fair to say we were all addicted to this awesome accessory.

 

Mix Tape

Mixtapes

Mixtapes were homemade compilations of music, and one of the best ways to show your personal expression and love for artists – curating the order of your custom mixtape cassette was certainly considered a form of high art and talent! Although they were later placed by USBs and CDs, cassette mixtapes were a crucial part of youth culture, and even made a great gift to a friend or somebody you fancy. Music compilations will forever be an awesome and fun hobbie, regardless of your age!

 

Retro Gaming

Retro Gaming

The ‘80s was the birth era of many amazing consoles that are still around and adored by folks today, and is often referred to as the golden age of arcade games. This is the time period that video games began entering pop culture, and became a huge force in the lives of everyone. The Nintendo Entertainment System was released in the mid ‘80s, and The Sega Genesis was released in 1988. Many of these consoles are still kickin’ around today, and can be considered a collectors item! If you can’t get your hands on one of these retro systems, why not rep your passion with some custom retro gaming stickers? If you don’t see any artwork you love, you can always upload your own custom artwork to our Sticker Maker, and create your custom stickers order in a matter of minutes!

 

80s Fashion

The Fashion

Ahh.. the fashion. The ‘80s were a decade of wild dance-inspired clothing and hair trends. Fanny packs, velour, patches, scrunchies, shoulder pads, spandex, and many more awesome trends had their peak moments. A lot of these trends have come back into modern day fashion, and will be referenced by many future generations of well-dressed individuals.

 

Overall, it’s safe to say the ‘80s were a very memorable time, filled with endless nostalgia and recollections. We’ll never get tired of reliving the awesome trends, and we hope you don’t either!

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Forgotten Food: McDonald’s McD.L.T.

McDonald's McDlt

The McDonald’s McDLT gets mentioned on it’s fair share of fondly remembered foods list, and for good reason. Of all the great, and horrible, things to ever grace the menu of McDonalds, the McDLT was one of the best items they created.

It was a burger in similar size as Burger King’s Whopper sandwich, and featured mostly the same ingredients. A quarter pound beef patty, lettuce, tomato, mayo, cheese, pickles, and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun. The beauty of the McDLT though was it’s packaging. It came in one of McDonald’s signature styrofoam containers. But this one was slightly different. It featured two separate compartments instead of one.

On one side, the bottom bun and burger patty rested, while on the other was the rest of the toppings and the top bun. This allowed the hot parts to remain separate from the cold parts until you were ready to put it together and eat. And that was the brilliance of it all. A fresh tasting McDLT when the hot patty met the cold toppings.  What I could never figure out though, was why the slice of cheese was included on the cold side.  To me it would have made much more sense to put it on top of the patty on the hot side so it could get all melty.  But apparently, I’m not a genius like the burger builders at McDonald’s.

McDLT

It was released in the early 80’s to much fanfare, but was eventually pulled in 1990 due to pressure from environmental groups protesting their use of the styrofoam containers. Once the divided container was gone, so was the magic of this burger. It was later re-released as the Big ‘n’ Tasty burger, but without the separated ingredients, the burger fell flat.

 

More McDonald’s  |  A Visual Guide to McDonald’s Styrofoam Containers

 

As a kid, I was getting a little old for Happy Meals, and found the McDLT to be a perfectly acceptable replacement for it. I’m guessing it was basically the novelty of it that turned me on to it, but it was a great burger in it’s own right so that kept me coming back for more.

As a side note, McDonald’s lost a little luster to me with the fall of those original containers. Each container was a different color to represent what was held inside, and even the McNuggets had a little compartment built in to hold the sauce cup. I understand the environmental impact and agree with the decision to stop using them, but dang, they looked cool, and figure prominently in my memories of McDonald’s and childhood in general.  As a matter of fact, we did a whole post just on those old McDonald’s containers, and you can check that out here.

Now I know a lot of you reading this remember the McDLT, so we wanna hear from you.  What did you think of the concept?  Let us know in the comments.  And if long gone McDonalds food items is your thing, check out our post on the fabulous McDonald’s McPasta from the early 90’s.

McDLT

 

 

McDLT
McDLT in Package

Music Monday – Week of May 28th

 

Music Monday

 

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending May 28th, 1983

Welp. A day late and a a dollar short this week due to the holiday. Sorry about that…

  • Irene Cara starts a six week run at #1 with “Flashdance… What A Feeling”.
  • Lot’s of new entries on the chart this week including some 80’staples like “Our House” by Madness and “Come Dancing” by the Kinks.
  • Ronnie Milsap’s single “Stranger In My House” tops out this week at 23. While it reached higher on other charts, it stalls out here because some radio stations refused to play the song due to radio personnel believing it’s guitar solo sounds too much like Led Zepplin. Some stations go as far as to edit out the solo but still don’t give it substantial airplay. This lost air time keeps it from going any higher on the chart. It’s personally my favorite Ronnie Milsap song for two reasons: his voice and, you guessed it, that guitar solo.

Recreating and Reviewing the Diablo Sandwich from Smokey and the Bandit

Diablo Sandwich

This past Friday marked the 41st anniversary of the release date of one of my favorite movies, Smokey and the Bandit!  To celebrate this fact, my daughter and I decided to do a video on her food review YouTube channel where we would take a look at The Diablo Sandwich.  Check out this classic scene from the movie:

The problem was, I had no idea just what the heck a Diablo sandwich actually was.  After doing some digging around on the internet, I found an awesome post on a message board where a user had broken the scene down frame by frame to try and solve the mystery of the Diablo Sandwich.  If you have time, it’s a very fascinating read.  Check out the thread:  Diablo & Doc

So armed with that knowledge, we set out to make this iconic mystery sandwich, and I think we had pretty good luck with it.  CHeck out our YouTube video review of it, and if you enjoy the vibe of the video, consider subscribing to our channel.  We have a lot of reviews up, with more coming on a mostly daily basis.