Posts tagged 1980s
Posts tagged 1980s
I’ve always kind of wondered how effective film trailers and advertisements at the start of videotapes and DVDs and such actually are. That is, whether they drive or used to drive sales to a degree anywhere comparable to that of television and other ads.
In any case, the inclusion of those ads on tapes means it’s a lot easier to preserve them than more transient broadcast ads. There are so many of these blocks of ads, time capsules eternally hawking outdated goods from the year they were manufactured, just sitting around in people’s collections. In a really, really weird way, this makes me kind of happy.
Here’s a Pizza Hut spot that was included on the 1988 VHS version of The Land Before Time.
"HyperCard: what is it? It’s not hyper. It’s not even a card."
Lindsey Tanner, AP
Research on teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s “crack baby” scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.
Some studies have linked pregnant women’s cocaine use with children’s behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school performance. But the effects were mostly small and may have resulted from other factors including family problems or violence, parents’ continued drug use, and poverty, the researchers said.
Yeah, so it turns out that this shit was basically made up. Which explains why this whole thing where we were supposed to have a generation of people with developmental issues who couldn’t take care of themselves and would drain social services and such never happened.
In 1986, synthesizers could launch you around the Moon.
What happened to us? What happened to technology? Why have we lost what we once had?
A band I’ve never heard of before, the Australian jazz fusion group Pyramid, performed at the 1983 Montreux Jazz Festival. This video of them performing “The Odyssey” was introduced to me on IRC in the following way:
< lunar> hey here’s a video that contains moustaches, beards, mullets, aviators and a lot of synth brass
This description is highly accurate.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the music video for this song before. Loving the extreme eightiesness happening here, and what is with these cameos.
The LIEbrul socialismsphere has been getting a lot of play lately of remarks Ronald Reagan made in the 1980s about the debt ceiling. In a letter he sent to members of Congress in 1983 and a radio address he made in 1987, he pushed the necessity of raising the debt ceiling to avoid catastrophe. From the letter:
The full consequences of a default or even the serious prospect of default by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and on the value of the dollar in exchange markets.
So some folks have been pretty giddy about the re-emergence of this stuff: EVEN RONALD REAGAN UNDERSTOOD and all that. I admit that I laughed when I heard it. It’s a nice, self-contained zinger, something which the Democrats haven’t been terribly successful at putting together in our attentionless world.
Of course, since we live in the real world and not the univariate model the politics machine reduces us to, the actual budgeting situation of the 1980s was quite a bit more complex than that. Steve Kornacki of Salon wrote an excellent piece for their War Room blog which goes through the causes of the 1987 budget crisis, the political maneuvering, and how things eventually played out:
On Reagan’s watch, deficits had exploded, thanks mainly to his 1981 tax cuts (which slashed the top marginal rate for 70 to 28 percent) and to a massive increase increase in defense spending. From George Washington through Jimmy Carter, the country’s debt had never grown past $1 trillion, but in just Reagan’s first six years in office, it soared past $2 trillion, with no slowdown in sight. The deficit for fiscal year 1986 reached $220 billion.
It was against this backdrop that Congress decided to confront Reagan in 1987. The Supreme Court had just struck down a key enforcement provision of the 1985 Gramm-Rudman deficit reduction law (which mandated annual cuts), so Congress came up with a new plan: They’d attach a provision to the next debt ceiling increase requiring that the deficit be reduced by a fixed amount over the next five years until it was zeroed out. First up would be a $23 billion cut from the deficit, to go into effect with the fiscal year that would start that fall. Under Congress’ plan, automatic budget cuts would be immediately triggered (half of them defense-related) if Reagan and Congress couldn’t agree on a plan of their own by November 20.
The important thing to remember here is that neither congressional party was nearly as ideologically cohesive in 1987 as it is today. The Democratic ranks were still littered with conservatives from the South and moderate (and even liberal) Republicans were not uncommon. The GOP’s Capitol Hill leaders — Bob Michel in the House and Bob Dole in the Senate — were both pragmatic, deficit-wary conservatives. That is, they were as alarmed by Reagan’s deficits as many Democrats were, and they weren’t averse to cutting a deal to address them, even if it meant raising taxes.
Because of the ideologically blurry lines between the parties, Congress’ vote on the debt ceiling plan truly was a bipartisan affair. In the House, Democrats supported it by a 125-111 margin, while Republicans supported it by a 105-65 spread. In the Senate, 31 Democrats voted yes, and so did 33 Republicans.
The Reagan White House reacted angrily, convinced that Congress was using the dual threat of a debt default (if Reagan vetoed the plan) and deep defense cuts (if Reagan signed the plan but then failed to reach an agreement with Congress on how to cut $23 billion from the deficit) to force the president into a tax hike — something he opposed with the adamance of today’s Republicans. Several of his aides urged him to veto it, and for several days he considered doing just that, until he finally relented and signed it. That is the backdrop for the video Democrats are now circulating.
Here are the final twenty-five seconds of the 1986 film Ninja the Protector, also known as Project Ninja Daredevils.
I have no idea what is being resolved here, but I can’t imagine it being resolved any better than this.
In 1989, photographer Michael Galinsky went on a road trip with a friend, taking shots at various shopping malls along the way. He’s currently running a fundraiser on Kickstarter to publish his Malls Across America project in an 80~ page book. TODAY.com posted a slideshow of twenty-five of the photos, and they’re as fabulous a window into the ’80s as you can possibly imagine.
'Ili: The fashion
'Ili: The hair
'Ili: The logo
'Ili: The cassette tapes
Colin: The shorts.
Colin: THE SHORTS
(poster image from JoBlo’s Pimpin’ Poster Palace)
Chuck Norris wearing a sweater woven from the universe? Check. A woman with a giant gun leaning through an interdimensional portal? Check. The bust of a ninja with no skin, with a hand that can’t possibly be his brandishing a sai in front of him? Check and check.
And that tagline: “In a world of choices, for one man there is no choice….” Which world is this? Are there worlds without choices? The poster doesn’t appear to be depicting Earth, is ours one of those worlds? Is this subtle social commentary?
An alternate poster for the same movie has a different and yet still amazing tagline, “The Ninja, unholy masters of terror. No one will admit they still exist,” but this one is the complete package. I’m just going to go ahead and call this the greatest movie poster from 1980.
Here’s the film’s trailer: