In which lifelong fangirls Kylie Klein-Nixon and Emily Brookes discuss the films, music and books that set them on the path to becoming the trivia-loving, Vulture-reading, pop culture-podding, unfit-for-outside-company obsessives they are today.
We have dug deep and uncovered our pop culture roots. They are in the 1980s.
This week, we go back to where it all began: our very first pop culture loves, the films, the music and the books that they would like to pass on to the next generation.
Turns out the 80s were a formative decade for us.
You’ve already heard us fangirl out over Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (or if you haven’t, you can, by clicking on episode 3); today we’re all about The Goonies.
And Back to the Future. And The Lost Boys. Oh, The Lost Boys…
Obviously, the 80s were good for music too. Well, so were the 60s. And – sort of – the 90s.
Kylie goes full new wave,
Emily goes full folk, with a little meander through angsty girl alt-rock, and tries to convince Kylie that good music has been produced since 1989.
You’ve probably never heard of our book choices. We’ve never heard of each other’s, anyway. They’re obscure, they’re out of print, and they made such a big impression on us, we’re still talking about them today.
The Goonies: so problematic, yet so great.
Kylie really is an honorary Goonie, here’s the proof.
If First Aid Kit covering America IN FRONT OF PAUL SIMON doesn’t move you to tears, check your pulse.
Robert Zemeckis shot five weeks of Back to the Future with Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly – that’s a lot of footage, and you see some of it, and hear Zemeckis talk about why they recast, in this clip.
The Lost Boys truly is everything that’s great about 80s movies, vampire movies, Kiefer Sutherland and pop culture in general – I mean Cory Feldman’s line delivery on “Or a vampire,” I can’t even.
And we called this one… The Lost Boys’ epic beach sax scene is now the stuff of internet legend.
And speaking of sax on the beach, Here’s Duran Duran’s Union of the Snake with its glorious soprano sax solo.
The Juniper Game is, tragically, out of print, but some wonderful fan has done the Lord’s work and TYPED OUT THE ENTIRE NOVEL for your reading pleasure.