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Throwback Thursdays!

The 3rd and final installment in the Throwback Thursday Holiday Trilogy! The Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth) by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. This is one of my personal favourites next to N'SYNC's 'Oh Holy Night' (oh yeah, I'm serious). But this one just strikes a chord with me like no other Christmas song. So please enjoy it. And enjoy this near shot for shot re-creation by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. It's David F@#king Bowie and Bing F@#king Crosby.

 

Merry Christmas.

The Grinch Song

Nuff said. Merry Christmas.

Jingle Cats

Have a Merry Christmas...that is if you don't kill yourself after listening to this song.

The Greatest Action Story Ever Told

What would happen if a cybernetic organism (or Terminator) was sent back in time to protect Jesus? Well, back in the 90s, MTV dared to answer this question and to this day, it is one of my favourite Mad TV/Christmas sketches ever. Enjoy. "Hasta la vista...baby Jesus"

A Muppet Family Christmas

This was hands down on my top 3 favourite Christmas Specials of all time. A Muppet Family Christmas. This was even better than A Muppet's Christmas Carol (yeah I said it). Here is the whole special in its entirety (you can watch it all including the 80s tv commercials here. It's amazing).

 

This movie was the first (I believe) to bring all of Jim Henson's Muppets together including The Muppets, The Cast of Sesame Street and The Fraggles. It's an adorable little story of everyone showing up to Fozzy's mom's farmhouse for the holidays. A house she had already rented out to Doc (from Fraggle rock), who wanted a quiet Christmas with his dog Sprocket. The whole gang winds up together and you learn the importance of family and being together and yada yada yada.

 

It's a great little Christmas Story and I encourage everyone to give it a watch. The scene where the Swedish Chef is trying to cook Big Bird is phenomenal! (it happens around the 27 minute mark)

 

Merry Christmas!

Picture with St. Nic

 

"Uh....uh.....I ran into a chimney"

A Claymation Christmas Celebration

 

This was an original Christmas special that aired back in 1987. My Parents video taped it and I preceded to watch every Christmas for the next 5-10 years. I LOVED this special but not too many of my friends nowadays know about. However the ones that do, OHHHHHHHHHHHHH BUDDY! It's a super kick of Nostalgia for them. So for those of you who remember this, get ready to go back to your childhood! I still to this day sing the California Raisins version of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Merry Christmas and Enjoy!

 

California Raisins 'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'

 

Here we come a-Waffling (it was lost on me as a child that Wassailing was getting your drink on)

 

Ring the Bells

 

We Three Kings

 

Walrus and Penguin Skate

 

Alright Chipmunks: Classic Chipmunks Christmas Song

An old school Christmas classic. How old? How dare you! A classic album never divulges her age! But I will say this, when we listened to this song as kids it was on vinyl. ALVIN!

Stone Cold Stunners Santa Claus

Some years I defiantly wanted to give Santa Cluas a Stone Cold Stunner after he gave me a shitty sweater and socks. Instead I gave my mom a Rock Bottom.

 

Aunt Linda’s Tasteless Turkey

For years my Christmas Day Family Tradition consisted of driving 45minutes to my Aunt and Uncle’s, where we would watch some television, gossip about other family and sit down for turkey dinner. My Aunt always had her hands full with dinner. The turkey would be just a little overcooked, the mashed potatoes were always lumpy, and the gravy was even worse. Yet, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was exactly like the dinner scene from Christmas Vacation, only without Chevy Chase. Randy Quaid was there though.

 

Christmas In Hollis

Let’s see here, we got a Black Santa, a Hispanic Elf, a Pit Bull for Rudolph and Collard Greens… it must be Christmas! Thanks RUN-DMC for showing me how black people celebrate the Holiday.

 

Humbug Supercut

 

Humbug is a person or thing that tricks or deceives or talks or behaves in a way that is deceptive, dishonest, false, or insincere; often a hoax or in jest. A person who is just a dick on Christmas.

Ninja Turtles Artwork

Is it sad that I can name all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but none of the artists?

Pee-Wee's Christmas Special

Welcome to December, the official kick-off to the holidays. You’ll notice an influx of Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa related posts over the next few weeks. To kick us off, here’s the intro from Pee Wee Herman’s Christmas Special, featuring a slew of 80’s celebrities.

 

Throwback Thursdays!

For our second instalment of our Throwback Thursday Holiday Trilogy we are simply having a wonderful Chirstmas time with Sir Paul McCartney and we invite you join.

I got the money in my couch: $25,000 SNES Game Collection on eBay

 

Got $25,000? Sweet can I have some cash? Or maybe you would prefer to get completely ripped off on eBay for a collection of all 721 Super Nintendo Games being sold for that exact amount? Oh yeah check out the link here.
Sound good? No? Well then how about you give me that cash now? I gotta a full proof plan to double that money when I bet it on Red at this roulette table, and here we go! SHIT! Black! Are you kidding me?! What are the odds!

Troll Dolls

The fad that would never die! These disturbingly cute dolls made their debut back in the 70s but had a HUGE comeback in the 90s. It was like the STD epidemic only with naked dolls that have crazy hair. While Troll-Mania (I just coined that phrase, TM) has mostly died off, you can still find Troll Dolls in some version widely available throughout the world. So to that I say, was it truly a fad?

 

I'll let Bart Simpson answer that question...

I guess that doesn't really answer anything. Oh well, what do I care, I got Nutcracker tickets. PEACE!

Windows 1.0

Technology has come a long way since the days of dial-up and Commodore 64's. With the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, we look back the original Windows 1.0. Who better to sell this product than resident Microsoft crazy-man, Steve Ballmer.

 

Don’t think he’s crazy, have you seen this?

Accidents, Speeding Tickets and Egyptian Elvis

Hurt in a car? Call William Mattar! I always wondered if it was a prerequisite for insurance/lawyer commercials to be horrendous, but apparently it’s something that has been going on for decades. 

 

Freaks and Geeks Reunion

Cancelled after just 18 episodes, Paul Feig’s Freaks and Geeks is now a bona-fide cult classic. The plot line surrounded two unique groups of teenagers dealing with life in high school during the 80’s. Pretty basic plot line, however its cast and crew is what made it such a hit.

 

James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Joe Flaherty, Busy Philipps, Lizzy Caplan, and Judd Apatow are only a few names of the many talented people who were associated with the series. It really was a who’s who of famous comedy actors a decade before they were famous.

 

Now with reruns on multiple channels and DVD sales sky rocking, the cast came back together for a reunion class photo.

 

How to Make Funny Home Videos VHS

I’ve always had a love for making home movies and telling stories - that’s just what I do - but I never knew where that love affair came from. Digging through my parent’s old VHS collection, I came across a tape that made me so nostalgic just from the terrible box art itself. Count Floyd’s How to Make Funny Home Videos.

 

Count Floyd was the SCTV character played by Joe Flaherty. This VHS tape was a 30 minute cheap flick showing you the tricks to making a funny home video. It was bad. It was cheesy. And yet it was so classic.

 

SUPERCUT: Helmet Oddity

I can't decide if I like this or not. It's cool to see all these scenes from some of my favourite movies growing up, but it leaves me wanting more. I dunno, you decide.

Super Scope 6

Created by the Army and sold to Nintendo to get more children into the aspect of joining the army in their adulthood, the Super Scope 6 was not a toy...it was training for modern war craft!

 

Actually I just made all that up. The Super Scope 6 was simply a rare "popular toy" that I ironically convinced my parents to get for me (they didn't buy us a lot of high end toys,) only to realize it was pretty terrible. So, that was my childhood. How was yours?

The Future is NOW!...or yesterday: Conceptual DeLorean Taxi

This is a marketing piece by Mike Lubrano for Nooka, a "New York based fashion brand with a futuristic philosophy." I just call it awesome. I mean think of it, you'll never be late for anything ever again, cause DeLoreans go really fast. So that's great!

 

*I have just been informed that the fact that it is a time machine would also help with the never being late thing. Pff, I guess.

Check out some more pics of this piece of awesomeness:

Jenga

The game is simple enough. You take a block from the middle and you put it on top. The hard part is understanding this commercial. So, the Rick Moranis looking guy comes in at about the 4 second mark and asks how to play Jenga, but by the 17 second mark he is telling everyone how simple the game is if you know what you are doing...BUT ya just asked what the game was?! How could you possibly know how to play?

 

You'd think I would harp on the point that it is a party full of adults that don't seem to have any alcohol and Jenga seems to be the most entertaining thing going. But in my experiences throwing parties as an adult, that is exactly what happens. That and a hooker is usually killed. Ah, classic adult parties.

Seagal vs. Van Damme

Not much is known about the bitter feud between Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme. I first heard rumblings about the dislike between the two, when Seagal was a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show.

 

 

Since then and especially now-a-days after the release of The Expendables 2, rumours have been circulating, even from the mouth of Sylvester Stallone. Sly claimed that a fight nearly broke up during a party he hosted in 1997.

 

"At a party in my home in Miami in 1997, Van Damme was tired of Seagal claiming he could kick his ass so he offered Seagal outside into my back yard,”

 

"Seagal made his excuses and left. But Van Damme, who was berserk, tracked him down at a nightclub and offered him out again," he added.

 

Though the fight did not ensue the altercation between the two stars, Stallone is sure that Seagal would fall deficient had the brawl taken place.

Glo-Worms

Everyone knew somebody who had one of these creepy, drunk looking worms. You know, they were usually the toy buried at the bottom of the toy bin at your babysitter's or at a friend's house. The idea behind them was to create a night light for the child to help them sleep. And if that wasn't  good enough? Don't worry, they would play the sweetest, most calming and least annoying music you've ever heard to help you doze off to slumber land. Wait till about the 20 second mark to hear that gem of a song.

Throwback Thursdays!

Well it's a holiday spirited Throwback Thursdays for the next 3 weeks! We start by celebrating 8 crazy nights of coin chocolates and tube socks with the begging of Chanukah (or Hanukkah if you will) on Saturday. So, to honor this it only seems appropriate (or offensive) to kick off the Throwback Thursday Holiday Trilogy with The Chanukah song by Adam Sandler. It's the 3rd version of the song as it is the most up to date rendition (barely) and has the best quality on YouTube. So, please enjoy. Oh and Hey D.J. SPIN THAT DRADLE!

He, He, He, Ooops!

Oh Kevin, everything you touch turns to rainbow colours! While you are responsible for these delicious Rainbow Chips Ahoy, you may also be responsible for the tie dye outbreak of the early 90s and for that I will NEVER forgive you!

The Legend of Judge Judy

When 60 minutes aired a feature on Family Court Judge, Judith Sheidlin, little did they know that it would spawn one of the biggest television personalities of the late 90’s.

 

 

Court shows were all but passé in the early 90s, but with the O.J. Simpson trail capturing the public’s attention in 1995, Big Ticket Productions were motivated to relaunch the genre. “Judy Justice” or “Hot Bench” were the original candidates for the show name. The show was being promoted as “Hot Bench With Judge Judy” for some time before its debut.

 

The success of Judge Judy spawned many other court room programs; Judge Joe Brown, Judge Mathis, Judge Dredd….maybe not that last one, but its also as painful to watch. Judy had a 17 season run, finishing after 10 years and is still in distribution today. All because of exciting court room drama, like this:

 

Reading Rainbow

“Butterfly in the sky
I can go twice as high,
Take a look,
It’s in a book,
A Reading Rainbow…”

 

Sweet Lovin LeVar, I loved the intro music to Reading Rainbow! When LeVar Burton wasn't rocking the greatest pair of glasses in history on Star Trek , he was hosting one of the greatest educational television shows in history: Reading 'Mother F#$king' Rainbow! The show was chock full of stories and book recommendations (none of which I read) and just by watching the show you felt smarter. LeVar Burton was a great host and every episode it felt like a member of our family was being broadcast through the television to help encourage reading...ya know, that member of the family who occasionally flies on the Starship Enterprise...

 

To sum up, great show with an amazing host, and if I were ever lucky enough to meet LeVar Burton, my reaction wouldn't be too far from this:

Adventures in Wonderland

This is one of those shows that I could not for the life of me tell you a single plot line from any episode. However, the music in the intro, in particular the final 10-15 seconds is FOREVER engrained in my head. The show as I remember it was basically that Alice was a regular teen (or pre-teen) girl and had a pretty standard life except she could go through her mirror into Wonderland anytime she wanted. I assume it was to work out her life's problems, but again, I don't remember much. Hopefully the opening brings back a rush of Nostalgia like it did for me. Enjoy.

Reading Rainbow Remix

Reading Rainbow Remix son! Here is a PBS Digital Studios Reading Rainbow Remix for everyone to enjoy. It really is quite beautiful.

Joe Camel

I loved Joe Camel. He was the coolest. I know he was a controversial character who inevitably was taken off the packs because of his power of influence on young children but damn, this guy was awesome! Check out all the awesome stuff this guy did and all thanks to cigarettes.

 

He got to stand near some jets while smoking

 

...Then he got to stand by some more jets while smoking.

 

He got to stand by hot girl, who is standing next to a cool car, while smoking.

 

He got to hold a saxophone...and...smoke while he is doing that too.

 

Hey look at that, he is standing by a race track...having a smoke...

 

Okay seriously? Are you goddamn kidding me?! He is just standing in a phone booth smoking.

 

Well. Turns out Joe Camel wasn't the coolest. He was just your everyday run of the mill douche bag who would just go to events and smoke. I for one am saddened by this revelation. I mean why teach a camel to walk on two legs, where clothing, smoke, then not teach him to fly a jet or drive a race car? This is a lesson on half-assed approaches in life people, and you are welcome.

 

This Woman Really Loves Sponges

Because of the advancements in technology, we have all lost out on some of the finer things in life. For me, one of the finest activities to do was sift through my Uncle’s VHS collection to see what trash he was stupid enough to buy. Normally, I would find video cassettes on playing slot machines, or sports highlights and bloopers. The fact that people would market and successfully sell 30minutes of filler was baffling to me and comical.

 

Now-a-days, that’s what YouTube is for, and it’s much easier to simply click away when the car wreck is about to happen. With that said, I’m on a mission to find out who exactly bought and owned this tape on Sponges:

 

P - I - Z - Z - A.....PIZZA!

Remember this viral classic? No? Perhaps, you remember this from the original Olsen Twins commercial? Also No, Eh?.... Well, enjoy this creepy classic anyways.

 

What's Old is New Again...and now dead: Last Nintendo Power

Nintendo pays homage this week to its first ever edition of Nintendo Power when it puts out what will be its final edition. While I haven't bought a Nintendo Power in years, I still have a single tear rolling down my face in honor of the magazine that taught me cheating is ok, as long as you pay $5.99 plus tax (30% off the cover price if you subscribe) and wait 2-3 weeks for delivery.

I will leave you with what I think is the most iconic Nintendo Power cover - or at least the one that makes me the most Nostalgic. Feel free to submit your favourite covers. Now, in honor of Nintendo, I am off to play the greatest Nintendo game ever: Madden 13 for the PS3!

 

History of Nintendo

I don't have much a write-up for this, other than I found it on VIMEO and thought it was super nintendo awesome.

 

Classic Movies: Now with more Nic Cage

The creative minds over at Pleated-Jeans.com came up with this one. Some of our most beloved classic films with some of our more beloved Nic Cage scenes spliced in. Overall I say meh, but the My Girl scene is pretty good. Jump to about the 1:50 minute mark to see that. Enjoy!

Expialidocious

POGO is an Australian musician/DJ who continues to inspire and create aww inspiring mash-ups. I first got hooked on his work with his FRESH PRINCE remix, titled “JAAAM”.  This is one of his older pieces that does a perfect job of mashing nostalgia with modern day beats. I’m also going through a Dick Van Dyke phase, where I’m slowly realizing how talented he was.

 

The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

This video doesn't make me nostalgic of all the characters featured, but rather the early days of video on the internet. Remember when ebaumsworld was kick ass?!

 

I Will Kill You Until You Die From It: Famous Weapons

Top left. Apparently Tetris is a weapon?

Throwback Thursdays!

Pony - Ginuwine

Some guy was singing this song at work the other day, now I can't get it out of my head. Taste my pain world!

Ghostwriter

Truth be told, this show did teach me that reading is essential and I swear one day I will learn. However, for now let's just remember this show for the fact that every character had a pretty stereotypical name based on their race. Luckily, Ghostwriter didn't see race. In fact, he didn't see anything except words. And as for racist words? Well let's just say the episode where the white supremacist poet moved in next door didn't make it to air...

Alician Keys SIngs 'Gummi Bears' Theme Song

You will enjoy this.

Do The Urkel/Drunk Urkel

Remember when Urkel did "The Urkel". Classic. Man, living in the 90s was so much better. You could just tell some random guy to "crank it" and all of a sudden you had music that you could instantly make up a dance to that somehow everyone around you would automatically know how to do even though you just made it up on the spot.

 

But sometimes not everyone is happy with your instantly amazing dance and they need to spike the punch and get you drunk as an act of revenge (as is customary at most 90s parties). Sadly, this happened here. It seems William couldn't take Urkel's dance moves so he spiked his punch and got him drunk to the point that he fell off the side of a building.

Thankfully (maybe) Urkel didn't die. But this act of  punch spiking was just the beginning of a life of crime for young William as years later he would grow up to be a criminal who stole cars with Ludacris in the movie Crash. He is eventually shot and killed in that movie by Ryan Phillippe. So let that be a lesson to all you punch spikers out there. While you may think you are just having fun, it is a slippery slope and eventually a devastatingly handsome off-duty police officer will offer you a ride and  proceed to shoot you dead. Is that what you want? I thought so. 

Boy Meets World: The Sequel

With the amazing news that Boy Meets World is being developed into a sequel where Cory and Topanga will raise their young daughter to "Meet the World," I feel a celebration is in order. So in that spirit I give you all the opening credits to one of my favourite shows of all time. I can't wait for the new show! And it is totally gonna happen, cause I don't think the internet and magazines are allowed to make up stuff that isn't real, right? RIGHT?!

Buster Poindexter

It’s around that time of year that my home begins to get filled with flashy lights and Christmas music. Normally the Santa Claus parade (and American Thanksgiving) is the starting point. If you’re one of our Jewish readers perhaps you can fill the void of Christmas with Dave Matthews and pastrami sandwiches. With the Xmas radio on, Louis Armstrong’s “Is that you Santa Claus?” began playing. Funny enough, I had no idea it was a Louis Armstrong song to begin with. This song is, and most likely will forever be, associated with Buster Poindexter.

 

 

Buster Poindexter was the alter ego of New York Dolls frontman David Johansen. Johansen (in his heyday) was often compared to Mick Jagger because of his distinctive voice, outrageous clothes and the fact that he looked like Mick Jagger. But the sounds of the New York Dolls was a complete 180 from the cheesy and zany Buster Poindexter.

 

As a kid I remembered “’Zat you Santa Claus” from Much Music and Beavis and Butthead’s Christmas Special. I also recognized Buster or David as the evil Thanatos in Hulk Hogan’s Mr. Nanny.

 

......So I can't find the specific clip I want to show of Buster in the movie, so here's Hulk Hogan riding a motorcycle with Buster singing in the soundtrack. Also watch for the guy throwing a dog in the ocean at 00:15. Pretty awesome stuff.

 

Hershey's Cookies and Cream Bar

So...Hershey's steals everyone's cookies to put them into their chocolate bars and we are supposed to be ok with that? I mean they were in our homes people! And who says they just stole our cookies? Who the hell knows what else they took while they were in there. I think it might be safe to say anything you lost back in the summer of 1998, Hershey had stolen from your house.

 

This was a truly a horrific crime and I SHOULD be angry with Hershey's, but their Cookies and Cream Bar is so delicious I think we can forgive them. Even though they probably had sex with all of our mothers while they were looting our homes. Oh Hershey's, you so crayzay!

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