Thursday, March 30, 2006

Retro day!

Oh, so you're going all retro on me today, Travis? Well, I'll see your 80s cartoons and raise you some hot 80s action shows!

Airwolf [mp3]

We already know wolves are popular again (Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, Superwolf, We Are Wolves, The Wolfnote, AIDS Wolf, Guitar Wolf, etc.), so now we just need more shows with ass-kicking helicopters. Then the circle will be complete. I can't believe nobody has named their band Airwolf yet, actually. Is it because of copyright issues? Airwolf wouldn't be afraid of copyright issues. He'd shoot that crap out of the sky.

Simon & Simon [mp3]

I can't actually remember much about Simon & Simon, but that honky rock theme song is bringing back some memories. As I recall, the guy from Major Dad and his blonde brother drive around in a cool red sportscar and solve mysteries. Along the way they crack jokes about each other and generally act like petty siblings. Am I even close? Or was there some kind of ghost-dog? 80s shows are crazy that way.

MacGyver [mp3]

Alright, so the concept of MacGyver is that you once again have this guy solving mysteries (the 80s were by all accounts a very mysterious decade). However, MacGyver is smarter than the average 80s crime-solver. Instead of resorting to brute force, he rigs solutions with ordinary household items. Are you stuck in an elevator with MacGyver? Just give him some hand lotion and a bus pass; he'll get you out.

The A-Team [mp3]

If you listen to that version of the theme song, a convenient summary of the show's premise is included. So rather than boring you with details, I'll just remind you of the show's relentless gun fights where nobody ever seems to get seriously hurt. From what I gather, guns were much less accurate and dangerous in the 80s. Besides, what do you need a gun for when you have Mr. T on your side. He's like 20 guns. Did I mention that they drive around in a van and solve mysteries?

Magnum P.I. [mp3]

Magnum P.I. starred Tom Selleck as a moustached guy who -- er, uh -- drove around in a sports car and solved mysteries. I'm starting to sense a theme here. He was also known for wearing super-white pants and super-short shorts. What a rock star!

Finally, here are a couple of distinctively 80s pop tunes to round out the package.

[mp3] Depeche Mode - People Are People
[mp3] A-Ha - Take On Me

* Buy music by Depeche Mode and A-Ha

UPDATE:

Reader Joshua has alerted me of a glaring omission. Amidst all this talk about people driving around and solving mysteries, I completely neglected to mention the king of 80s action show automobiles. In the show Knight Rider, David Hasselhoff played Michael Knight (are you seeing where the name came from?), a guy who not only solves mysteries, but does so with help from a talking car! Meet KITT...

Bonus mp3: Knight Rider theme

11 comments:

c said...

you're bringing back some fond memories for me right now of my love for mr. magnum p.i.
even at age 8 or 9 i knew i loved that man with the moustache......

p.doe said...

they just don't make theme songs like they used to.

:(

Makrugaik said...

Zeus! Apollo! Seize!

Joshua said...

Good stuff, but what about Knight Rider? Classic 80's TV show and awesome theme.

Anonymous said...

damn that was satisfying........Magnum PI has that late seventies slick LA session man vibe. Airwolf, man, I hadnt thought of that show in 20 yrs. 70s and early 80s had great themes, barnaby jones, streets of san fransisco, SWAT, Barretta, Hill Street Blues, Colombo, Saved by the Bell.........what

supergurg said...

haha! brilliant

nabbed MacGyver and Knight Rider

jeffro said...

if you had Dukes of Hazzard, my life would be complete...

Anonymous said...

Producer Stephen J. Cannell & composers Mike Post/Pete Carpenter (A-Team, Magnum PI) were also behind the very 80s theme to the 1983's Hardcastle and McCormick -- again, dude with hot sports car solves mysteries. That car, a fictional supercar called the Cody Coyote, was built in a small number of variants for the show; one took as its base the totally 80s gull-wing Delorean.

Rich said...

Greatest American Hero theme = da bomb

s said...

Glorious! :D

Anonymous said...

Wot no Streethawk...? 'tho it looks a little dated these days!