The DYR blog

The DoYouRemember.co.uk blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bring Back Ceefax... in a Mug

One of our site visitors just told us about this nostalgic mug that they've designed - love it! they're selling it on ebay:

Monday, November 05, 2012

Brilliant 80s fancy dress costumes!

With the party season fast approaching, it's time to give some thought to what you'll be wearing this Christmas / New Year. Forget the hideous, Christmas-patterned, knitted jumper or the Santa and his elves outfits and get yourself kitted up with this fantastic Mr. T costume from our friends over at www.joke.co.uk, specialists in fancy dress costumes.
For just £39.99 you too could look the part as you utter the immortal catchphrase "I pity the fool". The eye-catching costume includes a pair of dark blue dungarees with gold coloured buttons and an attached brown belt with a central gold T motif. There's also an integrated brown muscle chest top (in case you're not built like the man himself) with brown arms and dark blue cuffs embellished with a shimmering gold T fancy dress appliques. The costume also includes an attached gold sequined necklace and is completed with a black mohican wig.

So if you fancy spicing up the office Christmas party or just like dressing up, buy this Mr T fancy dress costume! Alternatively, you could check out csome of their other 80s fancy dress costumes which include Ghostbusters, Adam Ant, Rocky, Crocodile Dundee and loads more!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Relive your eighties childhood with this fantastic new 80s book

The much anticipated book "A 1980s Childhood" has finally arrived on the bookshelves bursting with 80s goodness. The humourous book takes a look at what it was like growing up as a child in the 80s, from the fashions and the music, to the TV shows and the toys. No 80s stone is left unturned!

Here's the blurb from the back of the book to whet your appetite:

Do you remember trying to solve the Rubik’s cube whilst dressed in your He-Man picture pyjamas? Did you try to make ‘cool’ sound effects with your mouth like Jones from Police Academy? Or maybe you sang along to ‘Pass the Dutchie’ by Musical Youth in a fake Jamaican accent? If that sounds like you, there’s no mistaking you were a child of the eighties.

Rev up your DeLorean, switch on the Flux Capacitor and take a cruise back through the decade that made you the person you are today. This amusing and entertaining slice of eighties life will jog the memories of all who grew up in the same decade where greed was good, mullets were cool and white dog poo littered the streets.

The book includes the following chapters illustrated with some brilliant 80s photography:

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Fashion
Chapter 3 – Music
Chapter 4 - TV and Movies
Chapter 5 - Toys and games
Chapter 6 – Technology
Chapter 7 – Famous People
Chapter 8 - World events
Chapter 9 – Street Life
Chapter 10 - Skool daze


A 1980s Childhood is available now from Amazon and from Waterstones, WHSmith and all good bookshops. Click here to buy from Amazon!

Monday, July 30, 2012

New 80s book from the creator of DoYouRemember

I can't tell you how I excited I am to announce that my new book "A 1980s Childhood" is in the final stages of production and is scheduled for publication in just a few weeks time! The book takes a humorous look at  every aspect of 1980s life the way I saw it as a child. I'm sure it'll ring plenty of bells with anyone else who was around back then. As soon as I know the publication date, I'll be sure to let you all know so you can rush out and buy a copy (or two)!

Here's the blurb from the back of the book to whet your appetite:

Do you remember trying to solve the Rubik’s cube whilst dressed in your He-Man picture pyjamas? Did you try to make ‘cool’ sound effects with your mouth like Jones from Police Academy? Or maybe you sang along to ‘Pass the Dutchie’ by Musical Youth in a fake Jamaican accent? If that sounds like you, there’s no mistaking you were a child of the eighties.

Rev up your DeLorean, switch on the Flux Capacitor and take a cruise back through the decade that made you the person you are today. This amusing and entertaining slice of eighties life will jog the memories of all who grew up in the same decade where greed was good, mullets were cool and white dog poo littered the streets.

Biog:
Michael Johnson is curator of the popular eighties memorabilia website www.DoYouRemember.co.uk and can occasionally be heard on BBC Radio as guest eighties expert. Michael also runs website design agency www.FreshleafMedia.co.uk and  lives in Dorset with his wife and two daughters.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"The Very Best of Blancmange" compilation album now available


Compiled with full input from the band and available on Amazon right now, ‘Blancmange The Very Best Of’ is a bulging treasure trove of synth-pop gold. Spread across 2 CDs and featuring 7 Top 40 hits alongside a host of extras, including some killer original 12” mixes and 2 John Peel sessions, not to mention an exclusive new song, this thrilling collection leaves you in no doubt where Blancmange belong – in the pantheon of synth-pop and dance music greats. A huge influence on LCD Soundsystem, Metronomy, Hot Chip and the synth-obsessed new breed, the creative partnership of Neil Arthur & Stephen Luscombe spawned some truly genius moments in pop. Whether it was their unique reworking of Abba’s ‘The Day Before You Came’, the timeless avant-funk of ‘Living On The Ceiling’, the classic ‘Waves’ or ‘Don’t Tell Me’, they delivered songs full of stylish invention.

Formed in 1980, Blancmange’s early gigs were a very experimental affair - they would amplify through washing machines and vacuum cleaners. But, it was a 1981 tour with Grace Jones that really opened their creative minds. What followed was a string of great pop singles, 2 albums, tours with Depeche Mode and Japan, and everyone from John Peel to Robert Fripp singing their praises.

In 1986 they broke up, only to return 25 years later with 2011’s highly acclaimed ‘blanc burn’. Since then they have triumphed at Bestival, completed several successful UK tours and are putting the finishing touches on a new studio album.

Buy the album now on Amazon for just £5.30

CD1
1. Living On The Ceiling  2. Don’t Tell Me 3. I Can’t Explain 4. Feel Me 5. Blind Vision  6. Waves  7. The Day Before You Came 8. I’ve Seen The Word  9. God’s Kitchen  10. That’s Love, That It Is  11. Wasted 12. Lose Your Love (Album Version) 13. What’s Your Problem 14. Kind 15. All Things Are Nice 16. Murder 17. Running Thin (Peel Session) 18. I Would (Peel Session) 19. Making Aeroplanes (Without Victoria) (New Track)

CD2
1. Blind Vision (12” Mix) 2. Don’t Tell Me (12” Mix) 3. Feel Me (12” John Luongo Mix) 4. Game Above My Head (Long Version) 5. That’s Love, That It Is (Remix Extended Version) 6. Vishnu (Short Version) 7. God’s Kitchen (12” Mix) 8. Sad Day (Original Version) 9. Waves (Original Version) 10. Why Don’t They Leave Things Alone? 11. Lorraine’s My Nurse 12. See The Train 13. Don’t You Love It All 14. Living On The Ceiling (Extended Version) 15. Hello Darling

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Celebrate 70 years of Enid Blyton with the Famous Five Collection Edition Series 1 + 2 Boxset on DVD


We previously announced the release of the Famous Five series one and two on DVD but now, for those that didn't snap up the separate discs, the same folks at Koch Media have just announced the combined Collector’s Edition DVD boxset release of both series together on August 6th 2012. The set includes every episode ever made of the classic 70’s TV show (26 episodes in total).

The two series were originally broadcast on ITV in 1978 and 1979 and this year marks the 70th anniversary of the release of the Famous Five series of books.


Pre-order your copy at Amazon now!


Episode List 

Five Go to Kirrin Island: Part 1 (Original transmission: 3 July 1978)
Five Go to Kirrin Island: Part 2 (10 July 1978)
Five Go Adventuring Again (17 July 1978)
Five Go to Smuggler's Top: Part 1 (24 July 1978)
Five Go to Smuggler's Top: Part 2 (31 July 1978)
Five Go Off in a Caravan (7 August 1978)
Five Go Off to Camp: Part 1 (14 August 1978)
Five Go Off to Camp: Part 2 (21 August 1978)
Five on a Hike Together (4 September 1978)
Five Go to Mystery Moor (11 September 1978)
Five on a Secret Trail (18 September 1978)
Five Go to Billycock Hill (25 September 1978)
Five on Finniston Farm (2 October 1978)
Five Get Into Trouble - Prisoners (19 November 1978)
Five Get Into Trouble - Conspiracies (26 November 1978)
Five Get Into a Fix (3 December 1978)
Five Are Together Again: Part 1 (10 December 1978)
Five Are Together Again: Part 2 (17 December 1978)
Five Have a Wonderful Time (31 December 1978)
Five Fall Into Adventure: Part 1 (27 June 1979)
Five Fall Into Adventure: Part 2 (4 July 1979)
Five Run Away Together (11 July 1979)
Five Go to Demon's Rocks: Part 1 (18 July 1979)
Five Go to Demon's Rocks: Part 2 (25 July 1979)
Five Go Down to the Sea: Part 1 (1 August 1979)
Five Go Down to the Sea: Part 2 (8 August 1979)

Thursday, July 05, 2012

"License to Drive" 80s comedy now on DVD


Famous eighties acting duo Corey Feldman and Corey Haim team up in madcap teen comedy License To Drive, which come to UK DVD for the first time since its release in 1989.


Fresh from their successful on screen pairing in The Lost Boys Feldman and Haim returned for this eighties screwball comedy which arrives on DVD on 30 July 2012 from Second Sight Films.

Haim plays Les, the guy who’s friends are relying on him to pass his driving test so he can provide the wheels for the weekend, but Les is more interested in impressing his date Mercedes (Heather Graham). When things don’t go according to plan he steals his grandfather’s immaculate Cadillac. But what was supposed to be a dream date soon turns into a nightmare when Mercedes gets drunk and dances on the bonnet in her stilettos, then passes
out in the back.

He calls on his friend Dean (Feldman) for help and things go from bad to
worse when the car is towed and a car chase leads to disastrous
consequences.This is a hilarious coming of age eighties classic.


Buy the DVD now on Amazon for £12.99



Title: License To Drive
Release Date: 30 July 2012 RRP: £15.99
Cert: 12 Cat. No.: 2NDVD3236
Running time: 86 mins Language: English