The DYR blog

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

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.

Michael Johnson is curator of the popular eighties memorabilia website and can occasionally be heard on BBC Radio as guest eighties expert. Michael also runs website design agency 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

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)

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

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Wham bam!

Everyone loves Friday, right? Well, last Friday was extra-special as it saw the official relaunch of one of our favourite ever sweets. The Wham bar has returned and in keeping up with the times has its own Facebook page here, which has been celebrated by the Twist & Pulse dance troupe putting on impromptu performances all across London.

Of course, we know what you really want to hear - is it exactly the same as it was in the 80s? Is it as chewy, the same good value for money and as full of flavour? Well, despite being taken over by a new British-based manufacturer, Tangerine Confectionary (the people behind Sherbet Fountains, Black Jacks and Refreshers, you won't be disappointed when you sink your teeth into this bad boy. Today's Wham line-up features Original, Raspberry, Cola, Sour Apple and Bew mixed fruit flavour bars, while you can also look forward to Mega Wham bars being released in September. But nothing else has changed: the bars are the same size, with the same retro wrapper and the same fizzy bits making your tongue tingle. Plus, at 29p for a mega bar, they are truly bargainous (though admittedly inflation has upped this from the measly 10p we used to pay out of our pocket money)! 

We expect John Prescott has already been stocking up after making a name as the first senior politician to back the return of the Wham bar.