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Jun 14 2017
Keith Haring's Dirtiest (In A Good Way!) Mural Comments (0)

Keith Haring is renowned for his humanizing of LGBTQ rights and AIDS visibility, which he accomplished with his of-the-people-style subway murals. His work is D7hftxdivxxvm.cloudfront.net so universally easy to understand and chic, it remains popular on T-shirts all over the mainstream today.

As Artsy.net reports, the sexual libertine did create some racy work ... and one of his most famous, dirtiest murals is tucked away in a john at NYC's LGBTQ Community Center:

Haring titled the piece Once Upon a Time, a nod to the gay community’s halcyon days of free love. Over the course of several days, he covered every un-tiled surface of the bathroom with turgid, squirting penises of all sizes. Some are attached to buff male bodies tangled together in pleasure. Others float like happy clouds or hungry dragons. One impressively large specimen hovers over a line of small figures who are either dancing the conga or enjoying an orgy.

When he painted the mural, Haring was fighting his own battle with AIDS; he’d been diagnosed just a year before, in 1988. During the late 1980s, he and his community not only faced the fear of death, but also disregard and antagonization from the Reagan administration, which simultaneously laid blame on the gay community and refused to put resources towards AIDS research.

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Jun 11 2017
Ferris Bueller's Charm Is Lost On People When He's A Grown Damn Man Comments (0)

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This parody of Ferris Bueller's Day Off — which was released exactly 31 years ago today! — shows what would happen if Ferris and his pals were adults.

It might be old, but it's hilarious and spot-on ...

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Jun 01 2017
Big In New York Comments (0)

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Can't believe Alphaville has never played NYC ... until now!

 
May 31 2017
Remember Their Names — 35 Years Later! Comments (0)

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Via People: The cast of the '80s TV show Fame will reunite for a 35th-anniversary concert July 13!

The show, taking place at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, will raise money for the Actors Fund.

Who's coming? Try Debbie Allen, Jesse Borrego, Cynthia Gibb, Erica Gimpel, Billy Hufsey, Carlo Imperato, Valerie Landsburg and P.R. Paul.

Get your tickets here!

 
40 Completely Amazing Moments From Classic TV Opening Credits Comments (0)

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I miss the opening credits of TV shows.

Credits are very serious now. Let's face it, TV is better than the movies these days, so opening credits are sometimes high art (did you catch Feud?), whereas in the past, opening-credits montages were very hit-or-miss, often shot when a show wasn't guaranteed to be picked up, then not necessarily refreshed (money-money-money) for a few seasons.

This slapdash approach led to some delightfully goofy moments, and it also led to some transcendently artful images.

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My list of 40 memorable moments from opening-credits sequences contains a little of both, light and lovely.

History's 150 Best TV Theme Songs — My Personal List

Check out my list, and let me know which others stick out in your mind ...

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Mary Tyler Moore (1970), Hats Off, Mary!

One of the most iconic moments in any opening-credits sequence had to be when Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017), whose character has just moved to Minneapolis, joyfully spun and tossed her hat in the air ahead of Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977). Such a perfect moment of abandon, and the precise moment she went from being a big TV star to being an icon.

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Three's Company (1977), Suzanne Somers's Butt Gets Watered

Considering the angst she caused behind the scenes, it's surprising she didn't melt, but ya gotta love Suzanne Somers's (b. 1946) surprise when Joyce DeWitt (b. 1949) accidentally watered her backside in the earliest Three's Company (1977-1984) opening. You can tell from watching it now that she was still the original Chrissy Snow, before the character became a lobotomized makeup case. The actress was inadvertently setting herself up really well for a ThighMaster empire!

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Golden Girls (1985), Blanche Struts Her Stuff

The earliest Golden Girls (1985-1992) opening used snippets from shows in the first season that had yet to air, and it was a while before they were updated, beating the images into our heads forever.

Golden Oldies: 100 Most Memorable Golden Girls Guest Spots!

Always been fascinated by Blanche's cat(-in-heat)walk. Remember that Rue McClanahan (1934-2010) was just over 50 years old when she shot this.

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May 26 2017
6-PACK — I'm Digging Taye's Selfie + Disney Star Chokes The Mouse + Trump's LONG Russian Ties + Even Boehner Says Trump's A DISASTER + I Always Feel Like Somebody's Arresting Me + BOYS Galore! Comments (0)

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WIDGETBoy Culture Tumblr (Work Unfriendly): Taye Diggs (accidentally?) posted a pic of his bare butt to Snapchat!

WIDGETGay Fleshbot (Work Unfriendly): Disney Channel star Kenton Duty does his duty solo in this leaked video.

WIDGETJoe.My.God.: Nobel Peace Prize winner recalls Trump begging for Russia position 31 years ago!

WIDGETHuff Post: John Boehner says Trump has been “a complete disaster.”

WIDGETDListed: Rockwell — yes, the '80s singer/son of Berry Gordy — was arrested for assaulting his maid.

WIDGETOMG Blog: Your chance to watch the acclaimed shorts in Boys on Film 16: Possession, including Pyotr495.

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May 22 2017
Bubbling Under 2 — 20 More '80s Singles That Should've Hit The U.S. Top 40 Comments (0)

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It's been a long while since my last round-up of incredible '80s singles that failed to hit the U.S. Top 40 (on the Billboard Hot 100), so I thought I'd do an addendum!

My Original List of 50 '80s Singles That Didn't Go Top 40 — Here!

Since then, Huffington Post wrote the exact same item as I did (with many of the same tracks highlighted), so hopefully this sequel (and future ones) will distinguish itself from lists already in existence.

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Let me know of any that come to mind when you ponder the question of '80s singles that bombed, but shouldn'ta ...

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May 20 2017
Like A Burning FLAMER — A Review Of ETERNAL FLAMER: THE BALLAD OF JESSIE BLADE Comments (0)

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Most fun I've had in a theater since the time I lip-synched in drag as Samantha Fox and my high school crush came up behind me and groped my “tits” — Eternal Flamer: The Ballad of Jessie Blade, a play by Tommy Jamerson, directed by Alex Acevedo.

The comic play, very much in the Charles Busch/Andy Halliday tradition, takes place in, on and all 18582048_10102022967504024_2535222910111656157_n over the '80s, following the titular young, cock-eyed (shut up) optimist (a bubbly, committed Brian Piehl, picturedl) who makes his way to NYC to try to become a famous dancer with Muffy Diver (butch-on-command Billy Berger-Bailey). He's in for a rough coming out, having left behind his childhood crush (effortlessly funny James Tison) only to find himself the target of a revenge bang at the, er, hands of sexy, sleazy Billie Panache (red-hot Joseph Swaggerty, who looks like C. Thomas Howell had a baby naturally with that other dude from Frankie Goes to Hollywood).

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You see, Jessie has been rejected by Muffy, so he's shaking his moneymaker as a stripper in a club run by drag queen with a secret The Madam (Dominic Sellers), and since Jessie's her new pet, her ex, Billie, decides to use his penis in the same way Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (wait, who? this is the '80s ...) use music.

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The ensemble cast in this production — for which exactly zero of the performers would ever need to be told, “Go broader!” — complements Jamerson's mostly clever, always funny writing. There are no weak links, so I'd be remiss without mentioning my friend Marc Patlan's hysterical Joan Crawford-meets-Eartha-Kitt-meets-Tammy-Faye-Bakker Momma Blade, the first OMG performance of the night; Egbert Bernard's scenery-chewing (he swallows it, too) Rudy; and maybe my favorite in a group of favorites, the hysterical Ty Baumann, whose '80s receptionist Monica (as well as other background characters he steps into) was spookily perfect. I've seen a lot of theater featuring people who went on to do big things, and he gave me that tingling feeling. That, and the guy next to me kept fingering me. I was in jeans.

See this when you can, because this piece will pop up again somewhere; our obsession with the '80s — like The Madam's secret condition — never goes away, it just gets worse.

 


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