Sun, 26 January 2014
Kevin and Kornflake have escaped the 80s, for the second time! So now it's back to Flopcast business as usual, assuming "business as usual" means talking about corn chips and Xena Warrior Princess. "Chickens in the News" also returns this week, as we examine the latest in poultry fashion. (Hard to believe so many chickens are still walking around naked.) Also: Another hula hoop update from Kornflake, and a visit from the Mayor! So grab a big angry bag of Fritos (turn it into "Frito Pie" if you dare) and enjoy...
Direct download: Flopcast_090.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37am EDT
Sun, 19 January 2014
At last we've arrived at the end of our ten-part look back at the most awesome decade ever! Now admittedly, 1989 was not our favorite part of the 80s... but come on, it had its moments. Top 40 radio had pretty much surrendered to rap, hair metal, and Milli Vanilli... but Elvis Costello somehow sneaked in there too. On TV we met a quantum-leaping doctor named Sam Beckett, and a 16-year-old doctor named Doogie Howser. (The leaping guy was more believable.) And although nobody noticed, the Karate Kid scored a third movie and a Saturday morning cartoon. (This is important, people!) Also at the movies, we had Batman (Mr. Mom version), Indiana Jones (River Phoenix version), Weird Al's UHF (Wheel! Of! Fish!), and one or two more that didn't star Rick Moranis. We cover it all this week -- and along the way, Kevin shares some goofy 1989 stories involving both Edie Brickell and Penn & Teller. And don't worry -- we're not doing ten more shows like this for the 90s! (We spent the 90s mostly napping.)
Direct download: Flopcast_089.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:10am EDT
Sun, 12 January 2014
Almost done, kids! The penultimate chapter in our ongoing 80s coverage brings us to 1988 (which most scientists agree was the peak year for Jon Lovitz's Michael Dukakis impression). At the movies we met Beetlejuice and Roger Rabbit, and tried to deny the very existence of a Caddyshack sequel. TV got weirder with the debut of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and weirder still with a Saturday morning Ed Grimley cartoon). And on the radio, it was the beginning of the end for 80s pop, as Michael Bolton led us on a long, cruel march toward the 90s. (Meanwhile, young Kornflake was hanging tough with the New Kids on the Block, believe it or not.) So get out of our dreams, get into our podcast, and we'll get through 1988 together.
Direct download: Flopcast_088.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EDT
Sun, 5 January 2014
Kevin and Kornflake wrap up the holidays with a New Year's resolution update, a visit with TV's Kyle, one more trip to see the lobster trap tree, and one more holiday gift. (Yes, it's a Lionel Richie-themed gift. You know us all too well.) Then we creep back into the 80s yet again, and this week we're looking at 1987! It was the year of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, Data and Picard, Lost Boys and a Princess Bride. We met the Simpsons (who never went away) and the New Monkees (who did, immediately). And it was the year we let Tom Hanks attempt a Dragnet-themed rap song. To quote the philosopher Marx (Richard Marx, that is), we should've known better.
Direct download: Flopcast_087.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EDT