Retroist Retro Podcast
For over a decade, The Retroist Podcast has taken a nostalgic look back at the last 40+ years of retro themed pop culture. The show attempts to connect or reconnect you to things from your past through storytelling and discussion of compelling milestones and forgotten tidbits of pop culture.
Friday Nov 10, 2023
Friday Nov 10, 2023
Welcome to the newest episode of the Retroist Podcast. On today's show, I discuss the long-running detective drama series, Columbo. This episode was a long time coming and is one of my longer episodes. Columbo is a big deal.
I begin the show talking about my own brush with Columbo himself, Peter Falk. It was an unexpected experience, but very positive. I am very happy to finally get to share it.
Then I move on to the show itself. I discuss the evolution of the characters, the show’s release, reception, the people in front of and behind the camera, and much more.
Columbo is special for a lot of reasons. Great writing, acting, etc. But also because he is different from other "cop shows". He wasn't meant to be a standard detective. His legacy hearkens back to earlier detective stories written by people like Agatha Christie. He has a more timeless feel, and that kept people interested for decades.
Add to that is Falk at the center of it all. He is not only a talented performer but also packs a lot of natural charisma. His dedication to perfection in what he believed in helped to make the character perfect.
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Friday Oct 27, 2023
Friday Oct 27, 2023
Travel back to the late '80s when television was full of mysterious and eerie stories. Monsters, a horror anthology series, was a hidden treasure during that time. Imagine flipping through channels on a quiet October evening and stumbling upon this captivating show. While it might not have been popular among everyone, for those who discovered it, Monsters was a thrilling experience.
The series stood out due to its unique charm and captivating stories. Despite its low budget, talented writers, directors, and actors collaborated to bring each episode to life. The creators, often overlooked, crafted a world where supernatural elements dominated, leaving a lasting impact on the audience.
Monsters' music added to its mystique, enhancing the atmosphere and drawing viewers deeper into its chilling narratives. Though it was relatively unknown on television, the show gained a following through home video and cable TV releases, allowing fans to revisit their favorite episodes and introducing new audiences to its brilliance.
Monsters might have been a hidden gem, but its impact was profound for those who embraced it. Whether you're a long-time fan or a curious newcomer, exploring the world of Monsters promises a journey into the realm of captivating horror.
Friday Oct 13, 2023
Friday Oct 13, 2023
Welcome to the latest episode of the Retroist Podcast! Today, we're stepping back in time to revisit a hidden gem from the ABC vault: the made-for-TV movie, "The Midnight Hour".
I begin this episode by sharing my personal memories of stumbling upon this film and the delightful nostalgia that washed over me, especially when I rediscovered it during my days working at the video store.
But let's dive into the heart of the matter: "The Midnight Hour." I will talk about the people behind the camera, exploring the creative minds that brought this spooky and funny film to life. But the magic of the film doesn’t stop there. From the talented cast that breathed life into the characters to the hauntingly beautiful music that set the mood, every aspect of this film contributed to its unique charm.
I'll guide you through the reception of "The Midnight Hour", shedding light on how this made-for-TV movie might be unjustly slipping under the radar during Halloween season. But you should give it a chance, because if you're in the mood for something light, spooky, and filled with fun music, "The Midnight Hour" deserves a prime spot on your watchlist.
So, whether you're a fan of nostalgic TV movies, enjoy a good dose of spookiness, or simply love immersing yourself in the magic of the past, this podcast episode promises an entertaining journey through the world of "The Midnight Hour". Thank you for joining me, and I hope this film finds a special place in your heart, just as it has in mine.
Friday Sep 29, 2023
Friday Sep 29, 2023
Welcome to the Retroist Kool-Aid Podcast, where we're about to dive into the world of a tasty and refreshing beverage that has quenched our thirst for nostalgia for generations. This week, we're stirring up some sweet memories as we explore the colorful world of Kool-Aid.
But before we take a sip of this flavorful journey, let me share a personal story about a miscalculation I made with some cherry Kool-Aid that haunted me for years. It's a tale of hubris that many of us can relate to, a reminder that sometimes our attempts to “have it all” don't quite go as planned.
Now, let's delve into the heart of it all - Kool-Aid itself. This beloved drink mix has a rich history, stretching back to its creation and evolution over the years. We'll explore how this iconic beverage came to be, from its humble beginnings to its status as a beloved household staple.
Kool-Aid isn't just a drink; it's a cultural phenomenon that has left its mark on advertising and pop culture. We'll dive into the colorful and memorable advertising campaigns that have introduced generations of kids to the joys of mixing up their own Kool-Aid concoctions. From the Kool-Aid Man crashing through walls to the catchy jingles, Kool-Aid commercials are a nostalgic treasure trove.
Having grown up with Kool-Aid, I consider myself lucky to be able to sip a glass and be transported back to the carefree days of childhood. It's a simple pleasure that carries with it a world of memories and emotions. We'll discuss how Kool-Aid has become more than just a drink; it's a vessel for nostalgia and a way to relive the flavors of our youth.
Friday Sep 15, 2023
Friday Sep 15, 2023
Welcome to a journey back to the charmingly quirky world of 1985, where Rustler's Rhapsody graced the big screen and left audiences with a reaction that was, sadly, less than rhapsodic. However, sometimes a film's true charm takes a bit longer to shine through, and for many, like myself, who discovered this hidden gem on cable, it was love at first viewing.
Rustler's Rhapsody isn't just another Western parody; it's a loving tribute to the B Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s, capturing the essence of a bygone era, while making fun of it, with impeccable precision. Some may draw comparisons to the irreverent humor of Blazing Saddles, however, it's important to note that Rustler's Rhapsody had its own unique vision and intentions from the outset.
In this all-new episode of the Retroist Podcast, we embark on a journey deep into the heart of Rustler's Rhapsody. We'll explore the talented individuals who brought this cinematic treasure to life, both in front of and behind the camera. From the production challenges to the initial reception, we'll uncover the fascinating story behind this film.
And let's not forget the music! As always, the show is accompanied by the wonderful melodies provided by Peachy.
It's a mystery that Rustler's Rhapsody didn't enjoy immediate popularity, but perhaps its humor is so beautifully specific that it needed time to find its audience. Regardless of the reasons, this episode serves as an impassioned plea for viewers to give this film a second chance, or even a first if they missed it the first time around.
So, my fellow retro enthusiasts, I encourage you to take a leap back in time and revisit or discover the delightful world of Rustler's Rhapsody. It's a cinematic experience that's sure to put a smile on your face and make you appreciate the art of the B Western in a whole new light. Yeehaw!
Friday Sep 01, 2023
Friday Sep 01, 2023
On today’s Retroist Podcast as we delve into a more contemporary subject that hits close to home – the turn of the millennium musical festival, Woodstock '99. This marks the fourth episode of the newest season, a departure from my usual fare, but one that holds a special place in my heart. Why? Because I was there, not as a spectator, but as a worker, and today, I would like to share my experiences.
Let's rewind the clock and imagine growing up in an era when the echoes of the original Woodstock still lingered in the air. I'll take you through my journey of hearing about the legendary festival, wondering what it was like, and pondering if my mom ever wished she'd been there. It's a trip down memory lane, one that leads us to the heart of Woodstock '99.
Now, the details of the festival. From the planning stages to the pricing, from the anticipation to the reception, I'll guide you through the highs and lows of this musical extravaganza. And of course, we can't skip over the bands. We'll explore how things went awry, how the spirit of “unity” quickly unraveled, and how a series of unfortunate events cast a shadow over this once-promising event.
Then I share my perspective of a worker amidst the chaos. I'll share why I was there, what I witnessed on the ground, and why my companions and I made the tough call to leave early. It's a firsthand account that I hope adds depth to the story of Woodstock '99.
And as we unfold this tale, one thing becomes clear – Woodstock '99 wasn't the magical experience people had hoped for. It started on a rocky note and quickly spiraled into chaos, leaving a trail of disappointment and hurt in its wake. Sadly, this turn of events dealt a severe blow to the prospects of future Woodstocks.
So there you have it – the Retroist Podcast, a journey through the highs and lows of Woodstock '99. From my own experiences to the broader narrative, this episode offers a unique perspective on a turning point in music festival history. As we relive the moments and memories, let's remember that sometimes, even when things go awry, the stories that emerge might be worth sharing.
Friday Aug 18, 2023
Friday Aug 18, 2023
Step right into the newest chapter of the Retroist Podcast, where we're about to embark on a flavorful journey that might just reignite a spark of nostalgia in your taste buds. Hold onto your hats, folks, because today's episode is all about the Pizza Hut classic that time almost forgot – the delectable Italian Pie, or as it was affectionately known, the Priazzo.
First up, let's take a trip down memory lane – specifically, my own memories as a youngster grappling with the concept of change. I gotta confess, I was not exactly what you'd call a change enthusiast. If you thought I'd readily hop on the "new and improved" pizza bandwagon just because it was scrumptious, well, I hate to burst your bubble, but you've clearly missed some key nuggets from my past podcast ramblings.
Now, let's zero in on the star of the show – the Priazzo itself. This isn't your run-of-the-mill overnight sensation; it's a tale of patient culinary craftsmanship. We'll explore the slow and steady birthing process of this cheesy marvel, from its inception to its grand debut, and even its diverse variations that tantalized taste buds across the land.
Oh, but that's not all, my friends. We're diving headfirst into the realm of Priazzo reception – both the welcoming cheers and the skeptics' raised eyebrows. We'll unveil the genius marketing moves that had us salivating over slices, as well as the candid critiques that inevitably came with the territory.
Now, gather 'round, because it's story time about my very own family's tryst with the Priazzo. Back in the day, we hopped onto the Priazzo bandwagon with gusto, savoring each delectable bite. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Our fleeting love affair with this cheesy delight slowly dwindled, giving way to the magnetic pull of our tried-and-true pizza favorites. The Priazzo became a rare treat, like an old friend who visits only on special occasions.
And then, just like that, poof! It was gone. When I went on a quest to relive those Priazzo memories, I was met with a pizza-shaped void that left me yearning for a taste of yesteryears. But here's where you come in, dear listeners. By revisiting the glory days of the Priazzo in today's episode, I'm hoping to rekindle the collective memory of this once-beloved culinary creation.
So, there you have it – a mouthwatering exploration of the Pizza Hut Priazzo, a forgotten treasure that once graced our plates and now beckons from the annals of time. Join me as we peel back the layers of nostalgia, one cheesy slice at a time, and perhaps reignite your own appetite for this flavorful blast from the past.
Friday Aug 04, 2023
Friday Aug 04, 2023
Welcome to the newest episode of the Retroist Podcast! This time, we're diving into the 1980s comedy classic, Twins. Get ready to take a trip down memory lane and relive the hilarity of this star-studded gem.
Before we jump into the film, I want to share a personal connection I have to its production. It might be a minor connection, but for me and my family, it meant weeks of endless bragging and storytelling. It's those little moments that can make a movie even more special, don't you think?
Now, let's talk about the film itself. We'll explore the talented cast that brought these quirky characters to life, the engaging plot that kept us laughing, the fantastic music that added to the overall charm, and all the incredible people working behind the camera, making the magic happen.
Interestingly, Twins has received mixed reviews from modern audiences. But here's the thing – if you just watch it for what it is – a star-powered, silly, high-concept comedy – I truly believe you'll enjoy it. Sometimes, we just need to embrace the fun and entertainment a film brings without overthinking it, right?
So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and join me as we delve into the delightful world of Twins. Get ready for a dose of nostalgia and laughter as we celebrate this 1980s comedy classic. I hope you have a blast listening to this episode, and remember, sometimes the best movies are the ones that simply bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!
Friday Jul 21, 2023
Friday Jul 21, 2023
Hey there, and welcome to a special milestone—the 300th episode of the Retroist Podcast! Today, I'm diving into the world of one of the most iconic console games of its time—The Legend of Zelda. If you were a gamer in the '80s, you'd know exactly what I'm talking about!
Before we embark on this journey through Hyrule, let me take you back to my own memories of receiving and playing The Legend of Zelda. I remember the excitement and wonder as I unwrapped the game, knowing it was something special. From the moment I popped that golden cartridge into my NES, I was hooked. The vast scope and intricate design of the game changed my gaming expectations forever.
Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of this gaming masterpiece. The game was developed by Nintendo, a company that has left an indelible mark on the gaming world. The Legend of Zelda first appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)—a console that holds a special place in the hearts of gamers from that era.
But what made this game truly exceptional were the brilliant minds behind it. From the visionary creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, to the talented designer, Takashi Tezuka, and the composer, Koji Kondo, every aspect of The Legend of Zelda was infused with passion and creativity.
As for the game itself, it was unlike anything gamers had experienced before. Players took on the role of the brave hero, Link, as he embarked on a quest to rescue Princess Zelda from the clutches of the evil Ganon. Exploring the vast world of Hyrule, solving puzzles, battling enemies, and uncovering secrets—The Legend of Zelda was an epic adventure.
But it wasn't just about the gameplay; it was the rich mythology and lore that captured our imaginations. The Triforce, the Master Sword, the land of Hyrule—these became iconic elements of the gaming world.
The Legend of Zelda was also a technological marvel for its time. The game featured a battery-backed save system, allowing players to continue their adventure right where they left off—an innovation that set it apart from other games.
Its success led to a series of beloved sequels, each building upon the legacy of the original game. From The Adventure of Link to A Link to the Past and beyond, The Legend of Zelda franchise continued to captivate players with its deep storytelling and immersive gameplay.
And we can't forget the iconic music. Koji Kondo's masterful compositions, such as the main theme and the catchy overworld tune, became instant classics and are still celebrated to this day.
But despite my love for The Legend of Zelda, I found it incredibly challenging to do justice to such an influential game in my previous podcast attempts. It's hard to put into words just how much this game means to me and countless gamers around the world. I hope this latest effort brings a fresh perspective to the game and reignites your love for this gaming gem.
So, let's dust off our swords and shields, don our green tunics, and journey once more into the fantastical world of Hyrule. The Legend of Zelda awaits, and I'm thrilled to share this adventure with you all.
Friday Jul 07, 2023
Friday Jul 07, 2023
Welcome to the first episode of the 16th season of the Retroist Podcast. Today, we're diving into the captivating world of the 1980 cult film classic, "My Bodyguard." This movie holds a special place in my heart, and I'm thrilled to finally share my deep appreciation for it in this episode.
To kick things off, I open up about my own personal experiences with bullying when I entered high school. It was a challenging time, but fortunately, I crossed paths with someone who stepped in and made my life so much better. Though our friendship only lasted for a single school year, his kindness continues to resonate with me to this day.
After sharing my story, we dive headfirst into the film itself. I delve into the plot, the production process, the talented individuals involved, and the reception it received. Prepare yourself for a nostalgic trip as I sprinkle in some retro audio from that glorious time period, adding an extra layer of authenticity to the episode.
"My Bodyguard" centers around Clifford Peache, a timid high school student who becomes the target of a group of bullies. However, fortune smiles upon him when he unexpectedly befriends Ricky Linderman, a loner with a tough reputation who takes on the role of Clifford's unlikely bodyguard. Together, they embark on a heartwarming journey of friendship, courage, and standing up against injustice—a timeless theme that continues to resonate with audiences of all generations.
Join me as we explore the many facets of "My Bodyguard" and uncover the reasons behind its enduring charm. From its engaging plot to the incredible performances, we'll dive deep into every aspect that made this film a true gem of the '80s.