1988: Best Year Ever!

Advisory Warning: The video is rated R for skimpy clothing and suggestive sexual behavior.  Youth should receive permission from their mother or father to view this video.

I’m a sucker for anything ’80s as you can tell, but you have to admit that it was pretty tamed back then compared to today.  You could say that the 1980s today is what the 1950s were back then, but much more fun!

Take Me Home Tonight is a movie in in the summer of 1988 as it winds down.  Three friends on the verge of adulthood attend an out-of-control party in celebration of their last night of unbridled youth. Starring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Teresa Palmer.  Take Me Home Tonight is a raunchy, romantic and ultimately touching blast from the past set to an awesome soundtrack of timeless rock and hip-hop hits.

Raunchy is an understatement.

Nonetheless I probably wouldn’t let anyone under the age of 17 watch it.

Here’s the trailer.

Here’s the original:

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  1. Tito,

    The 80s were totally awesome, I mean radical, or tubular; however, comparing them to the 1950s, even in relation to today’s cultural breakdown may be an overstatement. I think the cultural chasm brought about in the 60s and 70s is way too vast. Although, all those hippies began to assert their influence when one of them became president in 1992 and now a generation later the kids are more screwed up than ever. I did not know that oral was not considered sex – it sure was in the 80s. The culture is getting worse by the minute, but I think it changed in cataclysmic and dramatic ways from the mid 60s through the 70s – ah, and then it was morning again in America.

    Man, I really miss my flux capacitor. 🙂

  2. Tito,

    I am not so sure about 1992. I think that Morning ended in 1989 when Mr. New World Order, read my lips, thousand points of light took over the White House, but 1993 was especially bad, of course, 2009 was the worst.

    I can’t recall any Big Band videos from the 20s, of course, that was before my time. There is no question that the 80s were the best decade. The music, even the bad music was more or less happy. Today it is either a bubble gum product, a prostitute product or just a bunch of whiny wussies that can’t play instruments. It is all Owen Wilson music, kinda makes you wanna cut your wrists 🙁 What’s with this Beiber kid, I don’t get it.

    Heck, even Madonna Louise wasn’t that bad back then.

    In the words of Patrick Bateman: Do you like Hewy Louis and the News?

    And Jeff Spicolli: No shirt, No shoes, No dice! Hey, where’d you get this jacket?

  3. I am very grateful to have come of age in the 80’s. It was a great time – comparatively speaking (vs 60s, 70’s, 90’s). It was the end of the cesspool era that began when the Boomers came of age yet before the Boomers’ kids turn.

    It was indeed like a new dawn. People were bathing again, the fashions (while still laughable like all viewed post-mortom) were clean looking and pointed forward – even the torn clothing of the dance crowd wasn’t ragged, it was like precision cuts for effect. 🙂

    Ronald Reagan was president and he was largely just a common man doing good things and inspiring.

    The great rock bands from the 60’s and 70’s were still doing great things, even if pop music still sucked as it changed (though I have a lot more tolerance for some of the pop now than I did then).

    This new pope, John Paul II, was a story in himself. 🙂

    The cool new technologies were ramping up and they too pointed forward.

    We witnessed the death throes of the Evil Empire.

    The primary bad cultural things were hookups were just as much or more prevalent than in the 70’s (until AIDS came on the scene) and drug use was technically growing. Wasn’t uncommon for people in bars to be doing coke out in the open.

  4. No way, y’all. 1985 was THE best year of the 80’s. You know why? I was in 2nd grade and received my First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Yeah, man, ’85 was awesome.

  5. “I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more –the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort –to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires –and expires, too soon, too soon –before life itself.” Joseph Conrad, “Youth”

    Tex: For me, that is 1957.

    Read more: http://quotationsbook.com/quote/42931/#ixzz1EMtLydZN
    on Quotations Book

  6. The late 70s and early 80s weren’t all that wonderful in terms of world events or popular culture — remember “America Held Hostage,” the Marines killed in Lebanon, the recession of 1981-82 (it hit particularly hard in Central Illinois with a prolonged strike at Caterpillar, plus other industries closing), DC-10s falling out of the sky, the Soviet misadventure in Afghanistan, Iran-Contra, the rise of AIDS, MTV, Madonna, New Coke, linebacker-size shoulder pads for women…. you get the picture.

    For me personally, however, it was a great time simply because that is the era when I was going to high school and college. No matter what is happening in the world when you are in your late teens and early 20s, you usually remember it fondly for the rest of your life simply because you were young and relatively carefree then.

  7. I was home schooled in the late 80’s; don’t remember much of popular culture; parents raised us without a television. . . . however, I do recognize that rocker doing the cover of ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby’. He was the only computer programmer I know who quit his day job to become a rock star and actually succeeded.

    Never in my wildest dreams would I expect to encounter him on American Catholic. Small world. Thank you, Tito, for throwing me for a loop. =)

  8. Should I be proud or embarrassed that I could name every one of the references in the first video?

    The hard thing about making a movie about the 80s is that so many great 80s movies were already made . . . in the 80s. And John Cusack is too old now. Topher Grace looks like he might fill those shoes pretty well, but I wonder if they’ll be able to get the innocence (at least by today’s standards) of that era right.

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