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The pinnacle of infotainment! Crazy stuff you didn’t know about the greatest movies and music of the 80’s, 90’s, and beyond. Hilarity ensues as a research professor and a pop culture savant are pitted against each other in a debate to determine what entertainment icons of film, music, and games are … read more

179 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Groundhog Day (1993) vs. Multiplicity (1996): PT 2

February 7th, 2023

42:57

Bill Murray and Michael Keaton were powerhouse men of comedy in the 80s and 90s. They combined with Harold Ramis to give us two great comedies with a …

Groundhog Day (1993) vs. Multiplicity (1996): Part 1

February 2nd, 2023

49:56

Director, writer, actor, and producer extrordinaire Harold Ramis gave us several great comedies in the 1980s and 1990s! Today on Groundhog Day, we …

Octopussy vs. Never Say Never Again

January 31st, 2023

46:08

Sean Connery in nothing but overalls?? Roger Moore dressed as a circus clown?? We're not saying these were the best bond movies ever made. But, they were the movies both released in 1983, pitting Bond against Bond. Join …

A History of James Bond

January 30th, 2023

47:17

In the summer of 1983, the Bond of the 60s, Sean Connery, went head to head with the Bond of the 70s, Roger Moore, when Never Say Never Again and …

Trading Places (1983) vs. Coming to America (1988) (2 of 2)

January 25th, 2023

36:07

Good morning, my neighbors! In the 1980s John Landis directed two comedies starring Eddie Murphy. The result is 2 of the funniest movies of the 80s …

Trading Places (1983) vs. Coming to America (1988)

January 23rd, 2023

47:43

Merry New Year! Come celebrate the 35th and 40th Anniversaries of the two best Eddie Murphy/John Landis team ups of the 80s in Part 4 of our Best of 1983 Series. A poor man pretends to be rich, a rich man pretends to be …

Talking Movies with Alex Keledjian and Ryan Gibson of How I Got Greenlit

January 18th, 2023

1:42:07

The hosts of the How I Got Greenlit Podcast, directors and producers Alex Keledjian (Creator of Project Greenlight) and Ryan Gibson (Production Supervisor of God's Country) sit down with us to discuss the movies we all …

Journey Frontiers (1983): Track by Track

January 13th, 2023

49:55

Join us in this episode as we dive into the history of Journey and then examine their 8th studio album, Frontiers, track by track, and arrive at our final judgement as to which is the best album of 1983.



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Synchronicity by The Police (1983): Track by Track

January 11th, 2023

1:03:36

In 1983, The Police released Synchronicity and Journey released Frontiers. Join us in this episode as we dive into the history of The Police and then …

Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982): Track by Track

January 9th, 2023

43:16

Released in late November 1982, Michael Jackson's Thriller was an unstoppable force in 1983. Becoming the No. 1 Album in February, which it held for 37 weeks, Thriller spawned no less than 7 singles, all of which were …

Top 5 Songs of 1983

January 6th, 2023

47:04

1983 was a year that changed the face of music and defined the sound of the 80s. Join Jason and Dee as they discuss their favorite 5 songs from 1983.



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Star Wars Trivia

December 27th, 2022

1:43:29

Laugh it up with a bunch of scruffy-looking nerf herders. Dee Graves MCs as Fanboys, Dayton Johnson of the Docking Bay 77 Podcast, John Reid of the …

Die Hard ('88) vs. Lethal Weapon ('87) - (Ep 3 of 3)

December 24th, 2022

41:21

In our final episode of our comparison of 'Lethal Weapon" (1987) vs. Die Hard (1988) we take a deep dive behind the scenes, cover the music and composer of each, breakdown whether each movie is a Christmas movie and …

Lethal Weapon ('87) vs. Die Hard ('88) - (Ep 2 of 3)

December 23rd, 2022

36:11

In this episode we further our discussion on Lethal Weapon vs. Die Hard and compare them as "Urban Gunslinger" movies. We discuss villains, friends and heroes while dropping some awesome behind the scenes stuff that you …

Die Hard ('88) vs. Lethal Weapon ('87) - (Episode 1 of 3)

December 22nd, 2022

51:46

During the late 80's producer Joel Silver gave us two of the greatest Christmas action movies of all time. Both "Lethal Weapon" and "Die Hard" are considered some of the best ever in their genre. Join us as we take a …

Scrooged (1988) vs. Christmas Vacation (1989): Part 2

December 20th, 2022

45:36

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It's the time of year for decking the halls, mistletoe smooches, picking the grandest tree of all and awesome 80's Christmas movies! This week we continue …

Christmas Vacation (1989) vs. Scrooged (1988): Part 1

December 13th, 2022

55:53

The 80s gave us some of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, including Christmas Vacation (1989) and Scrooged (1988). (Also, how bad did you want to see "The Night the Reindeer Died?!). These movies have become …

Stranger Things Soundtrack: Season 1 Episodes 5-8: Sunglaasses at Night, White Christmas, Carol of the Bells and More!

December 6th, 2022

1:07:03

This is our Stranger Things Season 1 Finale where we cover the music used in Episodes 5-8! In this episode we dive deep into one of the most iconic songs of the 80s (Sunglasses at Night), we take a look at the biggest …

A History: Van Halen through Van Hagar - (Part 3 of 3) Love Walks In with Sammy Hagar

November 29th, 2022

49:46

In 1985, Sammy Hagar took over the vocal duties for the mighty Van Halen. Eddie's keyboards had already found their way in to the melodies of Van Halen. There was no question that this was a different style than the …

A History: Van Halen through Van Hagar - (Part 2 of 3) The Rise and Fall of David Lee Roth

November 22nd, 2022

47:05

Van Halen was soaring to success, but internally the rocket was crumbling. Join us as we discuss the songs of Van Halen's self titled debut through 1984 and the stories behind the scenes leading to Diamond Dave's …

A History: Van Halen through Van Hagar (Part 1 of 3) "Pretty Woman to Eruption"

November 15th, 2022

48:39

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The Birth of The Band! Come join us as we discuss the "Mammoth" success of Van Halen, their meager beginnings through the debut album, and all the crazy stories …

Weird (2022)

November 7th, 2022

36:10

Finally the biopic we've been waiting for! Now available on the Roku channel is "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story". "Weird" Al has been a favorite of our …

Stranger Things Soundtrack: Season 1 Episode 4: The Tragic Story of Joy Division

November 1st, 2022

40:26

In this episode of the Soundtrack of Stranger Things we examine the artists and songs from Episode 4. This time we deep dive into the history of Joy Division, their impact on songs of the 80s and their tragic ending. …

Stranger Things Soundtrack: Season 1 Episode 3 - The Story of Foreigner, We WIsh You a Merry Christmas and David Bowie!

October 25th, 2022

1:01:20

In this episode on the Soundtrack to Stranger Things we examine the artists and songs from Episode 3. This time we dive into the glorious music of …

Stranger Things Soundtrack: Season 1 Episode 2 - The Story of Reagan Youth, Jingle Bells, I Melt With You and More!

October 18th, 2022

53:44

We continue our deep dive into the music of the Netflix show "Stranger Things". This week we cover a punk song with a back story so bizarre you'll have to hear it to believe it. We also discuss a couple of all time …

Stranger Things Soundtrack: Season 1 Episode 1 - The Story of White Rabbit, Africa and More!

October 11th, 2022

1:06:00

When the Netflix show Stranger Things was released in 2016 it created a surge in interest for all things 80s including the music. Today we dive deep on the songs included in Season 1, Episode 1: "The Vanishing of Will …

"Ninety Days in the 90s" (2022) with Andy Frye

October 4th, 2022

55:54

This week we get the extra special privilege of interviewing "Ninety Days in the 90s" author, Andy Frye. We discuss his new novel in which the main character, Darby, discovers a way to travel through time and reconnect …

Stone Temple Pilot's "Core" (1992): Track by Track!

September 27th, 2022

1:11:14

In September of 1992, Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album, "Core" and solidified themselves as one of the next big bands of the 90s. With …

Stone Temple Pilots: The History of STP

September 20th, 2022

31:54

On September 29, 1992 Stone Temple Pilots released their best seller, "Core". With tons of hits and great songs it became a favorite for a new generation. Four guys from different parts of the country came together to …

Alice in Chains' "Dirt" (1992): Track by Track!

September 13th, 2022

1:07:27

30 years ago, grunge music made its way into the mainstream music charts as well as MTV. Alice in Chains' stormed to the top of the charts with their second album that combined rock guitars and introspective lyrics and …

Alice in Chains: History in a Nutshell

September 6th, 2022

47:53

When grunge hit the music scene in the early 90s, Alice in Chains was one of the bands at the forefront. Led by Jerry Cantrell's aggressive guitars and Layne Staley's growling vocals, the band quickly became one of the …

Jaws the Revenge (1987): What the heck happened?

August 30th, 2022

1:16:51

During the summer of 1987 the fourth of the Jaws movies was released and has been called on of the worst movies of all time.  This week we dive into "Jaws the Revenge" with our friends from the AFilmBy Podcast and ask …

Superman IV (1987): What the heck happened?

August 23rd, 2022

1:11:41

The summer of 1987 gave us two of the biggest box office stinkers of the 1980s in "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" and "Jaws the Revenge".  Over the next two weeks, we will discuss, debate and dissect these two movies …

Prey (2022) Everything you need to know - SPOILER FREE!

August 12th, 2022

51:52

35 years after the original Predator, Dan Trachtenberg gives us the prequel to the franchise. The reaction to this Hulu movie has been overwhelmingly …

Robocop (1987) vs. Predator (1987): Part 2

August 9th, 2022

46:07

For action movie fans, the summer of 1987 was epic!  Robocop and Predator both  introduced us to some of the most iconic and successful characters …

Robocop (1987) vs. Predator (1987): Part 1

August 2nd, 2022

48:33

During the summer of 1987, two movies were released that defined 80's action movies, John McTiernan's "Predator" and Paul Verhoeven's "Robocop".  …

Mötley Crüe's "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1987): Track by Track!

July 26th, 2022

1:14:43

Despite being in the grips of addiction, during the summer of 1987 Mötley Crüe managed to release their most commercially successful album to that …

Whitesnake's "1987" (1987): Track by Track!

July 19th, 2022

1:24:46

After two years of delays, fights, surgery and recovery, the dream team of David Coverdale, John Sykes, John Kalodner, released the long awaited self titled Whitesnake album (also known as "1987").  It contained some of …

Here I Go Again: The History of Whitesnake

July 12th, 2022

51:36

In the Spring of 1986, David Coverdale was practically unknown in America, 3 million dollars in debt and pushing his broken down white Jaguar out of …

Def Leppard's "Hysteria" (1987)

July 5th, 2022

1:01:38

After 5 long years away, Def Leppard triumphantly returned in the summer of 1987 with their comeback album, "Hysteria".  The album was a slow burn …

Def Leppard's "Pyromania" (1983)

June 28th, 2022

52:59

In 1983, Def Leppard released the mega-selling smash hit album, "Pyromania".  With the combination of catchy, irresistible radio friendly rock songs, …

Top Gun Soundtrack (1986): Track by Track with Bonus Tracks!

June 21st, 2022

1:31:05

Great Balls of Fire!  This week we do an aileron roll right into the Top Gun (1986) soundtrack breaking down each song track by track.  Along with …

Blade Runner (1982) vs. The Thing (1982) vs. E.T. (1982): Part 3

June 14th, 2022

1:16:39

Join us this week for our epic conclusion as we finish our comparison of three classics released in June of 1982.  This week we discuss the big questions!  Is Deckard a replicant?  Which of the remaining guys is "The …

Blade Runner (1982) vs. The Thing (1982) vs. E.T. (1982): Part 2

June 7th, 2022

1:05:03

June of 1982 was one of the greatest movie months of the 80s!  This week we further our discussion of the behind the scenes stories involving the …

Blade Runner (1982) vs. The Thing (1982) vs. E.T. (1982): Part 1

May 31st, 2022

49:29

June of 1982 gave us three of the greatest science fiction movies of the 1980's (and maybe all time)!  Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" and John Carpenter's "The Thing" may have gotten buried at the box office by Steven …

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

May 25th, 2022

50:01

If you are like us, you've been waiting for this movie since the summer of 1986.  After the release date was pushed back 5 times, "Top Gun: Maverick" is finally in theaters.  In this episode we discuss the history and …

Top Gun (1986)

May 17th, 2022

1:24:24

During the summer of 1986, Tom Cruise entered the Danger Zone and flew movie audiences up with the best of the best.  Come join us as we give the behind the scenes stories with the US Navy's Top Gun program, the actors …

Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977): Track by Track!

May 10th, 2022

1:19:43

In 1977, fueled with the power of the Bee Gees and tremendous disco songs, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack was released.  Since its release it …

Dirty Dancing Soundtrack (1987): Track by Track

May 3rd, 2022

1:15:57

This week we tackle the fourth best selling albums of the 1980s!  This album contains iconic top ten hits from the 50s, 60s and 80s but the stories behind the music will blow you away!  This week we run the gamut …

Saturday Night Fever (1977) vs. Dirty Dancing (1987): Pt 2

April 26th, 2022

53:47

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother you will enjoy this week's podcast matching up two pop culture nuclear bombs!  This week we dive …

Saturday Night Fever (1977) vs. Dirty Dancing (1987): Part 1

April 19th, 2022

1:06:56

In 1977 Disco got a second life after the surprise success of the film "Saturday Night Fever".  This pop culture nuclear bomb also made John Travolta …

Duran Duran's "Rio" (1982): Track by Track

April 12th, 2022

1:08:05

In 1982, Duran Duran released their second album, "Rio".  Sparked by wonderful, catchy pop songs and fueled by some of the first creative videos on …

Duran Duran: Planet Earth to the Ordinary World

April 5th, 2022

53:03

When Duran Duran hit the airwaves of MTV in 1981 it was a marriage made in heaven (despite having the first video banned by MTV).  Join us as we discuss each of the Fab Five, how the ended up as the house band at the …

Toto's "Toto IV" (1982): Track by Track

March 29th, 2022

1:04:50

The guys in Toto, who may have done more to shape the sound of the 80's than anyone else, set out in 1982 to make an album with a "produce hits or else" mission.  The album that they released, "Toto IV" (reaching its …

A History of Toto: Holding, Thrilling, and Blessing since 1977

March 22nd, 2022

44:22

Toto is one of the great under appreciated bands in all of the 80's.  While playing as session musicians they impacted countless albums and artists before creating some of the most unforgettable 80's classics …

The Godfather (1972) vs. The Godfather Part 2 (1974) vs. Goodfellas (1990): Episode 2

March 15th, 2022

1:03:06

Fifty years ago in 1972, modern cinema was changed with the release of "The Godfather".  In this episode we will continue our conversation discussing and comparing "The Godfather" vs. "The Godfather Pt 2" vs. …

The Godfather (1972) vs. The Godfather (1974) vs. Goodfellas (1990): Part 1

March 8th, 2022

1:07:15

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  This week we tackle some of the greatest movies of all time as The Godfather reaches it's 50th anniversary!  We will discuss the incredible behind the scenes stories and …

The Batman (2022)

March 2nd, 2022

1:07:52

Near Next to Perfect on Rotten Tomatoes?? Do not watch The Batman until you have checked out this episode! We have put together all the background …

Batman (1989) vs. The Dark Knight (2008): Episode 3

February 22nd, 2022

1:05:46

We are back again with bats in our belfry for episode 3 of our comparison of Batman (1989) vs. The Dark Knight (2008).  In this episode we wrap up our discussion covering the key composers, picking apart the problems …

Batman (1989) vs. The Dark Knight (2008): Episode 2

February 15th, 2022

51:29

Oh we've got a live one here!  Which of these classic iconic 80's Batman movies do you like most?  In the episode we dive into the casting of both movies and the drama and controversy that that caused.  (Beetlejuice as …

Batman (1989) vs. The Dark Knight (2008): Part 1

February 9th, 2022

1:00:02

Have you ever danced with the Devil by the pale moonlight?  This episode we tackle the Caped Crusader and his nemesis, the Joker!  We discuss a little bit of Batman comics history, how comics became mainstream and how …

Top 5 Most Iconic Super Bowl Musical Performances!

January 18th, 2022

28:53

We are less than a month away from the world's biggest sporting event, The Super Bowl!  Some people watch for the football, some people watch for the commercials, and some watch for the iconic musical performances (and …

The Super Bowl Shuffle (1985)

January 11th, 2022

15:11

In 1985 the Chicago Bears were the biggest, baddest, meanest football team in the NFL so they decide to rap, sing, and dance in a music video! Join us as we revisit the "Super Bowl Shuffle" 36 years after its release! …

A Christmas Story (1983) vs. Home Alone (1990): Part 2

December 23rd, 2021

47:19

Oh Fudge!  Home Alone and A Christmas Story are holiday favorites now but how did they do during their initial run at the theaters?  We will dive …

A Christmas Story (1983) vs. Home Alone (1990): Part 1

December 20th, 2021

51:49

"A Christmas Story" and "Home Alone" have become some of the most beloved holiday classics of all time!  They are both played relentlessly during the …

Run-DMC's "Raising Hell" (1986): Track by Track!

December 14th, 2021

1:27:08

In 1986, Run-DMC, along with visionary producer Rick Rubin, changed the face of popular music by fusing Rock and Rap in the game changing "Walk This …

History of Rap and Run DMC 1973-1986 (feat. Def Dave)

December 7th, 2021

1:26:52

Now put your hands in the air! And wave ‘em like you just don’t care! Join us today as we discuss the History of Hip hop and Run DMC with our special guest, hip hop guru, David Wright aka Def Dave. Learn the exact …

Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill" (1986): Track by Track!

November 30th, 2021

1:21:50

In 1986, three young white rappers took MTV by storm, releasing the party anthem of the 80's!  This week we again welcome hip hop expert, DefDave as we discuss the Beastie Boys (in the process we missed two classes with …

Beastie Boys Way Back in History (feat. DefDave)

November 23rd, 2021

1:08:11

In 1986, Hip-hop hit the mainstream. Two bands changed the face of music, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. It started way back in history... but how? Join us and special guest, author David Wright, (aka DefDave) as we …

Top 10 Movies since Y2K!: 100th Episode Special!

November 16th, 2021

50:40

We both agree that the best movie era was before the days of Y2K, but that doesn't mean that there weren't great movies since we flipped to the new millennium!  Join us on this special 100th episode of the Surely You …

Young Guns (1988) vs. Young Guns II(1990) vs. Tombstone (1993): Part 2

November 9th, 2021

56:23

The legends of Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp were forged in the the year 1881, 140 years ago.  This week we dive in for part two of our discussion regards the movies "Young Guns", "Young Guns II" and "Tombstone".  Which …

Young Guns (1988) vs. Young Guns II (1990) vs. Tombstone (1993)

November 2nd, 2021

49:30

In the year 1881 there were two events that shaped the legend of the old west and the imagination of many for years to come.  Those events were the …

An American Werewolf in London (1981) vs. The Howling (1981): Part 2

October 26th, 2021

45:55

During this Halloween season we are breaking down two of the best werewolf movies of all time, that just happened to be released within six months of …

An American Werewolf in London (1981) vs. The Howling (1981): Part 1

October 19th, 2021

49:38

1981 was the year of the werewolf!  During that year there were four major werewolf movies released including "An American Werewolf in London" and …

"M" (1931) vs. "Psycho" (1960) vs. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991): Part 2

October 12th, 2021

1:12:23

When these three movies were released they chilled people to the bone!  Some people described these films as dark, morbid, even grotesque!  Join us as we take a deep dive into these three chilling thrillers with our …

"M" (1931) vs. "Psycho (1960) vs. "The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

October 5th, 2021

1:01:17

Every 30 years or so a movie comes along that introduces a character that simultaneously scares, repulses and attracts us.  Characters like ultra …

Use Your Illusion II (1991): Track by Track!

September 28th, 2021

1:06:47

As a follow up to the biggest selling debut album of all time, "Appetite for Destruction" Guns N' Roses released not just one album, but two.  The …

Use Your Illusion I (1991): Track by Track!

September 21st, 2021

1:04:00

On September 17, 1991 Guns N' Roses released their long awaited follow up to "Appetite for Destruction" with not one album but two!  The first of …

Guns N' Roses 1987-1991: Appetites, Lies and Illusions

September 14th, 2021

36:04

Guns N' Roses appeared out of the Hollywood gutter sometime in 1987 releasing an album for the ages, "Appetite for Destruction".  As that album …

Metallica's Black Album (1991): Track by Track!

September 7th, 2021

59:26

In August of 1991, Metallica released their self titled album, commonly referred to as the "Black Album".  WIth mainstream rock anthems like "Enter …

Metallica: Beginnings of Black (1991)

August 31st, 2021

45:03

When Metallica released their fifth album in August of 1991, hardcore fans of old noticed a change in style under mega producer Bob Rock.  It was …

The Origin of Pearl Jam and Ten Track by Track

August 24th, 2021

1:08:11

Want to listen to Pearl Jam's Ten with us? Well come on! Among the mass of killer albums released in the fall of 1991, this debut album of a band …

The History of Nirvana and Nevermind Track by Track

August 17th, 2021

1:21:48

In the Fall of 1991, some of the greatest albums of the decade were release within just weeks of each other, and the face of music was about to shift. Alternative Rock, Seattle Sound, or Grunge... Whatever you call it, …

Terminator (1984) vs. Terminator 2: Part 2 of 2

August 10th, 2021

49:23

The blockbuster of the summer in 1991 was the sequel to the first "Terminator".  It turned out to be one of the biggest grossing R rated movies of …

Terminator (1984) vs. Terminator 2 (1991): Part 1

August 3rd, 2021

54:18

In 1984, Jim Cameron, a first time director, got his big break in a big way.  After a disturbing nightmare, he wrote and amazing screenplay (which he storyboarded himself) and changed cinema history.  Hear the …

Alien (1979) vs. Aliens (1986): Part 2

July 27th, 2021

58:02

Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen!  Grab your pulse rifle and motion tracker again this week as we dive into the amazing stories behind these …

Alien (1979) vs. Aliens (1986): Part 1

July 20th, 2021

1:05:11

Alien (‘79) or Aliens (‘86)?! Dan O’Bannon was homeless, sleeping on a couch and eating hot dogs when he wrote Alien. James Cameron was an Alien fanboy with only a couple of bad B-movie to his credit when he wrote …

Purple Rain Soundtrack (1984): Track by Track

July 13th, 2021

1:00:34

Dearly beloved, few albums in the '80s have been as successful, and as wildly revered as Prince's "Purple Rain".  This record was incredibly diverse, …

Footloose Soundtrack (1984): Track by Track!

July 6th, 2021

49:17

Even if you never saw the movie "Footloose", if you listened to the radio or watched MTV during the summer of 1984, chances are you were very familiar with the songs on the soundtrack!  Of the nine songs on the original …

Purple Rain (1984) vs. Footloose (1984): Movie to Movie Pt 2

June 29th, 2021

40:07

Dearly beloved we have gathered here today to listen to part 2 of the Footloose vs. Purple Rain comparison podcast.  No need to purify yourselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka, just kick off your Sunday shoes and …

Footloose (1984) vs. Purple Rain (1984)" Movie to Movie Pt 1

June 22nd, 2021

57:10

During the summer of 1984 the music from these two movies ruled MTV and Top 40 radio, but how good were the movies?  Jump into the DeLorean and …

Gremlins ('84) vs. Ghostbusters ('84) Part 2

June 15th, 2021

38:53

During the summer on 1984 you couldn't go anywhere without hearing Ray Parker's chart topping hit, "Ghostbusters" and every store in the mall sold …

Ghostbusters ('84) or Gremlins ('84)

June 8th, 2021

59:23

On June 8, 1984, two of the greatest and first and most iconic comedy/horror movies were released side by side. Join us as we discuss the stories behind their creation, production, casting, and behind the scenes details …

Huey Lewis and the News "Sports" (1983) : Track by Track!

June 1st, 2021

53:23

Huey Lewis and the News hit it big with their third studio album "Sports".  It seems like everyone had a copy of this album during the summer of 1984.  This album had 5 tops 40 hits, great hooks, sweet harmonies and a …

Huey Lewis and the News: Up Next Sports!

May 25th, 2021

48:06

Before Huey Lewis and the News' breakout album, "Sports" became only one of five total #1 albums of 1984, the hand a long and interesting journey.  Join us as we explore the days of young Huey the athlete, how he first …

Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" (1984): Track by Track!

May 20th, 2021

46:31

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released his most successful album of all time "Born in the USA" that includes an incredible 7 top ten hits.  Jump in with …

Bruce Springsteen: "Born to Run" to "Born in the USA"

May 17th, 2021

33:58

We kick off our deep dive into the Summer of 1984 with the Boss, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  That summer started a global sensation of what became known as "Bossmania".  "Born in the USA" was a commercial …

Happy Gilmore (1996) vs. Caddyshack (1980)

May 11th, 2021

54:45

The Price is Wrong, Bob! (TV Edit) Welcome back, everyone, for Part 2 of the Golf Comedy Championship! We return with our friend, Adam Weinrib, host …

Caddyshack ('80) or Happy Gilmore ('96)?!

May 4th, 2021

52:27

Hey, you want to make $14 the hard way? Join us and our guest host, Adam Weinrib, of the SportFire Podcast as we discuss the two greatest golf …

Ozzy Osbourne's "No More Tears" (1991): Track by Track!

April 27th, 2021

46:04

Which of these masterpieces will win the day? Join us in our final episode in the Get a Grip vs No More Tears as we deep dive into No More Tears track by track, then give you our final decision as to which of these two …

The History of OZZ

April 20th, 2021

39:18

Some blokes from Birmingham fascinated by the occult and people's interest in scary movies develop a brand new genre of music. Their lead singer, …

Aerosmith's "Get A Grip" (1993) : Track by Track!

April 15th, 2021

38:25

In 1993, the kings of 70's Rock put the stamp on their return to the top of the rock world with the release of the incredible "Get A Grip" album.  In this episode we go track by track, exploring the stories behind the …

Aerosmith's "Get A Grip" (1993): A Brief History

April 13th, 2021

28:29

Born in Boston in the early 70's, Aerosmith was a force with which to be reckoned.  With a charismatic lead singer, gifted musicians and great songs, …

Dumb and Dumber (1994) vs. There's Something About Mary (1998): Part 2

April 6th, 2021

40:15

Join us for part 2 as we head to Aspen and discuss the classic 90's comedies "Dumb and Dumber" vs. "There's Something About Mary".  In this episode we continue our deep dive behind the scenes with more stories about …

Dumb and Dumber (1994) vs. There's Something About Mary (1998): Part 1

March 30th, 2021

39:50

In 1994 the world was introduced to Bobby and Peter Farrelly, brothers from Rhode Island, and their zany brand of humor.  This was also the year that many woke up to the humor of Jim Carrey.  The two combined forces …

Flash Gordon (1980) vs. Highlander (1986): Part 2

March 22nd, 2021

57:13

Who wants to live forever?  That line shared by both "Flash Gordon" (1980) and "Highlander" (1986).  Grab your katana, hop on the nearest rocket …

Flash Gordon (1980) vs. Highlander (1986): Part 1

March 16th, 2021

45:31

Space adventures and fantasy films became the rage after Star Wars hit the screens in 1977. How do these two cult classics stack up against each …

The Video Games of 1981 - Level 5: Defender

March 12th, 2021

20:52

The game that turned Space Invaders on its head. Join us as we discuss Defender compared to the other great games of 1981 and tell you how we would …

Video Games of 1981 - Level 4: Ms Pac Man

March 9th, 2021

17:17

How some college undergrads took on a video game giant and won, then took the greatest video game of all time and made it BETTER! Come relive the …

Video Games of 1981 Level 3: Frogger

March 2nd, 2021

21:27

Listen to hear how one young woman's courage led to the success of one of the greatest arcade games in history. Plus the music, the ways to die, and a very special high score. Grab your quarters and join us in our …

Games of 1981: Galaga turns 40!

February 25th, 2021

18:05

1981 was the greatest year ever for stand up arcade games. That year saw the release of the game "Galaga" which took the foundation laid by "Space …

Donkey Kong is 40 years old! (Best of the arcade games of 1981)

February 23rd, 2021

24:10

The game that was almost Bluto, Popeye, and Olive Oil; Where the characters got their names; The lawsuit that almost crushed them just as they were getting off the ground; and How they immortalized their attorney?! Come …

History of the Games of 1981

February 16th, 2021

21:51

1981 is arguably the greatest year in arcade video game history. So, get out your quarters and join us for a brief crazy history of arcade video games leading up to the games of 1981. In this episode before we compare …

Bon Jovi's "New Jersey" (1988) : Track by Track!

February 9th, 2021

53:46

In 1988 Bon Jovi released "New Jersey" which was their follow up to their smash album "Slippery When Wet". It produced five top ten hits (a first …

Best Super Bowl Commercials 2021

February 8th, 2021

8:45

Join us on this special episode where we discuss the prevalence of throw back ads this year, talk half time performance, and give our picks for the best commercials of Super Bowl 2021. TheSurelyPodcast.com

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Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet (1986) : Track by Track

February 2nd, 2021

43:02

In 1986 Bon Jovi released their third album "Slippery When Wet" and changed the face of rock music. With songs like "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead Or Alive" they took the world by …

Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet ('86) vs. New Jersey ('88) Part 1

January 26th, 2021

31:54

Before the the iconic "Slippery When Wet" album, Jon Bon Jovi had a hit song and no band. Listen to us go in depth on how he founded one of the biggest bands of the 80's, what he has to do with R2-D2 and the amazing …

Season 2 Preview: What we have in store for 2021!

January 19th, 2021

1:53

All kinds of great 70s, 80s, & 90s topics coming up this season! Don't forget to subscribe so that you don't miss a single episode!

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Star Wars Holiday Special (Part 2)

December 24th, 2020

39:39

More laughs, more trivia, more Star Wars! We're back for Part 2 of the Star Wars Holiday Special episode with the 30Something Movie Podcast guys. …

The Star Wars Holiday Special ('78) with our guests from the 30Something Movie Podcast (part 1)

December 23rd, 2020

43:01

Listen and laugh as we are joined by the 30Something Movie Podcast guys. We discuss the Star Wars Holiday Special ('78), Star Wars Trivia, where we …

Lethal Weapon (1987) vs. Die Hard (1988) (Pt 3) Christmas Movies?

December 22nd, 2020

41:22

In our final episode of our comparison of 'Lethal Weapon" (1987) vs. Die Hard (1988) we take a deep dive behind the scenes, cover the music and composer of each, breakdown whether each movie is a Christmas movie and …

Lethal Weapon (1987) vs. Die Hard (1988) (Pt. 2): Urban Gunslingers

December 21st, 2020

36:13

In this episode we further our discussion on Lethal Weapon vs. Die Hard and compare them as "Urban Gunslinger" movies. We discuss villains, friends and heroes while dropping some awesome behind the scenes stuff that …

Lethal Weapon (1987) v. Die Hard (1988)

December 15th, 2020

51:50

During the late 80's producer Joel Silver gave us two of the greatest Christmas action movies of all time. Both "Lethal Weapon" and "Die Hard" are considered some of the best ever in their genre. Join us as we take a …

U2's "The Joshua Tree" (1987): Track by Track! (Part 2)

December 1st, 2020

49:56

Every song has a story! Join us as we dive into the stories behind each track of the Best Album of one of the best years in music history, U2's Joshua Tree. Then hear our final determination of which album from March of …

U2's "The Joshua Tree" (1987): Track by Track! (Part 1)

November 24th, 2020

38:41

It could be argued that 1987 was the best year in the 80s for music, and in 1987, the album of the year was Joshua Tree by U2. It is without question …

Prince's "Sign O' the Times" (1987) : Track by Track!

November 17th, 2020

1:16:16

In March of 1987 two of the most beloved and respected artists of their generation released what many consider to be their greatest album. This week we cover the amazing history, epic songs of "Sign O' the Times" while …

Super Bowl Shuffle 1985 - 35th Anniversary

November 10th, 2020

13:26

In 1985 the Chicago Bears are the biggest, baddest, meanest football team in the NFL so they decide to rap, sing and dance in a music video! Join us as we revisit the "Super Bowl Shuffle" 35 years after its release! …

The Most Famous Audio Track in Film History?

November 3rd, 2020

13:25

One audio track is more recognized and has been used in more iconic films of the last 70 years than any other. But, who is the artist responsible for it? What is the story behind its creation? Listen to find out! Don't …

Fright Night ('85) or The Lost Boys ('87)?! [Episode 2]

October 27th, 2020

48:20

Neck and Neck! Unlike the sequels and reboots to these movies, Episode 2 of Fright Night vs The Lost Boys might be better than the first. Join us as we talk about special effects, crazy stories, soundtracks, and of …

The Lost Boys ('87) vs. Fright Night ('85): Battle of the 80s Vampire Movies Part 1

October 20th, 2020

52:51
I vant to suck your blood! Vampire movies of the early 80s had become a joke. But, Fright Night by Tom Holland and The Lost Boys by Joel Schumacher …

Special Edition: An Interview with the Creators of "Canners" -or- How to Make an Award-Winning Film for only $2000

October 13th, 2020

58:04

Can you make an award-winning film for only $2000? Join us in this Special Edition of the Surely You Can't Be Serious Podcast where we are joined by Mike Borgen and Darren Doyle, the creators of the new short film …

Skid Row's "Skid Row" (1989): Track by Track!

October 6th, 2020

1:11:14

There can be no question that Skid Row's debut album, Skid Row, kicks some major butt. But, does it kick more butt than Dr. Feelgood? Please join us as we bring you the stories behind Skid Row the band and Skid Row the …

Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood" (1989): Track by Track!

September 29th, 2020

1:20:30

Think you know all there is to know about the Crue?? Have a listen, we just might surprise you. Join us as we dive into the history of the band, the critical moment's leading up to this album, and some crazy stories …

Octopussy or Never Say Never Again

September 22nd, 2020

46:17

Sean Connery in nothing but overalls?? Roger Moore dressed as a circus clown?? We're not saying these were the best bond movies ever made. But, they were the movies both released in 1983, pitting Bond against Bond. Join …

Battle of the Bonds

September 15th, 2020

47:17

In the summer of 1983, the Bond of the 60s, Sean Connery, went head to head with the Bond of the 70s, Roger Moore, when Never Say Never Again and …

Bill and Ted Face the Music: Excellent or Bogus?

September 8th, 2020

46:40
After nearly 30 years, Bill and Ted are back! Does Bill and Ted Face the Music hold up? Are audiences in for an excellent adventure or a bogus …

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure ('89) vs Bogus Journey ('91)

September 1st, 2020

50:24

In 1989, the world was introduced to Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted "Theadore" Logan, and their band to be, "Wyld Stallyns." These to goofballs with the lovable personality of labrador retrievers, showed us how …

George Michael's "Faith" (1987): Track by Track!

August 25th, 2020

1:13:00

In 1987 George Michael destroyed the bubble gum pop image he had created by releasing the first single from Faith, "I Want Your Sex!" The album would …

INXS' "KICK" (1987): Track by Track!

August 18th, 2020

1:03:58

In October of 1987 two earth shattering albums of the 80s were released: INXS KICK and George Michael's Faith. Join us in this episode as we discuss the stories behind INXS and then explore KICK track by track. Be sure …

Cannonball Run (1981) vs Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

August 11th, 2020

29:13
Cannonball Run (1981) vs Smokey and the Bandit (1977) - We're Just Here for the Ride!

Two movies that are undeniably, unmistakably, and unexplainably comedy classics. But, we do our best to figure it out and decide which …

Smokey and the Bandit ('77) vs Cannonball Run ('81) - Which is Burt Reynolds' Best?

August 4th, 2020

50:00

In 1977, Burt Reynolds agreed to be in his roommate, stuntman Hal Needham's, directorial debut despite it being the worst script he had ever read. …

AC/DC's "Back In Black" (1980): Track by Track!

July 28th, 2020

1:17:14

"They are shooting up like a rocket, and suddenly the pilot is gone..." Come hear how transplants from Scotland to Australia go from meager beginnings to become one of the greatest rock bands in history. Then when …

Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" (1987): Track for Track!

July 21st, 2020

1:13:16

Two of the hardest rocking bands of the 80s go head to head. In this episode we look at Guns N' Roses, a band that record companies thought were too dangerous to sign. They lived the life that hair metal rockers …

Jaws or Jurassic Park?

July 14th, 2020

1:10:01
John Williams, The USS Indianapolis, and Final Judgment! We have saved the best for last in our 3rd and final discussion about Jaws and Jurassic …

Jurassic Park ('93) -or- Jaws ('75)?!

July 7th, 2020

47:55

Charlton Heston as Chief Brody? Michael J Fox as Ian Malcolm? Join us as we discuss the Jaws and Jurassic Park that might have been and more in our …

Jaws (1975) -or- Jurassic Park (1993)?! Pt 1

June 30th, 2020

45:34

The story of the movies that changed the world. Steven Spielberg helped define the movies of the 1980s. In these episodes we take a look at two of his movies which changed the way movies were made. Join us in this part …

Journey's "Frontiers" (1983): Track by Track!

June 23rd, 2020

50:17

In 1983, Journey released Frontiers and The Police released Synchronicity.  Join us in this episode as we dive into the history of Journey and then …

The Police's "Synchronicity" (1983): Track by Track!

June 16th, 2020

1:04:04

In 1983, The Police released Synchronicity and Journey released Frontiers.  Join us in this episode as we dive into the history of The Police and …

Man of Steel (2013) -or- Superman I & II (1978 & 1981)?!

June 9th, 2020

1:02:31

The Metropolis Marvel or The Man of Tomorrow? We are SUPER-excited to be joined once again by Mr. John Reid, the host of the 30Something Movie …

Superman I & II (1978 & 1981) -or- Man of Steel (2013)?!

June 2nd, 2020

1:03:33

The Last Son of Krypton or the Latest Son of Krypton? We are SUPER-excited to be joined by the host of the 30Something Movie Podcast, Mr. John Reid! In this episode we will stumble, we will fall, but in time we will …

Major League (1989) -or- Bull Durham (1988)

May 26th, 2020

33:31
Which is the best baseball movie of the 80's? Join us as we discuss whether the love stories are necessary, best lines of each movie, and our final judgment as to which is the best baseball movie of the 1980s.

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Bull Durham (1988) -or- Major League (1989)

May 19th, 2020

37:34
Which is the best baseball movie of the 80's? Join us as we compare the origins of these films, compare rosters, and look into the real baseball players that inspired our the key characters in these amazing movies.

Pearl Jam's "TEN" (1991): Track by Track!

May 12th, 2020

1:05:12
Alternative Rock, Seattle Sound, or Grunge... Whatever you call it, in 1991, Nirvana and Pearl Jam changed the face of music. Join us in this episode as we cover the history of Pearl Jam and each track on the album, …

Nirvana's "Nevermind" (1991) : Track by Track!

May 5th, 2020

1:18:20
Alternative Rock, Seattle Sound, or Grunge... Whatever you call it, in 1991, Nirvana and Pearl Jam changed the face of music. Join us in this episode as we cover the history of Nirvana and each track on the album, …

Trading Places ('83) or Coming to America ('88): Which Eddie Murphy and John Landis movie is the Best? Part 2!

April 28th, 2020

36:57
In the 1980s John Landis directed two comedies starring Eddie Murphy. The result is 2 of the funniest movies of the 80s and the launch of the career …

Trading Places ('83) or Coming to America ('88): Which Eddie Murphy and John Landis movie is the Best?!

April 21st, 2020

48:13
In the 1980s John Landis directed 2 movies starring Eddie Murphy. Trading Places where a poor man pretends to be rich and Coming to America where a …

Braveheart vs Gladiator [pt. 2]

April 14th, 2020

54:08
Braveheart (’95) or Gladiator (’00)? The gloves are off, the gauntlet has been thrown, the battle begins… not between Wallace and Maximus, but between our hosts, Jason and Dee! Join us as we engage in our biggest debate …

Braveheart vs Gladiator [pt. 1]

April 7th, 2020

42:01
Braveheart (1995) or Gladiator (2000)? Two movies that epitomize the noble warrior, leader, and man. Each called from the simple farm life to avenge the murder of their love. But, there can be only one. Join us in this, …

Def Leppard's "Hysteria" (1987): Track by Track!

March 31st, 2020

58:54
Love is like a Bomb, so come and listen on this episode, Part 2 of the Pyromania vs Hysteria debate. This week we finish our discussion of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Def Leppard.  We cover Hysteria …

Def Leppard's "Pyromania" (1983): Track by Track

March 24th, 2020

49:26
This week we discuss one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Def Leppard and debate which of their most popular albums, Pyromania and Hysteria …

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) vs. Back to the Future (1985): Part 4

March 17th, 2020

35:47
How does our hero save the day? ...He doesn't!

Join us for our fourth and final episode on ROTLA vs BTTF where we conclude our analysis and give our final judgment.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) vs. Back to the Future (1985): Part 3

March 10th, 2020

37:32

A Hero with a Thousand Faces?! We only need 2!  Listen in as we follow Indy and Marty in their journey through history. 

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) vs. Back to the Future (1985): Part 2

March 3rd, 2020

36:59
Harrison Ford was not supposed to be Indiana Jones. Over 6 weeks worth of film was shot of Back to the Future, when they decided to fire the original Marty McFly and bring in Michael J. Fox.
Also - John Williams, Alan …

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) vs. Back to the Future (1985): Part 1

February 25th, 2020

43:00
In June 1981, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg released Raiders of the Lost Ark, and action adventure movies were changed forever. 

In July 1985, …

Super Secret Episode

February 21st, 2020

1:22

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Van Halen v. Van Hagar Part 3: Sammy Walks In

February 19th, 2020

56:13

In 1985, Sammy Hagar took over the vocal duties for the mighty Van Halen.  Eddie was already increasingly adding keyboards to make more melodic Van Halen songs.  When Sammy starting writing songs, he starts adding the …

Van Halen vs Van Hagar (Part 2)- Was VH better with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar?

February 11th, 2020

48:48
Part 2 of 3 - Van Halen or Van Hagar? Could this be the biggest music debate of the 80s and 90s?
The Rise and Fall of David Lee Roth: From their debut …

Van Halen vs Van Hagar (Preview 2)- Was VH better with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar?

February 6th, 2020

4:53
Preview part 2 of 3 - Van Halen soared to fame with front man David Lee Roth, then while at the peak of their fame, the band and Dave parted ways. Enter new front man Sammy Hagar. And the band continues it's meteoric …

Van Halen vs. Van Hagar (Part 1) Was VH better with David Lee Roth or Sammy Hagar?

February 4th, 2020

51:02

1st of 3 episodes
VH soared to fame with front man David Lee Roth, then while at the peak of their fame, the band and Dave parted ways. Enter new front man Sammy Hagar. And the band continues it's meteoric rise... But, …

VAN HALEN vs. VAN HAGAR: Preview to Part 1

January 31st, 2020

3:23

Preview to the first of 3 episodes on the Van Halen vs. Van Hagar debate. Van Halen soared to fame with front man David Lee Roth, then while at the peak of their fame, the band and Dave parted ways. Enter new front man …

Spaceballs vs. Airplane!

January 28th, 2020

41:24

We continue the discussion of two of the best parodies of the 80s, Zucker Abrams and Zucker's Airplane! and Mel Brooks' Spaceballs. Tune in to hear our final judgment and decide for yourself, have we gone plaid??

Airplane! vs. Spaceballs: Part 1

January 21st, 2020

49:10

In this episode of the Surely You Can't Be Serious Podcast we discuss two of the biggest parodies of the 80s: Zucker Abrams and Zucker's Airplane vs. Mel Brooks' Spaceballs.  This podcast depends on just one thing: …

Airplane! vs. Spaceballs (Preview)

January 19th, 2020

4:10

Preview to our next episodes, Zucker Abrams and Zucker's Airplane! (1980) vs. Mel Brooks' Spaceballs (1987). Which Parody is the best?

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Michael Jackson's "Bad" (1987) : Track by Track!

January 13th, 2020

37:08

In the second episode of the Surely You Can't Be Serious Podcast, we continue debating two of the biggest albums of the 80s (and of all time), Michael Jackson's Bad and Michael Jackson's Thriller. Listen in to hear our …

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (1982): Track by Track!

January 7th, 2020

47:31

In this first episode of the Surely You Can't Be Serious Podcast, we take two of the biggest albums of the 80s (and of all time), Michael Jackson's "Bad" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller", and discuss and debate which is …

Bad v. Thriller: Debating which Michael Jackson Album is the Best PREVIEW (or trailer)

December 30th, 2019

3:02

Preview (or trailer) to our first Episode: Bad v. Thriller! We will be discussing and debating which Michael Jackson Album is the best of the 1980s.

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Surely You Can't Be Serious Podcast - Preview v. Trailer

December 23rd, 2019

7:09

Two regular guys discussing and debating the iconic and the forgotten of pop culture from the 80s, 90s, and beyond. Analyzing the TV Shows, Music, …

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