Watch: Apparently the 1980s thought vigorous thrusting by John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis was a good thing


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/19/watch-apparently-the-1980s-th.html


#2

02:20 - 02:40 Damn.

When the phone rings the 1980’s can have this back.


#3

Ouch, my back hurts.


#4

Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ou6MoKmxFQ

(Link is as nsfw as the video above, essentially a remake of it. The song will also get stuck in your head for approximately forever.)


#5

It’s proto-twerking.


#6

In our defense, it was during the Reagan administration, and we were all quite repressed. We didn’t have Pornhub back then.


#7

Just watched Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” again, which came out the same year as this movie. Something to ponder…


#8

Hey everyone! I’ve got a radical idea!

What if videos with music was timed so that the music was actually in sync with the video. I think that could be somewhat interesting.


#9

You bet they did.
And how.


#10

How did this Get Made covered this terrible movie. Hadn’t heard of it before!


#11

you poor children. it’s hard to explain how both of them were considered quite sexy at the time, but it’s true.


#13

are you sure it’s not pseudo-twerking?


#14

Sorry, but the best way to appreciate that footage is in the context of this killer synth-wave tune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNJsjmWYLwg


#15

I had no idea until about 6 months ago, that the pop video was directly lifted from somewhere. It seemed uniquely awful.


#16

I had an even better idea. I stopped watching it after 2 seconds. Couldn’t stand the music. Must preserve brain cells.


#17

I’m…I’m okay with this.


#18

Lou Reed had a song on this film’s soundtrack (FWIW).


#19

The aerobics craze was pretty weird but seemed fairly normal at the time. I wonder what the 2017 equivalent to this will be 30 years down the road.


#20

Aerobics themselves may not have been weird, but the fact that there’s been a national championship that started, far as I can tell, in 83 and continues to this day is kinda weird. Yes, Key & Peele ripped the melody for their aerobics sketch, then I think from the Key & Peele sketch we got Da Tweekaz and their bundled stepmania version of it.


#21

It was the biggliest decade ever. It was yuuuge.