6 Lesser Known Ghostbusters Facts
1. Dan Aykroyd was inspired to write Ghostbusters due to his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all having a big interest in the paranormal.
2. John Belushi was originally envisioned to play the role of Peter Venkman, but he died before production started.
3. The movie did pay tribute to Belushi by basing the character of Slimer on him.
4. Eddie Murphy turned down the role of Winston in Ghostbusters to star in Beverly Hills Cop.
5. The film’s director, Ivan Reitman, voiced both Slimer and Zuul.
6. Iconic porn star Ron Jeremy makes a cameo as an extra in the crowd.
Two of the most oddly memorable things from the 80's are synonymous with the words "Oh Yeah!" Who could forget the scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off when Cameron shows Ferris his dad's Ferrari. It was this iconic scene that helped make Yello's 1985 song "Oh Yeah" one of the most recognizable songs of all time. Ironically, Dieter Meier, the writer of the song has admittedly still never seen the movie.
After it's use in the 1986 film the song became a 1980's Hollywood cliche. It was used in several other movies and commercials for years to come. Film critic Jonathan Bernstein observed that despite never reaching hit status, the song "has become synonymous with lust. Every time a movie, TV show or commercial wants to underline the jaw-dropping impact of a hot babe or sleek auto, that synth-drum starts popping and that deep voice rumbles, 'Oh yeah…" Dieter himself made quite the fortune from the track, investing the proceeds he eventually earned a reported $175 million from the song. I also must add that it has one of the weirdest music videos of all time...
Every 80's kid who had a wild sugar rush and that tell-tell "Kool-aid smile" will remember "Oh Yeah!" as the phrase one says after breaking through a wall.
The Kool-Aid Man has been featured in video games, cartoons, comics and much more. He even appears in modern day television shows such as Family Guy and the Simpsons. He will never be as wacky and wild as he was in those 1980's commercials. Oh Yeah!
If the 80's make you say OH YEAH, don't forget to make plans to attend the 15th Annual 80's Prom at Cain's Ballroom! Tickets are on sale now!
There is absolutely no debating that John Hughes films were the epitome of the 80's. The characters, the clothes, the story lines reminded us all of a swankier version of our day to day lives. Even to this day future generations can't help but identify with the characters of his many films. One of the most famous by far is Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The movie has so many iconic moments, but one of the most remembered is the scene where the economics teacher takes roll call. Ferris is playing hooky from school and the teacher played by Ben Stein repeatedly says "Bueller, Bueller..." to his empty chair. That 150 seconds on screen changed Ben Stein's life forever. “By total chance, without ever having seen the inside of an acting school, without ever having read scripts or gone on a cattle call, I was given a part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Stein once said. He recalled, “They wanted me to just do one simple thing – call the roll, offstage. And the studio extras and all the crew laughed so hard that John Hughes called producer Michael Chinich aside and had a hurried conference, and they said, ‘We’re going to put you on camera. We’d like you to improvise a scene, a subject you really know well.’” “So I said, ‘Well, what do I know really well? Let’s see, I really know a lot about the Great Depression.’ So I just improvised that scene on camera. And we did it all in one take. I did it all out of my head.”
Stein later went on to have an entire career in comedy. Even earning an Emmy for his show on Comedy Central. He speculates though that on his gravestone it will still say "Bueller?...Bueller?...".
“Ferris didn’t do a single thing to hurt anybody else. He just freed the people he was around. When I walk down the street in Georgetown on a summer night, when there are all the college kids there to be summer interns, every few steps somebody says, ‘Bueller, Bueller – Anyone? Anyone?’ I love it. I love it, love it, love it, because see – Ferris Bueller liberated me, too. Ferris Bueller said, ‘You don’t have to be locked away at your typewriter. You can be yourself and let people see your personality.’” Very well said Mr. Stein.
The 15th Annual 80's Prom 2017!
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He may have kicked some serious ass in the Die Hard series, but in this mid-1980s commercial, super tough guy Bruce Willis shows his more gentle side. We find him on a porch dancing and twirling to his love of Seagrams. The ads feature Bruce and his "boys" letting loose on a porch and singing about how awesome wine coolers are. "Hey big fellas, look here," he sings. "It's wet and it's dry — my, my, my. Me and the boys love, love, love it all the time."
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Of course, nowadays they’re a bit of a punchline, but back in the 80s, dude… they were just about as radical as it got. Who would of thought two old guys yapping on a porch could become icons of a young generation. The commercials were so wrong on so many levels that they instantly became a huge success.
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These bumpers used to play on Saturday mornings on ABC. They first appeared in 1988 and were animated by Olive Jar Animation Studios in Boston.
The Pogo was a dance inspired by new wave and was the precursor to moshing and slam dancing. Pogoing was less violent then moshing. Dancers would stand rigid and jump up and down. Sometimes they would lightly collide into one another. Hands could be kept to the side or flail about. Sid Vicious often took credit for the invention of the dance move in the London underground punk rock scene.