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When It Was Cool reviews, remembers, and celebrates the toys, music, action figures, television, movies, and popular culture of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, Comic Books, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, My Little Pony, Alice in Wonderland, books, Six Million Dollar Man, Godzilla, video games, and all things retro.
 
The Everything '80s Podcast looks back at the greatest decade. It's your one-stop shop for everything to do with movies, video games, TV shows, cartoons, toys, fashion, music and everything in between. Jamie Logie is here to share some of the big topics such as Transformers and Saved By The Bell but to get more detailed on a lot of 1980s information you might not be aware of. Do you know why VHS won the format wars against BETA? Or why the PG-13 rating was created? You'll find all that and m ...
 
This is an RSS feed provided by WhenItWasCool.com for the DragonKing Dark and Thrash Metal Show Podcast. DragonKing Dark is a podcast which covers science, the supernatural, and societal issues. The NoFriender Thrash Metal Show podcast is a docu-series covering the origins and evolution of thrash style heavy metal music. Please visit WhenItWasCool.com for our other shows.
 
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Hey Everybody! This week we accidently revisit the Operation: Star Raider Choose your own adventure book! Turns out we've done this one before and realized half way through! But we pushed on anyways do give you another LIVE take on this book! In attendance were Patreon Patrons Bryan, Channing, and Justin to help us make the right decisions! Enjoy! …
 
This week on the free When It Was Cool podcast from WhenItWasCool.com hosts Karl and Tonya review the first 4 movies in the Conjuring Universe in chronological order: The Nun (set in 1952), Annabelle Creation (set in 1955), Annabelle (set in 1967), and The Conjuring (set in 1971). Many horror movie fans consider The Conjuring family of movies to be…
 
Was Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure the poor man's Back to the Future? This week, I'm looking back on a movie that had the unfortunate task of being another 1980s time travel movie. We'll look at how this movie started out as a comedy sketch, how Keanu Reeves completely changed the direction of it, and some of the original plot intentions that wer…
 
Hey Everybody! This week we are talking Kidsongs, a live action 80's (Rebooted in the 90's) kids show where kids take over the means of production! We're doing the gritty 90's reboot! Yes it's Marxism on full display as kids run a tv studio after a brutal and bloody overthrowing of the adults in charge there! Also, there is an alien monster who sho…
 
In 2015 Paris, France was hit by a coordinated terrorist attack involving multiple gunmen and bombs. The heart of the killings came at a concert at the Bataclan theater where concert goers were taken hostage and 90 people killed inside at an Eagles of Death Metal concert. The band themselves barely escaped. Since then, the band's frontman has ignit…
 
Lois Lane, Mary Jane Watson, and Veronica Lodge - what do they all have in common? They're non-powered love interests of comic book characters. While there are plenty of couples in comic books, most of them don't last long or, when they do, both parties have extraordinary abilities. So Joseph and Mike decided to take a hike up Mt. Retromore and dis…
 
Oh, what could have been. It's not that the Popeye movie was terrible: it just wasn't close to what was expected. This movie was expected to be a gigantic hit, and it fell short. This is a look back on the Popeye movie, the origin of the Popeye character, how Annie set the stage for the movie, and how it introduced Robin Williams to the world. Show…
 
We continue our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history with a look back at another concert disaster. This one happened before a concert by The Who in Cincinnati, OH in 1979 where 11 fans were crushed to death when the doors to the arena failed to open in time. Like several of the tragedies we've looked at so far, this one is compounded by the y…
 
Karl and Tonya sit down and review the first two Harry Potter movies for the first time in this collected edition podcast previously available to our Patreon supporters. Neither of us have saw a Harry Potter movie before nor have we read the books so we are going to see what all the fuss is about. These movies were important pop culture events for …
 
Hey Everybody! This week we sally forth into the world of GIJoe Extreme! When last we left our heroes they found out a dramatic secret about Iron Klaw! Will that factor into this week's outing? No? Hmm, well thankfully they gave us a good 'German' episode anyways! Be prepared for an episode with historical connections it only took Ray halfway throu…
 
It can be easy to dismiss Jaws. It may seem like a common movie today, but it really changed Hollywood forever. If it wasn't for Jaws; movies, as we know them, might not exist. Jaws was the first true blockbuster. It changed how movies were released and marketed, and it created the summer movie season. This is a look back on how important Jaws is i…
 
100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history continues and this week we look at the shooting death of 25 year old rapper Tupac Shakur. To say that 2Pac was controversial would be a huge understatement. He was controversial, talented, and had a giant impact on popular culture. He was also legit to the violent music he made. This was not the fir…
 
Hey Everybody! Last week we had some technical problems and then Ray took his first vacation in a year and a half! So, um, there wasn't a show last week! Also, it was just the show's birthday and...well....probably not the best week to have that happen! Anyways, here's the thrilling conclusion to the Orb-tacular!! Wing Commander Academy!!! Enjoy! P…
 
It's a special review show as the guys look at Craig Moss and Goldwyn Films new movie, "Let Us In" which debuted on VOD last Friday. They discuss the movie and other examples of "gateway" horror geared towards kids, or that is at least kid-friendly, and how they both were drawn to and/or introduced to the horror genre. But before that Mike reveals …
 
This is a legit rewind as not only is this a look back at a classic episode: it also features a device that did a lot of rewinding--the Walkman. The Walkman was a much more culturally significant device than most people realize. This is when music became truly personal. No device had ever been marketed like this before, and it would help pave the w…
 
We continue our look at 100 of the darkest moments in pop culture history. One of the biggest was certainly the death of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley. Now let's be honest, you probably know everything you want to know about the death of Elvis... or do you? On this episode, host Karl Stern talks about the twists and turns of his death inc…
 
When it comes crashin' down and it hurts inside- dun dun dun dun dun-dun dun-dun! Yeah! It might not be "cool" to be an American these days but BY GAWD we don't feel that way at When It Was Cool! Karl and Tonya discuss how the Fourth of July was celebrated back during our childhoods. The absolute God given American way- by blowing stuff up with que…
 
How well do you really know your favorite 80s movie? You may think you know it inside out, but then a fan theory comes along that completely changes the way you see it. Today, I'm looking at 10 of the best fan theories from 1980s movies. Some of them you may know--and some are pretty out-there. But they all help to give the movies we love a fresh p…
 
The next installment in our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history goes back to March 1993 when Brandon Lee, actor and son of legendary pop culture icon Bruce Lee, is killed on the set of the dark gothic comic book inspired movie The Crow. Gunned down in a completely avoidable accident, Brandon Lee was about to break through even bigger than wh…
 
Hey Everybody! This week we move forward with GIJoe Extreme with another very solid episode!! Do we dare to dream that the overall plot of the show gets furthered in episode 5? Yes I think we do!!! But yeah, we kinda dug another one...go figure! Enjoy! Patreon - Patreon.com/KnowingIsHalfThePodcast Facebook - Facebook.com/KnowingIsHalfThePodcast Twi…
 
Joe talks about some old Kiss demo clips that he found on YouTube, Mike bemoans the cardiac event monitor that he has to wear for two weeks, and they both share their top four identifiable villains in this episode's "Mount Retromore". After that, it's time to get into the nuts and bolts of the episode as the guys look back at electronic devices tha…
 
Today, I'm ranking each year of summer movies during the 80s to see which is the best. How does the summer of 1986 compare against 1981? Is the summer of 1985 the best--or does it come up short? This is one of the toughest--and most fun--episodes I've ever put together. I'll look at the notable movies from each summer, the one specific theme that r…
 
Pantera was a band with a lot of issues. So many, in fact, that it wasn't even a band any longer. An incendiary interview in a magazine and a massive failure on the part of mental health services lead to one of the 100 darkest moments in pop culture history when a disturbed fan entered an Ohio nightclub and shot and killed guitarist Dimebag Darrell…
 
What is the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling at When It Was Cool? The history of professional wrestling from it's earliest inception to the year 2000 is being indexed at WhenItWasCool.com. Learn about people like Col. James H. McLaughlin, William Muldoon, Farmer Burns, Frank Gotch, Tom Jenkins, George Hackenschmidt, Strangler Lewis (both of them),…
 
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