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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 ...
 
If your love of album-art and epic rock images equals your love of music, you already know Sean Murphy, you just don't know it yet. He’s the guy behind some of the most iconic Rock shots over the past twenty-five years. Weezer, Green Day, Kid Rock, A Perfect Circle, Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, and Blink 182 to name a few. Through his stories about the mayhem and craziness of each photoshoot, we learn that Sean Murphy may be even more insane than any of them.
 
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In 1980, an upstart shoe company approached a hot-shot new basketball player about a possible endorsement deal. The problem was, they didn't have any money and could only offer him stock options. That company was Nike, and that player was Magic Johnson. Had he taken the deal, it would have been worth billions today. This is a look back on this rema…
 
Commercials were a big deal in the 1980s. With only three networks, advertisers had a better chance of reaching more people and making a big splash that would even make Don Draper proud. And the decade gave us commercials that were not only entertaining but became part of the pop culture landscape. A good catchphrase or slogan could catch on like w…
 
When it comes to pop culture: 1982 was a doozy. In this look back, I recap the movies, TV shows, music, sports, video games, and technology that define this year. 1982 gave us some of the biggest movies of all time, arguably the biggest album in history, a groundbreaking technological advancement, and the debut of several gigantic TV shows. Show No…
 
There have been a lot of terrible marketing promotions over the years, but does the American Airlines AAirpass from 1981 take the cake? The AAirpass was a membership plan that gave its users unlimited, first-class flights, anywhere in the world—for life. To say that people took advantage of this is an understatement, and the program was soon costin…
 
Bryce Paul is the guest on Episode 21 of Sean Murphy's Stories from the Vault. A man of many talents and interests, Bryce shares stories from his journey - a start as a touring musician at 17 years old, to landing in Nashville where he joined country outlaw musician Tim Montana, and now known best as the bass player with Swedish melo-death metal ba…
 
In 1981, strange black arcade cabinets started showing up in a Portland Oregon arcade. Then there were reports of kids getting sick while playing games at this arcade. And what about the reports of Men in Black hanging around the same arcades? Thus begins one of the all-time great urban legends. Was the Polybius arcade game created by the U.S. Gove…
 
Welcome to the Halloween episode! in this special, we look at a few topics that came out of the 1970s but became more prominent in the 80s. The first has to do with the issue of poisoned Halloween candy. We were always on the lookout for razor blades in our candy, but did this ever even happen? Was it just a myth, and how did it become such a fear …
 
We're doing a rewind to an earlier episode—and one of my favorite things from the 80s: The Choose Your Own Adventure Books. This is a look back on the evolution of a beloved childhood series, their phenomenal growth, and about their creator who started them as a bedtime story for his daughters. Show Notes: Choose Your Own Adventure Support the Show…
 
Artist Harley van Hyning is the guest on Episode 20 of Stories from the Vault with photographer Sean Murphy. Sean and Harley both have a love for the water and a passion for the creative endeavors in their lives. We learn a lot about Harley's unique gyotaku art and have a special conversation between friends, filled with love, stories about surfing…
 
What a time to be alive. The 80s ushered in a brave new world of video games and consoles. The technology was advancing rapidly, and we as kids were reaping the rewards. But which system was the best? Today, I count down what I believe are the 5 best game consoles of the decade, along with a look at a few forgotten ones you may have never even hear…
 
It's the question that has stumped philosophers and scientists for years: How do George and Lorraine McFly not realize that their son is the same Marty from 1955? In this essay—I mean episode—I look at several key points that show how it's impossible for them not to realize that their son is the same Calvin Klein/Marty from the past. We look at som…
 
Episode 19 features a momentous conversation with like-minded creatives, Scott and Michelle Montgomery. We caught up with this cool photographer couple while they were in town from New York City. Michelle and Sean have some common ground as they both grew up here in Fort Walton Beach. She found success with product photography working as an in-hous…
 
1980 was the year that began the decade, but 1981 really brought us right into it. This is a year that had some notable pop-culture moments that changed the world forever. In this episode, we look back at the movies, music, TV shows, sports, and other big events that shaped this year. And 1981 can be defined by one gigantic, global event. This is a…
 
Alan "Lil Al" Helmuth visits the vault for his 2nd SFTV podcast appearance. Al came in with so many good questions on his first visit that we had to have him back for more, and he didn't let us down. Having known Sean for most of his life, yet traveling very different paths, Alan's thought-provoking questions provide us with interesting Murphy stor…
 
This is a genuine lost episode. I recorded this show more than a year ago but never released it. It's all about the Tomy Omnibot 5402 and has been dug out of the far reaches of my hard drive to release to the world. In this episode, we look at why toy robots were such hot toys, why the Omnibot actually had some very advanced technology, and why it …
 
Do you remember the first music video you ever saw? Even if you don't, you may be like me and still remember being in awe of these mini "music movies." Today, I countdown what I believe are the 10 best videos of the 1980s. There will be a bunch of similarities as my "best songs of the 80s" podcast, but that's just because they are such decade-defin…
 
Sailor Harrison is a young creative guy. At 14 years old, he is the youngest SFTV guest so far. Sailor is the son of Sean's good friends, Jerry and Teri Harrison, owners of the Sail Away Tattoo shop in Fort Walton Beach. Sean loves to talk with all kinds of creative people and has been inspired by watching this young man as he grows up. Sailor tell…
 
Burger King and the Whopper were dominating things in the 1980s. McDonald's needed to create something to compete with it, but they also wanted to solve a problem at the same time: how do you keep the vegetables and lettuce of a burger fresh instead of a hot slimy mess? Enter the McDLT. This is a look back on the evolution of the burger that was me…
 
This is a look back on the device that changed the trajectory of modern video games: The Game and Watch. If it wasn't for the success of this simple hand-held device, video games as we know them may not exist. The success of the Game and Watch led Nintendo to create the NES and forever change the landscape of gaming. The controls of the Game and Wa…
 
Putting a list like this together was not easy—but somebody had to do it. Instead of a top 10; I went with 15, so more options could be included. This list obviously comes from my perspective as a kid growing up in the 80s, but I took other factors into account; including the impact the song had, billboard charts, and how each song represents the d…
 
A lot of significant things happened in the year 1980. Today, we're looking back on the movies, TV shows, video games, sporting moments, and music that happened in the first year of this brand new decade. From Pac-Man to the Empire Strikes Back, the year 1980 had a bit of everything. There was a lot of carryover from the 1970s, but the new decade s…
 
During Sean's 3-week road trip to California for Bote, he had some time to reminisce with one of his best friends, Travis Shinn. Working together and sharing all kinds of experiences over the past 20 years or so - both being highly respected in their field, these guys have a million stories to tell. Between their crazy stories, they share a lot of …
 
What do you get when you take an eccentric genius, government involvement, intense passion, and drug trafficking? You get one of the most iconic cars ever made. This is a look back on not just the Delorean, but its creator: John Z. DeLorean. In case you didn't know that Delorean was a man—and not just a car—you're in for a pretty crazy story. This …
 
Sean reconnects with one of his favorite friends, Angelina Butera, for Episode 15 of Stories from the Vault... while the two were in Oklahoma working on a shoot for Choctaw Casinos. Angelina is a celebrity makeup artist and has worked with Sean for many years. This trip down memory lane is quite an adventure. Listen and learn from the best of the b…
 
I think I need to lie down. Putting this list together was not easy, and I'm sure my order will not be to everyone's liking. But what I'm doing here today is ranking not just all the Star Wars movies—but also the live-action TV shows. There are 16 entries on this list, and I think I come at it from a good perspective. Have I done it justice? Am I f…
 
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…
 
After a full day of shooting in the studio for Emerald Coast Magazine, the photographer and his subject sit down for a chat in the vault. Skylar Capri is a lovely young musician, a creative singer / songwriter with an exciting road ahead. Sean and Skylar had fun getting crafty in the studio, and their conversation uncovers interesting ways that dif…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Sean sits down with his 3 sons - Ozzy is 21 and the twins, Milo and Tripp are 20, so they are what some would identify as Irish triplets. They are each little chunks of Sean in their own unique way. With such a unique guy to have as a dad, we hear some fun stories of crazy things that happened when they were little kids growing up in the Murphy com…
 
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…
 
On Episode 12 of Sean Murphy's Stories from the Vault, Maxine Orange is back for more conversation with Sean. We hear stories about G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE. Sean tells his story about taking one of the last photos of James Brown, and mentions others he's shot (with a camera!) who are no longer with us... and that one time he almost killed Sugar Ray…
 
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…
 
One of Sean's oldest pals, Alan Helmuth, sits down for a sesh in the vault. These two grew up surfing on acid in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Sean and Al reminisce with some crazy old stories about stealing surf racks and competing against Kelly Slater. Al brings some pretty cool questions to the table - one about if you can be taught to be a photog…
 
This is the fourth and final part of my mini-series about the early days of the Internet. Today, we're looking at the origins of Netflix and how it changed the way we consume content. We'll look at the fake origin story of the company, how they were almost a part of Blockbuster Video, and how Napster may have been responsible for their success. The…
 
Welcome to the third part of my podcast mini-series on the early days of the internet. In the first part, I looked at the creation of the World Wide Web and how Netscape made it accessible. Part 2 was all about how AOL brought the internet into every home in the country. In part 3, we look at how the internet was taken to the next level: web search…
 
Welcome to part Deux of my series on the early days of the internet. In this episode, we are looking at what may be the most important advancement in the history of the web: AOL. In episode one, I covered how Tim Berners-Lee was the one responsible for the internet's true creation. We also looked at Marc Andreessen who is responsible for making the…
 
Episode 10 features conversation with Sean's friend, artist Kelly Sullivan. They worked together in 1995 at a restaurant in San Francisco's Phoenix Hotel, Miss Pearl's Jam House. Any band that came to San Francisco at the time, stayed at that hotel, ate and partied at the restaurant. Many great stories were born in that place, and it was a big turn…
 
The first part of my new podcast mini-series 'From Dial-Up to Satellites' looks back at the early days of the internet. We'll look at Tim Berners-Lee who is the real founder of the web. You'll also see how many didn't think the internet would lead to much. We then look back at the importance of Netscape in creating the first real web browser and ho…
 
On March 13, 1989, Tim Berners Lee implemented the first successful communication between a hypertext transfer protocol with a server. You know this better as the internet. In this new four-part series, we'll be looking back at what happened in the next few years following this groundbreaking creation. This podcast series will start next Wednesday …
 
You never thought hip hop would take it this far. We're going back in time to witness the birth of hip hop. We'll see how it was created in the Bronx, and how it evolved going into the 1980s. Then, we'll see how it grew into a dominant art form and became the most profitable music genre. I also look at three of the most successful rappers, how they…
 
I've searched far and wide through Disney+ and found a bunch of great 80s content that I didn't even know was on there. Today, I'm sharing 16 epic shows and movies from the 80s that are currently streaming on the platform. Disney doesn't really promote their older content, and there's some amazing stuff that I had forgotten all about. If you have D…
 
Sean's guest on Episode 9 is Thomas Ramsey, a former Bote co-worker. The conversation gets a little wacky as Thomas gets Sean cranked up sharing stories about the club kid days from NYC's Limelight with characters like Superstar DJ Keoki and James Saint James. Sean and Ahmet Zappa coming up with situations for photoshoots with Gary Coleman and... t…
 
This one was a real nostalgia trip for me. On today's show, I count down what I think are the top 9 toy playsets of the 80s. This is obviously from my perspective but I'm sure there are a few of your favorites here. There are some beloved entries on this list and I take a look at what made each so successful, how much they cost at the time (and con…
 
Ernest P. Worrell is one of the most beloved characters in history. Jim Varney was also one of the most creative and entertaining performers of the 1980s. This is a look back on all his amazing work with a real focus on what I believe is one of the most underrated kids shows of all time: "Hey Vern, It's Ernest." Jim Varney was taken from us way too…
 
See what I did there? Rewind? VCR? Never mind...anyway, this is a look back on an early episode and one of my favorite topics: VHS vs Beta. We'll look at the origins of the VCR (it goes back to the 50s), how it changed the entertainment world forever, and how the format war between VHS and Beta began. We'll also look at how VHS ultimately won out (…
 
Saturday morning cartoons were a beloved institution--so why did they disappear? This is a look at the cherished time slot that has its roots in commercialism and marketing. We'll look at why they first started on Saturday mornings, why they became a marketer's dream, and how the FCC--and a few other things--led to their demise. We'll also look at …
 
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