Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for (The) Young Ones

Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.

It was around 1985, and MTV had evolved. It's previous format since the beginning in 1981 was to play music videos 24/7. But the started to air other shows like The Week in Rock, MTV News, and Club MTV. But one particular show caught my 12 year old attention.

The Young Ones.

This British import was so f#@$ed up! The show is about four crazy students living in squalor in a disgusting flat. Although there usually was a plot, random stuff would just happen. It would often make no sense, but it was hella funny.

The Young Ones are:

Rick: A paranoid Marxist/Anarchist
Neil: The hippy that reminded me of Eeyore.
Vyvian: A hardcore punk that scared me a little.
Mike: The smooth talking ladies' man.

Every single episode included a performance by a hard rocking punk band. Seriously, the show made no sense. Out of nowhere, the show would cutaway to something that had nothing to do with the plot.

The funniest episode I can remember had Mike getting sick of the poor hygiene of his flatmates, so they make a trip to the laundromat for the first time in THREE YEARS. I think a pair of Vyvian's socks literally get up and run away before they are killed.

During the washing of their nasty-ass clothes, the machines spit them out and all the washing machines refuse to wash any further. 

Later, they get on a train in order to get to a college quiz bowl. But after reading a sign that warns passengers not to lean their head out of the window, Vyvian does just that and gets decapitated.

I know, crazy right?

Check out a snippet from this episode. If you skip to 7:20, you'll see how Vyvian "loses his head."


Sheena-kay Graham said...

Can you believe there's only one letter left. The Young Ones sound ok.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Never a fan of the show, but it was one of the first ones on MTV.

farawayeyes said...

I don't remember this one at all. Actually, I think I was saved.

baygirl32 said...

I don't know that show at all

jaybird said...

Neil was my favorite Young One. That show was so ridiculous, but my friends and I would always watch it and wind up cracking up!

Matthew MacNish said...

Decapitated? WTF?

Melanie Schulz said...

I've never heard of this before! How is that possible? Was I living in a cave?

The Desert Rocks said...

Another one I missed! I love ridiculous humor.

Laura Eno said...

LOL! in 1985 I watched MTV WITH MY 12-year-old. I missed The Young Ones somehow. I think I'm fortunate. :P

Jay Noel said...

Sheena: Looking forward to one post a week again!

Alex: It was significant, as it was part of a programming switch MTV made. Look where we are now.

faraway: Yes. You were spared.

baygirl: The show was only on for two years.

jaybird: It's a good show to watch while doing drinking games

Matt: Um, yeah. Clean off.

Jay Noel said...

Melanie: It was only on the air for a couple years, and I'm pretty sure American audience thought, "What the hell is this???"

Eve: Yeah, but this is pretty gross humor. So, not for everyone.

Laura: I think you're right!

Dana said...

I don't remember this one. Seems like a good thing? :)

Brinda said...

My husband and I watched them religiously.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It was just a little too gross for my tastes. Really old MTV show though.

Susan Kane said...

How did we miss this BBC program?? Monty Python and Dr. Who--we saw those.

Loved seeing Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie in their early days.

Robin said...

I don't remember this at all. I think I might be losing my mind...

Cynthia said...

I don't think I ever watched this show, but I'm trying to imagine how a hippy who channels Eeyore might look like.

Anonymous said...

I had to stop as it was running slow and choppy but that's...Fred. Drop Dead Fred! The O-history one. No idea about names but him. Drop Dead Fred! I'll try later to see if I can see the youtube clip. I've been having some issues with youtube.

Nick Wilford said...

I love this show! Here in Britain, it's a pretty huge part of popular culture. I saw it repeated just recently for the first time in a few years and laughed at all the bizarre moments I remembered. The University Challenge episode is my favourite too!

DEZMOND said...

I haven't heard of it, but Brits always have the best comedies. I grew up on ALO ALO, BLACK ADDER, ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, YOU RANG MILORD.....

Jay Noel said...

Those crazy Brits!!!!

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