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."