We pick up where we left off last episode with the movie that gives our two-parter it’s name: The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years
This episode’s discussion was so long we split it in two! The second half will drop next Monday! In the mean time, get ready to rock out as Sam and Bill discuss:
Liars, lovers, laughter, and Lovecraftian horrors abound as Sam and Bill get down with a shirtless Michael Hutchence (swoon!) and run in terror from the 70s with:
- The Liars Club
- The Police—Ghost in the Machine
- Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure
Sam and Bill are back, blowing levels and very nearly coming to blows over the career of John “Bowser” Bowman, who is not actually among the topics they’re discussing!
The boys take on:
- Sesame Street’s Pinball Numbers
- Fred Newman
- Match Game
- ALF Loves A Mystery
Sam continues his personal war against European one-hit wonders, while Bill gets a little too personal with his love of Marilu Henner and Wolverine’s medical exemptions. Enjoy a tall glass of warm gin as we take on:
- “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco
- Kitty Pryde and Wolverine
- Another State of Mind (1982)
- Rustler’s Rhapsody (1985)
Pirates! Police! Stolen goods! Drugs! Cats! Everything will turn out right as Sam and Bill revisit:
We welcome our first guest, actress and über-nerd Dawn Krosnowski, to the podcast! We crack open our first snack item, enjoy some classic animation, and Sam hops on the Grand Funk Railroad.
- The Heavy Metal soundtrack
- The Smurfs episode “The Fake Smurf”
- The Rankin-Bass version of The Hobbit
Misers, helicopter heroes, New Romantic fops, and 12 year old gangsters. Just another episode of Aging Poorly as we cover:
- ABC’s How to Be a… Zillionaire
- Activision’s H.E.R.O.
- The Jack Benny Program
- Bugsy Malone
Sam mentions The Limey Dragon’s “Let’s Play” video. Here it is!
Sam and Bill start the new year with a discussion of the most ephemeral of the past: variety shows, late night television, and of course, watermelon fucking on prime time TV in the 70s.
- Webb Wilder, Private Eye “The Saucer’s Reign”
- The Bionic Watermelon skit from The Captain and Tennille variety show
- Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes
And so we bid farewell to 2016 with a short episode featuring outtakes from previous episodes. We have a great slate set up for 2017, including some amazing guests, and more of what you tune in for—two old guys complaining about their childhood. Hurrah!