10 April 2006


When People rewind and go all 80's these day's, it's generally not without references to DuranDuran, Wham or Fido Dido and padded between kitsch memories of Aha's "Take on me" "Hunting High and Low" videos or Flock of SeaGull's hairdos.

While I remember all these very well, I was an 80's child so therefore I could be found afterschool (and especially early on Saturday morning's) absorbed in my cartoons while no doubt simutaneously absorbing dangerous levels of radiation emitted from the cathode-ray tube of our television.

I watched a lot of screen related media during my emphemeral 80's childhood, so it's only natural that when I think back to the eighties, I don't think of crappy plastic keyboard tie's, peddle pushers with fluro pink and green leg warmers and shitty transparent FM radio bags.
I think of crappy tape loaded Atari ST games (Bruce Lee/BountyBob) sickly green Green screen monitors, the awesome ZX Spectrum keyboard and shitty 80's cartoons.
Since this is my LifeCache I'll start by re-caching all those 80's show's I can remember and keep the list open to add any I don't. Hopefully this will also kickstart a few dormant neuron's in any other 80's children out there back into life. Maybe we can work together like Voltron and fill in some of the missing piece's of our collective archive. After all, this was the 80's not the 60's we're trying to remember and we're greedy LCD kid's, not unwanted LSD love children.
Some of these show's I haven't thought about since the Garbage Pail Kid's however, so forgive me if my memory doesn't serve me so well. I love you Internet.

Now there's a top 5 of classic 80's cartoon show's apparently. And yeah sure, we love them.
But let's attempt to delve a little deeper for this list of the past, without (if possible), being overly passe. Let's see the mighty five anyway.

5. The Smurf's.
4. Voltron.
3. Scooby-Doo.
2. He-Man.
1. Transformers.

With that out of the way then. Let's begin.
  • BananaMan. Remember him?
    "This is 29, Acacia Road. And this is Eric, the schoolboy who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs. Eric is Bananaman. Ever alert for the call to action...
    Here we have Eric, your average run of the mill pathetically weak schoolboy. Even though he is a pathetic puny , he has at least got a single brain-cell. But when Eric eats a banana, he trades whatever brains he has for pure muscle and becomes Bananaman!".

  • Battle Beast's.
    Water Beat's Fire - Wood Beat's Water - Fire Beat's Wood! Awesome twisted commercial.
    These guy's were really scizzors, paper rock in 2" molded plastic. Most people don't realise they were actually a spin off from "The Transformers" and we're originally called "Beastformers". Before the fire/water/wood thing, those rub symbols on their chest actually told you whether they were AutoBot's or Decepticon's. True story.

  • Dungeon's and Dragon's.
    Six kids, whilst on a theme park roller-coaster named Dungeons Dragons, go through a portal and get teleported to another dimension, a magical and mysterious place known as the Realm. The kids were befriended by a dwarfish being known as DungeonMaster, who gave each kid a unique magical item. The show ran for two whole seasons but then got
    cancelled in the middle of the third for 2 reasons:
    1. Because some parent's thought it was Satanic.
    2. Some D&D roleplaying kid's killed themselves for real when their characters died and freaked everyone out.
    So they never actually made it home! A final episode, which concluded everything, was written, but never made. That is until now.

  • GummiBear's.
    Long ago, there was a thriving civilization of small humanoid bears called Gummi Bears. Possessing powerful magic and advanced technology, this race coexisted with humans until the growing rivalry forced the Gummis to flee across the sea, leaving only a small caretaker colony to prepare for a possible return. However, generations passed and the colony forgot their purpose even as human knowledge of the race faded into mere legend. All that changes when the colony meets a boy with a Gummi Bear medallion which unlocks the Great Book of Gummi which reveals lost knowledge of their past. Now the colony has dedicated themselves to the new goal to rediscover their heritage with the help of a few trusted humans while preventing new enemies like Duke Igthorn from exploiting that heritage to their own ends and who can forget the gummi berry juice!
    Gummi Bear's Bouncing here and there and everywhere. High adventure that's beyond compare. They are the Gummi Bear's!

  • M.A.S.K
    While investigating the mysterious death of his beloved wife, multi-millionaire Matt Trakker uncovers an international criminal organization known as V.E.N.O.M.(Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem) Matt gathers a group of friends who, like himself, possess extraordinary talents and creates M.A.S.K.(Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) Their objective; to destroy V.E.N.O.M. and its mastermind - Miles Mayhem.
Some other's I haven't complied completely yet.
  • Monchichi's.
  • PacMan.
  • Sport Billy from planet Olympus with his "Omni sack"
  • Snorks.
  • Teddy Ruckspin.
  • TerraHawk's "Zaal-daa" and those round and square robot's playing noughts and crosses.
    (okay before you say it. I know it's puppet's not cartoon)
  • The Mysterious Cities Of Gold.
  • The Shirt Tail's.
  • Thunder Cat's-" ThunderCats...ThunderCat's...ThunderCat's HO!"
  • The Centurion's-"Power Extreme!"
  • The Mighty Orbot's "Orbot's Unite!"
  • Wuzzles, Rhinokey (Rhino/Monkey), Bumblelion (bumblebee + lion)
So that's all for the 80'sCache for now. It's obviously a work in progress that I'll keep updating.
Any input is of course appreciated. If you too have anything stirring in the cerebellum or reptilian brain, remember just drop a comment and I'll thank you for the head's up.
"AutoBot's, Transform and Roll out!"


By Erueti Brown with 4 comments

4 Jabber?:

OK. There was this one whole series Pete downloaded th I remember watching on After School while Olly was still hosting. It was Star-something-or-other. Your usual run-of-the-mill insectlike aliens that latch onto your face and run you around like a zombie and their massive warfleet come to fuck up earth and co. Except for the Starfleet! Or whatever. In humanity's last hope spaceship (that can turn into a giant robot)we find the good looking one with the love interest, the soul brother with the 12" chin, ad te short fat one with the snotbubble. Fuck why can't I rememer the name? Fuck FUCK!

Hmm? StarBlazers?

Starfleet! It was fuckin Starfleet! http://www.sfxb.co.uk/aboutshow/index.html

StarFleet. Too awesome for words! That ones going straight to the [glen]trophy room. Good find wu-wei! A tip of the hat to you :-)