Nostalgic for Nostalgia


I was watching TV last weekend when I came across a rerun of “I Love the 80′s” on VH1. That odd thing is that those nostalgia shows originally aired like 15 years ago and watching them again is like a blast from the past, so I realized I was having nostalgia about the nostalgia shows.

I watched multiple episodes in a row, not to reminisce about the 80′s, but rather to reminisce about the cast of comedians and commenters as they reminisced about the 80′s back in the 90′s. I know it sounds complicated, but it was fascinating to watch the various has-been commenters (who were at the time probably very “now”) tell lame jokes and make unfunny references to random things that were apparently popular and current in the 90′s but now seem as old hat as AOL.

They need a new show, called “I Love ‘I Love the 80s’” where they bring in NEW commentators to comment on the OLD commentators, talking about how lame their hairdos were and making various “where are they now?” jokes. Of course, these new commenters and their jokes would only be relevant for about five years and then it would inevitably become old and lame until the cycle began again and they brought in even NEWER commentators to comment on the formerly new commentators as they commented on the OLD commentators who were commenting about the 80′s. And this could happen ad infinitum forever and ever amen until VH1 was just a big babbling meta channel of talking heads and criss-crossing comments on a 24-hours-a-day program called “I Love ‘I Love ‘I Love ‘I Love ‘I Love the 80′s Strikes Back”””.

At a certain point, it might get too complicated to understand who’s commenting about what, though, with commenters commenting about commenters commenting about commenters. Like watching Inception and never being able to figure out whose dream you are in.

In five years, that Inception reference is going to seem so 2010.

And speaking about the 80′s, they were awesome:

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  1. #1 by Jenna on September 13, 2010 - 3:02 pm

    A friend of mine randomly sends me an email with a link attached. I open it to find Bush falling and bouncing off of orbs in a drunkin manner. This makes my day so much better. I discover where this came from and first thing I read is this blog. You put into words what I never could and i’m in love!

  2. #2 by Kristin on September 14, 2010 - 10:01 am

    This cracked me up! It reminded me of the first time I smoked pot and kept thinking that I was thinking about something and knew I was thinking about thinking about it and then I was thinking about that … Made no sense but I was stuck in this vicious cycle. Wish I had the I love the I love the 80ses show to pull me out of it…

  3. #3 by jojo on September 14, 2010 - 10:09 am

    I have no phone and no internet…

  4. #4 by Hippest Snippets on September 14, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    We saw Justin Long on an I Love the 80s show. Wasn’t he 8? Then we yelled at him, but he didn’t hear us.

    That’s why we’re PCs.

    This blog cracks us up every day! We love it!

  5. #5 by RLB on September 15, 2010 - 9:20 am

    “Life is a playground and I want someone to play with.” That dude was creepier than the rest. 3:19 in the video.

    Also, “I’m interested in most phases of data processing” at 3:34 was great.

  6. #6 by AD on September 15, 2010 - 10:37 am

    Long time follower. Just tried to find a page for your blog on Facebook so I could “like” you in front of all my “friends”. Couldn’t find you, but a search for “Planet Dan” resulted in a Dan Miller who works for Popcorn Planet. Weird, huh?

  7. #7 by Cole on September 20, 2010 - 10:06 pm

    I used to babysit for a couple that had made a tape for some sort of swingers thing back in the 80′s. They left it in the VCR and I accidentally hit play…it was…. horrifying.

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