Totally Rad Christmas!

Gerry D

It's a show about the raddest time of year in the baddest decade ever! That's right! We talk all things Christmas in the '80s to the max! Toys, movies, specials, music, books, games, comics, decorations, food, fashion, and fads--if it was gnarly during Christmas in the '80s, we got it covered!

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Christmas Vacation Score and Soundtrack (w/ Kevin Williams)
Apr 8 2024
Christmas Vacation Score and Soundtrack (w/ Kevin Williams)
What’s up, dudes? It was 1989, and the Griswolds had an amazing and quirky holiday staycation adventure with fantastic music woven throughout! Kevin Williams from ‘Tis the Soundtrack joins me to discuss the fabulous song selection and Badalamenti’s orchestral score to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!”A supposed 10th Anniversary Edition soundtrack CD was released by Warner Brothers in print-on-demand kiosks for their Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park. Apparently, only seven thousand of the twenty thousand allotment were sold, and so the rest were shipped back to Warner Brothers. A company acquired the lot in a bulk sale, and decided to sell them online. Or did they? Spoilers: the entire story was a hoax to help sell bootleg copies of the album. One piece of music—a Christmas Medley—allegedly by Badalamenti is actually by John Williams from the “Home Alone 2” score!The score to the movie was indeed composed by Angelo Badalamenti, known for his eerie, synth-heavy, atmospheric work with director David Lynch. Badalamenti wrote an unobtrusive orchestral hit peppered with comedic polkas and uptempo motif-laden piano trios. The glockenspiel Advent calendar theme is ethereal, while the orchestra weaves traditional carols through search section seamlessly. The needle drops are timed to perfection with hits by the Moonglows, Bing Crosby, and Gene Autry. Mavis Staples flawlessly sings the gospel-tinged pop titular song “Christmas Vacation.” It’s a shame there hasn’t been an official release!Animated intro music? Check. Sweet string melodies? Got ‘em. Tuba lead over a guy in a bathrobe? Definitely! So grab your Discman, put on your headphones, and listen to this episode on the music of “Christmas Vacation!”‘Tis the SoundtrackYouTube: @TisTheSoundtrackIG:  @tisthesoundtrackCheck us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
Here Comes Peter Cottontail (w/ Mike Westfall)
Mar 21 2024
Here Comes Peter Cottontail (w/ Mike Westfall)
What’s up, dudes? I've got Mike Westfall from Advent Calendar House here with me during this Passiontide to talk the Rankin Bass Easter special shown throughout the '80s, "Here Comes Peter Cottontail"! There's a hyper-color witch, a time machine, and the longest Easter egg delivering contest ever! If you're wondering if a French caterpillar with a human head can drive a time machine, the answer is yes! The Chief Easter Bunny is looking for a replacement. Just as he’s about to name Peter Cottontail his successor, though, mean ol’ Irontail suggests an egg-giving contest to decide. Due to sabotage, Peter oversleeps and Irontail wins! Peter leaves in disgrace, but runs into Seymour S. Sassafras, who lends him a time machine.Once again Irontail sabotages Peter, and he’s launched into the future rather than the past. Hopping from holiday to holiday, Peter tries to give away his eggs dressed as various holiday mascots. Unfortunately, it seems that no one wants eggs on holidays other than Easter!Peter is on the verge of success when Irontail uses a spell to turn his eggs green. Distraught, Peter tries one last ditch effort on St. Patrick’s Day, and the green eggs are gleefully welcomed by the Irish revelers! Peter wins the contest, learns a lesson about making food choices and not fibbing, and becomes the new Chief Easter Bunny!So grab your eggs and paints, dress up like your favorite holiday mascot, and put on this episode on “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” as you drive your yestermorrowmobile!Twitter: @adventcalhouseFB: @adventcalendarhouseIG: @adventcalendarhouse Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (w/ Shawn Robare)
Mar 17 2024
The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold (w/ Shawn Robare)
What’s up, dudes? It’s a St. Patrick’s Day Christmas when Shawn Robare from Cult Film Club, Crestwood House, and Plastic Rocket Pop and I talk the 1981 Rankin Bass special “The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold!” Written by Romeo Muller, it was originally conceived as a St. Patrick’s Day special, but was retooled and released in December instead. Oh, and the word Christmas is just thrown into random sentences.One hundred years ago, two leprechaun clans existed. Their gold, unfortunately, attracted the banshee Old Mag the Hag, who used her shapeshifting abilities to cause a rift between the clans. Blarney Kilakilarney, leader of the gold-mining faction, asks Patrick, Lord of the Leprechauns for help. Subsequently, he tricks Mag into turning to tears, and Blarney plants a pine cone atop her puddle. The pine cone, taken from a tree planted by St. Patrick himself, grows into a beautiful tree. Meanwhile, present day sailor Dinty Doyle chops down the tree to use for Christmas. The oblivious boy accidentally releases the banshee, who immediately resumes her quest for gold. Consequently, Blarney gives the gold to Dinty, who is almost instantly tricked by the banshee into giving it to her. Luckily, she doesn’t reach it by Christmas morning and turns to tears! Weird, right?!Powerful leprechaun wizard lord? Check. Weather controlling shape shifting banshee? Got it. Brightly colored clogs made by the O’Clogjiggers? Yes, but only if they can be distributed amongst the Irish people! So grab your gold, dig up your Christmas tree, and sail into this episode on “The Leprechaun’s Christmas Gold!”Cult Film ClubFB: @CultFilmClub Twitter: @CFCPod IG: @cultfilmclub Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
Lesser Known ‘80s Christmas Commercials pt1 (w/ Vinnie and Nicholas)
Mar 4 2024
Lesser Known ‘80s Christmas Commercials pt1 (w/ Vinnie and Nicholas)
What’s up, dudes? There are a lot of classic Christmas commercials! They’ve shaped our perception of the Christmas season since we were little. Vinnie Brezinsky from Huey and Bax and Nicholas Pepin of Pop Culture Roulette join me live to watch some lesser known ‘80s Christmas commercials!Cool Spot rides a toy fire truck in a 1988 7Up commercial. Young versions of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lea Thompson, and Elizabeth Shue regale us with carols in a 1982 Burger King commercial. Oh yeah, McDonald’s sued Burger King because of it as well. Meanwhile, Joey is making homemade garland with a needle and thread and Kix cereal. He’s snacking too!Artists send holiday wishes to “Blue Christmas” by Elvis in an MTV commercial. The Dillard patriarch cradles his granddaughter in a cozy Christmas scene. Then a choir sings, “Hello, Taco Bell!” in their best Handel impression. A Radio Shack announcer describes an inordinate amount of radio variations and Woolworth shows children playing with toys. Santa sleds on a Norelco razor top while a woman looks through her Hallmark cards and blushes at the one ‘the hunk’ sent her. A grandpa helps his grandson fall asleep via phone and AT&T’s great service. The Muppets unexpectedly show up with Polaroids as well. Finally an ‘80s robot shills for Toys R Us, Tom Bosley talks tools for Sears, and Pizza Hut reminds us how amazing their pan pizzas are!  Catchy jingles? Check. Cheesy, saccharine messages? Of course. Muppet shenanigans? Definitely! So grab your razor, head to Burger King and enjoy this episode on lesser known ‘80s Christmas commercials!Pop Culture RouletteFB: @PopCultureRouletteTwitter: @popcultrouletteIG: @popcultrouletteCheck us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
Teddy Ruxpin’s Christmas (w/ Adam Pope)
Feb 27 2024
Teddy Ruxpin’s Christmas (w/ Adam Pope)
What’s up, dudes? Adam Pope from Wizards! The Podcast Guide to Comics and The Retro Network (Geekster) is here to talk about the unbelievable phenomenon that was Teddy Ruxpin! It’s Ken Forsse’s terrific talking teddy bear…no, Illiop! In fact, there was a even a special presentation book with matching Santa outfit called "Teddy Ruxpin's Christmas!"  In the land of Grundo, the anthropomorphic bear Teddy Ruxpin and his Octopede friend Grubby help us earthlings to celebrate Christmas. They immediately launch into a medley of carols: “Here we Come A’Wassaling”, “Deck the Halls", "The Holly and the Ivy", and "Good King Wenceslas.” Newton Gimmick and friends join up with the duo, and the gang sing a special Grundo version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Grubby jokes of running out legs while keeping track of days in the song, and Gimmick begins a medley of “Carol of the Bells” and “Jingle Bells.”Ever the comedian, Grubby complains his ears are still ringing. Meanwhile, the friends are joined by another group of carolers. They perform “O Christmas Tree” and Gimmick subsequently suggests that Teddy and Grubby tell the story of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The choir bids us farewell singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”Cassettes? Check. Books? Need ‘em. Obligatory Santa outfit and carol sing? For sure! So grab your Illiop, call your Octopede friend, and sing along with this Teddy Ruxpin Christmas episode!Wizards!Twitter: @WizardsComicsIG: @wizards_comicsFB: @TRNsocialCheck us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
Monday Memory: A Muppet Family Christmas (w/ Mike Westfall)
Feb 19 2024
Monday Memory: A Muppet Family Christmas (w/ Mike Westfall)
What’s up, dudes?  Mike Westfall from Advent Calendar House and I take a trip to Emily Bear's house to visit the Muppets! That's right! We're talking the 1987 special "A Muppet Family Christmas"! We get into obscure cameos, Sam Eagle's one-liners, and more! Kermit and the gang travel to Fozzie's mom's house to surprise her for Christmas. Little do they know that Emily Bear has planned a vacation and has rented her house to Doc and Sprocket as an air BnB. The sheer volume has Doc building bunk beds to accommodate the crowds. Fozzie builds the perfect comedic partner snowman, and the Swedish Chef invites a turkey to stay with them in the hopes of cooking him for dinner. After watching a Muppet Babies home video, Gonzo almost gets into a fight with the lecherous turkey. The Sesame Street crew wassails into the farmhouse, and Kermit and Robin pass it on with the Fraggles. When Piggy is caught in a snowstorm, Doc rides to her rescue! Then the annual carol sing ensues!A "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" play? Check. An Electric Mayhem performance? Got it. A two-headed monster Santa? Yes, but only if the other monsters pull the sleigh! So grab some shredded wheat and cranberry sauce and sing along to this episode all about "A Muppet Family Christmas!"Advent Calendar HouseFB: @adventcalendarhouseTwitter: @adventcalhouseIG: @adventcalendarhouseCheck us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
Centurions “Time Trap”
Jan 26 2024
Centurions “Time Trap”
What’s up, dudes? Remember the Centurions? Kenner released the 7” Centurions line in 1986. The figures had cybernetic Exo-Frames with a number of hardpoints on the surface, onto which the various parts of their Assault Weapon Systems attached. In the accompanying Ruby-Spears cartoon, personnel on the orbiting space station Skyvault beamed the AWS to the team.London Editions Magazines published Centurions comics in the UK. Despite the vague near future label, the UK comic firmly establishes the year as 2087 in issue #8 in the 4 page story entitled ‘Time Trap.’  In fact, it’s New Year’s Eve 2087, and even on Skyvault the turn of the new year is eagerly awaited. Max, Jake, and Crystal have only 2 ½ minutes before midnight, and Crystal beams Jake up to Skyvault to celebrate the New Year with his friends. Just as Jake is teleported aboard, he discovers everything in a state of suspended animation. Yes, everyone of his friends is frozen in time. Investigating with the space scanner, Jake discovers that time hasn’t stopped, just slowed down almost to a halt. Doc Terror apparently fired a Time Stasis beam at Skyvault causing some sort of time distortion. Not knowing how to operate Skyvault’s defense systems, Jake instead opts to use Ace’s Orbital Interceptor AWS. He’s not used to handling space missions though, and he flies erratically. Fortunately, this prevents Doc Terror from locking his weapons on him. Jake fires a multi-particle missile at Doc Terror’s Flying Fortress, disabling it and shutting down the beam. Free from the time stasis, Crystal beams Jake aboard, and the team ushers in the new year.Weapons? Check. Teleporters? Yup. Dracula? Umm… So put on your Exo-Frame, yell Power Extreme, and dive into this episode on the Centurions!Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
The Wizard (w/ Mike and Chad)
Jan 22 2024
The Wizard (w/ Mike and Chad)
What’s up, dudes? NES was the greatest thing ever in the '80s! In fact, it was so great they made a feature film about it! I've got Mike Westfall of  Advent Calendar House and Chad Young from Horror Movie BBQ here with me to dive into the 1989 Fred Savage movie “The Wizard!” It was a December release that capitalized on the Christmas season to help sell video games.Brothers Corey and Jimmy Woods are being separated by their parents' divorce. Jimmy is a slightly autistic young boy who has had problems and PTSD ever since his twin sister died at a young age. One day, Corey discovers that Jimmy has a natural talent for playing video games, and the two journey to the West Coast to compete in a video-game championship. They want to prove that Jimmy doesn’t belong in an institution.Along the way, they evade the adults who are trying to take Jimmy away, especially the bounty hunter Putnam. The duo also meet Haley Brooks from Reno, who helps them scam their way to the big Video Armageddon competition. Jimmy makes it to the finals and even manages to defeat local phenom Lucas. Oh, and he finally gets closure by leaving his most treasured possession at a tourist spot special to him and his sister. Mega Man 2? Yep. Double Dragon? Uh huh. Super Mario Bros. 3?! Only if you don’t use the Power Glove! So grab your lunchbox, hop on your skateboard, and hitch a ride to this episode on “The Wizard!”Advent Calendar HouseFB: @adventcalendarhouseTwitter: @adventcalhouseIG: @adventcalendarhouseHorror Movie BBQFB: @HorrorMovieBBQTwitter: @HorrorMovieBBQIG: @horrormoviebbqCheck us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
The Charmings “Yes, Lillian, there is a Santa Claus” (w/ Anthony Caruso)
Jan 15 2024
The Charmings “Yes, Lillian, there is a Santa Claus” (w/ Anthony Caruso)
What’s up, dudes? It’s Snow White in the ‘80s, and I’ve got Anthony Caruso from ‘Tis the Podcast with me to talk about it! That’s right. We’re talking “The Charmings” and its 1987 Christmas episode, ‘Yes, Lillian, There Is a Santa Claus!’ It’s Christmas time at the Charmings’ household, and Lillian is Scroogier than ever. She tries to ruin their Christmas spirit with a snowstorm! The Charmings, however, turn disaster into fun, having snowball fights and building snowmen. Even the Magic Mirror is in the holiday mood. Thoroughly infuriated, Lillian  tells the children that there is no Santa Claus, and is convincing enough that they believe her. Snow White begs her to do the right thing, play Santa, and get gifts for the kids anyway. Lillian has quite a shock when the real Santa arrives at the Charming house and finds no "true believers" left there. Since Santa only delivers gifts to true believers, Lillian has a crisis of conscience. She uses her powers to correct the damage she has done, and get presents for everyone.Sassy mirror? Check. One of the seven dwarves as a mall elf? Got it. Hip Santa with a leather jacket, jeans, and no beard? Only if he’s played by the waiter from “Scrooged!” So grab your sword, put on your cap, and build your He-Man village to this episode all about “The Charmings!”‘Tis the PodcastFB: @tisthepodcast Twitter: @tisthepodIG: @tisthepodcast Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!
Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (w/ Jeff Loftin)
Jan 8 2024
Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (w/ Jeff Loftin)
What’s up, dudes? It’s Hanna-Barbera time, so that means I’ve got Jeff Loftin from Lost Christmas with me to talk all about the 1982 special “Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper!” It’s the sequel to “Yogi’s First Christmas,” and it shows! The story behind the production is super heartwarming, though, so this special succeeds nonetheless.Huckleberry Hound and friends pay Yogi a surprise visit in Jellystone, but the tenacious bear isn’t home. Instead, he and Boo-boo have gone to the city to surprise his friends for Christmas as well! Ah, the hijinks of pre-cell phone days! To escape capture, Yogi becomes a department store Santa and befriends a little girl named Judy. Together they run off to avoid Animal Control. As it turns out, Judy  is the daughter of tycoon J. Wellington Jones, and he’s out for blood! With local authorities hunting them down, Yogi enlists all his HB friends to find Judy’s family. Spoiler alert: Yogi is arrested. Mr. Jones drops all charges when he realizes how absent he’s been in Judy’s life. They all then spend a happy Christmas together!QuickDraw McGraw? Yep. Snagglepuss? Uh huh. Fourth wall-breaking cameo from Fred Flintstone? Definitely! So grab your Santa suit, scam a picnic basket from an unsuspecting couple, and sing carols in the snow by a rotating fire with this episode on “Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper!”Lost Christmas PodcastFB: @LostChristmasPodcast Twitter: @LostChristmasP1 IG: @lostchristmaspodcast Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Totally Rad Christmas Mall & Arcade, Teepublic.com, or TotallyRadChristmas.com! Later, dudes!