We have changed the intro vid to Inxs Devil Inside! Enjoy!
Due to some trying times in this webmaster life, 80s-n-90s will see fewer updates all the way until around Mid-December of this year. Sorry for the inconvenience. Otherwise, I’ll be updating the Facebook page a little often.
Prevue Guide started simply as Electronic Program Guide in 1981. The Electronic Program Guide (EPG) wasn’t as advanced as Prevue Guide, it was merely a scroller with some local radio. It would occasionally show advertisements.
The Prevue Guide that we 80s & 90s couch potatoes are most familiar with had launched in 1988, however, it was a little slow to launch in all cable stations. For instance, Prevue Guide was available in central Texas in 1988, however, West Covina, California ran EPG until early 1990.
From Prevue Guide to Prevue Channel
The split-screen Prevue Guide surely was a step-up from Electronic Program Guide. The listings would be cut in half and be shown on the bottom, while on the top half: previews & commercials on top. Prevue Guide did take the font and graphics of EPG. The font and graphics were used until 1993. Starting in March 1993, it changed to Prevue Channel. What also changed was its appearance and also the familiar Prevue Guide song everyone loves (or perhaps not).
The fonts & graphics from the old EPG were replaced by a blue grid setup showing the show that is on each channel and the show(s) coming up. This was a better option as Prevue Guide would show each half-hour time frame every couple minutes. Prevue Channel instead had their own blues jingle with a man singing with an acoustic guitar. Besides that, Prevue Channel didn’t have the old theme music from Prevue Guide, they had a library of its own.
Beginning in 1998, Prevue Channel would bring some short-form shows. All would start with the Prevue name, such as Prevue This, Prevue Family, Prevue Sports & Prevue News. Also in 1998, Prevue Guide’s parent company acquired TV Guide. And at midnight on February 1st, 1999, Prevue Channel was renamed TV Guide Channel.
When Prevue Channel went to TV Guide Channel:
TV Guide Channel
Around the turn of the millennium, new graphics were introduced to the listings. The old navy blue grid was replaced by an advanced red & blue grid. Prevue Channel’s short-form shows had the Prevue name replaced with TV Guide. You would see TV Guide Close-Up, TV Guide Sportsview and also TV Guide insider. TV Guide’s short-form shows would feature interviews with actors, directors & producers and would also give a behind-the-scenes look of the big ticket movies that were being made at the time. A definite 1-up from what Prevue Channel had to offer.
TV Guide channel’s short-form shows had a share of hosts, Debbie Matenopoulous & Cynthia Garrett would be hosts in the early 2000s. Matenopoulous would later join Good Day Live and would be injured during a live show in 2004. In 2005, TV Guide would bring in full-length shows.
The Technical Stuff behind Prevue Guide/Channel
Prevue Guide’s predecessor EPG ran via an Atari 130XE and later a 600XL. These were part of a series of 8-bit computers made by Atari from 1979 to 1992. When Prevue Guide entered the world of Cable TV, they would be dependent on the Commodore Amiga 2000. In 1994, as Prevue Channel, they would upgrade to an Amiga 3000 despite the model being discontinued in 1992. TV Guide Channel would use Windows NT.
One of the big minuses for Amiga computers is it ‘Guru Meditation.’ An error that will show a black screen with red text on top showing the message. Besides that error, Prevue Guide was known to crash from time to time.
The news was quite strange in regards of Tom Petty’s death. First it was reported that he died, then apparently he wasn’t dead but gravely ill. Then around 12m my time, I got the news from the BBC that he did die, then my local app The Detroit News confirmed it. Damn!
Anyways, the least we can do is honor his memory, and for a start, we will make the intro vid Free Fallin. Great vid!
Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
YouTube channel JoBlo Movie Theatres got Matthew Modine (Pvt. J.T. “Joker” Davis), Vincent D’Onofrio (Pvt. Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence) and Leon Vitali (assistant to director Stanley Kubrick) for an interview. Full Metal Jacket hit the theatres on June 26, 1987. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, but didn’t win either or. Instead, the movie won smaller accolades but would later become a critical favorite. In JoBlo’s interview, the three mainly discuss working with Stanley Kubrick. D’Onofrio talked a little about the infamous bathroom scene. Besides that aforementioned scene, the three didn’t talk much of R.Lee Emery’s role in the movie.
R.Lee Emery had served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1972. He would serve three years as a Drill Instructor and would later go to Vietnam in 1968. Emery would later be discharged in 1972 due to non-war injuries he sustained during his time with the Marines. He would later go to acting, he had a small role in 1979’s Apocalypse Now, as well as being a Technical Advisor. With Full Metal Jacket, Kubrick intended to have Emery as a Technical Advisor, but after watching a tape of Emery playing a Drill Instructor, Kubrick gave Emery the role as Gunnery Sargent Hartman.
Full Metal Jacket was produced in England. The Bassingbourn Barracks were the barracks being used in for the movie. British Army recruits based in Bassingbourn were used as extras. Bassingbourn had been closed by the British Ministry of Defense in 2014. However, there is some talk about a re-opening.
Yes, this was on May 17th 2017 and I’m 2 months and 2 days late. Sorry! Something bad happened in Detroit that day, the death of Chris Cornell. We spent the next day talking about Chris Cornell and would later forget about uploading the pics for this concert. So here you go.
Finally found some time (and some motivation) to update 80s and 90s with a site update. Been a while, heh? Well, I think the average site visitor here doesn’t care too much of my personal life so I won’t bore you with the details.
Intro Vid Change
We decided to go 80s with our intro vid, you’ll now see Guns N Roses “Sweet Child o’ Mine” as your intro (if you visit this site on your computer or some tablets). It was a little painful to bump “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden out of there.
Goodies, Music & Television
We also added a link a piece with 80s N 90s Goodies and Music. For music, we added Billboard Top Songs of the 80’s. As of this post, the list currently has 199 songs with no missing items. If you have some time on your hands, definitely take a look at that.
You miss TV? Before Netflix and other many on-demand channels came to our lives? Well, with Nameless.TV, you can watch TV again. Nameless also has a Nostalgia channel with a mix of music videos, 80’s and 90’s cartoons and shows. Nameless can be a little inconvenient though, for instance, it’s YouTube dependent. So if a copyright claim comes up with YouTube and the video is off of the internet, Nameless will also show the static.
I was watching the channel earlier and a episode of Doug was taken off of YouTube and I had to wait 11 minutes for the next show to come on. Otherwise, I highly recommend it.
Those who love role-playing books and games should know about Palladium Books. Started in 1981, the Detroit-based company put out a few books before hitting it big with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as well as the Rifts series.
Mirage Studios actually created TMNT and held the copyrights, however, they made a deal with Palladium to create the TMNT RPG series, and the first book Palladium pushed out was the TMNT sourcebook.
Starting in 1986, Palladium released shorter supplement books to go along with characters created from the TMNT sourcebook. The first to be released was After The Bomb. That story begins after “The Big Death” of the late 21st century. “The Big Death” began with a war, then a plague and eventually ended with a nuclear winter, which caused some survivors to mutate into creatures.
You can play as a mutant animal going against the evil human empire or vice versa. After The Bomb takes place on the Eastern United States seaboard from Georgia to New England.
Due to overwhelming fan response, the second release, titled Road Hogs, took place on the western seaboard of the United States. Overall, the After The Bomb series included six books from 1986 to 1992, ending with Mutants in Orbit. I suppose they were able to advance after “The Big Death” and head to Mars.
Saturday 29th of April, I travelled an hour and 20 minutes from my hometown of Sterling Heights to Frankenmuth. Around the last weekend of each April, Frankenmuth throws a 80s party to help benefit cancer research. It’s been a while since I have attended an 80s gig and I thought I should go, for my own enjoyment and for this site.
Square Pegz and Slick JimmY
The 80s party had it’s own tent and also a large garage where the bands played. I attended Saturday’s show, which had a Flint-based band called Slick Jimmy. The band did not have a keyboard players so all the synths were pre-recorded to go along with the performance. The headliners were a Detroit-based 80s band known as Square Pegz. Here they are in the 2015 80s Fest, wished I was there:
The tent also contained a Rec Room where many 80s toys were there for one’s view. They also had an Atari, Nintendo and Sega Genesis hooked up to old TVs for one’s gaming pleasure.
The place got crowded around 8:30p and it’s just would be hard to get around. But despite my hatred for being in a small place with a shitload of people, I was happy as hell. Lots of Henry’s Hard Orange Soda to boot (I had 4 or 5) and 80s music playing all day. I never wanted it to end. I wanna go next year, the 80s Fest in Frankenmuth is highly recommended for all who love the 80s.