They’re a Necessity(yyy) – Moon Shoes (1990s)

The idea seems like a 7-year-old’s fever dream: strap trampolines to your feet and then you can get trampoline-air anywhere you go for the rest of your life. That’s the promise of Moon Shoes, the brightly colored ankle-breakers of the ’90s. To be clear, the shoes are a terrible idea; apart from the aforementioned risk…

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You Maggot – Nightmare VHS Game (1992)

Most VHS games come off as less than they intend to be, but watching this VHS presentation of 1992’s “Nightmare” I can’t help but catch a chill. Nightmare’s a 3-to-6 player board game fueled by the Gatekeeper, your host on the VHS tape. Unlike other VHS board games where you fast forward and rewind to…

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Hide Your Heart – Groovin’ Commercial (1993)

Back before streaming services allowed everyone to just build their own definitive genre-or-era-defining playlists, there was what was apparently a lucrative business curating and selling mixtapes to suckers who had way too much money on their hands. These mixtapes were advertised in long commercials on late night cable with cheesy, theme-appropriate imagery accompanying a scrolling…

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Doing Whatever it Takes! – McDonald’s Training Video (1991)

“What if the training video was the training video?” McDonald’s goes meta with this early ’90s instructional where a rigid, by-the-books director learns the value of going off-script in order to get things done right. The video kicks off with an intro by Michael Jordan, which makes perfect sense as Jordan is an authority in…

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