August 1988 Pop Culture: Lou Diamond Phillips, Guest Critics & Baby River Phoenix

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The pop culture coverage in the August 1988 issue is a bit slighter than we’re used to, allowing us to get into nearly every bit of it. What Now tells us to get hype for The Fly II, Haunted Summer, and The Prince Of Pennsylvania, also mentioning in passing a comedy called Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, shrug. It also gets into John Stamos’s new haircut, a Europe member’s birthday, the unreleased Jon Cryer/Penelope Spheeris movie Dudes, the Amnesty International tour, and the dearth of women in heavy metal. Outside pop culture, we learn about “the crack” in the Sassy Glossary, and hunt down photos of the River Phoenix poster that the previous owners of our magazine copies obviously ripped out before selling them to us. To mix it up, the magazine gets a bevy of young stars it’s recently interviewed, or about to — including Alex Winter (twice), Paul Hipp, Alan Boyce, Johnny Depp, Annabeth Gish, and more — to serve as guest critics in Watch It and Listen Up. And finally, Christina does yeoman’s work in her write-around profile of an unavailable Lou Diamond Phillips. We hope YOU are available to listen!

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00:00:00 It Is August 1988 00:02:38 In Our Lives 00:03:31 What Now: The Fly II + Haunted Summer 00:07:07 What Now: Prince Of Pennsylvania 00:08:43 What Now: Free Pee-wee + John Stamos's Hair 00:11:45 What Now: Dudes 00:15:31 What Now: Debbie Gibson 00:16:12 What Now: Female Heavy Metal Stars 00:17:36 What Now: Amnesty International Concerts 00:23:14 What Now: The Crack 00:26:20 What Now: River Phoenix Poster 00:27:39 Watch It: The Year My Voice Broke 00:28:54 Watch It: The Blob 00:30:32 Watch It: Willow 00:34:45 Listen Up: Boogie Down Productions 00:36:31 Listen Up: Iggy Pop 00:38:02 Listen Up: Sam Phillips + Thomas Dolby 00:39:20 One To Watch: Rodney Harvey 00:41:45 Feature: Lou Diamond Phillips: Don’t Sit Home Waiting For His Call 00:47:49 Goodbye For Now

Episode Notes

Die Hard on Hulu
The Fly II clip 1
The Fly II clip 2
Haunted Summer on YouTube
The Prince Of Pennsylvania on YouTube
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on HBO Max
John Stamos before his 1988 haircut
John Stamos after his 1988 haircut
Dudes screenwriter Randall Jahnson on IMDb
Dudes on IMDbTV
The Dudes poster Pam had
"Nickelodeon Cuts Ties With iCarly Creator Dan Schneider After Alleged Abusive Behavior" at Huffpost
The Linda Lindas
Big Joanie
"Who will set us free of the bogus Irishness of craic?" at The Irish Times
Craic on Wikipedia
The Year My Voice Broke trailer on YouTube
The Blob (1988) on YouTube
Willow on Disney Plus
Pam's August 1988 playlist on Spotify
"Iggy Pop on David Bowie: 'He Resurrected Me'" at The New York Times
"Why David Bowie and Iggy Pop chose Berlin over Los Angeles" at Far Out
Mixed Blood on YouTube
Five Corners on DailyMotion
Salsa on YouTube
Spike Of Bensonhurst on Facebook
Chet Baker: Let's Get Lost on YouTube
Rodney Harvey on The Outsiders TV show Wiki
The Outsiders TV show on YouTube
Pam's autographed copy of The Outsiders
Rodney Harvey on Wikipedia
"The Curse Of Idaho" at
Disorganized Crime on YouTube
Julie Cypher on Wikipedia
Lou Diamond Phillips on Wikipedia
Lou Diamond Phillips with his cats
Young Guns on IMDbTV
"Interview With Lou Diamond Phillips, Author Of The Tinderbox: Soldier Of Indira" on
Tara's review of The Cube on