July 1989 Pop Culture: Robert, Reggae & Road House

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The pop culture coverage of the July 1989 issue gets into a lot of different areas. The breakup of Johnny Depp’s latest engagement? An offensive Guns N’ Roses song? Censorship? A surprising amount of Ken Ober? What Now goes there! We also get reviews of Say Anything…, Road House, Boy George, and Julian Lennon, among many others. One To Watch tells us about Alexย Dรฉsert, yet another young actor with a perfectly respectable character-actor career ahead of him. Our features tell us about Robert Downey Jr. (in his second profile in the magazine) and reggae (uh oh, Pam). But what you may remember best about this episode is that it takes you to melon camp — you’re welcome and/or sorry.

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00:00:00 It Is July 1989 00:03:55 What Now 00:21:21 Watch It 00:31:37 Listen Up 00:45:42 One To Watch 00:49:19 Feature: Robert Downey, Jr. Acts Like An Adult 00:51:23 Feature: Reggae For Beginners 00:56:29 Goodbye For Now 00:58:35 Pam Gets The Willem Defoe Apron Photo

Episode Notes

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"Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey says Johnny Depp was 'so beautiful' it was 'inhuman' when they were engaged in the late 1980s" at Insider.com
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"Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey claims ex-fiancรฉ Johnny Depp was 'crazy jealous and paranoid'" at The Independent
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"Let's Talk About Guns N' Roses' 'One in a Million'" at MetalSucks.com
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The Saturday Night Live sketch "Nude Beach" on YouTube
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Willem Dafoe in Streets Of Fire
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Say Anything... on HBO Max
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Loverboy on Tubi
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Road House on Showtime Anytime
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"Just For a Minute, Let's Talk About Yahoo Serious" on Talkhouse.com
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The Boy George album High Hat on Wikipedia
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Julian Lennon's "Now You're In Heaven" video on YouTube
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The White Feather Foundation
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Kiss The Ground on Netflix
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Julian Lennon's YA graphic novel The Morning Tribe at SimonAndSchuster.com
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Julian Lennon's children's books, at his website
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John Mellencamp on Us magazine's March 1992 list of "The 10 Sexiest Bachelors"
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The July 1989 mixtape on Spotify
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"Alex Dรฉsert takes over for Hank Azarian voicing Carl on The Simpsons" at CNN.com
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Robert Downey Jr. in the March 1988 Pop Culture episode of Listen To Sassy
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Robert Downey Jr. at Beliefnet.com
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Robert Downey Jr.'s 2020 pro-Chris Pratt post on Instagram
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Robert Downey Jr. on Addiction at IAmSober.com
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That's Adequate on Wikipedia
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The trailer for That's Adequate on YouTube
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"Iyaric" on Wikipedia