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 Alex DΓ©sert, 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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It Is July 1989

What Now

Watch It

Listen Up

One To Watch

Feature: Robert Downey, Jr. Acts Like An Adult

Feature: Reggae For Beginners

Goodbye For Now

Pam Gets The Willem Defoe Apron Photo

Episode Notes

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