Snoopy gets weird, Shia LeBouef gets stalked, and Newsradio says goodbye to Phil Hartman – Sept 21-27: Thirty Twenty Ten

Mel Blanc’s last tune, baby chimps wearing costumes, the Flat Booties invade, Aaron Sorkin’s TV debut, Newsradio makes us cry, Jeremy Irons makes us uncomfortable across two decades, Chuck Palahniuk second movie, Pink wants to start a fight, Mentalist begins, Mega Man is both old and new, and Will and Grace are just getting started. All that and more, on this edition on Thirty Twenty Ten, your auditory look back on the week that was 30, 20, and 10 years ago

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11 thoughts on “Snoopy gets weird, Shia LeBouef gets stalked, and Newsradio says goodbye to Phil Hartman – Sept 21-27: Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. With the mention of the Mentalist, and when Sarah was naming like-minded shows, I’m disappointed “Psych”/Shawn Spencer wasn’t instantly named…Mentalist pretty much copied the show. Psych riffed it often 🙂

    1. Oh! Paul Newman! One of my favorite commercials is the Burger King one advertising his salad dressing on their salads. I used to spurge on the pink lemonade when I worked at a fancy phants grocery store back in the day.

      Also, “Paul Newman to Diana” would have to be Vance DeGeneres from The Daily Show.

  2. 2 things:
    1st: Addams Family Values ain’t a Thanksgiving movie, it takes place over the summer. I just chalk it up to the Peter MacNicol character being so pretentious that he’d throw a thanksgiving play in late July.
    2nd: I work where I see a lot of Newman’s Own jars. I’ll tell him “hi” for you, Diana.

  3. I try to at least comment any time Rilo Kiley or Jenny Lewis is mentioned. Everything she does is great, thanks to Sarah for putting a word in for her. Acid Tongue from ’08 is incredible in its own right. Also, Loyalty to Loyalty by Cold War Kids is great too.

  4. Holy shit! I can remember where I was when I first found out that Paul Newman died and the first time I heard “Sex On Fire.” I was 13 on a week long holiday in Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast in Australia. I remember because it was the first time I was allowed to walk about a big city by myself and since this was a vacation city, I was bound to hear that song eventually. 2008 was a very formative year for me and music played a big ass factor in that. Especially Kings Of Leon and that album. Can’t believe it has been ten years. Fuck, I feel old.

  5. Chris you were right that the Yankees won the World Series in 98 over the Padres but you’re a bit early: back in the 90s the World Series was resolved in late October, not September. In recent years it often runs into November!
    Speaking of the Yankees I have to point out something you missed: the closure of Yankee Stadium in 2008. The Stadium (it was the first of its kind to be called a “stadium”) opened in 1923 so it was one of the oldest ballparks still in use. Derek Jeter gave a nice speech: https://youtu.be/HJrlTpQm0to and the Yankees would win the World Series next year in their new Stadium in 2009.
    The Mets’ Shea Stadium also closed in 2008, but no one really cared because it was a toilet (sorry, as a New Yorker I couldn’t resist). It was the first stadium where the Beatles played in America, giving birth to the very idea of a “stadium tour.” Also it reopened soon after 9/11/2001 when the Mets played (and won!) a very emotional game: https://youtu.be/-fLGzbGGEYQ

  6. Old Looney Toons Movies: I showed a couple Road Runner cartoons to my son and he laughed at it, but it occurs to me that I had to work (well, click a “buy” button on Amazon) to expose him to this. He never would have encountered it naturally in his entertainment sphere (friends, streaming services, etc) whereas no parent exposed it to me in 1988 (almost 40 years after it was made, I should point out) it was just on Ramblin Rod, our local version of Krusty the Clown, and I watched it because it was on. Question for the 30 20 10 crowd: What is the OLDEST piece of media that kids in 2018 can easily be exposed to and watch not because their parents wanted them to see it (like I just did with an 70 year old cartoon), but because the children themselves were just naturally exposed to it and wanted to watch it?

    Lolita: I’ve been listening to every Year End Top 100 Song from 1946 to now (currently at 1998) and I’ve heard multiple “Jail bait” songs during that time period, but can not think of a popular “jail bait” song of the 21st century. Likewise, I’m pretty sure that Lolita was made near to the very last year it could have been made and we will never see another adaptation of it.

    Sports Night: Tried to watch twice. Can. Not. Get. Past. Laugh. Track. It kills me.

    Newsradio and the death of Phill Hartman. Ugh. I recall being really bummed out watching this. They handled it as well as anyone could hope but what a hell of thing to watch. At times it was like watching the actors bleed.

    Fantasy Island Remake: The internet of 1998 was not the internet of 2018. When I wanted to go on a nostalgia trip, yes something I did like to do even 20 years ago when I was 20, I ran across a webring (anyone remember those?) about Captain N, which at the time was pretty much near the ONLY source of Captain N knowledge on the entire internet. And the premier Captain N fan site was also … a Fantasy Island remake fan site! I actually ended up emailing the guy who ran it and he had exactly the type of personality one would expect of a grown man running a Captain N and Fantasy Island Remake fan site in 1998 to have.

    Fallout 2: It’s been on my “Get Around to Play It’ list for over a decade now. I’ll probably make it two decades before I get the fabled and mythical roundtwoit.

    Pink – Pink So What: That’s 10 years old? Why is it the 10 year old stuff that always makes me feel old?

    Recount: I watched this in 2008 and it was amazing how much a different world 2000 was from 2008.

    Heroes: I don’t get why you are talking about this show. There was only one season of it. Just like there were only 3 Indiana Jones films, 5 seasons of Dexter, and 1 Highlander.

    Civ IV – Colonization: Modders usually come up with a “new” version of Colonization for every new Civ, but I’d like to see another version as the original has a special place in my heart.

  7. Old Looney Toons Movies: I showed a couple Road Runner cartoons to my son and he laughed at it, but it occurs to me that I had to work (well, click a “buy” button on Amazon) to expose him to this. He never would have encountered it naturally in his entertainment sphere (friends, streaming services, etc) whereas no parent exposed it to me in 1988 (almost 40 years after it was made, I should point out) it was just on Ramblin Rod, our local version of Krusty the Clown, and I watched it because it was on. Question for the 30 20 10 crowd: What is the OLDEST piece of media that kids in 2018 can easily be exposed to and watch not because their parents wanted them to see it (like I just did with an 70 year old cartoon), but because the children themselves were just naturally exposed to it and wanted to watch it?

    Lolita: I’ve been listening to every Year End Top 100 Song from 1946 to now (currently at 1998) and I’ve heard multiple “Jail bait” songs during that time period, but can not think of a popular “jail bait” song of the 21st century. Likewise, I’m pretty sure that Lolita was made near to the very last year it could have been made and we will never see another adaptation of it.

    Sports Night: Tried to watch twice. Can. Not. Get. Past. Laugh. Track. It kills me.

    Newsradio and the death of Phil Hartman. Ugh. I recall being really bummed out watching this. They handled it as well as anyone could hope but what a hell of thing to watch. At times it was like watching the actors bleed.

    Fantasy Island Remake: The internet of 1998 was not the internet of 2018. When I wanted to go on a nostalgia trip, yes something I did like to do even 20 years ago when I was 20, I ran across a webring (anyone remember those?) about Captain N, which at the time was pretty much near the ONLY source of Captain N knowledge on the entire internet. And the premier Captain N fan site was also … a Fantasy Island remake fan site! I actually ended up emailing the guy who ran it and he had exactly the type of personality you can imagine to run a Captain N and Fantasy Island Remake fan site in 1998 to have.

    Fallout 2: It’s been on my “Get Around to Play It’ list for over a decade now. I’ll probably make it two decades before I get the fabled and mythical roundtwoit.

    Pink – Pink So What: That’s 10 years old? Why is it the 10 year old stuff that always makes me feel old?

    Recount: I watched this in 2008 and it was amazing how much a different world 2000 was from 2008.

    Heroes: I don’t get why you are talking about this show. There was only one season of it. Just like there were only 3 Indiana Jones films, 5 seasons of Dexter, and 1 Highlander.

    Civ IV – Colonization: Modders usually come up with a “new” version of Colonization for every new Civ, but I’d like to see another version as the original has a special place in my heart.

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