Showing posts from April, 2009

Chaos - The Best Game on The Spectrum

Chaos: The Battle of Wizards is a turn-based tactics computer game which was released on the ZX Spectrum in 1985. It was written by Julian Gollop and originally published by Games Workshop. Quite simply this was the best game on the spectrum and even today would still be in my top games.
You can play an updated version here

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Here is an informative video on the different versions of Chaos.

Chaos is a turn-based game. Each turn, every player in order selects and casts a spell, then moves their wizard and any summoned creatures.

Here is Crash magazine's original review of Chaos

CHAOSProducer: Games WorkshopRetail Price: £7.95Language: machine codeAuthor: SLUGChaos is a game of magical combat between 2 to 8 wizards with over 50 animated spells, and creatures summoned to resolve the question of who will become the Lord of Creation. Each player takes his turn to select and cast spells and move the summoned creatures. The winner is the last wizard left alive after all…

Retrofinds remembersTin Can Alley game

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I never had this game but my friend from across the road did. To be honest I was pretty unimpressed. Even though it had no wires and was all infrared I was still underwhelmed by this game. The gun was not realistic and after about five minutes I was bored and wanted to go out and play War up the park or play with my star wars figures. But still I saw this picture the other day and it brought back memories.

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Whatever Happened To The 70's Iceage?

What ever happened to the ice age we were going to get in the 1970's?

I remember when I was a kid way back in the late 70's that everyone was saying we are going into a new ice age. Back then I thought that it wouldn't be a bad thing. I loved snow and school would be out more often than not. I could pretend I was on the planet Hoth and that At-At would definitely be on my Christmas list. But seriously though, news on TV, newspapers and scientists when they got the chance would scare us in to believing there is an ice age imminent. Obviously now we here about global warming. I can't help but feel a bit skeptical. I realise these days that being doubtful about climate change etc is almost heresy but blame the 70's. Please don't shoot me down in flames, a famous person sums up quite nicely how I feel:
"fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again" - George Bush

By the way I never got an At-At.

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Retrofinds remembers the Wham Bar!

I loved the Wham bar of the 80's. For two reasons. One they were huge! For 10p you got a huge bar of pink chewy candy with fizzy hard green pieces embeded in the candy. Also they tasted great.

I would always buy a wham bar when I had pocket money. It would keep me quiet for ages. I do remember going to the newsagent opposite my school and carefully choosing a wham bar by feeling the wrappers to see which one felt like it had the most sparkly green bits in it. If it felt smooth it was going back in the pile. If it felt bumpy then it was the one for me.

Wham bar has had a bit of a revival of late (pictured) but they are not as big as they used to be and obviously cost more. Still if you see one in the shop make sure you feel them first before buying.

Retrofinds Remembers Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum

I loved the taste of Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum. What bubble gum should be. Looks like bubble gum, smells like bubble gum and tastes like bubble gum. Whats more you had a mini comic strip with them too. "I've read that one already" would usually be the response from your friends. If you collect enough you could send away for a gift like binoculars. Everytime I bought a bazooka joe I would be determined this time to start collecting the comic strips and send away. I never did. I still had to pay for posting and packaging and I rather spend my hard earned pocket money on more sweets, comics, star wars figures, trading cards and Wham bars.

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The Complete Making of Indiana Jones by J. W Rinzler

I have to say this is probably one of the best, if not THE best making of book I have ever read. Three hundred pages of Indiana Jones bliss. The authors have certainly done their research. All four films are covered with amazing detail so its a complete book and an absolute must for any Indy fan.

They have included snippets of original scripts including the idea George Lucas proposed for the sequel to have a haunted theme. Chris Columbus was hired to write the script. His first draft is set in Scotland where Indiana Jones is on a relaxing holiday and hears about a haunted mansion and people disappearing.

A second draft by Chris Columbus takes his adventures to Africa where he comes across a talking Monkey King who forces Indy to play chess with real people. If the piece is taken then that person disappears. I kid you not!

Also another bit of trivia I found out from this book was this. Everyone knows that Tom Selleck was the original choice for Indy but did you know who else turned up f…

Williams Shatner Sings - How to Handle A Woman

Retro advert - P-P-P-Pick up a Penguin

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Goonies 2? Possibly!

Feldman Teases Huge 'Goonies' Reunion, Possible Sequel News

I'd like to think a Goonies sequel won't be happening anytime soon, unless Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner and the gang decide to either remake the original with new kids or create some sort of spinoff (a la Ghostbusters 3) with part of the original cast, a bunch of new recruits and Zac Efron as the annoying big brother. God, I think my heart stopped there for a second -- but anyway, there is some interesting Goonies news, and it comes in the form of a massive cast reunion as part of Empire's special 20th anniversary issue, which was guest edited by Steven Spielberg and hits UK stands tomorrow.

Over on his blog Corey Feldman teases a whole bunch of cool goodies, like photos, interviews, videos and more. He says, "Along witha group photo of the cast , and Producers, there are exclusive one on one photos and interviews with each member of the cast. In addition there was also a lot of video shot that day.…

Strangest Toy of the week - Star Trek Meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These toys were brought to my attention by a colleague in work and I have to be honest they are one of the weirdest franchise crossovers I have seen. Captain Leonardo!!! Check out First Officer Donatello's hand doing the vulcan sign. I just feel sorry for Chief Engineer Michaelangelo with the red shirt. Not going to last long if he goes on an away mission.
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Retro 1970's phone - Retrofinds remembers.

Retrofinds remembers old phones
Retro Telephones
How long did it use to take to dial a number? Remember the clicking noise when you were dialing? How heavy was that handset? The ring will always remind me of a doctor's sugery.
If you had to dial emergency services in the UK it was 999.
9.....wait for dial to return...
9....wait for dial to return....
forget it!
How would people manage to day? No memories! No cordless handsets! Most colours were white!
And yet they still hold some special memory for me. You can actually buy these now for around £50 with a proper BT connection on them. Believe it or not they even come with the clicking noise!
"Modelled on the classic 1970s style BT home phone, these Retro Telephones are ideal for anybody with a passion for out-dated decor! Ready for use with modern telephone cables and sockets, these beautifully crafted machines have that fabulous click and whir dialling action and even have that classic hollow ring tone!"


retrofinds - 80's music - Rah Band Clouds Across The Moon

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retrofinds loves Rah Band Clouds Across The Moon

The RAH Band was a fictitious studio based group (fictitious in that it was no group, it contained only him); RAH being the initials for Richard Anthony Hewson. In 1977 Hewson wrote an instrumental called "The Crunch", which climbed to number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] Hewson played all the musical instruments himself. A number of jazz funk releases followed. The second big hit single for the RAH Band was in 1985, when the soul ballad "Clouds Across the Moon", also reached number 6 in the UK chart. This single was recorded in conjunction with his then wife, Liz, on vocals.

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New cover and forward for John Booth's Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek.

This is the new cover to the excellent book Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek. If you love Star Wars, remember the star wars toys of the 70's and 80's and you haven't read this book yet then you are missing out on a fantastic read.
Check out John's blog and news about the new Collect All 21 edition
John Booth's Blog
and my previous review of the book

80's Yellowpages Advert Hornby- Retrofinds

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Retrofinds presents Pearl and Dean with adverts. Bring back those cinema memories.
Coca Cola, Terry's chocolate orange, kia ora, golden wonder retro super heroes crisps, plus more. With Pearl and Dean intro and outro.Tags: , , , ,

John Noakes - Keep dogs on leads

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Superman Opening Credits with John Williams Soundtrack

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Some movie memories will always stick with you and this is one of them. Its strange that for some reason the opening credits to the original 1978 Superman with Christopher Reeves sticks in my mind. I remember seeing the cast names flying through the screen and the fantastic John Williams soundtrack embedding in my mind. Superb.

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retrofinds - facebook group

We also have a facebook group
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and we Twit on Twitter.
Don't forget. If anyone has any retro news, photos, videos or want to do a guest post please feel free to send me a message or email.

Shredded Wheat with Jaws Richard Kiel from James Bond

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Retrofinds - April 1983 Top Ten UK Music Charts

1 Let's dance David Bowie

2 Is there something I should know Duran Duran
Top Of The Pops Live

3 Church of the poison mind Culture Club

4 Boxer beat Joboxers

5 Breakaway Tracey Ulman

6 Beat it Michael Jackson

7 Words F.R. David

8 Ooh to be ah Kajagoogoo

9 Speak like a child Style Council

10 Sweet dreams (are made of this) Eurythmics

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Soundtrack review - Best Of Adventure Soundtrack Compilation CD

This is must CD if you can get your hands on it. It has some fantastic soundtracks including some rare ones such as The Young Indiana Jones title and the complete previously unreleased eighteen minute Goonies suite from Dave Grusin. This eighteen minute rendition is worth the asking price alone and is one of the only places you can get this suite.

It boasts impresssive artwork on the cover which would make a great poster. It comes on two cds and tracks are performed by The City Of Prague Philharmonic and The Budapest Studio Orchestra. A great addition to a soundtrack collectors collection. Only problem is that it is quite a rare CD. Going for about $70 on amazon and about $40 on ebay.
Also see my review of the Indiana Jones Soundtrack Collection
Track listing

Disc/Cassette 1

1. Cliffhanger: Main Title (03:33)
Trevor Jones
2. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Main Title (01:35)
Laurence Rosenthal
3. Jaws: Suite (06:47)
John Williams
4. Camel Advertisement: Search For The Golden Wa…

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Retrofinds - 8-bit tunes

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I was browsing Youtube and came across 8-Bit Tunes. Great classic tunes that have been converted to 8-bit by GermanNintendoGamer. So for that retro feel play Axel-F and others as if was being played on that C64.



Beat It

Another Brick In The Wall

Crockett's Theme

Sweet Dreams

Dont' You Want Me

Check out his Youtube channel here


Retrofinds - 80's Music - Oakey and Moroder

Retrofinds - 80's Music - Oakey and Moroder
For me, one of my favourite 80's albums if not the best was the little known and criminally overlooked Oakey And Moroder's album. I love every track on this album (A rare thing to find an album where you enjoy every track.) I remember listening to this over my friends house on his ghetto blaster and couldn't believe how good it was. Each track continues into the next. The amazing synthesizer sounds were and are still impressive.
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder was a collaborative album released in 1985 by Philip Oakey, lead singer of the electronic band The Human League and seminal electro producer Giorgio Moroder, whose early records had been a major influence on Oakey.

The album is most notable for containing the song "Together in Electric Dreams", which was the title track for the movie Electric Dreams and a major hit single. In fact, the album was essentially a spin-off project set up by Virgin records to c…

Hoth Battle Created with 60'000 lego pieces

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Hoth Battle Created with 60'000 lego pieces
Not only is this Lego Star Wars diorama of the ice world Hoth fun to look at, it's got some gadgety goodness inside too. Oh, and footprints. Tons of tiny minifig footprints. As the headline says, the 5′X10′ diorama is comprised of 60,000 Lego bricks. It cost creator Mark Borlase about $3,000 and four years of construction time to complete.There's also the 50 LED lights that illuminate the Echo Base hangar and bacta tank with a soothing blue. Motorized AT-AT wenches and a fully operational hanger door top off this gorgeous pile of eye candy.And according to the block heads over at Brothers Brick the diorama also won the recent "Star Wars building challenge" and was featured in the official LEGO Magazine. Source : Gizmodo.comTags: , , ,

Ghostbusters The Video Game - Almost Ghostbusters 3

Ghostbusters The Video Game. Its almost Ghostbusters 3.
The game is based on the Ghostbusters film franchise. Ghostbusters creator Dan Aykroyd has confirmed that the game is essentially Ghostbusters 3.

The game's storyline was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, the writers of the original films. They, along with Bill Murray and Ernie Hudson, will also lend their voices and likenesses to the game. Several supporting cast members, such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Brian Doyle-Murray (as the new mayor of New York, Jock Mulligan) and Annie Potts (Janine) have also signed on. However, Rick Moranis (Louis Tully) declined to end his retirement from acting to be a part of the game. In addition, Sigourney Weaver will not be reprising her role of Dana Barrett. Instead, Alyssa Milano will be playing the role of the new love interest in the game, Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn.

Dan Aykroyd has revealed that he prefers the Wii version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game because of its graphical resem…

Jaws 2 Orchestra playing "Down Town" - retrofinds video

Jaws 2 Orchestra playing "Down Town" - retrofinds video
I'm trying to think why I did this!

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What is you favourite Star Wars figure?

So tell me what your favourite vintage Star Wars figure is. What one figure holds the most memories for you.
For me it was Yoda. Simply because I remember one summer my Dad decided to start a part-time window cleaning round and I came along to help. It was hard work but at the end of the day I was rewarded. My Dad took me into the local store and said choose any figure you want. So Yoda came home with me that day. I never forgot that day so every time I see a carded Yoda I think about that day with my Dad. Good memories.

One of my least favourite memories was one summers day I left my Star Wars figures in the garden shed after the Rebellion successfully defended the garden from the evil empire. Anyway I went in for dinner and when I came out my figures were gone! I was devastated. I can't remember all the figures but I do remember one was Darth Vader. I later found out from a kid who lived across the road that he was playing with his friend from our school who saw me play…

Commodore 64 Gets Turned Into a Laptop

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Ben Heckendorn’s (BenHeck) is probably best known for stuffing the innards of an Xbox 360 into laptops, but here he’s taken one of the best-loved PCs of the 80s and done the same. Time to party like it’s 1982.

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Retrofinds - Star Trek Fans expecting to see Wrath of Khan get to see new Trek Movie!

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The new Star Trek movie was shown to eager star trek fans who THOUGHT they were going to watch a special screening of 1982's Star Trek Wrath of Khan. but when the film burned in the gate, Leonard Nimoy burst through the doors to save the day with a print of the new Star Trek film. Thanks to Paramount and Leonard Nimoy, Austin hosted the world premiere of Star Trek on April 6, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Retrofinds - Red Dwarf returns on Dave.

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Just watched the first episode of the new Red Dwarf on UK's satellite channel DAVE and can confirm that it is very good. Red Dwarf Back To Earth has great character banter is back that was sadly missing in series 7 and 8. Rimmer and Lister's chemistry is back. Only thing missing is the canned laughter.

Heres the link to Dave's Red Dwarf page

To celebrate the 21st birthday of Red Dwarf, we're bringing back the original cast for a three part special over Easter. Check out the Red Dwarf on Dave Easter schedule.
Continued here...

First 10 minutes... (please watch the rest on Dave if possible or buy the DVD when it comes out. They may make some more)

1978 - Kenner Says Star Wars Is Forever - George Lucas plans 12 more films

This promotional video from Kenner from 1978 tells us that George Lucas and 20th Century Fox plan 12 more Star Wars movies and big Star Wars plans for summer '79

Retrofinds - 80's music - The Ivory Tower Giorgio Moroder

Retrofinds - 80's music - The Ivory Tower Giorgio Moroder
When I bought the single "The Neverending Story" by Giorgio Morodoer I played side B and couldn't believe how fantastic this piece of music was. Great instrumental which has so much atmosphere. Incidentally this was also played by the BBC during the late 80's and early 90's for there Grand Prix F1 coverage.

Retrofinds - Post Office advert with David Bellamy

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Retrofinds - Post Office advert with David Bellamy
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Retrofinds - 80's music - Nik Kershaw 1984 Wouldn't It Be Good

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Retrofinds loves Nik Kershaw 1984 Wouldn't It Be Good
The second single from Kershaw's debut solo album Human Racing, it was among his more popular singles spending three weeks at #4 in the UK charts and becoming a hit throughout Europe. It is also the song with which he is most closely associated in the U.S., where it narrowly missed going Top 40. Kershaw performed this song at Live Aid in London's Wembley Stadium, in July 1985.

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Retrofinds - retro ads - Country life Butter

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Retrofinds remembers the Marathon bar.

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1990 was a sad year! It marked the end of the 80's and also the end of the Marathon Bar. Bring back the Marathon. Make the world that little bit "right" again.

This article was from the Daily Mail last year. Anyone got any news on this?

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Retrofinds - Retro food - Quatro drink.

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Retrofinds - Retro Movies - 1984 Karate Kid

Retrofinds Movie of the Week is THE KARATE KID

Okay it hasnt got the most original story but The Karate Kid is and always will be a classic 80's movie. A feel good factor and an ending that no matter how predictable will still give you goose bumps and leave a smile on your face. Mr Miyagi is a character that will go down in movie history.
One part I absolutely love is the beach training scene, mainly for the fantastic music by Bill Conti and the haunting pan pipe score

Also loved the song Young Hearts from Commuter

Also great 80s song "Feel The Night" performed by Baxter Robertson.

and The Moment of Truth - Survivor

Love the ending to Karate Kid - This is the song "You're the Best"
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