RETRO SHOCK - “Its raining all sorts of mans” (1983): Fabulous self-produced podcasts were revealed to you the day you downloaded these mp3s and said “By The Power Of Greyskull.”  So, after you finish publicly shouting that incantation, join Bob and Tim as they discuss the sci-fi/barbarian/sword and sorcery Filmation mash-up, He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe.

Episode Summary

00:00:00 - UNLICENSED AUDIO CLIP-MAN - Another birthday party

00:00:19 - SYNCH-MAN- Dealing with audio / “Strong Enough" 

00:05:05 - PLAY-MAN - collecting the toys

00:16:43 - OCTOBER 3, 1983-MAN - a childish cartoon … for children

00:20:57 - COMIC-MAN - a barbaric beginning

00:31:19 - PRESENT DAY-MAN (ALSO GOOD MEMORY/BAD MEMORY) - Re-watching "The Taking Of Greyskull”/“Main Title from He-Man and the Masters Of The Universe”

00:36:51 - YAY-MAN (OR NAY-MAN) - Orko as comic relief

00:43:24 - SHE-MAN - the squandered importance of Teela

00:46:56 - PLOT-MAN - a thorough  summation of the … er … stoy(?)

00:52:39 - HERR-MANN - a diabolical fashion statement

00:55:06 - TALK-MAN - Man-At-Arms brings us up to speed

01:00:09 - FAR-OUT MAN - And the acid kicks in

01:06:05 - BACK-STORY MAN - A missed opportunity for an origin

01:07:42 - WRAP-IT-UP MAN - Skeletor, morals and a birthday cake

01:10:45 - GOOD REALITY-MAN/BAD REALITY-MAN - does “He-Man” hold up?

01:12:44 - NAME-GAME-MAN - Bob and Tim challenge each other / “Main Title from She-Ra: Princess Of Power”

01:18:43 - BYE-BYE-MAN - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “What’s Up”

Watch the show’s opening sequence HERE

Watch Prince Adam perform a cover of Four Non Blonde’s “What’s Up” (and LIKE the video) in SLACKCIRCUS’s “Fabulous Secret Powers” HERE

Listen to Skeletor insult all of humanity HERE

Learn about the design and evolution of the original cartoon with these Behind The Scenes videos featured HERE

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“Strong Enough” performed by Sheryl Crow from her 1993 debut album TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB

“Masters Of The Universe” by Haim Saban, Shuki Levy and Erika Lane from the 1983 television soundtrack to “FILMATION’S HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE”

“Main title theme from She-Ra: Princess Of power” by Shuki Levi and Haim Saban from the 1985 television soundtrack to FILMATION’S SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER

“Fabulous Secret Powers” a re-imagining of “What’s Up” originally performed by 4 Non-Blondes and reinterpreted by Ryan Haines and Jay Allen for the 2005 SLACKCIRCUS video “FABULOUS SECRET POWERS”

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST! will return next week with BEFORE YOU WERE BORN