20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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HOW DID I MISS THIS? “Its Halloween, where’s everyone’s pants?” (1978) Last episode Tim ruined Bob’s week by forcing him to view the Halloween-adjacent film “Teen Witch.” So today he’s making up for it by forcing Bob to watch a special from even further back, “Witch’s Night Out.” Its got ghosts. Its got werewolves. Its got a 70s-accurate key party. Basically its “The Ice Storm” but for children.

00:00:00  UNLICENSED AUDIO CLIP - Nicely’s angry mob
00:00:44  ITS STILL OCTOBER - vaguely remembering “Witch’s Night Out”
00:09:17  CHILDREN OF THE CANDY CORN - so why are we following the grown-ups?
00:15:10  IT”S A HORNEY KEY PARTY CHARLIE BROWN -  just oozing with ‘70s sexuality
00:20:54  WITCH HUNT - and the gamble of ‘80s Television 
00:24:51  BAZOOEY’S DRUG-FUELED FREAK-OUT - and the quote Tim was trying to remember is “Wowee Peyote Mackerel.”
00:30:29  WISHFUL THINKING - maybe this is the premise?
00:39:37  UN-EASING OF THE SEASON - why do we want to scare kids?.
00:53:14  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase

WITCH’S NIGHT OUT is available for streaming at AMAZON PRIME, YOUTUBE and GOOGLEPLAY All sites unaffiliated with 20th Century Pop! and Calamity House Productions.  Rental and subscription rates may apply.

Kneel before the F.H.E. logo and behold synth-tastic OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE TO WITCH’S NIGHT OUT.

Then time-jump into the FX Future of 1982 with the video to GEORGE CLINTON’S ATOMIC DOG as animated by some of the makers of this very special.

After which you can watch the out-of-season special Tim thought was TODAY’S special loose its adhesion in DECK THE HALLS WITH WACKY WALLS.

Read the account that made Bob’s hairs stand up with WAS THERE A PARANORMAL OCCURANCE DURING THE LIVE 1987 HOUDINI SEANCE from WILD ABOUT HARRY, an online blog dedicated to the life (and afterlife) of Harry Houdini.

And follow the further adventures of Malicious, Bazooey and the whole naked gang at ANYTOWNSERIES.COM, the official website of WITCH’S NIGHT OUT and its numerous spin-offs.

The use of audio and video clips linked from YOUTUBE are for educational purposes and without the expressed permission of their legal holding companies.  All rights remain with with their original distributor.

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return next week with a legend in the hairy, stinky cryptids who wander around the swamp genre.