20th Century Popcast 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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RETRO SHOCK: “Where’s your Great Pumpkin now?”  Its that time of the year for tricks, treats and squatting in your neighbor’s nondescript garden space awaiting the arrival of a Cthulthulian overlord.   So Bob and Tim are tuning in to that horrifying character study of a boy unhinged, “It’s The Great Pumpkin ,Charlie Brown.”  Run for your life, Charlie Brown.  Run for your effin’ life.

00:00:00 - CREEPY CROONER - Ladies and gentlemen … Tim Curry
00:01:20 - SPOOKY STARTS - Yellow ponchos and drunken hobos / “Anything Can Happen On Halloween”
00:05:36 - OCTOBER 27TH, 1966 - Halloween specials … probably exist
00:09:28 - THE ANNUAL REPEAT VIEWING - changing the specialness of a special
00:15:21 - MODERN DAY - and Good Memory/Bad Memory / “This Is Halloween”
00:17:31 - EXPERIMENTAL JAZZ AND ABSTRACT ART - easing (and uneasing) into it
00:26:39 - PANELS VERSES PLOTTING - is this bigger than a comic strip?
00:28:13 - ANIMATED WAR IS ANIMATED HELL - Why is Snoopy carpet-bombing France?
00:33:24 - IT'S A POINTLESS SERIES OF UNCONNECTED EVENTS, CHARLIE BROWN - what is the effin’ plot already?
00:38:17 - INSECURITY BLANKET - Linus and the bleak loss of faith
00:52:03 - MORALITY PRICK - The pangs of being in Peanuts
00:56:26 - GOOD REAILTY/BAD REALITY - and will Bob watch this with his kids
01:00:05 - CLOSINGS — Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” 

See some spooky sponsorship from the special's original 1966 airing HERE.

Watch the horrific transformation of Linus Van Pelt HERE.

Listen to this 40th anniversary retrospective on the special from 2006 HERE.

And witness a bunch of specials Bob and Tim couldn't think of with "HALLOWEEN IS GRINCH NIGHT"  (HERE), "WITCHES NIGHT OUT" (HERE) and RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY IN THE PUMPKIN WHO WOULDN'T SMILE (HERE).   

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“Anything Can Happen On Halloween” performed in a nauseatingly green-screened fashion by Tim Curry from the 1986 Video-tape terror THE WORST WITCH. 

"This Is Halloween" performed by the denizens of HalloweenTown and off the 1993 original motion picture soundtrack to TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. 

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" performed by Bauhaus and released as a self-titled single in 1979.

The use of these songs are for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

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20TH CENTURY POPCAST! will return next week with BINGE AND PODCAST