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: "Hey, the same thing happened to the same guy again."  (1990)  Having a favorite holiday special makes sense.   But if there's one Tim gets tired of people mentioning its the 80s equivalent of detonating a gingerbread house, DIE HARD.  So, instead of letting Bob gush about the first one they are revisiting its seasonally forgotten follow-up, DIE HARD 2: DIE HARDER.  Expect a yippe-kay-yay pun in there somewhere.

00:00:00 - PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - a holiday-themed intro
00:01:23 - AHM, HUMBUG - why Die Hard? /“Oi To The World”
00:12:37 - JUNE 29TH 1990 - why not Die Hard?
00:20:02 - MODERN DAY - and “Good Memory/Bad Memory” / “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”
00:22:30 - YIPEE-KAY-AYE META F***ER -  is this movie aware its a Die Hard sequel?
00:25:54 - GET BRUCE - but where is John McClain?
00:31:22 - A-HOLEY NIGHT - a cast of crap characters?
00:36:29 - DULL AIPORT ANTICS - and Reginald Vel Johnson eats a Twinkie  
00:42:55 - NOT JUST “DIE HARD IN AN AIRPORT” - except that it’s Die Hard in an airport
00:50:33 - DIE HARDLY - why Die Harder?
00:55:49 - EVEN MANNEQUIN GOT A SEQUEL - and an apology to Bruce Willis
01:00:15 - GOOD REALITY/BAD REALITY - and don’t Nakatomi the first one
01:06:13 -  CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase / “Let It Snow”
01:08:13 - BONUS FEATURES- IMDBefore before the show

Watch the original theatrical trailer meant to remind us the we wanted more John McClane HERE.

See a variation on where the series could have gone with this piece from 1992's THE BEN STILLER SHOW HERE.

Or just watch a couple of scenes from 1988's original DIE HARD HEREHERE and HERE.

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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“Oi! To The World” performed by The Vandals from the 1996 holiday release, OI TO THE WORLD. 

"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" performed by The Ramones from their 1987 release BRAIN DRAIN.

"Let Is Snow" performed by Vaughn Monroe, originally recorded in 1945 and featured in the closing credits to the VASTLY superior predecessor to this episode topic ... DIE HARD (and also in DIE HARD 2)

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 a year end LIST-A-RAMA-A-GO-GO.