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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OUVRE COMPENSATING: " . . . " (1994-1997)  To invoke a holy trilogy fanboys are certain to cite "Back To The Future",  "Star Wars" and not "Beastmaster."  But alongside those VHS boxed sets stands a slightly more vulgar saga featuring verbose Clerks, bratty Mallrats and a chain-smoking illustrator forever Chasing Amy.  It's Kevin Smith's "Jersey Trilogy" and, to honor there still being a Kevin Smith,  Bob and Tim are going to look at what these indie features mean to their own individual existence.  Hope you're back on the mic soon, Silent Bob.

00:00:00  RESHOW PRATTLE - who’s good?
00:00:44  AN AGE-OLD INTRO - and being far from 37
00:06:17  CHASING KEVIN - a common bond between Bob and Tim
00:10:30  COUNTER-TOP CULTURE - and the age-appropriateness of of “Clerks”
00:21:17  DYI U COULD DU - and Tim finds his muse
00:27:55  A SOPHOMORIC FANGASM - and wanting to be Jason Lee in “Mallrats”
00:34:22  PARENTAL COSPLAY - and talking “When Harry Met Sally” again
00:43:11 YOUR MANIPULATIVE MALE FANTASY COULD BE MY LIFE -  and catching the core relationship of “Chasing Amy” 
00:56:08  REAR-VIEW ASKEW - and not getting to “Dogma”
01:04:48  CLOSINGS - Contacts, plugs and no catchphrase

Watch what 16 years old Bob and Tim considered a work-place reflection with a scene from CLERKS HERE.

Witness the character Tim wanted to be meet the hero he wanted to meet in MALLRATS HERE.

Hear the normally silent Silent Bob explain the title a movie where the female lead is named Alyssa HERE

Experience the world of Clerks getting the Turner-ized treatment with Soul Asylum's CAN'T EVEN TELL video HERE.

Wedge this lost scene into your dubbed-off-a-laser-disc copy of CLERKS featuring the chronologically first  appearance of Alyssa Jones in the View-Askewniverse HERE.  

Shop around for some MALLRATS facts with a 20th anniversary retrospective from MENTAL FLOSS, published on Tim's 40th birthday, HERE.

And then be charmed by the humble, self-aware, honest insightfulness of Kevin Smith  (that runs twice in this clip for some reason)  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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"Tube Of Wonderful" composed and performed by David Pirner for the 1997 original score to CHASING AMY.  The use of this songs is for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

"Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" 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 POPCAST will return next week with that strangely long promised but never delivered upon Tom Hanks thing we keep referencing in these show-notes.