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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POOP CULTURE: “The I’m-Not-Corporate baby Ts are on sale at Hot Topic.” (1993-1995) Today’s subject was intended to be OK Soda, a failed soft drink aimed at the slacker mindset of the early 90s. But in trying to discuss it, Bob and Tim unearthed an unacknowledged schism between the two of them. What follows is a dive into the sigh of Gen X and how that impacted their friendship, imposed differing life choices and eventually flung them on completely divergent paths. And they talk about a soda.

00:00:00  UNLICENSED AUDIO - and the visual would have helped
00:00:35  THE GENERATION GRASP - and “could” or “couldn’t”  
00:06:56  UNENCUMBERED X-MEN - and a sickening feeling  
00:14:36  A DIFFERENCE OF EXISTENCE - and asking Jeeves about “apathy”
00:20:50  TROUPE OF THE CENTURY - Bob tries his hand at comedy
00:23:34  I’M NOT OK, YOU’RE NOT OK — but still not the soda
00:28:15  A CLUMSY HOPE - and an apathetic sales pitch
00:33:54  OH RIGHT … TODAY’S TOPIC - a OK Soda discussion
00:39:47  PHONYING IT IN - subsidizing the subculture
00:45:45  MY GENERATION THE CAR- indulging the anti-demographic demographic 
00:54:43  CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase
00:58:50  BONUS FEATURES - still chewing

Get a quick catch-up on the rapid rise and fall of OK Soda with Thomas Flight’s OK SODA-ADVERTISING’S AWKWARD RELATIONSHIP WITH POST MODERNISM and then check out past episodes of his show OBSCURIGAMI , a pointlessly educational podcast about obscure topics (his words) also available on APPLE PODCASTS.

See how this soda was intended to be sold to you during those later season viewings of “Wings” with OK SODA COMMERCIALS! ALL OF THEM (I THINK).

Grab that Garfield phone and dial up some unnerving ad spots with a playlist of actual 1-800-I-FEEL-OK PHONE RECORDINGS.

And finally, see the actual sum of Tim’s 90s experience as best represented in media with 1995’s KICKING AND SCREAMING TRAILER (no, not the Will Ferrel one), written and directed by Noah Baumbach.

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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! returns next week with a bonus episode about our favorite pop songs and the commercials that ruined them.