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Madchester

Madchester (so named because it originated in Manchester in the north of England) was the dominant force in British rock during the late 80s...

Magic 8 Ball

The original Magic 8 Ball was produced by the Alabe Crafts company in the late 1940s, and billed not for its swami abilities, but...

Magic Eye Pictures

Published in the 1990s, the Magic Eye series consisted of picture books filled with autostereograms. On the face of it, they were psychedelic and colourful...

Max’s Kansas City

Max's Kansas City was a New York bar, restaurant, club and trendy hangout where such acts as the Velvet Underground and the New York Dolls got their start....

Monster Trucks

The Monster Truck craze was inspired in 1974 by Robert Chandler's Bigfoot - a souped up Ford with four-foot-high tires, named after the hairy...

Mood Rings

The idea behind a mood ring was simple: You wore it on your finger and the colour of the stone would reflect the state...

Moonies

The term "Moonies" was a popular name for followers of the Unification Church - a religious sect founded by Korean industrialist Sun Myung Moon...

Ms. magazine

Despite the fact that the early feminists seem to have mutated into shrill, menopausal, porn-hating, anti-sex victims, they were pretty cool when they started...

Naked Lady Pens

The internet has made porn accessible to everyone these days - but before the web came along, if you wanted to see a pair...

New Age

Movement of the late 1980s characterised by an emphasis on the holistic view of body and mind, alternative (or complementary) medicines, personal growth therapies,...

New Coke

Almost spelled the end for the Coke Empire in 1985. They changed the flavour of Coke and the American public were not having it!...

New Lad, The

Somewhere between 1993 and 1994, British masculinity was perceived as having spawned a new type, the 'New Lad'. His media sighting could arguably be traced...

New Musical Express (NME)

  From humble beginnings in 1952, the New Musical Express became an essential weekly purchase for generations of music fans, populated by characters as notorious...

New Romantic Movement

The "New Romantic" movement was a new and distinctive music and fashion genre that sprang up in Britain in the early 80s as a...

Outspan (Orange) Mini

The Outspan Orange car was shaped like an orange, had orange skin-textured bodywork, and looked like an orange but was, in fact, a Mini...

Oz magazine

Oz magazine started in Australia in 1963 and, almost by chance, came to London in 1966. Its radical content of libertarianism, obscenity, pornography and anti-establishment...

Panini Stickers

During the 1980s, at break times all over Britain every schoolboy would huddle together, heads bowed, studying intently. Not books - natch - but...

Part-Works/Weekly Collections

Has anybody on the planet ever collected a full set of these collections which went on forever . . . AND they made you buy...

Peace Sign

The ubiquitous icon of the Aquarian age and one of the most widely known symbols in the world. In Britain it is recognised as standing...

Pet Rocks

The Pet Rock was probably the biggest toy fluke of the 20th century. Can you imagine people today buying a rock decorated with animal...

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12-Inch Remixes

In the 1980s, if you liked a song you went out and bought the single on 7-inch vinyl. If you loved it you went out and...

16 Magazine

Founded in late 1958 by George Winters, 16 magazine set the standard for all teen magazines. many imitators popped up over the years, and 16 withstood some pretty...

2-XL

The 2-XL was a "robot with a personality" manufactured and released by Mego Corp. in 1978. This small 'talking' robot came complete with an 8-track...

3-D Movies

Stereoscopic films had been around since the 1920s, but the 1950s was unquestionably the golden age of 3-D, with excited teenagers flocking to the...

60s Speak

THE BAWL GAME Baby-sitting. Self explanatory really. BOSS We know who the boss is.... Bruce Springsteen, of course. And as a verb, it means to order someone...