Rock Candy Magazine’s Well-Versed Staff Takes Fresh Looks at Hard Rock Legends

(09-25-2017) (Zones: Music) Joseph Perry reviews a new retro rock and heavy metal magazine that all fans of When It Was Cool will want to check out- Rock Candy! Covering names like Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Rush, Def Leppard, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and many more.  Rock Candy magazine is exactly the kind of thing we are talking about when we say "when it was cool!" Read More.

NoFriender Thrash Metal Show Podcast - Episode 025 - Anthrax Part 5

(09-25-2017) (Zones: NoFriender Thrash Metal Show Podcast) NoFriender continues his amazing look at the origins of thrash heavy metal.  This episode takes another look at one of the genre's pioneers- Anthrax.  This is part 5 of a series on Anthrax so be sure to also check out part one and part two and part three and part four.  This incredible series, exclusive to the When It Was Cool website, has been amazing.  Check out all the parts for a complete understanding of the origins, development, and evolution of thrash heavy metal. Episode 25

DragonKing Dark - Episode 082 - End Times Revisited

(09-24-2017) (Zones: DragonKing Dark Podcast) On this week's episode of the DragonKing Dark Podcast, host Karl Stern revisits an earlier episode on the end times.  According to some, the world was supposed to end yesterday (spoiler: it didn't) but with all the calamity in the world today it's easy to see why some might think it would.  How bad are things really and who are these voices shouting over we, the middle masses?  Today, Karl takes a look at the end times and the turbulent world we live in today. DragonKing Dark Podcast Episode 082

When It Was Cool #RetroRewindJohnny Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records. Although primarily remembered as a country music star, his songs reflected rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, gospel, and more. Johnny Cash has the rare honor of being inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame. Support When It Was Cool.

El Santo Would Have Been 100 Years Old Today

(09-23-2017) (Zones: Wrestling) On September 23, 2017 Mexican pop-culture icon, luchadore, and movie star El Santo would have turned 100 years old.  When It Was Cool celebrates the life and career of this cultural icon with a look back at the man and the legend of Mexico's greatest star- El Enmascarado de Plata - El Santo! Read More.

When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The Dark Side of the Moon was the eighth album by Pink Floyd, released on March 1, 1973 by Harvest Records.  It explores conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness.  Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate commercial and critical success and remained on the Billboard chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 with an estimated 45 million copies sold. Support When It Was Cool.

When It Was Cool Podcast - Episode 32 - Bobby Heenan and Don Williams pass away, G.I. Joe is dead, Halloween is coming, and Tonya takes a trip down memory lane to her hometown and downtown!

(09-21-2017) (Zones: When It Was Cool Podcast) On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast Karl and Tonya discuss the recent deaths of pro wrestling manager Bobby Heenan and country music legend Don Williams. Halloween is coming. G.I. Joe is dead. Then Tonya discusses memories of her hometown including old downtown theaters, drive-in movies, historic places, and the rich history of the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama. Join WIWC for a trip down retro lane. WIWC is completely Patreon funded- please help us continue and get many downloadable specials as well at - When It Was Cool Podcast 32

G.I. Joe is Dead... and I Know Exactly Who Killed Him

(09-20-2017) (Zones: DragonKingKarl Blog) Karl of When It Was Cool takes to his blog to discuss the situation between IDW Publishing comic book writer Aubrey Sitterson and the wedge he has driven in the G.I. Joe community.  Is this the end of G.I. Joe?  Why have IDW Publishing and Hasbro not significantly addressed the situation? Karl discusses this on his blog and in a Patreon only podcast special (at the $1 support level).  Read the Blog

Patreon ($1) Podcast Special discussing the situation in detail-

When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The Nintendo 64 was Nintendo's third home video game console. Named for its 64-bit central processing unit, it was released in June 1996 in Japan, September 1996 in North America. It was the last major home console to use the cartridge as its primary storage format until Nintendo's seventh console, the Nintendo Switch, released in 2017. While the Nintendo 64 was succeeded by Nintendo's MiniDVD-based GameCube in September 2001, the consoles remained available until the system was retired in late 2003. Support When It Was Cool!

Crunchy Nacho Crescent Dogs

(09-19-2017) (Zones: Tonya's Diner) This is "NACHO" average pig 'n a blanket or hot dog! I was actually told about this recipe by a lady working the register at Walmart as I was checking out my groceries. Since I'm big on trying new recipes I thought why not? However, even though I love Pigs in the Blanket, I wasn't so much a huge fan of this recipe as Karl was. Try it! Decide for yourselves! Get the recipe.

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan - Legendary Pro Wrestling Manager Dies at age 73

(09-17-2017) (Zones: Wrestling) Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time- Bobby "The Brain" Heenan has died at the age of 73.  When It Was Cool and pro wrestling historian Karl Stern takes a look back and one of the most entertaining pro wrestling personalities ever.  Read More.

Free Audio Biography Podcast Special on the life and wrestling career of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (New) - (Free)

Patreon Audio Biography Podcast Special on the wrestling career of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan (from 2016 archives) - (Patreon)

Devil’s Gate (AKA Abduction) (FrightFest) Film Review

(09-16-2017) (Zones: Horror) Joseph Perry is back with another great horror film review.  In this exclusive When It Was Cool article, Joseph takes a look at Devil's Gate (Abduction) which screened at FrightFest.  An experienced cast appears in a film that will strongly appeal to fans of classic science fiction/horror hybrids. This gripping chiller is filled with surprises and well-executed misdirections, and sports a solid cast with a wide range of genre-fare experience, and fantastic creature effects.  Read More.

When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - Furbies originally retailed for about US$35 and sold extremely well. During the 1998 Christmas period, the Furby fab kicked into high gear and drove the resale price over $100, and sometimes as high as several hundred dollars. Parental battles, arguments, and fights increased rapidly as supplies dwindled, and when retail supplies ran out, parents turned to the Internet, where Furbies could be purchased for two, three, or more multiples of their retail price. During one 12-month period, a total of 27 million Furby toys were sold. Support When It Was Cool.

Uphill Both Ways - Episode 11 - Video Games! History of Home Video Game Consoles, Arcades, Memories & More!

(09-14-2017) (Zones: Uphill Both Ways Podcast) Joseph Perry & Mike Imboden are back with the bi-weekly Uphill Both Ways podcast. On this edition topics discussed include the history of video games!  From the early days of Pong into the golden era of video game arcades and home video game consoles like Atari, Nintendo, and more! Uphill Both Ways 11

When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The brothers Donald and James Herzog developed Wooly Willy while working in the Smethport Specialty Company, their father's toy production company, in Smethport, Pennsylvania. The company produced tops, horseshoe-shaped magnets, and other toys until the vacuum forming devices of the 1940s and 1950s allowed the company to manufacture air-tight containers of transparent plastic. Such containers kept Wooly Willy's metal filings from leaking out and moisture that would rust the metal from leaking in. The artwork for the first Wooly Willy was created by artist Leonard Mackowski of nearby Bradford, Pa. His signature is found hidden in the grass on the reverse side. Support When It Was Cool.

1983 Your complete When It Was Cool Guide to the year 1983 in pop-culture, music, and more.

(09-12-2017) (Zones: Retro Pop Culture) Join When It Was Cool for a look back at the news, events, music, movies, and popular culture that shaped the year 1983.  Scarface, James Bond, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, Cabbage Patch Kids, Stephen King, Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and terrorism shaped the year that was 1983.  When It Was Cool takes a look back at retro pop culture and news in 1983!  Read More.

When It Was Cool Podcast special on the year 1983 for $1 and above Patreons- click here!

When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - Little ones will love pretending to be Mom with the Waterbabies Giggly Wiggly Baby Doll. Just fill the water baby dolly with warm water, and she feels like a real baby that is fun to cuddle with and warm to hold. The 13” baby doll also giggles when you tickle her tummy and can even suck on the included pacifier and bottle. She comes dressed in a pretty pink polka dot outfit with green accents and a matching headband accessory. For kids ages 2 and up.  Support When It Was Cool

It (2017) Podcast Review Special

(09-10-2017) (Zones: Horror) Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool talk about both the 1990 It mini-series and the new It movie which they saw just last night on this Patreon exclusive When It Was Cool Podcast Special.  This is a review show so it features SPOILERS.  It, originally a novel by Stephen King, is now the top movie in the country and we tell you if it met our expectations. It (2017) Movie Podcast Review Special

For a free (spoiler free) look at the IT movie then check out episode 80 of DragonKing Dark Podcast -

Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Episode 10 - Amazing Adult Fantasy 14

(09-10-2017) (Zones: Marvel Universe in Order Podcast) Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool return with another edition of the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast and on this episode they discuss Amazing Adult Fantasy issue 14 which has a try out story for what would become the X-Men and the first time in the Marvel 616 Universe that a Mutant appears! Check out the new episode of this Patreon exclusive podcast on the When It Was Cool network! Marvel Universe in Order Podcast 10

When It Was Cool #RetroRewind - The mathematician Bruno Abakanowicz invented the Spirograph between 1881 and 1900. Drawing toys based on gears have been around since at least 1908, when The Marvelous Wondergraph was advertised in the Sears catalog. The Spirograph itself was developed by the British engineer Denys Fisher, who exhibited at the 1965 Nuremberg International Toy Fair. It was subsequently produced by his company. US distribution rights were acquired by Kenner, Inc., which introduced it to the United States market in 1966 and promoted it as a creative children's toy. Support When It Was Cool

The 100 Greatest Rush Songs of All Time

(08-29-2017) (Zones: Music) For our second entry in "The 100 Lists", longtime fan Karl from When It Was Cool tackles the music of his favorite band- Rush.  When It Was Cool picks through the nineteen original material solo albums and rank, what we believe, are the 100 best.  Did your favorite Rush song make the list? Debate, celebrate, or rage at the When It Was Cool 100 Greatest Rush songs of all time! See the list.