Welcome back to the Shameless 1980’s Nostalgia Tournament. The premise is simple. We pit two awesome things from the 80’s against each other and our expert panel of Nostalgia Profiteers decide which awesome thing is more awesome.
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First Round Matchup #12
Dance Party USA
Triple F.A.T. Goose
At first glance this appears to be a matchup between two vastly different 1980s touchstones. But upon further inspection what we have is actually a fight to the death over the most 80s of all 80s obsessions – style.
Triple F.A.T. Goose owned the hallways of late 80s Junior High Schools. If you weren’t sporting a TFG jacket then you were not getting an invite to Johnny’s basement make-out party, that is for sure. But the eternal debate remains unsolved – was the Triple F.A.T. Goose cooler turned inside out or was flipping your coat the definition of lame-o city? Alas I don’t think that question will ever be answered (personally the Lil’ Dogg maintains inside out was straight whack).
Dance Party USA featured PG-13 booty shaking by future stars like Kelly Rippa and well…lots of anonymous gangly looking teens. Fashion and dance moves were the letter of the day on DPUSA. Also cable access level production value and lots and lots of “Don’t look into the camera, don’t look into the camera, damn I just looked into the camera.”
Like I said this battle is all about style and one these contenders has weathered the style storm and come all the way around to being totally back while the other looks tired and dated.
If you spent any time with the dreaded “millennials” lately then you know 80s style is IN right now (at least it was, who knows I’m old) and for a hot minute every 23 year old in America was dressed like a Dance Party USA background groover. Triple F.A.T. Goose on the other hand, well puffy coats may be in vogue but man those things were ugly then and they are still ugly now.
Winner – Dance Party USA