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The podcast dedicated to understanding 1980s pop culture, Beyond the Neon looks past the nostalgia to get beneath the skin of the decade of excess. With guest contributors from across the academic world, each documentary show looks at a different aspect of the era and examines the social, political and economic climate of the day.

Oct 29, 2019

In the first of a two-part special, Beyond the Neon digs into the 1960s and 70s, to explore the history of Satanic Panic, and try to understand how and why it exploded across the United States in the 1980s. 

The show looks into the real-life criminal cases, dubious media reports, exploitative publications and TV shows,...


Aug 18, 2019

In a brand new episode of Beyond the Neon, I look at villainy in 1980s popular culture and how the politics and social trends of the decade gave us a wealth of iconic bad guys.

The corporate characters and entities that loomed large, the rock star vampires that replaced the traditional gothic monsters and the slasher...


Aug 10, 2019

In a special bonus episode, I present my academic paper created for the Gothic 1980s Symposium that took place in June 2019.

Re-recorded and re-edited with illustrative clips and scenes, I explore how the aesthetic 'gothic' of 1980s cinema is less active than some of the other, more interesting gothic characters of...


Apr 18, 2019

The final part of the Beyond the Neon film marketing trilogy looks at the end of the 1980s and how popular culture was reacting to the advertising explosion of the decade.

The show explores the massive marketing and merchandising behind Tim Burton's Batman (1989) as well as how the advertising industry was represented...


Mar 7, 2019

The second in a three-part series looking at film marketing in the 1980s, Beyond the Neon look at how home video and the 'high concept' movie defined advertising approaches during the decade.

References

Jordan, Chris - Movies and the Reagan Presidency: Success and Ethics, Praeger 2003

Wyatt, Justin - High Concept:...