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R.I.P. Steve Strange

Steve Strange passes: We are very sad to learn that legendary Blitz club kid and the frontman of 80s band Visage, Steve Strange has passed away aged 55. His record label confirmed that he had died of a heart attack. His record label said in a statement: “We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday, February 12 in Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, Egypt. Steve Strange died in his sleep of heart failure – his family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death. Steve’s family request privacy at this extremely difficult time.” Steve Strange, best known for his work with New Romantic band Visage had one of the biggest hits was the single “Fade to Grey” in 1980. However, Strange was also a leading style pioneer in his own right. He was at the forefront of London club culture in the 1970s and 80s, beginning with the Blitz – a Soho night which helped launch the careers of countless British musicians, including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George. With his outrageous dress sense and out-there DIY costumes, Strange embodied the spirit of the New Romantic scene. As the doorman at Blitz, he was infamous for his ultra-discerning eye; he reportedly allowed David Bowie in, but not Mick Jagger. As news of his passing spread, former New Romantics lined up to pay tribute to the quintessential London club kid.

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Steve Strange

Steve Strange

Retro 90s Video Games Online For Free!

Retro 90s Video Games Online For Free!

90s Video Games Online

After releasing almost 900 classic, coin-operated arcade games late last year, the Internet Archive have released nearly 2,400 MS-DOS 90s video games online, free and playable in-browser… there goes the afternoon!

We’ve reached back into our teen brains and picked out a handful of our favourites.

Street Fighter II (1992)

Hadouken!!! Need we say more? Street Fighter & Super Street Fighter II are also there.

Play Street Fighter II

Disney’s Aladdin (1994)

If you have to play one Disney game it would have be Aladdin, but The Lion King is also worth a run.

Play Disney’s Aladdin

Lemmings 2: The Tribes (1993)

After countless hours watching (sometimes pushing) the original Lemmings fall to their death, we couldn’t wait for Lemmings 2 to come out.

Play Lemmings 2: The Tribes

Prince of Persia (1989)

Long before Jake Gyllenhaal pranced about in the sands of time, and before parkour was a thing, we bounced off walls and were leaping over pits in stunning 2D.

Play Prince of Persia.

 Bust-A-Move (1997)

Nothing to do with Young MC, Bust-A-Move featured Bub & Bob of Bubble Bobble fame in a proto-Bubble Witch Saga if you will.

Play Bust-A-Move.

Sim City (1989)

What can you say, Sim City, the game that launched an entire universe of pointless never-ending titles that continue to spawn to this day.

Play Sim City

The emulator is still in beta, we hit a few snags but for the most part they were all playable, you can view the entire collection of 90s video games online at the Internet Archive

Good Golly, Miss Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton gets snapped by Terry Richardson

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Terry Richardson posted these pics of Dolly Parton on his site that I assume he took for some kind of magazine, and they are in, what is now, the standard ‘Terry Richardson’ format. The photos were also being auctioned off for charity and people could bid on the prints, with all proceeds going to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which promotes early childhood literacy. Dolly Parton is an iconic singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music and is the most honoured female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, Dolly Parton has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist, 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. Terry Richardson is an iconic American fashion and portrait photographer who has shot advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Supreme, Sisley, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent among others. He has also done work for magazines such as Rolling StoneGQVogueVanity FairHarper’s Bazaari-D, and Vice and is renown for his portraits of a wide variety of models, fashionista’s, movie stars, celebrities and politicians.

Sweatshirt of the Day…

Tony Danza Sweatshirt

Tony Danza SweatshirtThe lyrics Elton John should have sung! This Tony Danza sweatshirt with the infamous misheard lyrics is super comfy, cosy and sure to get some serious laughs. Unisex Fit, 90% Cotton / 10% Polyester and comes in a range of different sweatshirt sizes, this would make the perfect Christmas gift for that oddball friend or relo. Hey, if in doubt, splurge and spoil yourself – it’s a must-have! Apart of the cakeworthy collection, this sweatshirt is available for purchase directly from the Nylon shop. Happy shopping!

Holy, Polaroid, Batman!

Adam West & Burt Ward on-set filming the TV series 'Batman' in 1966

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We love this random polaroid of Adam West and Burt Ward on-set while filming the TV series ‘Batman’ in 1966. ‘Batman’ was a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name and starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin – two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City. It aired on the ABC network for three seasons from January 12, 1966, to March 14, 1968 and is now a cult classic for its campy comedic take on the dynamic duo. ‘Batman’ was aired twice weekly for its first two seasons and weekly for the third, with a total of 120 episodes produced during its run. The program was known for its upbeat theme music and camp moral lessons, which included everything from championing the importance of using seat belts, doing homework, eating vegetables to drinking milk among children. Near the end of the third season, ratings for ‘Batman’ had dropped significantly, and ABC cancelled the show. Reruns of the series have been seen on a regular basis in the United States and much of the world since 1968, and are currently shown on the classic TV network. In November 2014, Warner Bros. released the full, 120 episode ‘Batman’ collection on Blu-ray and DVD with a variety of extras including a miniature Batmobile, a 32-page episode guide, and Adam West Scrapbook. ‘Batman’ is also available at the iTunes Store.