Top Things The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Taught Us….

Big news peeps! We’ve got word that one of the most iconic retro TV shows….well…EVER, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was first aired a whopping (Gulp!) 24 years ago today!

Yep the show that gave us the legend that is Will Smith, Uncle Phil, Carlton, Jazz, Geoffrey and of course Hilary hit the scene nearly two and a half decades ago and has been well and truly in our hearts ever since.

Now apart from now feeling far older than we thought we were, we decided to celebrate this momentous day by looking back and seeing just what this amazing show meant to us and how it helped make us who we are today. Take a peep at some of the top things Fresh PRince taught us and perhaps you too!
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Sometimes if someone is rude, you can take the high ground….
A good handshake is always important amongst friends….
You should always try and eat healthy food….
Sometimes, just don’t get involved….
It’s good to have a signature dance move to bust out at just the right time….
Confidence is king….
The responsibilities of looking after pets….
Sometimes….it’s business time…
Sometimes you just need to make a quick exit….
It’s good to be passionate…..most of the time…
Sometimes you need to put your serious face on….
Well it might not be such a massive surprise to know that we’ve been spreading the Fresh Prince love for a very long time now and have also been working on collection some amazing Fresh Prince T-Shirts for you to get stuck into some action of your very own and keep the cheeky Will Smith spirit alive.

Take a peep at some of our favourite T-Shirts below…

So what did Fresh Prince teach you? Any top moments you’ll always remember? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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20 Ways You Know You’re an 80s Baby…

Growing up in the 80s/90s was the best! Everything was simple and fun, life wasn’t too serious and being cool was actually a thing that people could be. With no mobile phones or amazing internet to keep us busy we had to make our own fun, which typically meant heading to the park or a friend’s house, to see who was out or in so we could get them out!

Being surrounded by soooo many amazing 80s T-Shirts, it feels like we are always on a retro nostalgia trip here. Thinking back over some of our best childhood memories, we decided to put them all together and create our ultimate list of what it meant to be growing up at this special time.
Pack your bags folks! We’re taking a short trip down memory lane, likely to include a healthy mix of nostalgia, perhaps a few painful memories and of course as much 8O’s awesomeness as we can carry! Sit back and enjoy our top 20 Ways –  You Know You’re an 80s Baby if….

1. You still think ten years ago was in the 90s…

2. You hoped one day be as cool as the teens in John Hughes movie…

3. You have ever played with a Skip-It….

4. You tight rolled (pegged) your jeans…and maybe still do!

5. You can sing the Ducktales Theme song…

6. You know the anger of having to rewind a film before you could watch it!

7. You had a fine collection of Sweater Shop/Naff Naff/Clothkits jumpers, wore slouch socks over leggings and styled your hair with padded alicebands and scrunchies

8. You know that slap bracelets were both a fashion accessory and a weapon…..and remember when they got banned at school.

9. You know that fixing your gaming technology meant blowing on it….

10. You can sing the entire opening rap to “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.

11. You had to wait 15 minutes to play your favourite game on your Spectrum ZX

12. You grew up with only 4 TV channels to watch.

13. Your party soundtrack Jive Bunnie and the Master Mixers.

14. When heading to the local market to get the latest pair of ‘spliffy jeans’ was the norm….

15. When you would get up as early as possible for Saturday morning TV.  Going Live with Gordon the Gopher was a real highlight.

16. When you always dreamed of going on Funhouse, Knightmare or The Crystal Maze.

17. When you spent hours painstakingly making awesome mix tapes off the radio.

18. When you would always argue in the playground over what was better, Nintendo or SEGA.

19. You could breakdance, or wished you could at least.

20. You’ve spent the last few moments nodding at most of these points 🙂

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed out little tour through your 80s childhood and can relate to some of our strongest memories growing up.

So what about your 80s/90s childhood moments, shout out any more ideas to this you might have by leaving a comment below.

Thanks!

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You Know You Grew Up In The 80s If…

As specialists in the finest 80s clothing on the web (yes I’m biased!) it’s actually part of our job description to spend a good hour or two daydreaming of the greatest era ever every day.  Growing up in the Eighties was a real treat and installed in us the knowledge to make some of the greatest retro tees just for you lucky guys!  So take a couple of minutes out from your busy day to reminisce with me, You know you grew up in the 80s if

…Saturday mornings were spent watching Going Live, wishing you had your own Gordon the Gopher.

…Your ideal classmate would have been Tucker Jenkins from Grange Hill.

…You had a hairstyle inspired by King of Mullets Pat Sharp.

Pat Sharp
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…You spent ages thinking about which Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle you would be, everyone wanted to be Raphael right!?

…You can recite the whole rap from The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.  “Now this is a story all about how, my life got flipped, turned upside down…”  You’re singing along now, right!?

…You had enough time to complete computer games over and over again, and you still never got bored of them!

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…You watched every episode of Jem but were secretly cheering on the Misfits, they had better songs!

Jem and the Holograms
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…You knew what Willis was “talking’ bout”.

…You saved up pocket money every week to scare yourself with a new Point Horror book!

…You planned a hundred different trips that you would make in the Delorean.

Back to the Future
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…You dreamed of going on Funhouse, The Crystal Maze and Knightmare.

…You wanted to get mouth to mouth resuscitation from Pamela Anderson, but definitely not from David Hasselhoff.

…The Skesis from the Dark Crystal still gives you nightmares.

Dark Crystal
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…You had a slow dance at the School Disco to True by Spandau Ballet.

…You wanted to live under the sea with Ariel.

…You would always argue in the playground about what was better, Nintendo or Sega.

Sega
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…You kept trying to get the high score on Pac-Man but could never quite make it!

…You would spend hours perfecting mix-tapes and then play them to death, extra points if you were skilled enough to tape songs off the radio and were able to avoid the DJ at the start and end.

…The Care Bear you identified with most was Grumpy Bear.

Care Bears
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…All you wanted for Christmas was a My Little Pony

…You used to check your wardrobe for signs of E.T. before going to bed every night.

E.T.
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…Your ideal job when you grew up was to be a Ghostbuster.

…And last but certainly not least, you know you grew up in the 80s if you had at least three of the things featured on our exclusive vintage 80s toys jumper from Mr Gugu and Miss Go.  This jumper is sure to bring memories flooding back, how many can you name!?

All Over Print Vintage Toys Jumper from Mr Gugu and Miss Go

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Top Cartoon Voices – Who are they?

Are you an animaniac? Crazy for cartoons? Well you probably have a great collection of Cartoon T-Shirts already (if not, why not?) but have you ever really thought about some of the voices behind your favourite animated characters?

Me neither, so I set off in search of some of my favourite characters and voices. Here’s what I found….

Grandpa Huxtable was a Thundercat!

Between 1984 & 1992, Earle Hyman played Grandpa Russell Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Despite being a trombone playing, Hillman College graduate and a really bad buyer of sweaters in this popular sitcom he was also moonlighting as a humanoid warrior feline from outer space, Panthro.

Panthro was the resident mechanic in the cartoon Thundercats and was also the least clothed member after Snarf.

Earle talked about voicing Panthro and he says it was an easy job because he just pretended he was talking to his cats, which makes me think he probably misunderstood the plot of the series just a little bit.

Uncle Phil was a Shedder!

Actor James Avery played Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Obviously not content with just putting up with all the shenanigans caused by an annoying wannabe rapper called “Will Smith” he also voiced Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.

For over 100 episodes, the man best known for playing a conservative judge also lent his voice to an Asian ninja master best known for living inside a giant mechanical eyeball and hanging out with a hideous man-hog and a disembodied brain. Avery openly admitted the relationship between him and Krang was played “like an old married couple.” Check out the full interview here:

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Fergie was Sally Brown!

Stacy Ann Ferguson, aka Fergie, is probably best known for being part of the ‘pop sensation’ The Black Eyed Peas along with Will.i.am and….. those other guys?!?! Apart from being a member of the B.E.P’s, Fergie has also done some film acting (Planet Terror, Nine) and voice acting work (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), but the highlight to her career has to be when she voiced Sally Brown, Charlie Brown’s little sister in Peanuts.

Sally is remembered for her crush on Linus and for not being the brightest spark in the box. Fergie was one of the original Sallys. As Stacy Ferguson, she voiced the character in two classic Peanuts movies and The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show, starting when she was only 9. Here’s what she sounded like back then:

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And apparently she can still do that voice, which means that if they did a CGI remake of the Peanuts movie, casting Fergie would actually be quite a good decision.

Kelsey Grammer was Side-Show Bob!

When you think of Kelsey Grammer you probably think about Frasier Crane, the character he portrayed for 20 years on ‘Cheers’ and then in ‘Frasier.’ But Kelsey is also responsible for another pretty noteworthy and long-running television fixture and probably my favourite cartoon bad guy Sideshow Bob.

Sideshow Bobs tendancy to break out into song comes from Grammer’s own life. Apparently Grammer had a habit of singing during the shooting of ‘Cheers’ and Sam Simon, who wrote and produced ‘Cheers’ before developing ‘The Simpsons,’ recommended Grammer incorporate this trait into the character Sideshow Bob.

Other Sideshow Bob secrets revealed is that Bobs accent comes from the late stage actor and personal friend of Kelsey, Ellis Rabb. More confessions to come from the interview reveal Kelseys favourite Sideshow Bob line. So why not check out the interview below:

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So there you have it, 4 of my favourite cartoon voices. Thankfully we have plenty of cool tees available so you can show your appreciation for these vocal genius too!!

Ladies Thundercats Characters T-Shirt
from Sticks and Stones
£19.99

Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles Backpack
£44.99

Men’s Blue Marl Snoopy Lets Do
Lunch T-Shirt
from Junk Food
£29.99

Ladies Snoopy The Good Life
Slub Vest from Junk Food
£24.99

Men’s Cheers Where Everybody Knows
Your Name T-Shirt from Sticks & Stones
£15.99

Men’s Simpsons
Duff Beer T-Shirt
£19.99

The Good Old TV Times!

Led on your belly with head on hands, in front of a faux wooden box on top an oak cabinet, eyes as wide as saucers glued awaiting the evening’s entertainment! Four channels is all we had and even so we’d only watch two of them.

Being the youngest, the family hierarchy dictates that you be the remote control. Dad would direct you to the channel to switch as you stodgily walk on knees to the big brown box. After a while you’d try and tempt fate by switching channels whilst dad was sleeping only to hear a muffled but firm “I was watching that”! Then you’d rush back to your spot on the sofa trying whole heartedly to blame your older sister only to get the evil eye off both off them.

Sure we were telly addicts but who wasn’t?

Straight home from school the big brown box would be glowing with luminescent joy and we’d watch, Thundercats, Masters of the Universe, Inspector Gadget, Danger Mouse, Bugs Bunny on Rolf’s Cartoon Club, Happy Days, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and just before bedtime Only Fools and Horses and Cheers.

The theme music to Poirot and Lovejoy still send shivers down my spine and give me that queasy “I have school tomorrow” feeling and have most likely forgotten any homework I had and do I have P.E?

On the bright side here’s a few T.V. themes to get you through the day so you don’t have to think about school and hey we’re grownups now and we never have to go to school ever again 🙂

Men's The Fonz Happy Days T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies!)
Men's The Fonz Happy Days T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies!)

Ladies Cheers Where Everybody Knows Your Name T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men!)
Ladies Cheers Where Everybody Knows Your Name T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men!)

Enjoy