Get your Fresh Prince of Bel-Air T-Shirts at the ready guys because [believe it or not] today 23 years ago everyone’s favourite street-smart teenager from Philadelphia hit TV screens in the US. Will Smiths adventures as the Fresh Prince saw him land on the doorstep of his respectable Californian family, the Banks’. The idea was to make Will respectable, responsible and mature, but he had other plans…
Back in May this year we posted about the Fresh Prince cast reuniting on the Graham Norton Show and Will Smith showed that he still knew the Fresh Prince rap all too well, so whether you’re a big or small Fresh Prince fan you must know at least some of the opening credits rap! If you don’t know any of it, where have you been? To jog your memory, check out the video below and if you want to join in I’ve provided lyrics too so you can impress your whole office with your rap skills…. ENJOY!!
Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-air
In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys, they were up to no good
Started making trouble in my neighbourhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said “You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-air”
I whistled for a cab and when it came near the
License plate said “fresh” and had a dice in the mirror
If anything I could say that this cab was rare
But I thought nah, forget it, yo homes to Bel-air!
I pulled up to a house about seven or eight
And I yelled to the cabby “Yo, homes smell you later!”
Looked at my kingdom I was finally there
To sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-air
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.
…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!
…You watched every episode of Jem but were secretly cheering on the Misfits, they had better songs!
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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.
…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!?
So like the prehistoric Ice Age set on a snowy landscape amongst a herd of great woolly mammoths, let us be your group of storm hardened cave men dressed in the fur of the sabre toothed tiger as we go hunting for mega movie awesomeness, gather retro cinematic greatness and set a light to classic celluloid wonder.
Have a happy retro weekend! 🙂
SATURDAY 6th APRIL
Short Circuit (1986) Syfy 3:00pm-5:00pm (2 hours) A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own. The machine embarks on a series of comic misadventures, but the company that made him want him back. He realises his only hope is to convince the scientist who invented him that he really is alive. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens.
Mannequin (1987) 5* 5:15pm-7:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes) A window dresser falls for an Ancient Egyptian princess reincarnated in the form of a department store dummy which comes to life at night. Fantasy comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty and James Spader.
Trading Places (1983) E4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes) Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth, as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.
Bad Boys II (2003) 5USA 9:00pm-11:55pm (2 hours 55 minutes) Two mismatched undercover cops set out to halt an underground gang war and bring down a drug lord attempting to flood the market with a deadly form of Ecstasy. However, a romantic interlude threatens to drive the investigation off course. Comedy thriller sequel, starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Jordi Molla and Peter Stormare.
SUNDAY 7th APRIL
Clueless (1995) Film4 1:00pm-3:00pm (2 hours) A rich high-school student uses all her charm and financial clout to boost a new pupil’s image, but soon finds she has created a monster – while her own popularity suffers in the process. Comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) Comedy Central 4:00pm-6:00pm (2 hours) Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and company try to take Broadway by storm with their college show, setting the stage for a host of misadventures as they yearn for stardom in the Big Apple and set out to raise the money to finance their production. Comedy, performed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, with appearances by Liza Minnelli, Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, Gregory Hines, Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould.
Mystery Men (1999) Syfy 4:10pm-6:50pm (2 hours 40 minutes) Would-be superheroes constantly bungle all efforts to combat evil, and are always outshone by successful crime fighter Captain Amazing. However, when the Captain’s latest attempt to boost his public profile leaves him in the clutches of an evil criminal mastermind, it falls to the hapless band to save the city. Comedy, starring Ben Stiller, William H Macy, Hank Azaria and Geoffrey Rush.
Scream 2 (1997) Sky Living 10:00pm-12:20am (2 hours 20 minutes) A second serial killer adopts the ghost mask and embarks on a campaign of murder, while survivors of the first massacre try to get to the bottom of the terrifying mystery. Wes Craven’s horror sequel, starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jamie Kennedy.
Looks like yet another great weekend, so whatever you get up to, remember to always wear clean underwear and enjoy yourselves.
Everyone loves a good geek, whether you can simply marvel at their genius, or smile at their quirky geeky ways they never fail to intrigue and entertain us on the big and small screens.
With the geek clothing scene these days bigger than ever, it seems revealing you inner nerd has never been cooler. Modern day screen heroes are more and more not the all-out amazing lead roles, but increasingly the cooky sidekick that can out gadget and out think any challenge. With some amazing new characters hitting the big time recently such as the new Dr Who, BBC Sherlock series and Q from James Bond played by Ben Whishaw, we thought we would take the time to appreciate the geeks of old with our Top Geeks of the 80s list!
Anthony Michael Hall in everything from 1982 to 1985
Best known for his roles as The Geek in ‘Sixteen Candles,’ Brian Johnson in ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Garry Wallace in ‘Weird Science’, Anthony is well known and loved by all retro film lovers in the land and we’re sure everyone has a little bit of his characters inside them. Geeky but cool!
David Lightman in ‘WarGames’ (1983)
Played by Matthew Broderick, this computer loving geek finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III! He is a genuine computer whizz and would certainly be out go-to-guy if we needed some extra computer geek brain power here at Truffle Towers.
Richard ‘Data’ Wang in ‘The Goonies’ (1985)
A topic very close to out hearts! Data is a hugely inventive Goonie who lived next door to the Walsh family. Like us, he’s a huge fan of James Bond and carries all of his special gadgets and tools in his trusty trenchcoat. While his gadgets have setbacks every now and then, they do come in handy and saved the gang from near death experiences. He is definitely the geek you want around on your childhood adventures.
Louis Tully in “Ghostbusters”
Played by Rick Moranis who was also in the ‘Honey, I Shrunk The…’ series, Louis is the quintessential nerd. While a very good-natured guy, he sports a level of social awkwardness that eclipses even Egon’s. He tries to be hip and cool, but never pulls it off (he would work out to exercise videos, but at double speed). Deep down, Louis really wants to break out of his humdrum little existence and be a hero. Even though his assault on the slime shell coating the museum was at best negligible, Louis still put his heart into helping out.
George McFly in “Back to the Future”
Played by Crispin Glover, George is Marty’s father when they go back in time. In this first film, George a weak nerdy guy unable to stand up for himself. In 1955, George was spying on Lorraine when he fell from a tree onto the street below and right in front of her father’s car. Lorraine nursed him back to health, and the two fell in love. However, after traveling from 1985 to 1955, Marty inadvertently alters history when Lorraine becomes infatuated with him instead of George. Marty helps George become more confident, which ultimately leads to a confrontation between George and Biff. George rescues Lorraine from Biff which causes alterations to history, to the benefit of George and his family.
Carlton Banks in “Fresh Prince”
Played by Alfonso Ribeiro, Cartton is Will Smiths geeky, smart and seriously funny cousin. Often the butt of the joke, Carlton is the ultimate preppy guy who is always looking to do well in school to become the model student. His is widely know for his cooky dance moves and very childish humour…but mostly the dancing!
Brains in “Thunderbirds”
Brains is International Rescue’s scientist and inventor. Not one of the Tracy boys, we never actually learn his real name. International Rescue is built on his ingenious inventions and ideas which often get the guys out of trouble. He has a robot called Braman who helps him with many tasks which he’s rarely happy with and always tyring to improve. If you want something built, here’s you guy!
We are very proud to present two of Urban Species brand new collaborations, they have designed exciting new ranges with esteemed artist Sidney Maurer and iconic publication Life Magazine. Released together these fab new Urban Species T-Shirts celebrate famous Hollywood, Sports and Music icons as well as nostalgic 90’s pop culture. I’ll give a quick run down of these brand new tees.
Girls wanted to get with him, guys wanted to be him, Johnny Depp was the epitome of cool in the 80’s and 90’s (and still is in our opinion!). This awesome tee, celebrates this icon against a jazzy 90’s background and is part of the new Life Magazine collection for Urban Species.
This great, new, vintage style tee from the Life Magazine collection for Urban Species celebrates the genius of one of America’s greatest musicians, Johnny Cash who brought us such cult classics as, I Walk The Line and Ring Of Fire.
Will Smith was where is was at in the 80’s and 90’s. Not only was he hot, cool and funny, he had a starring role in US comedy Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and a penchant for rapping alongside Jazzy Jeff. What a treat this Urban Species tee is, from their Life Magazine collection, we are loving the 90’s style design which shows Will off to a tee!
This awesome new, vintage style tee from the Life Magazine collection for Urban Species celebrates the 80’s US boy band, New Kids On The Block. If, You Got It (the right stuff) and I’ll Be Loving You (forever) get you into groove mode, this tee is a great, nostalgic way of re-living those childhood memories.
This celebrity icons range features stunning painted designs from artist Sidney Maurer. Including the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Muhammed Ali and Robert De Niro this range has classic icons to suit all tastes!