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When It Was Cool Podcast

When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern and his wife Tonya. When It Was Cool Podcast features reviews, conversation, and nostalgia about pop culture from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990's including classic rock, comics, television, toys, music, movies, and more. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, and much more.
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Oct 15, 2018

Today the NoFriender and DragonKingKarl team up to talk lots about rock music. We start out talking about the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees including Def Leppard and Judas Priest being left off the ballot this year. Then we begin to talk all things rock and roll including (but not limited to) Metallica, KISS, Rush, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, hair metal, and then we dive deep for the geeks and talk drumming, music theory, and more.  It's all the rock and roll you need and a mega fun show! Check it out!

Oct 4, 2018

The flagship show of WhenItWasCool.com is back and this week hosts Karl and Tonya talk about Halloween, horror movies, haunted houses, and more! They discuss their yearly trip to one of America's top haunted attractions- Netherworld which opens in a new location this year and discuss other haunted attractions. They discuss the most popular horror movies of all time including Halloween, Poltergeist, It Follows, Blair Witch, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, Psycho, The Shining, and many more! It's #MonsterMonth at When It Was Cool!

Sep 27, 2018

Joseph talks getting acclimated back to South Korea and he even got a chance to see Predator. Mike talks about the new Halloween movie as well. The homework assignments for this episode includes Grease. Plus the duo discuss The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and many more!

Sep 15, 2018

On this episode we begin to hype the next When It Was Cool THE 100 article titled 100 Pop Culture Home Runs.  We discuss six this episode with Tonya picking 3 and Karl picking 3.  Among them discuss a Prince performance that surpassed all expectations, Heath Ledger as The Joker in Batman The Dark Knight, the first three seasons of LOST, Nirvana on MTV Unplugged, and much more! What are your pop culture smash hits? Retro pop culture, classic rock, and more.

Sep 13, 2018

Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry are back with a new Uphill Both Ways Podcast. Joseph talks moving back to South Korea. Devo first album. Van Halen early albums. Then the duo talk back to school topics and memories about things we did in school back in the day from the necessary equipment like binders to the games you played. This show is a super fun look back at being a kid in the 1970s.

Sep 6, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com Karl and Tonya each pick some people that they wonder whatever happened to? We find out the fate (in some cases the final fate!) of some of our favorite actors, musicians, and more. We discuss Dark Shadows, Poltergeist (was their a curse on the movie?), Jefferson Starship, Nirvana, 1980s movies, and more. You might even pick up some interesting trivia along the way! When It Was Cool - Where are they now?

Aug 30, 2018

This week host Mike Imboden flies solo (sort of) and talks about the new Predator movie. Devo and their debut album. The Mike is joined by stand in guest DC Cathro an expert in Mego action figures. Then the show deep dives into the wonderful world of Mego including action figures, playsets, and many things you might not even know Mego made! From the Wizard of Oz to the infinite range of superheroes, Mego was THE toy line of the 1970s and more!

Aug 24, 2018

This is a packed episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com with a focus on music and classic rock this week. Karl and Tonya discuss Steve Perry and his new album and his time with Journey and Arnel Pineda. A Russian Chicago tribute band. And then we discuss the 27 Club and all the famous musicians that have died at the age of 27 including Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and numerous others. We argue The Doors, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. Like I said, it's packed. So meet us down at the Crossroads for the new When It Was Cool Podcast.

Aug 16, 2018

Mike tells us more about Godzilla Destroy All Monsters, plus he's been checking out Ultraman. 80s Mania Wrestling Returns game. Godzilla 1985. Then the main event topic of Summer movie fun including Beach Blanket Bingo, Meatballs, Vacation, One Crazy Summer, and much more!

Aug 9, 2018

Karl and Tonya from WhenItWasCool.com talk about retro pop culture, gadgets, and more on this episode. We take a look at a couple of recent internet articles comparing and contrasting products of the past with their modern replacements. What is the modern Trapper Keeper? The modern scrapbook? The modern Rolodex? Plus, things that make you feel old and a look at just how much tech has changed things since the 1980s. Karl also has a few notes on Foreigner reuniting for some shows and more!

Aug 2, 2018

Mike and Joseph answer listener questions and topics which cover a huge range of retro pop culture topics. Just a few discussed on this episode are Kill All Monsters!, Lou Reed, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Beastie Boys, Shazam!, pet rocks, mood rings, Rubik's Cubes, roller skating, fast food, and much more! A super fun episode packed full of nostalgia and pop culture fun!

Jul 26, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com Karl and Tonya discuss retro diners, Granny's cooking, Bigfoot and Wildboy, Metallica, AC/DC, Prince and Purple Rain, the summer of 1987 in music, metal health, and much more!

Jul 23, 2018

Tonya from When It Was Cool is launching her own zone and series of podcasts under the WhenItWasCool.com umbrella. We are bringing back Tonya's Diner and she is starting her own series of podcasts and she is here to tell you all about it!

Jul 19, 2018

On this edition of the Uphill Both Ways Podcast, hosts Joseph Perry and Mike Imboden talk about the new Marvel Universe movie Ant Man and Wasp and then transition into talking about their favorite retro junk food and snacks! A flashback fun time as always!

Jul 12, 2018

On this episode of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com in honor of July 2018 having a Friday the 13th the duo of Karl and Tonya discuss the horror movie franchise. We discover, in spite of both of us seeing every film, that we really don't know what's going on! Is there a huge continuity error in the films? Is Jason X really as bad as people remember? We discuss the entire film series on this episode of the WIWC podcast!

Jul 5, 2018

This episode host Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry discuss a variety of retro pop culture topics including the old Gold Key Ripley's Believe It or Not comic book, KISS, new music recommendations from Joesph, Weekend at Bernie's, Smokey, Pat Benatar, restaurant and diner memories including Red Barn, Pioneer Chicken, Shakey's Pizza, Burger Chef, Arctic Circle, Tasty Freeze, and many more!

Jun 28, 2018

Episode 52 of the When It Was Cool Podcast is back as Karl and Tonya discuss a variety of pop culture topics this week including the anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, Don Henley and The End of Innocence album, Paul Simon farewell tour, Helen Keller, listener feedback, Boston, and why do people irrationally hate late 1970s and early 1980s mainstream classic rock music? All this plus more retro pop culture talk.

Jun 21, 2018

This week on the Uphill Both Ways retro pop culture podcast the duo of Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry discuss fame!  No, not the movie but the act of being famous! The duo discusses meeting famous people and their interactions with them and stories of fame. Ray Park, Lou Reed, Jim Neidhart, Roddy Piper, Grace Slick, Kane Hodder, Leonard Cohen, and many more!

Jun 14, 2018

It's episode 51 of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com and Karl and Tonya return to discuss more of our classic rock favorites and this time our listeners have sent in their picks. We discuss Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, Garbage, Blondie, ZZ Top, and many other classic rock favorites. Tonya tells us about her new love of coffee, why she won't be watching and reviewing Superman movies, and then regales us with tales of Mechanically Separated Chicken.  It's everything you could possibly want in a retro pop culture podcast.

Jun 7, 2018

There has to be a twist right? On this episode of Uphill Both Ways Podcast with Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry who talk what they have been doing recently involving retro pop culture including the new 2001 re-release, Joseph plays a wacky game, comic books, and then the main event- pinball games! Yes, before arcade video games stormed the world the big games people played were the colorful and fun pinball games.  The Uphill Both Ways gang talk about those fun pinball games!

May 31, 2018

This is episode 50! Spread the word! Let everyone know about our show as we push to have our most downloaded show ever! On this episode Karl and Tonya discuss a recent hot air balloon show, and Elvis impersonator, Willie Nelson walks off stage, comic book crossovers, and a big discussion about classic rock songs you never get tired of hearing. What if we could only listen to ten songs the rest of our lives? What would they be? What songs do we hope we never hear again? Another fun edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast from WhenItWasCool.com

May 24, 2018

On this edition of the Uphill Both Ways Podcast, hosts Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry take us on a retro memory trip talking about the Sunday comic strips which were a staple for many of us growing up. They discuss their favorite comic strips, what has happened to the Sunday funnies, and much more! A great nostalgic trip from comic book creator Mike Imboden and pop culture expert Joseph Perry on the new Uphill Both Ways Podcast from When It Was Cool.

May 17, 2018

The new When It Was Cool Podcast is packed with retro pop culture discussion this week. Karl and Tonya have a conversation that starts off with Spider-Man, which leads to the old PBS series The Electric Company, which leads to a discussion on Bill Cosby and his legal woes and Fat Albert and Eddie Murphy. Then Tonya puts together her own Avengers team with discussion of the Care Bears, The Last Unicorn, The Never Ending Story, and more. There is talk of a new G.I. Joe movie which has Karl excited and finally some classic rock talk about Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, songwriting, and more!

May 10, 2018

Hosts comic book creator Mike Imboden and pop culture expert Joseph Perry are back and have a spoiler free discussion of Avengers Infinity War. Joseph talks Judas Priest in concert along with Saxon. Then the guys discuss Lost in Space and much more!  A great blast of retro pop culture!

May 3, 2018

On this edition of the When It Was Cool Podcast, Karl and Tonya discuss a ton of classic rock news including a review of The Eagles concert in Birmingham, Huey Lewis health problems, KISS on tour next year, Fleetwood Mac kicking out Lindsey Buckingham, plus Hasbro buys Power Rangers which leads to a discussion of early to mid-1990s pop culture.

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