Thirty Pop is a weekly deep dive into the sweet and sometimes cringey waters of nostalgia, brought to you by Milieu Media Group. Host Luke Brawner is joined each week by a rotating cast of guests to peek back thirty years at the music, movies, sports, fashion, politics, and headlines of the week, discussing everything from slap bracelets and tight-rolled jeans to lip-syncing German pop stars and time travel movies. From the birth of gangsta rap and Bush era politics to the death of hair-band rock n roll and Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Nothing is off limits. No topic is out of bounds as they reflect back on a year that gifted the world with superstars like Taylor Swift & Daniel Radcliffe while claiming the lives of legends like Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner.
In memory of the dearest friend and most fun podcast co-host there ever was, Nathan Schartz, we're taking a break from regular production this week, following his unexpected passing, and sharing a story from our Patron-only series of audio memoirs, Smokes, that focused largely on Nathan.
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In this episode Luke looks back on the 1990 Super Bowl, and then is joined by Hailie Durrett to explore the potential soundtrack for her conception 30 years ago this week, with emotional support from their mutual friend, Emily Fraker. Things get weird.
In this episode Luke looks back with actor Michael Gross (Family Ties, Cool As Ice) and writer S.S. Wilson (Short Circuit, *batteries not included) at the release of their now cult classic, Tremors, starring Kevin Bacon, on January 19, 1990.
In this episode of Thirty Pop Luke looks back on all kinds of pop culture news from this week in 1990, including the birth of a well-known Australian actor, the launch of a space shuttle, and the (forthcoming) release of MC Hammer's smash album, Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em, alongside his friend and past guest, former Mouseketeer, Damon Pampolina.
In this final episode of the inaugural season of Thirty Pop, Luke recaps tons of pop culture news from throughout 1989, and is joined by podcaster and Comic Book Man, Ming Chen, to look back at all that Hollywood had to offer over the course of that year.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined once again by his dear friend Nick Willard, who attempts to prove his claim that The Simpsons, which premiered thirty years ago this week, is the greatest TV show ever made...unsuccessfully.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with former guest Jolie Britt and their mutual friend Ellen Cooley to talk about the birth of pop royalty Taylor Swift, with whom they're perhaps embarrassingly obsessed. He also talks to actor Luke Edwards about his culture-shaping 1989 movie The Wizard!
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined by longtime friend, Thirty Pop sponsor, and founder of Truly Horrible Things, Stevie Berryman to recap some of the MOST truly horrible things from the 80s one last time!
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined by Episode 1 guest, Nick Willard, for a special look back at National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. He also recaps the MLB salary war, and new albums from Technotronic and UB40.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke is joined by Eric Silver and Michael Shubert, the hosts of one of his very favorite podcasts, Horse, to look back at the 1989-90 NBA, and by his friend and production assistant, and fellow Back to the Future II fanatic, Salman Virani, to reminisce on the release of that film 30 years after its release.
In this episode, Luke talks to Thirty Pop regular Hailie Durrett about the thirtieth anniversary of the theatrical release of one of her all-time favorite movies, Steel Magnolias, and to highly regarded children's film critic, Ms. Madalyn, about Disney's The Little Mermaid.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke takes a quick peek forward at the last couple months of the year, and then is joined by his friend and semi-regular guest Stephanie to look back 30 years at Amy Heckerling's Look Who's Talking!
In this brief episode of Thirty Pop, Luke looks back 30 years at the new number one single on the Billboard charts, Roxette's "Listen To Your Heart," and is joined by his lifelong best friend Nathan Schartz to discuss the franchise debuts of two brand new NBA teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke offers up a quick look back at TWO weeks worth of pop culture news, including the debut album from Nine Inch Nails, the World Series altering Loma Prieta Earthquake, and The Great One himself, Wayne Gretzky, as he preps for a week off to relocate his recording studio.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with his old friend from high school, Brandon Green, to reflect back on the release of one of the most irritatingly hooky songs in hip hop history, Just A Friend, from one hit wonder Biz Markie.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with his dear friend and past guest, singer/songwriter Latifah Alattas to look back at the ladies who were owning the pop charts 30 years ago this week, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke peeks back at the single most boring week in 1989 pop culture news, reminisces on the death of one of the greatest cartoons of all time, and talks about the embarrassments of adolescence with regular guests Aaron Hale and Nate Williams.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Nate Williams returns to reminisce with Luke on the 1989 debut of ABC's Friday night block of sitcoms, TGIF. Luke also recounts the major album releases from this week in 1989.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke and regular co-host Nate Williams look back at Aerosmith's album Pump, and all the ridiculously euphemistic language thereon in a new edition of their segment, Bad Words.
In this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke and his friend and fellow podcaster, author and pop culture aficianado Lincee Ray spend some time looking back at The New Kids On The Block's album and single "Hangin' Tough." Luke also counts down five of the cringiest parts of that album in a new edition of Truly Horrible Things.
In this episode of Thirty Pop Luke and regular guest Aaron Hale finally spend some time looking back at John Hughes's and John Candy's comedy blockbuster Uncle Buck in a segment called Film Depreciation, then Luke visits with actress Jean Louisa Kelly, who played the role of 15-year old rebel Tia in the film
In this episode of Thirty Pop Luke looks back at The (Horrific) Adventures of Milo and Otis, Fred Savage's Little Monsters, and then sits down with Aaron Hale and Nate Williams to celebrate 30 years of Saved By The Bell by sharing each of their most Zack Morris moments at this point in 1989.
In this episode Luke is joined by his friend and cousin-in-law Caleb Sanderson to talk about the ridiculous fifth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, The Dream Child, in the latest segment of Truly Horrible Things. He also talks romance and secret crushes and missed opportunities with regular guest hosts Aaron Hale and Nate Williams.
In this episode Luke talks to 80s and 90s nostalgia collector and Instagram influencer Rick Hutchinson about the 30th anniversary of the North American debut of Nintendo's Gameboy and the tremendous impact it has had on popular culture over the last three decades.
In this episode Luke is joined by his friend Hailie Durrett to talk about the rom-com of the century, When Harry Met Sally. He also talks Hey Dude with past guest Latifah Alattas in this week's segment of Truly Horrible Things!
In this episode, Luke finally talks through the reigning Billboard champ, The Raw and the Cooked by Fine Young Cannibals with his good friend Mason, then celebrates the debut of the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Seinfeld by looking back on the series with his friends Vanee, Laura, Charlie & Nate!
In this episode, despite being super sick, Luke finally gets to sit with his lifelong best friend Nathan Schartz to reminisce on the things they loved most back in 1989, including the NBA, cartoon girls, setting fires, and stealing candy.
In this episode Luke looks back at all the sports, music and movie news from this week in 1989, and discusses the (terrible) self-titled debut Gospel rap album from now defunct genre-hopping evangelical trio DC Talk with his friend Jolie Britt.
In this episode Luke reflects back on one of the greatest movies of all time (Dead Poets Society), one of the worst movies of all time (No Holds Barred) and one of his favorites for the last three decades, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Guests include Shayne Hawthorne and Scott Alonzo from Scales Podcast (releasing soon), and the biggest Indy fan there is, artist Scott Erickson.
In this episode Luke and Aaron look back at the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade live from Houston's Comicpalooza 2019. Luke also hops on a call with Last Crusade actor Richard Young to talk about his experience on the set of the film with Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and River Phoenix.
In this episode Luke looks back on some major TV losses, what sounds like world's worst bike race, and some notable births and deaths from this week in 1989, and discusses the macho classic Road House with his older brother Josh.
Steph K. leaves yet more messages on the Thirty Pop answering machine, this time to express her deep admiration for one of her two childhood heroes*, Dolly Parton, and the many ways in which she tried to be like her.
(*the other was Miss Piggy...no kidding.)
In this episode Luke is joined by his friends Hailie & Shari Durrett to talk about Dolly Parton's May 1989 release White Limozeen, and then by his ex-brother-in-law-in-law, Greg Jackson, to talk about the Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder film classic See No Evil, Hear No Evil!
In this episode the perpetually dissatisfied Stephanie K. returns to make her opinions known and say all the things she WISHED she could have said on past episodes. Luke is also joined by fellow Christmas and Disney Park loving podcaster and comedien Tim Babb to celebrate the opening of Disney's MGM Studios 30 years ago this week!
Steph K. leaves Luke a salty message on the Thirty Pop answering machine to express her frustration over not having a podcast of her own where she can reminisce on the things SHE cared about in 1989...like Tom Petty.
In this monster episode Luke celebrates the 30th anniversary of the All New Mickey Mouse Club, which debuted on 4/24/1989. He's joined by Mouseketeers Damon Pampolina, Mylin Brooks Stoddard, and Chasen Hampton, as well as MMC acting coach Gary Spatz for a trip down memory lane!
In this episode Luke is joined once again by his good friend Nathan Williams to discuss the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest sports films of all time, Field of Dreams! He also shares a previously unreleased clip of Thirty Pop in its raaw, unedited form.
Steph K. leaves Luke a message once again on the Thirty Pop answering machine to express her sincere jealousy over his recent conversation with actor John Cusack about his role in 1989's Say Anything, which will be featured on the next episode of Thirty Pop. Go Rockets!
On this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke welcomes Nate Williams back to talk about the 30th anniversary of the baseball classic, Major League, and introduce a brand new segment called Get Off My Lawn. He also talks once again to actor and filmmaker Aaron Hale about comedy legend Mike Myers debut on Saturday Night Live, and Roxette's #1 Billboard single, The Look.
Luke's friend Craig leaves a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine to offer some clarity about the film that won the Oscar Best Animated Short at the 61st Academy Awards. Turns out it DID kinda make a splash...
Luke receives a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine from his most recent guest, Latifah Alattas, voicing a complaint about the content of her episode. If you have a story you'd like to share on Thirty Pop, email firstname.lastname@example.org!
On this episode of Thirty Pop, in honor of Women's History Month, Luke sits down with singer-songwriter, producer, and podcaster Latifah Alattas to discuss the massive influence Madonna has had on female artists of today. Also, mer-people.
Luke checks the Thirty Pop answering machine for a message from Stephanie K. clarifying why she's so passionately anti-Deb, and a nostalgia-laced message for his brother Josh from their longtime friend Nate M.
On this episode of Thirty Pop, Luke talks to his brother Josh,his sister-in-law Kristin, and the one and only Stephanie K. about Debbie Gibson's continued reign at the top of the Billboard charts. He also hears how his niece and nephew imagine a world with no internet, and their dad when he had hair. Lastly, he sits down with his lifelong best friend Nathan Schartz to discuss what he was like in 1989.
On this super packed episode of Thirty Pop, Luke sits down with his brother Josh to talk about perhaps the strangest con in music history. He also welcomes back Episode 1 guest Aaron Hale, as well as newcomer Nate Williams to discuss Debbie Gibson's music video for "Lost In Your Eyes," as well as some other nostalgic moments from this week in 1989. Then he closes out the episode with a really great interview with actor Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins to hear about his experience on the set of the number one film at the box office 30 years ago this week, Lean On Me.
Kevin C. leaves Luke a message on the Thirty Pop answering machine in response to Episode 3 regarding the opening ad and his father's disgust with Madonna. If you have a story you'd like to share on Thirty Pop, email email@example.com!
Luke Brawner talks to singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield about the shocking one week return of Guns N' Roses' Appetite For Destruction to the top of the Billboard charts, to his older brother Josh Brawner about Bobby Brown's reign as RnB bad boy, and musician Ryan Hamilton about Paula Abdul's smash single Straight Up. Plus there's some sports stuff in there somewhere.
Host Luke Brawner sits down with actor Aaron Hale and algebra teacher Nick Willard to review one of the most iconic films of 1989 and gets a peek behind the scenes of the making of the film from actress Amy Stoch.
1989! A year in which the entire western world was in transition. Music was changing, movies were changing, the political landscape was changing. EVERYTHING was changing!
Join host Luke Brawner as he and a few friends (both young and old) take a weekly stroll down memory lane to look at all things pop culture (and see how they hold up 30 years later)!