“Glee’s” May 4 episode, “Bad Reputation,” was jam-packed with ’80s pop-culture references. If you’re not quite old enough to have rocked a side ponytail and hammer pants, or if you just need a quick refresher, Zap2it has you covered! Are you as ’80s-savvy as Will Schuester and Rachel Berry?
“Did she just do the cabbage patch?” This dance’s name is derived from Cabbage Patch dolls – slightly creepy chubby-cheeked baby dolls that became a popular collector’s item in the ’80s. Dr. Dre and N.W.A. had a hit song about the dance. Do you want to learn to move like Sue Sylvester? Get some lessons from the video below.
Speaking of Sue, she was honored by an ’80s icon tonight — Olivia Newton-John! In case you forgot who she was, Newton-John isn’t too proud to remind you. “It’s Olivia Newton John,” she said. “The star of ‘Grease’? The most successful musical of all time?” If you don’t remember “Grease,” well… that’s just criminal.
Newton-John also name-dropped her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, who you may remember from the 2008 MTV reality show “Rock the Cradle,” which featured children of famous musicians competing in a singing cotest. Lattanzi finished third, behind Dee Snider’s son Jesse Blaze Snider and Crosby Loggins, Kenny Loggins’ son.
Were you confused by the pants that Kurt (Chris Colfer), Artie (Kevin McHale) and friends rocked while they jammed in the library? Those are the infamous Hammer pants, tapered at the ankle with side-flaps that flare out at the hips. They were made popular by M.C. Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” but they’re making a comeback now. Today, we call them harem pants, and they tend to be slightly less patterned and shiny… most of the time.
Of course, the most important thing in any “Glee” episode is the music. Here’s your cheat sheet for your iTunes shopping spree:
“Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
“Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice
“Run Joey Run” by David Geddes
“U Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer
“Total Eclipse of the Heart (Turn Around)” by Bonnie Tyler
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