Rescued from VHS: Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 1989

As we prepare to bid 2013 farewell, this relic is a great example of how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Yes, the people in this video are all wearing things that look lame now, but will probably be in fashion again in another year or two.

Though Dick Clark is no longer with us, it’s eerie that he chooses to signpost 1989 by referring to it as “a year when The Who and the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney and Ringo came back to visit with us.” That could have been 2013, too!

He mentions the popularity of “rap music and heavy metal and dance music” as well. And whaddaya know? Those things are all still big!

And yes, people still gather in Times Square and climb up things like idiots and they probably will do that forever too, whether or not Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest are talking about them.

The only thing that really dates this is the sampling of musicians that the World’s Oldest Teenager had on his show this year.

He announces, “Michael Damian, Dion, Expose, Martika, Stephanie Mills, The Temptations, they’ll all be with us! Through the night!”

Expose had a handful of hits, so they make sense as high-profile guests. However, Michael Damian had a hit with a cover of a song called “Rock On” that year, and Martika was huge with “Toy Soldiers,” but neither had very prolific careers. Stephanie Mills belonged to the 1970s, the Temps belonged to the ’60s and Dion belonged to the ’50s. Was that Clark’s M.O. with his show? To remind people that old musical acquaintances should NOT be forgotten? Interesting.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…