A recent weekend in Long Island turned up this now-legal issue of Rolling Stone that dates back to May 22nd, 1986, the spring of Chernobyl, Geraldo opening Al Capone’s vault, and Hands Across America. Of all the “hot” things in this issue — Laura Dern, Mike Tyson, Addams Family Values writer Paul Rudnick, the word “swell,” the Disney Co. — only James Cameron has stayed on top. OK, William Petersen, too, except he went away for a while before CSI turned
TBS Spike TV into a one-show TiVO.
There’s a long interview with Paul Westerberg full of great stories we’ll transcribe if you want, but the most delicious tidbit, in terms of hindsight, is this one:
After the jump, the table of contents, silly ads, an appliance makes the hot list, and the best charts from May 22nd, 1986, when a plurality mistakenly thought Big Audio Dynamite was making better dance music than Bronski Beat.
Wait, “hot appliance”? Yeah, in the original script, Doc Brown’s time machine was a humidifier: