A groovy little flash animation celebrating the many joys of 80’s microcomputing, British style:
Hey Hey 16k
(includes closed-captioning for the accent-impaired. MP3’s and lyrics here!)
UPDATE: Having no inclination to go do something useful, I now present the Annotated Edition of this post:
Computers mentioned in this song:
- Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Color sucessor to the ZX-81 and tremendously popular. Most of the screenshots in the music video are from the Spectrum, complete with the distinctive blocks-o-color effect. Many popular Spectrum games were adapted for the C64. The floating face that pops up near the end of the video is Sir Clive Sinclair, the genius behind these computers.
- Sinclair ZX 81 – Together with it’s predecessor it was inexpensive enough to make computing affordable for a whole new group of curious Brits. Also sold as the first sub-$100 computer in the US.
- Dragon – The British cousins of Radio Shack’s TRS-80 Color Computer series.
- VIC – Color sucessor to the Commodore PET series, and later the little brother to the C64. (The VIC-20 was my own first computer.)
- Oric 1 – Competitor to the Spectrum. Oric was never a factor in the US.
- Commodore 64 – One of the most popular computers ever, on either side of the Atlantic.
- Amstrad – Never a competitor in the US, but very popular in the UK
- Acorn Electron, cheaper BBC Micro – The BBC Micro and a cheaper mass-market spinoff. The BBC Micro was created as a standard machine to accompany the BBC’s educational TV shows. There was nothing quite like it over here. This site has tons of information.
And the games:
- Jet Set Willy
- Sabre Wulf
- Lords of Midnight
- Dark Star
- Tranz Am
- Ant Attack
- and of course, Manic Miner
- The Hobbit (scroll down a bit)
- Knight Lore
- and Elite
(links found via the awesome World of Spectrum)