Grab your Aqua Net and boom box. The ‘80s are back.
Netflix just dropped the trailer for Season 3 of Stranger Things, and it unsurprisingly features a hefty dose of Reagan-era nostalgia, from permed hair and aerobics to Eleven and Max’s Madonna-
Mötley Crüe’s ‘Home Sweet Home’
Stranger Things Season 3 takes place in the summer of 1985, so it makes perfect sense that the first song heard in the trailer was a hit around that time. “Home Sweet Home” is a song from Mötley Crüe’s third album Theatre of Pain.
The power ballad peaked at No. 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1985 and helped turn the notorious band into international superstars. (Those who want to revisit the hair metal era can also stream Netflix’s Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt starting on March 22.)
The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’
At first, the second song in the trailer seems like an odd choice for a show set smack in the middle of the 1980s. The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ came out in 1971, roughly around the same time that the Mike, Will, and the rest of the Stranger Things kids would have been born.
The version of the song in the trailer has been tweaked to give it a bit more of an ‘80s synth sound. And of course there are the lyrics. The famous “it’s only teenage wasteland” line is heard just before Eleven and Max enter Hawkins, Indiana’s new Starcourt Mall.
“We’re not kids anymore,” Mike says in the trailer. “I mean what did you think, we’re just gonna sit in my basement all day and play games for the rest of our lives?” Mike and his friends are growing up, hanging out at the mall food court, and likely dealing with some major teen angst. (Not to mention bloodthirsty monsters from another dimension.)
Other songs that could be in the new season of Stranger Things
Stranger Things star David Harbour (Jim Hopper) hinted in an interview last summer that the new season was inspired by a few “epic” movies that came out in 1985, but he didn’t reveal which ones. Could that mean we’ll see another reference to The Goonies? A nod to the 1985 kids adventure movie seems almost inevitable. Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Cocoon, Fright Night, and Teen Wolf all were released in 1985 as well.
As for music, it’s possible we could hear songs from those movies, like “The Power of Love” from Huey Lewis and The News or “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from Simple Minds. Other hits from the summer of 1985 that might be playing at the food court at the Starcourt Mall include Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” “Voice Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday, “A View to Kill” by Duran Duran, “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams, and “Shout” by Tears for Fears.
Stranger Things Season 3 premieres July 4 on Netflix.
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