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Monday, December 23, 2019

"Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Episode #69 is available 2+ days early! That's right, you can LISTEN NOW!
Episode #69

It's Christmas and Joseph and Mike are putting on a show! But first they run down some of their favorite Christmas movies and songs. Then it's time for Joe to answer the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge before the lights go down and the curtain comes up as the Uphill Both Ways Players present their version of "A Christmas Carol". Of course there are the usual diversions like when Mike explains why Die Hard is a Christmas movie and It's a Wonderful Life isn't, when Joe talks about the weather in South Korea, and a very brief word or two about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. There's no coal in this stocking!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

"The Eye of the Tiger"

Episode #68

Tangent / noun /ˈtæn·dʒənt/ a subject or activity that is different than the one you are talking about or doing / "In this episode Mike and Joseph go off on a tangent".
Christmas lights, whodunnits, mix tapes, comedians, and movies about wrestling. What's the main topic? It's hard to tell with this one, folks. We're gonna leave it up to YOU to figure it out!


Thursday, November 28, 2019

"I Thank You"

Episode #67

It's the UBW Special Thanksgiving show! After giving some shout-outs to a few things that they are thankful for, Joseph and Mike dive into the Mix-Tape Challenge. Mike had Joe on the ropes with this one, but the music historian pulled it out and delivered a pitch perfect mix-tape of songs that were hits on soundtracks before being on an artist's own album. From there it's on to the main course, and since it's Thanksgiving, that can mean only one thing: turkey! Or, in this case, TURKEYS. As in, cinematic "turkeys" - movies that were so bad they don't even circle back to the "so bad it's good" status! So instead of talking politics or watching football, why not just say "Alexa, play Uphill Both Ways" and then sit back and enjoy while you slip into a tryptophan-induced slumber. This is Turkey Day, UBW style!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

"Take a Letter, Maria"

Episode #66

As Mike and Joseph transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving they decide to dive into listener mail to see what the people are saying. There's questions dealing with carpets, clowns, magazines, and more! But before all of that, the guys talk about "Christmas Creep", All-Elite Wrestling, NWA Power, and of course the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge. Consider this your retro palette cleanser from all of that chocolate and candy a couple of weeks ago.


Sunday, November 3, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019


Episode #65

You'll GASP when you learn what Joseph saw in the skies one night! You'll HOWL when you hear Mike's tale of why he was afraid of white vans in the mid-70s! You'll SCREAM when Joseph talks about what he saw in the JC Penney's stockroom! You'll SHRIEK when you find out why Mike refused to take a shower for two weeks! And how does guerrilla (or is it GORILLA?) warfare figure into all of this? It's time for the Uphill Both Ways Halloween show and you'll get all that and MORE, including a double-sized, horror-themed Mix-Tape Challenge! Grab your favorite Ben Cooper costume because it's time for episode #65 - "Thriller"!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019


Episode #64

In "TVC15" Joseph and Mike turn the tables and start the show with a brief discussion of two new TV shows; Shudder's "Creepshow" and "American Horror Story: 1984". From there it's off to the Mix-Tape Challenge where Joe spells out his list of mix-tape of songs about sports and then it's time for the main event as the guys chat about old horror TV shows from the 70s and 80s like "Circle of Fear" and "Tales From the Darkside". It's the perfect episode to get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween holiday!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Choose Your Own Story

This is pretty neat. If you liked the old Choose Your Own Adventure book series, you might enjoy this site.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

"Everyday I Write the Book"

Episode #63

It's time for the latest episode!!
MST3K Live, martial arts films, the Mix-Tape Challenge and books, books and more books! From the old newsprint Scholastic catalogs to book fairs, used book stores and everything in-between, Joseph and Milke talk Tarzan novels, The Hardy Boys, Doc Savage, The Destroyer, Choose Your Own Adventure, Big Little Books and many more. If you choose to listen online, go to page 73. If you decide to download and listen later, turn to page 88.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"I Wanna Go Back"

Episode #62

Things start out a little somber this episode as Mike and Joseph lament the passing of classic rock legend, Eddie Money. Things don't stay blue for too long, though, as they talk about judging films for the Filmquest film festival, run down the latest "Mix Tape Challenge" and then set their sights on memories from elementary school. Wacky Packages, pencil fighting, and... going on strike? Don't know about you, but I "Wanna Go Back"!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Eddie Money R.I.P. (1949-2019)

We hope you finally find that party you were looking for, Eddie.
Thanks for all of the great music you gave us over the past 40+ years.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

"The Tra-La-La Song"

Episode #61
Grab some ice cream and fixins' because it's time for some Banana Splits! Mike and Joseph dive deep into the 60s/70s kids show The Banana Splits and all of the accompanying shorts that they'd show, and then follow up with a look at the recent horror movie featuring Fleegle, Drooper, Bingo and Snorky. All that and the monthly mix-tape challenge! Uh oh, Chongo - it's the Sour Grapes Bunch!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

"Hotel California"

Episode #60 - It's time to dive into the last episode of Summer. Joe repsonds to the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge and Mike talks about his trip to Hollywood and his visits to different movie studios. It may not sound like much, but there's plenty here to digest.

Thursday, August 8, 2019


In this episode Mike and Joseph recognize the passing of pro-wrestling legend Harley Race, cover the monthly mix-tape challenge, and then discuss how legitimate a band is when members leave. Is there a specific number that need to remain for them to still be able to call themselves by the name that made them famous, or can just one member leave and take the name with them? Finally, the GRAND CHAMPION of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale is crowned. This is the one you've been waiting for (even if you didn't know it)!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"Ballroom Blitz"

In this episode Mike and Joseph talk about Anna and the Apocalypse, get totally sidetracked by the Cats theatrical trailer and then watch it and comment on it in real time. From there it's on to the main topic - the final four of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale! Plus, Joe mentions a couple of classic horror movies he recently saw on the big screen and they talk about their mix-tape challenge. This one's got it all!

Episode #58

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Rock Reflections of a Super-Hero

In our current episode Mike surprised Joseph with the "Rock Reflections of a Super-Hero" rock opera album about Spider-Man that originally came out in the 70s.
Here's the opening cut from the album. While you *could* listen to the whole thing on YouTube, we suggest buying it from Amazon or something.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mix-Tape Challenge #4

Joseph gave Mike the task of coming up with a mix-tape of songs for a "Sizzlin' Summer". Here's his offering.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Boris the Spider"

"Joe shocks Mike with another classic movie that he's never seen until recently, they discuss Mike's answer to Joseph's mix-tape challenge and then cover the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale. From there they jump into the episode's topic and talk about Spider-Man in the comics and TV from the 70s and 80s."

Episode #57

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Mix-Tape Challenge #3

In Episode #56 Joseph had to put together a mix-tape about 'The One That Got Away".
Here it is:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

"Act Naturally"

It's time to head Uphill Both Ways again. In episode #56, "Act Naturally", Joseph and Mike recap the latest round of the Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale (which brings the participants down to the 'Sweet 16'), Joe delivers on Mike's Mixtape Challenge, Mike tries to defend the movie "Xanadu", and finally they run down some singers who managed to successfully (but maybe not critically), transition into one or more acting gigs. "You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever."

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

It's been out for a little over a week now, but here's the trailer for the upcoming 'Banana Splits' movie. Have you seen this yet? What are your thoughts? Subversively funny or childhood-ruining?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Mix-Tape Challenge #2

Here's the cassette listing for Mike's response to Joseph's Mix-Tape Challenge of Top 40 Rock Songs by Females.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

"Free Fallin'"

The guys share their thoughts on the latest Godzilla movie, talk a little old-school wrestling, Mike reveals his Mixtape Challenge and his secret love of the film 'Convoy' while Joe admits never having seen the movie despite his family having a CB radio when he was a kid. Oh, and there are some POP CULTURE BATTLE ROYALE second round results as well. All this and more are covered in episode 55, "Free Fallin'".

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Mix-Tape Challenge #1

Here's Joseph Perry's answer to our first "Mixtape Challenge". Mike challenged Joe with a mixtape about "hanging out with your friends".
You can hear the discussion surrounding it on our current episode, #54.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Uphill Both Ways Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale

It's May Madness! Here are the brackets for the Battle Royale! Four "divisions" - 70s People, 70s Things, 80s People and, 80s Things. We'll wind up with a division champ for each category, a decade champion and then, ultimately, the GRAND CHAMPION - the greatest retro, pop-culture thing/person ever!
Make your voice heard - go here and fill out our survey. Your feedback will help shape the outcome!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

"Hit Me With Your Best Shot"

It's time for episode #53 and the big unveiling of the Uphill Both Ways Retro Pop-Culture Battle Royale!
Plus the guys talk Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home and, the nature of spoilers.

Thursday, May 2, 2019


In Episode 52, Mike and Joseph talk about Mike's recent day trip to New York City, Joseph explains why it might take him nearly three weeks to see Avengers: Endgame and that leads to a discussion about favorite Avengers lineups and story lines from the comics. And of course there are the regular sidebars, ramblings and musings, and Retro Pop Culture Homework Assignments. All this in an episode we could only call "Comic Talk Part 2: Electric Boogaloo"! 
(Note: It is NOT called that. It's called "Heroes".)

Thursday, April 18, 2019

"We've Only Just Begun"

It's time for our 2nd Anniversary show! That's 52 bi-weekly episodes for those keeping score at home.
So hop on over and grab episode #51 (there was a "zero" episode, that's why #51 is actually #52!) and check out what Joseph and Mike have to say about superheroes on TV, "not-their-normal-genre-of-music" favorite songs, and more!

Friday, April 5, 2019

"Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

Let's face it - while many say we're in a "Golden Age" of TV, it's a pitiful wasteland when it comes to theme songs for today's programs.
So join Mike and Joseph and travel back to the 70s and 80s when theme songs were plentiful and were sometimes even better than the shows they introduced.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"

It's time for another show!
Mike and Joseph discuss some of the biggest cinematic bombs of the 1970s and 1980s --- and both rock and disco films dominate the list. Also, Joseph highly recommends the new throwback British horror comedy "Here Comes Hell," Mike talks making custom action figures, and there's more, more, more! 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

"A Nightmare on My Street"

It's time for another episode!
In episode #48, Joseph and Mike talk about Bronze Age horror comics!
Have a listen - if you dare!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

This is like... It's like an Uphill Both Ways fever dream or something.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

"Eve of Destruction"

"When there's a fire, I outrank everybody here. Now, one thing we don't want is a panic."
Episode #47 is live - check it out and be sure to chime in down in the comments.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Grammys? We Don't Need No Steenkin' Grammys!

Why bother watching the Grammy Awards tonight when you can listen to Mike and Joseph talk about their top 10 favorite musicals acts which have won more than 50 combined Grammys?!?


Thursday, February 7, 2019

"Sultans of Swing"

Are you ready to rock?!?
Joseph and Mike try to name their definitive top 10 musicals acts, which is not as easy it might seem.
Plus the usual ramblings you've come to expect and love.
Episode #46 - "Sultans of Swing" - is now online!


Friday, February 1, 2019

Mike and Joe mentioned a Marvel Comics lunchbox on the latest episode of UBW and we're 99.8% sure this is the one they were talking about.
Did you have this as a kid, or maybe you had a different fave. Let us know or share a link in the comments!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Happy Birthday, Joseph!

It's Joseph's birthday today and some friends of UBW wanted to stop by and wish him a happy birthday!
Happy birthday, Joe!!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

"Message in a Bottle"

Every now and then Joseph and Mike get some questions asked of them - so what better way to answer these queries than to use them as the topic of a show?
It's episode #45 - "Message in a Bottle" and it's online right now!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Here's a cut from the Fabulous Poodles' album, "Mirror Stars" - Joseph's Retro-Media Research Assignment from the current episode.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

"New Year's Day"

Erk! We meant to post this much earlier, but a wicked battle broke out between some Megos and kung-fu grip GI Joes and, well, we lost track of time.
It's a new year, so that means that it's time to look back at the year gone by. At least, that's what most people would do. Joseph and Mike aren't most people, though - so instead of looking back at 2018, they're looking back at 1978 and 1988! It's Auld Lang Syne with an Uphill Both Ways retro pop-culture twist!


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Special Announcement

Helper monkey Bingo, here. Mike and Joseph took a little time off for the holidays which is why there was no show this past Thursday. Rest assured that they'll be back to the bi-weekly schedule this coming week.

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