Though the term’s official coinage is still highly debated, the origin of the ‘yuppie’ is forever embedded in early ‘80s scripture. You know the type: a Patrick-Bateman-esque knave in relentless pursuit of societal significance — flaunting a flashy Rolex, crisp blazer, perfectly shellacked hair, and a fabulously embossed business card.
Today’s equivalent: “Influencers”. Their backdrop is much less boardroom or Wall Street trading floor, more Reykjavík/Bali/Chernobyl. And they’re running themselves ragged vying for attention — and advertising dollars.
Arguably, Influencers have a much simpler go at fame and fortune than their yuppie predecessors: armed with a smartphone, maxed-out credit card, good footwork, and some clever video editing techniques, the modern Influencer can reach untouchable status in literally 15 seconds thanks to… algorithms.
Meanwhile, the yups of yore had to maintain a polished in-person look and deliver whip-smart retorts at the blink of an eye, all while architecting complex long-range backstabbing real-time. This is a talent few possess. And we love ‘em just as much as we loathe ‘em.
Saddle up, partners. This week, The Fast Times brings you the best — and worst — of the infamous 1980+ yuppie.
Yup It Up / Nantucket Chic Hits Main Street
Banker Burnout / Go Figure, Six Figures Isn’t Worth It
Hip to Be Scared / Ice Nine Kills Release American Psycho-Inspired Music Vid
O Brooks Brothers, Where Art Thou? / Retailer Abandons Post, Post-Bankruptcy
Under Pressure / Cast of HBO’s Industry Bomb the Ultimate Interview
Timeless Two-Tone Luxury / Wrist Candy For the Wolves of Wall Street
Obituary: Here Lies the Yuppie / A Look Back in Time Magazine
Legend of the NYSE / Wall Street’s Most Photographed Man
It’s a Rich Eat Rich World / Hedge Fund Yuppies Take Over the Hamptons
A Risky Investment / Traders Trade Coming Out Stories
The homie Jason Diamond, author/editor/speaker/strategist/self-proclaimed “big eater” extraordinaire, assembled the finest of yuptastic onscreen debauchery for your viewing delight — and trust us, he knows yuppies better than most. Don’t snooze on his work, either… it’s the ideal way to pass the time while the VHS is in the rewinder.
The Fast Times @the_fast_timesUnleash your inner yuppie w/ this weekend watchlist curated by @imjasondiamond: Ordinary People / Redford, 1980 Lost In America / Brooks, 1985 Into The Night / Landis, 1985 After Hours / Scorsese, 1985 Down & Out in Beverly Hills / Mazursky, 1985 Working Girl / Nichols, 1988
Side note, this entire watchlist is R-rated, so be sure to put on your big kid pantsuits…
Hip To Be Square / Christian Bale Espouses the Virtues of Huey Lewis and the News
Even if you could get a reservation at Dorsia, you’d probably lose your appetite after this clip from Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner’s satirical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel “American Psycho” about a serial killing yuppie.