5/28/15

Vintage Scan #30: Parade (Feb 22, 1970)


I have a stack of Parade newspaper inserts that have just been begging to be scanned.  Now that I have a scanner wide enough, it's officially 'go time'.  And what better way to start than with the Dino edition?

5/27/15

Needlework A-Go Go #35: Spinnerin 1968 "Varied and Versatile"


You know I'm a sucker for the needlework booklet; I'll take it any day over the elite fashion magazines.  And 1968 was a good year for fashion: it still had that classy look holdover from the early part of the decade, but with a bit of the young generation's shagadelic mojo to make things interesting.  Let's have a look through a single catalog from that year - the Spinnerin "Varied and Versatile: Featuring Versatile Yarn" booklet.  Enjoy!

5/26/15

Retrospace Radio #46



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Track List
  1. Clip from Garth Marenghi's Dark Place
  2. "Fisherman" - Badfinger
  3. "No More Kings" - Schoolhouse Rock
  4. Blood Beach TV Trailer
  5. "Psychedelic Shack" - Albino Gorilla
  6. "Moonshining" - Junior Samples
  7. "Curly Shirley" - Otto Sieben
  8. "Porno Flicks" - Hudson & Landry
  9. "Mighty Love (Pt. 1)" - Spinners
  10. "The Ballad of Batman" - The Campers

5/25/15

Movie Reviews #46: Roar (1981), Hospital Massacre (1981) and Zombeavers (2014)


The immense amount of downtime that comes with air travel provides an excellent opportunity to watch a butt-load of movies (if you're prepared, with flicks loaded on your laptop or tablet).  In this installment, I'll lay down my review of a couple I caught on the road: Hospital Massacre (1981) and Zombeavers (2014) as well as Roar (1981) which I was lucky enough to catch at the theater.

But before we hit the reviews, I'll mention that I also I watched all six episodes of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place (2004), a hilarious British parody of 80s horror TV. I simply cannot recommend this enough.  I also caught Death Screams (1982) and A Blade in the Dark (1983), both amazingly shitty, and I won't bother to review them here.

I also watched a couple docs.  The first,  Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013), a Mike Myers directed film about the manager of Alice Cooper and Teddy Pendergrass (among others). While Shep certainly crossed paths with an amazing amount of celebrities, and his life surely makes mine seem woefully uninteresting... it didn't knock my socks off, but still worth a look.  Also worth a look is Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded (2014), a doc about the insane explosion of violence as a result of the cocaine influx into Miami in the 1980s.

Anyway, on with a few reviews...

5/24/15

Mini Skirt Monday #187: 1980s Fashion Advertising


The mid-eighties saw a small resurgence in the miniskirt.  After being cast aside in the mid-seventies, it returned a decade later - not to its former ubiquitous glory, but a comeback nonetheless,  Here are a handful of advertisements from this era.  Enjoy.


Music Lists #22: Favorite Records


I hate greatest hits albums for the same reason I hate iTunes: the album as a cohesive whole is chunked in favor of being no more than a delightful assortment of individual tracks.  Does this make sense?  An Album (with a capital "A") is more than just a collection of tracks.  It's called synergy - where the total is greater than the sum of its parts.

An Album's songs are in a particular order, each serving a purpose.  (And I'm not just talking about the "concept album".)  There's a mood, a feel, a vibe that an Album has, that just isn't captured in a greatest hits album.... and it damn sure isn't conveyed in an iTunes playlist.

For instance, "Money" by Floyd surely deserves to land on a greatest hits album; but how pathetic to not hear it in the context of Dark Side of the Moon.  How lame to have "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" not flanked by "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "Getting Better".  Finally, to take it a step further, there are some albums where I don't love any particular tracks, but absolutely cherish the LP.  Translation: no stand alone songs, but a damn fine album.

So, shame on Retrospace for having gobs of music lists highlighting songs, but neglecting albums.  To make amends, here's my current favorites.  Please take note that I have refrained from listing a single song in this entire list.  Plus, this is a favorites list - NOT THE GREATEST LIST.  Obviously, Revolver, Aja, Saturday Night Fever, and Forever Changes should be here, but they're not.  This is what's on heavy rotation at the Gilligan residence, and what I have great affection for - not a hall of fame.

(Whew) That said, here's the list...

5/19/15

Cover Gallery #23: 1970s Soldiers Magazine (and the Monthly Soldiers Babes)



Here is the June 1972 cover of Soldiers magazine, the "Official U.S. Army Magazine".   And here is this month's Soldiers babe ...


Each month featured a full color picture of a chick for the military to drool over.  They were never naked, but it's still almost incomprehensible to imagine these days.  An official army publication with scantily clad ladies in every issue?  That's sexist!

Anyway, here are the covers to some issues published in the 1970s, with the issue's corresponding Soldier babe.  Enjoy.

5/17/15

Mini Skirt Monday #186: More Album Cover Minis


The last album cover theme for Miniskirt Monday was, I believe, in Feburary 2012... which is a shame because minis and vinyl go so well together.  In fact, one of the very first Miniskirt Mondays focused on a single album cover - the Bob Williams & Lynda Standell LP.  We've come a long way since then, with literally thousands of minis posted. Well, it's time to get back to our mini roots: enjoy another round of vinyl miniskirts!