7/4/14

The Horshack Redemption #20: Nightmare City (1980)





Gilligan and The Professor review this Italian horror movie released in 1980. They also discuss the top 3 cheesiest musical performers that you would have a difficult time admitting you like. Don't miss it!

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6/23/14

Horshack Redemption #19: Chrome and Hot Leather (1971)





Listen to Gilligan and The Professor discuss this early 70's biker movie starring the incomparable William Smith with a cameo by Cheryl Ladd.  The greatest retro movie soundtracks of all time are also on tap.  Enjoy!

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6/9/14

Full Reads #4: Wild Women on the Loose!


Here's a couple fun articles from ye olde men's magazines which tell tales of wild rampaging women  The first article, "Girls with Claws" is written so sensationally that I simply had to share. Every line is a hysterical hot mess of lies and wishful thinking: "They use sex as bait but, failing to get a nibble, these demoniac damsels will fight!"

The second article, "Burglar in Hollywood" falls victim to the same fiction - that the world is populated by massive amounts of glamorous nymphomaniacs.  Never in the town you live, of course - but this article claims they're rampant in Hollywood.

Happy reading.


5/23/14

The Horshack Redemption #18 - Stripped to Kill (1987)





The Professor and Gilligan discuss the 1987 Roger Corman produced thriller Stripped to Kill starring Kay Lenz, Greg Evigan and Norman Fell.

The List this week is: The Top 3 TV Homes Where You Would Want to Live 

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5/16/14

The Horshack Redemption #17: Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)




The Professor and Gilligan count down their top three TV theme songs before diving into the cult classic Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973).

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5/3/14

Vintage Reads #52 :More Action/Mystery Paperbacks


This is by no means a new topic for Retrospace. Espionage, Action and Mystery paperbacks are my favorite covers -  often trashy, and always interesting.  But it's been a while since I've delivered up a batch of covers (November 2012), so we're due for another round.  Enjoy!


4/28/14

The Horshack Redemption #16: Mitchell (1975)





The Professor and Gilligan break down their top 3 TV catch phrases then tackle the 1975 Joe Don Baker flick, Mitchell.  Give it a listen!

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4/21/14

Cinema #35: Great Moments in Cinematic Cleavage



Imogen was affectionately known as the Countess of Cleavage, so it seems fitting to begin our list of great moments in cinematic cleavage with her.British boobscape.  Buckle up, passengers, there's 17 more to go and it's bound to be a bouncy ride!

4/15/14

Retrospace Sharity #4: Girly Magazines


No worries - I'm not peddling porn on Retrospace.  None of these magazines have nudity; they're all from the days before censorship was lifted and things got dirty in a hurry. This is good clean fun for the 1950's male.  So, go fix yourself a highball, kick back in your Barcalounger, and download some free Golden Age girly magazines.  And you're welcome.


4/8/14

Needlework A-Go Go #34


For you vintage fashion aficionados, I've scanned a couple Modern Needlecraft magazines.  Nothing particularly dazzling, but it's one more piece of vintage ephemera nearly lost to the traces of time.  Viva preservaci√≥n!

4/4/14

Deep Thoughts #9: Our Shared Pop Culture Wasteland


There's something to the fact that Generation X was immersed in a pop culture that was shared.  In other words, we all watched TV in the evening, and there was basically only three channels to choose from.  So we all have a communal memory of TV in the 70s.  There wasn't much selection, we all did it, and thereby we as a generation have a shared experience.

Stay with me.  I'm going somewhere with this.

4/3/14

The Horshack Redemption #15: Visiting Hours (1982)




The new episode is up. This time The Professor and Gilligan tackle the 1982 Canadian horror flick Visiting Hours.  Be sure to also catch our "Top 3 Hot TV Moms" and answer the $64,000 Question: "Why does contemporary music suck?" 

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3/30/14

Catalogs #36: 1986 German Catalog


I found this German catalog (Genex) from 1986 infinitely interesting - not just for the inherent nostalgia, but for the contrast to American catalogs and by extrapolation, culture.  For instance, in '86 we don't put cartons of cigarettes in the candy section; nor do we show fully nude people in the sauna section.  That's just un-American.

But those are extreme examples.  For the most part, the catalog is just an average tour through mid-eighties consumerism.  Still worth a tour - let's check it out.

3/26/14

Cinema #34: Top 30 T&A '73


In my opinion 1972 was the year all hell broke loose. Deep Throat and Last Tango in Paris were playing on Main Street.  Sexual Liberation was in the air, and cinema was quick to hitch a ride on the gravy train. Restrictions had been lifted a few years earlier, but by '72 even the remaining restrictions were ignored.  It seemed the motion picture industry's censors were asleep at the wheel, and it was time to get down.

I thought I'd start with the following year and drill down on the top 30 movies which delivered the goods to the hungry masses. Is this the Internet's definitive list? Why yes it is.

3/24/14

The Horshack Redemption #14: Dirty O'Neil (1974)



Gilligan and the Professor review the 1974 Drive-In sexploitation film Dirty O'Neil. Listen in to hear our Drinking Game for the film, and of course there's plenty of discussion on the naughty bits (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).

As always, we start things off with a Top Three List - this week it's "The Top 3 Badasses of All Time".

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3/23/14

Mini Skirt Monday #181: Catalog Minis


Minis from catalogs is something we've definitely covered before, and I've tried to ensure no repeats (though, with the volume of pictures I've uploaded, there's likely to be a few).  Anyway, there were three previous catalog episodes: July 2013, and two from January 2011 (here and here).  But there's plenty scattered throughout our long, rich and illustrious history of Miniskirt Mondays.

So, I'll shut up now and deliver the catalog minis....

3/19/14

Tech #29: Futurespeak - Predictions from Video Action Magazine


The December 1980 issue of Video Action contained an article by Mike Gold titled "Futurespeak".  The tagline reads:

"IF YOU THINK CABLE AND TAPE HAVE CHANGED TELEVISION, SIT TIGHT. THE BEST IS YET TO COME."

My interest was piqued. Predictions from 33 years ago on the future of media: television, books, movies, etc.....  This had the makings of a must read.  In 1980, our living rooms were still a lot like the living rooms of 1960.  The television set was color, but the number of channels was basically the same.  The VCR and the "home arcade" were on the market, but hadn't yet penetrated your average household.  But change was in the air, and the technophiles could feel a major shift on the horizon.

This is a voice from that moment.  1980 homes are still stuck with one crummy TV with 3-5 crummy channels, but all this stuff is about to explode (although it would take several decades to fully realize most of the predictions in this article - via the internet).... and there's this guy, Mike Gold in Video Action magazine giving us his take on where all this is headed.

So, here's the article in its entirety.  I've also added my own comments throughout.  All the pictures within this post are taken directly from this issue of Video Action.


3/17/14

Vintage Style #40: Partridge Family Fashions


The Partridge Family was on from 1970 to 1974, that nether-region between the brilliant day-glo fashions of the sixties and the funked out disco styles of the late seventies.  You might say that the clothing from this period is an "acquired taste". The Partridges provide an excellent glimpse into this wondrous period.  Let's have a look...

3/14/14

The Horshack Redemption #13: Ants! (1977)



In this episode the Professor and I discuss the 1977 film Ants.  We also delve into the top 3 sitcom characters of all time.

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We use Simkl IM CVR to record Skype for our podcasts, and it was behaving even worse than usual.  Any pointers on how to get remote audio quality up would be appreciated.

3/11/14

Vintage Reads #51: Fantasy Covers & Vocabulary


Google Books allows you to check out a novel's most commonly used terms. It's an interesting little function, especially when it comes to works of fantasy.  Google Books spits out the words you'd expect - we all know the types of proper nouns and such used in the genre: "Eltorn", "Thunderhammer", "Tyfar", "Trylon".... I'm just making them up as I go. You get the idea.

It's easy to make fun, but in all fairness, if you did the same Google Books function for The Lord of the Rings, it would sound similarly cheesy.  The vocabulary of fantasy simply became a parody of itself.  (Then along comes George R. R. Martin to break the mold - but that's another story.)

So, I thought it'd be fun to take a look at a stack of fantasy books and single out three of the most common words for each.  Plus, I always love the cover art - so even if you don't give a flying shit about the words, there's plenty of eye candy to enjoy.

3/7/14

Album Covers #42: Vinyl Vixens


Will the well ever run dry? It seems I could post LP cover cheesecake for the next hundred years and only scratch the surface.  Record buyers were evidently a randy lot, easily swayed by a bit of female skin.  Where The Beatles or Elton John could afford to get creative with their cover art, a huge segment of the music world opted for Plan B (and B stands for Boobs).

This randiness was by no means an American original. Au contraire.  Spanish language discs were the biggest offenders.  Indeed, there is a mountain of as yet untapped gold in 'foreign' vinyl eye candy.  No doubt, it will allow posts like this to continue for many years to come.


3/3/14

The Horshack Redemption #12: Humanoids from the Deep (1980)



Gilligan and the Prof review the 1980 monster movie Humanoids from the Deep. Our discussion, as always, weaves through the pop culture landscape of yesteryear, where we discuss everything from evil ventriloquist dummies to gratuitous nudity.  A good time was had by all.

Our top 3 list for the week is "TV shows that we enjoyed as a child in the 70s and 80s, but suck hard upon reviewing as an adult".  You won't want to miss this.

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  • Mini Skirt Monday #180: More Lovely Couples


    Yes, we've done couples before here on Miniskirt Monday: once in June 2013, and earlier in May 2012. What can I say? It's a particularly fun subject - sizing up the couples, detecting a mismatch, etc.  You also get the often godawful men's fashions as an added bonus.  So, here's yet another "couples" post with 52 pics for the win.  Enjoy.

    2/26/14

    Retrospace Sharity #3: True Confidential Confessions


    Men's action mags of the fifties and sixties had stories with sensational titles like "Weasels Ripped My Flesh!" and "Sex Slave of the Nazi Witch Queen".  Whereas, the women's pulp had a different slant, with titles such as: "I Was A Wild Hot Rod Girl", "Blind Dating Ruined Me" and "I Married a Road Bum". In my humble opinion, there's something to love in both genres.

    In this sharity post I'm delivering up the "true confession" pulp rags aimed at the female audience. All have "confession" in their titles, but each one is a different publication.  If only for curiosity, they are definitely worth a read.  Happy downloading.... and you're welcome.

    2/24/14

    School Daze #13: The Hip Way to Learn

    From The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #91 (Dec. 1965) 

    This little public service comic book ad was published by the National Social Welfare Assembly.- which sounds like a Commie Socialist organization (so they changed their name in 2005 to the National Human Services Assembly), but it's actually a good non-profit group, representing the Red Cross, Boy and Girl Scouts, and Salvation Army).  But their ad certainly leaves room for comment from a 2013 vantage point.

    First off, who is this creepy guy eavesdropping on the conversation of these kids?  I think it would've been more effective if Superman or Wonder Woman was giving the advice instead of this strange man.

    The kids at the soda shop have a dilemma - they're studying their asses off and still flunking.  What to do?

    2/23/14

    Mini Skirt Monday #179: One Among Many (Part 2)


    In Miniskirt Monday 167 we honored the girls who stood alone in their choice of wardrobe - opting to don the greatest garment ever invented over lesser choices (i.e. the dreaded slacks).  As I said back in in October, "Lone miniskirt wearing chick - Retrospace salutes you!"

    2/20/14

    Catalogs #35: House of Kesman 1973


    The 1973 House of Kesman Catalog is more or less a Frederick's of Hollywood style catalog.  There's no nudity, just 70s finery at its zenith.

    Please note that this is more or less a repost of Catalogs #27; however, that post was killed by Rapidshare. You just can't keep a sexy catalog like Kesman down for long. It's back and better than before.

    2/17/14

    The Boob Tube #49: Music Specials (TV Guide Ads)


    I have a confession to make: last night I spent four consecutive hours watching live music clips on YouTube. I watched everyone from England Dan & John Ford Coley to Fairport Convention.... from The Isley Brothers to The Plasmatics.  You get my point - I was all over the place.

    I must admit, YouTube is a godsend when it comes to this function.  I remember a day when the only way to see Bread or Marmalade (which go well together) in action was to stay up till 2 AM and watch those crummy Time-Life infomercials.  You remember those?  They'd play a few fantastic clips then some aging rocker (usually Peter Noonan or John Sebastian) would try to talk you into buying overpriced cassette tapes or CDs.

    Anyway, it got me in the mood to watch some old music specials.  Unfortunately, even YouTube can't provide me with those - they seem to be lost to the traces of time.  Netflix is no help, nor is Amazon. 99 percent of these specials are simply unavailable.  All that remains are these TV Guide ads....

    2/15/14

    The Horshack Redemption #11: The Devil Within Her (1975)



    The 1975 horror movie "The Devil Within Her" AKA "Sharon's Baby" is reviewed.  Plus, the top three Saturday morning TV shows (cartoons not included) are counted down.  A fun, nostalgic, hilarious time is had by all.  Come join us!


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  • 2/9/14

    Mini Skirt Monday #178: Uniforms (Part 2)


    This topic was covered in September 2012, so check that out if you haven't seen it yet.  As I said then, I'm going to try to avoid including many cheerleaders, stewardesses, French maids, nurses, tennis players and waitresses as those each deserve (and have earned) posts unto themselves.  This is simply a potpourri of chicks in uniforms - choirs, clubs, and matching blazers.  Enjoy.

    2/7/14

    Retro Film Report #41: The House that Dripped Blood (1971)



    I can talk to you all day about a movie, but when it comes to typing it into a formal review, complete with plot summary and well-thought-out critique, I'm not your guy. That sounds like a lot of work; and I'd rather spend my time just watching another movie.

    That being said, I do like sharing what I've watched and hearing your thoughts as well.  This week I watched a flick that is near and dear to my heart - The House that Dripped Blood.


    2/6/14

    The Horshack Redemption #10: Switchblade Sisters (1975)




    A review and discussion of the 1975 drive-in movie grindhouse classic Switchblade Sisters.  Gilligan and The Prof also countdown their top junk foods of the 1970s.  Enjoy!


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    Music Lists #21: More Songs I Love


    A few months back, I published a list of 19 songs I loved.  Well, I though I'd add a few more to the list.  No great revelations here - just a bunch of songs I happen to enjoy.  I'm always appreciative of recommendations, so I thought you might be as well.


    2/3/14

    Retro Film Report #40: Four from 1980


    Dressed to Kill illustration from MAD magazine 
    Here are short reviews of four films I recently watched, all released in 1980: Dressed to Kill, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, Death Ship, and House on the Edge of the Park.  Enjoy.

    Mini Skirt Monday #177: Minis and Boots


    Let's face it, miniskirts look great no matter the accessory; however, there's something special about the mini + boot combo... especially the go-go boot.  We covered this way back in Mini Skirt Monday #95, but I thought it was worth another round.  Enjoy.

    1/28/14

    Opinions and Rants #44



    Our fridges are still stocked, and no one enjoys a meal out more than an American.  Problem is, the fridge is on credit, and both parents have to work to pay the grocery bill.  Plus, living paycheck to paycheck means that any unforeseen expense (i.e. a busted transmission) gobble up your grocery money.

    This isn't everyone.  But there's a growing number of people who've fallen behind the "paycheck to paycheck" cycle - hence, the booming business of "title for cash" shops.  I travel a good deal in my profession, and I see whole swaths of cities turning into pawn shops, dollar stores, and title for cash shops. The symptoms of a populace in the red.

    1/27/14

    Mini Skirt Monday #176: Actress Minis


    Here's a handful of images featuring actresses in miniskirts. Some of these gals are famous, some only moderately so. I tried to focus primarily on actresses not from the US as well as actresses that are a bit off the beaten path. Enjoy.


    1/25/14

    The Horshack Redemption #9: Modern Problems (1981)



    Vintage Movie Review #9 - The 1981 Chevy Chase film Modern Problems. Also starring Dabney Coleman, Nel Carter, and a ton of bizarre 80s moments we can't wait to tell you about.

    Plus, we list our top 3 toys from the 1970s. Have a listen!


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    1/23/14

    The Vintage Home #18: When Houseplants Ruled the Earth

    In decades past, the ordinarily healthy practice of decorating the home with houseplants went off the rails.  It escalated beyond being a simple peculiarity of the times and entered into a sort of mass delirium, rivaled only by the international obsessions with recreational drug use and casual sex. 

    Strange fads such as streaking, fondue parties, breakdancing, and mainlining heroine got a lot more attention than the boring and benign houseplant.  Do not be deceived – this quiet, unassuming, photosynthesizing home dweller was the perpetrator of a global hysteria that went under the radar – until now.    

    1/15/14

    Cinema #33: Actresses on Nudity (Part 2)



    Continuing in the grand tradition of part one, we'll look at what the actresses have to say about their brush with cinematic nudity.  Enjoy.

    1/13/14

    Mini Skirt Monday #175: Majorettes


    Cheerleaders get all the attention - even on Retrospace.  Miniskirt Monday has devoted at least two posts to cheerleaders (here and here) but nary a mention of their less acclaimed counterparts: the color guard, baton twirlers/majorettes, pep flags, etc.  These gals were every bit the stalwart supporters of the miniskirt (although, often preferring the hotpants - which is no crime in my book).

    Well, the lack of representation on Miniskirt Monday ends today.  Here's another pile of old photographs this time featuring those lovely flipping, twirling, dancing, girls in miniskirts.

    1/9/14

    The Horshack Redemption #8: Eat My Dust (1976)



    Gilligan and the Professor roll out their top three awkward movie moments, as well as their top Video Store Memories.  Then it's on to the 1976 Ron Howard/Roger Corman film Eat My Dust.  Gilligan is enraged by a certain scene involving dungarees and The Professor is incensed by random bursts of singing.  Take a listen to hear all about it!.Here are a few ways to tune in....
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    1/7/14

    Vintage Scan #28: 1974 World Book on Being Male


    So, I was looking through a World Book Encyclopedia Year Book from 1974 and found an article titled "Growing Up Male in America" by Warren T. Farrell.  I thought it might be worth a glance just for comparison's sake to 2014.

    The early seventies were all about being "Free to be You and Me"; gender stereotypes were frowned upon. Rosey Grier told boys it's alright to cry and sew, and Billy Jean King showed us that even in sports, the playing field was being leveled.  .But how much was actually being taken to heart in American homes, and how much stuck in the ensuing decades?

    1/5/14

    Mini Skirt Monday #174: School Minis


    The last time we did a Miniskirt Monday focusing on a school setting was September 2012, so we are definitely due for another. As much as I enjoy these photos, it's troubling to think that all these girls are in their sixties (or getting close) now.  (shudder) My how time flies.

    1/3/14

    Wonder Woman - S1E7


    This episode - penned from the same guy who wrote a third of the Batman episodes. In this episode:

    Mr. Brady has The Black Death
    Dr. Bellows makes homemade earthquakes
    And Wonder Woman does lots of math

    So, what are we waiting for?  Let's jump in.