12/30/15

The Horshack Redemption #33



Gilligan and the Professor countdown their top best and worst toys of the 1970s before moving on to the feature: Take This Job And Shove It (1981). Enjoy.

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12/29/15

Album Covers #45


Please tell me something got lost in translation here - that this band really didn't intentionally call their album Kingsize Dick.  I'm filled with conflicted feelings of mocking laughter and supreme admiration.

Here's a dozen albums, some good some bad.  Most of these come from Germany and other parts of Europe.  Enjoy.

Vinyl Dynamite #49: Bring BackThe Dynamite


In between watching Wonder Woman episodes, reading old magazines, and taking in a good sleazy movie, I enjoy collecting and listening to records.  And, as you know if you've been with me these 7+ years, I like to share.

Trouble is, I have endless difficulty sharing music files.  Take a look back at old Vinyl Dynamite posts, and you'll discover legions upon legions of dead links.  You may recall the Rapidshare fiasco (shudder).

So, if someone could recommend a method to (1) insert a player into a post so that you can stream a selection of tunes from the album, and (2) a host which can accommodate the music files that's fairly stable - it would be much appreciated.  (Note that I've been using MEGA for some file sharing here, and it seems to be so-far-so-good, but it will only let you download the files, not stream).

Lasty, note that the music will be primarily old, out of print, incomprehensibly obscure vinyl.  So, you won't be enabling piracy.  Quite the contrary - this keeps the memory alive of otherwise forgotten vinyl gems.


Retro Film Report #53: Action World Tour



Today's Retro Film Report takes a look at four action flicks that take place in four very different locales:Colpo in Canna (1975) in Naples, Hot Potato (1976) in Thailand, Cajun Justice (1988) in the Louisiana bayou, and Sangue di Sbirro (1976) in San Francisco.  Action and T&A know no geopolitical boundaries.


12/27/15

The Boob Tube #53: Italian TV Guide Covers


Man, Italian television must be something else... at least it was in the 1980s-90s, given their TV guide covers.  Every one is cheesecake central, overflowing with gorgeous Italian babes in short dresses and the like.  Those of you hoping for a Miniskirt Monday today will approve.  Let's have a look...

Vintage Scan #44: Ice Capades 1975


In our fourth installment of Ice Capades memorabilia, we look at the 1975 program.  This is their 35th anniversary, so they're getting all festive in this edition.  The motherload of polyester unitards awaits.


12/24/15

Vintage Scares #36: Have A Very Creepy Christmas


It's just a leggy Ann Miller waving her finger at a rather horrific Santa mask (or is this some sort of macabre trophy?).... But these slightly unsettling vintage holiday pics are what "Vintage Scares" are all about.  Here are some more holiday horrors for your viewing pleasure...


12/23/15

Sex Sells #32: Playboy Christmas Ads

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Give the gift that keeps on giving - a subscription to a nudie magazine.  What better way to show him you truly care, than pictures of naked ladies each month?  And don't forget about those engaging articles!  (That's why tells you he reads them, but you know better.)

Let's have a look at some Playboy ads from Christmases past.  All are from 1965-1970.  (Note that a few are a tad NSFW.)


12/22/15

Twisted Impressions #21


As always the disclaimer (before folks start saying I'm a bad person, seeing dirty innuendo in everything): these are likely perfectly innocent advertisements..... but they still have me wondering.  Is there more going on here than meets the eye?

In this Christmas edition we'll look at one theme in particular: the "woman with invisible penis" trope....

Vintage Scan #43: Parade (November 30, 1969)


Let's take another look at our old friend Parade, the newspaper insert of the highest caliber journalism.  In this issue we'll learn about stuffed animal trends, Jackie Mason's favorite jokes, and see-through Christmas fashions.  Of course, the best part is always the advertising.  Let's have a look...

12/21/15

The Boob Tube #52: Carry On Christmas



As you may know, I'm a big fan of the Carry On films - the Carry On gang are brilliant, and the humor is that magical mix Benny Hill knew so well: ribald humor + stupid gags = a damn fun time. 

There were a few Carry On Christmas specials: Carry On Christmas (1969), Carry On Again Christmas (1970), Carry On Christmas: Carry On Stuffing (1972) and Carry On Christmas (1973). (There wasn't one in 1971 because the Carry On flick in theaters was a flop that year.)

I happened to catch the '69 and '72 editions recently...

12/20/15

Mini Skirt Monday #202: Group Photos (Part 4)


The downside to group photos is that they're a bit crowded; you may have to squint to get a good look at the minis.  The upside is that we've got minis coming out our ears.  Let's have a look...

[Group Photos #1 (12/26/11), #2 (8/4/13) and #3 (11/17/13)]

12/19/15

TV Guide #12: December 16-22, 1978


The holidays were in full effect on the the boob tube in 1978; this week is overflowing with Christmas specials and extravaganzas. Let's take a look inside...


12/17/15

Vintage Style #45: Hair Styles '82


From the pages of American Hairdresser Salon Owner  (June 1982) comes some rad hairstyles that are sure to impress.... if you're the type that happens to be impressed by bad perms and cocaine inspired cuts.


12/16/15

Retro Film Report #52:


Today we're looking at another mixed bag: Mister Jericho (1970), Deadly Weapons (1974), Boeing Boeing (1965), The Big Switch (1968) and Please Turn Over (1959).  Enjoy!

12/13/15

Magazines #50: Woman's Day (December 1985)



Sure, dad looks a little bit like a psychopath, and mom's sanity is clearly hanging by a thread, but that's just part of the magic of the holidays.

Let's take a look at a Christmas issue of Woman's Day magazine from December 3rd, 1985 and see what they had to offer ladies of the mid-eighties.  Enjoy!


The Horshack Redemption #32




In this episode The Professor and Gilligan tackle the Top 3 Variety Shows before moving on to the movie feature: Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) starring Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson and Telly Savalas (plus the chick who played Isis, JoAnna Cameron).

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As always, read on for the screenshot gallery....

12/12/15

Vintage Scan #42: Parade (December 1, 1968)


Is jogging dangerous?  And what about these new co-ed fraternities (the shock, the horror!)? Read all about it in your newspaper insert of choice - Parade.


12/11/15

Retro Film Report #51



In this edition of the Retro Film Report, we're taking a quick look at a potpourri of 70s and 80s B-movies: Blood Sisters (1987), The Girl in Room 2A (1974), La Machine a Decoudre (1986), Too Hot To Handle (1977), and Lover of the Monster (1974).  It's quite the mixed bag of bottom-shelf video store rentals.  Enjoy!

12/9/15

Wonder Woman: S2E7


Note that we're skipping ahead to Episode 7 since Episode 6 was covered in March of 2010 (The Boob Tube #14). With Martin Mull as a hypnotizing rock star and Eve Plumb (Jan Brady), it's not to be missed.

Today's episode: "The Queen and the Thief" - Original Air Date: Oct. 28, 1977

12/7/15

Double Feature #17: Christmas Horrors



Don't Open Till Christmas (1984)/ Elves (1989)

The 1980s were perhaps the Golden Age of Christmas movies: A Christmas Story (1983), Christmas Vacation (1989), Scrooged (1988), A Very Brady Christmas (1984) and some may count Die Hard and Trading Places.

There were also a handful of Christmas horror movies: Gremlins (1984), Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) and Christmas Evil (1980),  Don't Open Till Christmas (1984), and Elves (1989).

The last two comprise tonight's double feature... and no points for guessing why I listed them last.

Busy at Work this Winter


Work is going to be hectic this winter for yours truly.  December and most of January look to be insanely busy at my real job, so posts may be sparse.

Since I've got lots of travel in my schedule, that means lots of movie watching, so you'll probably see a smattering of movie posts.  I typically watch flicks on the plane, then hash out a quick post ("Double Feature" or "Retro Film Report") in the hotel.  Sadly, not much time to scan until we're well into January.

So, I just thought I'd let you know in case you began to worry.  Have no fear, Retrospace cannot be stopped... only temporarily slowed. Cheers!

12/5/15

TV Guide #11: December 19-26, 1981


Let's check out what was on the Boob Tube 34 years ago.  Tis the season for sappy Christmas specials and Love Boat level celebs bringing us yuletide cheer.  Enjoy.

12/4/15

Vintage Musicians #10: Bands of Look-In


Don't recognize these guys? They're The Goodies, of course, performing their hit song "Funky Gibbon".  Yes, it's absolutely terrible - and, no, I have no memory of it whatsoever.  This is either because (A) I didn't live in the UK during the 70s, or (B) it's so awful, my brain has repressed its memory.

Old Look-In magazines are full of musicians unrecognizable to most Americans.  Let's have a look inside a few issues....