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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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.


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.


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...


Sex Sells #32: Playboy Christmas Ads

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.)


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...


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...


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)]


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...


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.


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!


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).

Download the Episode or just listen to it on Retrospace, iTunes or Stitcher.

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


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.


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!


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


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!


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.


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....


Mini Skirt Monday #201: Minis in Plaid (Part 3)

It's becoming a tradition to do a plaid miniskirt post every two years.  The last was in 2013 and the first in 2011.  So, before 2015 runs out, here's part three.  Enjoy.


Double Feature #16: Nurse Comedies

Young Nurses in Love (1989)/Naughty Nymphs (1972)

Tonight's Double Feature takes a look at two comedies from different decades and different continents, both featuring nurses.  Enjoy the shows.


The Horshack Redemption #31: Blood Freak (1972)

As we do every podcast, the Professor and I dish up:
  • Your recommendations of what's in the theater or on TV,
  • This week's top 3 list: Ways childhood is different today than in the 1970s.
  • And the movie review: Blood Freak (1972)
What will the drinking game for this film be? Will the Professor and I share the same opinion of the film? And,. most importantly, is there gratuitous nudity to discuss?
Join us for another round of retro-babble, dumbed-down movie critiques, and an overload of trivial pop culture connections.  Enjoy the show!


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Mini Skirt Monday #200

Mini Skirt Monday started back in February of 2009; and here we are, closing in on the end of 2015 and I'm proud to say MM is still going strong.

I tried to think of a creative way of celebrating the occasion, but in the in the end, I just opted for bringing you a mini from first 100 episodes of Mini Skirt Monday (doing all 200 would be a miniskirt overload).  Enjoy!


Cinema #39: Strapped to the Slab in the Mad Scientist's Lab

We're all familiar with the well-worn trope of the mad scientist - it's been done a million times on film.  TV Tropes characterizes the typical mad scientist as speaking with a fake Central European accent, is generally accompanied by a hunchbacked sidekick of some description, and often will engage in Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.

But perhaps his most common trait is his propensity to strap a maiden to a slab and prepare for mad experimentations.... I say "prepare", because he is rarely able to complete his diabolical ambitions. Typically, she's saved in standard damsel-in-distress fashion, by the hero or the scientist's own mad creations.

Let's have a look at some such scenes - I've rounded up a healthy supply, but am well aware this isn't a comprehensive list.  But, please, volunteer your own for ones I've missed.


Pulp Pages #6: My Confession (May 1975)

It's 1975, you're a housewife standing in the checkout line at your grocery store.  Chances are this tawdry rag is on a shelf nearby... and, chances are, you flip through it and are intrigued by the promise of lurid tales and sexual misconduct.  So, you drop it in your cart on top of the Wonder Bread next to the box of Count Chocula.   Your husband won't be home for a few hours; there'll be plenty of time to read before starting on the casserole....


Viva VHS #17: Action!

VHS covers in the action genre could be, well, let's just say 'a tad over-the-top'.  They definitely promised a lot more than they could deliver; but, if you were a true video store junkie in the 80s, you didn't much care.  You knew going in that the grade-Z action flick filmed in the Philipines was never going to live up to the box art.... yet, you rented anyway.  There was always the potential that maybe, just maybe, the promises of the cover would be fulfilled.

Of course, sometimes the covers were absolute shit.  Many of the ones that follow fall squarely into that category.  Let's take a look at what's on the racks of the action section of our local Retrospace Video Rental Warehouse....

The Horshack Redemption #30: Summer School (1978)

In this episode, The Professor and Gilligan discuss the 1978 film Summer School (AKA Mag Wheels).  The Top 3 List for this week is: favorite SNL recurring characters.  Enjoy!


Read on for the Summer School screenshot gallery.


Comic Books #64: I'm in Love with a Truck Drivin' Man

It's 1966, so the truck driver worship of the 70s hadn't yet begun.  Instead, we find a sort-of anti-trucker sentiment prevailing this quaint little story from Career Girl Romances of love lost and found at a truck stop....


The Vintage Home #22: Bathroom '80

It's the dawning of the 1980s; time to give a new look to your 1970s bathroom.  This magazine (Homeowner's How-To) from September 1980 has some remodeling and redecorating ideas to take you out of the disco era and into the exciting eighties in a feature called "Bathrooms for the 80s".  Let's have a look...


Double Feature #15: The Case for Swingers

Take a Girl Like You (1970) /A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

Both of these movies are basically feature length manifestos for swinging.  In the case of Take a Girl Like You, Oliver Reed spends the entire film convincing Haley Mills to give up her virginity. In A Guide for the Married Man, Robert Morse spends the entire film explaining to Walter Matthew how to effectively cheat on his wife.

I actually watched these back-to-back, and was amazed at how similar they are.  Both boil down to arguments for swinging - a hot topic at the dawn of the sexual revolution.


Vintage Men's Mags #42: After Hours

After Hours was a relatively short lived men's magazine that really played the hipster vibe to its maximum.  It was all about jazz, the Rat Pack, cocktails, Vegas, sports cars, and, of course, pretty ladies.

Make yourself a martini, light up a Chesterfield, and let's have a look inside....


Mini Skirt Monday #199: Little Red Short Dress

"Little Red Short Dress" - Well, I tried to make it sound like the Prince song, but it didn't quite work.  Well, I think you'll forgive me once you've traveled through this grand tour through red miniskirt-land.  Enjoy.


Retro Film Report #50: Zombies, Ghoulies, and Killer Plankton

In the spirit of the season, let's take a walk through a trio of fun horror movies: The Astro-Zombies (1968), Ghoulies IV (1994), and Plankton (1994) AKA Creatures from the Abyss. Enjoy!


Ads #79: Music Ads

Yes, Mrs. Johnson, your new Yamaha Electone Organ will definitely bring you closer to your punk daughter.

Here is a collection of randomly chosen music related ads.  I steered away from advertising for specific artists and albums - these pertain to instruments, audio equipment and media, etc.  We'll start with cassette tapes....


The Horshack Redemption #29: There's Nothing Out There (1991)

Gilligan and the Professor count down their top three best and worst vampire movies of all time, then head into the 1991 horror film "There's Nothing Out There". As always there's plenty of discussion about the gratuitous nudity, the film's "drinking game" and the usual bounty of pop culture connections. Enjoy!


Double Feature #14: Showgirls Versus Vampires

The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)/ The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)

These two Italian B&W vampire movies couldn't be more alike.  Both involve a troupe of lovely showgirls stranded in a castle with a mysterious vampire lurking about.

I'd love to know the backstory to these two films, as to how such carbon copies came to exist.  The actors, the directors, the writers, and the production companies are all different; yet, somehow, two identical films came to be in 1960.  Enjoy.


Album Covers #44: Butts on Record

What was with the massive amounts of album covers featuring butts in the 1970s (and early 80s)?  Call me crazy, but I’d say it’s the most repeated theme of all time.

There were plenty of musicians that tried to be artistic, but not every artist had the creative juice to create a Sgt. Pepper.  Mostly, records just featured a blah picture of the band, or some cheesecake.... and when they opted for cheesecake (which was pretty damn often), it defaulted to butts.

I could show you thousands of examples, but that would be a booty overload.   Instead, I’ve lovingly handpicked a selection for your viewing pleasure.  Enjoy.


Vintage Scan #41: Parade (February 20, 1972)

The cover stories may be of more historical importance; but this isn't your history class, this is Retrospace.  So, let's look at some groovy advertising, a scary ventriloquist dummy, jungle pattern bedspreads, and topless Hungarians.  Enjoy.


Foxy Ladies #28: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Halloween is all about candy.  Eye candy, that is.

Back in the glory days of the pinup, they had no shortage of holiday themed cheesecake custom made for calendars or simply to be carried in a G.I.'s sack.  Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a generous supply of old-school Halloween pinups. All feature a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern.  Stay tuned: sexy witches are on deck.  Enjoy!


Double Feature #13: Trashy Women Mystery Murders

The Playbirds (1978)/ Massage Parlor Murders! (1973)

Tonight's presentations have lots in common:
1. Lots of girls of ill repute getting offed one by one Ten Little Indians style by a mysterious killer.
2. Both actually have at least one massage parlor employee biting the dust
3. The motive for the killer in each film is exactly the same. Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say the killer in Playbirds and Massage Parlor Murders are almost identical

 Let's watch!


Vintage Scares #35: Shock! A 1958 Universal Pressbook

So, I came across this 1958 pressbook put out by Universal Studios marketing their horror films to television stations.  The book begins with some interesting promotional ideas.  Then, it's on to each film in their catalog, with recommended 10 and 20 second on-air promotions, TV news releases, and much more.

Each page is pictured below.  Or just download the whole shebang here.  Enjoy!


Retro Film Report #49: A Look at Six Horror Movies

Here's a mixed bag of horror flicks spanning from the 1960s through the 90s - some good, some godawful: Stage Fright (1980), Terror Express (1979), Evil Toons (1992), Dracula Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972), Stormswept (1994) and Blood and Black Lace (1964).  Enjoy.


Fumetti #5: Horror Fumetti (Part 2)

For me, the adult fumetti from the 1970s-1980s are the true heirs to the classic American horror pulp covers of the 1930s-40s.  Peruse a cover gallery of early pulps and you'll find that same characteristic over-the-top, ultra-lurid, and uncomfortably misogynistic vibe.  As we entered mid-century, things got tamer and censorship was enforced... but not in Europe where the adult fumetti kept the lowbrow horror illustration alive and well.  The content is mildly disturbing (and often hilariously bizarre), but the artwork, for the most part, is pretty damn good. Have a look...

Just for Laughs #12: Monster Party V

Back when Cracked wasn't a moderately interesting online listicle generator, it was a kids magazine in the vein of MAD, but with a more family-friendly brand of humor.... and a lot more monsters.  My favorite Cracked issues were, without a doubt, the monster themed issues, chock full of creature feature stills with funny captions or speech balloons.  

So, here's the fifth installment of my salute to those Cracked Monsters issues.  Enjoy/


Food & Drink #21: Meat

Vegans, shield your eyes.  You're about to enter an All-70s-Meat-Zone, and it's not going to be pretty... in fact, it's going to be pretty damn disgusting.  Unless you have a soft spot for sausage casing production and hog carcass washing, this may get a little bit grisly.

These images come to you from a trade magazine Meat Processing (Vol 16, No 11, 1977).  Roll the meat!...


Kid Stuff #21: 1972 Kenner Fun Catalog

My 1972 issue of Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery comes with a special treat inside: a 16 page catalog of Kenner toys.  Let's have a look, shall we?


Double Feature #12: Frankenstein

Frankenstein General Hospital (1988)/ The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

Well, October has arrived.  Time to get your horror on.  Tonight's double feature presentations are unique takes on the Frankenstein story.  The first takes a comedic angle, but manages to be nothing like Young Frankenstein.  The second is a Hammer film, but manages to be nothing like the other Hammer Frankenstein movies.  Love 'em or hate 'em, they're interesting variations on a well-worn story.  Enjoy the shows!


Vintage Style #44: 1970s Men's Fashion Ads

This is clearly the coolest dude who has ever walked the earth.  He's got a falcon for God's sake.  Even Ron Burgundy didn't have a falcon.

Anyway, here's a potpourri of 1970s men's fashion advertisements spanning from 1970-1975.    An abundance of tight high-waisted slacks and a sea of plaid await.