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?


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!


Retrospace Radio #46


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


Retro Film Report #42

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...


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...


Magazines #42: 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.


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!

The Horshack Redemption #25: Super Soul Brother (1979)

This week, your humble hosts Gilligan and the Professor take on Supersoul Brother, a blaxploitation flick from 1979.  But before diving in to this low-budget goldmine of "1970s-ness" and bizarre filmmaking, we roll our Top 3 Douche Bags of Cinema. Take a listen!

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Retrospace Radio #45

Believe it or not, the last Retrospace Radio was in April 2013!  Suffice it to say, another round is long overdue.  Enjoy.


Here's the track list for today's edition:

  1. "Cocaine" by John Martyn
  2. Invasion of the B Girls (1973) trailer
  3. "Oh Love, We Finally Made It" by Barry White 
  4. Bain de Sole commercial 1983
  5. "Roller Rink" by Trooper 
  6. The Hogan Family TV Theme
  7. "It's So Nice to be Stoned" - White Witch
  8. "Pop Promotion" - Gerhard Narholz and Jurgen Jaenner
  9. Redd Foxx comedy
  10. "Words" by Stories
  11. Exxon commercial
  12. "Anna's Song" by Hummingbird
  13. In the News clip
  14. "Hard Monkeys" by Ten Years After

Total Time: 23:28

Catalogs #39: Argos Catalogue Babes (1982-1989)

In our previous installment, we pretty well established that Argos babes were every bit as foxy as their American counterparts at Sears and JC Penny (despite the lack of a proper lingerie section). But in the eighties I think you'll agree the Argos folks kicked things up a notch.


TV Guide #6:November 10-16, 1973

As you can see, it's "a very special week".  So, it's time to adjust those rabbit ears, pour yourself a bowl of Frankenberry and plant yourself on the well-worn spot on the living room shag.  Don't touch that dial!


Foxy Ladies #27: The Gals of Radio Control Magazines (Part 2)

Sure, motorcycle and muscle car magazines had their cover babes, but (as I said in the previous edition) nothing says "chick magnet" like a remote control helicopter.  Those other magazines get all glory for their sleazy babes straddling hot rods and choppers; but what about those magazines featuring a girl and her "peanut scale cessna airmaster"?  I think they deserve some respect - and so here's part two (part one is here).  Enjoy.


Twisted Impressions #20

Is it wrong that I totally get a creepy sexual vibe from this innocent picture from 1978?  Have I just become so jaded that I can't look at kids admiring a phallus rocket and not chuckle like a depraved moron?  Tell me I'm not alone.

Here's a few more "innocent" photos that awaken my inner-degenerate.,,,

Magazines #41: True Crime Rags (Part 5)

Is there any reading material more degenerate and reprehensible than true crime/detective magazines?  At least porno magas are just about sex - these are about sex and violence against women.  I suppose we're supposed to think that it's all okay because, after all, this is just true crime reporting.  Who doesn't enjoy a good police drama?  Well, one look at these old rags proves the lie to that theory - this is some dark and demented shit. The cover story titles, the photographs of women in peril... it's all very seedy.

Yet, here's round four.

I can't help it.  One of the great joys of looking back at the 1970s (and flanking decades) is admiring its unabashed politically incorrect sleaziness.  I honestly can't tell you if Detective Magazines have gotten any tamer in recent years (or if they even still exist)... but back in the day, these rags rolled in the gutter every bit as proudly as the grittiest grindhouse film, and they deserve a look if only for their enthusiastic race to the bottom of the barrel. So buckle up, it's going to be an uncomfortable ride....


The Horshack Redemption #24: Killer Workout (1987)

Gilligan and the Professor start things off by listing our top three "synthesizer songs".  James Taylor be damned - we're talkin' Pet Shop Boys level synthesizers.

Next, we tackle the VHS classic "Killer Worker" (AKA Aerobicide).  So, put on your baby blue legwarmers and pink pastel thong leotard - it's time to get physical!

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Proceed onward for the screen capture gallery....


Mini Skirt Monday #185: Minis On Stage (Part 5)

Once again, I have explored through stacks of yellowed and tattered newspapers, dusty ancient yearbooks, and faded old photographs to bring you another Miniskirt Monday theme.

We've done the "on stage" theme before (Miniskirt Monday 140, was part four). Basically, anytime a gal gets up on stage or in front of a crowd wearing a mini is fair game.  So, enjoy part five!