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Posts tagged ‘1979’

My decision last fall to pick up a turntable had nothing to do with audio fidelity or “warmer” sounds or affected hipness. I got back into records because Maura scored a near complete set of Time-Life’s Swing Era compilations at an estate sale and because I thought it would be a nice way to get […]

Play-Doh’s “Fuzzy Pumper” Monster Barbershop was one of the toy industry’s many attempts to channel children’s fixation with familiar horror archetypes into a non-threatening plaything. The playset’s real horrors were reserved for the parents who gazed upon the sanity-blasting state of the living room carpet and the phantasmagoric nightmares which emerged from the family dog’s […]

O Holy Night Fever

September 30th, 2016

It’s 1979 and the Sears Wish Book wants people to give the greatest gift of all — HOME DISCO TECHNOLOGY. I guess Steve Dahl’s block on WLUP didn’t carry as far as Santa’s Workshop. While I feel a strong sense of after-the-fact pity for any poor soul who got this stuff in their holiday haul, […]

Song for Sunday #148

August 16th, 2015

Amii Stewart – Knock on Wood The Cusp in all its jumbled glory.

This week’s installment is both out-of-sequence and features an LP technically part of my collection. It was purchased in the summer of 1990 by my little brother during the same trip which yielded this essential classic. The record is Steve Martin’s Comedy Is Not Pretty… …released in 1979. My brother was hepped to the comedian’s […]

Digging Out: Day 1

January 6th, 2014

The best part of being indispensible is the level of job security it provides in an uncertain economy. The worst part of being indispensible is coming back from a week’s furlough/holiday/inclement weather vacation and finding your various “to do” boxes crammed to the virtual rafters with high priority projects. Throw in the still-yet-unresolved hassles happening […]

Staying alive

November 18th, 2013

We can’t rewind

November 15th, 2013

Time to fire up the time machine, asthma kids. The First International Video Music Conference beckons! Scheduled panels to include: – Choosing the Correct White Minimalist Backdrop – Trowel or Paint-Sprayer? Make-Up Techniques for a Bold New Era – Lip-Synch Tricks for Beginners – None More Grainy: Using Cheap Film Stock as a Bold Artistic […]

And how to lose it

November 8th, 2013

“My Sharona” by The Knack was not the first “new wave” hit to climb to the top of the American pop charts — that honor goes to Blondie’s “Heart of Glass, disinfection ” buoyed by its disco crossover DNA — but it did effectively revive a genre that had been all but dismissed as dead. […]

The biggest thing in home video

November 7th, 2013

If battle for the mind of North America was indeed fought in the video arena, sanitary then these bulky belles of the 1979 consumer electronics ball… …were the flintlock muskets. Just look at those beauties — a awkward assortment of shutters and lenses umbilically tethered to twenty-plus pounds of some of the fussiest solid state […]

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