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Posts tagged ‘1980’

The past holds innumerable strange and disturbing monstrosities…and some of them are glorious. Recommended watching and listening: The sanity-wracking quintessence of 1980 captured on magnetic tape.

Do K-Tel #6: Rock 80 (1980)

June 19th, 2017

As my collection of K-Tel compilations began to grow, I realized my old assortment of platters included one of the label’s most celebrated releases. Rock 80 was a two-time hand-me-down. An older cousin passed it on to a tween-age Maura, who in turn handed it off to me during the early days of our relationship. […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 17

February 17th, 2017

(from “How To Trap An Orchid!” by E. Nelson Bridwell, Ramona Fradon and Vince Colletta in Super Friends #31, April 1980) Many enthusiasts have been shocked to discover a supposedly “dead” specimen suddenly spring back into full bloom.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 16

February 16th, 2017

(from “How To Trap An Orchid!” by E. Nelson Bridwell, Ramona Fradon and Vince Colletta in Super Friends #31, April 1980) Bats and orchids have a bizarre and complicated relationship.

We’re dedicated

December 3rd, 2015

I recently discovered that American Radio History has a full of Panorama scans, read which was the best Christmas present the internet could give me. Panorama was TV Guide‘s short-lived attempt to publish a mildly upscale monthly periodical covering various aspects of the television industry, diagnosis it emerging technologies, and its important figures. The mag’s […]

Too pure to be pink

December 2nd, 2015

Gee, search Mr. Donald Lachie of Youngwood, PA, perhaps you are right. In our rush to display our hip cynicism, we could very well have condemned an important cultural work without taking a moment to reflect upon its virtues and the truths it expresses about the human condition. Let us put aside our received wisdom […]

Nothing better to do

December 1st, 2015

“This home electronic stuff going over like gangbusters, people. How can we cut ourselves a slice of that pie?” “But, Boss, our firm makes recipe cards and recipe card boxes. It’s not really in our wheel–” “You’re fired. The rest of you better have a workable idea on my desk by tomorrow morning. Hop to […]

Are we not macho men?

April 2nd, 2015

From a commercially pragmatic standpoint, ed the Village People represented a workaround for a pair of persistent problems which plagued the surging disco craze — a lack of identifiable performers and the difficulty in translating club play to mass market airplay. The former was a product of the producer/composer-driven nature of the music, more about […]

Gimme some truth

April 1st, 2015

John Lennon’s corpse hadn’t yet cooled when the first wave of hagiographic retrospectives began to flow from the all corners of the music scene. These unabashedly (if understandably) fulsome tributes dovetailed nicely into a greater narrative of change which encompassed the Boomers’ fading youth, therapist the end of 1970s decadence, pharmacy and the ascension of […]

To boldly wear

November 28th, 2014

The distinction between “Trekkers” and “Trekkies” is lost on me, order but I suspect it hinges upon the target audience for this 1980 item of mail order fashionwear: The cut of the jacket and its use of electronic components suggest “getting ready for the synthpop singularity, price ” but the franchise branding scream “cruising the […]

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