April 11, 2021

Don't Be Cruel

Before opening your big, fat mouth, is what you're about to say kind?
Is it helpful? Or is it cruel? If the latter is true, perhaps look into that.

April 4, 2021

Happy Easter

Heavenly souls, go in peace to love and serve the Lord. No, really.

March 28, 2021

yeah yeah


Check out this groovy rendition of The Monkey's Uncle originally recorded by The Beach Boys and Annette Funicello from 1965.

March 21, 2021

To Sit On a Sandwich

What do you mean you think the 1960s were weird? Hold the mayo.

March 14, 2021

burrrrr, I'm cold

The Doors perform their first #1 hit Light My Fire on a beach in Malibu from 1967 during Morrison's pre-smelly-leather-pants era.

March 7, 2021

One ticket to ride...

...to Nocovidtown, please. Live at Shea with actual audio from 1965.

February 27, 2021

Got My Mojo Working

Muddy Waters performs live on Canadian TV. At Newport in 1960.

February 20, 2021

February 13, 2021

Chicago Transit Authority...


...before they shortened their name. Where's my cowbell damn it?

February 6, 2021

Smackwater Jack


Here is a terrific live performance. Tapestry was released in 1971.

January 31, 2021

January 16, 2021

Na?

Want to know what the German tv show Beat Beat Beat was like in 1966/67? You do? Well you're in luck. Yippppppppeeeeeeeee!

January 9, 2021

January 2, 2021

the electric house


If you're a mid-century-modern freakazoid, you'll dig this 1950s promo film from Westinghouse. The heating bill is how much?!


I'll take one of those flip-up screen walls please. Fluffy! Nooooo!

December 27, 2020

December 21, 2020

Happy Christmas


Here's a mix to help you make your season merry and bright.

December 17, 2020

donkeys or cats?


The cat version makes me want to scratch my own eyes out. Aaahh.


Lou Monte, 1960


The Christmas Cats

December 12, 2020

Where does she live?



She don't come from no city, she lives way down in Diddy Wah Diddy.


Diddy Wah Diddy, Barry and the Remains, 1966

December 5, 2020

U.N.I.T.Y.



How are things going on your part of the planet? I miss the 90s.

November 21, 2020

Seventeen tv show

As a pop culture/rock history goon, being able to see live tv performances from 40+ years ago is a gas for me. I always think about how old the people I know/knew were at that time. Whenever I see kids dancing to rock and roll in the late 50s, I think of Helen Kelly and Mrs. Swaine, two moms from my childhood neighborhood. How cool it must be to see yourself, your mother/father or your grandmother/father dancing in clips like THIS Iowa teen dance show from 1958.

November 14, 2020

Saturday morning dose of Soul Train


What ya doing in your bed on your back? You should be dancing.

November 7, 2020

The Human Beinz

Hey Stardust, should we go to the BE-IN or the LOVE-IN? Check out this footage of a LOVE-IN on Boston Common from the late 60s.

October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween!

Remember my little ghosts and goblins to always listen to Krinkles before eating your Krinkles – FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES.

October 24, 2020

desire

What is it you want? What do you truly and genuinely yearn for?

October 10, 2020

The Texas Push

My date to a 7th grade dance in 1977 told me to wear my beige LEVI corduroys so that we'd match. I "accidentally" forgot. Push push.

September 26, 2020

Go, Dino, Go!



If you're a Rascals fan, you will dig this performance from 1968.

September 19, 2020

Walk, Don't Run

Hi Barbara Ann. Put on your little outfit, come over to my house and twirl your baton while I work on my wheels. Sure, Johnny.

September 12, 2020

regrets, I've had a few

When my mom finished nursing school in 1948, flight attendants were required to be RNs (registered nurses). She was 21 and living with her parents outside Boston, so why not travel and see the world even though many cities were still in ruins from the war? Jet travel was an extreme luxury then and it would be part of her job. She applied, was hired, but eventually turned it down. She told me it was her only major regret in her life. Here's the schmaltz. Now go do something, damn it.

1940s stewardess training film
Ozzie and Harriet, 1958
A 1960s British Air Hostess
Austrian stewardess training film, 1964
American Airlines Stewardess College, 1968
American Airlines commercial, 1968
white go-go boots
The Naughty Stewardesses, 1973

September 5, 2020

wish you didn't have to go



I get so bummed when summer ends. It's too short in New England.

August 29, 2020

Hullabaloo

Kids! It's time for The Kinks on Hullabaloo. Take my hand, honey!

August 13, 2020

I'm hungry

What's for lunch? What's for dinner? Are we there yet?

July 24, 2020

A skateboarding horse?

Yup. AND you learn The Frug. My life is complete and I'm so thankful.


I'm So Thankful, The Ikettes, 1965

July 5, 2020

Mary, Mary...

...why ya buggin'? – RUN-DMC   Where you goin' to? – The Monkees


Mary, Mary, The Butterfield Blues Band, 1966

June 30, 2020

Room 222

As a grade schooler in the mid-70s, school vacations meant I got to watch daytime reruns of Room 222. Hearing the older high school kids talk slang and watching Mr. Dixon have rap sessions with his students engrossed me. It premiered in 1969 and dealt with the many hot topics of a changing world – and there were many. Sound familiar?

June 20, 2020

June 13, 2020

June 6, 2020

swimming pools

I've always had a thing for pools. I knew where most of the in-ground pools existed in my town and surrounding towns we drove through when I was a kid. Even though you couldn't see them behind the wooden fences, they were there – sometimes with the handles of the slide poking up. Summertime for me means it's time to swim so dive in. Yippeee!

May 31, 2020

May 16, 2020

gorillas and knee socks

Whenever I hear a song from the past for the first time, I try to guess the year it was recorded based on the musical style. Instrumental and vocal trends changed every few years or so but 1965 is one of my favorite years in pop music. Here are some groovy tunes by The Ideals from Chicago singing about gorillas, wigs and knee socks:


You Lost and I Won, 1965


Go Get a Wig, 1965


The Gorilla, 1962 (Cortland Records version)
This song is playing in this clip. Whoooooaaaaahhhhhh!



Go-Go Gorilla, 1966 (Satelite Records version)
If you like to boogie, just try to sit still during this one.


Mo Gorilla, 1963


Knee Socks, 1959
Knee socks and Bermuda shorts caused quite a stir in the 1950s.