November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let's not forget what Thanksgiving is all about. Pass the turkey!

November 23, 2014

Sunday morning dose of 1965

Grab your kazoo and play along with the incomparable Otis Redding.

November 21, 2014

Lou Rawls

Needed to get in the mood for a fun Friday night out. Mmkay.

November 20, 2014

Thursday morning dose of The Beatles

Every generation has their own music, but they were the best!

November 14, 2014

uptight and outta sight

Tom Jones and Stevie Wonder belt out a medley from 1969.

November 9, 2014

Muriel's Wedding

The ABBA post got me thinking about 1995's Muriel's Wedding starring the astounding Toni Collette. If you love ABBA and you've never seen this film, you are in for a real treat. Loves ya Muriel.

Help! I'm still stuck in the 70s

Put on your favorite hooker outfit and sing. You know you want to.

November 2, 2014

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home

Another show I remember from the cheesy 70s was this. It always confused me as to why daughter Alice came home from her date disheveled during the show's intro. It's because she was date raped. WTF?! The 70s were messed up. The show ran from 1972-1974.

Zoom tv show

A coworker recently mentioned that she's good friends with a former Zoomer. If you were a kid during its 1972-78 run, you watched Zoom every night at 6 on PBS. I haven't seen these show openings in 40 years yet I remember these kids so well. Send it to Zoom!

October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

The Monster Swim and The Monster Mash performed by Bobby "Boris" Pickett on American Bandstand from 1964.

October 26, 2014

1967's Summer of Love

Far-out footage of San Francisco and Swinging London from 1967.

October 25, 2014

Saturday night dose of 1966

A crime-fighting rock group with matching boots. Groovy man.

exit, stage left



Who was Snagglepuss anyway? A big pink gay lion? Theme songs.

October 19, 2014

RSG leaves me saying OMG



Spectacular live Motown performances from 1965 on the British
tv show Ready Steady Go! thanks to Dusty Springfield.



Click on the YouTube post above for a larger view.

October 12, 2014

The Searchers

Beautiful color film of The Searchers, circa 1963/64.

What was your first word?


Believe it or not, mine was Batman. According to my family, I would stand in front of the tv and sing when the Batman tv show theme came on. It premiered in 1966, shortly before my first birthday.


Here I am on Christmas morning in 1966. Notice my sister Mary in the background with curlers in her hair. In the 1960s, my sisters would sleep all night in soup-can-sized curlers with their heads hanging off the bed so they could go to school with a flip hairdo.

Here's Mary's 11th grade school picture from 1967 with a pretty snazzy flip. In case you want to sing along with the Batman theme, here are the lyrics:
Batman
Batman
Batman
Batman
Batman, Batman, Batman,
Batman, Batman, Batman,
na na na na na na na
na na na na na na
Batman!

October 4, 2014

mods, rockers and beatniks

If I want to be a beatnik, does that mean I can't bathe anymore?

September 28, 2014

go away already

My friend Glenn and I recently returned from a trip to Amsterdam, Paris and Venice. I first went to Amsterdam and Paris on a school trip when I was 14. The trip cost $750 and I paid for it myself with my summer-job money. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made and I'll never forget it. Is there a place you've always wanted to visit? Go there! There's nothing like traveling. It's the best gift you can give yourself and the memories will last forever.

 Here I am in Paris on the Eiffel Tower in 1980.

The Grand Canal in Venice viewed from the Rialto Bridge.



When in Amsterdam, hop on a bike and join the locals.

September 27, 2014

tambourines and maracas

My percussion-playing efforts get no respect. What up with that?

September 12, 2014

1964 Boston Marathon

I grew up in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, start of the Boston Marathon. Thousands of people flood this town on marathon day and a few hours later it's deserted. Here's great footage from 1964.

September 1, 2014

Beatlemania

Terrific footage of teenagers being interviewed during Beatlemania.

August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend dose of 1965

I don't even care about the "for reseach only" text. Marvelous!

tomorrow is a drag man...

...tomorrow is a big time bust. Here's a little culture for you.


August 10, 2014

Shindig!

If you love Shindig! as much as I do, you'll want to see this.

August 9, 2014

how do you not love 1965?

Fast forward to 7:15 just to check out her outfit. She talks about starring in American International films, like Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. What's she hidin' under that hat? I'd like to know... Here's the opening sequence with a groovin' theme song by The Supremes.

surf city

Gnarlatious footage of the surf and skateboard culture from 1966.

Saturday afternoon dose of the 70s

Yowza! Dare to wear the multi-color mood ring, or shirt!

August 8, 2014

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July 20, 2014

mambo baby, mambo!

This is a good song to play on the kazoo. But this one is better!

Sunday afternoon dose of 1965

The Shangri-Las give him a great big kiss on Shivaree.

July 18, 2014

who was your first concert?



Mine was The B-52s in 1982 at the Ocean State Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island. The B-52s gave me hope as a teenager that there were other normal people out there. Whoooooooooooohooooooo!

July 13, 2014

confessions of a disco child

Supposedly, the music that you listened to when you were 13 is music you always have a fondness for throughout your life. I turned 13 in 1978 when disco was still huge. The songs from Saturday Night Fever were played on the radio A LOT. My junior high Saturday Night Fever-themed dance was cancelled due to the blizzard of '78. My sister Janet and I never missed Dance Fever. This scene epitomizes that era for me.
What music did you listen to when you were 13? Boogie on!

July 10, 2014

Juke Box Jury, 1960

How bizarro was this show? Cool jukebox though.

June 29, 2014

1964 Beatles interview

Here's a Scottish interview from 1964 if you're so inclined.

June 22, 2014

Sunday morning dose of 1965



Mothers hide your daughters. The Stones on Top of the Pops.

June 21, 2014

The Doors

The Doors actually lip-synched on American Bandstand in 1967.

June 7, 2014

cha cha cha



Kids doing the Cha-Cha on American Bandstand from 1957.

The Animals

I love blue-eyed soul. More. More. More. More. More.

June 1, 2014

beatniks

Check out some 1958 beatniks groovin' to the flute on Peter Gunn.

Sunday morning dose of 1966



If you're as fascinated as I am with hairdos, you'll dig this.

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!

When was the last time you danced in a bar in your bikini?

May 10, 2014

Saturday night dose of Tom Jones



Ole swivel hips doing his thang from 1965. Go man go!

May 2, 2014

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons were named after a bowling alley in New Jersey.

Friday morning dose of Shindig!

April 29, 2014

James Brown's Boston Garden concert

Here's the entire 1968 concert shortly after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death. It was broadcast live on PBS to prevent riots in the city.

April 20, 2014

Easter morning dose of 1966

Norma Tanega sings her groovy hit Walkin' My Cat Named Dog.