December 27, 2010

snow day in Boston!

Yahooooooo! Go sledding! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! Look out!

December 24, 2010

all the kids...

are getting these. I can't wait to visit on carrot and spaghetti day!
Or pineapple and raspberry day! Or mashed potatoes and gravy day!

December 22, 2010

Santa's trailer down by the river

I see this trailer every year, and every year I say I'm going to take a photo. Tonight was the night. The vendor went into it and closed the door so I could see the whole mural thang. I think the painted Santa is going to give me nightmares tonight. Trust me, the pics are better blurry. I mean that in a good way. Thanks Christmas tree guy!

December 20, 2010

Mapparium in Boston

I took some family members to the Mapparium at the Mary Baker Eddy Library on Mass Avenue near Berklee. We'll never forget it. GO THERE! Great multi-media show. It's cheap. Beautiful exhibit and exhibit space. Walk around Boston and look at the Christmas lights.

December 17, 2010

I can't stop watching this

It's a Scopitone from the
early 60s by a group called
The Condors. Great version
of Ain't That Just Like Me.
Another by The Searchers.
Yet another by The Hollies.
Put on yer bikini and shake it!
Love the guys' entrances.

November 16, 2010

October 23, 2010

oh my gourd

Every fall my friend Laura paints gourds for Halloween. They are the COOLEST and they sell like hotcakes. How can you resist these gouly gourds? If you're in the Marlboro area, go buy some at Trombetta's Garden Center and have some delicious homemade ice cream while you're at it. These gourds look like evil friends. AWESOME!

October 22, 2010

excuse me...

... while I retire to my fur-lined sensory deprivation skull designed by Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van Lieshout. I'll take one please.

October 20, 2010

Disc-O-Teen Halloween show, 1967

Disc-O-Teen was a local, afternoon, dance show from Newark, New Jersey that aired from 1965-1967. Here's a 1967 Halloween episode featuring Alex Chilton and The Box Tops. Alex died this year at the age of 59. He was only 17-years-old in this clip. Here's more info.

October 8, 2010

completely awful song...

...but excellent footage of The Buddy Deane Show circa 1962. Some chick is singing a horrible song that she wrote. This was at the beginning of the dance craze era that started with the Twist, The Pony and Mashed Potato. Where in the crowd is the Amber Von Tussle character? They all look like secretaries. Waaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!

September 30, 2010

The Flintstones are 50!

The Flintstones was the first primetime TV cartoon. Read 15 things you don't know about The Flintstones. Here are Wilma and Betty watching The Beau Brummelstones (The Beau Brummels) on Shinrock, a parody of Shindig! with host Jimmy O'Neilstone.  The term "Beau Brummell" means well-dressed man and is named after Beau Brummell. Here are some other performances from the show:
Ann-Margret as Ann-Margrock
• In Bedrock, Twitch Twitch
• Fred is like, squaresville

September 26, 2010

Alexandra Hotel in Boston, 1875

At the corner of Mass Ave. and Washington Street is the Alexandra Hotel, built in 1875. The Church of Scientology bought it and they started cleaning it up. Read about it here.

Allen House in Boston, 1859

I love having this groovy mansion in my neighborhood. It's a mix of the Italianate and French Second Empire styles. The Hite sign and building no longer exist.

September 25, 2010

The Larry Kane Show, 1962

Many 1950s and 60s teen dance shows are no longer with us because the tv studio tapes were erased. Here's rare footage of the Larry Kane Show from Houston, Texas. It ran from 19591972. A guy in this 1962 clip mentioned in order to be on the show, you had to take dancing lessons at the dance school next door then pass a series of dance tests.


Beat-Club from Germany looked like an incredible show. It ran from 1965-1972. The performances were mostly live with lots of audience shots. Love the beautiful and cool hostess. Here are some clips:

I Can't Let Go, The Hollies - 1966
Eric Burdon and the Animals - 1967
documentary footage
The Tremeloes - 1967
Peanut Butter, The Liverbirds - 1965
Happy Jack, The Who
Out of Time, Chris Farlowe - 1966
Fire, The Crazy World of Aurthur Brown - 1968

July 16, 2010

July 1, 2010

1968 dancing

Boogaloo and Shing-a-ling along with the kids on Teen Time from Stubenville, Ohio in 1968. Culottes, big hair and a Nehru jacket. Check out the album commercial at the end. Money back if not delighted.

Groove along
to one of the coolest songs of the 1960s. What a gas for these people to see their teenage selves. Or maybe they're cringing.

May 20, 2010


From December 1960 to May 1982, WABC in New York City was the definition of Top 40 radio. It was the most influencial music radio station of its day and had the power to make hit records. Check out the website music radio 77 and listen to the actual deejays, jingles, promos, contests, slogans, commercials and music. What a gas to hear what rock radio sounded like from the 1960s through the 80s.

May 10, 2010

I Slept With Joey Ramone

I just finished reading
the book by Mickey
Leigh (Mitchel Hyman)
about his brother Joey
Ramone (Jeff Hyman).
When I was a teenager,
and my peers were
diggin' bands like Van
Halen, Journey and REO
Speedwagon, I was grateful
for The B-52s and groups like
The Ramones. Of course I had
to buy The Ramones Greatest
Hits cd while reading it. I've
forgotten how many songs they
had. When was the last time
you heard Pet Sematary?!
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,
live in concert, 1980

May 7, 2010

let's go Red Sox!

I love when a friend calls me at 5:30 and says "wanna see the Sox
tonight?" We sat in the front row of the bleachers. The bleacher section
gets drunk and loud. It's funny to a point... then shut the hell up!

let's get outta here!

Love these! Check out Vintage Chrome Postcards and get inspired to go away for the weekend to a cheesy little motel with a pool. It'll be a
swingin' good time. Whooooooooooooaaaaahhhhhhhh!

hubba hubba

One-stop shopping for vintage girlie mags at Vintage Girlie Mags.

April 29, 2010

Apollo Theatre, 1962

Let's head down to the Apollo for a good show and a steak.

April 23, 2010

Ready Steady Go tv show

Ready Steady Go aired in Britain from 1963 - 1966. Manfred Mann's 5-4-3-2-1 was the theme song. The show was hosted by Keith Fordyce, Dusty Springfield and Cathy McGowan, known as the "Queen of the Mods" as a result of her hosting gig. Anyone who was anyone was on this program. They ran theme shows featuring The Beatles, Otis Redding and the hugely popular Motown acts.

• Otis Redding Special, 1966
• The Sounds of Motown, 1965

Dusty was instrumental in showcasing Motown on the show.

April 19, 2010

Olmsted's Emerald Necklace

Learn about the series of Boston parks that make up the Emerald Necklace. This is great info to know if you live in Boston. Sharing is caring. Go to the Emerald Necklace Conservancy web site.

March 20, 2010

Boulder Dash rollercoaster

This cool rollercoaster bombs alongside a mountain and through the woods. It's at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut. Check it out and go for a ride. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

March 19, 2010

March 15, 2010

cool vantage point

The Temptations were incredible. Those voices and that awesome
choreography. Five lead singers in one group. Check 'em out LIVE.

yeah, yeah, yeah!

The Dave Clark Five rivaled The Beatles in 1964/65.
Check 'em out on Shindig! in 1964. Cue the screaming girls....

March 9, 2010

Auto-Tune the News

These clips make me almost wet my pants. Auto-Tune is a software program that alters singers' voices to achieve perfect pitch. It makes people sound electronic. Watch/listen to Katie Couric talk/sing about texting here. People on the road can turn an LOL into a great big OMG. Here's the Time magazine article about these guys.

February 16, 2010

Shindig! tv show, 1964-66

Shindig! was a rock and roll tv show that aired from September 1964
until January 1966 on the ABC network. It was the first of its kind featuring non-stop music, a house band starring Billy Preston on organ, backup singers The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love and go-go dancers accompanying most of the acts. The host was Jimmy O'Neil, a deejay from Los Angeles. Here's a terrific tv special about Shindig!.

Shindig! inspired several other rock and roll programs such as:
• Hullabaloo
• Hollywood A Go-Go!
• Shivaree

Information about this genre of television here.

video jukeboxes from the early 1960s

These are Scopitones. They're video jukeboxes that were invented in France in the early 1960s. They were made from surplus WWII airplane parts and only lasted a few years. This site has a bunch of Scopitones. The colors were very vivid and the costumes and dancing were somewhat risqué for the day, as evident in one of the most well-known Scopitones: Nancy Sinatra performing Boots. Shake it ladies.

Check out the Scopitones at 1:58 in the video above from 1963.

February 7, 2010

Piet Mondrian

Check out the Mondrian-inspired dresses on the chicks in this 1965 clip from Shindig! Take me there already. Don't know who Mondrian is?

January 25, 2010

the beginning

I started this blog as an assignment for a class. I'll use it to help myself learn about web design. Come along for the ride if you want, I'm just babbling. ROCK ON! Whooooooooooaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!