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! Yum! These gourds look like evil friends! AWESOME!

1960s 45s

When I was a kid, I played my sister's 45s (shown here) and LPs. They collected 45s from 1963-1966. Most of them were by The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five and other British Invasion groups. I played these records long after their heyday. Now with YouTube, I'm able to see tv performances of these groups and it's such a gas! I love all kinds of music but have a special affinity for this era. Shake it but don't break it!
Some of the other records they had: The Supremes, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, The Four Seasons, Diane Renay, The Searchers, Jimmy Gilmer and the FireballsGary Lewis and the Playboys, ? and the Mysterians, The Chartbusters, Ronny and the DaytonasThe Shangri-lasThe Beach BoysBobby Rydell, Trini LopezJ. Frank Wilson and the CavaliersThe Mamas and the PapasThe Association, The Electric PrunesThe Young Rascals, Glen Campbell, Sonny and Cher, Roy Orbison, Lou ChristieThe Jefferson AirplaneThe Fifth Dimension and Sly and the Family Stone.

Above are school pictures of Kathleen (Hopkinton High School class of '68)
and Mary (class of '69) from 1963, '64 and '65 at the height of their 45 collecting.

This is a Polaroid of Kathleen and Mary before a football game in September, 1967.
Here I am in red knee socks with my sisters on Easter morning, 1968.

Here are my grandmother and sisters in May of 1965, one month before I was born.

October 22, 2010

excuse me...

... while I retire to my fur-lined sensory deprivation skull designed by Joep van Lieshout of Atelier Van LieshoutCooool! I want one!

October 20, 2010

Disc-O-Teen Halloween show, 1967

Disc-O-Teen was a local afternoon dance show from Newark, New Jersey that ran from 1965-1967. The only footage from this program is this 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 about the show.

October 17, 2010

Make like a baby and head out....


































to your friendly neighborhood wig shop for your 'weenie costume before they sell out of the good stuff! Don't forget your pets. Although it's a bit cruel to dress up Poopsie as Sarah Palin. Ugh. Don't have a Halloween party to go to? Throw your own.
Or have a cocktail party and go out to a bar dressed up. The bar patrons will dig it.... or beat you up. But hey, take the chance. Life is full of risks.
Yahooooooooo!

October 8, 2010

Doin' The Madison

This is a scene from the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. Waters was a teenager living in Baltimore in the early 60s. From 1957–1964, The Buddy Deane Show broadcast from Baltimore five days a week and on Saturdays. Hairspray is based on this program. Here's information about the time period. More information here.

The Buddy Deane Show

John Waters based his movie Hairspray on this show. Here are kids doing The Madison in 1961. Into the M, erase it, give me an i, dot it.

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 starting with the Twist and the Mashed Potato. Think of how nasty and jealous some of the other girls must've been! Just like Amber Von Tussle. They all look like secretaries. Waaaaaaaahhh!

Almost time for Halloween!



Yahooooooooooooooooooooooo! I think.