January 30, 2011

Dusty Springfield

Learn about the spectacular Dusty. Short and Long version.

January 29, 2011

How much practice did this take?

I'm very impressed. Good thing nobody sneezed. Yowzaaaaaaaa!

Interesting 3-part documentary from 1958...

...on all aspects of design, if you're into that. Part 2. Part 3.
A 5-part Tribute to the American Woman from 1962 sponsored by General Motors. Westinghouse can help you make a moody fridge.

January 23, 2011

Raquel Welch is Ready To Groove...

...in A Swingin' Summer. Thank God for campy films like this. They must've had a huge budget for stage decorations/set design. 
Raquel, you spacin' out? How was this taken seriously?! Waaaah!

Reasons To Be Cheerful...

by Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

January 12, 2011

The Porter House in Boston, 1806

Down from the Allen Mansion sits The Porter House on Washington Street near Mass Ave. It's a Federal-Style home from 1806 built with handmade bricks of different sizes and beautifully restored.

January 8, 2011

beautiful color film of some rockin' riffs...

who knew that turning sideways would make an audience squeal  :-0

January 7, 2011

Shivaree tv show

Shivaree aired in syndication in 1965 and 1966.
The definition of shivaree: a series of discordant noises.

• The Shangri-Las
• Al Martino
The Bobby Fuller Four
The Four Tops
The Sunrays
The Rolling Stones
The Temptations 
The Temptations had the coolest choreography
The Bobby Fuller Four again
Vicky Gomez
The Shangri-Las again
The Fortunes
Jay and The Americans

January 4, 2011

Great Shakes and such

As a graphic designer, I enjoy looking at vintage commercials for their graphics, logos, typography treatments and jingles. Some are so bad they're AWESOME! I also love when a commercial is infused with the popular culture of the day. Shake it with Great Shakes! Someone commented on YouTube how his mother still has the cup and lid and uses it to make gravy. Someone else said the commercial was shot in the living/dining room on the Bewitched set. The Yardbirds, The Who and a slew of others recorded radio jingles for this junk. It's smooooooth and dreamy. Huh? Check out this cool thing. A lot better than cards against your bike spokes. Vrooooooooooooom! Pop a wheelie.

want to look at muppets with people eyes?

Then go to Muppets With People Eyes! Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!

January 2, 2011

If you're heading out to Vegas...

from your blustery environs, have a shake by the pool
for me. Yeah! Giddy-up!
Here's another Scopitone.
The above photo is looking towards the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Avenue in Boston
the day after last week's
snow storm. Wintaah!!!

January 1, 2011

Helen Shapiro

Helen Shapiro was huge in England starting in the early 1960s.  

The Beatles were her opening act before they became humongous. She sings to them here. Check her out doing a great version of Carole King's It Might As Well Rain Until September.
I love her version of The Miracles' Shop Around. Groovy organ.