January 30, 2011

Me, Myself and I

by De La Soul from the 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising. The Magic Number. I love how they were inspired by Schoolhouse Rock, Johnny CashSteely Dan and a horde of others.

Dusty Springfield

Here's a documentary about the spectacular Dusty Springfield.

January 29, 2011

How much practice did this take?

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!

come on baby...

let's start today, come and baby
let's play The Game of Love.
Awooooo! The Mindbenders 
singing in To Sir With Love.

I just love tambourines! But
stay away from those dirty,
no good for nuttin' hippies
I tell ya, ya hear! You don't
want to end up in a freak-out!
More spacin' out with The Byrds!
Another version. 1960s funny.

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 14, 2011

Arthur Alexander

I love Arthur Alexander's music from the early 60s. The Beatles and The Stones did too...
Anna, The Beatles' version
Soldier of Love, The Beatles' version
You Better Move On, The Rolling Stones' version
• He wrote Everyday I Have To Cry, sung by Dusty Springfield.
• He wrote Burning Love. My brain is flamin!

Here's Alexander singing a swell version of Pretty Girls Everywhere.
It was originally recorded in 1958 by Eugene Church. Here are The Walker Brothers singing it on Shindig!, a swingin' version by PJ Proby and a Scopitone by Bobby Vee.

Speaking of remakes, check out The O'Jays on Shivaree from 1965 singing Lipstick Traces by Benny Spellman. They're the same O'Jays who sang For the Love of Money and Back Stabbers! What they do! Check out remakes of Spellman's Fortune Teller by The Hollies, Hard Times and an Australian group from 1966 called The Throb
You like? You'll love Lost and Found, M-F, noon-2 on WMBR 88.1.

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

calling all Aquarians...

Excellent audience footage from 1969. Smith is performing their version of Baby It's You. It was originally done by The Shirelles in 1961. The Beatles also did a cover in 1963. Love how she says "heart" in the first verse and gives the camera a steamy look. Ooo la la.

January 7, 2011

Shivaree tv show, 1965-66

Shivaree aired in syndication in 1965 and 1966.
The definition of shivaree: a series of discordant noises.
• The Kinks
• Junior Walker and the All-Stars 
• The Shangri-Las
• Al Martino
The Bobby Fuller Four

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 while you're at it.
You get 4 weird monster targets. Sold everywhere for the fun of it!

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. Wintah!!!

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.