September 18, 2021

September 11, 2021

Justine

Going to the barbershop, gonna have him do me up, gonna get clean for my little buttercup. The Righteous Brothers perform Justine complete with go-go girls dancing The Monkey and the "James Brown." This high-energy tune was originally recorded in 1958 by Don and Dewey.


Justine, Don and Dewey, 1958

September 4, 2021

Saturday morning dose of 1965

New Musical Express is a British publication (now online) established in 1952. From 1959–1972, NME held concerts featuring the winners from the reader's poll of favorite artists. From 1964 on, the concerts were filmed for tv viewing. Here are some performances from the 1965 show:

The Moody Blues  •  Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
The Seekers
  •  Herman's Hermits  •  Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders  •  The Rolling Stones  •  Them  •  The Searchers
Dusty Springfield  •  The Animals  •  The Beatles  •  The Kinks

August 28, 2021

August 21, 2021

John Fogerty


I was a fortunate son last night to be able to see John Fogerty and his kids put on a blast of a show in Boston. One huge, sing-along fest.

August 14, 2021

school dances

As a teenager in the late 70s and early 80s, my school threw lots of dances and I attended most of them. After the 7th grade, we stopped having dances in the gym to preserve the floor. They were then held in the cafeteria and the resident deejay was Mr. Taylor, one of the teachers. Every time I hear Cars by Gary Numan, I remember how impressed I was that he played this cool, weird, new-wavish song at a dance in the fall of 1979. Satisfaction was always played even though it was 15-years-old. Stairway to Heaven was usually the last song.

August 7, 2021

July 31, 2021

Saturday morning dose of 1965

Maggie Thrett has got me goin' loopy with her groovy tune Soupy.


Soupy, 1965 (thanks Funky 16 Corners)

July 25, 2021

Staying cool?

Get outside, splash around or grab some grub and have a picnic.

July 17, 2021

Eddie Kendricks

This song reminds me of riding in the car as a kid. It was #2 on the charts in 1974. Check out these platforms and boogie down, baby.

July 10, 2021

I wanna go home

Do you feel like Earth isn't your true home? That's because it isn't.

July 3, 2021

beat school

Where are my sunglasses and cigarettes? It's time for writing class.

June 26, 2021

Martha and Dusty

In 1965, several Motown groups appeared on Ready Steady Go along with host Dusty Springfield. Martha and the Vandellas join Dusty for a fabulous version of Wishin' and Hopin' – the original Salt-N-Pepa

In this clip, Dusty is backed up by Motown greats. What a show. 😃

June 19, 2021

Tico rocks!

Tico kind of sings along to Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes.

June 12, 2021

I Dig Everything

Check out this early tune by David Bowie. Can you dig it? I dig it.


I Dig Everything, 1966

June 5, 2021

fuzz and twang

Billy Strange, guitarist/songwriter and member of The Wrecking Crew performs Satisfaction. Strange's guitar is heard on a ton of hits but my favorite is his rockin', surf sound from The Munsters (1964).

May 29, 2021

Welcome summer!

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. Remember what it's all about.

May 23, 2021

weeeeeeeeeeeee!

How have I never heard of this beast from England? As a kid I would dream of taking a rollercoaster places instead of a bus or train. This is what it would've been like. 😜 Coooooool! Whoooooooooaaaaahhh!

May 14, 2021

gliddy gloop gloopy

Last weekend I attended an intense, 3-day retreat in the lovely state of New Hampshire. On two occasions we had to spend time alone in the woods at night. Looking up at the starry sky was my solace from my vivid imagination running wild especially after being told there was a mama bear with cubs spotted in the vicinity. That's right, I'm woo-woo.


Good Morning Starshine, Oliver, 1969

May 9, 2021

May 2, 2021

Dancing Machine

Brown + Orange = Brorange, the official color of the 1970s.

April 25, 2021

It's Madison time

Two regulars from Baltimore's teen dance program The Buddy Deane Show (1957-64) demonstrate The Madison in 1959. This program was the basis for The Corny Collins Show in Hairspray.

April 17, 2021

Can you dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about?

April 11, 2021

Don't Be Cruel

Before opening your big, fat mouth, is what you're about to say kind?
Is it helpful? Or is it cruel? If the latter is true, perhaps look into that.

April 4, 2021

Happy Easter

Heavenly souls, go in peace to love and serve the Lord. No, really.

March 28, 2021

yeah yeah


Check out this groovy rendition of The Monkey's Uncle originally recorded by The Beach Boys and Annette Funicello from 1965.

March 21, 2021

To Sit On a Sandwich

What do you mean you think the 1960s were weird? Hold the mayo.

March 14, 2021

burrrrr, I'm cold

The Doors perform their first #1 hit Light My Fire on a beach in Malibu from 1967 during Morrison's pre-smelly-leather-pants era.

March 7, 2021

One ticket to ride...

...to Nocovidtown, please. Live at Shea with actual audio from 1965.

February 27, 2021

Got My Mojo Working

Muddy Waters performs live on Canadian TV. At Newport in 1960.

February 20, 2021

February 13, 2021

Chicago Transit Authority...


...before they shortened their name. Where's my cowbell damn it?

February 6, 2021

Smackwater Jack


Here is a terrific live performance. Tapestry was released in 1971.

January 31, 2021

January 16, 2021

Na?

Want to know what the German tv show Beat Beat Beat was like in 1966/67? You do? Well you're in luck. Yippppppppeeeeeeeee!

January 9, 2021

January 2, 2021

the electric house


If you're a mid-century-modern freakazoid, you'll dig this 1950s promo film from Westinghouse. The heating bill is how much?!


I'll take one of those flip-up screen walls please. Fluffy! Nooooo!