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American Cheese Adventure

Kraft American On Rye

“It’s a treatwich-in-the-round topped with the best-tasting pasteurized process cheese slices you can buy: the ones marked Kraft. Top a big, toasted round of rye bread, mustard-spread,with hot corned beef hash (to which you’ve added chopped pimiento and green pepper). Then, plent of that mellow Kraft American with extra rich cheese flavor in every bite.  Broil a bit, and cut in wedges for the gang.  Popular Kraft American come in big packs as well as the 8-slice size; also get sharp Old English brand, Kraft Swiss, Brick, Muenster.”

Jantzen (and Marshmallow Circus Peanut) Spoken Here [1967]

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Scan courtesy of RChappo2002

There’s coordination, and then there’s saturation. This golfer seems to have lost a ball, but found a fan. She likes that every bit of clothing is the color of a circus snack, and that he can hold a putter with the confidence of a king.  His hair is assurance that comb-overs exist even when they aren’t required.

Founded in 1910, Jantzen Sportswear still exists as a division of Perry Ellis.

`61 Style – Courtesy of Montgomery Ward

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Scans courtesy of James Lileks

Before the Intertubes took over our buying habits, there was Sears and Wards.

These images are from the 1961 Montgomery Ward catalog, “Your Store At Home!”  Order over the telephone and like magic you have a new wardrobe (Just say “Charge It”).  Just look at the wasp wastes, the fitted cuts, and the hair.  And the hats.  Wow.  Every picture looks like the model is on the way to some kind of social function, or at least dressing for the unexpected fortune which might be walking their way.  With the recent appearance of shows like Mad Men, Vegas, and the short-lived Pan Am, styles from the early 1960s have gotten a lot of attention.

And in my mind, it’s for good reason.

I have some respect for the amount of effort it took to be in style back then.  The fashion of the era had a certain way of drawing a line between genders, something which has become more blurred with time.  Catalogs from any decade serve as a time capsule, and this one from fifty-plus years ago captures much.

The scans above were done by James Lileks, a Midwestern blogger and writer.  He is also immensely funny, and his descriptions of pictures he posts on his personal blog have – in the past – made me purple from laughing.  To see this entire scan collection – page by page – click HERE.  Make sure to read his commentary!

Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health” From 1983 Gets Its Due Attention In 2013

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Lately I’ve been digitizing some songs from my record collection, pulling sources from albums I’ve had for decades – or ones that I’ve found at thrift stores over the years. It’s pretty hard to pass up a 99-cent copy of Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes, Sarah Vaughan, or Henry Mancini, when you still have a working record player. I mean, seriously…single MP3 tracks off Amazon or Apple cost that, and only if that vintage track is available at all. I can get the whole album for the same price?

Here’s my dollar, Ms. Cashier.

Plus of course, there is the argument over the “warmth” of listening to analog recordings from vinyl. Frankly my ear isn’t well tuned enough to hear anything shrill in digital remasters. I will say this: there is a familiarity to hearing the “clicks and pops” of a record, something tangible and tactile on a turntable playing a song for me through a vinyl track of glory.

Life isn’t perfect, and therefore the soundtrack to life shouldn’t necessarily demand perfection.

Last night I was putting away canned goods in the pantry when I spied a box of records that hadn’t been touched in a while. Taking a quick look inside exposed a few items I had owned since the 1980s, along with some other items given to me by friends when they gave away their record player in the early 1990s. One of those albums is the one you see here: Metal Health by Quiet Riot.

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Of course there’s nothing quiet about it; Metal Health was standard-issue early-80s rock, courtesy of the blaring-yet-powerful high-pitched vocals of Kevin DuBrow, mixed with the hook-heavy guitar solos of Carlos Cavazo and solid backing by Frankie Banali and Rudy Sarzo. Since its release in 1983, the album has sold over 6 million copies. Quiet Riot was a seasoned crew of performers by this time, having been together for a decade. They played many of the same venues as Van Halen during the 1970s. While not achieving the same notoriety as other L.A. rock bands of the era, they continued to play until 2007, when singer DuBrow was found dead of a cocaine overdose at his home. They reformed in 2010; none of the original early-70s line up remains.

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On my copy of the album the first track is titled “Metal Health,” which according to resources makes it part of the first release. On subsequent releases of the album, the track was retitled as “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” – which is what most people called it anyway. Much like The Who’s Baba O’Riley being called “Teenage Wasteland” by most of the listening public.

Metal Health is considered widely to be Quiet Riot’s largest hit and, thanks to the 2013 Superbowl, has seen a worthy tribute 30 years later as part of a really funny Hyundai commercial – the two versions of which are posted below:

And if you’re itching to hear the original song in its epic entirety, here’s the track I digitized from my LP version. All Hail Vinyl!

Refreshment in Coca-Pulco! [1957]

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This is the beyond-awesome artistic advert from the back of the February 1957 issue of National Geographic.  The graphic – depicting Acapulco Mexico in all its space-age vacation glory – was done by Robert Fawcett, a highly-noted illustrator of the period.  He died ten years after penning this Coca-Cola ad.

Five months later, Acapulco suffered a major 7.9 Earthquake.

Click on the ad picture to see a larger version.

The Wide-Track `67 Pontiac

1966 Pontiac Bonneville - May 1972 [Public Domain]

I will freely admit to being a gear head.

In fact, I have a thing for big Sixties full-sized passenger vehicles; my first car was a 1960 Buick LeSabre.  Even my second car was big – a clapped-out `65 Impala.  That said, I would have absolutely no trouble in owning today’s featured vessel: The “Wide-Track” 1967 Pontiac.

1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Photo courtesy of Rob Hartog

Stylish and huge, the Catalina, Ventura, and Bonneville models all had “stacked headlights” and and bumpers integrated with the lines of the car.  Engine choices were “Huge” and “More Huge.”  Driving one of these was like a dream; with its quintessential American stance and smooth settings on the suspension, they excelled in straight-line driving and road trips – giving up some ability in the corners.

1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Photo courtesy of Walt Woodruff

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Photo courtesy of RaysnCayne

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Photo courtesy of Bram Visser

Art Fitzpatrick penned a large number of automotive ads during his successful art career, including many of them for Pontiac.  His jaunty upbeat take on the full-sized GM products of the 1960s is now legendary.  Some of those ads – depicting the `67 Pontiac – are shown below, and others can be seen here.

Yesterday's Ride ~ 1967 Pontiac Bonneville

Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

1967 Pontiac Station Wagons

1967 Pontiac Bonneville Wide-Track

Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

1967 Pontiac Bonneville Ad

Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

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Artwork by Art Fitzpatrick / Owen Jones & Partners LTD

Telly Savalas for Player’s Club – “It’s Bonus Time Baby!” [1986]

I can’t think of a better representative for casino/hotel entertainment than Telly Savalas.

This Player’s Club commercial from 1986 shows Telly giving us the lowdown on how to get his life of ease while in Vegas or Atlantic City. For $125 and an annual fee, members got discounts on all sorts of stuff on the Boardwalk or on The Strip. It was a pretty sweet deal.

“It’s bonus time baby!”

King Richard and his Trans Am

Richard Petty / Goodyear - Motor Trend July 1982

A number of years ago I started collecting car magazines from the late 1970s and early 1980s, to salvage their advertisements for sale on eBay. This one – for some reason – never got sold!

Richard Petty is one of the best-known racers in NASCAR. He is still involved with racing, only not behind the wheel. The Petty family is firmly planted both in the fabric and legend of the sport, with multiple generations being involved.

The King is leaning against a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, available with a fuel-injected 5.0 liter V8 and automatic transmission.

Dave Grusin – Fuzz [1972]

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Let’s face facts: The Ford Torino, made famous in TV Shows like Starsky & Hutch or Streets Of San Francisco, deserves a theme song by Dave Grusin.

Quiet Artesians and Wild Rainiers

When I was at the grocery store the other day, I saw two Pacific Northwest legends in the cooler near each other; Rainier and Olympia beers began life in my neck of the woods, and have been brewed for well over 100 years.  Olympia was brewed originally in Washington’s state capital.  The Rainier brewery’s owner even started a baseball team – the Seattle Rainiers – to advertise his product.  While both brands depict legendary northwest mountains, they are now owned by Pabst and have been moved out of state.

The flavors of these beers won’t win awards, but their stature in PNW popular culture has allowed them to be the enduring kings of the cookouts.

Seattle is a place now where craft beers and international brands are readily available, especially from Mexico.  Granted, many of them are good.  But at one time this area was a mid-sized blue collar region where local beer labels carried hometown pride and became famous namesakes.  Every region has at least one – Lone Star in Texas, Primo in Hawaii, Coors in Colorado, and even Red Stripe in Jamaica.

But in the early 1980s, no Seattle high school party was complete until the Big Red R arrived – either in keg or rack form – and righteously extracted from the trunk of a jacked-up Camaro.

The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad shares tales of her father’s drinking “Oly” when she was growing up.  They were both cheap, had generally good flavor, and depicted local mountains of notoriety.  Both brands were also well known for their TV commercials (shown below).  Rainier made fun of itself, professing the existence of “Wild Rainiers” and motorcycles that said “RayyyyNeeer….Beeeerrr” as it was running through the gears.  They even had talking frogs long before Budweiser. Olympia – banking on the fact that no one knew what an Artesian Well was – claimed the water came from secretive Artesians that also played jokes on people.

The old Olympia Brewery closed in 2003.

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The former Rainier Brewery in Seattle – now the Tully’s Coffee roasting plant and art studios – stood with its iconic giant lit red R viewable from Interstate 5. The famous R is now housed at the Museum of History and Industry.

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So sing a round of Oly Oly Oh, or crack open a Wild Rainier.  They may no longer be from Washington, but they still make a hometown proud!

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