Posts tagged ‘1978’

Whitesnake Covers The Beatles’ Day Tripper [1978]

Looking at the history of Whitesnake, it’s pretty clear that the band was David Coverdale’s first love.

He formed it in the mid 1970s, and reformed with new line ups several times since then.  The band tours even today.  They were a sweeping commercial success in the late 1980s, during the Rule Of The Hair Band.  But before Tawny Kitain, the make ups and break ups, before all the leather and hairspray, Whitesnake was a bunch of British guys with a soulful rock sound.  Check out this classic rare clip of the band covering The Beatles’ Day Tripper.  The fashion, guitar work and harmonies are pure 70s.

One Way Ticket baby!

The Return to Romantic Lace [1978]

While unpacking a box in the garage, I discovered a section’s worth of classified ads from a 1978 issue of The Seattle Times.  Flipping through it got me two things: First, an artsy ad from the late-great Frederick & Nelson department store, and this article about “Romantic Lace.”  When the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad saw it next to the scanner yesterday, she was shocked.  “Oh my…That’s the dress I wore to my Middle School dance in 1978.”  Not surprised.

And she probably looked darned cute in it too.

The late 1970s seemed to be a time of organic color and material.  America was coming off a wave of “going natural” and entering an era of tech, brighter colors, and disco.  1978 was stuck in the middle, with fabric chosen for its earthy tones but with cuts that were more dramatic, slimming, or fitted.  Gone were the hippie sack dresses, but the material used to make them was still around.  Lace around the edges of this dress is a good example of tapping the past to create style for the coming year.

In high school many of my female classmates dressed this way, often teetering on a pair of Candies.

The article below talks about the history of lace and how it tied into the styles of 1978.  Fun reading.  If you click on the picture it will expand larger for easier reading.  Enjoy!

Telly Savalas – Bringin’ Home The Chicken. Baby.

Telly Savalas was a Man’s Man.  Some say he was The Man. It helped that he played one on TV.

No matter how he’s viewed by the masses, Telly cut profile like no other in the history of entertainment.  His voice – to those of us who grew up in 1970s – is immediately recognizable. His tough/cool attitude lent itself to a unique way in every role he played.  He single-handedly made lollipops and pork pie hats cool.  From 007 Bad Guy to NYPD Good Guy, Telly did it all.

And he loved to cook.

Telly Savalas' Swingin' Trailer Pad

Bon Appetit magazine interviewed Telly Savalas for their January 1978 issue, while he was on location filming for his series Kojak. The interview was rich with his opinions on entertainment, stories of family, and wild tales dinners out in foreign countries with the likes of Rod Steiger and Peter Ustinov.  For him, dinner time was a family affair surrounded by friends and relatives. He loved all the basics: meat, fruit, and vegetables – done with a Mediterranean flare.

Telly Savalas Cooking

There’s something to be said for a guy who could cook, act, and had kids old enough to be the parents to his other kids.  Telly was confident, strong, unique, and like no one who has graced the screen since he left us for the Great Squad Room in the sky.  May he Rest In Peace.


Future Sugar Fiend

Kitchen Aid Ad

One of each please 🙂

It starts off innocently with an Easy Bake oven.

You learn how to cook with a lightbulb, only to realize that the portions just aren’t big enough.  Soon, you move to cooking snacks with Mom on the big stove.  Next you start looking at the mixes and sneaking in a baking session or two as a latch-key kid before Mom and Dad get home.

You buy your first cake mix at 13.

Eventually you discover that you know more about cooking than the Home-Ec teacher, and are now able to whip out perfect cakes, pies, cookies and such with ease.  You’re up until all hours of the night, perfecting the mixes with your own ingredients.  The angel food cakes need more bounce, and the muffins simply don’t have that certain secret nuance.

You spend your Fridays at restaurants, taking pictures of dessert.  Your Saturdays are devoted to recreating them in your special way.

Face it: You probably started like Little Shelly Sugar in this ad, with a love for sweets and kitchen fortified by your Mom’s hard-core appliances.  Chances are you have a few of them still, gracefully draped in brown or avocado green.  Your friends may chuckle at the colors, until they taste your desserts.

It’s okay, because we need you to make our lives sweeter 🙂

Kitchen Aid Ad

Bon Appetit Magazine - January 1978

1978 Datsun 810 Commercial

“Along Comes Our Yacht.”

Digital Clock and AM/FM Radio are standard!

Have a Disco Christmas – Joy To The World [1978]

It’s like the chintzy dish in the kitchen that you can’t resist using every December.

I found Christmas Disco from The Mistletoe Disco Band at Goodwill, nestled between other Christmas albums (Please note: there is always a huge selection of Christmas music at Goodwill on vinyl – year round).  The album had many elements which made it perfect for Wall Of Retro; the record was 25 years or older, had cheesy graphics, and tapped into a trend that divided a nation.

Back in the day we did a lot of moaning and groaning about Disco, and how it seemed to be taking over every segment of society.  I even had a t-shirt made with iron-on letters to say, “Disco: ignore it and maybe it will go away.”  But as time went on Disco self-imploded, becoming engorged on its own contribution to society while pumping out gems of non-necessity – like Christmas Disco. Now, thirty three years later, it’s a retro diversion from the other seasonal music – one that was probably recorded in all seriousness but comes off as a goofy alternative to Andy Williams or Burl Ives.

The tracks are upbeat and – according to my wife – the perfect tempo for walking.

Yes, there’s lots of cymbal, walking bass, and wah wah pedal.  Yes, there are some weird 70s synthesizer sounds mixed in with the backing harmonies, horns, and strings.  But while I would not sit down and listen to this album note for note, it is a work that could be on while I do other stuff.  Perfectly suited as background music, with the occasional toe-tapping that comes automatically with almost every track.

As I get older, I still think that Disco sucked back then; but now I realize that is wasn’t necessarily because of the music.  Rather, it was the lifestyle and the elitism (around these parts anyway) surrounding Disco that ruined the genre for those of us who couldn’t dance – or afford the wardrobe and the cover charge at the club.  Many Disco tracks have actually weathered the decades, and have become – dare I say “timeless?” – icons of a bygone era;  I admit to enjoying songs from the Bee Gees, ABBA, Gloria Gaynor, and Donna Summer from time to time.  Their work was well crafted, deftly written, and still hold the listener’s attention.  Other songs from the 70s – like those from Christmas Disco – didn’t weather the years all that well; many sound like little more than excuses to get something Disco-ey in the rack at the record store, like adding fur seat covers to an AMC Gremlin. But despite their dubious place in history, these Disco remakes are still fun to pull out as a way to reminisce about how some things are better now.  The chintzy dish once again graces our season with cheesiness.

Best 49 cents I spent this week…

Check out Joy To The World on MP3.


Banjo Cats!

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