Archive for the ‘Retro’ Category

Saturday Matinee – Johnny Winter (1944–2014)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Johnny Winter 1944-2014

Johnny Winter, legendary guitarist and one of the most recognizable icons of Texas blues and rock passed away at the age of 70 earlier this week after a long career.

In a documentary released this year entitled “Johnny Winter Down and Dirty,” he laughed, “Made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me.”

According to Wiki, at age 10 he and his 8 year old brother Edgar played on local TV in his hometown of Beaumont Texas.  Johnny Winter performed for an astounding 60 years, and he died while on still on tour.



RIP, Johnny. You made our roadtrips a hellalotta fun.

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One Ringy Dingy

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

1910 Toy Telephone

“This full-size handmade toy has a bell mechanism (a cowbell inside which rings when the crank is wound) a hook, a receiver and traces of paint. Made from scrap wood for a child when toys were made at home. Circa 1910.”

[Found here.]

The Death Starlet

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Death Star Dress FAIL

Yeah, we’re dumping the “WTF To Do With This Kinda Stupid” files cache. Deal with it.

[Found here.]

R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tommy Ramone

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Tommy Ramone RIP 2014

Another punk bit the big one.

Erdélyi Tamás, aka Tom Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, assembled and helped create one of the most influential bands ever. The Ramones never had a hit single, despite hiring the legendary (and mentally disturbed) Phil Spector.

Tommy Ramone was not new to the recording industry when he and other Brooklyn friends decided to form a band to provide an alternative to the pre-packaged marketing-department formulaic garbage that infested the airwaves in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones went back to rock and roll garage-band basics, with a twist – they played louder and faster.

That The Ramones rose to popularity by playing 3-chord rock in an obscure venue in the New York City Bowery district says a lot. Punk was born at CBGB’s, and although The Ramones’ garage-band style never garnered them a hit, their influence was huge.

Their message was, “Screw Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kansas, Foreigner and ELO! Screw CSN&Y and Boston! Listen to C, F & G!”

And The Ramones were spot on. R.I.P. Erdélyi Tamás, and thanks.

[Crossposted from here.]

Saturday Matinee – DZappa plays FZappa

Saturday, 12 July 2014

I was talking to a younger co-worker today, and out of the blue he asked what my favorite band was. Good question with an easy answer.

My response was Frank Zappa, any lineup post-Mothers, beginning with “Apostrophe.” Jazz, rock, & pop, Zappa had all genres covered, and he did them all well (especially R&B DooWop). “Peaches En Regalia” is one of my favorite songs [00:54:00].

Zappa was one of the few popular musicians/composers that I would have liked to have met face-to-face, but since I’m not in the industry, and that Frank Zappa passed away years ago, it’s not going to happen.

Dweezil & Co. plays Frank. Jump to 0:2:45 for the start of awesome (and yes, according to FZ, Dweezil was named after his mother’s little toe).

Have a great weekend, folks, and be back here tomorrow.

British WWI Body Armor

Monday, 7 July 2014

WWI Body Armor

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Red Skelton, David Byrne & SRV

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Classic presentation of The Pledge Of Allegiance eloquently delivered by Red Skelton.


“This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” is classic David Byrne.

Let’s wrap it up with Stevie Ray Vaughan from 1983 with a killer version of “Texas Flood.”

Have a great Independence Day weekend, folks.

Messerschmitt KR200 1956-1964

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Messerschmidt

Messerschmitt 3

vw_l1_F34Mony

Yeah I know – the bottom pic is a VW Prototype, but given the transformation of The Beetle, that might be what the Messerschmitt would look like today. Wiki entry here.

[Images found here, here and here.]

Hot Links From The Valley Of The Jolly

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Vibraniques

Back Up Truck P0rn. Watch the whole thing. Awesome happens at about 07:42.

Much retroness found here. I remember some of the stuff.

It’s pronounced “tchar-leenah.”

One of the greatest movie soundtracks ever.

Out of isometric graph paper? Here you go. [Found here.]

Play God. Create an island [via].

Hey, buddy. Got a light?

What surprised 18 3rd World immigrants once they immigrated to 1st World Nations. (Yeah, there appear to be a couple of trolls, but the others are interesting).

Top image: The Vibraniques (?).

Saturday Matinee – Bunk Struttin’ With Some Barbecue

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Here’s Louis Armstrong from1953, “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue.” He recorded the song in 1927 with his first band, The Hot Five. (If that link don’t shine, try this.)

Ray McKinley with Bobby Nichols (cornet) and Lennie Hambro (clarinet) circa 1960.

Pete Fountain has his own take, too.

The Marsalis Family did their own take of the classic, circa 2009.

That should do for now. Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll be back here tomorrow whether you like it or not.


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